Astounding DJI video shows drones cleaning litter from Mount Everest—saving lives of unsung sherpas

DJI Drone takes off to do a delivery on Mount Everest as seen from under the drone
(Image credit: DJI / 8KRAW)

DJI recently released a new video which both highlights a striking technical achievement – the DJI Flycart 30 thermal drone being used in the unforgiving conditions of Mount Everest – and really begs some serious questions about the fact it's doing it at all.

The film shows how the drone is helping Sherpas clear the staggering amounts of garbage that climbers simply abandon on the sides of 'the top of the world'. It also tells of the lives Sherpas have lost doing this largely uncredited work in the past, and watching it might just give you a new perspective on mountaineers.

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Adam Juniper
Managing Editor

With over 20 years of expertise as a tech journalist, Adam brings a wealth of knowledge across a vast number of product categories, including timelapse cameras, home security cameras, NVR cameras, photography books, webcams, 3D printers and 3D scanners, borescopes, radar detectors… and, above all, drones. 

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