Adventurer, writer, and alpinist Marion Chaygneaud-Dupuy is one formidable woman.

Three years ago, she started the Clean Everest Project – aiming to rid the mountainous peak of all the rubbish that’s collected over the years.

In just three years, Marion and her team have cleared 8.5 tonnes of waste from the site.

The 39-year-old has scaled Mount Everest three times and seen first-hand what decades of expeditions have done to the area.

She was interested in the environment since she was a teenager and travelled through India and Tibet as she got older.

For the last 17 years, Marion has been living as a mountain guide – a time in which she decided to set up the Clean Everest Project.

As part of that work, Marion managed to convince local authorities to donate 50 yaks to help get the waste down the mountainside.

Marion’s work has gained recognition, with her winning the 2019 international ‘Terre de Femmes’ award given out by French organisation Fondation Yves Rocher.

Marion’s mission isn’t just about saving the environment, but about changing the quality of life for those living in the area.

Two billion people living in the Chinese and Indian valleys use drinking water which is affected by the pollution of the Himalayas.

Marion hopes to target the entire Himalayan mountain range next and clean up as much as possible.

She told the Fondation Yves Rocher: ‘Climbing Everest should offer one of the purest interactions between humans and the natural world.


‘But in 2013, when I reached the top, I realised that the mountain had been damaged by 30 years of expeditions.

‘I estimated that nearly 10 tonnes of waste had been discarded at the peaks alone! I was utterly shocked. I’ve been passionate about nature since I was a little girl.’

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