By Vijay Singh Chhetri
Kathmandu, Nepal – Nepal government has ordered mountaineers climbing Mount Everest to bring back at least 8kg each of litter on their way back.
The rules, which will go into effect this spring, stipulate that climbers who progress beyond base camp must each return with at least 17 pounds of garbage — not including their oxygen tanks and human waste.
The government has already made it compulsory for the climbers to return all their rubbish, which otherwise would risk them losing 4,000 dollars deposit.
Many Nepali and foreign climbers have tried to clean up the mountain in the past.
More than 4,000 people have scaled Mount Everest since it was first conquered by Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay in 1953. Hundreds of others have died in the attempt, while many have succeeded only with help from oxygen tanks, equipment porters and Sherpa guides.
The official altitude of Mount Everest, the world\’s highest peak, is 29,029 feet (8,848m).