Every year, people from around the world cling to the excitement of trying to climb Mt. Everest. It is one of the tallest mountains in the world, but it is also a perilous journey. As hikers climb the mountain, they see more than ice and snow. Starting from the bottom, many hikers can find themselves lodging at tea houses. Further up the mountain, they can find different markers or checkpoints and pass through a lot of trash that is polluting the mountain.
Before hiking, most climbers will trek to the base of the mountain. They will hike up the mountain for a couple of hours and then come back down. The atmosphere on Mt. Everest can reduce the hiker’s oxygen by up to 14%. They will often repeat this process to allow their bodies to adjust to the climate and atmosphere. Once they are done for the day, the lodge at one of the many tea houses. Tea houses are very essential and are the most popular form of shelter for hikers.
They also provide an option to pay as you stay. At lower altitudes, in the mountain, they provide food, and a warm place to sleep and most of them have electricity and WiFi available. The closer you get to the mountain, the fewer resources a tea house can provide. For example, to use the bathroom you will have to do it the old-fashioned way and use a bucket (Tea Houses Trekking Nepal Prices) and you might also find yourself boiling water to shower or keep warm.
One of the most famous markers that hikers must pass by is green boots. He was one of the eight people killed on the mountain during a blizzard in 1996. Everyone that passes through that route is forced to step over his legs. This is a reminder to every hiker going through the route that it is treacherous and dangerous. Just like green boots, there are many other dead bodies on Mt. Everest that are used as markers. They let hikers know how far up the mountain they have ascended. Besides there being people dead due to being stuck in the heavy snow, many hikers get stuck in the snow alive. Climbers that are passing by are forced to leave them there because of how dangerous it is. They can get hurt from trying to save another person.
As hikers go up Mt. Everest, they encounter pollution that is caused by all the trash left by hikers passing through. When tourists pack up their camps, they leave behind tents, broken climbing equipment, and empty canisters (Starr). Because of this, Tibet and Nepal have tried to reduce the amount of waste left behind by placing systems such as charging hikers a $4,000 refundable deposit. Their deposit can be refunded when hikers bring down at least 18 pounds of trash. There is also a group of Nepal artists who are turning the trash on Mt. Everest into art. It’s “a project called ‘Mt. Everest 8848 Art Project I . . . they have collected 1.5 tons of garbage” (Trash to Treasure: Turning Mt. Everest Waste into Art) to reduce the amount of pollution.
From tea houses to dead human markers to pollution, these are all things a hiker could find going up the mountain. Tea houses help many to provide shelter and food. The dead bodies help climbers know the level of the mountain they have reached. The trash found on the mountain should serve as a reminder that pollution keeps increasing and should be stopped.