Cleaners remove four corpses and 24,000 pounds of waste from Mount Everest
Nepalese officials say a government expedition to Mount Everest has removed 24,000 pounds of garbage and four corpses from & # 39; the world's highest mountain.
Cleaners spent weeks on the slopes of Everest where food packaging, cans, bottles and empty oxygen cylinders were collected, said the official official of the tourism department, Danduraj Ghimire.
Part of the waste was taken to Kathmandu and today handed over to a recycling unit to officially close the cleaning campaign.
Officials called it a successful mission, but added that more waste needs to be removed.
Nepalese workers are piling bags of waste from Mount Everest for recycling in Kathmandu on June 5
The Nepalese government sent a special clean-up team to Mount Everest this season with a goal to return 10 tons of garbage in an ambitious plan to clean the world's highest garbage dump
Hundreds of climbers and their guides and wearers spend weeks every spring, and after a special weekend, on Everest deadly season on the mountain clogged by traffic, Nepal is under pressure to tighten access to the peak.
But experts from mountain climbers fear that the proposed changes will not be much more than lip service.
Eleven people died during the climbing season that ended this week, while the record numbers formed the way to the top.
Although overpopulation was charged with at least four deaths, many say inexperience is a greater killer.
Along a row of mountain climbers line a path on Mount Everest. 11 climbers died on Everest this climbing season, most as they descended from the congested summit during only a few windows with nice weather, every May
Employees of Recycle Company dump waste collected and taken from Mount Everest from a bag, in Kathmandu, Nepal
& # 39; People who know nothing about climbing, have never been on a mountain, came and tried to climb Everest, & # 39; said Chilean rock climber Juan Pablo Mohr after returning to Kathmandu.
& # 39; Many people did not know how to place crampons or (used) the fixed ropes, & # 39; he said, adding that they relied on an army of sherpa's or Nepalese guides to help them perform such basic tasks.
Kathmandu has granted permits to anyone willing to pay $ 11,000 for years, whether they be rookie climbers or skilled mountain climbers.
But after the devastating spring season, officials say they are considering imposing more restrictions.
Seasoned mountaineers say that the Nepalese government's failure to limit the number of climbers on Mount Everest has led to dangerous overcrowding and a greater number of deaths
Cleaners spent weeks on the slopes of Everest by collecting food packaging, cans, bottles and empty oxygen cylinders
"We are looking for a minimum requirement for climbers, laying more ropes or taking more oxygen and sherpas," said Mohan Krishna Sapkota, secretary of the Ministry of Tourism in Nepal.
For veteran mountaineers, the announcement of new rules is little more than a meaningless annual exercise – with the government promising every year heavier measures that don't materialize by the following spring.
Russell Brice, whose company Himalayan Experience (Himex) has been organizing Everest expeditions for decades, said his encounters with government officials over the years left him in no doubt about their indifference to the industry.
Part of the waste was taken to Kathmandu today to recycle units during a ceremony to officially close the cleaning campaign
The situation has deteriorated to such an extent that Nepal & # 39; s Mountaineering Association, which represents operators, is lobbying the government for stricter rules
& # 39; The ministry is denying overcrowding, issuing too many permits, not controlling what people are doing and so on & # 39 ;, said Brice.
& # 39; It's just stupid words, & # 39; he said, adding: & # 39; They are not interested. & # 39;
In 2014, Kathmandu said it would double the number of fixed cables near the top to prevent traffic jams. It never happened.
The government also said it would station the soldiers and police at Everest base camp for help, but an AFP visit to the area in 2015 revealed no such commitment.
Unlike Tibet, which cuts the number of Everest climbers at 300, there are no limits on the Nepali side, which makes for an extremely profitable – and dangerous – trade.
Workers load waste collected from Mount Everest into trucks in Kathmandu, Nepal on June 5
As cheaper operators have entered the battle, the number of climbers has skyrocketed, creating deadly bottlenecks en route to the summit of the 29,029 foot (8,848 meter) peak – especially when bad weather cuts the number of peak days, as it did this year.
Phurba Tenjing Sherpa, who has been serving clients at Everest for more than a decade, said that one of the climbers who had died should never have gotten too high, given her extremely slow pace.
But the woman, who was fifty, & # 39; did not want to listen & # 39; because she had paid the fee and wanted to see the top, he said.
& # 39; Such climbers grow on Everest. They force us, they want to climb no matter what. Their stubbornness kills people on the mountain, & he said.
Hundreds of climbers and their guides and porters spend weeks on Everest every spring and leave tons of garbage behind
The situation has deteriorated so much that Nepal & # 39; s Mountaineering Association, which represents operators, is lobbying the government for stricter rules.
The association's president, Santa Bir Lama, said the high number of deaths this year was due to the increased presence of inexperienced climbers.
& # 39; Climbers must be self-reliant. It would be best if a criterion was established for granting permits, & he said.
Years after Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay made Everest's first ascent in 1953, access to & # 39; the world's most famous peak was a rare prize, offered only to solo mountain climbers who charted new routes or climbers from national teams or organized large sponsor contracts.
But after Nepal had abolished its limit in the 1990s, operators have taken over the slopes for part of the multi-million dollar industry.
This year, the Himalayan nation alone earned around $ 4 million in Everest permits.
& # 39; It's nice to see this income, & # 39; said Himex Brice.
But he warned that the rush to make a profit "detracted from the great attraction of Nepal, Mount Everest."
& # 39; If we ruin that enterprise, it will have long-term consequences & # 39 ;.
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