Nepali Climbers Head for Mt. Everest to Clear Trash
    2011-04-06 19:12:53     Xinhua       Web Editor: Guo
A team of mountaineers flew Wednesday to Mt. Everest (also called Qomolangma) on an expedition to clear away tons of trash left on the world's highest peak.

According to THT Online report, since the peak was first conquered in 1953, thousands of people have climbed it, leaving behind empty oxygen bottles, ropes, tents and other garbage that made their journey possible.

Nepali government has since imposed regulations that require climbers to bring down everything they take up the mountain or lose their deposit, but the slopes are still littered with debris from past climbs.

The team that left the capital Katmandu on Wednesday -- led by Apa Sherpa, who has climbed Mt.Everest a record 20 times -- plans to bring down 5,000 kg of garbage during the spring climbing season.

The team hopes to clear 4,000 kg of garbage from the lower part of the mountain and another 1,000 kg from near 8,848-meter summit.

Ang Tshering, organizer of the Eco Everest Expedition, said this is the fourth year a clean-up expedition has been held.

Apa first climbed Mt. Everest in 1989 and has repeated the feat almost every year since. He has been campaigning about the degradation he has seen on the Himalayan peaks due to global warming and other reasons.

He said when he first began climbing Mt. Everest, the trail to the summit was covered with ice and snow. Now, it is dotted with bare rocks. The melting ice has also exposed deep crevasses, making expeditions more dangerous.

Apa grew up in the foothills of Mt. Everest and began carrying equipment and supplies for trekkers and mountaineers at age 12.

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