H TOPIC: MASS TOURISM IN MOUNT EVEREST, is it good?
R1+= adventure tourism
R2+= source of employment
R1-= negative effect
R2-= unsustainable future
R3- = trash/ rubbish / garbage
R4- = deforestation
When we consider the topic of mass tourism in Mount Everest, the first thing that comes to mind is adventure tourism and source of employment. But is mass tourism in Mount Everest really the best option when climbing turned commercial. This essay will look into the advantages and disadvantages of mass tourism in Mount Everest.
IT'S TRUE THAT...
Many argue that adventure tourism is the wisest choice as it allows you to trek through the mountains and there is no denying that mountain trekking attracts people who desire to see exotic an unknown places, primarily in the developing world. To some extent trekking is one of the highest paying employments in Nepal today.
Yet, there are factors like negative effects or unsustainable future that should also be taken into account in order to make the best choice. There is much more to consider than just adventure tourism or source of employment. The core problem is that the environment and communities begin to change as a result of their newfound popularity. Villages are also becoming more dependent on cash rather than the traditional means of barter and reciprocal labor. Also, if you consider the fact that the influx of tourism has had a negative effect on the local communities, especially the youngster Sherpas, who drop out of school the moment they get the chance to join an expedition, then mass tourism in Mount Everest does not seem to be a great idea.
Moreover, mass tourism in Mount Everest has two additional major drawbacks, namely trush and deforestation.
Perhaps the most visible impact of trekkers on the Himalaya is the growing amount of rubbish left behind. As this regards, it is estimated than over the past forty years, eighteen tons of garbage, from tin cans and beer bottles to oxygen tanks have been dumped on Mount Everest alone. And last, but certainly not least, you must consider that perhaps greater problem than all of the rubbish is deforestation.
The forests have typically been used by the Nepali for fuel wood. However, the consumption rates between Nepali and tourist greatly differs and this is where the problem lies. The amount of fuel wood used by one trekker per day is more than the average Nepali uses in an entire week.
SO “NO” WINS
To sum up, although on the face of it mass tourism in Mount Everest sounds like a good idea when it provides the largest sources of employment, a more in-depth analysis suggests otherwise. In fact, most evidence points to the fact that it negative effects, unsustainable future, rubbish and deforestation is what you need to realize that mass tourism has had dramatic effects on the environment.
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