It seems as though the good ‘ol pack it in, pack it out adage is alive and well at Everest Base Camp. According to this link, our colleagues (ha, yeah right) at National Geographic have recently reported things are quite tidy at the makeshift tent-town with its transient population of 800. Climber Jim Whittaker told NG writer Mark Jenkins that it’s actually cleaner now than it was when he first walked in 50 years ago.
About 2,000 metric tonnes of waste have been dumped in the peaks and some 80 metric tonnes of waste at Everest region since 1953. In May of last year, Saving Mount Everest project brought down a total of 8,110 kilos or 8.1 tons of garbage collected from the mountain and its trekking trails. The collected garbage was displayed for verification in Namche Bazaar (gateway to Mt. Everest) amidst an event. Almost all the members of the Saving Mount Everest Clean-Up expedition were present in the event to interact with media, local authorities, local communities and authorities from the Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation.
Of the collected garbage – 3,200 kilos or 3.2 tons has been handed over to Sagarmatha Pollution Control Committee (SPCC), the local NGO that is responsible to manage waste in the region. SPCC supported the project by providing a waiver of 50% on per kg waste for its management. Remaining waste is being carried to Lukla from where it will be flown to Kathmandu.
Check out a short clip of Cory’s family goodbye at base camp before he attempts the summit.