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A short note to sincerely thank you for organising such a magnificent trip for us all to Mera Peak
Eamonn Brennan (Ireland) | Mera Peak Expedition, Nepal

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Can children trek at high altitude? If so, which trek would you recommend?

Yes it is possible to trek at high altitude with children however it is important to choose the right objective and carefully plan & organise the trip. Current research shows that for older children over eight years old they are unlikely to have an increased risk of developing altitude sickness compared to adults.

In the past we have organised treks to Everest Base Camp for families with children aged eight and above. However we carefully designed their itineraries to allow more time for acclimatisation by adding two additional days on trek. 

For younger children from three years old one has to be extra careful as they might be unable to communicate their symptoms if feeling unwell. Therefore for younger children we would not advise trekking over 4,000m and it is also better to avoid flying into the start point of a trek (eg Lukla) as this is already at an altitude of 2,800m. It would be better to start at a lower elevation and to allow more gradual acclimatisation take place.

For more detailed information about children at high altitude take a look at International Society for Mountain Medicine paper published in March 2001

It is important to choose the right trek and if you have the budget then a hotel based trek such as Luxury Kathmandu Rim would be a good idea for younger children (we can also organise standard Kathmandu Valley trek too). For this trek we also provide a vehicle to transport your bags i.e no porters therefore a member of the group could be picked up too if required.

Annapurna Luxury Lodge trek is also a popular trek for families as this trip uses high quality lodges with attached bathroom and are located at lower altitude. With this trip there are good views of the mountains and traditional villages along the way.

Pokhara Panorama is lovely trek through forest, traditional villages and views of the Himalayas. The highest point of the trail is at Panchase Peak at 2,500m so risk of altitude sickness is remote.

Langtang trek would be a good choice too and you can combine with the cultural trek Tamang Heritage Trail to stay at homestays where you will meet locals and observe village life, then afterwards you can follow the trail up to Langtang.

Please contact with The Mountain Company if you would like any further advice or recommendations.


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