6,613 pounds of trash — more than 3 tons — have been collected from Mount Everest since mid-April, with plenty more to go, according to recent reports.
Four dead bodies have also been located during the campaign to clean the mountain, which began on April 14 out of Nepal, according to The Himalayan Times. Officials expect they will remove a total of 11 tons of garbage by the end of the 45-day campaign period, USA Today reported on Thursday. . .
“Our goal is to extract as much waste as possible from Everest so as to restore glory to the mountain. Everest is not just the crown of the world, but our pride,” Dandu Raj Ghimire, Nepal’s tourism director, said according to The Hindu.
Nepal’s tourism department, local government and other mountaineering groups are working together for the campaign, which is the first of its kind, The Himalayan Times reported.
“Everything on Everest, other than rock and snow, will be brought back,” Tika Ram Gurung, secretary of the Nepal Mountaineering Association, said according to The Kathmandu Post. “The goal is to send the message that we should keep this mountain pollution free.” (Read more from “Mount Everest Is Covered in Garbage and Dead Bodies” HERE)