Mount Everest: a garbage dump on the roof of the world ? :: by ekimondo
Written by anne-marie July 17th
Mount Everest is 8 850 meters high and considered as the highest mountaintop of the world. “Mountain Wilderness” sounds the alarm: mountain climbers’ and hikers’ are leaving lots of garbage behind them… Cleaning expeditions are thrown together by lots of associations on the most popular mountains of the world, like Mount Everest and Annapurna. In 2001, an Asiatic mountain climbers’ expedition came back from Mount Everest with 2 to 3 tons of trash. May seem a lot but is pretty small considering the hundred tons evaluated on the famous peak.Mountaineering equipment such as ropes, tents, oxygen cylinders, inessential packagings, batteries, medicine, and much other kinds of trash can be found on Mount Everest. “Communication sur le tri et le recyclage de déchets ménagers” emphasizes on another fact: an association picked up 56 000 beer bottles at the feet of Mount Everest.
Guarantees and refundable deposits are charged to the mountain climbers to encourage them to climb down with their trash and bring them to proper disposal sites. The high number of permits allowed may also be a cause of pollution on Mount Everest for some activists. The alarming situation could be partly resolved by a diminution of climbing accreditations. The community living at the feet of Mount Everest, the Sherpas, are fighting against this proposition since their incomes are mostly assured by the popularity of Mount Everest. They developed hostels and trekking agencies for tourists to encourage their economy, based on cattle breeding activities.
The first people to climb Mount Everest were Edmund Hillary and Tensing Norgay on May 29, 1953. They were both from the Sherpas’ Commmunity.
A few associations and ecotourism agencies are offering expeditions respecting the responsible tourism criteria of solidarity and sustainability. Travellers can stay in lots of families around the many villages of Nepal, ultimate destination for trekking amateurs.
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