Introducing the world’s highest garbage dump: Mount Everest

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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. 

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