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Hiring a Freelance Guide for Your Annapurna Base Camp Trek

Annapurna Base Camp

It may not come as a surprise to you that almost any travel company in Nepal assures you of a mystical Annapurna Base Camp Trek. It clearly is one of the most favored trekking routes among first time trekking aficionados and the more experienced ones alike, looking for a moderately challenging trekking experience in Nepal. Culminating in the footholds of the majestic Mt. Annapurna (8,091 m) at a height of 4,130 m, the Annapurna Base Camp Trek is a humbling experience. And, if you have already made the calculated and benign decision of hiring a guide, rather than going solo on your most anticipated trekking expedition to the Annapurna, or any other destination for that matter, you might want to weigh in on your options between a registered trekking guide and a freelance guide. A cherishable adventure as diverse and eventful as the Annapurna Base Camp Trek is not worth risking over a freelance guide.


May I see your ID, please?

Trekking guides are required to be licensed by the local authorities, a proof of their ability and reliability to lead trekking expeditions. While you may not have any issues regarding this when you plan your trekking through a valid travel agent, the same cannot be assured of a freelance guide. Also, in the event of any misconduct on the part of a licensed guide, it is reassuring to learn that the local authorities can trace them and have them penalized. On the contrary, if your trekking expedition is led by a freelancer looking to make extra money, there is not much you can do.

Wait, why did I not get to experience that?

The feeling of being denied an opportunity of a fantastic encounter along the trekking route that you just came back from, can simply ruin the best trekking experience you thought you just had. You know, the Himalayas in itself is a magical place to be and there is always more than meets the eyes, especially along the remarkable trekking routes, that make the Annapurna Base Camp Trek so much worth your endeavor. An experienced guide can lead you through the trails, marked by occasional rendezvous with the diverse flora and fauna and a peek into the culture and tradition, unique to the inhabitants of the villages within the Annapurna sanctuary. It might not be the same with a freelancer who may know the path to the base camp, but not ways to make the trek all the more enriching.

What do we do now?

An experienced guide, frequently leading an Annapurna Base Camp Trek can easily reroute the trail or come up with an impromptu solution, should there be a glitch in the original plan. For someone making several round trips on the particular trail all year long, it is not a big ordeal to know the path backward and forwards. On the other hand, a freelancer cannot be expected to have the same degree of expertise and a rapport with the locals.

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Am I in safe hands?

Your guide is not just someone who will be navigating your trail, but also someone you would be spending a significant amount of time with. It is imperative to have a guide who you can easily and effectively communicate with. Moreover, at a perilous altitude of 4,130m and miles (or days) away from the nearest medical facility, your guide and the locals might be your saving grace. A registered guide is trained to handle such medical emergencies, apprehend your medical condition based on the information you have disclosed with your travel agent managing your

Have a lock on the credibility and expertise of your guide before you set out, as it can mean the difference between having the most enriched adventure and settling for a “maybe next time” experience.

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  • Author: Naba Raj Amgai
  • Posted on: Mon Feb 5, 2018

About Author

Naba Raj Amgai, stepped into the world of travel and tourism in 1996. He is Founder and Managing Director of Third Rock Adventures.

Beginning his journey in the tourism industry as a humble Porter Guide to founding hospitality establishments and an adventure travel company, he has come a long way.

In a career spanning more than two decades, he has achieved more than anybody dreams of achieving. Along with his professional achievements, his selfless contribution towards his community and society has won him a lot of accolades and praises.

Having dedicated more than two decades in the tourism and hospitality sector, he has amassed a wealth of experience.

After passing high school, he began helping out some trekking guides and was soon recruited as a porter guide at a reputed trekking agency. Within a short time, he was individually guiding clients across the well-known trails of the Himalayas.

He went on to lead tour groups on multi-country tours to Nepal, Tibet, Bhutan and India. Being a part of mountain climbing expeditions familiarised him with expedition logistics and operations. Later on, he went to become the Executive Director and took over the reins of Operations, Sales and Marketing departments. Spending several years in the tourism field has made Naba Raj Amgai a destination expert.

Travelling is his passion and he has been to many countries across the world – USA, Canada, Australia, Japan, Holland, Germany, Austria and many parts of Asia.

His journeys to different parts of the world have enriched his travel experience and knowledge. This experience has been instrumental in planning and organizing successful trips for several clients.

As of today many reputed travel companies, hotels and restaurants are under his leadership. A dynamic and proactive leader, he continues to inspire and motivate people from all walks of life.



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