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Ton's of Litter and 4 Bodies Found at the Top of Mount Everest

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Nepal army has removed tonnes of rubbish, four dead bodies, and skeletal remains from Mount Everest and two other peaks in the country.

A series of clean-up drives spanning 55 days were held to clean up Everest, Nuptse, and Lhotse mountains under the campaign “An endeavour to save the Himalayas”.

Prabhu Ram Sharma, Nepal’s Chief of the Army Staff, said tonnes of garbage, four human corpses and one skeleton were recovered from the Himalayan peaks “under the adverse weather conditions”.

Mount Everest has long struggled with its status as the “world’s highest garbage dump” with hundreds of mountaineers arriving at the peak each year. Environmentalists have estimated that more than 50 tonnes of garbage and more than 200 dead bodies are buried in Everest.

The country’s military began the annual clean-up drives in 2019 amid concerns over the climate crisis threatening the existence of the world’s highest mountain.

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jam45

I am absolutely shocked to read about dead bodies. Didn't any of the mountaineers inform at least two people that they are going to climb Mount Everest and if they don't return to raise an alarm for a missing person? I am also puzzled why it has taken so long to make this public.

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stuartsmith544

jam45 That makes 2 of us . I am beyond shocked and its atrocious and surely people would have noticed they hadn't been seen .

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ACR

jam45 all climbers attempting to climb Everest need to obtain permits. They climb with specialist companies. Most climbers would not be able to reach the summit of Everest without the assistance of Sherpas. Dead bodies on Everest has never been a secret. Rescue attempts or retrieving bodies is very dangerous, difficult and not always possible due to the terrain, altitude and weather conditions. Bodies can easily disappear. Famously, George Mallory died attempting to climb Everest in 1924. It took 75 years to find his body - www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cambridgeshire-68856540

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eyeballkerry

I have heard about the dead bodies before. My daughter likes to go climbing and I googled one of the mountains she was climbing and came across this awful news.

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Gromit22

I’ve also heard about the dead bodies there are unfortunately quite a few of them not just at the top. The rubbish i wasn’t aware of and find that disgusting, how can people have so much disrespect. They should just stop people climbing it.

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jam45

Gromit22 I disagree with they should stop people climbing it. It's a tourist attraction remember.

What about the paid Sherpas not into employment and risking their lives as well?

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Gromit22

jam45 it’s also a part of nature, which if humans can not respect it, they don’t deserve to be able to access it and given the volume it’s not just one person!

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TheChimp

The mountain is full of sh*t besides rubbish, because people won't take their mess with them.

We have a problem in Wales with fools not wearing the correct clothes going up n bad weather when going up Snowdon. It costs the rescue services a fortune.

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TheChimp

The mountain is full of sh*t besides rubbish, because people won't take their mess with them.

We have a problem in Wales with fools not wearing the correct clothes going up n bad weather when going up Snowdon. It costs the rescue services a fortune.

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jam45

TheChimp Blimey! Even in this country too? I wasn't aware of this.

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MelissaLee1

Gosh.It's become a big Sky Cemetery!

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EmmaWright762

I think the littering is awful. People should always take their rubbish home with them. I feel terrible for the families of the deceased that were found there though and hope that they can now find closure.

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Pfs

They don't want the bodies rescuing if anything happens to them and its too dangerous to take down as well

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