Replies: 4 - Last Post: Oct 7, 2012 7:01 AM Last Post By: into-thin-air
Oct 7, 2012 1:30 AM
Tour AgenciesHey There
I would appreciate information about tried and trusted tour agencies for the Everest Base Camp trek?
And any additional advice would be helpful?
I am a solo traveler arriving at Kathmandu on the 15th November.
Oct 7, 2012 2:36 AM
1I have used the same trekking agent for the last 18 years and 9 trips to Nepal and have recommended his services on this branch for a long time, I used to offer to send his contact details by PM to anyone who requested but now no longer do this as it could be seen as Spamming.
Most of the regular visitors who trek in Nepal have their favourite agents and I am sure that if you ask them then some of them will give you details of who they recommend, several of them even use the same agent as me ;-)
Do take care when selecting your Trekking Agent, there are some excellent ones out there, but there are also some that promise a great trek and fail to deliver, Good Trekking Staff with really make your trek, but Bad Trekking Staff will ruin it.
You would also be advised to read thread 152 on the Indian Sub Continent FAQ’s page
There is a high probability that your posting will attract some Spam from posters within the Nepali trekking industry – My own views are that if a trekking agent has to SPAM to get business then they should be avoided and it is a far better to get a personal recommendation from someone that you know and trust
If said Spammers are sending you unsolicited emails then these should be reported to the site moderators so that action can be taken
Oct 7, 2012 4:49 AM
2Thanks Robs for your advice and manners about spamming. Yes please, I would like your our agency?
Additionally, Ii would like an idea of the price range for a trek to EBC? Since I have recieved a huge variance in prices from tour agencies. I don't want to be cheap at the risk of my trek however I would hate to be ripped off and still have a disappointing trek.
Additionally, November December period is the peak season to EBC. How crowded might the trekking paths be? How impacting can this be on a trek?
Take it easy
Oct 7, 2012 5:35 AM
Oct 7, 2012 7:01 AM
Licensed Guide costs about $25 per day, that includes his food, accommodation, insurance but Not transportation to and from the trailheads or tip – a Porter/Guide is around $20 and a Porter around $15 – again that includes food, accommodation, insurance but Not transportation to and from the trailheads or tips – My recommendation would be to hire “Staff” through a reputable local agent as suggested by scoodly – I have listed the pro’s and con’s of doing it this way in my Sports and Outdoor tips section of the link on my tag-line
If it were me then I would just hire out one porter/guide and he will both guide you as well as carry 15k, so this saves you packing most of your gear, costs are $20 per day including his food and accommodation as well as his insurance but not transportation to and from the trail-head or tip + you will need to pay around $25 /$30 each for your own food and accommodation, $37.50 National Park Entrance and $10 each TIMS ($20 if you organise this in advance through an agent) – This will work out a Lot cheaper than joining a group + you can walk at your own pace, stay where you want and eat where, what and when you want.
Lukla Flights – As you will be trekking close to the main season, you should reserve these though a trusted and reliable agent – Usually you can then pay for it when you arrive in Nepal (Unless you are flying to Lukla the day after you arrive in Nepal, in that case you would have to send a deposit to cover any losses a agent would incur if for some reason you didn’t show up.
Prices are around $140 each way for trekkers and around $55 each way for any Nepali Trekking Staff you might take
Take your best guess at when you will want your return flight from Lukla to Kathmandu and book an open return for that date, then when you get back to Namche Bazaar if you are either ahead or behind schedule you can ring the airline office from there and book seats on the next available flight (In busy time and especially when backlogs occur during spells of poor weather it won’t harm to also ring the airline office from Namche Bazaar and confirm your flight date)
This is a Much better option than hanging around Lukla for a day or so awaiting your flight as Namche and the surrounding area as a lot more to offer.
Aim to arrive back in Lukla early afternoon the day before you fly back to Kathmandu and stay in “The Sunrise Lodge” The owner of this lodge has “Power” with the airlines and will accompany you to the office, which opens around 3 to confirm your flight, and help ensure your name is on the list
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