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We are 3 students in engineering from Grenoble Institute of Technology (Grenoble INP), in the Energy, Water and Environmental department (Ense3). Our shared passion for high-mountain sportsand our commitment to a sustainable world brought us together in a common project: Tri-Haut pour l’Everest (high-altitude waste-sorting student-trio for Mount Everest)

The Khumbu region, with many peaks reaching 8,000 meters or more, including the roof of the world, Mount Everest, is conducive tonumerous high-altitude treks that generate large amounts of waste. Nepal does not have the infrastructure to deal with such numbers.

Despite efforts to limit pollution in base camps over the past decade, much non-recyclable waste ends up directly in Nepal’s rivers. Khumbu, on the other hand, has no infrastructure to manage this type of waste. The objective of our mission is to create this missing infrastructure with an incinerator in the village of Pangboche, at an altitude of 4,000m.

Tri-haut pour l’Everest is a project based on different pillars:

  • environmental protection, with the fight against pollution of the large amounts of non-recyclable waste produced by villagers and tourists’ expeditions.
  • working with indigenous peoples, as well as relevant local authorities, such as the Sagarmatha Pollution Control Committee (SPCC), or the Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA).
  • educational impact, with the writing of preventive articles on trekking and a film made during our adventure.

Visit the other sections of our website for a detailed description of the project.