Guidelines for the right choice of a Company
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 government. It should have registration with one of these organisations 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 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 is provided by the company and who serves and thinks better for the trekkers. It should not only be related to the trekkers, only that company is great who works for the welfare of society and environment.
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 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.
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.