|Campaign against plastics, Mt. Everest. The Hindu|
|Trash on Mt. Everest. indiatvnews.com|
In 1953 when Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay, for the first time, made the feat by standing atop Mt. Everest, perhaps, then this oxygen-depleted peak was the loneliest place on Earth, a scary one removed far away from the plains
|Mt. Everest Trash. The Kathmandu Post - eKantipur|
|Saving Everest. Modern Hiker|
Strewn around the Everest slopes along the routes to the summit of the 8,848-metre (29,029-foot) peak. are empty gas canisters, discarded climbing equipment, Fluorescent tents and heaps of human excrement. It is quite nauseating site and an eye sore according to many professional climbers. "The dignity of the unpolluted mountain is ravaged by human madness and greed".
Countless climbers, having scaled the mountain top
and become fatigued are reluctant to bring down
18 kgs of trash with them. Such climbers who spend
$75000.00 to $ 100000.00 for the trip to the summit do not care to lose the trash deposit money $4000.00. To them, it is pittance. The Nepalese government should increase the deposit amount and make it mandatory for the prospective climbers to bring down 10 to 12 kgs of trash. To help the climbers Sherpas and workers carry heavier items, including tents, oxygen cylinders and ropes, up the mountain — and then down again. Decades ago invariably climbers carry the heavy stuff and engage the Sherpas as guides. In the present scenario, during the summer season more people are on the mountains and because of melting ice that washes the trash down, the water resources down the valley get polluted. The raw sewage in the base camp moves down to some places and during the monsoon season is flushed into the near-by river. There is a proposal on the anvil to install bio gas near the base camp. Turing the climbers poo into fertilizer is a good proposition and this will cut down the flow of sewage down the valley.
|Saving mt. Everest. TreeHugger|