The debate over whether or not tourists should be allowed to climb Mount Everest is a hot topic. Mount Everest is the highest mountain in the world and presents any dangers to a climber such as altitude sickness, avalanches, icefall and environmental impact. Indeed, climbing Everest offers that once in a lifetime unforgettable experience, which is why tourism to Everest should continue to be encouraged and supported.
Nowadays, the availability of satellite weather forecasting, state-of-the-art equipment and the growth of commercial guiding makes it possible for even a tourist to explore Everest and reach its summit as well as the most experienced mountaineers. Naturally, this does not come without cost or risk and not without the need to be physically, mentally and emotionally prepared for the challenge.
Certainly, there are those who argue that tourism to Everest is destroying its very uniqueness and that the ascent to the summit has become more of an extreme sport than an adventure for exploration. If it has already been explored, why is it necessary for humans to continue to explore it in the quest for photographic memories posted to Instagram or Facebook, glory-seeking and the inevitable bragging rights?
Of course, there are those who argue that tourism to Everest is essential for its future and the revenue generated by it is essential for the people of Nepal such as Sherpas who are dependent on it for work and income. However, increased number of tourists leads to overcrowding and this only increases and dangers and risks. Unsurprisingly, new man-made problems arise from this such as the management of human waste, garbage disposal and the remains of corpses of those who have died on the mountain over many years.
In conclusion, it is clear that management, regulation and better infrastructure should be in place to make tourism to Everest acceptable. While a case can be made to restrict or even prohibit tourism to Mount Everest, the advantages clearly outweigh the disadvantages.
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