The level of planetary pollution is rising to an alarming level. Garbage everywhere and Mount Everest is no exception. And it is never easy to clean up waste on the top of the mountain.
The cleanup mission was undertaken by the Nepal Government a few weeks back and completed recently. They spent weeks collecting food wrappings, cans, bottles, and empty toxic cylinders from Everest other than four bodies that are yet to be identified.
According to officials some of the nearly 11 tonnes of rubbish was flown to Kathmandu and handed over to recyclers.
However, the authorities have admitted that the cleanup is not over yet and that even they do not have an estimate on how much rubbish is still lying there. According to them, there could be more rubbish on Mount Everest which is covered by snow and only is exposed when temperatures rise.
They also revealed that most of the waste collected was from Camps 2 and 3, at which climbers can rest along the way between the base camp and the summit.
The removal of such a huge amount of garbage from Mount Everest should not come as a surprise it has been for long reported that the peak is covered with everything from human excrement, used oxygen bottles, torn tents, ropes, broken ladders, cans and plastic wrappers left behind by climbers.
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One of the reasons behind the huge pileup of garbage is the ever increasing number of those climbing Mount Everest every year. Just a few weeks back the situation had become so bad that there was a 'traffic jam' at the summit due to the number of climbers, resulting in the death of 11 people. Following the incident, there are reports that the Nepal government may limit the number of climbers allowed t Mount Everest every year.
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