Nepalese authorities say that the number of visitors to Sagarmatha National Park, where Everest lies, has roughly tripled in the past 20 years.The year 2019 has been the deadliest year for Mount Everest climbers. 10 people have already died in a little more than 2 weeks in a rush to conquer the world’s highest summit. Although most are believed to have suffered from altitude sickness, which is caused by low amounts of oxygen. Others have blamed overcrowding for the increase in the number of deaths this season.
The flat part of the summit, which is about 18 feet or so, was packed with 15-20 people. According to a trekker, to get up there, people had to wait for hours together in a line on one of the most dangerous mountains. Climbers pushed and shoved to take selfies
Nepal’s tourism authorities have denied accusations that the rise in Mount Everest deaths is solely due to overcrowding. It cited other factors, including adverse weather conditions, which also played a factor. Besides this, mountaineering experts say that other factors which led to these deaths were: A missed weather window,Bad crowd management,Inexperienced climbers and Competition between operators.
The boom in alpine tourism has left Mount Everest covered in debris. As mountaineers explore the sacred mountain, and benefit the local economy, they also play a major role in tipping the eco-balance of the Everest region. As of today, the Himalayan peak is at the cusp of commercial mountaineering and a trail of discarded waste.
During the peak season, the human waste, abandoned mountaineering gears such as empty oxygen cylinders, food wrappers, broken tents, batteries, and other trash became the hazardous bio-products of relentless, commercial Everest expeditions.
It is estimated that some 50 tonnes of mountaineering rubbish has accumulated beyond the Everest Base Camp.Trash and bodies left on Mount Everest, will take a long time to degrade given the freezing temperature. Thus, it may not be an imminent environmental disaster, but nevertheless, the contamination of the region would have catastrophic consequences.
It will take a combined effort from mountaineers, the local Sherpa people and Nepalese authorities to liberate Mount Everest from its piles of rubbish.