Everest trail cleanup campaign concludes

Members of the team with the garbage they have collected. Photo: TAAN
Members of the team with the garbage they have collected. Photo: TAAN

KATHMANDU, Nepal- Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN) has successfully concluded the 10-day Everest trail cleanup campaign.

The cleanup campaign started on May 23 end on June 1, the TAAN said in a press release issued on Wednesday, June 12, 2013. TAAN, the umbrella organization of the country’s trekking agencies, had organized the campaign on the occasion of Diamond Jubilee Celebration of the First Ascent of Mt Everest and World Environment Day.

The cleanup campaign gathered litters up to the Everest Base Camp from Lukla to Phakding, Monjo, Namche Bazaar, Tengboche, Dingboche, Pheriche, Gorakshep, states the release.

The 15-member team led by a TAAN staff Devendra Dangol collected about 1,500 quintals of garbage and decomposed it at different places along the trail.

“Beer cans; wrappers of noodles, biscuits, tobacco and cigarette; battery; and mineral water bottles were found almost throughout the trail,” Dangol said, after returning to Kathmandu. “The Namche Bazaar-Tengboche section of the trail was littered the most.”

The team comprised of TAAN representative, representatives of different tourism workers’ unions and locals.

“We collected the garbage and safely burnt them at the garbage collection centers of Sagarmatha Pollution Control Committee (SPCC),” Dangol said.


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