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Mount Everest Tour for Kids

August,23 2018 BY Lobsang Tsering 0 COMMENTS

Located on the border between Nepal and Tibet (China), Mount Everest, the highest mountain in the world, attracts millions of tourists every year. It is not only the top destination for some single adult travelers, but also a fantastic place for families to make a lifetime memory. If you are thinking about visiting Tibet with your kids, or want to know whether it is too dangerous to bring them to the see the top of the world, you can check the following travel guide on how to visit Mount Everest Base Camp with your family and kids. Moreover, there are some interesting facts of Mount Everest for kids to learn.

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About Mount Everest Base Camp

On both sides of Mount Everest, there is a base camp for mountain climbers and tourists. The Everest Base Camp in Nepal is on the south side of Mount Everest, at an altitude of 5,364 metres, and the Everest Base Camp in Tibet is on the north side of Mount Everest, at an altitude of 5,200 metres.

Is It Dangerous for Family with Kids to Visit Everest Base Camp?

We can’t simply say that it is dangerous for kids to visit Everest Base Camp, though there is a risk for kids, especially the young kids below 7 or 8 years’ old, to visit Everest Base Camp. The long drive from Shigatse to Everest Base Camp may make kids tired. And it is a big problem for parents to tell whether their kids are suffering from altitude sickness or not if their children are too small. At this time, a special attention from parent is truly important. For all of our customers who travel with kids, our guide will help you take care of your kids throughout your trip in Tibet. As the local Tibetans who have been travel guides for years, all of our local travel guide can offer you the professional and effective help.

Travel Tips for Your Everest Base Camp Tour with Kids

1. Have Enough Rest

Although kids are always dynamic, it is easy for them to get tired when they visit Tibet for the first time. It is suggested to spend few days in Lhasa city after arriving in Tibet to adapt to high altitudes. When you continue the journey to the Mount Everest area from Lhasa, it is better to make a loose schedule, such as spending a few hours visiting Yamdrok Lake en route, or taking one more night in Shigatse.

2. Avoid Catching Cold

The temperature of Mount Everest area is much lower than that of Lhasa city. You need to bring down jacket, warm pants, hats and gloves for your kids. It is dangerous to catch cold in Tibet plateau. So please bring enough warm clothes for your kids.

3. Ask for Help Immediately

It is important to tell your kids how to express their feelings when they are not comfortable. Once you realize that they are suffering from altitude sickness, please contact your travel guide immediately. With years of experience, they know how to help your kids reduce symptoms of altitude sickness.

4. Give Positive Encouragement for Kids

For some kids, the poor accommodation conditions in the base camp are much more unbearable than the long journey to the base camp. No ideal hotel facilities, no televisions, and relatively poor meal options may make the trip more difficult for kids. In this case, positive encouragement from parents can help the kids realize what a special and great thing they are doing now.

How to Get to Mount Everest Base Camp

The only way to get to Everest Base Camp on the north side of Mount Everest is to travel from Lhasa by overland. The general EBC tour from Lhasa takes about 8 days, including a few-days trip in Lhasa city and a day tour in Shigatse en route. To get to Lhasa city, you can choose to take a flight from mainland China, or from Kathmandu, Nepal. If you travel Tibet with your kids, it is recommended to take a Tibet train to Lhasa, which is a rare chance to experience the world’s highest Railway - Qinghai-Tibet Railway, and enjoy the marvelous landscape of Tibet plateau. Although there are five highways to Lhasa, it is not recommended for family with kids, cause the overland trip to Tibet is quite a tough journey.

Interesting Facts of Mount Everest for Kids

If you plan to take your kids with you to visit the Everest Base Camp, it is better to let them know something of the destination, such as how high the Mount Everest is, who the first climber is to reach the top of Everest, how cold it is in Mount Everest, etc. Here we offer some fun facts of Mt.Everest for kids to know before their first time trip to Everest Base Camp in Tibet.

How High Is Mount Everest?

Mount Everest is 8,848 metres high and is the highest mountain on the Earth. Recently, it still keeps growing by about 0.25 inches per year.

Where Is Mount Everest?

Mount Everest is a part of Himalayan mountain range in Asia. It is on the border of Nepal to the south and Tibet (China) to the north.

Why It Is Dangerous to Climb Mount Everest?

The strong wind, bad weather and altitude sickness make it dangerous to climb up to the summit of Mount Everest.

How Cold It Is in Mount Everest?

The top of Mount Everest is covered by snow all year round. The average temperature of the summit is around -27°C. Even in July, the warmest month, it is around -18°C. But the temperature of the Everest Base Camp is much higher than that of the summit. During the day time, it could raise up to 15°C if the sun is out in summer days.

Who Was the First Person to Reach the Summit of Mount Everest?

The Sherpa Tenzing Norgay and Sir Edmund Hillary from New Zealand were recorded as the first people who reached the summit of Mount Everest in May 1953. But 29 years ago, in 1924, there were another two adventures who tried to climb to the top of Everest, named George Leigh Mallory and Andrew Irvine. Unfortunately, they got lost in the fog and no one seen them again until someone found Mallory’s dead body in 1999. So no one knows if they climbed to the top of Mount Everest before dying.

Who Is Sherpa?

The sharpas are the local people who live in the Himalaya regions. Nowadays, many Sharpas choose to help mountain climbers by carrying their goods and climbing equipment to upper camp sites as a job.

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Lobsang Tsering

About the Author - Lobsang Tsering

I am a tour guide in Tibet an was Born in Kham Tibet, I am the father of 2 little girls, bachelor's degree. I have more than 7-years experience of being a tour guide in Tibet. I am a warm, friendly, knowledgeable and attractive guy.

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