A total of 3,000 kilograms of solid waste has been accumulated from Mt. Everest. Ever since Nepal launched an ambitious clean-up campaign on April 14, results have been good. The campaign is directed at bringing back tonnes of waste from the world’s highest peak. Mount Everest has lately turned into a “garbage dump”.
The 45-day ‘Everest Cleaning Campaign’ was led by Solukhumbu district’s Khumbu Pasanglhamu Rural Municipality. It started on April 14 with the Nepali new year. The campaign aims to collect nearly 10,000 kgs of garbage from Mt. Everest.
Dandu Raj Ghimire, Director General of Department of Tourism, accosted a press conference on Sunday, He said that of the 3,000-kilogramme garbage collected so far, 2,000 kgs had been sent to Okhaldhunga. The remaining 1,000 kgs were carried to Kathmandu using Nepali Army helicopters for disposal.
“Our team has now spread the Everest Base Camp for the cleaning campaign. All the necessary things including food, water, and shelter have already been provided there,” Mr. Ghimire quoted.
“Under this operation, we will be collecting around 5,000-kg of garbage from Base Camp area. However, 2,000-kg of garbage will be gathered from the South Col region and around 3,000-kg will be collected from Camp II and Camp III area,”
Mr. Ghimire stated the team will also gather dead bodies from the Everest if they are able to locate any. This is the first time ever that all stakeholders have come collectively to clean up the world’s highest peak. The team has found four bodies while cleaning the Base Camp.
Mr. Ghimire said the Tourism Department figures that around 23 million Nepalese rupees will be used for the campaign. The department has decided that at least 500 foreign climbers and over 1,000 climbing support staff will visit the higher camps of Mt. Everest
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