There's ‘Too Much Poo’ On Mt. Everest, Say Nepalese Authorities… And It’s Becoming a Serious Problem
Ever dreamt of climbing Everest? It turns out the views may not be so good after all...
If you have climbed up Mt. Everest in the past, you probably get a lot of people telling you you’re full of shit when you let them in on the story.
The thing is though, we know that you’re not full out shit – and you do too. Because it looks like you got all the stuff out of your system when you were climbing the mountain, and now it’s a safety hazard for everyone else.
That cheeky piss you took when no one was watching? Now it's ruining it for everyone else...
That sneaky shit you thought nobody saw you take up on Everest? That cheeky piss you took when no one was watching? Well Ang Tshering, the chief of Nepal’s mountaineering association, knows exactly what you’ve been up to – and he says that thanks to you and your faeces-dropping friends, the highest mountain in the world is now becoming a wasteland.
“Climbers usually did holes in the snow for their toilet use and leave the human waste there," he said, adding that it’s been "piling up" for years now.
More than 700 climbers, plus their guides, spend nearly two months on the slopes of Everest each year during climbing season.
There are four camps set up between the base camp at 5,300m and the summit at 8,850m, but none of these have toilets, and the government have yet to find a way to get rid of the waste.
Tshering wants ruling authorities to now step in to get visitors to dispose of waste properly, following on from the recent ruling that means each climber must bring down 8kg of rubbish when they return to base camp, to address the litter problem on the mountain.
Teams also make a $4,000 deposit which is forfeited if they break any of the rules, so new rules involving waste disposal may well be added, requiring climbers to carry disposable travel toilet bags on their climb.
And there you have it. Dreaming about the views from the world’s highest mountain? Don’t bother. If you ever make it up there, you’ll just find a few Kit Kat rappers and a giant pile of shit.