Guide and Porters
A guide doesn’t just assist you in case of accidents or emergencies but also helps you to get accustomed to different cultures, recommend the best places to stay and, show you the hidden treasures along the trail that you might normally miss while travelling alone. Similarly, porters carry the baggage, allowing you to walk at your own pace, be flexible and enjoy the trek better. Hiring a guider/ porter is something that I truly recommend because it has been proven beneficial to many. But, there have been circumstances when trekkers found themselves in great troubles, by making a bad decision in terms of choosing a proper guide/ porter. So, in order to help you, I have listed important things, you need to know, about guides and porters while trekking in Nepal.
- Guide and Porters:
Remember, there is a distinct difference between a guide, porter cum guide and porter. A guide speaks English, knows the terrains and trails, and organizes your trek, but does not carry a load or does menial tasks such as cooking or putting up tents. A porter cum guide speaks just a bit of English (not the same in every case), carries your gear, guides you for the trail and stays together with you during the trek. He is someone who has been on a number of treks and is aspiring to graduate to the guide status. Hiring porter cum guide is an ideal option if you are trekking alone, or if you have only one other companion.Similarly, porters are hired for load-carrying purpose. They are generally from remote villages, may/ may not speak English well but are pleasant, kind and sincere.