Nepal asks climbers to clean up litter
KATHMANDU: Nepal is urging climbers on Mount Everest, the world’s highest peak, to help remove garbage from a camp abandoned two years ago after an earthquake triggered avalanches killing 18 people, as officials prepare to handle a rush of climbers.
Tourism and mountain climbing are the main sources of income for the Himalayan nation and make up four per cent of its economy. Climbing is recovering from a series of earthquakes in 2015 that killed 9,000 people.
Ten huge canvas bags, each capable of holding 80kg of trash, were to be placed at the ruined site of Camp Two on Mount Everest for climbers to deposit garbage they retrieved, said Tourism Department official Durga Dutta Dhakal.
“We hope to bring down the trash without extra cost, using helicopters that return empty after dumping climbing ropes at the high camp,” he said yesterday.
The helicopters operate during the climbing season that typically runs from March to May to dump climbing ropes.
Sherpas would be paid to pick up the trash, a veteran climber said.
Mountaineers have removed more than 16 tonnes of trash in the past, but there are no estimates of how much still remains.
Camp Two, located at 6,400m above sea level, is a major camping site for climbers of Mount Everest and Lhotse, the world’s fourth highest peak. Reuters