Decades of welcoming hikers, climbers, and adventure seekers has taken an economic toll on Mt. Everest and the surrounding Khumbu Valley.
A build up of garbage and solid waste has become a major issue in the area.
Now the Nepal Tourism Board is teaming up with Everest Summiteers Association (ESA) and Eco Himal to kick off the “Save Mt. Everest Campaign.”
The hope is to remove over 8 tons of garbage from the mountain and install 15 waste management plants in the area. Officials will train 100 individuals living nearby to staff the plants.
Following the massive clean-up, the Nepali Ministry of Environment and Science will enforce new guidelines for future climbing and trekking expeditions.