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Tenjen-Harila Cleanup Project

Kristin Harila set, together with Tenjen Lama Sherpa, in July 2023, the world record in climbing all fourteen 8000 meter high mountains in only 92 days. Why? To prove to the world that a good team can do anything, no matter the gender or origin.

Kristin has, during her expeditions, climbed the 8000-peaks in total 28 times. She has seen how waste negatively impact nature and people in the mountains. She has, in memory of late Lama, decided to start the TENJEN-HARILA Cleanup Project. A project with an overall goal to make mountain tourism more sustainable and improve living conditions for the people who live off and work on the mountains.

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The problem

There is too much waste in the mountains, and it is increasing every year

Waste is piling up in the mountains. Living conditions for the people who live off and work on the mountains, deteriorates with every climbing season. Not to mention the enormous negative impact the waste has on wildlife and nature. In addition, the world’s impression of the Himalayas is that it is a hopeless waste bin, giving a bad image to Nepal and the region. 

As the number of people wanting to climb the mountains increase, the problem intensifies. Kristin firmly believes that it is our shared responsibility to take action on how we climb these mountains.

David Liano Gonzalez Mess Everest

The above photo was taken by David Liano Gonzalez in 2018 and shared in the article https://says.com/my/news/shocking-photos-reveal-mt-everest-turning-into-a-mountain-of-trash .

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Kristin Harila Vestlandskonferansen Photo Thor Brødreskift

A Need for Altitude CleanUp and Attitude Change

Kristin is starting up the Tenjen-Harila Clean Up Project. The overall objective of the project is to clean up the high altitude mountains, starting with Mount Everest. And, at the same time educate for an attitude change.

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Gasherbrum Ii Kristin Harila With Sunscreen Photo Gabriel Tarso Field Productions

Why We Will Succeed

A Dedicated Team

Instead of relying on climbers and Sherpas already present on the mountains, we intend to hire a dedicated team of skilled Sherpas, with the sole focus on cleaning up trash.

A Long Term Focus

Through education, communication, fees and sale of recycled items, we will have an organisation that will be capable of running effective cleanups every year.

Support From Local Stakeholders

We have buy-in and approval from the government and we are co-operating with the local trekking companies in the region.

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The Tenjen-Harila CleanUp Project

Key Features

The project holds the following key features.

Tenjen-Harila Cleanup Volunteer

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