Trash collected in Qomolangma cleanup
More than 100 climbers have collected 4.5 metric tons of garbage on the north slope of Qomolangma, known as Mount Everest in the West, in an annual cleanup campaign. The volunteers, including local Tibetans, domestic and overseas mountaineers, and staff of Tibet’s mountaineering work units, have been working at altitudes of between 5,200 and 6,500 meters since May 6. Pema Trinley, deputy secretary of the Tibet Mountaineering Association, said the mountaineers are from more than 20 countries, including the United States, Italy, Spain, the United Kingdom and Switzerland. Kari Kobler, president of Swiss outfitter Kobler & Partner and one of the volunteers, was reported by Xinhua News Agency to have lauded the cleanup campaign as a sign of China’s increased environmental awareness.