The southern slope of Mount Everest is being wiped clean. The project is to clean away the rubbish left by tourists and climbers along the Nepalese side of climbing route. In total, more than 100 tons of rubbish will be transported by air.
The BBC reported on the 17th that the 1,200 kilograms of rubbish that had been cleaned up on the first day had been airlifted from the nearest Lukla airport to Kathmandu, Nepal, and will be recycled.
With the increase of tourists and climbers, the rubbish left poses a threat to the ecological environment of Mount Everest. In the past, the rubbish was mainly cleared by the local Sherpa guides. Today, it is coordinated by the Sagarmatha Pollution Control Committee. Although tourists and climbers are required to collect all the rubbish they produce, the Sherpa Guides still have to clear hundreds of kilograms of rubbish every year, including empty beer bottles, canned bottles and abandoned mountaineering and hiking equipment.
According to the data provided by the Sagarmatha Pollution Control Committee, more than 100,000 people visited the area near the Everest Base Camp last year, of which only 40,000 were climbers or hikers. The biological waste left by many visitors harmed the Everest environment. The Nepal Mountaineering Association warned in 2015 that the excrement left by climbers poses a health hazard. For this, the Sagarmatha Pollution Control Board set up portable toilets in the main climbing camps.