China to clean up Himalayan peaks

Mountaineering regulators in southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR) plan to clean up Mt. Qomolangma, Cho Oyu and Shishapangma during the coming climbing season.

The cleanup campaign on Himalayan peaks will be carried out by the China Tibet Mountaineering Team, China Tibet Mountaineering Association (CTMA) and local expedition organizer Himalayan Expedition, according to a statement released in Lhasa, capital city of TAR, on April 18.

In fear of the global spread of COVID-19, China has suspended all foreign expeditions in TAR during the spring climbing season of 2020.

Mt. Qomolangma from afar. /VCG

Mt. Qomolangma from afar. /VCG

"We believe it's a good time to deal with the garbage up on the mountains," said a CTMA official.

On the north side of Mt. Qomolangma in 2019, CTMA staff, Chinese guides and local villagers cleared off more than 13 tons of garbage, which was generally classified into domestic waste and mountaineering garbage under a newly-established sorting system.

The last climbing season also saw a reward system put into use for the first time in TAR. Local villagers who volunteered to transport garbage down would get paid according to the weight of the garbage.

"We will maintain the measures that have been proved effective before," said the CTMA official.

(Cover image via VCG.)

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Source(s): Xinhua News Agency