A record-setting Nepalese Sherpa is at Mount Everest preparing for his 20th ascent to honor celebrated climber Sir Edmund Hillary and to take out the garbage.
Apa and his fellow climbers - 17 other Sherpas and 12 Westerners - plan to collect 15,400 pounds of garbage which is a growing environmental problem on the Himalayan peak. Apa will also scatter some of Hillary's ashes at the summit.
Apa holds the record for the most trips to the top of the world's highest peak. His closest rival is a fellow Sherpa who has made 15 ascents.
Apa and his team plan to scale the summit in May, when the weather is most favorable, though there's only a window of a few days before weather turns treacherous.
He says he also wants to promote Nepal's campaign to attract half a million tourists in 2011, as the country recovers from years of instability.