Our Clean Everest
Climbers from Japan and Nepal picked up 500kg of tins, old tents, food and medicines littered on Mount Everest over decades by mountaineers. Hundreds of climbers carrying tons of supplies try and climb the 8 850m high Mount Everest every year, adding to the piles of trash on its slopes.
Japan’s Ken Noguchi, who led the latest in a series of cleaning campaigns on the Everest, said most of the garbage his team collected on the northern side of Mount Everest in the past month had been handed over to authorities in Tibet.
He have brought some of the garbage with him, that displayed in Tokyo and Seoul to raise public awareness to keep the mountain clean. Japanese and Koreans are among frequent climbers of Mount Everest.
Noguchi had led several cleaning campaigns to the mountain in the past and has so far collected 8.8 tons of rubbish from the Nepali as well as the Tibetan side of Mount Everest.
Now Everest is much cleaner than before because more people are aware of the impact of leaving garbage on the mountain. During this year’s clean-up expedition, the amount of waste left on the mountain has been drastically decreased.
Although estimates vary, some say there are 50 tons of trash on the mountain – left behind over 54 years of climbing since New Zealander Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay first conquered Everest on May 29 1953.
Nearly 2,000 people have climbed Mount Everest and at least 202 have died trying to do so. Thanks Noguchi we never forget you ……………….
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