China Closes Its Mount Everest Base Camp To Tourists As They’re Dealing With Waste Problems

Media reported that Chinese authorities have closed the base camp of its side of Mount Everest to visitors. Only the visitors who have permission will be allowed to climb because authorities are dealing with waste problems in that area.

Dailymail reports that In 2017, 648 people reached the top of the highest peak in the world. But starting from January authorities are working to clean up the area as the number of hikers is increasing every year.

China Closes Mount Everest Base Camp

This year’s clean-up efforts will include the recovery of the bodies of climbers who died at more than 8,000m (26,246ft) up the mountain’s ‘death zone’, where the air is too thin to sustain human life. Whereas authorities announced In January that they would limit the number of climbing permits each year to 300.

According to what an official from the Chinese Mountaineering Association (CMA) told South Morning China Post “climbers will also be required to meet stricter rules to protect the environment.”

On the other hand, Tang Wu, an official of the tourism commission of Tingri county, told video news site Pear:

The core area will be closed for tourism for an indefinite period, mainly for ecological conservation.

The ‘core area’ means that visitors can only go ‘as far as a monastery slightly below the 5,200m base camp level.’

China Closes Mount Everest Base Camp

Pictured above: Rongbuk monastery

Parts of Everest are in China and Nepal. The Chinese basecamp is located in Tibet, and this part is accessible by car.  Whereas the mountain from the south side in Nepal has been reported that can be reached only by a hike of almost two weeks. However, it’s not only the Chinese side that has started cleaning the area. The Nepalese as well have started to collect the trash that can be back to base camp by helicopters.

Pictured below: View on Everest Base Camp in Himalayas mountains.

China Closes Mount Everest Base Camp
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The official authorities said that workers had collected 8.4 tonnes of rubbish from the base camp last year.