24,000 Pounds Of Trash Taken From Mt. Everest -- Which Includes 4 Bodies

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The climb to the top of Mount Everest has become more popular than ever if the amount of trash on the mountain is any indication.

It has been reported that over 24,000 pounds of trash, ranging from food wrapper and containers to discarded camping equipment, to used oxygen tanks have made up the bulk of the trash that has been left behind by past climbers.

In a report from the New York Post, all of this trash come down accompanied by 4 bodies of climbers that were exposed due to the spring thaw.

All of the trash and the bodies have been flown to Kathmandu. There the trash will be handled by a local recycling authority while the bodies have been taken to the Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital to being the process of identification.

Will this amount of trash be a cause for the local government to limit the number of climbers that make their way to the summit of Everest? Nepal issued 381 climbing permits this year, which lead to a traffic jam of climbers heading to the different camps recently and would be part of the cause for the amount of trash being left behind.


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