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AlpineTrav Treks & Expeditions Team is always responsible to destroy or bring back the wastage / garbage of all the peak climbing and expedition operated by the company itself. The team must destroy or recycle the possible items in front of the concerned authorities of the Nepal Government in / near the mountain however the team will be responsible to bring back the garbage to Kathmandu which cannot be destroyed or recycled on the spot and shall hand over to the institution or body as directed by the Government.

The condition explained in the above is to be implemented by the Expedition Operators on behalf of all the expedition members and the company itself. The responsibility to implement the condition goes indirectly to all individual climbing members as well. Hence, the government of Nepal , the authority of issuing climbing permits of major Himalayas and Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA), the authorized organization to issue permits for trekking peaks have made the rule to be deposited certain amount to the concern authority as garbage management deposit fund which is refundable only after the declaration of completion of Garbage Management properly. The rate of this garbage deposit is fixed by the concern authority depends on the importance of the peak or mountain permitted for climb.

Hence, we Operator also ask for our climbing members to deposit the sharing amount of the total amount and wills to refund the amount as per deposit after completion of the climbing and ending of the refund formalities through the concern authorities. In case of failing to return, destroy and recycle the garbage/waste the authorities are not going to refund the deposit amount and we will do the same. Thus, it is equal responsibility to follow the rule of the mountaineering in Nepal of both operators as well as members.

In Tibet side also, there are some rules of garbage deposit policy. Each Expedition member must deposit certain amount with the liaison officer at the beginning and will get back after completion of expedition and properly management of garbage/waste as per TMA rule.

Below is a table of the latest information regarding peak and required waste deposit amounts:

Mountaineering peaks of the Khumbu and Annapurna Himalayan ranges:

8848 m for Everest
US$ 4,000 or equivalent in Nepali Rupees
For other mountains above 8,000 meters except Everest
US$ 3,000 or equivalent in Nepali
7,000m to 8,000m high mountains and Ama Dablam Himal
US$ 2,000 or equivalent in Nepali
For mountains with an elevation of 6,501 m to 7,000 m
US$ 1,000 or equivalent in Nepali
For mountains below 6,500 m
US$ 500 or equivalent in Nepali

For climbing peaks in other mountainous regions:

The height of other mountains is 8,000 meters
US$ 3,000 or equivalent in Nepali
For mountains below 8,000 m
US$ 500 or equivalent in Nepali

For trekking peaks up to NMA: US$ 500 per permit
Categories of waste:

Mainly there are 3 categories of waste which are described below:

Disposables in the Khumbu area that can be burned or are biodegradable

a. Toilet paper: Disposable items should be disposed of below the base camp and in the presence of the concerned village development committee chairman or ward member. Similarly, the recyclable materials should be brought to Kathmandu and handed over to the designated agency for recycling. The goods to be re-exported should be sent from Nepal to the respective country and the deposit should be returned.

b. Cardboard boxes and paper waste
c. Bamboo baskets and mats
d. Cotton and jute bags
e. Spoiled food
f. corpses

Recycling Materials

a. Tins, Bottles Jars and Plastic Containers: The Liaison Officer will be responsible for implementing the procedures outlined above. Likewise, the leader and chief will be responsible for carrying out the above-mentioned functions in collaboration with the Liaison Officer.

b. Plastic and foil bags and sheets
c. Reusable cooking gas cylinders
d. Gas canisters

Re-exportable goods

a. Oxygen bottles were used
b. Used battery
c. Climbing equipment like tents, personal gear etc.
Source: Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation.

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