Book your holidays with a local travel agency

Why to book your holidays with a local travel agency

Yesterday I had a talk with a woman from America about trekking holidays. I work for Adventure Alternative Nepal, a ground agency for activity holidays (trekking, expedition, yoga retreats, safari holidays and more) in Kathmandu and I told her that it is not easy for a Nepal travel agency to make business, especially if you do not have an office in the main tourist area in Kathmandu, the Thamel. Furthermore, many Westerners who intend to do trekking holidays, already book their holidays at home.

We were also talking about the trustworthiness of local agencies in Nepal. She said that she understands it that if you plan to go on an expedition, you would not book your holidays in Nepal with a local agency, but at home in Europe or the US, because you never know what happens when you book your holidays with a local agency. Is my money safe? Am I safe? What kind of materials are they using? Yesterday I agreed on what she was saying. Today I thought about it again, and I now see that this way of thinking is actually wrong.

Ascent of Mera Peak

First of all: The agencies in the UK or the US are using the same material like we use. We all have our material made in China. It might be that western countries pay more for their material, but that does not mean it is any better. In Thamel you can buy everything a mountaineering heart is beating for. You can even find “real” brands like Mountain Hardwear, Marmot, Millet and The North Face.


Next thing you might be worried about: Do the Nepali guides have a “real” education to be mountains guides? Do they know how to guide? Yes they do! Every mountain guide who is working for Adventure Alternative Nepal is a certified mountain guide and has years of experience. Most of them grew up in the mountains, walking around the Himalayas at the age of 10. Nobody has as much experience as the Nepali mountain guides. They all know the area 100 times better than the best mountain guides of the US, Switzerland or Austria. Let’s take Mount Everest as an example. Nobody has climbed this mighty mountain as much as the “Sherpas” the cast coming from the Everest region, Solokhumbu. Sir Edmond Hillary would have never summited Everest without Sherpa Tenzing Norgay! No western travel agency would try to summit Mount Everest without the help of local people, if it is the Sherpa guides, the porters or the chefs, preparing the meals.

A woman carrying the heavy luggage

The Nepalis can only profit of tourism if we book our holidays in Nepal through a local travel agency. Otherways all the money goes to the “big players”, the leakage is immense. Let us all help Nepal to rebuild their beautiful country by supporting the tourism and make sure that the money ends at the right place – with the people who work the hardest and need the money the most!


Deborah Taugwalder


Why should you go on an adventure holiday?

The feeling of fresh air pumping through your lungs, the adrenalin kick you get when you are looking down from the highest peaks to the rest of the world; let’s have a look at why an adventure holiday is a must for every free spirit.

When we are talking about an adventure travel we do not mean to travel in a remote destination and staying there in a five star hotel, we do not mean drinking tap water in Kathmandu or trying to cross the road, even if it is quite adventurous. When we are talking about an adventure, we mean stepping out of your comfort zone and giving yourself to the nature and the unknown.

We ae giving you some good reasons why to choose an adventure holiday for your next trip!



You don’t know if you are ready for adventure? If you don’t try, you will never know. Don’t settle for the same old same old – there is too much out there to experience! Step out of your comfort zone, go out there and push yourself. Nothing is comparable to the feeling you get when you conquered a challenge you thought you would never manage, like climbing Yala or Island peak.



You might have heard of the world getting smaller and smaller. Very few places on this earth have not been discovered yet, and formerly unique destinations become more and more popular. Be more than a tourist and take your way off the beaten track, discover the unexplored beauty of the Himalaya and the surroundings before it becomes a mass tourist area.



On an adventure holiday, you will experience things not every tourist will experience. Getting to know the culture of the Nepali people in the remote areas, getting to see the beauty of the Himalaya and the surrounding mountains, this is a once in a lifetime experience you will not forget – it has the power to create lasting and vivid memories.

Same as electives and volunteering – you will get a unique experience to become part of the local culture, if it is in Kathmandu itself or one of the towns in the mountains like Bupsa. Working with local projects, you will be immersed in the community. You will see things a normal traveller will never see, and taste the delicious homemade food like Dal Baht.




Travelling is not about impressing people, it is about getting to know the world, getting to know yourself!