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    Everest congested and polluted by tourism

    Sixty years ago today Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay blazed a trail to the summit of Everest. Many have since followed, over 3,000 have reached the top including a 13 year and an 80 year old. This year more 500 climbers have reached the summit and the Expedition Operators Association in Nepal has proposed installing a ladder on the Hillary Step 12m (40ft) from the summit of the 8,848m (29,028ft) mountain to ease congestion. Climbers leave their rubbish behind on Everest … Mountaineers are tourists too. They meet the definition of staying for more than 24 hours in someone else’s place.  And they create problems in the destination. Getting to Everest…

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