We hope you are planning to visit Nepal, if so we recommend that you do not trek alone, but book a guide or porter through a registered company.
This advice is based on that some individual travellers are still missing in the mountain regions.
An agent will be able to advise you on choice of transport to and from your trek, provide a qualified guide and/or porter, as well give sound advice as to equipment requirements, choice of route, time needed, and points of interest along the way.
Once booked, you should then inform your closest relatives/friends about the contact person and all agency details.
In the event of your going missing, or more likely, of having an accident, an agent would immediately inform your insurance agency, and initiate search or rescue procedures. The agent can reduce time in that he has an approxomate idea of your position. In addition, an agent can arrange suitable hospitalization and eventual repatriation home.
In addition, an agent can keep relatives up to date as to proceedings, and answer their questions.
Agents provide insurance and suitable equipment for their staff, however, you should ensure that this will be done, at time of booking. Have a first aid kit, suitable for yourself and your guide/porter.
If you decide not to use an agent, we recommend you inform your embassy or council or hotel of your itinerary. We do not recommend you employ unregistered guides or porters you meet on the street, or along the way. Unless, you are exhausted or hurt and require immediate assistance.
Your agent can supply you with the mandatory TIM's card (permission to trekk in a given area) and secure National Park entry permits. So saving you time, and taxi expenses to and from the TIM's/Park office. We recommend you register your details at the official check posts, National Park posts, both of which are mandatory, and hotels/lodges you stay at (not all lodges have guest books though). This will create a trail of your progress should this be necessary.
Having said the above, please, do not be afraid. Nepal is one of the safest countries in the world for travellers, but accidents can happen. A guide is more than just a safety factor. He or she can assist in choice of lodges along the way, secure accommodation, advise on altitude sickness, share your load, offer alternative choice of route along the way, plus seek help if necessary. As a bonus, he or she can open up an array of 'easy to miss' experiences at a local-knowledge level.
I wish you welcome to Nepal.
Raj Kumar Rai
Malung Treks &
Expedition Pvt. Ltd.