Is Mount Everest Really Turning Into The World’s Highest Garbage Dump?

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Mount Everest has earned the nickname of “the world’s highest garbage dump” but this will not be the case in the near future. This spring a new policy will be put into action. For each climber, he or she will be responsible for 18 pounds (8 kilograms) of trash upon descent. The Nepali officials will be checking each descending climber upon reaching the Everest base camp. However, there is no stated action on what will be given to the climber without the stated 8 kilograms of trash.

This new policy aims to make Mount Everest and its surrounding clean again. The mountain would be free from scattered food wrappers, spent oxygen cylinders, shredded tent, and other unusable mountain climbing gear.

Just last year, 230,000 visitors came to Nepal to trek the Himalayas. However, only 810 attempted to climb the ever-famous Mount Everest. Ever since 1953, 4,000 climbers have attempted to reach the summit of Mount Everest. The 8,850 meter summit have caused deaths to climbers who have attempted to reach the top. Still, many have successfully reached the mountaintop with the use of oxygen tanks, Sherpa guides, and equipment porters.