Local Guide and Porter Hire

Guide and porter hire in Nepal information

Hire a local guide and porters in Nepal

If you’re looking to hire a local guide and porter for your trekking adventure in Nepal, there are several options available to you. Hiring a guide and porter can greatly enhance your trekking experience by providing local knowledge, assistance with navigation, and carrying your belongings.

We at Gokyo Treks & Expedition agency have a very good network of professional/licensed holder Guides, Sherpa, Sardar, and Porters. They are friendly, honest and have done the trip to the Himalayas for over 12 years.

Our guide serve you the best quality in trekking, tours, and eco-tourism. They assist you with information on lifestyles, religion, geography, local culture, festivals, vegetation, climates, medicinal herbs, wildlife, rocks, birds, livestock, local agriculture, and flora–fauna.

Trek Guides participated for 35 days special training course organized by Government of Nepal, Ministry of Civil Aviation and Tourism to obtain for trekking guide license.

This type of guide is a person who cares 24 hours a day, even during the night without troubling your peace and privacy. The guide should be the one who doesn’t drink alcohol since local alcohol is one of the free drinks which is offered to guides and guides misuse the drink forgetting their duty in the evening times.

If you need a special language guide, speaking your local language other than English, those guides with the above-mentioned qualities will cost you around US$ 80 a day. It’s called a special tourist Guide in Nepal.

However, hiring a trekking guide is a cheaper way for your trekking in Nepal. A professional trekking guide speaks normally to standard English and never drinks alcohol on duty. He/she has a simple knowledge of religion, lifestyles, geography, festivals, vegetation, climates, medicinal herbs, wildlife, rocks, birds, livestock, and local agriculture.

Why hiring a licensed trekking guide is must for trekking in the Himalayas?

Hiring a licensed trekking guide is crucial for trekking in the Himalayas for several reasons: –


Hike into the Himalayas present challenging terrains and unpredictable weather conditions. A licensed trekking guide possesses the necessary knowledge and experience to navigate these challenges and ensure the safety of trekkers. Especially if you trek into a remote area there is a high chance of altitude of mountain sickness.

To avoid unnecessary risks when in case you feel sick or need any kind of help, our professional guide will help you to arrange necessary rescue like a horse riding or helicopter. Because they are trained in first aid and can handle emergency situations effectively.

Local Expertise:

Licensed trekking guides are well-versed in the local area, including the trails, landmarks, and potential risks. They can provide valuable information about the region, its culture, and natural history, enhancing your trekking experience. Their expertise enables them to plan itineraries, manage logistics, and make informed decisions during the trek.


The Himalayan trails can be complex, with multiple intersecting paths and limited signage. A licensed guide is skilled in route finding, minimizing the risk of getting lost. They can also adapt the route based on weather conditions or any unforeseen circumstances.

Cultural Understanding:

The Himalayan region is rich in cultural diversity, with various ethnic communities residing in the area. A licensed guide can serve as a bridge between trekkers and the local communities, facilitating meaningful interactions and helping you understand and respect local customs and traditions. In addition, Guide even help you to update some Nepali phrases if you want.

Support and Motivation:

Trekking in the Himalayas can be physically and mentally demanding. A licensed guide provides constant support, encouragement, and motivation throughout the journey. They can help pace the trek according to your abilities, provide tips for acclimatization, and ensure you have an enjoyable and rewarding experience.

They are helpful not only to showing trails or sharing local cultures and sites or carrying your Luggage but also helpful wherever and whenever you need help. Even at night, your guide runs downhill for the fastest support if you are in an emergency to organize the quickest rescue and take care of you in the high mountains.

Environmental Stewardship:

Licensed guides are typically trained in responsible trekking practices that prioritize the preservation of the fragile Himalayan ecosystem. They can educate trekkers on Leave No Trace principles, minimizing their impact on the environment and promoting sustainable tourism.

Overall, hiring a licensed trekking guide enhances safety, provides valuable expertise, ensures proper navigation, facilitates cultural exchange, offers support, and promotes responsible trekking practices, making it a necessary choice for trekking in the Himalayas.

Do you highly recommend to hire a Guide?

Hiring a trekking guide in Nepal with our agency is easy. About 15 trekking guides and 50+ porters are currently getting jobs in Nepal with our agency. Our guides are professional and the porters are strong enough with friendly. Attention! to hire an independent trekking guide in Nepal because some private guides get guide training course but have never been on the trail before and also doesn’t have insurance.

Therefore, choose our agency to hire a guide and porters in Nepal as we are an honest trek operator agency and our guides know the trail better than others.

Every year, there are some tourist missing and died in the Himalayas because of using YAK trail. YAK trails are often incorrect because of dense forest trail with muddy and snowy. Therefore, to allow for your safe journey Nepal Government banned the independent trekkers from 1st of April 2023. In this way, trekkers must hike only taking a licensed Guide from an agency.

