The world’s highest mountain peak, Mount Everest, witnesses many climbers hike to reach its summit. In the process, the trail of garbage they leave knowingly or unknowingly, seems to be rising unabatedly. An estimated amount of 23 million Nepalese rupees has been spent on this campaign since April 14 2019. And the shocking part of the news is that the team deployed by Nepali authorities collected 5,000 kg of waste.
Dandu Raj Ghimire, Director General of the Department of Tourism, told that the municipality team has already reached the Everest Base Camp and adequate essential things like food, water and shelter have already been accommodated to them.
The 45-day campaign on Everest led by Solukhumbu district’s Khumbu Pasanglhamu Rural Municipality began on the special eve of the Nepali New Year.
While cleaning the base camp the team also found dead bodies from the treacherous mountains and has located the bodies.
A total of 3,000 kg of solid waste has been collected from Mt Everest with the expedient focus to clean up and aimed to collect nearly 10,000 kg tonnes of trash from the world’s highest peak.
Under this campaign the department has been collecting around 5,000-kg of garbage from Base Camp area, while 2,000-kg of garbage was collected from the South Col region and around 3,000-kg was collected from Camp II and Camp III area.
On the other hand this season 500 foreign climbers and over 1,000 climbing support staff is going to visit the higher camps of Mt Everest in order to scale the world’s highest peak.
There have been attempts in the past too to clean up Everest, including a 2014 government-mandated provision making it mandatory for every climber to come down the peak with at least 8-kg of garbage. this is the amount of trash estimated to be produced by one climber. As it was reckoned that a climber generates 8kg of waste.
The team will conclude the campaign on May 29, 2019 and it is the day marked every year to commemorate the first summit of Everest by Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay in 1953.
The collected waste will then be showcased in Namche town, before being ferried down to Kathmandu, where it will once again be showcased on World Environment Day on June 5.
The country which is known for rich heritage sites has taken up a novel initiative to clean the Mount Everest which certainly is an appreciable beginning being an inspiration for other parts of the world as well.
Mount Everest has always invited trekkers and adventure lovers across the world. Every year, hundreds of trekkers, Sherpa’s and high altitude porters can be seen making their way to the top.
However, while returning, most of these climbers prefer to leave behind all the biodegradable as well as non-biodegradable waste such as empty oxygen canisters, beer bottles, fecal matter, and kitchen waste, thus making Mount Everest the world’s highest garbage dump. And the practice also shows a little uncivilized apporach of the climbers towards nature.
The month-and-a-half clean-up campaign is supported by a number of governmental and non-governmental agencies.
The pragmatically ideal goal is to send the message that everyone should keep this mountain pollution free.