Planning ABC treck before or at arrival in Nepal. Recommendations?
Replies: 6 - Last Post: Mar 3, 2012 3:07 AM Last Post By: Aurin
Mar 1, 2012 10:14 PM
Planning ABC treck before or at arrival in Nepal. Recommendations?Hi,
I am landing in Nepal on the 29th of March early morning and I am hoping to start a 10 day Annapurna Base Camp trek within 2-3days after arrival. All that because I would like to be in Bhaktapur for the Nepalese New Year which is on the 14th of April if I am correct.
I wanted to organize it at arrival because I feel like it would cost me a lot less that way. But I might be a little to optimistic.
- How difficult is it to organize a trek on arrival?
- Can it be set up within a day or 2 while there?
- Will the cost vary greatly if I set it up before instead of after arrival?
- Is it better to organize it from Kathmandu or could I find easily going straight to Pokhara?
- Can I find trekking partner or join a group easily?
Any recommendations? Am I crazy to think that I could land in Nepal without booking the trek in advance and be trekking the ABC 3 days later ? :)
Thank you very much for any tips and advice.
Mar 1, 2012 10:27 PM
With a 2 day timeframe before you want to trek you will easily be able to organise your trek on arrival and potentially safe yourself a fair amount of money too – All you need is ANCAP and TIMS before departing and you can either get these yourself (cheapest option) in either Kathmandu or Pokhara or from a TAAN registered agent for a small commision, again either in Kathmandu or Pokhara.
Trek-Mates - To increase your chances of finding a them you could read the Travelling Companions and Trekking & Mountaineering boards on here and see if there is anyone else trekking around the same time to team up with and if not pop up your own thread.
Also there is a new website specifically for finding trekking partners that would also be worthwhile copying you post to Here and hit the “Partner Adds” tab as well at “Trip Adviser” and Trek-Info
But if you don’t have any luck there then once you arrive in Nepal most of the backpacker hotels have notice boards, it is worth reading them as there are often trekkers looking for trekking partners.
The only other consideration you have is whether to take any trekking Staff or not - You can trek ABC without any staff (Guides or Porters) But a lot of people do prefer to hire at least a porter/guide, besides providing a little much needed local employment, you also get to find out a little more about the culture and language of the area that you are trekking through.
Mar 2, 2012 2:51 AM
2"I wanted to organize it at arrival because I feel like it would cost me a lot less that way. " Not at all, it will cost much more in backsheesh.
Most people follow the way on their own, guides is just a shady business. You can read the DIY trekking guide there you can follow through the maps and have an idea of the gear you need.
ABC is not the best for a first trek.
Mar 2, 2012 3:31 PM
3Hi Rob,sue and aurin,
Thank you very much for your answers. This is so helpful.
I don't know if you have any idea of what would be an average cost for 10 day ABC trail with porter/guide, including food and lodging. I have contacted a couple of agencies over there, but I would love to get knowledgeable traveler's imput.
Rob, I have read a lot of answer you gave to other thread. Amazing;) always so detailled. I have read that you have been hiring the same people over the years. Would it ok to ask you who.
This is my first time in Nepal. I travelled for a full year 3 years ago and was totally planning as I was going. But I feel like like I lost a bit my mojo since ;)
Thank you all very much again,
Mar 2, 2012 8:24 PM
As your plan to arrange trek after arrivals all so can do, a day of time period can arrange it easily Government register company,
We are always suggest you book your trip with authorizes company for you and your Guide/Porter/safety, don’t hire Guide/Porter from the street,
Thanks and with best Regards
Mar 2, 2012 10:29 PM
You are welcome to Nepal. you can make trekking by your self but please hire guide or porter for local employment.
You can also learn local culture and Language you fell more safe. Good for you and good for local people .
Have a good time in Nepal
Mar 3, 2012 3:07 AM
6Hi Miko you should read the link #3 also the article about common scams in Nepal. There is a misconception that trekking in Nepal is an isolating experience, not so. You be around 100's of other tourist and over 1 million nepalese who live in the region.
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