Nepal.-Three tons of garbage were collected on Mount Everest in the first two weeks of an ambitious project dedicated to clearing the world’s highest peak, he reports. The accumulation of waste represents a serious problem for Everest. Thousands of visitors and mountaineers who climb the mountain year after year usually leave tents, broken equipment, gas containers and all kinds of polluting wastes, which is why the government of Nepal decided to form a specialized group of 14 people to collect The garbage accumulated for years.
The cleanup campaign team has just started work and its members are climbing to higher camps to collect more trash, said Nepal tourism department head, Dandu Raj Ghimire.
So far, in addition to large amounts of debris, members of the group have found four bodies, detected during the cleanup of the Base camp, reports The Himalayan Times.
It is estimated that during the campaign will be collected about 10 tons of garbage in different camps of the mountain, which will imply expenses for about 23 million of rupees (about 332,000 dollars), according to the aforementioned government unit. Ghimire explained that a third of the garbage found was already shipped in military helicopters to Kathmandu, the country’s capital, while another 2,000 kilos were transported to the Okhaldhunga district.
The campaign will continue in the next few seasons to clean up the highest mountain in the world. It is our responsibility to keep our mountains definitely clean, said the head of the department.