One of the hardest parts about joining in on adventure tourism is the barrier to entry. After all, you can’t just head out on a 10-day trek without the right experience, gear, and training. But taking a backpacking trip through a remote area or climbing to the top of a destination’s most popular peak can let you experience a new place in such a unique way.
Back in 2010 I had set aside some time to go do one of these big trips. I was planning on heading to Nepal for 3-4 weeks with my wife to trek up to Everest Base Camp and possibly Ama Dablam. However, due to the nature of my work I ran in to some red tape that prevented that trip. (I’ve always regretted not being able to go)
So, how do you do it? The best way is to hire an experienced local guide and let them prepare and teach you along the way. This may seem like an easy answer, but scouring the Internet for qualified guides and treks that fit your needs can be a daunting task. After all, reading review after review can only give you so much insight and after a while the results can seem overwhelming.
I was that guy, scouring the internet hoping to find a reasonably priced and reputable guiding service that didn’t necessarily do everything for me, but that would guide me though Nepal and to those amazing locations. I would have been all over this site had it been around back then.