There’s too much human poo on Mount Everest


http://www.sfgate.com/world/article/There-s-too-much-human-poo-on-Mount-Everest-6112893.php

Human waste left by climbers on Mount Everest has become a problem that is causing pollution and threatening to spread disease on the world’s highest peak, the chief of Nepal’s mountaineering association said Tuesday.

The more than 700 climbers and guides who spend nearly two months on Everest’s slopes each climbing season leave large amounts of feces and urine, and the issue has not been addressed, Ang Tshering told reporters.

He said Nepal’s government needs to get the climbers to dispose of the waste properly so the mountain remains pristine.

Hundreds of foreign climbers attempt to scale Everest during Nepal’s mountaineering season, which began this week and runs through May.

Climbers spend weeks acclimatising around the four camps set up between the base camp at 17,380ft and the 29,035ft summit. The camps have tents and some essential equipment and supplies, but do not have toilets.

Climbers usually dig holes in the snow for their toilet use and leave the human waste there,” Tshering said, adding that the waste has been “piling up” for years around the four camps.

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