Mount Everest disaster: Can 'making history' be a little less?

Mount Everest disaster
Sixteen Sherpas have been killed in an avalanche in Mount Everest. Every death is a tragedy but these deaths might also be an eye-opener. The bottomline after the latest disaster in the world's highest place conveys a sharp warning and it is: We must learn to respect Mother Nature and not threaten it with excesses. Last June, we saw in Uttarakhand how threatening the nature can backfire. The latest tragedy resends the same message.

Are we listening?

Every year, sround 30 expeditions take place on the world's highest peak. The challenge to scale Mount Everest is much easier now, thanks to the blessings of science and technology, and it is making more and more tourists to undertake the task of making history. But as more and more enthiusiastic torusists are making a beeline to reach the top of Mount Everest, the more commercialistion of the fragile Himalayan ecosystem is taking place.

The dumped wastage and excessive human entry are making the Everest vulnerable

Dumped wastage and frequent entry of human beings and machinery are causing immense damage to the nature and it is becoming more vulnerable. It is getting so crowded in Mount Everest nowadays that the explorers are made to wait in long queue for hours to get a turn to relish their dream. There have also been instances of clash among Sherpas and European explorers.

Mount Everest can't afford to become an easy tourist spot for it involves a huge environmental concern. The governments of Nepal and China are trying to make the region easily accessible for economic and strategic reasons but a fundamental thought that more accessible Mount Everest becomes, the more dangerous it is for its survival. And it is man himself who will have to pay for that. We have just seen it a couple of days ago. Can the internationbal community step into it?

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