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Drinking Water: Cleanup Drive and Record Number

drinking water: Budget expedition companies charge as little as US 30,000 per climber, cutting costs including waste removal, according to CTV. Everest has so much garbage -- depleted oxygen cylinders, food packaging, rope -- that climbers use the trash as a kind of signpost. The record number of climbers crowding the world's highest mountain this season has left a government cleanup crew grappling with how to clear away everything from abandoned tents to human waste that threatens drinking water. But this year's haul from an estimated 700 climbers, guides and porters on the mountain has been a shock to the ethnic Sherpas who worked on the government's cleanup drive this spring. The high winds at that elevation have scattered the tents and trash everywhere. Moreover, the tents are littering South Col, or Camp 4, which, at 8,000 metres 26,240 feet is the highest campsite on Everest, just below the summit. ( As reported in the news.