The highest altitude Mt Everest turns into a wasteland

First Published 20, Jun 2018, 3:54 PM IST
The highest altitude Mt Everest turns into a wasteland
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The highest altitude Mt Everest has turned into a giant trash pile. Dumped waste is accumulating in the tracks of the Everest. 

 

The highest altitude Mt Everest has turned into a giant trash pile. Dumped waste is accumulating in the tracks of the Everest. 

 

Since explorer Sir Edmund Hillary reached the 8,848-metre (29,029-foot) peak of Everest - known as Chomolungma in Tibet and Sagarmatha in Nepal - in 1953, thousands of thrill-seekers have attempted the trek. But what goes up doesn't always come back down, resulting in tonnes of trash littered through the mountain's slopes.

 

Both Tibet and Nepal encourage their climber to bring down their waste. Climbers leave their tentsand oxygen cylinders; Even human excreta are found on the trail. Tibet fines climbers US$100 per kilogram they leave behind, and Nepal charges $4,000 deposit per team that's refunded if each member brings down at least 8 kilograms (18 pounds) of rubbish.

 

The local people clean 25 tons of waste including human faeces and take them to the local villages to sort out.

 

 

 

 
 
 

 

 
 
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