Taking a local guide makes your trip safer and knowledgeable trip experience. However, many trekkers may think that a guide’s job is only to show the trail but a guide is a bank of hiking experience, an organizer, an assistant or a helper, a media to the local people, and a non-paid ambassador of Nepal. In addition, he/she is a friend that can help you if you are injured or seriously sick in the high mountains.

Even at night your guide runs down for the fastest help if you are in an emergency to organize the quickest rescue and take care of you in High Mountains. In addition, a guide shows you the places of interest and explains to you about their local tradition. Furthermore, he also asks the locals to know the route condition and makes your holiday safe and memorable.

Benefit for a local Sherpa Trekking guide and porters hire in the Himalayas

There are several types of Guides in Nepal to Hire and their daily cost depends upon their quality of guidance. Or salary of the guide depends upon the quality of the Guiding skills. It starts from basic English speaking to professional English-speaking guides. Sherpa Trekking Guides hire for Everest trekking routes are the most popular.

Sherpa is a cast born and grew up in local environments in the high mountains of Nepal and has worked as a porter and guides tourists in history. Some of them are working in Tourism jobs since the 1950s. Being living between 4,900 feet to 15,745 feet above sea level, they never feel Altitude Mountain sickness. Sherpas are brave and Sherpa climbing guides are famous around the world. Nowadays, they become climbers and are involved in the mountaineering profession in the Himalayas. They are strong enough with high altitudes, so hire a Mountain Sherpa Guide in Nepal is the best decision if you plan to climb a high peak in the Himalayas.

Trekking in the Everest region means the home of Legendary Sherpa. So Hiring Sherpa or Sherpa Guide for your trek is extra beneficial to know Sherpa’s history. Gokyo Treks agency has some climbing Sherpa guides who are working over 12 years of experience in the trekking and climbing profession.


Normally, the cost of hiring a Trekking Guide for your trek in the Nepal Himalayas basically depends upon the month you visit. Hiring a professional trekking guide is far better because he could communicate with you nicely and can explain the symptoms of high-altitude mountain sickness. The given cost includes all meals and lodges for 1 guide hire per day

We at Gokyo Treks will have to also pay for the Sherpa’s health insurance (rates start as low as NRs. 1,500 (US$ 14 for Trek Guide) or 18,500 (US$ 148 for a peak climbing guide) per person. And in some instances, for example on certain climbing expeditions, the trek operators must also provide all necessary personal gear for the Sherpa. Special boots to down jackets especially if they work in exceptional high altitudes.

Just have in mind that we are a local expert trek agency based in Kathmandu Nepal. So choose the local trek operator rather than a bigger international trek agency. Selecting your trip from a Local trek operator agency means your price is cheaper and you are helping the local economy.

The busiest time for a trek in Nepal is from September to early December. And the cost of hiring a private Trek tour guide is expensive comparing the low season. You can find the trekking guide rate and tour guide rate in Nepal as given below. The below cost includes the travel and accidental insurance for each Nepali guide or porter.

Thus, take a look at the prices of our local guides. Additionally, we purchase insurance in bulk for our guide, Porter and Porter-guide. So, do consider booking a guide and porter for your trip with a local trek agency like Gokyo Trek in Nepal.

Professional Guide and Porter hire cost in a peak season trek in Nepal

Private Trekking Guide Hire CostAnnapurna / Langtang RegionManaslu / Everest Region
Solo Tourist travelling privately hire cost:US$ 20US$ 20
Travel in a group of 2 + Trekkers:US$ 22US$ 22


Professional Trek Porter Hire CostAnnapurna / Langtang RegionManaslu / Everest Region

Hiking porter hire cost (solo / single tourist basis)

US$ 17US$ 17
Professional porter hire cost for 2 tourist basisUS$ 17US$ 20

Hiring a Guide and porter salary/ cost includes:-

– Their daily wages – salary of guide / porter
– All meals & Accommodation guide / porter. 
– Insurance & equipment of trek Guide – porters. 

However the Gokyo Treks agency service charge & all applicable Government TAXES and as well as a Value Added Tax (VAT 13%) is excluded in the price.

Have in mind that all our staff is fully insured, well paid, well equipped, and covered for medical and rescue/evacuation services in the case of an emergency. The cost of hiring a hiking guide, porter, or porter guide depends upon the month you travel. Hiring our hiking staff in a low season is cheaper.

All of our hiking guides and expedition guides are covid-19 vaccinated. They are highly experienced and can explain a lot about the surrounding mountains and landscapes comparing other inexperienced guides.

– The above rates are updated on 20 May 2023.