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Sagarmatha Next

A small organization of local Sherpa set out to solve the problem of waste management around Mt. Everest. Facing an explosive expansion of tourism in the last few decades, they work to turn the tide of trash and plastic from the mountains - one visitor at a time.

  • Martin Ivar Edström
  • Martin Ivar Edström
  • Fredrik Ivar Edström
  • Pemba Gyalzen Sherpa
    Key Cast
  • Dawa Yangzum Sherpa
    Key Cast
  • Ang Dorjee Sherpa
    Key Cast
  • Conrad Anker
  • Oliver Akermo
    Director of Photography
  • Oliver Akermo
  • Mimmi Muskos
  • Oliver Akermo
  • Oliver Akermo
    Audio mix
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    Sustainability, Outdoor, Mountaineering, Mountain, Climate, Waste, Recycling, Tourism, Travel, environment
  • Runtime:
    11 minutes 37 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    May 5, 2023
  • Production Budget:
    80,000 USD
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  • Language:
    English, Nepali
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Director Biography - Martin Ivar Edström

Award-winning National Geographic Explorer and photographer Martin Edström goes beyond traditional media by using immersive tools like 360-video and interactive virtual reality to tell the important stories of our planet and the issues of human impact on our environment. Martin has been working with the story of himlayan trash since 2011. Through numerous expeditions and exploration projects Martin has brought audiences inside the wild and forgotten corners of the world, working on assignments for outlets like National Geographic, New York Times and the Guardian.

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Director Statement

This film is about showing the process of a groundbreaking team of Sherpas and locals coming to solve a massive problem: the build-up of waste and plastic inside one of the world’s most famous national parks. They use the process of crowdsourcing to make every visitor a part of the solution.
In telling their story, we want to show how this problem around Mt Everest really applies to the rest of the world as well. It’s about creating a sustainable tomorrow for the next generation.