Himalayan Plastic Removal, Langtang

Himalayan Plastic Removal, Langtang

Langtang - meaning the "long valley" - in Rasuwa, northern Nepal, is home to over 100 trekking lodges, 500 villagers and a thriving tourist trekking route. Devastated by the earthquake of 2015, Langtang also has a growing plastic crisis. We are launching a pilot 1.0 project to test plastic upcycling in the valley. Please help support this project - with 100% all donations going straight to local solutions co-created with the locals of the valley - and help clear plastic from a beautiful, fragile environment.


Home of the highest mountains on planet earth: the Himalaya - the abodes of snow.

Magnificent, jaw-dropping, scale and size beyond our wildest imaginations. These mountains deserve all the care we can give them. For millions, the Himalaya provide water, pasture-lands, tourist routes, and thriving local economies.

Yet the views are threatened. The snowy peaks are marred. Imaginations are polluted by the images of trash, garbage, and plastic waylaid beside roads, bridges, and toppling into rivers.

Our gaze should be lifted in these environments - to higher things, higher motives, higher aspirations. The snowy peaks draw our eyes heavenwards. Yet the images are shocking. The plastic. The waste. The putrid litter and garbage, being burnt or left to decompose for five centuries. A solution is desperately needed.

Project live date: Friday 1st December 2017, 3 month trial period

Materials to buy: 5x 1000L plastic bottle storage tanks ($500), 1 bottle = 1 NPR refund ($200 est.), 1x local job to manage collection process ($600 salary, 3 month trial duration), KTM transportation ($200)

Thanks for your support!

Team PSD Nepal @ Kathmandu, Nepal (www.psdnepal.org)

Langtang location: http://www.tageo.com/index-e-np-v-00-d-m1507254.htm

Team: Victoria Garcia (Universidad Finis Terrae, Santiago, Chile), Samuel Johns (MA Oxon, Oxford & MA Geography, UBC), Bishnu Bhatta (Director, PSD Nepal)

Donations ()

  • Anonymous 
    • $25 
    • 6 mos
  • Elisabeth Thompson 
    • $100 
    • 10 mos
  • Beth Trevor 
    • $50 
    • 10 mos
  • Anonymous 
    • $50 
    • 12 mos
  • Darrell Macdonald 
    • $180 
    • 16 mos
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Organizer and beneficiary

Sammy Johns 
Kathmandu, Thamel
Brooks Barron 
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