Mt. Everest also known as Chomolongma in Tibetan Language, Sagarmatha in Nepali as well as other nick names like Peak XV and Third Pole is the foremost magnetism of trekker who visits Nepal. Everest Base Camp, Annapurna Base Camp, Langtang Valley, Annapurna Round, Manaslu Circuit, Kanchenjunga Base Camp are the major attraction of Trekkers although there are other famous place to trek throughout the Nepal from East to West ranging from world highest trekking point to sea level in Terai belt of Nepal.
Regarding the travelling in Nepal it is not safe to travel alone. Travelers from sea level are not acclimatized to higher altitude as a result one can suffer from AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness) and face lots of other problem. Lots of times we can get news like traveler get lost on this place; he was last seen in this place and is missing now. Sometimes like get robbed and even some time murdered as police found the dead body later and published the news. So everybody recommend hiring a guide or porter and traveling through local travel agencies which is safe as travel agencies take all the responsibility and other factor will be handled very well. So I like to let you know that I can organize all the trekking activities in Nepal please feel free to contact me as I have travel almost around 75-80 % of trekking area of Nepal in higher altitude. So it is like a hard job to find the license holder authorized trekking guide in Nepal and another factor is he should be reliable and honest. So your search is over now
Importance of Guide...
Normally how travelers perceive guide is like just to show the way in the mountain which is really not true instead I heartily request all blog reader to develop broad aspect regarding the guide. What I think is a guide a guide who show the way in high altitude mountain not only that he should behave as a care taker, a waiter in guest house and a close friend. Which mean when you get sick in the mountain it is a big deal to face it alone at that time guide are like blessing as they are there to take care twenty four hours a day. For example you face a problem with high altitude and need to descend down in mid night it is almost impossible and not safe to descend alone at that time we guide are there. And regarding the food we can enter inside the kitchen and observe the raw material whether they are fresh or not, well washed or not and can instruct cook to do it fast if you are hungry, to make it fresh and hygienic. We can help to reserve the room with good view also as we used to have good relation to hotel operator in trail and all the time if available we can request them to give the key of this room number, that room number and so on. In some place like while crossing the high passes there is danger of crevasse but we can identify where crevasse is and avoid route from there. It is not an easy job to figure out the crevasse but our knowledge and experience help us a lot. And in some place we might get stuck in one place because of heavy snowfall overnight or landslide at such time also we can fix a rope to cross those sections. We have knowledge of rock climbing, first aid kit; can predict weather for tomorrow and other factor. Only the government authorized license holder guide like us had took a month long training and posses ability to handle the entire thing patiently in high altitude mountain so please be aware of unauthorized guide.
The cost of trekking guide in Nepal is varied depending upon the several factors. Although there is slight difference in salary of guide on several places of Nepal I like to give you a general pricing standard of guide on per day basis. Before listing the price I like to make you clear about the factor which determines the cost of trekking guide. Normally the first factor is license, if guide posses a license from Nepal government his rate is higher as he is qualified although some might offer a cheaper price who does not have a license and it is very risky to travel with those because any time government officer can ask for license in check post as if he cannot show his license to officer then it might be legal issue. Another factor is extremeness of trail comparatively guide cost for Annapurna Base Camp is cheaper in compare to Everest Base Camp because of higher altitude range of Everest. Another factor determining the cost of guide is range of expensiveness in trekking region as Everest region is more expensive than other trail so cost of guide is higher. These are the major factors which determine the cost.
• Accommodation in the mountain
• Three times food i.e. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
• All necessary gears renting
• Insurance of guide
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Do I really need to hire a Trekking Guide while I am trek in Nepal..?
Trekking in Nepal is safer to trek by adjoining with local travel agencies and government authorized license holder trekking guide. Till this date certain areas of Nepal are declared as restricted area trekking region where there is compulsion of hiring at least one Nepali guide and need to adjoin with local travel agencies in order to issue the permits. However other famous trail like Annapurna Trek, Everest Trek, and Langtang trek are not exposed to this rule one can trek freely solo. But from several aspects it is highly recommend hiring a trekking guide in Nepal main feature is for safety, local tradition culture, history of places, as mountain are highly unpredictable weather might change, any unexpected things can happen like you might fall sick, while crossing high passes and landslide zone you might get hit by rocks, you might fell down broke your legs, ankle, acute mountain sickness so it is highly recommend to hire trekking guide in Nepal.
