Everest Base Camp with Kids
In September 2023, I took my two kids (ages 10 and 12 years old), trekking in Nepal up to Everest Base Camp. Adventure travel, especially as a solo woman with children, takes detailed planning and organization, to/from your front door... but it is absolutely possible. And amazing at the top!
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Hyatt Regency Kathmandu
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Hotel Yak & Yeti
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When embarking on adventure travel, with kids, know that your chosen "travel team" can help you make this adventure a success. And also truly enjoyable, the entire way! Just because it's an extended expedition, on foot, doesn't mean it needs to be uncomfortable or unenjoyable. It can be the exact opposite!
First off, it's important to not only research obvious details like hotels and flights, but also, the minutiae. In regards to Everest Base Camp, trekking at high altitude comes with inherent risks, but it is absolutely possible to be done safely, if the minutiae are planned for! With special consideration for the kids.
Example of some of those details: How to best time travel connections and rest days to avoid pre-hike fatigue (so important!). Dealing with lost luggage in Kathmandu. Pre-departure vaccination lists & necessary medication conversations to have with your GP. Inevitable mountainous weather interruptions. A mom's guide to acclimatization & high altitude. Packing lists for your kids and how to keep them engaged. And so on.
Nepal, the Khumbu Valley & Sagarmatha Valley is an exceptional area, that everyone should see once.
Our trustworthy-private guides from Mountain Sherpa Trekking were attentive and helped us succeed through trail-navigation and heavy lifting (carrying our overnight packs). Yak & Yeti Hotel in Kathmandu was a gorgeous retreat after our hike, with the best post-hike milkshakes. And Mountain Lodges of Nepal made our trip luxurious as we hiked our way to basecamp, at 17,598' elevation.
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If you're looking for a once in a lifetime experience with your family, I highly recommend trekking to Everest Base Camp. It is physically and mentally challenging but one of the most beautiful experiences I have ever had, both environmentally (the culture, food & nature), and to be able to bond with my children, uninterrupted. Reach out and let me plan your Nepal adventure!
This trip report is part of our ongoing series on travel to Nepal. In need of further inspiration? Check out Susan Anderson’s guide, Lovely New Luxury Hotel Overlooking Fewa Lake in Pokhara Nepal.
For a full recap of my trip, check out my video on YouTube.
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