We Are Ruining Mount Everest- And It’s Literally Horrible

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More than 300 people have died on Mount Everest since it began to become a tourist trap. Five climbers have died on Mount Everest since the beginning of the climbing season this year which started May 14, according to NBC News.

Adam Conover said in an episode of “Adam Ruins Everything” that about 100,000 tourists attempt to climb the tallest point on earth annually. They have left around 50 new tons of trash each year, polluting local water sources in the process.

The photo of a long line of climbers waiting to get to the summit on Wednesday that is featured at the header of this article was tweeted by British broadcaster and adventurer Ben Fogle. The U.N. patron of the wilderness, called on the countries that share Everest to limit the number of climbers on the mountain, suggesting instead for a marathon-style lottery system for climbing permits.

Since Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay became the first people to reach the summit of the mountain in 1953, attempting the 29,029-ft peak has become a massive tourist attraction. A total of 560 people reached the summit of Everest last year. Many spent thousands of dollars on their expeditions.

The year 2017 had the second most summits at 648 after 658 in 2013. 61 percent of the climbers who climbed reached to the top of Everest. 446 of the climbers were from south side and 202 from the north side in 2017. There are about 200 dead bodies in the mountain. The bodies now help other climbers to know they are on the right path or not. Four percent of all of the climbers who have attempted the climb have died.

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