We Help Preserve Everest

While visiting our world’s highest mountain, climbers and trekkers take away great memories, lots of photos and friends, but leave behind their untreated waste. This needs to stop. Our mission is to convert human waste from base camp into environmentally safe products for the people of Nepal, by designing a biogas system that can operate at high altitudes.

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Watch Lakpa Sherpa explain about the waste around Everest and the solution we propose.

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The Problem

For years, Mt. Everest was littered with waste—discarded food and wrappers, empty oxygen bottles, camping gear, and human waste. In an effort to clean up this famous landmark, the Nepalese government enacted regulations that require climbing parties to remove all their garbage and human waste from the mountain. However, those measures are not enough.

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Our Solution

We plan to use biogas technology to built a new type of high-altitute digester. Thousands of biogas digesters operate in Nepal, China and India, so biogas digester design and construction is well understood. The Mt. Everest Biogas Project will construct and operate a biogas digester from BSP-Nepal at temperatures much colder, and will be using only human waste as the input fuel. This has never been done before and has required a systems approach to the ultimate solution as there are many variables to consider.

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Current Progress

In our blog you can find our most recent updates. Due to the challenging environment at Gorak Shep, the developmet of a special biogas digester is a big undertaking. We have to go through many phases of research, prototyping and analysis before the actual building.

We also post content about interesting related news and projects. 

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Google Visits Khumbu!

Google recently explored the homeland of the Sherpa: the beautiful Khumbu region and it’s towns. Visit their interactive web project and discover the places that made us fall in love with Nepal!


Nate’s Journal

Follow Nate’s steps as he goes from Nepal’s capital Kathmandu all the way to the remote settlement of Gorak Shep in order to do research on the feasability of the biogas digester project. 

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