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How to hire porter in Lukla?

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How to hire porter in Lukla?

We are heading to EBC & Gokyo via Chola Pass next april as independent trekker. How can we hire a porter or porter guide in Lukla? How much cost is reasonable? I read about providing clothing for our own guide if we are going to cold places. Any comments? Inbox massage welcome.

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41. Re: How to hire porter in Lukla?

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42. Re: How to hire porter in Lukla?

Post #42

I am sorry that you think that I am being misleading in my replies, rereading what I have written; I thought I was being quite plain?

Very simply, when trekkers choose to hire their trekking staff through a reputable TAAN registered agent, it is the agent that is Responsible for the wellbeing of their staff, especially should something go seriously wrong – Accident or Serious illness

Whereas when trekkers choose to hire their trekking staff directly then it is them that take on this responsibility.

The actual workings of what happens after something goes seriously wrong will vary enormously with each given situation, but when you take out the semantics and bickering, we actually have a lot of common ground – We agree that the action taken immediately after the incident will probably much the same (Regardless of how the trekking staff have been hired) and that local people will step in and take charge, decide what is to be done for the best and start the ball rolling with arrangements to transport the injured / ill party to the nearest trailhead if this is necessary and try to contact any agents, insurance companies and family as appropriate.

Where we disagree is the financial implications

I have already posted that I had a long conversation about the level of cover of the insurance cover that the agent that I use provides his trekking staff with, and in his case, this insurance cover starts at the nearest roadhead where the injured / seriously ill guide (Or whatever) is met my an ambulance. – Now having said that, I am aware that the level of medical cover will probably vary from policy to policy and insurance company to insurance company but this then begs the question of how you (The client) know what that level of cover is and where the insurance cover kicks in?

All the insurance documents are written in Nepali, so unless you can read Nepali, or like yourself, you actually went to the insurance brokers with your guide, you don’t know whether he is actually insured, let alone the level of the cover he has?

Assuming that the guide (Or whatever) actually has insurance and assuming that it is for a similar level of medical cover to the policy used by the agent that I use, if you have hired your trekking staff out independently, any costs incurred getting the injured / ill party to the roadhead is the responsibility of the client and this could amount to several $100’s, especially if the roadhead is several days away and that a yak or horse has to be hired along with some local people to get them there. If it then transpires that they didn’t have sufficient medical cover, then the money involved could soon spiral into $1,000’s.

Does your guide have a copy of his policy in English so that you can double check the level of cover that he has yourself, or failing that, has the Lumbini Insurance Company a website that you can check? If this is the case then assuming that the guide indeed has comprehensive medical cover then many of my concerns would be allayed.

As far as replacement trekking staff goes, this (To Me) is of less importance, and again would depend a lot on where the incident took place, but I am sure that an agent would endeavour to try to arrange these as quickly as possible. Yes, there would be a disruption of the trek, but, certainly the agent that I use would try his best keep this to a minimum by utilising the contacts that he has built up over the last 20+ years – In most cases I believe he would be able to source replacement staff in not much over 24 hours as if he hadn’t some of his own people in the area (Lukla or Namche) then he would subcontract some, otherwise, apart from anything else, he would have to refund his clients for the days that they were without trekking staff – Whereas if you had hired your trekking staff directly, you would have to find your own replacement staff and would be very unlikely to get any refund from the guide who had an accident / fell seriously ill.

Once again, I hope that this clarifies any points that you found misleading in my earlier posts

Best Regards

Rob

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