Hiring trekking Guides and Porters in Lukla for Everest Base Camp is a safe, cost-efficient, and flexible way of making your journey. The Guide is not only leading on the trekking trail but also arrange accommodation and food for you. Moreover, he/she is a good friend of yours in the Himalayas and acts as a guardian; interact with local people regarding weather forecast and make a sure current condition of the trail. We at Nepal Mother House Treks insure well-equipped Guides and Porters while you hire them from Lukla and they are insurance according to Nepal’s Government Rule also.
A Guide usually carries his own bag pack and carries your belongings things by the porter. Besides that, the guide will tell you about religious faith, tale, information about temples/monasteries, geography, vegetation, and wildlife, teach you the Nepali language, share culture and festivals value. For more the ten people in a group will provide an assistant guide who is job title known as SHERPA; during the peak season if a phone network is not available, he will run ahead in the morning to secure accommodation and will assist you to carry your day pack while struggling, and any needy situation. The assist Guide/Sherpa looks after logistics; register your name details in each check post, reconfirm and organizing your all transport whether go by bus or plane, ordered meals, liaising and directing the porter, etc. For the small group below eight to ten people, all the worked will do by Guide.
Hiring Trekking Guide Vs. Porter-Guide Vs. Porter in Lukla:
While trek in Khumbu Region, if you already visited Everest Base Camp Trek, Everest Three Passes Trek would be best for the next adventure test in the high Himalaya, or you may visit the Gokyo Valley to enchanting your soul in the tranquil lakes and surrounded nature harmony. Before making a decision either hire a Guide or Porter or Porter-Guide; infect it is best to understand the difference between them’s job titles.
Trekking Guide Hire from Lukla:
A trekking guide is only qualified when they have participated 5 weeks long theoretical and practical training courses organized by the Nepal Academy of Tourism and Hotel Management (NATHM), and he or she should be 10+2 academic level or equivalent with 2 years working experience in a registered trekking agency or S.E.E. academic level graduation with 3 years field experience from registered trekking agency of Nepal or if his academic qualification does not meet the standard then he/she should be complete Trekking Porter Guide Training from NATHM with 4 years experience in Nepal’s trekking agency. A certified professional Trekking Guide has good communication skills and tackles every condition accrue in the mountains. As they are experts in the region, they have good relations with tea houses, hotels, air ticketing agencies, transportation agencies, and porters to manage things. The Guide will give you like more information as they can about trekking trails, local culture, lifestyle, norms, and values, he describes the main attraction of tourists in the town and introduces the mountains peaks. He/She helps to get in the permits line for you, ensure safety and handle crisis situations also.
A guide will also help you to acclimatize your body and educate you on how to avoid altitude sickness using his first aid skills. If you are interested to learn some of the most important Nepalese words and phrases then, Guide will teach you some sentences of words that would be useful for every day. Nowadays, you can get various Guides who specialize in culture, climbing, wildlife, food, bird watching, etc. But you need to inform them a couple of months before hiring them, as they are just a few, guides can be expensive and hard to find at once.
The cost of the Guide hire from Lukla for the Everest Base camp Trek will be dissimilar according to their experience, expertise, and language skills.
Cost of hiring a guide from Lukla: USD 30 (Includes wages, food, lodging, and taxes)
Porter-Guide / Assistant Guide Hire from Lukla:
A Porter-Guide is someone who will help to carry your bag up to 10 kg and leading you along the trails in the mountains. Sometimes, Porter-Guide is known as the Porter Come Guides or Guide Come Porter. Normally, they are joining with you in the trailheads as they are from the local area. In fact, all Porter Guides have not achieved certificates and training from Government authorities due to lack of academic qualification however, they are very experienced to find trekking trails. They can help you to get trekking permits and check-in and out the permits. The Porter-Guide has inefficient communication ability and limited first-aid skills although they have a well-mannered guiding capacity. Nevertheless, in any emergencies cases and happened any injuries or arranging a rescue, they will be ready to help you. Trekkers who are enthusiastic to see nature's beauty without losing the trekking trail and don’t care widely information can be hiring Porter-Guide from Lukla for your Trip to Everest. To fulfill various trekkers’ requirements, the Nepal Academy of Tourism and Hotel Management (NATHM) provides training courses for the Porter-Guide. Who have basic communication skills in any one international language with 2 years of working experience in trekking field as a porter or S.E.E. Pass academic qualified candidate can participate Porter-Guide fifteen days course.
Here is the Cost of hiring a Porter-Guide in Lukla: USD 25 per day (Includes wages, food, lodging, and taxes)
Hiring a Porter in Lukla:
Porters are very essential for the trekking industry; the journey cannot be complete without their support. They are responsible for carrying food and supplies in the mountains. Mostly, the Porters speak only their mother tongue and as well Nepali Language. Some porters can communicate in English very limit but they are professional to carry your luggage entire trek. A porter is hired not just to carry your loads; although he will be paired partner of during the needy situation.
