How to choose a trekking tour in Nepal?
One of the most popular questions I get asked is where to find a trekking tour agency in Nepal. The second question is why are they so expensive?
I've spent a lot of time going through the following online agencies and tour operators selecting the best trekking tours both in terms of experience and price.
I've listed and given a summary on each one here to help give you the pro's and con's before selecting one.
Do please read my pages on trekking in Nepal, my list of treks in Nepal and how to choose a trekking guide in Nepal - they contain very important information that will help you.
Do try my Find A Guide Service. I personally evaluate all trekking companies to find you the best fully qualified local trekking guide for your trek.
Some Tips when Booking a Trekking Tour
- Be sure to note if you are trekking with a group or alone with a guide (some cheaper treks put you in with a large group)
- Check to see if accommodation, permits & or flights are included in the price
- Check to see if the accommodation provided is with a bathroom or not
- Is your food included? Some cheaper packages don't include food
- Are all the correct permits included? (some companies leave out a few)
- Are porters included or not?
- Always check the small print
- Always make sure you have your own travel insurance for trekking
Trekking tour packages
The following lists are from a variety of trekking tour operators, agencies and organizations. I've spent a lot of time choosing the best deals they have and have provided a pro and con summary of each to help you choose.
Prices are subject to change and often include discounts so do check back here regularly! If you don't see what you like or are unsure, then do use my find a trekking guide service.
Nepal trekking tours with Get Your Guide: Offering locally sourced trekking agencies keeps the cost of trekking packages low here. New treks often appear frequently so do check back here to see if there's anything new.
Pros: Costs are usually lower than other online agencies.
Cons: Communication issues with trekking companies. Low selection of treks.
Nepal trekking tours with BookMundi: A large and detailed variety of treks on offer using a wide number of both international tour and local trekking companies. Do be careful of too good to be true prices as not all trekking companies are reputable.
You should also click under "See Group Discount" to view the real trekking price per person!
Pros: A wide range of trekking tours from a large number of companies eg.
Cons: The first price you see listed is not the final price!
Nepal trekking tours with TripAdvisor: A large variety of treks on offer using a wide variety of both international tour and local trekking companies.
|Everest Base Camp trek (12 days): price USD $1,223) Book here|
|Everest Base Camp trek (14 days): price USD $1400) Book here|
|Annapurna Circuit (14 days): price USD $1,115) Book here|
Pros: A wide range of trekking tours from a variety of companies.
Cons: All treks are dealt with by 3rd parties. Do read the small print as it is not often clear.
How to Find Trekking Partners
Do be extremely cautious with online forums or sites listing people that are looking to join up and share costs with other trekkers. These sites are completely unregulated and are often filled with very dubious people from all walks of life. Some are predators while others are individuals from tour companies trying to bring in more people with false promises that usually end in bad treks or last minute cancellations.
These sites look great on the outside but I've come across many disappointed people and sadly some very serious situations. Yes, there are some genuine people out there, but unfortunately it's not possible to vet them. These days there are dedicated con-artists well adapted at falsifying online identities just to make a buck.
If you really are wanting to meet up with others to trek in a group the best option is to wait until you arrive in Nepal and meet people at a popular guesthouse or hostel. It's easier than it seems and you at least get to meet them in person first.
Another option is to get your own guide and ask them if they have some others around the same date and if they'd be interested in joining in. For more, do read my guide on traveling solo in Nepal.
Hiring your own guide in Nepal
The final option open to you is to hire your own guide in Nepal either online or when you get there. Do please refer to my page on how to hire a guide in Nepal for more information.
If you'd like to hire the guide I used in Nepal then do feel free to contact me. However, I would appreciate it if you bought my guidebook on trekking in Nepal. My guides details and a host of other local trekking agencies along with all their contact details and maps are listed in it.
If you find all of the options above overwhelming then I also offer a find a local guide service where I use my extensive list of local guides and find you the best guide and price for your trek.. The benefit here is you are using trusted well reviewed local guides, you can customize your own trek and I will get you the best price.
If you are looking for a good guide, don't leave it too late. Try to book as far as possible in advance as last minute treks often cost more with less experienced guides.
Get your own travel insurance specifically for trekking!
No matter what option you choose to go trekking in Nepal I can't emphasise enough how important it is to have the right travel insurance for trekking in Nepal.
It is essential your travel insurance policy covers you up to the altitude you are trekking to. Many don't!
For more (and a solution), please read page on travel insurance for trekking in Nepal.
These guidebooks are a hands on trekking guidebooks that are better than the rest. Yes, really!
The books contain day-by-day guides with accuracy using scalable maps, photographs and travel-tested up-to-date trekking information. Just like my other guidebooks these have been proven to be the best interactive, or paperback guidebooks to Nepal available anywhere today.
So what are you waiting for? Get your hands on these guidebooks and start trekking in Nepal today!
First Time Trekking in Nepal Guidebook
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