Whether you’ve booked a trip with us or have been following our activity and are planning a trek for the future, it’s likely that you’ve become familiar with a few of our friendly Yeti’s faces. We always try and remain as personal as we can and we pride ourselves in being very hands-on and engaged in our awesome EverTrekker community. However, running our trips around the world does expand beyond the team of Yetis based in the UK, and the amazing in-house teams that we work within each country are what we think makes our trips really special!
This does raise a question from time to time...
“Why do we use local guides in preference to leading the treks ourselves?”
It’s a good question. Wondering about who you’ll meet when you get off the plane is completely normal, and although some may think that seeing a familiar face can be comforting on a trip, we think that you’d be missing out by not having the support of a local guide. All of our EverTrek trips are expertly guided and having the right guide can make or break your trip, especially as our trips are not exactly an all inclusive trip to Disneyland (as awesome as that is). When you take on any adventure travel experience, there is going to be an element of danger and you want to know that you're going to be well looked after when the going gets tough.
That's why travelling with a great guide is important, not just a good guide but a GREAT guide! Especially at high altitude. Guides are responsible for your safety, and a great guide will be able to maximise your enjoyment, let you experience every aspect of the trip and keep you safe, all without you even realising it. That's why EverTrek are proud to only use local guides and porters, as it's our strong belief that they do this better than anyone.
Whether you’re trekking in the Himalayas, enjoying a safari, summiting a high mountain or walking around a local market - your guide is going to make or break your trip. By using local guides instead of hiring western guides, you get access to a wealth of knowledge and expertise that you cannot pick up by reading a book or even visiting a country a few times. A local guide will be able to show you how they live, how other cultures live and fully integrate you into the world you are exploring.
We demand the highest level of experience and professionalism from our team. All of our guides have nationally recognised qualifications as well as the life-experience and character to become great friends. Whilst on a trip, your health and safety is our number one priority and the local guides have far more crucial experience than anyone else could. They understand the local language and know the trails better than anyone else on earth, making them the ideal people to look out for you on a trek. For example, our guide Yesse who leads EverTrekkers up Kilimanjaro has over 400 Kili summits, our Guide Bibek in Nepal has summited Mt Everest, Manaslu, Cho Oyu, Island Peak, Mera Peak and many others, as well as reaching Everest Base Camp over 200 times. It simply doesn't make sense to ignore that experience and hire a western guide when these awesome people have such a wealth of experience, it's a no brainer.
Support the Local Economy
We are proud of every guide, porter and support staff in the team that make these trips a reality. Without their help the vast majority of people would never be able to visit these amazing far-off regions of the world and achieve the trip of their dreams. Using their local expertise guarantees that the majority of your money goes straight to the people and places that deserve it, building employment opportunities, aiding the local economy and making a fantastic impact on their quality of life.
So, that's why when you book with EverTrek you likely won't see Andy or Dave or any other western leader on your trip, trust me, it's for the best! Yes seeing a familiar face may be immediately comforting, but what you are missing out on is not worth the trade, and as I said during my Feb 2020 Kili trip, “the guides and staff who are waiting for you are not strangers, just friends you haven't met yet”.
Remember, we’re here to help with any query that pops into your mind - you can contact us by email - [email protected], message us on social media, get in touch through our website or just give us a call.
Head of Operations & Painted Yeti