Garbage Deposit and Refund

Satori Adventures 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 are the table of latest information related to the peaks and amount of required garbage deposit:

1.Mountaineering Peaks in Khumbu and Annapurna Himalayan Range:

For the Mount Everest 8848 m

US$ 4,000 or equivalent in Nepali Rupees

For other mountain having height of 8,001 m except Mount Everest

US$ 3,000 or equivalent in Nepali

For the mountains having the height of 7,001 m to 8,000 m and Ama Dablam Mountain

US$ 2,000 or equivalent in Nepali

For the mountain having the height of 6,501 m to 7,000 m

US$ 1,000 or equivalent in Nepali

For the mountain having the height of less than 6,500 m

US$ 500 or equivalent in Nepali


2. For the Mountaineering Peaks in other Mountain Regions:

For other mountain having height of 8,001 m

US$ 3,000 or equivalent in Nepali

For the mountains having the height of less than 8,000 m

US$ 500 or equivalent in Nepali


3. For Trekking Peaks to NMA: US$ 500 per permit


Categories of Garbage

Mainly there are 3 categories of garbage which are described as below:

1.  Disposable in the Khumbu Region which can be incinerated or are biodegradable

a. Toilet paper: Disposable goods down from base camp and to be disposed in the presence of Chairman or Ward Member of the concerned Village Development Committee. Similarly, recycling materials should be brought back to Kathmandu and hand-over to a prescribed agency for recycling. The re-exportable goods should be dispatched from Nepal to their respective countries and deposit amounts refunded.

b. Cardboard boxes and paper waste    

c. Bamboo baskets and mats     

d. Cotton and jute bags

e. Spoiled food

f. Dead bodies

2. Recycling materials

a. Tins, bottles jar and plastic containers: The liaison officer will be responsible to enforce the above mentioned procedures. Similarly, the leader and headman will be liable to perform the above mentioned task in cooperation with the liaison officer.

b. Plastic and foil bags and sheeting       

c. Reusable cooking gas cylinders

d. Gas Canisters

3. Re-exportable goods

a. Used oxygen bottles

b. Used battery

c. Climbing equipment such as tents, personal gear etc.

Source: Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation.

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