Mt. Everest stands 29,035 feet above sea level and is known for being the highest mountain on earth. From afar the mountain is jawdroppingly beautiful. Upclose and personal it is riddled with empty oxygen tanks, food containers, and all kinds of garbage.
Unfortunately, with so many interested in climbing the summit over the years (currently a 2 year wait to climb), Mount Everest has turned into a bit of a wasteland with about 50 tons of garbage on the mountain. Nepal and its government, rightly so, want the mountain to be cleaned up within five years.
New laws are in place as of April of 2014 that mandate climbers to bring their own trash back down the mountain, plus additional trash. So if Mt. Everest is on your bucket list, you will be ordered by law to bring back at least 8 kilograms (18 pounds) of garbage down the mountain with you.
Once climbers reach the bottom of the mountain their garbage is weighed to ensure they have brought back the legal limit. If climbers don't abide by the law, they will be restricted from climbing the mountain again and will also receive a fine. Even possible legal action is being threatened to scare climbers and aid enforcement.
Experts have known that the litter problem on Mt. Everest has been an issue for some time. In fact, in 2011 and 2012, 65 activists climbed and brought back eight tons of trash and recyclable goods and donated a majority of it to artists who created sculptures and artwork out of it. The artwork was then put on display to help bring awareness to the evergrowing trash problem.
Either way, this new law in place may be a bit of an inconvenience, but overall is a step in the right direction to cleaning up the world's tallest mountain.