» 05/30/2013, 00.00
60 years after its conquest, Everest "has become a dumping ground"
May 29 marked the 60th anniversary of the conquest of the summit. Many veterans hikers denounce increasing pollution. The Nepalese government has been accused of avoiding the issue.
(AsiaNews) - Sixty years after the first excursion to the summit, mountain
climbers and environmentalists are denouncing the sharp decline in the state of
the mountain. In
recent weeks, Indian and Nepalese soldiers have collected more than 4 thousand
kg of waste on the
ridges of Everest. The
Japanese Yuichiro Miura, who holds the record as the oldest man to have reached
the summit, said that "compared to 2003, the year of his first expedition to
the Mount, pollution has reached alarming levels."
On 29 May 1953,
the Nepalese Terzing Norgay and New Zealander Sir Edmund Percival Hillary were
the first to reach the summit of Everest, scaling the southeastern side. Over
these past 60 years, the mountain has been a challenge for 4,200 hikers, 516 of
which in the last year alone. 81
year old sherpa Kanchha, the only living member of the first expedition, described
the mass as "a once untouched place, now it has become a dumping ground".
added that "the Nepalese government should introduce strict limitations on
in Kathmandu derive huge profits from foreign trips to the Himalayas, but are
reluctant on the idea of permits. The
President of the Office for Tourism says: "Rather than limit the affluence,
it is preferable to focus on greater control of expeditions. Hundreds of people
climb European and American mountains every day without encountering problems
of this kind."
government has launched a series of measures to limit the pace of expeditions. Pasang
Onchuk, a Nepalese Sherpa who has climbed the mountain five times - two of them
on the Chinese side - explains that " pollution problem does not exist in China
and that it is rare to find waste on that side."
its 8,848 meters, is the highest peak in the world. Every
29 May, since 2003, a marathon is organized to commemorate what Norgay and Sir
Hillary accomplished in 1953. The
event brings together hundreds of climbers from Nepal and other countries every
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