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Everest’s highest camp, South Col, is littered with decades-old frozen garbage, including old tents, food packaging, and oxygen bottles. A Nepal government-funded team of soldiers and Sherpas removed 11 tons of trash and several bodies this year, but an estimated 40-50 tons remain. Cleanup efforts are complicated by the high altitude and frozen conditions. While recent regulations and environmental awareness have reduced new waste, most of the garbage is from older expeditions. The cleanup will take years to complete.

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