Why you should use a local guide to avoid injury

An experienced local guide will usually know the area very well and will already have identified and be prepared for the challenges that a trek may have.

Feel safe

The added benefit of using a local guide as well as for safety reasons is that they are able to share stories and maybe tell you more about local festivals, other places to visit and teach you more about their culture. Above all, It can be more comforting to know that someone is there to offer advice and keep you safe.

Reduce stress

Coming across unsigned junctions or areas where new roads have been constructed can be confusing and may be stressful, especially if you’re time constrained. Guides are more likely to be aware of changes to the route so they are able to choose a more stress-free route.

When the weather isn’t in your favour you will appreciate the benefit of having a guide who knows which way to go and it can be a great stress reliever when your guide can provide details about how long route will take and even provide tips on where the better places to stop for breaks are too.

Avoid injury

There have been many examples where serious injuries have occurred during a trek or doing adventurous activities. Most trekking accidents are due to bad weather and altitude sickness so it’s always advisable to use a guide who knows the safest routes and when the best times to take those routes will be.


In 2015, Ryan was paralysed from the neck down which after a diving accident caused him to have limited use of his hands and thought that he wouldn’t be able to do many of the things he enjoyed doing again. Through working with injury experts he was able to look at the challenges he needed to face and work on overcoming them.

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Fred Harrington · 26/12/2017 at 8:31 am

Whilst travelling in the past I’ve made the mistake of not taking a guide just to save some money. I ended up getting lost in the mountains of Thailand once – a guide would have saved me a lot of time and anxiety!

Max · 28/12/2017 at 4:33 am

Thanks for the advice Fred, yes, you can save money but time and happiness is often more important. I hope you still enjoyed your trip overall despite getting lost in the mountains

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