"Why I now take a Porter/Guide on trek" Top 5 Page for this destination Trekking Tip by into-thin-air
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Favorite thing: First of all, I trekked AC, EBC from Jiri including Gokyo, Langtang and ABC including Poon Hill and then back up to Muktinath and flight out of Jomsom as an independent trekker without any trekking staff and thoroughly enjoyed my experiences.
Then I trekked Upper Mustang and my only alternatives were to join a group, which had No Appeal or organise my own trek with trekking staff, I opted for the latter and had an Excellent time.
So, my next trek was another one in Langtang and I decided to take along a porter/guide, this mainly because I no longer took the same enjoyment, nor felt in necessary to carry a large rucksack when for a relatively small price I could employ someone else to both carry the bulk of my gear as well as answerer a lot of my questions about the area I was trekking through.
I also soon found out that doors that were previously closed started to open up for me, one good example was that Kancha, my Porter/Guide in Langtang told be about the Gompa above Langtang Village and took me up there, I felt so privileged as we were invited inside and sat in a corner and watched the monks that were chanting – If it hadn’t been for Kancha I wouldn’t have known about this Gompa which turned out to be one of the highlights of the trek.
I also then took a Porter/Guide on my shortened Helambu Loop and this time was recommended a small lodge at Gul Bhanjyang which was by far the best lodge we stayed in, then as we had limited time on this trek it was our Porter/Guide that found the way back to the valley floor to shorten the loop – We could no doubt have found our own way, but it was a lot easier with having someone to keep asking the way as we were by then well of the main trekking route.
But it was my last trek, The Arun Valley that taking along trekking staff made a Huge difference, I might well have invented a new position, that of Guide/Cook
This was actually the cook from my Upper Mustang Trek, he was knowledgeable and spoke reasonable English and was an excellent cook, so I asked my agent if he would be prepared to carry around 15k of supplementary food and act as cook as well as guide, he happily agreed to do so and this made a huge difference to our diet as The Arun Valley is very remote and the teahouses usually only had Dal Bhat – Personally not something I would like to live on for 2 weeks ;-)
But as well as this he guided us through a remote area where the trekking maps were often at best vague + enabled us to visit the Gompa in Sanam by getting us the key
Then when we hit the main trail Tej had quite an easy time as we knew the way and really didn’t need a guide, but he always kept an eye on things in the kitchen and I never had a single stomach problem in 22 days trekking – This I put down to Tej
To me it is a matter of choice, if people wish to trek independently without trekking staff then they should be allowed to do so, but f you are getting a bit older (And Possibly wiser) and your budget isn’t as tight as it once was then taking along a Porter/Guide certainly has its advantages
However – If I hadn’t been allowed to do all my independent trekking on my earlier trips to Nepal then it is doubtful that I would have returned so many times, I expect that this also applies to a lot of other trekkers and regular visitors to Nepal – Maybe something that the rule makers that should think about before implementing the proposed changes to Independent Trekking in Nepal!!
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