Nepal asks climbers to clean up lit­ter

New Straits Times - - World -

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

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