Sherpa estimates that 30 tents and more than 5,000 kilograms of trash have been left on South Col.
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After every party it's time to clean up and Mount Everest is no different. The record number of climbers crowding the world's highest mountain this season has left a government cleanup crew grappling with how to clear away everything from abandoned tents to human waste that threatens drinking water.Budget Everest has so much garbage -- depleted oxygen cylinders, food packaging, rope -- that climbers use the trash as a kind of signpost.The tents are littering South Col, or Camp 4, which, at 8,000 meters is the highest campsite on Everest, just below the summit.It is impossible to know exactly how much litter is spread across Everest because it only becomes visible when the snow melts.The overflowing waste then spills downhill toward Base Camp and even communities below the mountain.Ang Dorjee, who heads the independent Everest Pollution Control Committee, has demanded that the Nepal government -- whose general oversight of Everest has come under scrutiny this year as climbers died waiting in line to ascend -- institute some rules.
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