Where and How Can I get trekking guide in Nepal..?
Best trekking guide in Nepal this is what every traveler want to hire during their trekking in Nepal Himalayas. There are several Freelance trekking guides in Nepal however trekking agencies are recommend to be joined. In that case trekking companies will be highly responsible so we suggest to hire a government authorized license holder trekking guide with help of local travel company. For this you search over trip adviser, local yellow page sites, travel forum, travel blog of other traveler, But do not go through company who paying money for Google add, go for real reviews and experience company.
Benefit of Trekking Guide in Nepal during Trek..?
Trekking guide themselves are symbol of excellence as they had been trekking in same route for several time although they switched from one region to another region. They are well knowledgeable about the danger that one might need to face, how to overcome them. Unknowingly trekkers might have been developing symptoms of AMS. As guide are well aware about from which altitude does people start facing this problems, can describe about local culture, tradition. Altitude of current places, altitude of next settlements, on which altitude to take race, how to adopt with AMS, super valiance during case of emergencies and difficulties. Several times guide used to descend their clients in mid of night to lower altitude, first aid kit box, help to connect to travel company, insurance provider in case of emergency medical evacuation. Helps to book the hotels on the way there are many unseen hidden benefit of trekking guide in compare to one travelling solo.
How much is the cost for Hire a trekking guide in Nepal..?
Cost of hiring a guide in Nepal Himalaya is depends upon several factors like region of trekking, number of trekker in group, qualification of guide, his experience. Before trekking guide in Nepal one need to have general idea about cost of guide what things are included over there, whether you need to pay extra top of that amount or not. Generally things included in cost are insurance of guide, his food, his accommodation and his salary as well as equipments. If all this things are included then average cost of hire trekking guide Nepal will result around US $ 16 – US $ 20 per day depending upon quality of guide, his communication skill, his experience, his service review and many other things. Before choosing guide take interview before fixing a price, ask him about his experience on that trail, his nature, what he expect from clients, his level of tolerance and several other things to make sure about he is right person for you as you will be with guides for trekking at least 5-6 days in minimum trekking.
Why organization (Company) is necessary..?
Freelance trekking guide in Nepal is ok however they cannot be fully trusted as companies offering their services. As Trekking agencies in Nepal are government authorized, they had obtain license for foreign money exchange, issue permits, permission from tourism board of Nepal to operate activities related with tourism. With help of company you can obtain group trekker TIMS card which is really fruitful as they covered insurance of guide porter also. In case of emergency those slips or receipts which are obtained from companies transaction can be use as legal proofs. Not only this local Nepalese trekking companies in form your embassy, your travel insurance provider about trek you had start as at any time so in case of emergency some quick action can be taken. So mainly local trekking companies Nepal are necessary for legal paper, to issue group TIMS card, to issue special restricted area trekking permits, trustworthy crew members, and co-operation in case of emergency in mountain and off course reliable services.
Do we have to book in advance with payments..?
Well there might be several criteria which can decide whether you need to pay advance or not. Let's talk with some examples, let us suppose you are travelling to Nepal from Tibet, now you need pickup service from Tibet border to Kathmandu Nepal. In this case if you have not paid advance then transport companies might refuse to send a vehicle in Tibet border as it is 118 Km far at least they need some guaranty for your arrival in border. Another example if you are arriving from International Airport then in such case just forwarding flight schedule will be ok as it will not be a risk to send vehicle for transportation just up to International Airport. And if you are arriving late on some day want to start trek next morning then you need to pay advance as companies need to issue necessary trekking permits, necessary flight ticket booking specially for case of Everest Trekking as Lukla Flight ticket is one of the tough things to be managed. And sometime if it is a peak season then you need to send certain amount advance as they need to hold booking so they might be seeking for some advance for safety. So basically depending upon condition you might or might not need to pay money before arriving to Nepal but you definitely need to book the trip on advance specially for those with less time span.