In INDIA there are more than 1000 trekking companies and it is very difficult to choose the right one among these wide options. When you plan to traverse the mountains then it is obvious to choose the right company for extraordinary experiences and memories in exchange for some cost. While making this choice you need to be extremely careful because a wrong choice can lead to bad consequences.
People are facing problems and these can turn very dangerous because they can risk your life, still many people are repeatedly committing these mistakes. They compare the trek cost and go with the least cost offered but neglect the safety, quality and service due to these mistakes the image and work of other good trekking organizations are affected.
So, it is our responsibility to guide the trekkers about choosing the Right Company and as we are serving in the field of Adventure since 23 years, we don’t want people to be misguided and face any problems.
It is not necessary to choose “Har Ki Dun Protection and Mountaineering Association” you can plan your treks and tours with any other reputed company. But, by providing the guidelines our mission is to guide you and minimize the number of accidents and problems which occur due to the lack of information.
The foremost thing you should do before booking a trek is, check if the company is registered under Company’s Act 1956 and has a license by the government. It should have registration with one of these organizations i.e. Indian Mountaineering Foundation (IMF), Adventure Tour Operators Association of India (ATOAI) and Ministry of Tourism. If the company is registered and has a government license then it is working legally, it is important to check the documents prior to booking to know if the company is legal or not.
You should be aware of the company’s history and the year it was established to have exact idea of their experience and also ask for the proof and mountaineering qualification of the Founder. These details will help you know about the company and at what basis it’s working, it is important to be aware before planning any tour or trek.
Cost of the Trek
Check the cost of trek and you can directly communicate, ask about the inclusions and exclusions of a package cost, no hidden charges should be applied after you have registered. It is not necessary that a company offers great safety, service or quality if the cost is low or high, it depends on other factors. So check everything and then make a choice.
The most important thing in the mountain is Safety “How to be safe?” “Is your safety company’s priority?”these questions should have proper answers because small mistakes lead to serious problems. You should check what safety and quality are provided by the company and who serves and thinks better for the trekkers. It should not only be related to the trekkers, but only that company is also great who works for the welfare of society and the environment.
Quality and Comfort
Our focus is on providing high quality to our clients, the tents in which they are going to stay during treks should be durable and strong. There arrangements are pre- planned and everything is provided according to the comfort of trekker.
We are professionals and we have been serving in this area since 23 years, with good experience we know how and what to serve in mountains. We have never compromised on the quality of service.
Trek organizers instead of Trekking Agencies
There is a huge difference between organizers and agencies but people don’t often understand this difference and book their treks with the agencies. They play a role of middleman and transfer the bookings to organizers by charging commission on the trek fee. It is good to directly book your trek with the organised as the dates, number of people and refunds are flexible but when it comes to the agencies then it’s not possible to fix them accordingly.
It is important to have professional guides who are qualified in Mountaineering courses for the safety measures. These questions should be asked before booking while communicating with the team. If a company has a professional team then it’s good to trek with them because the knowledge and skills are required to minimize the risks and a professional leader can guide properly.
Trek Leader Should be professional Mountaineer who goes along with you on the trek as a guide and for safety measures.
They are the helping team who go along with you on the trek and they play an important role because they carry load and items which are needed at your campsites.
At least 2-3 mules should be go on a trek to load the items which are not carried by the porters.
On every trek there should be a cooking team who cooks salubrious food in the mountains.
Who offers a variety of food dishes in the mountains which should be delicious, fresh and healthy. Three times meals a dat with tea, soup and snacks.
Choose the company who practices eco-friendly methods to preserve the environment and applies the principles of“Leave No Trace”.The company should think about the betterment of Nature and people in mountains, it is important to maintain the balance of our ecosystem.
Good Reputation and Reviews
The reviews help in knowing about the experiences of people who went with the company, so before you plan anything you can simply check and compare the positive and negative reviews. It is always good to go with the reputed companies because the reason they have a good reputation is the Safety which they provide and Good Quality Services.
A good trekking company provide a accommodation in hotel or tent which is included in the trek cost.
A good trekking company arrange the vehicle for trekkers pickup and drop facility so that trekkers do not worried for arranging transportation.
Trekking Company should be granted permission from the Forest Department and the fee is included in the package cost.
A good trekking company provide the best trek equipment of all trekkers so that Trekkers hike easily on the trek.
The HPMA have all facilities that are mentioned above. We are doing everything to make your treks best. Do not always choose the companies which attracts you by the low prices always seek for safety quality and service.
Hope..! now, you will not get confused to choose the best trekking company.