The Secret of Mount Everest’s Human Faeces Litter Problem

When you think about Mount Everest, I imagine the last thing that comes to mind is litter. Yet if you are wanting to climb Everest, you now have to collect 8 kilograms of litter and human waste whilst you’re up there, which can’t include your own.

Scaled for the first time ever in 1953 by Tenzing Norgay and Edmund Hillary, Mount Everest is still a very popular mountaineering destination; being the highest mountain on Earth at 29,035ft, it is the ultimate challenge for many climbers. Being a vast natural space, there are no bins or toilets on Everest beyond the base camp at 17,380ft, so it seems many on expeditions simply discard their rubbish and human waste on the mountain with little thought given to its impact on the local environment. Continue reading The Secret of Mount Everest’s Human Faeces Litter Problem