There have been expeditions on Mt Everest before to pick up the rubbish left there by climbers, but for the first time a Nepali-financed expedition with Nepali climbers is going to the very top of the world's highest mountain to clean up the trail.
The clean-up is financed by Nepal Investment Bank (NIB) and the Golchha Group as part of their joint corporate social responsibility drive and is being carried out by an all-Nepali team led by Namgyal Sherpa. The expedition is not just going to bring back shredded tents and abandoned oxygen bottles but also the bodies of some climbers who died on Everest and are still entombed in ice along the summit ridge.
"What we are trying to do is to clean up Mt Everest not just because it is partly in Nepal, but also because it is a world heritage," says Prithvi Pande of NIB. "We hope the expedition will spread awareness and also spur others to clean up our cities and towns."
Much of the rubbish on Mt Everest is now visible because of shifting snows and global warming melting the snow on exposed parts of the mountain. The expedition will be bringing down upto two tons of garbage from the 'death zone' above 8,000 metres on the southern (Nepal) side of the mountain.
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Great Wall of Nepal
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