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    Trekking Tips for the Elderly

    Balaram Thapa
    Balaram ThapaUpdated: Feb 1st 2023  |  Travel Tips

    Some valuable ideas and thoughts on trekking in Nepal for elderly people.

    As we get older, our bodies can't exert as much stamina as we used to when we were younger. We tend to get tired a lot faster, and our bodies start to ache in places when we do specific tasks for long periods. But that does not mean that we must give up altogether on our dreams of trekking on the Himalayas because of the inevitable. On the contrary, there are many trekking tours and journeys that older people can still enjoy and undergo. These trekking tours for older people and kids are designed to keep them in mind. They are easy and do not require much physical exertion at all, all the while providing them with the encompassment of what makes trekking great. With views of beautiful mountain peaks, trekking trails that lead through emerald forests and verdant woodlands, beautiful landscapes filled with the marvelous quintessence of nature, and the chance to experience the local traditions and customs of the people residing on far off settlements and villages, these trekking tours are grand and perfect to undergo for elderly gentlemen and ladies as well as kids.

    The Everest Base Camp Trek for seniors and kids is a trekking tour that allows people to explore the Khumbu region and encounter most destinations that make the region worth visiting. Likewise, the Royal Trek is another trekking journey that is more like a leisure holiday tour that explores the Annapurna region of Nepal. Leisurely traversing through the terrains of the region, the path travels to destinations like Begnas Lake and the Lake-side city of Pokhara.

    The Helambu Trek is another one that is relatively easy to do and does not have strenuous trekking trails at all. Perfect for elderly people, the Helambu Trek explores the Langtang region of Nepal, one of the most beautiful regions known as the "Valley of Glaciers." The Short Everest Trek is a trekking journey that, as the name suggests, allows one to explore the landscapes and villages of the Everest region and have a look at the views of Mount Everest nearby. The Ghorepani Poon Hill Trekking is another trekking journey filled with destinations that are excellent vantage points to have panoramic views of the Annapurna Massif and many of its beautiful surrounding peaks.

    The following tips are recommended before the start of any trekking journey, more so for elderly and more vulnerable people:

    1. Get accompanied by a trusted and reputed travel agency that checks all requirements.
    2. Get a thorough check-up by your doctor and have in-depth counseling sessions about all of the possibilities and whether or not it is convenient for you.
    3. Get insured and make sure that you have included all of your required medicine and types of equipment while packing.
    4. Arrange other items like oxygen cylinders or wheelchairs in consultations with your airline's company
    5. Make sure to have a proper booking of accommodations.
    6. Please wear comfortable clothes that make it easy for you to move around in

    Here are more tips recommended for when you do arrive in Nepal

    • Have proper meals at proper times and eat healthy and beneficial foods
    • Get adequately rested and try not to over-exert yourself.
    • Make sure that there are enough acclimatization days for your trekking journeys.
    • Make sure to use your equipment correctly and maintain your health. Using canes or wheelchairs, if you must, can be done.
    • Communicate and share your thoughts with the inhabitants. After all, giving and receiving helping hands make for a Good Samaritan.

    These essential tips for older people are some ideas that might help. It does not mean that our dreams of traveling to exotic and far-off places have to stop as we get older. It only means that we might need some help in getting there. It might take more time and requires more energy, but getting there and experiencing what we want to experience is what matters. Also, it isn't about the destination.

    And it's about the journey. In this case, the destination of cerulean mountain peaks covered in ivory snow and the beautiful ethereal landscape and the hospitality of the Nepali people and their unique cultures and customs make the journey worth every ordeal.

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