There are total of 1,014 trekking companies in Nepal registered with Trekking Agencies’ Association in Nepal (TAAN). Many of them are FITs (Fully Independent Travelers’ Point) and others are brick & mortar offices with international outreach.
More than 90% of these agencies reside inside Kathmandu. With prospects of positive travel scene, many more start their own venture every year to cater the ever-increasing inflow of international tourists.
Ever since, Late Col. Jimmy Roberts “Father of Trekking” founded the first trekking company in Nepal in 1964, Nepal started receiving international audiences for trekking.
Along with commercialization of Everest climbing, tourism industry in Nepal gave birth to commercial operators of treks which started growing rapidly in numbers in a least span of time possible.
The concepts of climbing Everest for sole pleasure and influx of climbers in huge numbers played a major role in revolutionizing the next 3 decades of tourism in the country. With advent of government participation in promoting trek routes around the country and empowerment of local villages and its inhabitants, many scenic regions in northern Nepal started catering trekkers with modern accommodations and fine dining.
Current Trekking Scene
Nepal received 598,204 foreign tourists in the 2012 alone. It welcomed around 161,000 European tourists, followed by tourists from Australia, New Zealand, Canada and USA, respectively.
Most of the trekkers (almost 70%) choose Annapurna as the most desired trek destination, followed by Everest and Langtang. Many other regions in Nepal are restricted and permits provided for trek are very scare and expensive, making commercial trek choices rare.
TAAN is in process of making permit processes easier for tourists, along with establishing new trek routes and training more professionals. On the other hand, Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA) is running errand to introduce 5 new 8,000 meter peaks in Nepal for commercial climbing.
Trekkers mostly choose two different seasons for trekking in Nepal. Pre-monsoon or Spring (March-May) sees the first influx of trekkers in a year, followed by Post-monsoon or Autumn (September-November) which receives the highest amount of trekkers.
5 Things to Look in Every Trek Provider
Trek companies are bound by 5 different specifics.
- YEARS IN BUSINESS & EXPERTISE – The Older the Company, the Better! With more years in trade comes greater experiences and reliable expertise. Generally, the established companies in Nepal are founded 15-20 years back.
- CLIENTS’ REVIEWS -Actually, No business can exist without positive feedback and reviews from previous clients. The travel portals such as TripAdvisor® and Lonely Planet® help a lot to find great companies.
- AFFILIATIONS -Association with recognized organizations, Government or Non-government, defines the reliability of the company and its CSR approaches.
- REGISTRATION & LICENSES -A trekking agency cannot run without proper licenses and registration from Authorities. Running a trek requires registration with Nepal Government, Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) and TAAN, and if it sells climbing too then registration with NMA is must.
- COSTS & FACILITIES -It’s not always the case when a company provides cheaper cost tends to be better. Reasonable costs can be derived from comparing prices of different companies. On the other hand, facilities offered by the company is essential to determine whether to sign-up. Facilities such as; Pick-up and drop services, greater accommodation throughout the journey, responsible guides and other services offered in case of emergencies etc.
Other things remaining the same, choosing a reliable trekking company is an easy job if you stick to these 5 basics!
~Some of the Reliable Trek Companies in Nepal~
NEPAL VISION TREKS & EXPEDITION®
Established in 1992 by assimilating local guides and porters, Nepal Vision Treks started organizing treks, tours and climbing expeditions throughout Nepal, Tibet and Bhutan. It specializes in treks to Everest, Annapurna and Mustang regions, and peak climbing are mostly carried out among Mera Peak, Pisang Peak, Island Peak etc.
Advanced Adventures offers budget treks, tours and climbing expeditions throughout Nepal, Tibet and Bhutan. It specializes in treks to Everestand Annapurna regions along with facilitating overland tours, home-stay treks and small peak climbing.
Registered and licensed by NTB, TAAN and NMA. Affiliated with Kathmandu Environmental Education Project (KEEP) and other village based committees.
ACCESS NEPAL TOUR & TREKKING®
Registered and licensed by NTB, TAAN and NMA.
Registered and licensed by NTB, TAAN and NMA.