Introducing the world’s highest garbage dump: Mount Everest


Mount Everest, the world’s highest mountain above sea level, has unfortunately turned into a dump yard and it is having an adverse effect on the fragile mountain ecology.

Check out this video posted by AFP on YouTube:

What has caused this?

According to the United Nations, 20 people visited Mount Everest in 1964, but guess how many visited in 2012? 26,000! There are a huge number of mountain hikers who want to climb Mount Everest BUT they don’t seem to care about the environment, and leave behind a lot of their rubbish.

Guess what they leave behind! Apparently camping equipment (like part of their tents) and gas cylinders, wrappers, cans, and…. poop! Yuck!

How much garbage has been dumped up there?

Although there is no definite figure yet, CS Monitor says that China retrieved 9.4 tonnes (9,400 kgs) of garbage from their side of the mountain from April to June 2018.

What can we do about this?

What they are supposed to do is carry their waste down the mountain when they come back. Tibet and China give each climber a couple of garbage bags in which to transport their waste down the mountain, and they levy a fine on each hiker who doesn’t bring these back. We can definitely be more responsible about where and how we dispose of our waste. Let’s not expect others to clean up after us!

Written by: Preetika Soni. Preetika is a full – time toddler mommy. In the time that is left, she enjoys writing, photography and crochet. She has worked with NDTV, Mumbai and has taught at SCMSophia. 

Spread the love
No Comments Yet

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

Write to us at

Help us keep currentkids, current! We’d love to hear about your crazy adventures and experiences. Send us your pictures, travel diaries, thoughts on cool new gadgets, gaming experiences and anything else you find interesting!

About Us

Welcome to our entertaining and empowering news source for kids with inquisitive minds! This is a digital space that keeps kids aged 8 and above (and your families!) connected to what’s happening in the world. We filter a wide variety of news, events, and interesting bits of trivia to develop short, relevant, unbiased content in creative formats. We give everyone something to relate to and get engaged with in short bytes of information with a snappy, chatty feel. We believe in encouraging curiosity, creativity and continued learning in our safe digital space.

Why is reading non-fiction important?

This helps curious minds to learn more about the outside world. It also enriches their vocabulary and their general knowledge. Simplified news helps children to express their opinions easily with their friends and family and gives them some perspective on complex issues. Our safe news website will give you parents a useful tool with which to navigate the digital world with your children.

We hope you enjoy our posts!

Biyash & Sunaina

Subscribe to our weekly newsletter and stay current!


You have successfully subscribed to the newsletter

There was an error while trying to send your request. Please try again.