- The Chief of Nepal’s mountaineering association says that poo left by climbers on Mount Everest is causing pollution and threatening to spread disease.
- Ang Tshering says that Nepal’s government needs to address the faeces and urine left each season, given that more than 700 climbers and guides spend approximately 2 months on Everest’s slopes.
- Ang highlights that climbers spend considerable periods of time acclimatising around camps, which do not have toilets.
- Accordingly, climbers have been digging holes to leave their waste, which has been piling up for years.
- Last year, Nepal’s government imposed a new rule requiring each climber to return 8kg of rubbish to the base camp, being an estimation of each climber’s waste.
- Nepal’s mountaineering seasons commenced this week and runs through May.
- Mount Everest was first conquered in 1953 by Edmund Hillary and his Sherpa guide Tenzig Norgay.