How Bad Do You Have to Go? Extreme Toilet Perched on a Cliff in Siberia

The world’s most extreme toilet is located in Siberia, 2,600m (over 8,500 feet) above sea level. It’s not just the height that makes it scary; the toilet is perched rather precariously on the edge of a cliff. I think it looks like it might fall right off if a very heavy person used it.

What’s this lonely lavatory doing up there all by itself, you ask? Well, it’s meant to serve just five people – employees at the remote weather station at Kara-Tyurek.

Kara-Tyurek, which means ‘Black Heart’ in the local language, lies in the Russian Altai Mountains. Its weather station has been operational since 1939, and the five people working there have just the one toilet to use.


Photo: Siberian Times

Once a month, a postman visits them to collect the weather data. A helicopter delivers food supplies, water and wood for burning, once every year.


Photo: Siberian Times

According to the Interfax news agency in Belarus, who recently conducted an extensive survey of lavatories, “The toilet is perhaps the most unromantic place possible, but there are some parts of the world where people have made them something really special.”


Photo: Siberian Times

I suppose this Siberian restroom is one of the special ones. The report listed it as one of the most extreme in the world; it takes years of practice to use it without fear. At such heights, I’d just prefer going behind a rock or a bush.


Photo: Siberian Times

Source: Siberian Times

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