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"world's higest garbage dump"!

It'sTime To Clean the “Worlds Highest Garbage Dump”!     

In 1953, Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay won the race to scale Mount Everest, the world’s tallest peak. We have allread and wondered about this expedition. But, did you know that trips, of a very different kind, are now being planned in this region? This month, a group of mountaineers from South Korea, Japan, France, Italy and Austria, led by Nepalese Sherpa guides, will set out to climb and clean Mount Everest.

Yes, this once-pristine summit, standing at a staggering height of 29,029 feet, is in desperate need of spring cleaning. According to recent reports, over 50 tonnes of garbage has accumulated on the Nepalese side of the mountain.

The slopes are littered with materials (old tents, empty oxygen tanks and food wrappers) that have been left behind by mountaineers. You see, on the way down, it is more convenient to leave unwanted gear and trash behind. In some places there are even bodies that have been preserved by the cold weather. No wonder this revered peak has been nicknamed the world’s highest garbage dump!

There have been several expeditions to clean up Everest in the past. In 2003, the 50th nniversary of Hillary and Norgay’s first journey, a Japanese mountaineer, Ken Noguchi, brought the problem to focus by bringing 2.4 tonnes of garbage off the mountain. This problem persists despite the fact that the Nepalese goverenment has set strict laws. Guides and climbers who fail to carry back all their gear and trash now must forfeit a US$4,000 deposit.

Regulations such as these have been constituted in different parts of the world, in a bid to protect the mountains from rampaging humans. (see box) The climbers on the Everest “spring cleaning” expedition plan to bring down at least five tonnes of garbage from the highest camp before the summit, South Col. They will also carry corpses. They hope that this expedition will set an example to the thousands of climbers yet to scale the high peaks, not only the Everest, but all the peaks in the Himalayas and other mountain ranges of the world.

But, hard core mountaineers are not the only ones who climb mountains. The state of Himachal Pradesh has over four million tourists each year. They trek, ski and romp in the hills and peaks. Just consider this. If each of them leave just one piece of paper, over 18 tonnes of garbage would pile up each year! Over the next 50 years, that would accumulate to 900 tonnes! Guess we all better pick up our trash.

Mountain Range
Highest Mountain in Range
Country
Elevation
Laws
    The Himalayas     Mount Everest
Nepal
29,029 ft
8850 m
US$ 4000 for not returning with all gear
    The Alps     Mount Blanc
France
15,780 ft
4810 m
No camping on protected sites
    The Andes     Cerrs Aconcagua
Argentina

22,831 ft
6959 m

All climbers are given a trash bag   with a number. When finishing a trip they must present their full trash bag or be fined.
    The Rockies     Mount Elbert
USA
14,440 ft
4401 m
Camping only allowed in designated campsites.
    The Alaska
    Range
    Mount McKinley (a.k.a Denali)
USA
20,320ft
6194

All climbers must have a permit and are charged US$150. They are also required to pre-register at least 60 days in advance, allowing the angers to have contact with them prior to climbing.

 

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