How to keep Everest Base Camp Clean

  • Last Updated on Aug 11, 2022

Every year thousands of trekkers around the globe trek to the Everest region and as they proceed through the trail they eat kinds of stuff and they left packets to ruin the surrounding. In cold, even the decomposable waste is not able to fully decompose which makes it even worse. Now there is lots of garbage in the Everest region, so we need to be more careful to not make it even worse.

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Recently, there is a campaign going on which is solely focused on cleaning and sanitizing the trails to Everest base camp and the Everest expedition. The camping is being successful as they have been able to collect 3000 kg of garbage from the Everest region which has been there for over a long time. These are the garbage that is thrown by the trekkers, guides, and climbers while trekking to Everest base camp trek and doing the Everest expedition. If you are to plan your waste management beforehand it will help the environment. You will be the one cleaning the Everest region.

Here’s a tip for you to at least help other trekkers and the Nepal government to keep the Everest region clean and healthy.

Manage Your Waste yourself

First off you need to carry a small package to organize your waste materials like the wraps of chocolate and packets of dry foods. If you are to throw the decomposable waste, then be sure to throw it in the dustbin. If every trekker is to follow this practice, there will be a lot less waste in the Everest region which ultimately makes the trail fresh and clean and you can trek in clean and untouched surroundings. There may not be a dustbin around you need to at least pack the waste on your small package and throw it somewhere where there is a dustbin. And if you are in the Everest region to climbing Mount Everest then be sure to manage your equipment. There were tons of tools, supplement oxygen cylinders, and thrown boots and body wears around the trail and mainly at camp 4. It is very hard to retrieve those tons of thrown-away tools and equipment from that high altitude. If every trekker, guide, and porter fulfills their responsibility while trekking then it will be a lot of help for everyone to keep the trekking trail to Everest clean.

Try to minimize your luggage

You need to carry only those things which are very necessary for you. Try to buy only so much that you can eat and can manage the waste. Don’t carry too much of candy bars and minimize buying mineral water and try to consume the water if it is fine with you as the water at higher altitudes is safe to drink. Carry a bottle of water if only you are not able to consume the water from the sources in the Everest region. Doing this reduces the number of water bottles thrown around. Even if you are to use bottled water try to throw it in the right container so that it can be reused in the future. Every year thousands of trekkers around the globe trek to the Everest region and as they proceed through the trail they eat pieces of stuff and they left packets to ruin the surrounding. In cold, even the decomposable waste is not able to fully decompose which makes it even worse. Now there is lots of garbage in the Everest region, so we need to be more careful to not make it even worse.

Sarik Shrestha

Sarik Shrestha