Everest is nicknamed “the highest rubbish bin in the world” because of the tons of rubbish left behind by climbers.


Everest, the highest point on our planet, is also the world’s highest landfill. Every year, tons of rubbish are left behind by the adventurers who climb to the summit.


4 000 dollars. This is the price of the deposit for an expedition to Mount Everest. 4 000 dollars to come down with a minimum of 8 kg of waste per person, a regulation put in place by Nepal. A sum that should discourage the most lazy.

Since the 1990s, expeditions to the world’s highest mountain have been on the increase. In the collective imagination, a mountaineer, adventurer, climber etc. is a fervent defender of the environment. Alas, the reality is less glowing, as this video delivered by AFP shows:

Every year, thousands of waste products are left in the eternal snows of Everest. In 2017, 25 tonnes of solid waste and 15 tonnes of human waste will have been brought down on the Nepalese slope, reports a study by the Sagarmayha Pollution Control Committee (SPCC) relayed by Agence France-Presse, published on 17 June. In 2018, the quantities would be greater. However, the mountain is littered with all kinds of rubbish.

Nepal has therefore introduced a bond five years ago. Unfortunately, only half of the mountaineers are in the rules. The controls of the authorities are said to be deficient and / or average bypassable a few tickets under the table.

Credit photo : DOMA SHERPA/AFP

Waste of all kinds

Gas canisters, ropes, tents, canned goods and plastics, it’s a real open-air dump. By May 2017, more than five tons of waste had been brought down by the French NGO “Montagne et partage”: ” We collected 5.2 tons of waste… “Gérard Clermidy, the president of the association, told AFP that he deplored the sad nickname Everest. The highest dustbin in the world ».

With this expedition, “Mountain and Sharing” wanted to show the near absence of waste management on the Nepalese summit and even more widely on a national scale. Nepal is home to 30 million people and has virtually no waste disposal facilities.

« We were surprised to find so much garbage “saddened Gerald Clermidy. The majority of the rubbish recovered was collected at the base camp, which peaks at 5 300 metres above sea level. In the month of May, when attendance is at its peak, close to 2 000 people, mountaineers and sherpas, gather there.


Other rubbish was collected in the intermediate camps, some of which culminate at almost 8 000. The association had brought down in 38 days plus five tons of rubbish.

Man’s impact on the environment can be seen everywhere, even on the highest slopes of Everest…

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