Some top Sherpa guides have been critical of the Nepal government’s plan to clear 77,000 pounds of army waste on Mount Everest, BBC Nepali report. They say that the army cannot reach the highest peaks of the Himalayas – this is just something they can do.
“They collected garbage from the lowlands,” said Kami Rita Sherpa, who reached the summit of Mount Everest.. “They must mobilize Sherpas to clear garbage from high altitude.”
“Only Sherpa guides and porters can do this,” he said. “They should be compensated appropriately to clean the mountains.”
According to the government BBC report, using the army for this task will cost a total of 860 million Nepalese rupees – $ 7.5 million.
“Everest Sherpa people are the right people to clean the peaks,” Purba Tashi Sherpa, who has conquered Mount Everest 21 times, told the BBC. “The government should take this into consideration.”
Every year people from all over the world come to climb the world’s highest peak. Treacherous climbing has become so popular that the mountain has become prone to dangerous – and deadly – congestion. Pictures taken near the summit last year show long lines of climbers waiting to reach the summit, in extreme conditions and low oxygen zones known as “death zones”.
Jim Davidson, a high-altitude climber, explained the experience: “We are in a ‘death zone’ of 26,000 feet, so even on bottled oxygen, you are slowly dying. … It’s just too hard to get up there.”
The congestion situation has resulted in more garbage, and more bodies, lagging behind at higher elevations. BBC Nepali reported that dead bodies should be brought down for cleaning the mountain.
Everest killed nine people in just one week last year – the same number of deaths a year earlier.
Descent – When most climbers perish – it is difficult that any additional burden, such as oxygen and cooking gas cylinders, or climbing gears, is left behind on the mountain. Climbers are also forced to leave the bodies of their fellow climbers behind. In some cases, carcasses and garbage have been left in snow and ice for decades.
“It is really difficult to bring heavy cylinders or corpses back from high camps,” Aung Tashring Sherpa, former president of the Nepal Mountaineering Association, told BBC Nepali. “Sherpas often risk their lives to do so. Most of the crumbling bodies weigh as much as 150 kilograms (330 lb), and it seems impossible for the Sherpas to bring down.”
Nepali army spokesman Bigyan Dev Pandey told the BBC that he was confident that his team would be able to reach the upper regions during this year, which would end on 5 June.
He told the BBC Nepali that the army was learning from its mistakes, “and hard work is being done to clear the mountains, including high altitudes.”