Mountain Loo With A View For Aussies
Australia's highest peak is about to get its very own, cunningly camouflaged toilet facilities, but where's the highest flushable dunny you've encountered?
Posted: 3 August 2005
Australia's highest mountain, Mount Kosciuszko, is about to get
its own camouflaged toilet facilities.
The 2,108 metre peak is climbed by an estimated 30,000 people
every year with the trip to the summit taking around four hours and
the call of nature was creating nasal and ecological pollution with
rare plant species and native animals under threat.
The solution is a proposed toilet facility with three urinals and
three unisex stalls high on the mountain. In order to reduce visual
pollution and withstand 120 mph plus winds, the facilities will be
cunningly built some 20 feet into the side of the mountain and
camouflaged with trees and plants.
Sewage from the toilets will be transported down the mountain and
removed to treatment facilities outside the Nattional Park.
The whole thing got us thinking about where the highest flushable
toilet in the world is. The OM editorial record is around 5,000
metres in the refugio below Huayana Potosi in Bolivia, though to be
fair, it wouldn't flush during the night as the cistern had frozen
We've used higher dunnies in the Nepal Himalaya with some
astonishing views, but none of them have been flushable... Apparently
the Chinese have buit a concrete toilet facility at Everest Base Camp
on the northern side of the mountain, but whether it's flushable or
not, we don't know...
Anyway, here's a nice view from a non-flushable toilet on the
Annapurna Circuit in Nepal :-)
Discuss this story
Where's the highest flushable facility you've used?
Our's is at around 5,000 metres in the refugio at the top of the pass below Huayana Potosi in Bolivia - can you beat that then ;-)
Posted: 03/08/2005 at 10:41
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At 4800m at the Jose Ribas hut on Cotopatxi, Ecuador.
There was a proper loo but the flush facility was busted (permanently) so you had to use a bucket of water.
Posted: 03/08/2005 at 17:47