Sherpa leads Everest clean-up team
A team of mountaineers led by a veteran Sherpa guide has flown to Mount Everest to begin an expedition that aims to clear away tons of rubbish left on the world's highest peak.
The expedition team plans to bring down 11,000lb of refuse from the slopes of Everest during the spring climbing season.
The team's leader, Apa, has climbed Everest a record 20 times.
Apa's team hopes to bring down 8,800lb of refuse from the lower part of the mountain, and another 2,200lb from the area near the 29,035-foot-high summit.
The team will get help bringing down the rubbish by members of other expeditions who will be paid 100 rupees (86p) for every kilogramme they carry down.