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Hiring porters

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Hiring porters

Can I hire a porter for the Annapurna circuit at Besisahar or should I bring one with me from Kathmandu?

What is the usual current daily rate?

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1. Re: Hiring porters

You can do either and there are pro’s and con’s to both options

Hiring a porter through an agent in Kathmandu


1) You are guaranteed to have a porter without having to try to find one at the trailhead

2) You know exactly what rate you will be paying

3) He will come with insurance as well as clothes and footwear which are up to the trek


You have to pay his bus are so it could work out a slightly more expensive

Hiring a porter at the trailhead


It can work out cheaper


He probably won’t have and insurance (This means that you are responsible in case of accident or serious illness)

There is a possibility that he will want to re-negotiate his pay ½ way around the trek – Or leave you – Or worse still, take your belongings.

Good Luck


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Plus 1 for the above.

If hiring from the trail side it's a good idea to agree staged payments to ensure' loyalty' - say, 50% up front, the rest on completion. I have hiired porters at the start of a trek (ABC and Helambu) and it has worked out well. In fact, the best porter I have hired was from Sundarijal, his first job for a trekker - he was delighted to get a better rate and a tip - very different from heavy loads, lower pay and no tip.

I would say the going rate from a KTM agent is $15 per day including his food, accommodation and insurance. I don't know the rate from the trail side but it's usually little less though the negotiations can be more fraught and chaotic than that in (most) KTM agents.

Good luck.


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3. Re: Hiring porters

As Rob suggests hiring through a Kathmandu company is safer, though marginally more expensive. Given that the difference is slight I prefer to have the backing of the company

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4. Re: Hiring porters

It is better to hire from kathmandu . in my suggestion.


Edited: 05 May 2013, 12:10
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5. Re: Hiring porters


It is better hire either from Kathmandu or from Pokhara through Registered trekking company. This company will also help you to get ACAP Entry permit and Tims as well.

Thnaks and have a nice trip


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