How Tourism affects Mountain Environments Impact of Tourism on Mountain Environment Environmental History: A Global Perspective Singh, SC. Impact of Tourism on Mountain Environment, Meerut, India: Research India Publications, 1989, 377.
Deterioration of mountain environment is obviously not the only problem that humans are dealing with in terms of pollution to the ecosystem. However, it is an ever increasing problem, that is ruining vegetation, landscape and even mountain culture. The book I have chosen to review is titled; Impact of Tourism on Mountain Environment. It is not a story but rather a compilation of articles relating to the problems in the Himilayas, specifically the Everest region. There were many articles, not all of them were related to Everest, therefore, not all of the articles were reviewed.
Although there are many mountain environments that are falling prey to man's commercialization, Everest seems to stick out the most. It was in 1922 that the first attempt was made to climb the highest mountain in the world.
It wasn't until 1953, however, that a summit was actually successful, thus creating a beginning for mountaineering in Nepal. The start of the tourist industry became a very important asset to the Nepalese economy. The foreign exchange was one of the primary sources of earning for the people and government. This happened to be one of the few positives that came along with the commercialization of Mount Everest.
One of the articles I focused on the most is titled; Impact of Tourism on the Ecosystem of Nepal. It discussed in great detail how important the land and its uses are to the people of the Himilayas. At many of the bases of the mountain there is little vegetation and forest remaining to cover the lower slopes. This article made it very clear that...