Since Tenzing Norgay and Edmund Hillary first peaked Mount Everest in 1953, it has been a benchmark of human achievement, with around 1000 summit attempts every year. Unfortunately, as Everest’s attraction has grown, so has the waste left behind on its high slopes. Government policy requires that climbers take all their waste off the mountain, however the reality is somewhat different. Shouldering heavy weights, at high altitudes and in conditions of sheer exhaustion, many climbers do end up leaving behind a trail of gear and used goods.
In recent times, the image of the mountain has been tainted by the increasing number of oxygen bottles, old prayer flags, tents, dead bodies and other waste materials scattered along the climbing trails and at the summit itself, portraying a grim picture of the mountain. Commendable cleaning campaigns have been initiated in the past, yet none have attempted to clean the treacherous region above 8,000 meters, commonly referred to as the ‘Death Zone’.
The Extreme Everest Expedition, an all-Nepali team of 31 Sherpas, will now risk their lives to clear more than 2000 kgs of garbage from this very ‘Death Zone’. Led by Namgyal Sherpa, they will brave the thin air and treacherous weather in a fourty day expedition starting 25 April 2010.
Alongside the cleaning camping, our team will spread awareness on Environmental Pollution, Climate Change and the burning need to clean our Planet and the environment around us. In doing this, it will also help promote Nepal tourism year 2011.
The total cost of the project will be USD 203574 or NPR 15,064,422.
-To collect the waste above 8000 meters and bring it down to Base Camp.
-To attract tourists to climb Mount Everest while keeping it neat and clean in the future.
-To spread awareness among future climbers not to pollute the mountain.
-To find out the real impact of climate change on the mountain.
-To promote tourism and assist Nepal Tourism Year 2011.
-E.E.E. 2010 is expected to clean and bring back almost 2000 kgs of rubbish from above 8000 meters on Mount Everest down to Everest base camp.
-If the waste material piled above 8000 meters are managed properly, this might help to stop the abnormal melting of snow. It will further help to retain the mountain in its original form.
-E.E.E. will inform the world about the adverse effects of climate change on mountain areas and help to collect assistance to stop this.
-It will urge future mountain climbers not to litter in mountain areas.
-It will make the people of the world respect the Nepalese’ awareness of pollution in mountain areas.
-E.E.E. will assist in the accomplishment of Nepal Tourism Year 2011.