Are our mountains turning into garbage dump sites? This is the question many of us may ask if we see the garbage littering our beautiful and rugged mountains. Looking at the pictures below,taken at Mount Everest, we can make out how climbers, in their race to conquer the mountain, leave behind ugly reminders of their sojourn ; unsightly wastes, defacing the mountain sides.
These pictures were taken by our climbing guide Namgyal Sherpa, who acted as the project director for ‘Extreme Everest Expedition 2010’ that was organized on Spring 2010 to clean up Mt Everest. The team comprising of 31 members , included 11 porters and 20 mountaineers.They collected around 1,500 kilograms of garbage. Debris collected included oxygen canisters, food containers, discarded tents, ropes and backpacks – all of which was put on display in an exhibition at Everest base camp.
The team also brought back the body of a Swiss climber who died on the mountain in 2008.
The meeting and handling was excellent. Everything worked! Good tents and facilities (dining & toilet tents). For young mountaineers I suggest an extra day/camp between Kyangjin Gompa and High Camp, some where around 4,400m.