What is a porter ?
If you’re going to trek in the Himalayas, it’s very vital to have a porter. In this I am going to explain you what is porter, how much he/she can carry, what is the benefit of porter and who are they ?
Simply, a strong person who will carry a guest/tourists bag along with the mentioned trekking is a trekking porter. Both male and females can be a porter.
There are 2 types of porter on the trekking trail of Nepal on th basis of working nature.
1. Professional porter
The person who has been doing a trekking job since a long time and they are upgradeable to Guide. Mostly they are uneducated that’s why they can’t attend trekking guide courses.
2. Trainee Porter to become a guide
According to government rules of Nepal, a person who wants to be a trekking guide should have at least 2 years trekking porter experience to attain trekking guide training that will be conducted by Nepal Government. These types of trekking porters can speak English.
How much porter can carry while trekking in the Himalayas?
In short, a porter can carry 2 guest stuff(2 guests = 1 Porter). According to the government rules of Nepal, a porter is allowed a maximum of 25kg of stuff. And there will be approx 5 kg of his/her own stuff for trekking. As a result a porter normally carries 30kg including the porter’s own bag.
Though governments rules are maximum 25kg, you’ll see some porters on trails carrying more than 35kg. Keep in mind, it depends on the trekking agency. Most of the agency follows the rule but some trekking companies are not doing it.
What is the benefit of having porters for trekking?
If we talk about the benefits of having a porter while you go trekking, there are plenty of benefits. If you’ve porter, you’ll get rid of the heavy bag. So that you can see more things on the way to destinations and you’ll have a comfortable journey.
But if you want to do budget trekking, it might not be a suitable option for you.