Has anyone dealt with Bohemian Yogi Tours for short trekking in Nepal
It sounds like this is not a local company why do nt you deal with local company ??? Which will be cheaper & far Better. Enjoy The Nepal Vacation , Regards Hotel Glacier Pokhara
Never heard about that company & would be better if you deal with nepal based Travel Adventure company as above post said to get better services & prices.
enjoy your trip
I know them..they gather the group and let the Nepal operator operates the trip. They add huge amount on top of it..so as recommended by others I would suggest you to look for Nepal base agency (or better to ask Yogi Tours asking who is their operator in Nepal..and email them directly)
They have quoted $880 AU for a 12 day holiday with a 6 day trek (with meals) including accommodation and transfers and one internal airfare. Sounds like good value if they are a good operator.
Can you recommend a travel company to deal with for something like this, Pokhara-Poonhill
There are many Nepal-based companies that can provide the trek. Simply 'google' it, and see what turns up. Ensure that the company you use is registered with the Nepalese Government, and is a member of TAAN (Trekking Agents Association of Nepal)
Either their website or an email to them should provide answers to the following questions (in no particular order):
1. Are they registered with the Government as a licensed trekking agency ?
2. Are they a member of TAAN (the Trekking Agencies Association of Nepal)
3. Do they provide a guide with a good working grasp of English ?
4. Do they equip their staff adequately ?
5. Do they insure their Nepali staff ?
6. How long have they been trading ?
7. At what stage do they require payment ? (for instance will they accept a, say, 10% deposit as a reservation fee, and the balance on arrival in Kathmandu ?
8. Do their staff have any First Aid qualification ?
9. What is their policy in terms of the environment ?
10. How many treks do they service each year ?
etc.Edited: 4:40 am, August 21, 2011
I do agree with Alan!
The best way it DIY the other way is to book through your guesthouse. All this government licence etc. is bunch of bull.
I would say don’t tie yourself into anything before you get to Nepal – The meet your “Staff” face to face before parting with your hard earned cash !!
When hiring out “Staff” the secret of a successful trek is to set the ground rules Before you leave Kathmandu and these rules should include
1) Always interview your “Staff” Before you go trekking with them, Preferably get them to give you a walking tour around Kathmandu, Then they are away from the office, will be able to talk freely and you will be in a better position to judge their ability to communicate, character and if you are going to be able to get on well enough with them on your trek.
2)Ask if he has already trekked the route you are going on and how many times
3) Tell them that You Always retain the final say where you will stay and where and when you will eat.
Personally I am Happy to look at places recommended by my “Staff” (As I am aware that some places look after Nepali’s a lot better than others, better accommodation as well as better / cheaper food for them + if they get a little kick-back then as long as I am happy with the standard as well as the price that I am paying this doesn’t bother me)
4) I also mention to them that as long as I am happy with their services then they will get a Good Tip – I think this clears the air and gives your “Staff” that extra incentive to ensure that you are well looked after.
5) The agent that I use provides all his “Staff” with a mobile phone – I also think this is an excellent idea so that if there is a problem then (providing you have a phone Signal) these can be Quickly sorted out.
6) Before I start a trek is to have a rough schedule, then I know approximately how many days I will be trekking for, to this I usually add one buffer day, so If all goes according to plan I am usually back from my trek one day ahead, With this the agent that is use I can claim one days fees back, but in reality, as I have always been happy with my treks, I have never done this, but have ensured that my “Staff” are still paid the extra day.
Another system that the agent I use has is that if you want to extend your trek, if it takes longer than originally anticipated or if for what ever reason you are delayed then you can pay your “Staff” direct. This works well for everyone as the “Staff” in actual fact get more money as there is no agents commission deducted and as the agent has already had his cut he is (Or should be) happy as well.
7) It is also worth making 100% sure that your “Staff” are insured and that the agent is making sure that their clothing is up to the standard for the area / season you are trekking in.
It may sound like a bit of a list – But personally I think it is well worth that little extra effort at the beginning of your trek to help minimise potential unforeseen problems later :-)
If you want my own recommendation of the chap that I have used for 8 trips to Nepal over the last 17 years, who hires “Staff” out at very fair prices from a pool of trusted and well vetted people then send me a PM
Good Luck and Happy Safe Trekking
Well I have just bought that deal Meelux. I will ask those questions of the company and bail out if it sounds dodgy.
Thanks for the posts but I am optimistic that it is a good company.