On account of the serious issue of increasing human waste, the authorities in China have closed down the Mount Everest base camp for the visitors those who do not possess any climbing permits. Reportedly, the ban says that tourists are only allowed to visit a monastery a little below the 17,060 feet (5,200 m) base camp level.
Generally, Mount Everest receives the most amount of visitors from the south of Nepal, but in recent times, a surplus of people are flocking from China for visiting the site.
The base camp in China, which is located in Tibet, is more convenient due to its easy accessibility by car. When compared to the Nepalese camp which can be accessed by hiking all the way up for approximately two weeks. According to news reports, Mount Everest, the highest mountain peak in the world, has been contaminated with the rising level of discarded waste due to the increased number of visitors in the last few years.
As per the Chinese Mountaineering Association, 40,000 people visited the base camp in the year 2015 and 45,000 people visited the Nepal base camp in 2016-17 according to the data put forward by Nepal's Ministry of Forests and Soil Conservation. However, tourists can still visit the Rongbuk monastery, but going beyond the monastery has been banned for now for ordinary tourists.
Mountaineers possessing permit to reach Mount Everest peak will be permitted to use the higher camp. In January 2019, the Chinese authorities announced that they would curb down the number of climbing permits every year to 300. On the social networking sites in China, the news about the base camp getting permanently closed for visitors has spread like a wildfire. The official announcement about this development was made in December 2018 on the webpage of Tibetan authorities. But, there’s this news website which says the authorities denying it.
Reportedly it’s the low temperatures and high altitude that makes cleaning up the mountain of all the garbage huge trouble. It has been reported that last spring three cleaning drives conducted has collected a whopping eight tonnes of garbage left behind by the climbers.
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