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Everest Is Covered in a Giant Trash Pile, And We Don’t Deserve This Planet





If nature could speak, there is no doubt that humans would get a mouthful and be thrown every abuse in the book. Man has contaminated every place that he has set foot in, be it the highest peaks or the lowest depths of the oceans, his trash is everywhere. A person will keep his home spic and span but let him step into a place he doesn't own, there is no doubt that some junk of his will be left behind.
Mt. Everest, the world’s highest peak has recently become a garbage dump of sorts with trash piling up to unbelievable amounts over the years. Ever since the peak was conquered by Sir Edmund Hilary and his Sherpa guide, Tenzing Norgay in 1953, scores of mountaineers make the trip to Nepal or Tibet every year to equal this record.
They ascend the peak with a whole load of supplies to sustain them through the climb but very rarely do they bring back what they take up with them. Empty cans, bottles, tents, broken equipment and a whole lot of excreta are left up there for posterity.
It is disgusting, an eyesore,” Pemba Dorje Sherpa told AFP.
It's not as if it is all that difficult to remove. Campsites are easily accessible, so just like the lot was taken up, in the same way, the empty trash can easily be brought down. In fact, it will be easier to carry.


The governments of Tibet and Nepal have realized the implications of this problem and are taking proactive steps to ensure that steps are taken by individuals to take responsibility for their own rubbish. Climbers are fined US$100 per kilogram of rubbish that is left behind, by the Tibetan Government and the Nepalese government takes a deposit of $4000 per team. This amount is refunded if at least 8 kilograms of rubbish is brought down by each member of the team.
The downside to this is that there are many tourists who don't care about the deposit. After having spent about $100,000 for the trek, the deposit is quite meaningless. However, the bright side of this is that there are a few who do care for the environment. As such climbers on the Nepal side of Everest brought down 25 tonnes of trash and 15 tonnes of excrement, and climbers in China (Tibet side) brought down about 8.5 tonnes, which is still a relatively small amount but it is still a start.
The local Sherpas also engage in cleaning the mountain every season. A report in 2016 stated that about 11,793 kg of human excreta is removed from the mountain every season and deposited in trenches in a village nearby. The locals are subjected to living with this disgusting mess every year and become worse in the monsoon when it is carried downhill into the river.

A course in hygiene and environmental cleanliness should also form a mandatory part of the training for mountaineers. Perhaps then some more positive results will be seen. 
Everest Is Covered in a Giant Trash Pile, And We Don’t Deserve This Planet Everest Is Covered in a Giant Trash Pile, And We Don’t Deserve This Planet Reviewed by Tyler on January 18, 2019 Rating: 5

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