Please note that this article was originally published on 17 August 2021 and has been amended to reflect the following updates confirmed on 17 Septemb...
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.