The Hush Post: Mount Everest looks like a garbage dump, courtesy decades of mountaineering and nobody bothering to clean it up.
Tents, abandoned climbing equipment, empty canisters and even human excrement litter the well-trodden route to the summit of the 8,848-metre (29,029-foot) peak.
“It is disgusting, an eyesore,” Pemba Dorje Sherpa, who has summited Everest 18 times. “The mountain is carrying tonnes of waste.”
The number of climbers on the mountain has increased to such an extent that 600 people have scaled the Mount Everest so far this year alone and the problem has only worsened.
What makes things worse are the melting glaciers thus exposing the garbage that has accumulated on the Mount Everest since Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay made the first successful big in 1953.
Efforts have been made. Five years ago Nepal implemented a $4,000 rubbish deposit per team that would be refunded if each climber brought down at least eight kilogrammes (18 pounds) of waste.
On the Tibet side of the Himalayan mountain, they are required to bring down the same amount and are fined $100 per kilogramme if they don’t.
In 2017, climbers brought about 25 tonnes of trash and 15 tonnes of human waste — the equivalent of three double-decker buses — according to the Sagarmatha Pollution Control Committee (SPCC).
This season even more was carried down but this is just a fraction of the rubbish dumped each year.
Instead many climbers opt to give up the deposit, little compared to the $20,000-$100,000 they will have forked out for the experience.