As the primary climbing season comes to an end, mountaineers collected over 70,000 pounds of garbage from Mount Everest Base Camp and below Camp II, according to an official at Sagarmatha Pollution Control Committee.

After nearly 1,000 climbers and their support staff spent about two months on the slopes of Everest this season, “Locals collected more garbage in the region this season than in the past two seasons,” said SPCC Chairman AngDorje Sherpa.

Cleanup efforts are paying off. Photo: Courtesy of The Himalayan Times

According to the report, “Most of the garbage was collected in Base Camp and at Camp II, with 34,043 pounds of it being taken to Namche Bazaar for waste management. That trash falls under the “combustable” category, meaning that it can be burned after removable. A further 4,949 pounds of non-combustable materials was taken to Kathmandu for recycling. An additional 28,649 pounds of human waste and 8,840 pounds of kitchen waste were also removed from the mountain.”

Important to note that this is not all bad news as the efforts to clean the mountain are paying off. According to AngDorje Sherpa, Base Camp is now completely free of garbage.

h/t The Adventure Blog

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