Dawa Steven Sherpa, organizer of Eco Everest
Expedition talked about this year’s Eco Everest Expedition. “This
Expedition is focused on climbing in an Eco-sensitive manner to keep
Everest clean and collect garbage, debris and waste left by past
expedition groups. The collected garbage will be brought down to the
Base Camp by members of the clean up team for proper disposal.
The Eco Expedition would again be using the alternative energy
solutions like the parabolic solar cookers, solar lightings and the
ultraviolet light pens for water purification,” he said.
Since 2008, the Eco Everest Expeditions have
collected and brought off the mountain nearly 12,000 kgs of garbage.
Also four died bodies recovered and brought down from the mountain
for a dignified burial.
The Eco Everest Expedition 2011 plans again to
collect and bring down garbage from high altitude . His team targets
to bring down 4000 kilograms of garbage from the mountain like the
previous Eco Everest Expedition on the basis of "Cash for Trash"
program which offers 1 hundred rupees for one kilo garbage brought
down to Base Camp. Furthermore, together with Japanese Mt.Everest
Summiteer and Environmentalist Ken Noguchi, the expedition aims to
bring down another 1 thousand kilos of garbage between Camp II and
the Summit. The aim is is to clean up a total of 5000 Kilograms of
garbage from Mt. Everest this year.
At Base Camp, the collected garbage will be sorted
into biodegradable and burnable which will be handed over to the
Sagarmatha or Everest Pollution Control Committee (SPCC), an NGO
based in the Everest region. The non-degradable and non-burnable
garbage will be brought to storage in Asian Trekking's warehouse in
The major sponsors of Eco Everest Expedition 2011
garbage collection program are Asian Trekking Pvt. Ltd and The North
Dawa Steven Sherpa and his Eco Everest Expedition
team are continuing this initiative to create awareness among the
local people and among the climbers to help keep Mt.Everest and the
Himalayan Mountains clean. Eco Everest Expeditions have been taking
a message to "stop climate change" as it destroys the Himalayan
environment and threatening the lives and livelyhoods of the
Ang Tshering Sherpa