I’ve heard that its ok to bring pens and toys to give children. Is this correct?
It is NOT ok to bring items to give begging children. Some trekkers like to bring cigarettes, pens, toys, etc. to give to children and adults, but this has had a bad effect, as children now beg for these things. You might bring hard candy just for our porters and workers (no cigarettes). A good idea to break the ice with our staff is to bring games from home like cards, board games, and easy reading materials. Our Nepalese staff members love to play games to ease their boredom. Remember, we may be on the adventure of a lifetime; but they are working far from their families and may have hiked these trails hundreds of times.