I was fortunate to have been granted a semester long sabbatical leave in the spring of 1998 to travel to Nepal.  My primary purpose was to investigate the environmental dilemmas and issues in Nepal, particularly the trash along the more popular trekking areas; Khumbu and Annapurna Regions.  More specifically, I was most interested in trekking to Everest Base Camp to see first hand the trash that is left behind from Everest Expedition teams and to see the progress made in the clean up campaigns over the past few years.  I was pleasantly surprised to discover that there is not the trash that is so often spoken about along the trekking routes, paticularly at Everest Base Camp.  Given the amount of traffic along this popular route from Sherpa's, yaks and tourists, I anticipated to see much more than was actually there.  With the help of the SPCC (Sagarmatha Pollution Control Committee), there have been conscious efforts made by all who travel in this majestic area to maintain the beauty and health of the environment for all to enjoy and experience in the future.

The Annapurna Region houses one of the first environmental organizations in Nepal - Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP).  Founded in 1986,  ACAP has dramatically improved the environmental conditions of the area and educated the local people about ways to improve the living conditions in the area.  Since nearly 65% of the trekkers that come to Nepal tend to visit the Annapurna region, it is vitally important to develop ongoing environmental projects for maintaining the cultural as well as environmental uniqueness of this region.   People living in the Annapurna area are involved in conservation projects, such as erosion control, trash pickup, and farming and breeding techniques.   Furthermore, environmental education has become a part of school curriculums in the primary and secondary schools in both the Everest and Annapurna Regions.

Please select the section that most suits your interests.   Each section includes either video captions or still shots that depict the unique features of that section.

Recreation and Children of Nepal

Trekking in the Everest/Khumbu Region

Trekking in the Annapurna Region

Environmental Awareness

Cultural Awareness

1999 Longwood University Expedition