KATHMANDU: Nearly 4 tonnes of garbage has been brought to Kathmandu from Mt Everest under the Sagarmatha Cleaning Campaign 2019 launched by the government.

The campaign has targeted to collect 10 tonne of solid waste from the world’s highest peak and its slopes.

The Department of Tourism said on Friday that 1 tonne of garbage has been handed over to Blue Waste to Value for recycling, while 3 tonnes of the garbage is currently with Nepali Army.

Dandu Raj Ghimire, director general of the department, said that 2 tonnes of garbage collected from Camp I and Camp II along with 1.9 tonnes of solid wastes collected from the surrounding of the Everest Base Camp have been taken care.

“Garbage collection from Mt Everest is still going on,” Ghimire said. “Our cleaning team has now reached South Col of the Everest, after cleaning Base Camp, Camp I, Camp II, Camp III and Camp IV.”

The cleaning campaign started from April 14. Meanwhile, Ghimire said that they are also trying to bring down the dead bodies found during the cleaning campaign. However, the crowd of climbers at Mt Everest is obstructing the work to some extent, he said.

This year, China has also conducted a cleaning campaign at Mt Everest from their side.