Tagged With "Everest"

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Re: Sherpa complaint: climbers leaving Everest a cesspit

DrFumblefinger ·
Sadly there's nothing new with this. Everest has had problems with rubbish and human waste for over 50 years. The better tour companies have started packing out the rubbish using Sherpas and yaks (same ones who bring supplies in take the trash out), but the Khumbu has limited resources to handle all the wrapping and plastics and the like. Human waste is more of a problem as it requires warm weather to biodegrade and it just doesn't get warm enough here at Everest Base Camp (almost 4 miles...
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Re: Sherpa complaint: climbers leaving Everest a cesspit

PortMoresby ·
It isn't only the Sherpas who have something to complain about, and it's not just the relative few who are there to summit. Many more tourists pay big money to be conducted to Base Camp 1 (I believe is the designation). Described to me recently by a friend, Travel Pal Jim, who was suffering the effects of food poisoning to compound the issue, along the way the facilities are exceedingly substandard "teahouse" accommodations and on the trail there are no toilets. One simply goes off the trail...
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Re: Sherpa complaint: climbers leaving Everest a cesspit

DrFumblefinger ·
I've found similar nearly nonexistent toilet conditions in many of the poorer countries I've visited in my life. Again a difference here might be the altitude. Human waste decomposes quickly in a warm wet environment, but slowly in conditions like you find in the Khumbu. Sir Edmund Hillary's organization has done much to improve the lives of the Sherpa people, especially build good strong bridges across raging rivers, schools and medical clinics. Our Sherpa guide told us "Sir Edmund is our...
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Sept. 24, 2013: Namche Bazaar, Khumbu Region, Nepal

DrFumblefinger ·
Namche Bazaar is the main town of the Sherpa people, in the Khumbu region of Nepal.  It's located at 3400 m (11,300') above sea level, built on the steep slopes of the hill you see in this photo.  The town is a popular place for hikers and...
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Namche Bazaar, Nepal. Where Gumbo Was (#119)

DrFumblefinger ·
  One of the most memorable places I've ever visited was the Khumbu region of Nepal, home of the friendly Sherpa people.  The main town in this region is Namche Bazaar, the solution to this week's travel puzzle.  Congratulations to...
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India's army declares war on Mt. Everest 'junkyard'

PHeymont ·
Following complaints last month by Nepal's Sherpas that Mount Everest had become the "world's highest junkyard," littered with food trash, human waste and unwanted equipment, India's army mountaineers will join a team of Sherpas on clean-up duty....
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China plans rail tunnel through Mt. Everest

PHeymont ·
A few weeks ago, we reported on China's rail connections to Western Europe , and not long after that on Russia's interest in a new trans-Siberian road and railroad  that could link Europe to North America. Now, China is giving serious...
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Sherpa complaint: climbers leaving Everest a cesspit

PHeymont ·
As the numbers of climbers rise to several hundred a year on Mount Everest, local guides and residents are complaining that the issue of human waste (for which there are no real facilities at the climbing camps) is creating a disgusting and unhealthy...
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Re: Namche Bazaar, Nepal. Where Gumbo Was (#119)

HistoryDigger ·
Thanks for posting this piece on one of my favorite areas of the world. Lovely photos. You capture the beauty and majesty of this sacred region that is changing so fast. May they recover from the earthquakes.
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