- I will personally be your guide when you book your arrangements
with me. I commit my time to be with you during your trek.
Other companies will arrange a guide for you, and depending
on their schedules, you may not always receive the best-qualified
- I have many years of experience as a trekking guide and
I feel that our relationship, as a guide/trekker begins
with our initial contacts. The emails we exchange in preparation
for your trip allows us to learn about one another prior
to your arrival in Nepal. When you arrive in Nepal we will
already know something about each other so that we will
not begin our adventure together as complete strangers.
- Since we will directly interact in the planning process
you will have a clear understanding about your payment.
I am very much conscious of your budget. My price is very
reasonable. Since I work on my own, I don’t have to
pay for the expenses that a trekking agency normally has,
the budget for your trip can be better used for your trekking
expenses and it guarantees that guide, porters and other
supporting staff will be paid fairly. The stiff competition
between agencies often makes this difficult. I am not a
large company so the service I provide is quite friendly
and private. I am more flexible; I will hike at your pace
and give more personal service.
- Me and my supporting friends are covered by insurance for
the trek and I always provide them enough clothing/equipment
during the treking which is a major issue in some certain
areas. If you've been trekking you will know how hard porters
have to work for their cash. Yet here are several trekking
companies and lots of guides and porters are working with
them by paying shocking amount of money. Please read my
own philosophy about porters in this page( porters in Nepal
- Having experienced trek life through Nepal’s numerous
high landscapes I’ve discovered a rich assortment
of diverse cultures in Nepal. So, I will alert you to local
culture, see sights, select nice lodging & dining and
look after your logistical requirements like - picking you
up from the airport, paying Conservation/ National park
fee, organizing your transport to the trek head, liaising
and directing the porter etc and in case of emergency, I
can get a helicopter to pick you up immediately as I know
some helicopter companies and can do that.
As a guide my primary goal is to provide rich cultural
experience so that my guest may leave with many happy memories
of their visit to this little country and her people. I
wish your travel experience in any place during the trek
to be greatly enhanced.
During my trekking days I was asked about the following
questions by many travelers friends. Please click on each
topics to find its answer.
1. How did you get started as trekking guide?
2. What did you learn during your guide - training period?
3. Why did you decide to become an independent guide rather
than working from company?
4. Do you always select the same lodges in tea-house style
trekking for your each clients?
1. How did you get started as a trekking guide?
My home village is in the lap of the mid hilly region of
the Annapurana Himalayas. Since my childhood period we used
to get a number of trekkers walking through my village that
first caught my attention toward the tourism sector. During
my school life I came to understand well about the value
of tourism and its great scope in this little country. So
first I worked as a porter from Pokhara. Two years later
in 1995 I trained with the Pokhara Tourism Training Center
(PTTC) and “His Majesty’s Government of Nepal,
Ministry of Cultural Tourism Civil Aviation (HMGONMOCTCA)”
in Kathmandu to become a professional government licensed
guide and I started to work for a company first as an assistant
guide accompanying a senior group leader. After numerous
trips into various regions I escorted my first group as
a senior guide in 1997.
2. What did you learn during your guide -training period?
Fortunately, I had the chance to take training in two different
places witha different way of teaching - one in Pokhara
and the other in Kathmandu for a government issued guide
license. Here are the basic parts of the training programs.
(a) The theoretical course that provides the general information
mainly about the topography, Cultural scenery, the history,
zoology, first- aid training with broad information on how
to recognize and treat altitude sickness, rescue and other
(b) After 3 months of theoretical program, the practical
part involves 24 days that includes rock climbing as well
as camping organization.
3. Why did you decide to become an independent guide rather than working from company?
During my working period as a guide for trekking companies,
for the past 6 years, I have seen a lot of mishandling of
clients and trekking staffs because of the tight competition
between agencies in our shrinking tourism industry. Working
independently is a risky decision for me because big companies
are able to attract many tourists through their advertisement.
Unfortunately the guides and porters that have to work for
the trekking agencies are often not paid fairly.
Because of not being involved in the planning process guides
have little flexibility regarding trekking program, the
trek’s budget and personal requirements of the client.
When clients pay the agency for their trek and the guide
often obtains limited cash to pay for lodging and food for
the entire the trek. If the amount is too small, the guide
has to make up the difference by his own way. This type
of financial crisis can create an uncomfortable situation
for both guide & client. Many companies behave this
way since they cannot make reasonable money because of the
stiff competition. This limited amount funds the companies
give their guides for the trek is not sufficient to provide
Being independent trekking guide I feel free to work with
my clients, and provide them quality service as much as
I can and more importantly we have clear understanding with
each other as you and I are will directly involve during
the planning process via email.
4. Do you always select the same lodges in tea -house style trekking for your each client?
In some popular trekking route like in Everest, Annapurna,
Langtang have abundant lodges with a variety of choices.
I choose lodging based on my client’s preferences,
which I give the first priority. Some would like to stay
in a standard lodge with attach bathrooms and pay a little
higher price. Some would like to stay in common hotel with
lowest cost option where the others enjoy staying in busy
places to find new friends for the evening talk. Some would
like to stay with their new friends at the same lodge whom
they met on the trail during the day.
Personally I would prefer to take my clients in a bit quieter,
nice and less profitable lodges where the families always
love to see customer’s presence and that give them
a great satisfaction. The owners can give his time to talk
and even can invite us in their family kitchen if there
is no big groups checked in for the night.