Do you know what climbers on Mount Everest see on their way? An intense blue or gray sky, a spectacular panorama but also a lot of garbage and even human waste.
Therefore, recently measures have been taken to control pollution in the highest mountain on the planet (8,848 meters). To give you an idea, in 2017, 25 tons of solid waste and 15 tons of human waste were collected! Likewise, 16 dumps, 46 garbage cans and 3 toilets have been installed on the roads.
And for five years, Nepalese authorities have asked each expedition for $ 4,000 before going up and then reimbursing them if each mountaineer drops at least 8 kilos of waste.
Cleaners of the heights
What type of trash do you think is most common? Empty bottles of beer, food cans, broken tents and empty oxygen containers. At the moment, Nepal has collected 90,000 kilos of garbage, which it wants to recycle.
And even if you do not believe it, cleaning Everest is a titanic task, since it involves days of walking, more or less a week. You also need pack animals called yaks.
And not only for the cleaners of the heights is difficult, also for the groups that do not run with such good luck and lose companions… for that reason, among the debris there are also human remains, because it is difficult to lower the bodies.
One of the most demanded mountains
It seems that the equation is very simple: the more climbers climb Mount Everest the more garbage is generated. And why is this? Because of the price war between different guides (operators), which leads to more and more inexperienced people trying to climb this mountain.
And all this has an effect on the guides having to take the materials of their clients, instead of those interested in uploading as is customary. And in the end, nobody is responsible for collecting the garbage.
By the way, human waste is another waste that has to be lowered frequently, so we are already working on creating compost plants up there, so that the excrement could be converted into fertilizer.
Measures to prevent pollution in mountains
The materials with which some garments of the climbers are made also contaminate, they remain in the ground, the water, the air, in the mountain. This is the case of the so-called PFCs, compounds that prevent the perspiration of people from staying on clothes.
That’s why there are already clothing brands to climb that have declared that in a few years they will stop using PFC.