Taking the kids to new heights: but what is the recommended altitude?

Are you thinking of taking you children, as young as babies, to high altitude? Why not! The crisp mountain air and a good dose of sunshine are beneficial to children and parents alike.

The mountain boosts your wellbeing, also in winter. There’s nothing more rejuvenating than a holiday spent in the fresh air, immersed in a scenery of stunning natural beauty. It’s nature’s cure for your body and for your mind too.  There are no downsides, nor age restrictions: the young and the older (but still young at heart) together can enjoy the mountain appreciating, step by step, the benefits and the challenges. But what is the recommended altitude? Often parents worry about high altitudes, so here are our insider tips: 
 

Newborn and babies 0-2 years old: altitudes below 2000m don’t cause much concern, it is recommended, though, a gradual approach to allow acclimatisation. To avoid, instead, altitudes above 2000m.
 

Children 2-5 years old: they can attempt to climb up to 2500-3000m always with caution as they may not recognise the symptoms of high altitude sickness.
 

Children 5-10 years old: generally, they cope quite well with being at medium altitudes, up to 3000m. 
 

Children aged 10 years and above: at this age they can physically handle the challenges of high elevations and they are also able to tell if any problem occurs. Therefore, there are no restrictions for children aged 10 or over.
 

Where to go next? Take a look at our round-up on family friendly destinations, discover the places in Trentino where you and your children can have a full mountain experience together!