New Delhi: On his five trips to Mt Everest, acclaimed Japanese mountaineer Ken Noguchi apart from gathering experience has collected approximately 9,000 kilograms of garbage from the mountain.
Noguchi was aided by two other Japanese mountaineers and 12 Sherpa guides in his latest trip on which, he collected 500 Kilograms of garbage off the world’s highest peak.
Everest has been nicknamed the world's highest garbage dump for over the past 54 years, mountaineers and climbers have left 50 tons of trash scattered all over. Noguchi and his team has started off on a brilliant note and say they are confident to send just the right signal to the environment watchdogs.
"Everest is getting back to its clean status. I hope this would be our last cleaning campaign. Much garbage has been cleaned now,” said Ken Noguchi who began his clean up campaign back in 2000.
The high altitude, deep snow, icy slopes and low level of oxygen make it difficult for climbers to carry anything other than the necessities down the mountain once they reach the peak.
In recent years, however, the Nepalese government has tightened its laws, and climbers and their guides are now required to carry out tents, ropes, sleeping bags, oxygen tanks and trash, or forfeit a 4,000 (US) dollar deposit.