Nepalese Army retrieves four bodies, tonnes of rubbish from Mount Everest

Kathmandu, June 11 (IANS/DPA) Nepalese soldiers have retrieved four bodies and a skeleton from Mount Everest and the neighbouring peaks of Lhotse and Nuptse during a cleaning operation.

According to the army, the recruiter also collected 11 tonnes of rubbish since April.

At 8,849 metres, Mount Everest is the highest mountain in the world and has also gained the sad notoriety of being the world's highest rubbish dump.

Tonnes of broken tents and clothing, food packaging, cookers, empty water bottles, beer cans and oxygen bottles lie there, left behind by thousands of adventurers.

There is also a lot of human waste - and dozens of corpses, some of which mountaineers even use as trail markers.

When people die on the mountain, they are often left behind. This is because recovering a frozen corpse is difficult and expensive - it costs between $32,000-64,500, according to US mountaineer and blogger Alan Arnette.

In most cases, a team of six to 10 experienced Sherpas with oxygen cylinders is deployed, and a helicopter flies the body off the mountain.

--IANS/DPA

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