Nepal tells Mount Everest litterbugs to get the trash
#Nepal #MountEverest – Nepal tells Mount Everest litterbugs to take out the trash – Six decades after the first conquest of the world’s highest peak, tons of rubbish and human waste abandoned by hundreds of Mount Everest climbers is starting to raise a stink.
Nepal is cracking down on the mountaineers who seek to emulate the 1953 feat of Sir Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay, in the process giving the 8,850-metre (29,035-foot) peak the dubious honor of being the world’s highest garbage dump.
About 300 mountaineers and as many Sherpa guides battle the elements on Everest’s icy slopes during the annual climbing season, which begins in March and runs until May.
But in the absence of toilets climbers must squat in the open or hunker down behind rocks to do their business.
Now Nepal has threatened stricter enforcement of penalties to persuade climbers to clean up after themselves and carry litter back to base camp.
A 2014 rule for a garbage deposit of $4,000 to be forfeited by any expedition from which a climber fails to bring back 8 kg (17.6 lbs) of trash and human waste, will be strictly enforced this year, a tourism official said.