Almost 25,000 Pounds of Trash Have Been Removed From Mt Everest

Erin Evans

It would be really cool to climb Mount Everest. It’s not exactly on my bucket list – it’s expensive, and I really like oxygen – but it would be amazing to see.

The climb this year was overcrowded and full of garbage, which really takes away from the natural awe and beauty of it all. Almost 25,000 pounds of garbage were removed by the Nepalese government following this year’s climbing season.

Among the 11 tons of recovered trash from the 45-day project are food wrappers, cans, bottles and empty oxygen cylinders, Tourist department official Danduraj Ghimire said. Cleaning up the mountain has been extremely difficult due to unpredictable weather conditions, inaccessibility of certain areas and the inherent dangers involved.

Some of the trash will be recycled in Kathmandu, Nepal. Some of it will be burned or buried. And there’s still bagged refuse on the mountain, which will have to be removed once the weather is better.

In addition to trash, the cleanup crew also removed four dead bodies that were found in the snowmelt. This was potentially the busiest climbing season on record, as well as the deadliest since 2015.

Both China and Nepal charge climbers a trash fee and require climbers to bring down their own garbage, as well as several additional pounds of trash, from the mountain. However, these laws aren’t strictly enforced.

It’s sad, really – we’re trashing one of the coolest places in the world just to experience the thrill of it. I love outdoor adventures, but here in Colorado we’re big on the “Leave No Trace” principle – everything you take with you must be brought back. Love nature, experience nature, but don’t trash nature.

I wonder what the environmentalists have to say about this.