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Too old to trek to EBC?

over 6 years ago about Nepal

Hi, I’m thinking of doing the EBC trek in Oct 2012. I will be 66. I’m in good shape. On weekends I hike in the Sierra Mtns, CA at 8,000-9,000 feet. At 60 I hiked to the summit of Mt Whitney (14,500 ft). It was the hardest hike I ever did. On winter weekends I ski black diamond trails at Squaw Valley, CA for 6-7 hours. My concern is that am I too old to do the EBC trek?

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    It is not age, but walking fitness that determines your ability to trek to EBC. Steep ups and downs at 3000-5500m altitude is what you will have, often on quite rough trails.
    I say go for it, but make sure you have done plenty of hill walking as training.
    My father trekked with me a couple of years ago to the top of Gokyo Ri (5,500m), he was a very fit 72 at the time! over 6 years ago

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    As per your parameters you may can go for it, heard about 78 year old mountaineer sherchan who had been to everest base camp trek every year. meanwhile if you are not confident enough you can always take experienced and well trained guide with you which can help you in unsual circumstances over 6 years ago

    Answered by Paras Sharm via Site_iconTravellr.com
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    Maybe get a medical 1st and if the doc says you're ok then do it, although you sound like a fit old bird to me. You might consider a porter, or a porter/guide but the popular trails are generally VERY easy to follow and at that time of year there are going to be quite a lot of other trekkers about, guides aren't really necessary. Oct. isn't the coldest month by any means out there so maybe you'll be packing light enough to carry your own kit (hotels in Katmandu often have dedicated strongrooms for tourists to leave excess luggage in). The ups and downs are steep but hiking poles and a planned walking schedule that doesn't overstretch will probably see you through. I walked over Thorong La last Dec. with a guy of around your age, he had a porter but he wasn't very fit and he needed one. over 6 years ago

    Answered by Dain via Site_iconWorldNomads.com
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    Well, British climber Chris Bonnington actually climbed to the summit when he was 58! I'd say go, but beware altitude sickness and acclimatize slooooowly. Take your time.

    Oh, and make sure your travel insurance covers this! over 6 years ago

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    Yes!! Lukla is nearly 3000m. Walking the Annapurna circuit starts below 900m but maybe 6 days later Manang is 3000m and the advice is that at least 2 nights must be spent acclimatising at 3000m before going any further, it is considered to be a benchmark altitude, indeed some say more than 2 nights are necessary. I have seen the results of ascending too quickly and these people are not happy bunnies at all. You might consider 2 nights in Lukla or nearby before moving on. over 6 years ago

    Answered by Dain via Site_iconWorldNomads.com
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    its not about the age, its about how fit you are and how often you been hiking. If you been hiking so much and hiked to the summit of Mt Whitney (14,500 ft), I guess you can do EBC Trek. But You should Know, doing EBC Trek means your taking the altitude of 600m. each day with lots of uphill and down hill trek.

    go to http://www.mountainleaders.com/nepal/trekking-in-nepal/everest-region/everest-basecamp.html you will find EBC trekking information, with day by day information of the trek.

    Have a nice day.. over 6 years ago

    Answered by Shrawan Magar via Site_iconWorldNomads.com
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    I just got back from doing the EBC trek in October and you are definitely not too old! Go for it! ;) over 6 years ago

    Answered by Chelsea via Site_iconAsk a Nomad iPad app

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