The Everest Memorial Trust (EMT) is a registered charity established in England. The aim of the Trust is to undertake new environmental, health and education projects, initially within the Solu Khumbu region of north east Nepal but with aspirations to expand its activities throughout the country at a later date. Target areas for Trust projects are the high mountain communities of the Himalayas as befits a charity founded to commemorate all those climbers who, since 1921 have died on the slopes of Mount Everest.
The idea for the Trust originated from the organisers of the 1993 DHL British 40th Anniversary Everest Expedition, the first sponsored charity expedition, which saw Rebecca Stephens as the first British woman and Harry Taylor summit and which subsequently raised $150,000 for Sir Edmund Hillary's Himalayan Trust. This was also the first expedition to pay its climbing Sherpas to bring down old expedition oxygen bottles from the South Col and Lhotse Face as an environmental contribution. This idea has been repeated over the years since then by other expeditions so that now no bottles of the original 1500 remain on the Col.
Those behind the Trust, therefore, have considerable knowledge of this part of Nepal and the workings of the country in general.