I am a female traveling to Nepal alone. I was told by friends to hire my own porter so I can go at my own pace as it is more affordble than trekking companies that go in groups. Is this safe and how do I find a reputable porter. Also I live in Colorado and hike high peaks, is this trail to touristy? If I want to visit neighboring cities should I hire a taxi or take public transportation. I don't want to draw too much attention to myself.
If anyone reading this will be in Nepal for the month of November please reply as well.