The parents who gave up their jobs, rented their home and took their two-year-old son around the world for a year – with toddler visiting Everest base camp, India, Sri Lanka and the Maldives on whirlwind adventure

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The parents of a two-year-old toddler who climbed Mount Everest quit their jobs, rented out their home and took their son travelling around the world for a year.

Ross Dallas, 35, and his wife Jade, 31, took their son Carter on the whirlwind adventure which included visiting the Everest base camp, travelling to India, Sri Lanka and the Maldives.

The council worker and sales manager quit their jobs for their son’s round-the-world trip, with Cambodia next on the list.

The pair – from Glasgow – said doctors were ‘amazed’ he didn’t suffer from altitude sickness when they took Carter to the south site of the world’s largest mountain, in Nepal – carried on the back of his father.

The spur-of-the-moment ascent, after arriving in Nepal’s capital Kathmandu, came as part of the global tour.

Young Carter has been hailed as a medical marvel for his endurance – with his parents admitting he performed even better than them in tests and checks.

The family now staying in Cambodia revealed how they plan many more adventures ahead for the youngster – while also insisting on his healthiness.

Carter Dallas (pictured, left)  ‘climbed’ to the south site in Nepal – located 17,598ft above sea level – on October 25

The Dallas family have travelled across Asia including to Malaysia, Singapore and Sri Lanka

The Dallas family have travelled across Asia including to Malaysia, Singapore and Sri Lanka

Ross and Carter have fun on a beach in the Maldives after visiting India

Ross and Carter have fun on a beach in the Maldives after visiting India

Ross and Jade Dallas are seen on one quad bike, left, with their son Carter accompanied by Ross's father Craig on the other as they ride through the Cameron Highlands in Malaysia

Ross and Jade Dallas are seen on one quad bike, left, with their son Carter accompanied by Ross’s father Craig on the other as they ride through the Cameron Highlands in Malaysia

Carter made it up to Everest base camp 17,598ft above sea level on October 25 – breaking a record previously held by a four-year-old from the Czech Republic.

His father, former senior sales manager Ross, hailed how Carter ‘coped better’ than both he and Jade did as they suffered from ‘slight altitude sickness’. 

Mr Dallas also described how two medics at nearby villages carried out blood tests ‘to check he was fine’, adding: ‘His results were way better than ours – they were amazed.

‘We bought food jackets, and two sleeping bags for the trek – we basically did it on a whim. Within 24 hours of touching down in Kathmandu we started the trek.’

Mr Dallas believes they were well prepared for the trip because they regularly practice ‘breathing techniques’ and all do cold ice bath plunges – including Carter.

The couple trekked in everyday trainers, with Carter strapped to his father’s back.

Ross and Jade, a former housing officer, rented out their house in Scotland and bought three one-way tickets for a year of travelling last August.

They flew to India before visiting Sri Lanka and the Maldives, with trips back to India in between – then went to Nepal before going to Malaysia for a wedding.

They later went to Singapore where they spent Carter’s birthday at Universal Studios, followed by Christmas in Penang before crossing the border into Thailand and seeing in the New Year on the Thai island Koh Lanta.

Carter Dallas and his parents Ross and Jade have embarked on a year-long tour of Asia, first setting off from their Glasgow home last August with more countries in store to explore

Carter Dallas and his parents Ross and Jade have embarked on a year-long tour of Asia, first setting off from their Glasgow home last August with more countries in store to explore

He completed the trek on dad Ross' back, with mum Jade, 31, alongside

He completed the trek on dad Ross’ back, with mum Jade, 31, alongside

Ross, 35, says he believes they were well prepared for the trip as they regularly practice 'breathing techniques' and they all do cold ice bath plunges

Ross, 35, says he believes they were well prepared for the trip as they regularly practice ‘breathing techniques’ and they all do cold ice bath plunges

Carter Dallas, two, in a sleeping bag during his family's trek around South East Asia

Carter Dallas, two, in a sleeping bag during his family’s trek around South East Asia

Ross, Jade and Carter Dallas at Sagarmatha National Park in Nepal

Ross, Jade and Carter Dallas at Sagarmatha National Park in Nepal

They recently hit the jungle at a Thai nature reserve in Khao Sok, before making it to the country’s capital Bangkok – and are now in Cambodia.

Carter’s father also says he has loved lapped up all different cultures, adding: ‘He’ll say “sawadika” and “namaste” – he’s picking up the lingo.

‘We love that he has been exposed to different cultures and has been playing with all the kids in small villages, it’s really opening his mind up.

‘The one thing he’s loved the most is hearing the Islamic call to prayer.’

Carter has also developed a taste for exotic foods and has enjoyed eating fish curries in the Maldives and chicken feet in Malaysia – and even crocodile – though his favourite dish is Pad thai.

The family say highlights have included visiting an elephant orphanage and bathing with the animals, seeing the Taj Mahal and swimming with sharks in the Maldives.

Mr Carter said: ‘We hope we can inspire other people to go out and see the real world. It’s way better than just going to Tenerife.’

Yet the Everest ascent posed potential dangers – with medics warning that altitude sickness poses a risk to young children who can find it harder to adjust to the change in atmosphere and lack of oxygen.

London-based medic Dr Ann Nainan, known as ‘The Travelling Doc’, outlined potential travel risks to youngsters such as altitude sickness, nausea, dehydration and swerves between sunburning heat during the day and freezing chills at night.

She told MailOnline: ‘I would be worried especially since young children can’t verbalise their complaints – they’re not able to say, “I’m feeling cold” or “I’m feeling dizzy” or “I’m feeling breathless”.’

More than 100 doctors and paediatricians working in the French Alps were asked about advice for parents wanting to travel to extreme heights with their children – and suggested under-twos should not be at an altitude of more than 2,000m, according to a study last October.

Ross, Carter and Jade at Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage in Sri Lanka during his year-long tour of the continent

Ross, Carter and Jade at Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage in Sri Lanka during his year-long tour of the continent

The Dallas family at the Nine Arches Bridge in Sri Lanka

The Dallas family at the Nine Arches Bridge in Sri Lanka

Ross, Carter and Jade on the Everest trail - medics checked little Carter and reported him to be coping well with the altitude

Ross, Carter and Jade on the Everest trail – medics checked little Carter and reported him to be coping well with the altitude

Ross and Carter Dallas at Sagarmatha National Park, Nepal

Ross and Carter Dallas at Sagarmatha National Park, Nepal

The Dallas family at Jatayu Earth's Center in India - Ross says Carter has lapped up all different cultures and is absolutely loving it

The Dallas family at Jatayu Earth’s Center in India – Ross says Carter has lapped up all different cultures and is absolutely loving it

Doctors recommend not taking children under two higher than 2,000m, while similar restrictions were applied for prolonged stays at high altitude.

This makes locations such as La Paz in Bolivia (3,500m), Santa Fe in New Mexico (2,100m) and Machu Picchu (2,400m) theoretically off limits – let alone Everest base camp at 5,364m.

But many parents believe exposing their children to new experiences and environments at a young age is a good thing and can expand their interest in the world around them.

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