Mount Everest has a “disgusting eyesore” of trash left over from climbers, according to Agence France-Presse Sunday.
Mountain climbers have left behind heaps of trash after taking on the challenge of climbing Mount Everest, AFP reported. The adventure-seekers’ “disgusting eyesore” of trash includes tents, empty gas canisters, climbing equipment, and even human waste left behind on the 29,029 foot tall Himalayan mountain. (RELATED: Nepal Is Remeasuring Mount Everest)
“It is disgusting, an eyesore,” Pemba Dorje Sherpa, who has climbed Mount Everest, told AFP. “The mountain is carrying tonnes of waste.” Melting glaciers on the mountain are also exposing trash left over from the climbers who attempted to tackle the mountain that borders Tibet and Nepal. (RELATED: Court Rules Double Amputee Has Permission To Climb Mt. Everest)
Tibet and Nepal have carried out policies to fine climbers who do not contribute to cleaning up the litter. Nepal issued a fully refundable $4,000 rubbish deposit if climbers brought down 18 pounds worth of waste. The Tibet side requires climbers to bring down the same amount of litter and are given a $100 fine if they fail to abide by the regulations. Climbers from the Nepalese side brought down around 25 tonnes of trash and 15 tonnes of waste in 2017, according to the Sagarmatha Pollution Control Committee (SPCC).
Climbers Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay first successfully climbed Mount Everest in 1953, reported The Economic Times.
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