Mark Jenkins writes about the problems with Mount Everest: too many people, many of whom are not experienced mountain climbers, with little done to clean up the mountain. He writes about being in a hundred-person traffic jam; about passing numerous corpses; of piles of human excrement.
The Boston Marathon is analogous to Everest: the crown jewel of its world. The B.A.A. strictly limits the number of runners, and, unless someone is running for charity (a difficult process that usually requires raising $5,000 for a charity), the runners must post a qualifying time. Perhaps the Nepalese government could limit the number of climbing permits, restrict them to those who have reached the summit on other difficult mountains, and give preference to those with the most climbing experience. Although restricting the number of permits could cause the government to lose money, it could auction them off to the highest (qualified) bidders.
Years ago, the government began instituting a programme to clean up the oxygen canisters on the mountain – it paid people to return them to the base. As grisly as it sounds, perhaps the same thing can be done with people’s bodies: climbers put up a bond that is returned to them if they arrive back down in one piece; if not, the bond can be used to haul the person’s body down the mountain (assuming it is accessible). This has the double benefit of also returning the person’s body to his family. (I have no idea about the logistics of this, but it’s at least a thought.)