(source) - KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — 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.
Climbers spend weeks acclimatizing around the four camps set up between the base camp at 5,300 meters (17,380 feet) and the 8,850-meter-high (29,035-foot-high) 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. At the base camp, where there are more porters, cooks and support staff during the climbing season, there are toilet tents with drums to store the waste. Once filled, the drums are carried to a lower area, where the waste is properly disposed. Dawa Steven Sherpa, who has been leading Everest cleanup expeditions since 2008, said some climbers carry disposable travel toilet bags to use in the higher camps. "It is a health hazard and the issue needs to be addressed," he said.
Nepal's government has not come up with a plan yet to tackle the issue of human waste. But starting this season, officials stationed at the base camp will strictly monitor garbage on the mountain, said Puspa Raj Katuwal, the head of the government's Mountaineering Department. The government imposed new rules last year requiring each climber to bring down to the base camp 8 kilograms (18 pounds) of trash — the amount it estimates a climber discards along the route. Climbing teams must leave a $4,000 deposit that they lose if they don't comply with the regulations, Katuwal said.
Yeah, no shit. Least surprising story I've read in years. You just fucking climbed the tallest mountain in the world! What, like you're NOT gonna take a huge dump everywhere? Grow up, Nepal. Sorry we're not all sherpas and that dropping a deuce on top of a natural wonder isn't part of our every day hum drum.
Look, I've never climbed a mountain. Have zero intentions to ever do it really, but hey who knows. The one thing that would drive a person to do it that I can understand is the animalistic desire to conquer. Conquer and claim dominance over mother nature herself by reaching her highest peak. Well how do you truly establish your dominance over something? You defecate on it. Pee, poop, you name it. Just bodily fluids everywhere otherwise you weren't actually there, that's just fact. So I guess don't be such a pussy Nepal. You gonna let a little pollution* get in the way of man's everlasting journey to dominate nature? Didn't think so.
* Human poop pollution has to be the worst/funniest pollution out there.