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4.4 Tons of garbage from Mount Everest brought to Kathmandu

Kathmandu, May 26 Himalayan News Service

Four-thousand kilograms of garbage collected from Mt Everest was brought to Kathmandu under ‘Clean mountain campaign.’ Three-thousand kilograms of garbage still remained at the mountain site, according to the Nepali Army.

The garbage was collected in collaboration with the NA, Nepal Tourism Board, Mountaineering Association of Nepal and Khumbhu Pashang Lhamu Rural Municipality.

Remaining garbage would be brought to Kathmandu within June 3, according to NA.

According to the NA spokesperson Bigyan Dev Pandey, the NA followed the command and directives of CoAS Thapa, which stated that the NA will work for cleaning the mountain. This is the first time that the NA took initiatives to clean the tallest mountain of the world, according to Pandey.

The NA will participate at a program in Lukla to mark the ‘Sagarmatha Day’, tomorrow.

“Twelve Sherpas helped to collect the garbage above the base camp,” said Pandey, adding that the Sherpas collected garbage from different camps of Mt. Everest.

The Nepali Army first carried the garbage collected from Mt Everest to Gorakshep, located inside the Sagarmatha National Park, by a helicopter.

Also a helicopter was used to airlift the garbage from Gorakshep to Okhalghunga. It employed vehicles as well as a helicopter to carry the garbage from Okhaldhunga to Kathmandu, according to Pandey.

The NA has stored 3,000 kg garbage on its office premises at the Tribhuvan International Airport.

It handed over 1,000 kg garbage to Blue Waste to Value (BW2V), a social enterprise dedicated to creating value from the mountain waste.

Pandey, said that NA will hand over the remaining garbage to BW2V on June 5, on the occasion of ‘Environment Day’.

He said that after completing the Mt Everest clean-up campaign, the NA will continue its cleaning drive in other mountains of the country, on a priority basis.


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