A good guide can enrich your trekking and Tours experience in many ways. A part from showing you the trail, he explains you about the area, place, mountains, temples, culture, geography, local floras and faunas, teach you the Nepali language, introduce you to locals, share culture and festivals, run ahead and secure lodging in the busy season, 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 weather you go by bus or plane, liaising and directing the porter, etc. A licensed guide licensed through a month long training session held by TAAN and Nepal Academy of Tourism and Hotel management (NATHAM) every year and 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.
A porter is hired to carry your bags, and that alone can make a big difference trekking. 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. A porter generally doesn't speak English but will follow a trail just not get lost.
Hire a porter! The best means of helping a porter is to hire one. Hundreds of thousands of families in Nepal depends upon portering as their main source of income.
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.
Outfitter Nepal has Many Guides, Porters, and Guide-Porters and always happy to supply according to your requirements even though you are not buying full package trip.
Basically the cost of the trip depends on the season and trekking region, so please contact us for further information for the hiring process and cost detail.