China will limit the number of visitors to Everest as a mass clean-up begins on the world's highest mountain to rid it of rubbish
China will cut the number of climbers attempting to scale Mount Everest from the north by a third this year as part of plans for a major clean-up on the world's highest peak.
The total number of climbers attempting to reach the summit the world's highest peak at 8,850 metres (29,035ft) from the north will be limited to fewer than 300 and the climbing season restricted to spring, state media reports said.
Parts of Everest are in China and Nepal. Each year, around 60,000 climbers and guides visit the Chinese north side of the mountain, which China refers to by its Tibetan name, Mount Qomolangma, but few actually try to scale it.
China has set up stations to sort, recycle and break down rubbish from the mountain, which includes cans, plastic bags, stove equipment, tents and oxygen tanks.
On the Nepalese side, mountaineering expedition organisers have begun sending huge rubbish bags with climbers during the spring climbing season to collect refuse that then can be winched by helicopters back to the base camp.
Everest claims multiple victims each year, often in the 'death zone' above 26,246ft (8,000 metres), where the air is thinnest.
In 2017, 648 people reached the top of Everest, according to the non-profit Himalayan Database.
Six people were confirmed to have died on the mountain that year, one of them on the north side.
Mount Everest has become the world's highest rubbish dump with increasing numbers of big-spending climbers turning it into a 'disgusting eyesore', experts claim.
Fluorescent tents, climbing equipment, empty gas canisters and even human excrement litter the well-trodden route to the summit of the 29,029ft (8,848-metre) peak after being dumped by people paying little attention to the environment.
As the number of climbers on the mountain has soared - at least 600 people have scaled the world's highest peak so far this year alone - the problem has worsened.
Meanwhile, melting glaciers caused by global warming are exposing trash that has accumulated on the mountain since Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay made the first successful summit 65 years ago.
译文来源：三泰虎 http://www.santaihu.com/46919.html 译者：Jessica.Wu
Practical, London, United Kingdom, 8 hours ago
China? This mountain is in Nepal.
CarolO, Bradford, 8 hours ago
it's in several countries - it's a large mountain!
Sinner, Death Valley, United States, 8 hours ago
Could you imagine having to take a dump in the freezing weather? FLOL
Dana International, Glasgow, United Kingdom, 8 hours ago
About time too as it looks like a midden.
edwardpartridge, coventry, United Kingdom, 8 hours ago
Too conquer Mount Everest was a once in a lifetime experience, but it's been conquered so many times there really doesn't seem to be any huge achievement in doing it now.
LiberalsRFascists, Somewhere, United States, 8 hours ago
To stand on the highest point on the planet.....on top of the world. It is still not something everyone could do
Big Al 1965, Centurion, South Africa, 8 hours ago
Faeces! Imagine baring your ass in that cold...
Element, England, United Kingdom, 9 hours ago
Should be a heavily enforced rule if it goes up it comes back. If you leave it up there you're going back to get it. Shameful behaviour. If you can't climb it respectfully then don't climb it at all.
Sarah the nurse, Ohio USA, United States, 9 hours ago
The climbers have nick names for the dead people. I've always found that sad and horrible. Nobody should be allowed to climb it IMO
Lisa, Dumfries, 8 hours ago
I've never understood why they can't bring the dead people down. So many manage to go up, surely some could bring the dead back on a sled.
CarolO, Bradford, 8 hours ago
not sure why the dead bodies need to come down really - maybe they wouldn't have wanted to?
Peamiser, Waco, United States, 10 hours ago
Whoever is leaving their crap should be fined big time.
Issy123, Derby, United Kingdom, 10 hours ago
Shame on them all.
reallyirresistible, West Coast, United States, 10 hours ago
Good decision! Clean it up. It's about time to do something about the trashy situation.
ZMan, Portland, United States, 10 hours ago
Good. It's about time. This clean up is way overdue.
dana02536, falmouth, United States, 10 hours ago
Severely limit the amount of climbers to 1 thousand climbers. Charge each climber an environmental tax that will be used to clean up that mess.
Midwest IT Guy, Midwest, 11 hours ago
Climbing to the top of Everest is inherently dangerous. Every ounce you carry increases your chances at death.
Jetcitymc, Seattle, United States, 11 hours ago
They should charge the climbers thousands more. They are all rich regardless.
John-J-C, Glasgow, United Kingdom, 11 hours ago
No true climber would leave anything behind.
MunroKelso, Edinburgh, United Kingdom, 12 hours ago
If rubbish can be brought in then it can be taken out.!
Douglasbrown, Promised land, United Kingdom, 13 hours ago
There must be millions of tonnes of frozen human waste up there
Joco26, Liverpool, United Kingdom, 13 hours ago
Since when has china cared for the environment, never, just a PR stunt !