Mountaineering expedition organizers in Nepal are supplying Mount Everest climbers with trash bags to collect waste during their expeditions. The trash bags, which can hold up to 176 pounds of waste each, will be transported from the mountain to the base camp via helicopter.
In addition to this year’s waste, climbers are being asked to pick up waste and supplies that were left behind from 2014 and 2015 expeditions, which ended early due to an earthquake-triggered avalanche and multiple deaths.
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Mountaineering expedition organizers in Nepal are sending huge trash bags with climbers on Mount Everest during the spring climbing season to collect trash that then can be winched by helicopters back to the base camp.
Dambar Parajuli of the Expedition Operators Association of Nepal said Wednesday that bags have already been sent to the base camp to be carried by climbers, guides and porters to higher elevations.