China is cutting the number of permits it issues to climb Mount Everest by one-third for 2019.

The total number of climbers allowed to try to attempt from the north will be limited to fewer than 300 and the climbing season will be restricted to the spring.

The reason is because China is hoping to clean up much of the trash on the mountains and to recover some of the bodies of climbers.

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Parts of Everest are in China and Nepal and thousands head to the mountain each spring and autumn when climbing conditions are at their best.

Last summer, Chinese officials said they removed eight-and-a-half tonnes of trash, including large amounts of human excrement, from the mountain.

In the past the Indian army has cleaned up tonnes of rubbish on the Nepalese side, where expedition organisers have begun sending huge bin bags with climbers during the spring climbing season to collect waste that then can be winched by helicopters back to the base camp.

In 2017, 648 people summited Everest, including 202 from the north side, according to the nonprofit Himalayan Database.

Everest from the North

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