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Hiring Trekking Staff at the trailhead

(Including Lukla)

No everyone is aware of potential problems of meeting your trekking staff at trailheads – Especially if you are considering hiring one direct and not through an agent

Photo of my own trekking staff at Lobuje

These pitfalls include
1) Problems getting the correct TIMS Card – These can only be issued through TAAN Registered agents and now include a certain amount of trekking staff insurance (Good agents top this up) –The only TIMS Cards that are available at the Park Gates are the Green (FIT) TIMS cards and these are only for trekkers trekking without trekking staff.
2) The likelihood of any trekking staff waiting at trailheads to have insurance is at best debatable and if they don’t have any, it is your responsibility should they either fall ill or have an accident
3) Supply and demand – In busy times there aren’t always trekking staff available for hire at trailheads and even when there are just a few, the prices can be more than you would pay going through a Kathmandu based agent
Not everyone is aware of the above, so forearmed is forewarned
Good Luck and Happy Safe Travels

Posted by into-thin-air 10:23 Archived in Nepal Tagged walking trekking everest nepal khumba lobuje hoking

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