The Everest Cleaning Campaign, which was organized from April 14 to May 29, 2019, has been recognized as Guinness World Record.
Secretary at the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Kedar Bahadur Adhikari said that the campaign has been recognized by Guinness World Records as a ‘massive sanitation campaign’.
The Everest Cleaning campaign is a Guinness World Record for the largest sanitation campaign in Mount Everest (Sagarmatha). During the expedition to Everest last year, 10,386 kg of garbage was collected.
A dozen Sherpas trained by the Ministry and the Department of Tourism were deployed in the 5-day-long cleaning campaign. The Nepal Army, local level and other stakeholders were also deployed in it.
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Everest base camp trek is very popular among the trekkers and there are more than 300 climbers who climb Mount Everest each year. The tourism activity in the Mt Everest regions has been the main and only the cause of the Himalayas pollutions. The Everest base camp and the Camp I, Camp II, Camp III and entire route to Submit of Mt. Everest has been polluted due to the climbers and trekkers.
Cleanup Campaign Organizers
The Mt. Everest Cleanup Campaign – 2019 was a joint campaign conducted in coordination with various government bodies, conservation and tourism stakeholders to retrieve garbage from Mt. Everest in this spring climbing season.
The campaign was organized by the following organizations jointly
1. Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation (MoCTCA); and Department of Tourism
2. Ministry of Forests and Environment; and Department of Environment
3. Nepali Army
4. Ministry of Industry, Tourism, Forests and Environment – Province no. 1
5. Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality
6. Sagarmatha National Park and Buffer Zone Management Committee
7. Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA)
8. Nepal Tourism Board (NTB)
9. Sagarmatha Pollution Control Committee (SPCC)