Mount Everest cleanup drive yields 11,000 kilos of rubbish, and four corpses

A Nepal government expedition to Mount Everest has removed 11,000 kilograms of garbage and four dead bodies from the world's highest mountain, officials said.

Tourism Department official Danduraj Ghimire said the cleaners spent weeks collecting food wrappings, cans, bottles and empty oxygen cylinders.

Some of the rubbish was flown to Kathmandu and handed over to recyclers in a ceremony officially concluding the cleaning campaign.

Officials called it a successful mission but said more trash still needs to be collected. Some is covered by snow and only is exposed when temperatures rise.

Officials have not been able to estimate exactly how much garbage is on the mountain. Most was at Camps 2 and 3, at which climbers can rest along the way from the base camp to the 8,850-metre summit.

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A Kiwi mountaineer who’s seen the deadly overcrowding issues first hand gives his thoughts. Source: 1 NEWS

Ghimire said the four bodies were exposed by melting snow and were carried to base camp and then flown to a hospital in Kathmandu for identification. Climbers struggling to make it down the mountain alive sometimes are unable to carry out the bodies of teammates who have died.

More than 300 climbers have died on Everest since it was first conquered in 1953. It is unclear how many bodies are still on the mountain, and officials said they have no records.

Hundreds of climbers and their guides and porters spend weeks on Everest every spring, the best climbing season. A tent city rises at the base camp at 5,300 metres for three months between March and May.

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More than 300 climbers have died on the mountain since 1953. Source: Breakfast

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