Human Waste on Mount Everest Becomes a Health Concern
Each year 700 people attempt to conquer Mount Everest. It is a mecca for adventurers and extreme sports enthusiasts, but the once pristine wonder of the world is quickly become a health hazard. According to source, human feces and urine has piled up over the years and is threatening to spread disease.
Ang Tshering, chief of the mountaineering association in Nepal, said the human waste is becoming a health and environmental issue. As of today the Nepali government has yet to come up with a way to combat the problem, but environmental groups are throwing their hats into the ring to offer possible suggestions.
The mountaineering season, which begins in March and lasts through May, brings 700 travelers to 4 different base camps. None of the camps are equipped with toilets, and mountaineers have taken to burying their feces in the snow. After years of this the human waste is piling up, and could spread disease in coming years.
Last year the Nepali government instituted a rule that requires each climber to descend the mountain with 18lbs of trash to get a $4,000 deposit refunded. This, however, does not take care of the human waste issue that is now quickly becoming an issue.
Last years Everest season was canceled due to an avalanche that took the lives of 16 people. This years season is due to start next week.