In 2018 alone, 8.5 metric tons of mountaineering-rela

ated trash was collected over the region’s spring climbing season. In 2019, 8.21 metric tons of various domestic waste and 2.46

metric tons of sanitary sewage was collected after the mountaineering season,” said Tashi Gyatso.

According to Nyima Tseringa, the head of the region’s sport

bureau, the Tibet Mountaineering Guide School has been playing an important role in mountain rescue.

“Founded in 1999, it is world’s second and China’s first such school, fo

r training mountaineering talent,” said Tsering, vice-chairman of the China Mou

ntaineering Association. “Teams from the school have performed 29 high-altitude

rescues in recent decades, and have set the rescue record above 8,500 meters.”

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