Mount Everest is the highest mountain on planet Earth, with a height of 8848 meters (29 029 feet) above sea level.

However, what few may have know is that it has also become the worlds largest trash dump site on the planet, and it is all thanks to ‘big-spending’ climbers who have turned Earth’s highest mountain into a disgusting eyesore, littered with equipment and…. excrement.

Trash is a huge problem, and decades of commercial mountaineering have turned Mt. Everest into one of our planets largest trash dump sites and shows that mankind really does not give a f*ck about the planet.

An Image of the amount of trash at Mount Everest
Image Credit: AFP

On the journey to its highest reachable point, countless climbers, who have a disregard for the environment or unique ecosystem Mount Evers represents, have left behind countless fluorescent tents, innumerable climbing equipment, as well as gas canisters and human excrement.

‘It is disgusting, an eyesore,’ Pemba Dorje Sherpa, who has reached the summit of Everest 18 times, told AFP.

‘The mountain is carrying tonnes of waste.’

If things weren’t bad enough, in combination with climate change and global warming, previously unseen trash deposits that have accumulated for 65 years since Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay made the first successful summit have become visible, leaving a painful sight as human waste has conquered the white-colored landscape of Everest.

Something needs to change, and we may need to look at Nepal.

Trash at Mount Everest.
Image: AFP PHOTO / Damian Benegas”

In fact, some five years ago, Nepal instituted a $4,000 trash deposit for climbers that would be refunded if each person brought back at least eight kilograms of waster.

Curiously, if we take a peek at the Tibetan side of the Himalayan mountains, a climber is required to bring down 8kg of trash. If a climber fails to do so, he is fined $100 per kilogram.

This plan resulted in climbers cleaning up around 25tonnes off trash and nearly fifteen tons of human waste according to the  Sagarmatha Pollution Control Committee (SPCC).

Mount Everest was climbed this year alone by more than 600 people.

The most amount of human trash can be seen on Camp Two, located at an altitude of 6,400 meters above sea level.


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