DIRTY humans are now one of the biggest problems on Mount Everest. During this year’s climbing season, at least 14 thousand kilograms of human waste are cleared from the highest mountain in the world.
Human waste is seen from the base of the climbing camp at the foot of the mountain to the disposal location near the peak.
At Gorak Shep, the location of the dump is frozen at an altitude of 5,100 meters above sea level, human waste is just thrown away in the open until it dries.
“There is the potential for dirt to enter the river and poison the clean water ecosystem,” said a statement from the Sagarmantha Pollution Control Committee, an NGO working to clean Mount Everest.
A retired climber from the United States named Garry Porter felt discomfort because of the amount of human excrement scattered along the climbing path.
“It’s very unsightly and unhealthy. It’s a nightmare for the environment,” Porter said.
However, he did not necessarily blame the climbers. Because, there is no other choice but to defecate anywhere when climbing is being carried out.
Porter and his colleagues took the initiative to conduct an experiment to convert human waste into methane gas.
“But this is difficult to do in places with sub-zero degrees Celsius,” he said.
Other solutions are also expected by Porter to emerge from other nature lovers so that Mount Everest remains the belle of the climbers with the environment and ecosystems that are maintained.