A team of mountain climbers led by a veteran Sherpa guide flew to Nepal today to clean up the tons of trash on Mt. Everest.
Mt. Everest is the world’s highest peak. Since being conquered in 1953 over 1,000 people have climbed to the top of the mountain. Instead of bringing their tents, ropes, cans and trash back with them it has been collecting along the mountain trails.
In recent years Nepal has started forcing climbers to bring their stuff back down with them by refusing to refund their deposit if they forget. But trash still litters the gorgeous mountain trails.
Apa a Sherpa guide who only goes by one name is leading the team who is going to try and clean up the mountain. Apa has climbed Everest a total of 20 times. He says that this is something he wants to do and intends to bring down 11,000 pounds of trash over the spring season.
The team of cleaners will clear out 8,800 pounds of trash from the bottom of the mountain alone. They also intend to clear away 2,200 pounds from the mountains summit.
Others who are carrying the trash down the mountain will receive 1.40 for every kilogram of garbage they haul off of Mt. Everest.
Apa is from Nepal but lives in the US now. He started carrying packs and supplies for trekkers and mountain climbers at the age of 12 and says that he is leading the expedition because he loves his country and Mt. Everest.