10 March 2014
New imposition of Nepal Government to limit the increasing of standardization on Mt. Everest that is reducing the highest mountain of Earth in a playground opened to all. It is estimated that since the first ascent in 1953 by Sir Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay, about 4000 people reached the summit.
This is the problem. A statistical research seems to have emerged that every visitor on Everest leaves about 18 pounds of waste, from food wrappers to equipment parts.
An emergency plan was necessary so from April 2014 the visitors who will pass to Everest Base Camp will bring back 18 pounds of trash (without considering the oxygen bottles and human waste) or risk to lose the $4000 deposit and to be ban for future ascents.
Maddhu Sudan Burlakoti, leader of mountaineering department at the Tourism Ministry says that “We are not asking climbers to search and pick up trash left by someone else. We just want them to bring back what they took up."
In 2010, an important mission of cleaning brought down from “death zone” two tons of trash but it’s estimated that about 50 tons are deposited around Everest since first ascent.