Travelling in Nepal is a relatively very safe affair. We treat our guests with the utmost respect. Regardless, there can be some things that women find difficult to share with men guides.
Female guides are available at your request. However, female guides are only provided if you are a solitary female traveller, Female family or female groups. Plus, a female guide will offer you a different perspective on your journey than men guides can.
You can hire extra porters for your group or family trekking. Just note that the tipping charges also increases as your porters increase.
Although most of Asian countries don’t have much of a tipping culture, many of the guides and porters in Nepal depend on tips from trekking tourists to help make ends meet. Regardless, you should only add a tip when you feel the staff did an excellent job.
A good rule of thumb when solo trekking is to tip the equivalent of $5 per day for your guides and $2 to $4 per day for porters.
In many good or large restaurants in Nepal, A service charge of 10% is already added on you bill. Cheap, local eateries or tea houses may not add a service charge. If you don’t see it on your bill, consider leaving some small change on the table.
The cost of the porter’s work is USD $15-25 (Rs. 1,500 – 2,500) per day, whereas the guides normally charge USD $30-40 (Rs. 3,000 – 4,000) a day. When hiring a porter or a guide through an agency, make sure the cost of food are included in the price.
Many hikes in Nepal require the use of guides and porters such as Upper Dolpo, Kanchenjunga and Upper Mustang due to the areas being restricted. However, places such as the Annapurna Conservation Area and Everest Base Camp and Annapurna Base Camps do not require guides.
It is best to organize your Nepal trekking tour before you get to Nepal to save time and avoid the confusion of finding a trekking company while you are in Nepal.
It’s important to keep in mind that no matter what trek you do, you are going to have to get a Trekkers’ Information Management System (TIMS) permit.
Most of the tour guides operating in Nepal treks are qualified. However, do check for government Tour Guide License so that you know you are in good hands.
A guaranteed departure means that the tour will definitely operate on the day it is scheduled and will not be cancelled. All departures will run except in the event of a natural disaster or other similarly disruptive events that are beyond our control.
Almost all of our tour departures are guaranteed to run. Some tours are guaranteed more than 1 year ahead of time. Others may not be guaranteed until 2 months ahead of time. Every week we receive more bookings and this allows for more guaranteed departures.
Our itineraries are based on historical and current weather patterns, schedules and popular periods. Our itineraries are flexible so that the more people who book tours which are not ‘guaranteed departures’, the more tours we can name as guaranteed departures.
Yes, you may customize the itinerary on our website according to your choosing. We highly recommend that you email us or call us so that we know more about your personal preferences.
The guides and porters only carry basic first aid kid. However, there are a considerable number of first aid posts, health camps and clinics to take care of you.
Trekking guides are trained for basic first aid. Health services for travelers is a well equipped and streamlined operation in Nepal. Along your trail, you will find several health posts and small hospitals. In addition to patient care, Himalayan Rescue Association (HRA) is also capable of coordinating search and rescue operations in addition to evacuations. And once in Kathmandu and Pokhara, there are highly efficient hospitals.