Sagarmatha Next strives to promote
in the Khumbu region of Nepal
Being home to the world’s highest mountain, the Khumbu region receives an ever-growing flow of visitors from across the globe. While this has brought socio-economic development in the area, it has also put a lot of pressure on biodiversity and the region delicate ecosystem during the last few decades.
Sagarmatha Next aims to change the perception around ‘waste’ by creating awareness among the locals and visitors and demonstrating that if treated properly, waste has a value. Sagarmatha Next is the first project of Himalayan Museum and Sustainability Park, a nonprofit company, situated at Syangboche near Namche Bazar, en route to Everest Base camp. The foundation’s center is a unique place at 3,775 m where you can meet mountaineers, trekkers, artists, nature lovers, and environmentalists from around the world. The facility houses a learning center, an art gallery, a waste lab, a shop selling items made of recycled waste and a cafe.
Carry me back
Sagarmatha Next provides support to the local stakeholders of the Khumbu region to bring innovative and sustainable solutions for solid waste management. To achieve this, the initiators of Sagarmatha Next have partnered up with various local organizations in Khumbu and Kathmandu. The joint efforts have resulted in ‘Carry me back’, a clever and impactful system of waste removal.
As its name suggests, ‘Carry me back’ is a crowdsourced waste removal system, utilizing the movement of locals and tourists. The Sagarmatha Next team offers bags to locals and visitors at the pick-up station when leaving Sagarmatha National Park. Then the bags are disposed of in the dedicated bins placed at Lukla Airport. The local private airlines – Tara & Yeti Airlines – then transfer the waste to Kathmandu, where the social enterprise BW2V collects them for recycling at their facility.
At Sherpa Watches, we wholeheartedly support the work of Sagarmatha Next. Like the initiators, we firmly belief in partnerships, reciprocity, innovation and down to earth sustainability.
Nepal Himalaya Sherpa Foundation promotes school reconstruction
The Nepal Himalaya Sherpa Foundation, Kathmandu, supports the reconstruction of a mountain school in Nepal.
This school is located in the district of Dolhaka, in the Mount Everest area at an altitude of approx. 2700 m.
Currently, 80 children aged 3 – 17 attend the school with 6 very dedicated teachers. There is also a cook
who prepares a daily hot meal for the children and makes the traditional milk tea for everyone.
Life after the earthquakes
In April and May 2015, the school was destroyed in the devastating earthquakes, as well as the kitchen building, part of the new building and the entire village and monastery. The infrastructure in Nepal was equally destroyed after the earthquakes. Through donations, the foundation was able to procure some tents and tarpaulins so that the villagers could build a shelter for the school lessons and then re-establish a school routine to some extent.
Building a future
The first construction works for the new school are finished. The new building will be earthquake-proof, with 10 rooms, including kitchen, dining room and bathroom. The school will be extended to grade 10 so the children can get a proper school-leaving certificate. Lessons are organized by headmaster Namgyal Lama and follow the curriculum of the Nepalese government. Nepali, English, mathematics, general knowledge, and sports are taught. As most of the children come from the Sherpa tribe, Tibetan language and writing, traditional songs and dances and Buddhist lessons are taught to preserve the culture, which is in danger of being lost. The total costs are for the school’s reconstruction are estimated at 80,000 Euros.
At Sherpa Watches, we aim to support the reconstruction of the mountain school. For every watch sold, we will make a donation to the Nepal Himalaya Sherpa Foundation and help building a future for the children in the Mount Everest area.