In response to the growing issues faced by mountain workers and guides in the expedition and trekking industry, a situation further exacerbated by the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, the UIAA – International Climbing and Mountaineering Federation – has established a Mountain Worker Initiative (MWI).

The MWI, guided by the UIAA Mountaineering Commission (MountCom) aims to begin operations in collaboration with Nepal, where the Nepali Mountaineering Association and the Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal will lead the initiative’s first in-country working group. The idea to form this initiative is inspired by the agency behind The Porter: The Untold Story at Everest.

The MWI will seek to establish, disseminate and support guidelines for ethical trekking, mountaineering and company outfitters worldwide, beginning with a collaborative effort at Everest and throughout Nepal with the NMA and TAAN. These guidelines and practices will be made available via the MWI website page and adapted to fit the requirements of different countries and regions as the initiative progresses. The initiative ultimately hopes to fund improvements using these guidelines.

Further details can be found here.


You can support the MWI by completing the form below.

To contact the MWI please email the UIAA Office


A young privileged American attempts to make history at Everest by becoming a Himalaya Porter. But experiences a harrowing reality instead. This is an inside look at the darker side of Everest. At the strength, pride and pain of those whose support it. And at just how hard it is for a naive foreigner to attempt the same. This is The Porter.

A Pathfinder Creations Perspective

As told by Nathaniel James Menninger
With Cinematography by Babin Dulal; And In Association With: The Small World and Outfitter Nepal.

A dedicated UIAA Mountain Network Series webinar will be held on Friday 19 March addressing the subject of the Mountain Work Initiative. A special screening of The Porter: The Untold Story at Everest will form part of the session. For details on how to join the event please click here.


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