Travel and Trekking agencies in Nepal

There are hundreds of travel and trekking agencies in Nepal, some are well known and recognized. It doesnt mean that all the well known are the best and the new agencies are not good.

Why there are many many travel and trekking agencies websites listed?

First thing we have to clear that Nepal economy depends on tourism and it has a good revenue for the government and also good income source for local people directly or indirectly. Nepal is agricultural country but tourism is another biggest source for foreign currency.

Do you guys know who is the father of travel agency?

Thomas cook was the father of Travel agency and he established in 1841.

Let me go back to the question about the travel trek websites. Well its a bitter fact is not all the travel websites are proper travel and trekking companies. Even if the travel / trek agency is registered some of those agencies has 2-3-4 websites. It sounds crazy but its a fishing business in unfair competition. Its a pure business to grab people from different links.

Suppose Rugged Trails Nepal is one name and it has own website as www.ruggedtrailsnepal.com but if there is a nice keywords then people registered those as companies website. So generally most of companies covers with different websites name. Most important thing is there are many websites but they are not registered as a travel / trekking agencies under the government rules. You have to be aware with those kind of agencies. Website looks nice but it doesnt cost lot to design website these days.

You might have been searching which is the best travel or trekking agency in Nepal? Well all of the travel and trekking agencies are best and they do their best job because its a customer service business. If we check before 1998 Nepal tourism year there were very few tour operators in Nepal. Those days there were very few trekking routes, destinations and people were involved. But being honest they were well trained people and they preserve and maintain the tourism industry of Nepal. They use to do research and discover places and things which are still on going.

Travel agencies want to see their clients happy, all of them try their best to provide the best they can do. Sometime unexpectedly things goes wrong and one reviews on tripadvisor or lonely planet made a big thing.

Why the trek / tour itinerary is same but the price is different?

This is the interesting questions which we always have to hear so lets find out why its different. Even the trip days, places and services looks same but the price will be different, like 16 days everest base camp trekking.

First lets not forget the value of your holiday, you might have save money since long to visit Nepal. Weather you join with local agencies or hire a guide and porter its up to you how you are enjoying your vacations. The price is different because the of the hotels, services, time, information, caring, guides, and other teams.

In travelling the most important thing is the person who is with you as a guide, porter or anyone. Their company is the most important because you will not remember and not necessary to remember the height, and stones name while travelling. Their time with you, their expression, how chit chat or knowledgeable they are in various part. We believe and keep saying our guides to improve their nature of travelling in different way. Guides are not just to show the way and to tell the mountains name or only char smiling. They must have general knowledge of politics, cultures, lifestyle, movies, international events, news so they can make a nice conversation. If you are paying less and budget amount then expect just a guide who will show you the way and mountains height and the distance but nothing besides of that. They know their cultures but they cant tell details because they cant speak english well. Obviously they will be experienced with the places and trails because they have been doing same job since long.

Cheap price matter in service such like food too, while trekking you will not get enough food or your will be forced to eat less or what guides will provide. It happens because if you have join with budget or cheaper price trips they try to put margin from every single things. You wont get proper food, hotels, guides, and information. Imagine how much the companies are paying to guide and porter while being with you. Their daily income will be less than 10 USD because of cheap trip price, and here they cant save the salary and guides will trick on food, hotels because he have to earn money. Its normal to do this because while doing work if they dont get well paid they have to do it. His family depends on his work, he has been walking with you in high mountains.

Hope you guys get it, if you choose the standard price you will get good guide, food, services and everything. It doesnt mean that if you pay lots you will get best value among others lower budget people. Value will be same but the services will be different, and dont forget your holiday is helping in someway and

How to pick a right and trusted travel company in Nepal?

Well its tricky because as i mentioned above none of registered companies want to loose their business and want to see their clients happy. Check their legal documents, check their clients reviews and check how they respond you back. Some companies are not listed on Trip-Advisor, lonely planet book, so it doesnt mean that they are not trusted. Every single day new travel companies are on registration process or on going so some may not have listed some dont want to registered with them. These day Trip-Advisor is one of the best place to see the companies reviews but we shouldnt forget Trip-Advisor is also turning into business form.

Some of our colleagues companies put fake reviews to rank higher. Interesting part is while doing adventure in Nepal, without hesitating we have to accept that we are still in third old country. Our amenities, infrastructure, technical things are not updated or its in process therefore if you expect high and luxury it will not match. On this case we have to understand the online reviews some clients may write terrible, bad anything its not that the company is totally bad. Think that somewhere something is missing either from guide, office staff, or company person but think that there are other staffs, guides, and responsible person in company besides of them. A person can be worse in team but cant compare the whole company because there are other excellent reviews.

Talking about fake reviews, it generally happen on tripadvisor. Nepalese are outside of Nepal so the travel companies person ask them to put reviews on tripadvisor and this keep happening. Good thing is tripadvisor is removing those kind of reviews. While looking for excellent company, excellent reviews its good idea because you are paying money to get the best. But think those reviews are based on personal experience with guides, staffs, and also with the places. If its extremely good then it doesnt mean that you will get same things and you will experience in same way. You might have worse experience, average or much better than that.

Mostly companies blame to guides or staff if there is bad reviews but let the company be honest if they are seriously open with clients. Companies have to explain each and everything fairly about the places, guides, porters, and the current situation. In underdeveloped countries things are keep changing and clients are unaware with that. Sometime complication happen because of not being clear with clients. Promotions and promes are important for business but Nepal travel agencies shouldnt forget Adventure is not like Mcdonalds business. So check reviews, legal papers, and how they respond you. Some companies write reply you in professional way some may reply in friendly, like rugged trails nepal does. We want to be friend with you and we want to welcome you as a friend and send you back as family member. If you join with friendly company you will be get to learn more and experience more about everything.

Complication between guides and travel companies.

If companies are not open with guides on services that they had promised with you while booking then it happen. Companies want business so they might put some more cheese but they must have to share with guides. You might have promised you to provide this and that from agency but guides are unaware with that. Some companies want to earn more money and they give less salary to guides and guides dont give the best what he suppose to give. On budget trips this is the main problem because guide and staff cant save their salary so they expect Tips from you. Companies they dont tell you that guides and staff expect tips from you and its compulsory. If you had paid enough then it must cover everything but if its a budget trip companies have to be clear on this, tipping money feed their family, send their kids to school and they save some amount from tips. Rugged Trails Nepal is clear on budget trips please read the above line because it is what it is.

We hope it help you to know about the Nepal travel and trekking agencies. Agencies have their own problem because of unfair competition, government rules, and many fake websites, travel portal site. Its a big bitter truth message for all clients some of our guides or its a same case with other agencies too. Guides register their own company but they wont share or inform to the companies where they have been working. Its a big issue all the agencies are facing this problem because guides work with various companies to collect clients. Those guides generally give a wrong message and want to dominate the company with you so you can come back with him next time or other friend recommendation. It make sense because since the company trust guide so company send them as your guide.

Rugged Trails Nepal request you to share your travel experience with the team so we can improve and give best in future. Its not only with rugged trails nepal it would be nice to share to your company you experience with because it helps. You totally have rights to tell everything if things didnt work well because you had not only paid for the trip but you had purchase 1000s $ flight tickets to come here. Make your holiday lifetime experience.

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