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BSF Team Scales Mt Everest 4 Times in 2 Days, Brings 700kg Garbage on the Way Down

Their effort earned them a record and an appreciation certificate from the Sagarmatha pollution control board, which monitors environmental degradation on the Everest.

Arunima | CNN-News18Arunima24

Updated:June 5, 2018, 11:11 PM IST
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New Delhi: Scaling Mount Everest is no mean feat, but a BSF team led by Assistant Commandant Lovraj Singh Dharmshaktu not just climbed the world’s tallest peak but also set a record by bringing down 700 kg garbage.

The-15 member team and 7 sherpas who assisted them went back and forth from base camps to the peak at least four times on May 20 and 21 to collect the garbage and bring it back.

“We collected trash like torn tents, cylinders and also found some antiques like an oxygen cylinder from 1972. It had the date etched on it and helped us appreciate the improvement in facilities now from back then," Singh told CNN-News18.

The team split into two units and climbed the summit from the south side. On their way back, the team collected 350 kg garbage each and brought it down with them.

Their effort earned them a record and an appreciation certificate from the Sagarmatha pollution control board, which monitors environmental degradation on the Everest.

"We had gone prepared to clean the Everest as part of Swachhta Abhiyan. We segregated the waste at base camp before packaging it and bringing it down. We also disposed of the waste in a proper manner," Singh said.

This was Lovraj's seventh successful attempt at scaling the Everest.

His efforts earned the appreciation not just from his force but also from Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Rajnath Singh.

"I salute the mother who gave birth to a hero like Lovraj Singh. His feat of scaling Everest 7 times, ensuring that every single member of his team did it too and then the commitment to clean the Everest of garbage; each one of these achievements is laudable," Rajnath Singh said at a ceremony to felicitate the team.

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