The Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation (MoCTCA) has found an innovative way to clean up Mt Everest (8,848m).
The ministry has made it mandatory for summiteers to bring down 8 kilograms of trash from the icy slopes of the tallest peak on earth.
The rule will apply to all mountaineers climbing beyond the Everest base camp from new climbing season that begins in April. “From April onwards, climbers will have to bring down 8 kg of trash in addition to their own garbage,” an official at the Tourism Industry Division under MoCTCA said.
However, it is not clear how the division would penalize climbers who do not bring down trash from Mt Everest.
Environment activists say Everest is littered with oxygen cylinders, plastic bottles and wrappers, human waste and even dead bodies of climbers.
According to officials, mountaineers will have to submit garbage brought down from Everest to an office that the division will set up at the Everest base camp. Along with collecting garbage, the office will offer medical aid to climbers and resolve conflicts.
At present, expedition teams have to deposit garbage fee of $4,000 before heading to the mountains. The amount is refunded once they back everything that expedition members take with them the mountain. However, the policy is not strictly enforced.