Mount Everest Is Covered in Human Poop

And Nepal's government has had enough.

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Jan 2 2015, 7:00am

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The chief of Nepal's mountaineering association has spoken out against all the human waste littering the world's largest mountain, the Guardian reported today. Camps along the climb up Everest have tents for sleeping, but the higher stops do not have proper toilet tents—hikers often just slip away and dig a hole in the snow instead of packing out your waste. With 700 or more hikers and guides scaling Everest annually, those poop holes start adding up. The Guardian article reports that Nepal's government has not yet hatched a plan to deal with all the waste, but they insist that the issue is a serious health hazard and "needs to be addressed."

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