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Mountaineers on Everest clean up drive

LONDON: Coinciding with the Nepal Tourism Year, a group of Nepalese mountaineers are all set to launch a clean-up campaign at Mount Everest – the highest peak in the world.

The sanitation drive is led by Pemba Dorjee Sherpa and Pemba Tsheree Sherpa, both goodwill ambassadors for the Tourism Year 2011. An announcement to this effect was made by the mountaineers at a press conference in Dolakha district of Nepal on Thursday (March 3).

The explosion in number of climbers in the recent times has resulted into huge pile of garbage spread on the surface of the peak posing health risks. According to independent estimates, there are nearly 120 tons of litter and as many as 120 dead bodies on the Everest.

According to Pemba, their squad will carry out a two-month task from the Everest top. He said the collected wastes would be brought to Kathmandu.

On the occasion, Migma Gyaljen Sherpa and Phurwa Tenjee Sherpa announced their plans to set the world record by staying on top of the highest peak for 24 hours during the campaign. Similarly, Pemba announced that he would scale Everest and Mt Lhotse in the interval of 24 hours. Another in the team, Nawang Phuti Sherpa said she would ascend Everest two times in a single season.

Most of the garbage consist of high-tech climbing equipment, plastics, food, tins, oxygen tanks, aluminum cans, clothes, glass, papers, tents which he climbers, either after conquering Mt. Everest or making an attempt to conquer it, leave behind. Such view is common especially at the southeast ridge of the mountain from Nepal side, the most popular route to the summit.

Though there have been a number of clean-up missions in the past to bring down all that junk bit by bit, the mountain still has trash dating from Hillary's time, including a number of corpses.

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