Lonely Planet Writer

Now you can leave your mark on Mount Everest with dedicated graffiti tablets

Mankind’s habit of leaving graffiti behind stretches back to ancient times, so it’s unlikely we’re going to see an end to the habit anytime soon. In an effort to tackle the increasing amount of inscriptions on Mount Everest, the authorities have come up with a more creative solution. 

Mount Everest.
Mount Everest. Image by Global Panorama / CC BY-SA 2.0

The Chinese authorities in Tibet have decided to install tablets around the Base Camp for travellers to leave their mark. It’s hoped it will deter tourists from inscribing remarks in several languages on the other monuments and signs; a sight that’s becoming increasingly more common.

If travellers still fail to obey the new rules, officials say they will name and shame the culprits by creating a ‘blacklist’ of badly-behaved tourists and circulating it to the media. All travellers entering the area have to register beforehand, which officials claim will make it easy to identify the perpetrators.

The Tibetan side of the mountain is far more popular with travellers than the Nepali side due to its stunning views and easier access. The camp is currently going through its busiest time of the year, as May is the hottest, most pleasant months to go trekking and is the last opportunity before monsoon season kicks in.

Mount Everest is just one of the many famous landmarks that act as a magnet to people who wish to leave their mark. The Great Wall of China also recently introduced a designated graffiti zone to prevent tourists from damaging the heritage site. Last year, parents of a Chinese teenager apologised after his name was found scratched into one of Egypt’s ancient pyramids.