Trekking | porter or no porter
If budgets allow, we always recommend a porter. There are some reasons:
1. Most treks in Nepal are long, over several days in high altitude and difficult terrain. Not to undermine trekkers, but not everyone is used to this. The porter is invaluable in allowing you to just do what you came to do, enjoy the trek.
2. Employment. A lot of porters are part timers. During the agricultural season they farm and during the tourism season, they come up to make some supplemental income. This is valuable for them to get children through school, and provide essentials to the family.
3. Its a great experience. Some of the best memories will be of your porters singing, having a laugh, sharing a joke, or struggling to communicate with each other. They form an important part of your trek memories.
4. In Nepal, the porter is usually an apprentice of the guide. Over time, the porter learns enough to sit in the guide license course and become a certified guide. Taking them along gives them this experience