O accumulation of rubbish on Everest It has become a problem that increases every year. Not even obligation that each member of the expedition has, since 2014, by Rcollect and download eight kilos of garbage from the mountain prevented the world's roof from earning the name of the world's tallest landfill.
TheyKhumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality has promulgated the 2024 Base Camp Management Procedure to manage activities at base camps located in the region's mountains, including Everest.
From this season onwards, the Climbers must carry a bag of excrement or a biodegradable bag to bring their waste from the highest part of the mountains. “On hot, sunny days, the mountain stinks of shit,” said Mingma Sherpa, chairman of Pasang Lhamu rural municipality. It is estimated that there are around three tons of excrement between Field 1 and Field 4.
“We have received complaints that Human feces are seen on the rocks and some climbers get sick. This is not acceptable and corrodes our image,” Mingma Sherpa told the BBC.
We have received reports that human feces are seen on the rocks and that some climbers are falling ill
He The Sagarmatha Pollution Control Committee announced that around 8,000 bags will be available for sale at Everest base camp, where they must be delivered after use. Anyone who fails to comply with this protocol will be fined and will even be denied permission to return to the mountain on another occasion.
“Climbers have used these types of bags on Mount Denali and also in Antarctica, so we have advocated for their use,” says Mingma.
“Although waste from the base camp and lower fields is manageable, it is difficult to collect it from the upper fields. We will have to follow the new provisions established by the local government and we will have to bring back the items and waste from the upper camps,” said Rakesh Gurung, director of the Tourism Department.
Other rules for Everest
The new regulation, in force since this spring, also establishes that the Expeditions must submit to local authorities an inventory of the items they take to base camps and then bring them back. Furthermore, tourism agencies will be responsible for recovering the bodies of their members, including mountain guides and porters, in the event of death.
Also helicopter flight is limited. They will not be allowed to fly over the region's mountain camps except for rescue operations.
A joint committee of officers from the Nepal Army, Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality and the Department of Transport will continue to work towards manage human activities in base camps to mitigate any risk affecting the sensitive Himalayan ecosystem.