Are you ethically qualified to climb mountains?

Pashi Sherpa was helping her husband pack for his Everest expedition (2014) while their son (weeks old) was playing lying on bed unaware of the fact that their bread earner would soon be soon long gone.

Ang Tshering, an experienced Sherpa climber says nine out of ten Sherpas would rather do something else than to help people get up the mountain. It’s only the money; they do it for their families.

5000 people have successfully climbed the mountain while more than 300 have died in pursuit. Of those deaths, majorities of the people were there just to make their living and support their family because the Sherpas are paid much better than a top managerial job in Nepal for risking their lives in the mountains.

Before it was summited for the first time by Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay on the 29th of May, 1953, more than 24 people were already killed. That should at least give a hint about how adapted and well-trained one needs to be before attempting this feat.

One death on every ten summit attempts.

If we look at the history of Everest expeditions after it was first successfully climbed in 1953, one life is lost on every ten attempts to reach the top of it.

People with their mere desire for adventure and fun pay a hefty amount of money and lure the Sherpas to fix ropes, carry tons of luggage, cook their meal and support the climb jeopardizing the life of Sherpas including their own(adventure seekers).

There are many examples where people have lost their lives in the high altitude only because they were novice and futile. Mountaineering demands a lot more physical and mental strength than we can imagine watching the expedition videos or movies. Despite the warning by the Sherpas, some people have lost their lives being slow in their ascent.

The foolhardy desire of some rich adventurists is accompanied by impelling thoughts of the Sherpas to earn their living and support their families.

Foreign climbers, when asked why they climb mountains, offer a range of responses: Testing one’s limits. Personal achievement. Companionship in a shared challenge. Escape. Fun. Spiritual understanding. One Everest climber admitted that he merely wanted a bullet point on his resume. –National Geography

What is happening on Everest?

Everest is polluted, it has become

  1. The highest cemetery
  2. The highest landfill area
  3. The highest pile of human poop.

THIS NEEDS TO STOP!

The pristine Everest region has turned into a big piece of trash carried and dumped by so-called adventurists who, in search of glory end up killing themselves and many others involved in their heedless achievement attempts.

This is supposed to be one of the most isolated places on earth is crowded (during the 2 month window period) and is now littered with all imaginable wastes included corpses of dead climbers.

Seeing so many people in such extreme weather and high altitude might make you less worried about the possible hazards, but it’s not the number of people you see that should make you feel safe. If something wrong happens to you, there is a high, in fact, an equal chance of happening that ‘wrong’ to everybody else.

No Government Intervention.

You will have to pay $11,000.00 as a permit fee for a single attempt to climb the tallest mountain on earth in the most favourable season. It’s a cash cow, why would someone not milk it, right?

Despite the alarming number of deaths on the Everest, the authorities have not come up with any sort of intervention to stop novice climbers from trying to get to the top.

Nepal is one of the poorest countries in the world and the government doesn’t seem to be doing much either and it would be hard to stop people from another country and say, Hey! You are not qualified, save your money.

This is not just the case of Mt. Everest however. Nepal has almost all of the tallest mountains on earth, and the expedition companies have eyes on all of them, after all, it’s a lucrative industry.

Don’t mistake your wealth with your propensity for achievement!

Just being able to spend a lot does not mean you can survive the toughest challenges on planet earth or you have to try and achieve something bigger. If you really want to climb mountains, prove that you are ethically qualified.

Be a Responsible Traveler.

Everest is extreme, NOT because it’s not doable for everyone but because it’s a global asset and all the travellers should take the responsibility to preserve it.

If you love travelling, want to explore the world and wish to continue doing it all your life, why would you destroy it?

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