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Plan to clear Everest of bodies, trash

Postby MrFredPFL » Sun Apr 07, 2019 10:02 pm

Story : https://thehimalayantimes.com/nepal/plan-to-clear-everest-of-bodies-trash/





Mt Everest has long been stinking on ice as mountaineers treat it as a garbage dump abandoning oxygen bottles, tents, ladders, cans, wrappers as well as piles of faeces and bags loaded with poop in higher camps, mainly in the South Col (7,900 m) and Camp II (6,500 m), every climbing season. It’s estimated that over 300 bodies of climbers are still entombed in ice on Mt Everest.

As per the plan shared by the stakeholders, the base camp will be set up by the third week of April to start the mega campaign. The two dedicated groups of Sherpa climbers having at least five members each will be deployed in Camp II and South Col to collect and wrap the garbage.

Once the garbage is collected and wrapped, climbers and support staff who visit the South Col and Camp II to set up tents as well as for the acclimatisation rotation will bring down the rubbish to the base camp. Those who descend with the garbage will also get monetary compensation.

The Department of Tourism estimates that at least 500 foreign climbers and over 1,000 climbing support staff will visit higher camps of Mt Everest this season as they prepare to scale the world’s highest peak as well as Mt Lhotse, the fourth tallest mountain. DoT’s record shows that over 300 foreign climbers, along with their support staff, have already left for Khumbu region to attempt to climb Mt Everest and Mt Lhotse. Most of the climbers often make a final summit push by the third week of May.







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