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Your flights to Lukla from Kathmandu may be diverted to Ramechhap Airport. Here’s Why!

Your flights to Lukla from Kathmandu may be diverted to Ramechhap Airport. Here’s Why!

Am I too old to trek to Everest Base Camp?

This is a question we’re asked on a regular basis and there’s no easy answer to this, as there are a few factors that need to be taken into account if you are over 65. The oldest person we successfully guided to Everest Base Camp was 73. We recognise that for many people your 60’s is when you have retired and can have the adventures you have dreamed of! We work hard to make this dream a reality but there are a few things you must do if you are over 65.

5 things you must do if you are over 65

1. Medical Clearance:

You will need to see you doctor to have a full medical check up, we recommend this for all of our trekking clients but if you are over 65 it’s crucial you are given the all clear. Trekking in the Himalayas tends to bring to the fore any underlying medical issues, you don’t want to have to deal with any surprise medical issues whilst in Nepal. Getting the all clear from your doctor will give you great peace of mind and a boost in confidence.

2. Train:

If you are over 65 and planning on trekking to Everest Base Camp, it’s very important you have a good base level of fitness, you certainly don’t need to be athletic but you need to be able to hike for up to 5-6 hours without any problems.

If you haven’t been a hiker but have always dreamed of trekking to Everest Base Camp we recommend you set a minimum 8-12 months’ time frame to train and prepare for the trek. We have a blog on how to train for your Everest Base Camp Trek, a read through this will give you insight in how to prepare.

3. Communicate:

Communication is crucial in the pre departure stage and also during the trek. We want to know how your training is going, we want to be made aware of any possible issues that could arise during your trek. All information given to us is passed on to our team in Nepal as their top priority is your safety and wellbeing. Our guides are provided extensive training in Nepal are fantastic at managing situations. You need to be transparent and open with your communication as this will assist greatly with a safe and successful trek to Everest Base Camp.

4. Travel Insurance:

Unfortunately the older you are the most travel insurance costs but this is an expense that cannot be spared. It’s a requirement for all of our trekkers regardless of age to have travel insurance as situations can arise in the Himalayas and being able to access quality healthcare is important. When researching insurance policies you must make sure you are covered at an altitude of 5,400m.

5. Go Slow (Bistare, bistare):

You will hear the Nepali term “bistare, bistare” all the time on your trek. Bistare bistare literally means “slowly, slowly”. Trekking to Everest Base Camp is an experience, not a race. Enjoy each day, soak up your spectacular surrounds and stop to rest as often as you want. Our guides will encourage you to drink plenty of water on your breaks and will make sure you are not pushing yourself too hard. Walking at a slow and steady pace with plenty of water drinking rests is one of the keys to successfully making it to Everest Base Camp.


After reaching Everest Base Camp you can celebrate and be very proud of yourself! You have made a dream come true and have created many incredible memories. The Everest Base Camp Trek truly is a life changing experience. We will be celebrating your success with you!

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