As we are local trekking and tour operator agency, We employ / hire only local leaders and other staff to generate local economy and also to sustainability for local communities. We provide the following training for all our staff and trek leaders as given below :-
We have all heard the stories of porters left on the mountainside or freezing outside tents while travelers revel inside. At Gokyo Treks & Expedition, we really treat our guides and porters fairly and equally. We appreciate the hard work our guides and porters perform, without them the trip is not possible. Thus, we treat and obey the following Guide and Porter Policy to ensure the working conditions of our guides, sherpas and porters are of a humane and fair standard towards eliminating avoidable illness, injury and death. Here’s a quick run-through of our company’s policy in this regard.
Our Guides are trained by the Government of Nepal and obtained the license to do job as a guide. A guide able to get license through a month long training involve. It organizes by TAAN and Nepal Academy of Tourism and Hotel Management (NATHAM) every year. During the training period instructs in a variety of subjects including first aid, altitude sickness and other important issues and must have a certain level of English fluency determined in an interview. All guides can speak fluent English or your native language and know the destination trekking trails. They will assist you to get hotel rooms during lodge basis and they will make ready for campsite accommodation while you are on camping trekking, meals and any other issues that may occur (like the altitude police check points, Permit , Dangerous animals landslide road because ) they use to trekking many times.
Guides usually do not carry any of your belonging things. A good guide can enrich your trekking and tours experience in all trekking route. A part from showing you the trail, he explains you about the area including the locals lifestyles , their cultures and as well as the name of the mountains. Not only this, but also he could tells you about the religion, temples / monasteries, geography, local floras and faunas, teach you the Nepali language, share culture and festivals. Assistant guide which we call Sherpa run ahead to secure lodging during the busy season and help out with your backpack if you are struggling, and be helpful in a bad situation, look after logistics - like registering your details in every check post, organizing your transport whether go by bus or plane, liaising and directing the porter, etc..
Porter speak only their local languages and as well as Nepali Language. Some porters speak very limited English and their job is to carry your luggage each day. A porter generally doesn't speak English but will follow a trail just not get lost. They will carry up to 25 to 30 kg along the routes but usually more like 24 Kg as a maximum. They will sometimes help with route finding and may suggest good hotels. Hire a porter! The best means of helping a porter is to hire one. Hundreds of thousands of families in Nepal depends upon pottering to generate their family income. A porter is hired not just for carry your bags; he will be paired affiliate of during the helpless condition. Trek alone can make a big difference on your journey. Just be sure to give him a reasonable load, usually a fully packed backpack. If you are with friends, try to group your stuff together in one big backpack and give that to a porter and then each carry a smaller daypack. Sometimes you can find a porter-guide, which might be ideal if you are trekking alone or if you have only one other companion. This is usually a porter who has been on a number of treks, speaks some English, and aspires to graduate to the guide status. Gokyo Treks and Expedition have many trusted local Guides, Porters, and Guide-Porters and always happy to serve according to your requirements even though you are not buying full package trip.
Experienced Mountain Trekking Guide: US$ 25 per day or Euro 24 per day
Guide cum Porter: US$ 25 per day or Euro 24 per day
Experienced Porter: US$ 22 per day or Euro 21 per day
Experienced Peak Climbing - Mountain Guide: US$ 325 or Euro 292 (Each Peak climbing bonus)
Note: (You will have to pay yourself food, accommodation, transportation for yourself, if necessary Domestic air ticket for yourself and Nepali staff, National park permit, when you are using this kind of service and will inform to you total cost in advance).Have in mind that : All our staffs (Leaders, guide, porters, sherpas) are fully insured and covered for medical and rescue / evacuation services.