Trekking in Nepal is a great experience but you are not sure to plan your own trek or seek help from a trekking agency abundantly available in the major cities like Pokhara and Kathmandu. Here are some of the reasons why you are better off planning your trek yourself rather than hiring a Trekking Agency in Nepal.
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1. You are not new to Nepal
You are not very new to Nepal and know basic Nepali to communicate with locals. Then you may not really need to get a travel Agency. If you had previous experience trekking in Nepal, you may have already known some good independent guide (if you feel it is necessary) to help you around too. You are well aware about the culture and lifestyle in Nepal and can easily adapt with the friendly Nepalese without any help from travel agency.
2. You have an experienced partner
You have very well experienced trekking partner with you who is better than any travel agency available. He/ She has previously walked the trails and understands all the requirements for the trail. He will guide and help you prepare for the trek. He has good knowledge about the geography and culture of the trail. He/ She will prepare you for any possible obstacles and is capable of handling all the possible health and security complications that may occur while you trek.
3. Trekking on the famous Trails
The famous trail such as Everest Base Camp trek and Annapurna Circuit has well marked trails to guide you along your way. These places have abundant tea-houses along the trail due to large number of trekkers visiting the region. You will meet several fellow trekkers along the way to accompany you and guide you along the trail. You may attempt to trek these well-developed trekking trail with a good map, sound fitness, positive attitude and a big smile.
4. You want to save Money
It is no secret that Travel Agencies are comparatively more expensive. You may save hundreds of dollars just by planning your trek on your own. It is true that you may need to get your own trekking permit and arrange your own guides and porters, but just think how much money you will be saving just by being independent.
5. You have plenty of time
You have plenty of time to arrange and plan your own trip. You have time to look for your own guide and porters and know where to get your gears. Even if you don’t know much you will surely know it when you reach Nepal, because you will be spending few days in the cities exploring and preparing for your trekking. You may even meet some well experienced trekkers during your stay in the city who may give you golden tips for your trek in Nepal.
6. Trek in your own terms
Trekking Companies usually organize group treks to the famous trekking destinations. Sometimes you may need to pace and adjust yourself according to the group’s need. Going according to the group’s need may not be always beneficial for you. You can choose your own acclimatization days for preventing AMS and spend more days exploring the villages. You love your freedom and want to enjoy this beautiful experience on your own terms. If you wish to plan your own trekking days and route, it better not to opt for trekking Agency.
You may not need to hire a trekking agency in some circumstances. But, in some situations travelling with a trekking agency is life savior and sometimes it makes everything simple and easy. If you have decided to hire an trekking agency to guide you in your adventure, here is an article helping you with the selection of a trekking agency in Nepal.
If you are still skeptic about hiring a trekking agency read the article where we talk about why you may want to hire a trekking agency in Nepal.
Have you trekked to Nepal without a trekking agency? How was your experience? Please share your insight with us by commenting below.