Mountaineers usually shed baggage as they climb higher. A 30-member Indian team setting out for Mount Everest next month plans to come down with 4,000 kilos of excess baggage, or rather, garbage.
The team is making the climb to mark the 50th anniversary of India's first ascent of the world's highest peak. But equally high on their agenda is what sounds like a massive clean-up of Everest's slopes.
Some estimates say the amount of trash left on Everest over the last 60 years is as much as 50 tonnes, making it one of the most littered mountains in the world. Oxygen tanks, sleeping bags, coffee makers, electronic waste, human waste and possibly corpses, are strewn all over the slopes.
Last March, the Nepal government declared that climbers would have to mandatorily bring down some trash.
In 1965, Captain MS Kohli, one of India's finest mountaineers, led nine people to the summit, which at the time was a world record and endured for 17 years.
Major Jamwal has scaled Everest twice before. His team will split into two at Camp 3, where 14 team members will head to Everest and the rest will make their way to Mount Lhotse, which at 8,612 metres, is the fourth-highest peak in the world.
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