SOLUKHUMBU: At least Two thousand Kilograms, (KG) of solid waste has been collected from the Mount Everest region under the Everest Cleaning Campaign. Of them, 1,000 KG’s were taken to Kathmandu and another 1,000 KG’s to Okhaldhunga via a Nepali Army helicopter for disposal, according to the Everest National Park.
The locally manageable waste has been managed at the Namche region itself. Bio-degradable waste has been taken to Okhaldhunga while non-degradable like plastic and bottles have been taken to Kathmandu, according to Chief of the Park Pramod Bhattarai. The cleanliness campaign was held from Lukla to Syangboche of the Khumbu region to mark the 12th International Everest Day.
The Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural municipality, Nepali Army, Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation, Department of Forest and Environment, the Park buffer zone and Everest Pollution Control Committee took part in the campaign that began from the first day of New Year 2076, added Bhattarai.
(A Sherpa bags up litter on Mount Everest at 8,000 meters. Photo Credit: Namgyal Sherpa-AFP)
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