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    Mount Everest Climbers Urged to Bring Back Their Poop: Efforts to Tackle Environmental Concerns

    Mount Everest climbers are facing a unique request as they prepare for their ascent: bring back your poop. In a bid to tackle mounting environmental concerns, climbers embarking on the iconic journey are now required to clear their excrement and return it to the base camp for proper disposal.

    The decision, spearheaded by the Pasang Lhamu rural municipality, comes in response to complaints of visible human waste on the mountainsides and reports of climbers falling ill due to unsanitary conditions. Mingma Sherpa, Chairman of Pasang Lhamu rural municipality, expressed concern over the negative impact on the region’s image, stating, “This is not acceptable and erodes our image.”

    To enforce this new protocol, climbers intending to conquer Mount Everest and neighboring Mount Lhotse must purchase specially designed “poop bags” at the base camp, which will be checked upon their return. These measures aim to address the challenge of waste disposal in a region where extreme temperatures hinder the natural degradation of excrement.

    During the climbing season, mountaineers spend extended periods at base camp, equipped with separate facilities for toilets and other necessities. However, once climbers ascend the mountain, they often resort to open defecation, particularly in areas with limited snowfall. While some individuals opt to carry biodegradable bags for waste disposal, many rely on makeshift methods, contributing to environmental degradation.

    The Sagarmatha Pollution Control Committee, a non-governmental organization (NGO), has been at the forefront of efforts to combat waste accumulation in the region. Chief Executive Officer Chhiring Sherpa highlighted the challenges posed by waste accumulation in higher-altitude camps, stressing the need for proactive measures to mitigate environmental impact.

    International mountain guide Stephan Keck echoed concerns about the prevalence of human waste, particularly at South Col, which has earned a reputation as an “open toilet” due to minimal snow cover. In preparation for the upcoming climbing season, the NGO is importing over 8,000 poop bags from the US, equipped with chemicals and powders to solidify waste and minimize odor.

    With an estimated 400 international climbers and 800 support workers expected to undertake the expedition, the initiative aims to reduce environmental footprint and preserve the pristine beauty of the world’s highest peak. Each climber will receive specialized bags designed for multiple uses, facilitating responsible waste management throughout their ascent.

    As climbers gear up for the challenging journey ahead, the call to bring back their poop underscores the growing emphasis on sustainability and environmental stewardship in one of the world’s most iconic adventure destinations.

    Sources By Agencies

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