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04 March 2014 :: 14:03:21 pm 82809

Climbers Ordered To Clean Up Garbage on Everest

EVEREST climbers will each be made to carry at least 8kg of rubbish back with them on the way down, under new rules to eradicate a growing garbage problem on the world's highest peak.
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NEPAL – March 3,2014; Nepalese officials said the new rules were part of a package of measures that will be introduced from the start of the climbing season next month.

Madhusudan Burlakoti, a spokesman for Nepal’s tourism ministry, said climbers who failed to return litter to a special government office to be established at base camp would be punished. “The government has decided in order to clean up Mount Everest, each member of an expedition must bring back at least eight kilos of garbage, apart from their own trash,” he said.

“Our earlier efforts have not been very effective. This time if they don’t bring back garbage we will take legal action and penalise them.”

The growing number of climbers attempting to scale the 8848m peak, first climbed in 1953 by Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay, has led to increased pollution, with an estimated 50 tonnes of rubbish left on the slopes each year, environmental groups say.

The garbage, some of which dates back several decades, includes oxygen and cooking gas canisters, old tents, food packaging, human waste and several corpses, which do not properly decompose in the extreme cold. Last year was the busiest in Everest’s history, with 810 climbers attempting to scale the Himalayan peak from Nepal. More attempted the climb from the Tibetan side.

The overcrowding came into sharp focus when a brawl erupted at about 7300m between European climbers and Nepalese Sherpas. Ueli Steck, a Swiss speed-climber, was forced to flee from the mountain after Sherpas threw rocks at his tent, forcing other western climbers to intervene to save him.

Tourist ministry officials said soldiers and police will now be stationed at base camp to resolve any security issues.

Adding to overcrowding fears, last month Nepal — which earns millions of dollars a year from climbers — said it would slash the cost of permits to about $12000 per climber, down from $28,000.

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