We family of 4 with kid aged 3.5 years planning a trip to Spiti in Mid May 2018 from Pune. ( Probably starting journey 18Th May) with complete circuit as Chandigarh– Shimla – Narkanda – Kinnaur Valley – Tabo – Kaza-Losar – Kunzum Pass – Chandratal / Battal-Kunzum Pass – Rohtang Pass – Manali-Chandigarh
1- Is it ok and safe to travel with 3.5 Year old kid if we start journey via Shimla route (as suggested by you due to altitude acclimatization ) and come back via Manali (by private taxi)
2- Will kaza-kunzum pass-Rohtang Pass- Manali road be open by 25-26th May (for planning return journey)
It depends on person to person to take the children of such age group because AMS do not matter with respect to age or sex or any fitness level. It can happen to anyone of any age or sex or fitness I shall say… The issue with children is that they tend to exert the body considering it the same kind of place they belong to and this elevates the chances of getting struck with AMS. Secondly, they are not much expressive about their uneasy feelings, so it is parents who need to watch out and take care that the child is not suffering from uneasy feelings, headache or nausea and is behaving properly. With less than 5 year child, I think he/she will also be NOT able to convey the uneasiness she may feel. You have to be vigilant and if you notice any such feeling or he/she tells you about such a feeling then please do not ascend anywhere, either descend to lower altitude or stay at the same place to watch things overnight and if symptom increase then start descending immediately. Same is applicable for any adult as well. And yes, do keep the body adequately hydrated!!
Also, PLEASE read the article: Traveling to Ladakh with Kids or Babies. This article covers this topic in complete detail.
The road from Kunzum Pass will not be open during May, it opens around 10th of June
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