China will cut the number of climbers attempting toscale Mount Everest from the north by a third thisyear as part of plans for a major clean-up on theworld's highest peak.
The total number of climbers attempting to reachthe summit the world's highest peak at 8,850 metres (29,035ft) from the north will be limited tofewer than 300 and the climbing season restrictedto spring, state media reports said.
The clean-up efforts will include the recovery of the bodies of climbers who died at more than 26,246ft (8,000 metres) up the mountain.
Parts of Everest are in China and Nepal. Each year, around 60,000 climbers and guides visit theChinese north side of the mountain, which China refers to by its Tibetan name, MountQomolangma, but few actually try to scale it.
China has set up stations to sort, recycle and break down rubbish from the mountain, whichincludes cans, plastic bags, stove equipment, tents and oxygen tanks.
On the Nepalese side, mountaineering expedition organisers have begun sending hugerubbish bags with climbers during the spring climbing season to collect refuse that then canbe 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 HimalayanDatabase.
Six people were confirmed to have died on the mountain that year, one of them on the northside.
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.
Meanwhile, melting glaciers caused by global warming are exposing trash that hasaccumulated on the mountain since Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay made the firstsuccessful summit 65 years ago.