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Everest is too crowded and polluted, says Kanchha Sherpa

Natasha Kumar By Natasha Kumar Mar3,2024

Everest is too common and polluted, says Kanchha Sherpa

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In 2019, a traffic jam was created at the summit of Everest because there were so many climbers.

Agence France-Presse

The only surviving member of the mountaineering expedition that first conquered Mount Everest said Saturday that the highest peak in the world is too busy and too dirty, and that the mountain is a deity that must be respected.

Kanchha Sherpa, 91, was among the 35 members of the team that placed New Zealander Edmund Hillary and his Sherpa guide Tenzing Norgay on the summit of the 8,849 meter mountain on May 29, 1953.

It would be better if the mountain reduced the number of climbers. At this time, there is still a large crowd of people at the top.

A quote from Kanchha Sherpa, one of the climbers who first conquered Mount Everest

Since the first conquest, the summit has been climbed thousands of times and it gets busier every year. During the spring 2023 climbing season, 667 climbers scaled the peak, bringing thousands of support staff to base camp between March and May.

Concerns have been raised about the number of people living on the mountain for months, generating waste, but authorities have no plans to reduce the number of permits they issue to climbers .

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He There are rules requiring climbers to bring their own trash, equipment and anything they carry up the mountain or risk losing their deposit, but enforcement has not been very effective.Open in full screen mode

Kancha Sherpa, photographed in May 2023

It's very dirty now. People throw away cans and wrappers after eating. Who will get them back now? raised Mr. Kanchha. Some climbers simply throw their trash into the crevasse, which would be hidden at that point, but it will eventually flow toward base camp as the snow melts and carries them down.

To the Sherpas, a people of Tibet, Everest is Qomolangma, or the mother goddess of the world, and she is revered by their community. They usually perform religious rituals before climbing the peak.

They should not dirty the mountain. He is our greatest god and they should not sully the gods. Qomolangma is the greatest god of the Sherpas, but the people smoke and eat meat and throw it on the mountain.

A quote from Kanchha Sherpa, one of the climbers who first conquered Mount Everest

Mr. Kanchha was just a young man when he joined the Hillary-Tenzing expedition. He was one of three Sherpas to go to the last camp on Everest with Hillary and Tenzing. They couldn't go any further because they didn't have a permit.

They first heard about the successful ascent on the radio, then tracked down the summit duo at Camp 2.

We all gathered at Camp 2, but there was no alcohol, so we celebrated with tea and snacks, he said. We then collected everything we could and carried it to base camp.

The route we took #x27;they opened from the base camp to the summit is still used by climbers. Only the section from Base Camp to Camp 1, above the unstable Khumbu Icefall, changes every year.

Mr. Kanchha has four children, eight grandchildren and a 20-month-old great-granddaughter. He lives with his family in the village of Namche, at the foot of Mount Everest, where the family runs a small hotel catering to hikers and climbers.

Natasha Kumar

By Natasha Kumar

Natasha Kumar has been a reporter on the news desk since 2018. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining The Times Hub, Natasha Kumar worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my 1-800-268-7116

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