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Jamling toils for pollution- free Mt Everest.

By Barsali Bhattacharyya in New Delhi JAMLING Tenzing Norgay knows a thing or two about reaching for the top.

And not unlike most top entrepreneurs at the recently- concluded B USINESS T ODAY Mind Rush conclave, he also believes in giving back to those who contribute to his success.

The son of Tenzing Norgay-- who first climbed Mount Everest in 1953 with Sir Edmund Hillary-- and a mountaineer himself, Jamling has been working tirelessly to save our beautiful mountains from the harmful effects of pollution.

" Pollution is a big concern on mountains.

For the longest time, Everest was referred to as the highest garbage dump in the world," says Jamling, at the sidelines of the B USINESS T ODAY conclave. " It is in our nature to leave our garbage behind. When we are driving, we throw junk out of the car; similarly, when we are trekking, we leave it on the mountain," he adds.

He explains that most of the rubbish can be found at a height of 26,000 feet, where one can find the last Mt. Everest base camp. " This is where people leave behind their trash, oxygen tanks, etc and then make the final climb. Once they have reached the top, the only thing on their minds is to get back," shares the experienced summiteer, who followed his father's footsteps and climbed the highest peak in the world.

Around the late 20th century, the environmental impact of pollution on mountains drew the attention of mountaineering enthusiasts as well as environmentalists, and led to the formation of a local non- profit NGO, Sagarmatha Pollution Control Committee' ( SPCC), in 1991. Since inception, it has been actively engaged in waste management, and now the laws make it compulsory for climbers to account for their own garbage.

" We realised that the Sherpas who carry the supplies up return emptyhanded.

We could pay them to bring back the garbage, so that they would also have an incentive to do so," explains Jamling. " Now the mountain is a lot cleaner. The committee takes note of the amount of luggage going up with each climber and checks when they are coming down." Stringent laws and increased awareness has made it mandatory for every expedition to clean up its own mess and bring back their junk with them.

Anyone who fails to do has to pay a fine, and the SPCC's team of Sherpas are sent up to collect the junk.

" Such efforts have made our mountains cleaner and rid them of bottles, plastic and other non- biodegradable wastes," Jamling says, adding that the SPCC also attempts to spread awareness about reforestation among locals. After all, when it is the world's highest mountain peak in question, no effort is enough.

When Jamling is not working for the betterment of the mountains or the hard- working Sherpas, he is speaking at business and management conclaves or trying to reach out to young students and encourage many more to climb our beautiful mountains.

Trained in business management in the US, Jamling laments, " Every year, people from different countries spend so much money to visit the beautiful Himalayas. But despite having these mountains at our backdoor, very few people from our own country care to visit or attempt to climb them." Laments people have a habit of leaving trash behind

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Date:Dec 2, 2014
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