Mount Everest: The World's Highest Waste Dump

Matthew Silbernagel

Mount Everest may now be known as not only the highest mountain peak in the world but also the highest dump in the world. It is an undeniable fact that mankind has always sought to push the limits of its own existence. For as long as humans have recorded their history, there have been accounts of brave individuals leaving the comfort of their homes and setting out on spectacularly dangerous adventures.

One such adventure that has grown in popularity over the past several decades is the ascension of Mount Everest. Although the exact date of the first successful climb to Everest's peak has come into question as of late, people have been embarking on the famed climb up Everest's side since the early part of the 20th century. Since then, scores of adventures have flocked to Nepal in order to try their hand at reaching the top of the world.

Perhaps the greatest draw of Mount Everest, at least for many climbers, is the amount of danger and risk involved in scaling Everest. While the traditional dangers of climbing Mount Everest consist of foul weather, steep grades, and avalanches, a new type of threat may be rising to the top of Everest's danger list - human waste.

According to a Fox News report, human waste left by hikers and the requisite support staff has become a real problem. As climbers ascend higher and higher, the disposing of waste becomes a serious issue. Ang Tshering, a Nepalese man, told Fox News.

"Climbers usually dig holes in the snow for their toilet use and leave the human waste there."
"It is a health hazard and the issue needs to be addressed."

[Featured Image credit to NBC News, Body Image credit to UCR Today]