Last updated: 04:19 PM ET, Fri April 03 2015

Indian Army Prepares Massive Climb to Clean Up Mount Everest

Destination & Tourism | Donald Wood | April 03, 2015

Indian Army Prepares Massive Climb to Clean Up Mount Everest

Climbing to the peak of the world’s tallest mountain, Mount Everest, is the dream of many adventure-seeking tourists, but the constant conquests to the top have resulted in thousands of pounds of trash being left behind.

According to Gaurav C. Sawant of India Today, the Indian government has organized an experienced group of climbers from the country’s army to scale the 29,028 feet tall mountain peak in order to remove over 8,000 pounds (around 4,000 kg) of trash from high-altitude camps.

The whole purpose of the climbs will be to “collect all non-biodegradable mountaineering waste dumped by generations of climbers” and bring it to the base of the mountain with the help of local Sherpas.

The Indian Army climb team’s leader, Major Ranveer Singh Jamval, spoke to Sawant about why the country has organized the journey and what the team hopes to accomplish while on the mountain:

“Sadly, Mount Everest is now also called the world's highest junkyard. Our aim is to carry forward our prime minister's dream of cleanliness everywhere, including at the top of the world. We will target the mountaineering waste from Camp 1 (19,695 feet) to the summit (29,028 feet). There are old cylinders, tents, tins, packets, equipment and other mountaineering waste. Apart from our own haversacks weighing 10 kg each, we intend to bring in another 10 kg each on the trip.”

The group of climbers will have 34 members (including six officers, 24 lower-ranked soldiers and Sherpas), and the team leaves for Kathmandu on Saturday, April 4. The plan from there is to begin the ascent in mid-May.

The members of the Indian Army climb team have been training in high-altitude conditions to strength their endurance and mountaineering for the climbs.

To accomplish more in a shorter period of time, the members will be split into two teams before the climbs, with one attempting to scale Mount Everest and the other climbing Mount Lahotse, the fourth-highest peak in the world, according to India Today.

The report claims the entire mission will take 30 days.

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