Published Date: March 19, 2015
Whether or not you have visited an Asian country before, if you are planning a trip to Nepal you can already be described as an adventurous traveler. You have probably been searching through information on line and become at least slightly confused and overwhelmed by all the information and options you have.
There's a lot of (mis)information to wade through and it can be bewildering. You have to make decisions which may result in this the best or the worst trip of your life. We want to share some practical advice based on our own experience which we hope will help to plan your trip to Nepal. Two basic facts guide our services at Annapurna Foothills Treks:
Everyone likes to get a fair price when they travel.
Everyone wants to go home with good memories.
At some point travelers must balance their budget and their travel style. While traveling in Nepal is much cheaper than many countries, however we give a word of caution to those who take the advice of seasoned backpackers who travel the world on a dime. Some things may save some money but may not be worth it.
Some people say you don’t really need a guide or a porter. Is that true?
We say: Some people trek without a guide or porter. But if saving money is the main objective, they may not come out very far ahead. Guides and porters often save their clients from paying way too much on everything from souvenirs to food to accommodation.
Some people say you can easily find a trekking company/guide once you arrive in Kathmandu and it will be cheaper.
We say: You could waste a lot of time this way. During the trekking season, bus tickets and domestic flights are hard to come by, so you may face delays waiting for your ticket. AFT books the best available tickets well in advance, so you can plan ahead with confidence.
Some people say you can’t trust a Nepal-based company. Only international companies are dependable.
We say: There are some shady local companies that offer packages that appear to be the cheapest. Check what is included and excluded in the price carefully. You don’t want any nasty surprises like a big expense you weren’t planning for. Annapurna Foothills Treks is dependable local company that is licensed and registered with the government. If you check what is included in the package price you will find good value for your money.
Transportation realities of travel in Nepal:
Public transport can be frustrating and also frightening. Road safety is a major concern on trips outside the capital. Whereas fatal accidents involving public buses are almost a daily occurrence, private and tourist buses are very safe. Public buses and mini vans are extremely crowded. Be prepared to crouch, stand or share a seat meant for one with someone else. Taxi drivers may agree to use the meter, but may divert the route to get more money. The advantage of full service is having hassle-free private transportation.
Was really impressed with the speed at which they organised a tour for me, and the quality of the tour itself. The director - Ngima - was very responsive and really helpful, meeting me the day before my tour and introducing me to my guide the day of the tour.…Phillippa
Just got back from an awesome trip to Nepal, kindly arranged by Ngima Sherpa from Annapurna Foothills Treks. The organisation of the trip was absolutely flawless, and I can't remember having any problems during my whole month long stay. My Sherpa Dendi (as featured in the new Everest movie),is a…Neil Murphy
My boyfriend and I wanted to trek in Nepal so I found Annapurna Foothills details online - they were amazing from start to finish. Ngima, the Managing Director was really helpful over email in planning the trip and flexible to help us fit in everything we wanted to. Our guide…Meriel Flint