Would you go abroad without getting travel insurance? Then why go into the Himalayas, trekking without a guide. Many of the treks in Nepal require the use of guides and porters such as Inner Dolpo,
Kanchenjunga and Upper Mustang due to the areas being restricted. Annapurna
Conservation Area and Everest Base Camp, however, do not require guides. Most of you have probably heard about the past tragic weather events in Nepal.
Cyclone Hud Hud brushed the Nepali Himalaya on its way inland from the Bay of Bengal. It caused blizzard conditions, rapid snow accumulations, and avalanches that had deadly consequences for the several dozen trekkers caught in its path. While storms of this magnitude are rare during the popular Nepal trekking seasons, they, and other things that can kill you, are not unheard of. Trekking in places like backcountry Nepal and elsewhere can be dangerous because of the remote nature and lack of emergency infrastructure. Does this mean don’t go trekking in Nepal? Absolutely not! This is where having a guide is extremely vital and you will be thankful that you did.
Even though it’s not required in some areas, you would be well equipped to use a guide, no matter how experienced and fit you are. Hiring a porter and/or a guide can enhance greatly to your trek experience in Nepal, especially if this is your first time and if you are traveling on less frequented trails; A qualified guide is a minimum safety requirement. Your guide will add to your enjoyment and understanding of the region also, as they double as companion and interpreter. You can also learn the lifestyle, culture, tradition, history, and nature of the country from our experienced guides. Besides the above, our guides also assist on the issues like first aid, Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS), emergency, rescue methods etc. The security of our clients is of upmost importance for us. At Good Karma Trekking, our guides and support crew are carefully chosen. Our guides / porters hold the necessary licenses issued by the Nepalese Government. They are trustworthy, honest and reliable. We would, however, advise you to also take care of your own personal belongings throughout your trek. Any concerns that you have can be discussed with your guide.
In comparison to other countries, traveling to Nepal is very easy; you can obtain a visa upon arrival at the Airport and can start your tour/treks the very next day of your arrival.Planning is essential for organising such a trek in Nepal, this is where guides can be of great assistance and remove a huge part of the planning before your arrival. Leaving you to arrange flights and inoculations, which need arranging several months before departure, especially if you are flying into Nepal in peak trekking season; April/ May, September/October. November and March.
Your guides will;
Arrange all the necessary permits before your arrival
Meet and greet you at the airport and take you to your hotel
Have an orientation about the trek
Ensure you are fully prepared before the trek starts
Speak the local language to be able to effectively communicate and be there with
you, if anything untoward was to happen.
You will learn so much more about the region, its history and culture
You’ll be shown to places that are off the beaten track and natural beauty.
Have someone to talk too, especially any concerns.
Your guide/porter will be the first to know of any potential weather problems and
can advise you before going.
Your guide/porters’ network is vast and will know the community in the mountains
and in the teahouses where you will stay. They will be the first to know of any
potential weather problems and can advise.
Ensure your safety and security throughout the trek.
#goodkarma trekking – it’s all in our name
Mr Raj Himalayan Guide since 2007 during Annapurna Base Camp Treks.