Each year, hundreds of mountaineers climb Mt. Everest, and in their wake, have left piles of trash. "Since April 14, New Year's Day on the Nepalese calendar, teams of volunteers have picked up an estimated 6,600 pounds, most of it simple trash or human waste. But more than a ton of non-biodegradable waste— oxygen canisters, torn-up tents, plastics and left-over mountaineering gear—has been flown to the capital of Kathmandu by Nepali Army helicopters for disposal." It's an ambitious response to a problem but not a strategic solution to irresponsible tourism and overtourism. Around the world, travelers are destroying the places they love most.
According to the Everest Summiteers Association, which has, in recent years, taken tons of debris off the mountain, there are still about 30 tons of trash left.