KTK-BELT's mission

is to catalyze

The idea of the vertical university is to create a “living classroom” in the form of a 25,000-foot continuous vertical forest corridor stretching from Koshi Tappu (220 feet), Nepal’s largest aquatic bird sanctuary, to Mt. Kanchenjunga (28,169 feet), the world’s third tallest peak. This vertical corridor is a vessel to teach and 

conserve the 6,600 flowering plant species, 800 bird species and 180 mammals that are found in eastern Nepal. In an exceptionally biodiverse and culturally rich country like Nepal, conventional education paradigms where students sit in a stationary classroom, divorced from their surroundings, make little sense.

Furthermore, the KTK-BELT seeks to catalyze new models of biodiversity conservation and environmental learning in eastern Nepal. The idea is to give a framework to local farmers to become ‘professors’ of the Vertical University, to share their indigenous knowledge while also physically conserving threatened species and landscapes.


Value 1

Valorisation of traditional knowledge, wisdom and lived experience.

Creating respect and understanding between generations.

Environmental education with children.

Exploring opportunities for sustainable development and livelihoods based on eco-cultural values.

Community-led and inclusive restoration and conservation.


KTK-BELT works with nonprofit companies (a hybrid non-profit making company) registered under the Nepal Company Act, which it helps establish and nurture. Its core partner is the “Vertical Biodiversity Fund” and other local “Learning Grounds” partners as well. Each Learning Grounds, governed by a diverse local Board and monitored by the Social Welfare Council (SWC) of the Nepal Government, owns its own biodiversity-rich conservation land base, which it holds in perpetuity in order to prevent ecosystem fragmentation and deforestation.