Private Treks in Nepal

About Private Treks

If you arrange a private trek, it will be custom made for you and your party. Sherpas have been trained to select the best available campsites based on an itinerary they are familiar with, to pitch tents for the trekkers, to cook and serve the clients to the best of their abilities. With the exception of the names of mountain peaks, sherpas are not qualified to answer questions on the cultural and social aspects of Nepal village life. They are also not versed in flora and fauna. They are there simply to lead you through the mountain trails and the villages therein. As such, you should convey any comments or suggestions you have regarding the trek itinerary, the food served and other matters of concern to the sherpa Sirdar. Unless you tell him what you would prefer, he will continue to serve you in the manner he is accustomed to and do it very well, by his standards.

Any request for more vegetables, less eggs, more potatoes, less rice etc should be conveyed to him. Requests for an early dinner or late breakfast should also be conveyed to him. If it rains or snow, you should tell him if you wish to sleep in a trekking lodge or somebody's house. If on a particular day, you do not feel like walking, let him know that you want to start only after lunch or want to rest at that camp-site all day. Remember that he is trained to deal with clients in a certain manner - and he will not change his routine unless you ask him to do so. Let him do things the way he has been trained to do, and when you need to deviate from the norm, tell him so. It's your trek. You have spent time and money to go on this trek, You deserve a vacation of your choice; but, to ensure that you return home with fond memories, you have to make an effort to communicate your likes and dislikes with the trek staff.

To arrange a private trek with a full trekking crew, try this link.

A Note of Caution

If you trek on your own, remember that you will be far from civilisation as you know it (including medical care, communication facilities and transport), no matter how many local hotels or other facilities may exist. It is only prudent to take the same precautions during a trek in Nepal as you would take on a major hiking or climbing trip at home, and carry a basic medical kit. There will often be nobody but the Sherpa crew and your own companions to help you if you are sick or injured.

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