Planning the perfect hiking trip involves making numerous decisions. If you would like to take a stress-free trek without having to make all the decisions, a guided trek is for you. Below are five reasons why traveling with a guide will make for an unforgettable experience.
Traveling with a guide adds a certain comfort level to your trip. You don’t have to worry about anything - from luggage transfers and dinner reservations to choosing the perfect trails and following the weather. Your guide will take care of it all. You just show up and hike.
A guide adds a wealth of knowledge to each trek. They often have a a great deal of hiking experience in the country and have spent a lot of time on the trails. On guided treks, you will learn about the region, culture and the local people. You will be taken on trails that are off the beaten path and not included on our self-guided itineraries. Many local treasures are known only by guides and they can’t wait to share these with you. Guides strive to create a unique experience for each guest.
Guides often speak the local language. Having your own translator can definitely help with the communication, both in language and cultural practices. With the assistance of guides, communication with locals will be uncomplicated.
On guided treks, whether beginner or expert, a guide will tailor each day to meet the group’s needs. Larger group trips usually have mmore than one guide so groups can split up according to ability if necessary. Each day your guide will provide an itinerary fit for the group, depending on terrain, weather and hiking conditions. It’s their goal to provide you with a memorable day filled with adventure.
Over time, guides have formed invaluable connections and bonds with the locals in the towns we visit around the world. Often, local staff will go out of their way to contribute to make your trip unique and unforgettable. The guide and guests also form friendships with each other and over the years many guests come back to hike with their favorite guides or schedule trips with friends met on the trail.