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China will cut the number of climbers attempting to scale Mount Everest from the north by a third this year as part of plans for a major clean-up on the world's highest peak.
The total number of climbers attempting to reach the summit of the world's highest peak at 8,850 metres will be limited to less than 300, and the climbing season restricted to spring, state media reports said.
The clean-up efforts will include the recovery of the bodies of climbers who died at more than 8,000 metres up the mountain.
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