A new Nepalese Law requires Climbers to Clean up Mt. Everest’s Garbage. many Western countries are finding this law shocking. When they must not. After all the Government will have to do something about the issue, especially when the Everest is turning into a big garbage dump.
Why so much litter on Everest ?
Right now, the Climbers , most of whom belong to rich Western countries climb up Mt. Everest. These climbers keep leaving garbage at different points en route to the peak. The key reason for this litter is their inability or lack of will to carry their own food, oxygen backup (nitrogen and oxygen), mountaineering & camping equipment themselves. The poor Nepalese porters carry this heavy load for the Westerners. Since carrying load is difficult at such extreme heights, the moment the goods serve their purpose they are left wherever the expedition team is. This has turned Everest into a big garbage dump.
I’m sure the Climbers pay more money to porters or if the Nepalese Government makes the Everest expeditions more expensive, even for Westerners; the problem of garbage can be solved. That apart, there are large deep cravasses (cracks in ice plates) en route to mount everest and falling in them is a common occurrence. But that is not the key reason for the litter.
When compared to the mountain peaks in Europe and else where, the porters in Nepal are still being paid insignificant amount of money. Recently when a couple of dozen nepalese porters were killed in Everest avalanche, their families have to do protests against the government for the compensation of 10, 00, 000 Nepalese Rupees. This is about 10,000 USD and 5 Lakh Indian Rupees.
Don’t know what compelled the Nepalese Government to make this Law. If one doesn’t suspect any vendetta against the porters for their recent protests, then this new law is good. But in order to make this new law more effective, the Nepalese Government must make the Everest climbers to hire more porters. And the moment the load carried by a porter serves its purpose, he must be made to return back to the base. The porter can be paid based on the height of his return. And this money benefit go directly to the porters, and not the intermediaries.
Himalayas are a must for the ecology of Indian subcontinent. Everest expeditions are a must for the hard working Nepalese porters. Both the issues need to be balanced.