While hiring a porter, you are not just supporting a person porter; you will also increase to the children to go School. Providing jobs a Porter is a great contribution to the local economy and empowers the locals. Normally, in the tea house basic trek mode, a porter will carry up to 25 kilograms plus his own gears almost 30 Kg carrying the load from one place to another place for the night-stop in the track. A porter generally carries backpacks of two trekkers in the baskets or tight together by rope and strap on his head. As they carrying heavy loads, usually walk at their own pace without communication with the trekkers, and live overnight at porter shelters. Usually, the Guide arranges the porter and manages the bags.
Mostly, the independent porters at Lukla are not well equipped nor get insurance. So, we do not recommend you to hire porters on your own in Lukla. If in case you need to hire them, you may contact the hotel's owner in Lukla or talk to your Guide or email us at Nepal Mother House Treks.
Cost of hiring a Porter from Lukla: USD 20 per day (Includes wages, food, and lodging)
Most popular treks in Everest Region:
- Everest Base Camp Trek -14 Days
- Everest Base Camp Trek and Fly Back Helicopter -9 Days
- Everest 3 Passes Trek -21 Days
- Everest Base Camp Trek -8 Days
- Gokyo Chola Pass Trek -19 Days
Q. Will Our Guide and Porter Speak Fluent English?
# As we are a trekking tour agency based in Nepal, we have fluent English-speaking well experience Guide, most of them are from the local area. To be Guide, they need to participate in five weeks-long Trekking Guide training organize by Nepal Government. During this training; they study theoretical and practical courses about Culture, History, sociology, anthropology, tourism, hospitability, Language, hiking, climbing, environment, etc. I mean they are experienced in any trekking area in Nepal and able to tackle any circumstance.
Q. What Will be The Price if we Only Hire a Guide and Porter But Arrange our Own Transport?
# Sure! You can organize your own transport and hire Guide and Porter. Normally the porter cost is 20 to 25 per day, but we can offer you 23 USD per day. And Guide just 30 USD per day.
Q. Guide English - How Well Does the Guide Speak English?
# Well! Our entire Guides are Government license holders (completed 5 weeks long training provide by Government of Nepal), so he/ she is good enough English for the Guiding and able to solve all problems during trekking. They have knowledge about high altitude sickness symptoms, mediation uses, how to prevention AMS, and others about culture, history, religion, locals, etc. The guides are able to tackle the problem on the trip and other necessities. If we back on their history, our clients are fully satisfied with them.
Q. If We Get Stuck in Lukla Due to Bad Weather, Do We Need Pay For Guide and Porter for The Delayed Days?
# I am sure, your trekking time is one of the best seasons in the whole year. Hope you won’t be facing this kind of situation, if in case you are stuck in Lukla, then you do not have to pay them extra. When the trek ends, their duty is over, and ready to do some other jobs.
Q. What is The Tipping Practice to Guides and Porters after the Trek?
# Well, the Tips are not things that are fixed, it depends on every trekker and according to trekking region. How much you are impressed by the Guide and Porter’s services and their behavior. Normally, it said that 15 % of your total payments. You can give them from your inner heart. But for an idea, you can give them approximately 80-100 USD for a porter and 100- above USD for a Guide during Everest Base Camp Trek.
Q. Can we get Extra Porters from Lukla to EBC and back to Lukla to Carry Personal Gear? How Much Is The Payment For This Personal Porter?
# Regarding the extra porter; at this cost, I will provide a porter between two people. A porter will carry 25 to 30 Kg max, including his 3 to 5 kg own gear. Normally, 1 porter for 2 people will be sufficient for the Everest Base Camp Trek. But, If you would like to hire an extra porter, then I am pleased to organize for you, the cost will be USD 20 per day for each porter.
Q. Do we have to Pay Guide/Porter Flight Tickets to Lukla?
# No, you don’t have to pay, since our porters and guides are already in Lukla, they are local from the Khumbu region. As your trek begins from Lukla and again complete in Lukla Airport, as soon as finish the trek, our Guides and porters are ready to go with other Guest. But, if you choose Everest Base Camp Trek Package to include a Guide and porters, then a Guide comes from Kathmandu, and the flight cost already covers in the package.
Q. How do we Find Guide and Porter in Lukla?
# After you sign up for your trip with us at Nepal Mother House Treks, we provide your details information (Name, Country, Contact Number) to our guide and porter. They will be holding your nameplate on paper at Lukla airport arrival terminal to pick you up. Likewise, we will provide you name details of our Guide and porters and contact number as well.