Since April 1st 2023, solo trekking isn’t allowed in Nepal. So: yes, you really need to hire a trekking guide. BUT that’s not the only reason to have one. There are many good things about having a guide when you trek in Nepal.
Let’s look at 5 important reasons why getting a trekking guide is a smart choice.
1. No language barrier
Nepal has 123(!) languages, and many people don’t speak the same language. This can be a problem if you’re alone, especially in rural areas. But with a guide, you’re okay. They can talk to locals or translate for you, making things easier. You can ask questions and learn new things without any trouble.
2. They help you a LOT, even when you don’t see it
Guides take care of many things, even things you might not notice. When you’re on a guided trek, whether alone or with others, your guide helps a lot. Locals help guides first, so you might get things quicker or cheaper with a guide. For example, you might get the last room, pay less, or leave before others. Small things like buying a drink for your guide can help too. All these things make your trek better.
3. They have local tips and more
Guides are often from the place you’re trekking to. This is great because they know a lot about the area. They can tell you about local places, food, history, and more. They can also help when things change, like if a bridge is broken or a tea-house is closed. Having a guide means you’re well-prepared and safe.
4. Safety first
A licensed guide knows a lot about trekking and safety. They can help if something goes wrong. They can probably recognize if you altitude sickness faster than you can. And, they can even surprise you with solutions for problems. They keep you safe and take care of you during the trek.
5. Fun and learning: guides make trekking better
Trekking alone can be lonely. But with a guide, it is more fun. You can talk and share stories during long walks. You can also learn about local life and culture from them. They make the trek more enjoyable and you can make a friend too.
Trekking in Nepal with a guide is a great idea. They help with many things, like making things faster and safer. They also help you understand local life better. Having a guide makes your trekking adventure not just about walking, but also about learning and having a good time. Remember, having a guide is now a must, and it promises to elevate your journey to unforgettable heights.