If you are one of those wonderful people who have been following my blog regularly, you must have noticed that I always travel on my own and have almost never traveled with any travel agency. That is because I always enjoy doing the planning and preparation for every trip I go on myself. Be it the bare minimum and haphazard research that I do before my trips, be it finding the best deals on flight and accommodation or be it hunting for eateries that serve the most delicious of food. To me, all this is as much fun as the actual travel is and I never delegate these things to someone else. But when the trip is a trek, things change.
How To Choose The Best Trek Agency For A Himalayan Trek
As much as I wanted to do the trek to the Hampta Pass me and Ruchi did last year, the sensible thing to do was to join one of the groups going on the said trek by registering with a Trek Agency. We did the same and suggest you too do the same unless of course, you are aware of all the aspects involved in a multi-day trek and are willing to take care of the same. For those who would like to do it the way we did, by tagging along with the Himalayas with a Trek agency, I suggest you keep in mind the following things before you decide on one. We did the same and were pretty satisfied by the end of our trek with Renok Adventures.
Trek Agency for Hampta Pass – Reputation
The first thing we did before deciding on a particular trek agency was ‘look it up’ on the internet. Do some digging around for the agencies which do the trek(s) you want to go on and see which one has got better reviews. In this connected age of Facebook and Twitter whatever you want to look for is no more than a few clicks away. So, don’t just go by the brand-name. Do your share of research or ask people who you think would have a better idea and only then decide. Bigger brands might not always be the best of options out there. Something which I found out when I was looking for a good trek agency.
Hampta Pass Trek Cost – Money
Given the fact that almost all popular treks in the Himalayas have a fixed itinerary and all the trek-agencies roughly follow the same, the prices across all the agencies remain more or less on the same lines. What differs from agency to agency is the value they offer for your money. When you pay for a multi-day trek, you are paying for a lot of things. Food, stay and trained guides to name a few. This is where things differ. Look for thing like, what sort of tents they will be carrying. Double, triple or group-tents. See if they charge extra in case you want your back-pack to carried by them.
Hampta Pass Trek Guide – Guides
A well-trained guide is THE most important person in a group leaving for a trek. Find out about the guides the agency has. Make sure the guides are experienced enough and know the trail well. Don’t hesitate to call them up and get all your doubts cleared. A good trek agency will never be unwelcome to such inquiries. If they do, don’t waste your time researching about that agency anymore. Look elsewhere.
Hampta Pass Trek Group – Group-size
Going on a trek is all about taking things slow and getting lost in the beautiful surroundings. More so when you are in the Himalayas. And to be able to do that, it is apparent that the group size matters. You would not want to be part of a group that is too big and hence tough to take care of. For a week or so long trek, make sure there are no more than 15 group-members and at-least a couple of guides to lead and sweep the trail. Apart from everything else, this is also important from the safety point of view.
Eco-friendly Trek Agency for Hampta Pass
Taking care of the environment in whatever way we can is not only something that is just good to do, it is also our duty. Before finalizing our trek agency, we made sure we find out how environment-friendly our agency was and how much effort they put in to do their bit. Whilst on the trek we found that a ‘reputed’ agency who had camped not far from our camp the previous day had left the place in a mess. Can you imagine? I mean who in their right state of mind would leave a pile of garbage in a therapeutically green and beautiful place in the high Himalayas? It was porters, guides and some of our trek-mates who disposed of the trash. So yeah, do your bit and choose an agency that cares for the environment.
Handling of Emergency during Trek
Going on a trek means being far from civilization. It also means that in the eventan any emergency, it would need a while before you have access to proper medical care. So it is very important to make sure that the guides are well-equipped and capable enough to handle such emergency situations.
**Is there anything else that you would like to know before you finalize your trek agency? Leave me a comment and I will get back to you.
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14 thoughts on “Choosing the Right Trek Agency”
Good one, Rajiv. Although I don’t really like trekking with people and hence try tea house treks 🙂
Thanks Shubham. I am yet to go on a Tea-house trek, hopefully by this year – end. But I absolutely love camping.
Good points, like you trekking is the only time when I go with an agency otherwise all my travels are planned by me. In fact, I don’t even plan, I just show up in my travels (Unless it’s a trek)
Thanks Abhinav. I too avoid any sort of planning or agencies wherever I don’t have to.
I’ve never gone with the trek agency so far, but who knows you points might come in handy tomorrow ☺️
This was my first time with a trek agency too. But i think if it’s a multi-day trek and if it’s not a tea-house trek-trail, you will have to tag along with one agency or the other. Unless of-course, you yourself are a small group of people and hire locals to carry stuff and food for you.
Loved the post..loved reading the comments. Good One!
Thanks a lot Anupam dada, glad that you liked it 🙂
Very handy tips 😀
Hey thanks Ami. Good to see you here 🙂
Helpful tips Rajiv. Thanks for putting this post together. The guide is most important for any of the treks I undertake (even though I’ve tried a few without guides). They really help in keeping my moral up when the weather doesn’t.
Also, how was the Hampta Pass? I’m a little terrified but enthusiastic to take it up 😀
You bet Amrita! Keeping the morale high is the most important thing and a good guide ensures that you remain in good spirits. During our trek, there were at-least 2-3 people who could complete only because of this, from the guide as well as from other team-members.
And the Hampta Pass, well it’s a beautiful beautiful trek. Some people even say that it is the most beautiful treks among those of its category.
You SHOULD go for it without any second thoughts. The best part, you don’t really need a lot of preparation. I did Hampta Pass with my wife and we both completed quite comfortably.
Let me know if you need any info regarding this trek.
Dear Rajeev jee, I am a person having 57 years experience of life, waiting eagerly for retirement from service life. your post has provided lots of information. Taking support Of trekking agencies will be essential for people like us. Can you suggest some agency with good performance. One more thing whether they conduct some treks for senior citizens. If you feel any hesitation to put your comment here Pl feel free to mail me at email@example.com.
Thank you Shambhu ji, I am glad that you found the info helpful. To go on a trek, you don’t have to retire. A couple of weeks’ holiday would be a good starting point.
I went with Renok Adventures and was very much satisfied with them.
About treks for senior citizens, I have asked Jai from Renok to respond here. Do keep an eye.