Porter Management

“I started my carrier as a porter hauling the heavy loads uphill and worked for many travel agencies. I had a experience of being porter, I know how it feels and how is the life of porter. I am sure its the most difficult time I have passed in my life and the  struggle I did to survive my life & my families was just unimaginable.”- Ang Lhakpa Sherpa

At Yak Expeditions, we have a complete new form of management of Porters. The porters we hire are well insured. The managing director of Yak Expeditions; Ang Lhakpa Sherpa started his carrier as a porter.

Porters are the backbone of the trekking industry in Nepal and yet every year there are incidents involving porters suffering from Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS), snow blindness and frostbite. At time these illness have resulted in fatalities. There are some trekking companies in Nepal, especially at the budget end of the scale, who simply do not look after the porters they hire. This does not apply to all companies, but some seem to be more worried about their profits than the welfare of those rely on to generate than profit. Porters often come from lowland valleys, are poor and poorly educated, and are sometimes unaware of the potential dangers of the areas they are being employed to work in. Stories abound of Porters being left to fend for themselves, wearing thin cotton clothes and sandals when traversing high mountain passes in blizzard conditions. At the end of each winter a number of porter’s bodies are discovered in the snowmelt-they become tired, ill or affected by altitude and simply sit down in the snow, get hypothermia and die.

The porters travel to the high mountains even they suffer from different kind of diseases or health problems. The only result is to earn money, if they have any kind of health problems they are sent back. They will not get the full salary so they do not want to return. They keep their life on risk yet they are physically unfit. I have been considering since longtime that the tips given by the clients are not fully given to porter. This has happen in my life too, I didn't got the tips for many times when I was porter. About 50 % of the guides in Nepal take half tips and good clothes provided by clients to the porter. Therefore, We Yak Expeditions recommend you to give the tips (that you wish) directly to the porters. We provide all the necessary equipments like jackets, gloves, shoes, glass, caps as far as possible and we fully insured them. Porters of Nepal mostly come from the districts like Lower Solukhumbu, Okhaldhunga, Khotang, Nuwakot, Rasuwa and Sindhupalchowk where most of the people depend upon porter occupation. Development of Tourism would have been never possible without the porters. No tourist can trek above 3,000m without the porter. Hence, Porters are regarded as the backbone of Tourism Industry.

Below mentioned are Nepal's most risky trekking routes for porters. We give more attention toward porters in these areas; the porters we hire will be well equipped and insured.

THE MOST RISKY ROUTES FOR THE PORTERS

• Sherpini Col Pass [(East and West Col)
• Round Dhaulagiri [French pass(5360m) and Thapa pass(5240m)]
• Kagmara La pass(5115m)
• Amphu Labsta pass(5800m)
• Damodar pass(5600m)
• Mesokonta pass(5099m)
• Mingbo La pass(5815m)
• Ganja La pass(5100m)
• Kangla pass(5360m)
• Selele pass
• Salpa pass(3350m)

• Mera La Pass(5415m)
• Renjo la pass(5500m)
• Numla(5238m) and Bagala(5214m) pass
• Tashi Lapcha pass(5755m)
• Cho La pass(5420m)
• Larkya pass(5135m)
• Yelung pass
• Lopsang la pass
• Tillman pass(5350m)
• Charka pass
• Sangda pass(5185m)

 

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