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Nepal to force Mount Everest climbers to collect rubbish

Published on Mar 3, 2014 5:28 PM
 
This picture taken on May 23, 2010 shows a Nepalese sherpa collecting garbage, left by climbers, at an altitude of 8,000 metres during the Everest clean-up expedition at Mount Everest. Climbers scaling Mount Everest will have to bring back eight kilograms of garbage under new rules designed to clean up the world's highest peak, a Nepalese official said on March 3, 2014. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

KATHMANDU (AFP) - Climbers scaling Mount Everest will have to bring back eight kilograms of garbage under new rules designed to clean up the world's highest peak, a Nepalese official said on Monday.

The rule, one of several new measures for mountaineering in the Himalayan nation, will apply to climbers ascending beyond Everest's base camp from April onwards, said tourism ministry official Madhusudan Burlakoti.

"The government has decided in order to clean up Mount Everest, each member of an expedition must bring back at least eight kilos of garbage, apart from their own trash," he said.

Mr Burlakoti said authorities would take legal action against climbers who failed to comply with the new rule, although it was unclear whether this would involve a fine or other penalty.

 
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