Since 2000 Sagarmatha Pollution Control Committee (SPCC) and Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA) have been working together on the ‘Illegal Climbing Control Project’ in the Khumbu Region. SPCC is the authorized local institution responsible for controlling illegal climbers and monitoring garbage in 12 peaks (Island peak, Lobuche peak, Kusum Kangru, Kongde, Cholatse, Kyajo Ri, Nirekha, Ombigacho, ABI, Lobuche West, Khongmatse and Mera) of Khumbu Region registered under NMA.
SPCC regularly checks climbing permits of climbers at the base camps of NMA registered peaks. All climbers are required to keep their permit with them during their climbing period. If any of the climbers are found to be involved in illegal climbing, they have to face prosecution as per the laws governing regulations of Nepal.
SPCC also inspects the climbing route of Island peak at the beginning of every climbing season, and install ladders if wide crevasses appear along the route. In this regard, our scope of work is to inspect crevasses along the route and install ladders when required over wide crevasses.