In This Part, we are discussing How to Hire a Trekking Guide for Everest Base Camp Trek. Hiring a trekking guide for Everest Base Camp trek is a safe, cost-efficient, and flexible way of making the most of the trek. A good guide will help you understand the land and mountains better, get in the permits line for you, ensure safety, and handle emergency situations as well.
But Before we go about hiring a trekking guide, it is a good idea to understand about trekking guide, porter guide, and porter.
A trekking guide is a certified professional who has acquired a good set of communication and guiding skills to lead treks in the mountains. They have good connections with ticketing agencies, hotels, porters, and can help you manage all of it. They will help you arrange permits, coordinate in the hotels on your behalf, and help you understand the culture, history, and insights of these mountain lands. A good guide will also help you assess your health and teach you ways of eliminating altitude sickness.
The cost of hiring a guide can vary immensely according to their experience, expertise, and language skills. You can also choose guides who specialize in culture, climbing, wildlife, food, bird watching, etc. These guides can be expensive and hard to find.
Cost of hiring a guide: USD 25- USD 125 (Includes wages, food, lodging, and taxes)
A Porter-Guide is someone who will carry your load of up to 15 kgs and guide you along the trails as well. Porter Guides are mostly locals who will join you in the trailheads. Not all porter guides have certificates and training, but they have a lot of experience in the trekking trails. Although communication and first aid skills are limited, they have a decent guiding ability. Besides, they will also help you get in the line for permits.
However, in emergencies like injuries or arranging a rescue, they will be of minimal help.
Cost of hiring a Porter-Guide: USD 25 – USD 35 per day (Includes wages, food, lodging, and taxes)
Porters are a very integral part of the trekking industry responsible for carrying food and necessities in the trail. By hiring a porter, you will also be providing jobs and contributing to the local economy. A porter will carry up to 30 kilos and take it from one night-stop to another in the trails. A porter generally carries backpacks of two trekkers. They usually walk at their own pace, do not communicate with the trekkers, and live in porter shelters. Generally, a guide hires a porter and manages them.
While hiring a porter, you should be very clear regarding the contingencies as to who will be responsible if a porter negotiates for rates, leave for another client in the middle, or gets sick. We do not recommend you to hire porters on your own. If you want to hire a porter, hotels in Lukla can help you.
Cost of hiring a porter: USD 15- USD 25 per day (Includes wages, food, and lodging)
Also, read about How to get Trekking Permit in Nepal
How to Hire a Good Trekking Guide?
I’m sure nobody wants just any average guide to accompany them for over ten days during your Everest Base Camp Trek. So if you’re wondering how you get a good guide, here are a few qualities or information that you might want to know:
- Experience of the guide– the more years they have worked in the trails, the better. However, younger ones have the advantage of being better at communication and more up to date.
- Has the guide done the itinerary you’re planning to do?– If you want to combine Everest Base Camp trek with Gokyo, but the guide has only done Everest Base camp trek, he/she might not be of use to you. However, please note that if you ask the question directly, they might say yes just to get the business.
- Guide License/ Certification– Always helpful to check if the guide has a guide license or certification of the training that they have mentioned. We recommend only a certified guide for your safety.
- First Aid / Safety Training: Checking if a guide has necessary safety training can make a big difference in emergencies.
- Check if the guide is insured– If you want a safe trek with a peace of mind, you might want to make sure that your guide has insurance.
- Check out the reviews from previous clients- Genuine reviews from clients is one of the most effective ways to know if your guide is good enough. But sometime a good guide also may not have enough reviews.
- Talk to the Guide: No matter the reviews, always talk to the guide before hiring them to clear any confusion that you have before trusting them with your money.
Tour operators/ Agencies- Agencies can help you book guides by getting some commission. However, they will be expensive.
How to make the payment: Travel agencies have their policies, they either ask you to make a partial deposit beforehand and pay the remaining once you arrive in Nepal, or make the full payment beforehand. Generally, they have strict cancellation policies.
Guide booking Online platforms: Companies like HoneyGuide, Sherpana, Sherpahire, etc. list trekking guides, and you can book them easily from their website. The problem with some sites is that they don’t provide the guides’ contact information openly until you request the guide.
How to make the payment: Generally, you make payment beforehand, which is hassle-free. Also, since the payment is done online, you have solid protection in case something goes wrong.
Also, read Information for Trekkers and Mountaineers
How to Find Female Trekking Guides
Finding Female Trekking Guides can be hard work for you if you have no idea trekking in Nepal. It will be easy for you If female Trekkers hire a female guide for their trekking. Although hiring a male guide is also safe in Nepal. Agencies- Three Sisters Adventure Trekking is a trusted company that specializes in organizing treks for females. All the staff, including guides and porters, are female.