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With the climbing season approaching the men and women hoping to scale the highest mountain on earth will have to bring back more than just memories. 8kg of litter.

The amount includes their own garbage and is being seen as the best way to clean up the mountains that has become covered with litter in places.

There is everything from paper, food wrapping and beer bottles through to climbing kit including oxygen cyclinders.

The new rules come into force next month.

The government already requires that climbers return with all their rubbish or risk losing their deposit.

Each person must now come off the mountain with 8kg of rubbish and there will be officials checking and weighing at Base Camp.

The authorities say they will take legal action against mountaineers who do not come down with the required amount of refuse.

Everest was first climbed in 1953 and since then 4,000 have reached the summit with many others not making it - large numbers have left their litter behind.

Many climbing groups have welcomed the move.

"This is a rule that should have been introduced a long time back. It is going to make sure that climbers obey the rules" said Ang Tshering, president of Nepal Mountaineering Association.

A police checkpoint will also be set up and will have power and responsibilities to prevent disputes that happen between climbing groups. 

One argument last year between some Sherpas and western climbers made headlines around the world a fist fight ensued and some feared there could have been loss of life.

For the spirit of the mountains

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