China has sent a team of scientists to Everest to conduct a survey and clear rubbish from its slopes while the mountain is closed to commercial climbing.

With Everest all but deserted after China and Nepal cancelled the spring climbing season in March to prevent coronavirus spreading among climbers, the team will be one of only two scaling the 8,848-metre summit. Both teams are Chinese and in contrast to last year’s chaotic spring season, marred by 11 deaths amid chronic overcrowding, they will have the mountain to themselves.

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