[Ed. – Who goes up and checks?]
Climbers hoping to scale Mount Everest will have to tidy up behind them and return with their own rubbish under new rules introduced by Nepal to stop the world’s highest peak becoming a high altitude waste dump.
Groups which fail to return to base camp with either eight kilogrammes (17.6 lbs) of rubbish for each team member will lose their $4,000 deposit (£2,397). The Nepali government is to open inspection offices at the Everest base camp to weigh each climbers litter and waste following their descent.
Tourism officials said the government had acted to enforce its rules as the numbers climbing on the mountain and summiting the peak continues to increase with more and more waste being left on its slopes.
More than 4000 have now scaled the summit since Sir Edmund Hilary conquered it with Sherpa Tenzing in 1953, but the summiteers club is becoming steadily less exclusive with the Nepal government reducing fees and offering discounts to groups.