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Everest Base Camp, and Health Tips, is an article to let all travellers know how they can decide whether or not to join the trek concerning their health issues. It is also the article to let the parents or guardians know whether or not they can take their kids or children to the base camp.
Ascending a dramatic 5,300 metres (or 17,590 feet) into the Himalayan skies, Everest Base Camp is truly a magnificent journey for trekkers from all walks of life. Its unparalleled views, ancient sites and vibrant people make it a once-in-a-lifetime or more!
It’s human psychology that many travellers wish to share their experiences with friends and family after successfully undertaking any adventure trip. But, especially those parents or guardians who take their children to the base camp of the world’s highest, Mt. Everest, successfully, how eager would they be to share their victorious news with their friends, family members and the kids’ fellow school friends?
Travellers who had never done high-altitude trekking before suggested regularly jogging for at least 1 month. Or even go hiking before joining this trek. Also, it is good to consult your doctor before going for an EBC trek in Nepal.
In addition, Everest Base Camp is a great adventure for kids or children, and trekking there can be a challenge. However, careful planning can mitigate the risk of an unsuccessful rate and increase the success rate of achievement.
Before taking the kids to Everest Base Camp
While most kids can easily run on fuel for hours, trekking through cold weather and hard terrain demands different energy. Kids should be able to go for long walks and be physically healthy. Most importantly, they should be old enough to understand what AMS is (Acute Mountain Sickness or Altitude Sickness), recognize the symptoms, and communicate them.
Before taking your kids on a trek to Everest Base Camp, check that the:
Your child is healthy. Lack of physical fitness, asthma, sensitive sinuses and other ailments could present potential problems while trekking. Assess the risk of any current health conditions. And whether or not you will be able to receive efficient health care in the event of an incident.
Your child has the appropriate documentation, such as a passport and visa. Requirements will vary depending on the country of origin.
Your child can understand the dangers involved and how to act responsibly. Taking kids for the Everest Base Camp trek is mostly safe. However, it still presents an environment of potential danger. Thus, parents or guardians who look after the children must abide by basic safety rules.
Your child is interested in the expedition. However, many children not accustomed to long walks, cold climates etc., may tire of the expedition. Therefore, they must know what the journey entails ahead of time.
As you ascend higher into the mountain, it’s important to note that facilities and amenities become less frequent. Therefore, it’s a good idea to pack your chocolate and other energy-rich snacks to feed the children at a higher altitude. But unfortunately, buying chocolate on the trek is also rather expensive. Similarly, bathrooms and washing facilities are also less common. Thus, bring the necessary sanitary items and enough spare clothing.
The general rule of thumb is to allow rest days and sufficient time for acclimatizing with the kids. A steady pace will help build their strength and allow them to appreciate the breathtaking landscape. So you can savour the lifetime trip with your loved ones.