In a piece of great news, climbers from Nepal have managed to remove more than two tons of waste from Mount Everest in 47 days. By Kumar Shree
The world’s highest mountain peak in the Himalayas, Mount Everest, has often made to the news for its waste accumulation. However, this time the news from Mount Everest is a rather pleasant one.
The Bally Peak Outlook Foundation launched an expedition in September 2020. The timing was more than right, as official expeditions were closed at the time because of the COVID-19 lockdown. During this period, a team of 12 Nepalese climbers covered 450 kilometres across Mount Everest and removed 2.2 tons of waste from the base camp.
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More than 10,000 climbers have left back some or other form of trash at Mount Everest since 1905. Environmental activist and mountaineer Dawa Steven Sherpa led a team of professional climbers, cleaners, sorters, packers, porters, and a local group whose income took a hit because of the lockdown for the inaugural clean-up drive.
Thanks to the expedition team, they’ve have managed to clean up the base camps of Cho Oyu (8,188 metres), Everest (8,848 metres), Lhotse (8,516 metres), and Makalu (8,485 metres) mountains in the Himalayas. The teams removed food waste, batteries, beer cans, oxygen cylinders, human waste, plastic, batteries, and other forms of waste.
The foundation also tweeted about its efforts. “Last fall, a #BallyPeakOutlook expedition embarked on the first phase of our #8X8000M pledge to clean up the base camps of Nepal’s eight 8,000m mountains. Over 47 days, 2.2 tons of waste were removed from Cho Oyu, Everest, Lhotse and Makalu. Learn more at http://bally.com/peakoutlook,” they wrote.
Last fall, a #BallyPeakOutlook expedition embarked on the first phase of our #8X8000M pledge to clean up the base camps of Nepal’s eight 8,000m mountains. Over 47 days, 2.2 tons of waste were removed from Cho Oyu, Everest, Lhotse and Makalu. Learn more at https://t.co/k4aTRjwhWk pic.twitter.com/Drnj4J26lQ
— BALLY (@Bally) March 29, 2021