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Mount Everest is too crowded and dirty, first climber says

Kanchha Sherpa, 91, says more respect should be shown to sacred peak

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Mount Everest is too crowded and dirty

KATHMANDU, 3 March: A surviving member of the mountaineering expedition, who climbed Mount Everest for the first time, said that Mount Everest had become very crowded and dirty.

The 91-year-old Kancha Sherpa was one of the 35-member team that helped New Zealander Edmund Hillary and his Sherpa guide Tenzing Norgay climb the 8,849-meter peak in 1953.

In an interview in Kathmandu on Saturday, Kancha said, “It would have been good for the mountain if there were fewer climbers and also now there is a large number of people at the summit.”

The mountain has been climbed thousands of times since the Hilary Tanzig campaign. There have been concerns about the number of people living on the mountain for months on end, but authorities have no plans to cut down on the number of permits they issue to climbers.

Sherpa said, the mountain is very dirty now, people throw away the shoppers and tins after eating, who will go and pick it up? Everest is like the Qomolangma or Mother Goddess for the Sherpa people, who perform rituals before climbing the mountain.

“They should not pollute the mountain. The mountain is our greatest God and gods should not be polluted”, Kancha said.

“Qamolangma is the greatest god for us Sherpa people, but people throw away the waste after smoking c and eating.”

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