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Mt Everest's Highest Camp Littered With Frozen Garbage And Human Remains

The volume of trash at South Col, the pivotal camp before the summit, is estimated at a substantial 40–50 tonnes, highlighting the pressing need for ongoing and intensified clean-up endeavors on the world's highest peak

Mount Everest is covered in waste Photo: @conceptsjpeg/Instagram

At almost 30,000 feet above sea level, Mount Everest attracts thousands of high-altitude climbers who leave behind tons of waste. The pollution is so severe that a study sampling 11 different snow regions of various altitudes found microplastics in all of them. Efforts have been made to clean up the mountain, and in 2021, the government of Nepal announced that 24,000 pounds of garbage, including plastic water bottles, food wrappings, plastic wrappers, tattered tents, equipment, batteries, and human waste, had been collected during a 45-day clean-up project. At the summit of Mount Everest, the towering peak that reigns as the world's highest, a troubling sight has emerged recently. The highest camp is now marred by a distressing accumulation of trash, presenting a formidable challenge for cleanup. An Everest sherpa, leading a team through the gruelling task of clearing the debris and recovering climbers' remnants, has emphasised the need for many years of unwavering dedication to restore this hallowed ground to its former unspoiled state.