The NeverRest Project team consist of engineers, technology specialists, biologists, climate change experts, mountaineers, local communities and tourism stakeholders in Nepal who are working on several different cross-disciplinary solutions to clean up the highest mountain in the world.
The NeverRest Project team is also working on planning and designing a sustainable base camp that solves the waste management problem while also bringing benefits to the people in the area, both to the local communities and to the different agents of the high-altitude and mountain tourism industry.
In the image, CEO of the Nepal Tourism Board, Dr. Dhananjay Regmi, with CEO anf founder of The NeverRest Frédéric Kauffmann, in Chandragiri Hills, december 2022
“All the world is talking about sustainable mountain and sustainable tourism. Nepal is also facing the same problem and this question always is in front of us when we are promoting the mountains for the tourism activities. So, this is the time we start to think jointly to find the permanent solutions. I’m talking about the problem of the garbage, especially the garbage management in the remote areas, where we don’t have transportation facilities and where we are doing the mostly the mountain and trekking activities. Every government cannot be cleaning all the time, so we need to find a sustainable way. This is the main question we need to address, so it cannot be address only by one office or one country, it should be something jointly we have to work together, all the mountaineering community and the people who is depending of the mountain tourism. This is a work we must do jointly together. So let’s work together”, said CEO of the Nepal Tourism Board, Dr. Dhananjay Regmi, who expressed his support to The NeverRest Project: “I want to support this project because Nepal really need it”.
Frédéric Kauffmann, CEO and founder of The NeverRest Project, states that
, “for years, we have known about several cases of imbalances caused by the human impact on natural ecosystems due to mass tourism; so, four years ago, we launched a project to bring together the best talent, innovation, and creativity to leap into action and reverse this situation“.
The phases of the Mount Everest project
The project is composed of five principal phases, as follows:
1. Measuring the environmental impact on Mount Everest. We will carry out a field survey to analyse the current state of the mountain and catalogue the volume of waste that has built up.
2. Designing a Sustainable Base Camp. The NeverRest Project’s team of engineers and local experts will design a sustainable sanitation system for the Nepalese Government at Everest Base Camp to manage its waste more efficiently.
3. Environmental impact assessment. We want to involve mountaineers and trekkers in assessing their environmental impact. This will help us raise awareness about the importance of respecting the environment while generating a greater benefit to both the ecosystem and local communities.
4. Fortifying the role of local specialists. In collaboration with the Government of Nepal, we will exalt the profile of local mountain specialists through environmental and waste management education, outreach, and training programmes for national and international visitors, universities, and schools.
5. Cleaning up Mount Everest. A cross-disciplinary team of local and international specialists will carry out a comprehensive clean-up project at Mount Everest in Nepalese territory.
Welcome to The NeverRest Project.
Let’s do it together.