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Tons of Garbage Cleared in Mt Everest after Mountain Climbing Season

how much rubbish is on mount everestMOUNTAINEERS must carry their own rubbish down the mountain after the establishment of environmental cleaning mechanism on the North Slope of Everest from now on.
 
The 2018 Mount Qomolangma climbing season in Tibet ended recently. Under the leadership of the Tibet Sports Bureau, nearly 10,000 kilograms of garbage was cleared at more than 5,200 meters of the Mount Everest.
 
On May 29, 1953, New Zealand mountaineer Edmund Hillary Clinton became the first explorer to climb Everest, and his route to the summit was adopted by many people. Since then, the number of people climbing Mount Qomolangma has been increasing, with about 2,000 successful people over 65 years, followed by an increase in the types and quantities of garbage.
 
mount Everest littered dead bodiesSince the opening of the base camp of Everest, the annual total number of visitors is about 70,000 to 100000, and the garbage generated is also alarming. According to Nepal’s official statistics, mountaineers bring a variety of solid waste, including empty oxygen cylinders, alcohol stoves, tents mountaineering tools, various food packaging bags and human excrement. According to rough statistics, the base camp on the northern and southern slopes of Everest is located at an altitude of more than 5, 300 meters without any toilet, resulting in approximately 12 tons of human excreta left on Everest each year. In the vast majority of cases, they accumulate over many years and cannot be degraded. Reliable data show that more than 100 remains of mountaineers remain at Everest.
 
garbage carried by yaks transported to lower altitudeIn the past two decades, global warming has made it impossible to escape the waste once covered by the ice, and the seriousness of Everest’s garbage accumulation has been increasingly emphasized both on the south and north slopes. There have been a series of garbage removal activities organized by the government or led by local mountaineering teams. In the Spring of 1997, the Tibetan Mountaineering Association launched its first clean-up operation on the northern slope of Mount Qomolangma, focusing on oxygen cylinders and household waste left over from the 1960s and 1970s as a starting point. Every year after that, a similar event will be held, led by the Mountaineering Association or the public welfare team. Chinese and foreign mountaineers, the public and volunteers will be invited to participate. Now, the event has formed a regular and normal environmental protection force on the north slope of Mount Everest.
 
Although the South Slope was more environmentally conscious than the North Slope, in 1991 the non-profit waste management agency, SPCC, was established. But the agency’s reliance on funding from Everest National Park has been hampered by the surge in climbers and the high cost of garbage collection, which has delayed the delivery of an impressive report card. Instead, it was the Eco Everest Expedition, with funding from the United Nations Environment Programme and the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development, that had a more social impact. According to incomplete statistics, since 2008, the Everest Ecological Expedition has completed more than 13 tons of garbage removal work.
 
A man named Dehan Bahadur. The patrol of Dhan Bahadur Baniya, a member of the SPCC, was hired by the SPCC to pick up litter on the footpaths of villages and tourists frequenting Lukla.In 2011, the Government of Nepal, in partnership with various public welfare organizations launched an unprecedented clean-up operation on the southern slope of Mount Everest. The event lasted over a month and involved 29 experienced mountain climbers, 65 local backers, and 75 yaks. The climbers and porters climbed up to 8,000 meters above sea level in spite of the danger. At the rate of about 15kg per person, nearly 8 tons of garbage was collected and transported to the town of Chibaza at an altitude of 3,440 meters.
 
In 2014, the SPCC imposed a $4,000 bond on every team traveling to Mount Everest via Nepal for garbage removal. According to regulations, the deposit will only be refunded if the climber takes back all the personal waste generated and disposes of it properly. At the same time, each climber is required to carry an additional 8kg of garbage on the way down, which is equivalent to the weight of excrement produced by each person during a single climb.
 
According to rough statistics, the total number of visitors to and from Everest Base Camp on the South Slope is between 70,000 and 100,000 each year. Since the base camp is located at an altitude of over 5,300 meters, there are no toilets at all, nearly 12 tons of human excreta remain on Mount Everest each year. In the vast majority of cases, they have accumulated for years without being degraded, and when ice and snow melt, they also pollute local water sources and rely on limited manpower to carry them down.
 
rubbish on Everest sorted and packedThe SPCC requires climbers to collect excrement using garbage bags they carry with them, but few people actually do it, especially when climbing at high altitudes, and almost everyone chooses to go to the bathroom in the snow and simply bury it later. One SPCC staff member told foreign media that the SPCC’s demands as a regulator may seem harsh, but the fact is that climbers are careless and leave all sorts of rubbish even with their garbage bags. With 6 liters of water per person per day on the mountain, the amount of empty bottles of abandoned mineral water is frightening enough.
 
For feces cleaning, the SPCC’s current option is to ask the bearer to shovel out hard feces that already have the appearance of a rock, basketfuls of land were transported on foot to the nearest village, and then poured into the tunnel for years to divide and slowly dehydrate.
 
As for domestic waste such as cans and bottles, and the disposal of abandoned mountaineering supplies, it is much easier. They will be classified as combustible and nonflammable, with the former being burned in the nearest village, while the latter will be taken to Lukla airport by the backwoodsmen and yaks and returned to Kathmandu on a cargo flight.
 
garbage on Everest brought down transported by airlinesWe signed a three-year contract with Tara Air, and they are willing to provide assistance in moving this waste free of charge, which is a great commitment to the clean-up of the South Slope. SPCC worker Maya Sherpa, president of the International Atomic Energy Agency, explained.
 
Tara Airlines helped SPCC complete the transport of four tons of garbage in 2016, up to 11 last year, and this year the airline aims to double than last year.
 
There is also a waste recycling company at the Kathmandu airport, Blue Waste To Value. The working group is ready to receive airlifted waste and transfer it to a factory located 17 kilometers away in the Baquot area. There, workers further classified and treated the various tomato ketchup bottles, beer cans, oxygen cylinders, damaged tents and stoves for resale to the corresponding recycling company.
 
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