Call to cut count of Everest climbers

By A Staff Reporter

Kathmandu, June 6: Stakeholders have underlined the need for reducing the number of climbers in Mt. Everest during spring season in order to maintain environment and dignity of the world’s highest peak.

Speaking at a function organised to conclude the Everest Clean-up Campaign of the season at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) on Wednesday, they said that the number of climbers should be reduced in the spring season, increasing their number in the autumn season.
Nim Dorjee Sherpa, chairman of Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality, said that the number of climbers in Mt. Everest during spring should be reduced to prevent it from being polluted and becoming cheap.
“This spring, around 600 climbers summited Mt. Everest; it is more than the optimum number. The number should be limited to 300 a season,” Sherpa said. Remaining 300 should be diverted to autumn season providing various financial and non-financial incentives, he added.
Sherpa said that the rural municipality was formulating working procedures to control the pollution on Mt. Everest.
He said that bar-code tracking system would be used to enforce the climbers to bring back the residues and waste materials from Mt. Everest.
Ang Dorjee Sherpa, chairman of Sagarmatha Pollution Control Committee (SPSS), said that autumn season should be promoted for climbing the highest peak, reducing the pressure of spring season.
He said that autumn used to be the main season to climb Mt. Everest before 1992.
Dandu Raj Ghimire, director general at the Department of Tourism (DoT), said that the joint Everest clean-up campaign had been very successful in its endeavour despite unfavourable weather during the climbing season.
He said that the team deployed for the collection of waste materials had collected more than the expected wastes and bodies.
Ghimire said that around 11,000 kg wastes and four bodies were collected from Mt. Everest during the campaign.
Bigyan Dev Pandey, Brigadier General of Nepal Army, said that the clean-up campaign had been successful to convey a message that Nepal itself was capable to carry out any difficult task in the joint effort of various stakeholders.
A total of 12 different government and non-government organisations, including Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality, the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation, the Ministry of Forest and Environment, Nepal Army, Industry, Tourism, Forest and Environment Ministry of State 1 joined the campaign.
The campaign has collected financial assistance of around Rs. 26.8 million from different sponsors out of which Rs. 26.1 million has been spent in the campaign.
On the occasion, around 10 tonnes of degradable garbage collected from Mt Everest area was handed over to Blue Waste to Value Company for recycling purpose.
Meanwhile, Country Director of Coca-Cola in Nepal Ambuj Singh said that they aimed to retrieve waste from Mt. Everest to keep the mountain pristine.
He made this remark during a programme organised on the occasion of World Environment Day.  

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