At HoneyGuide we are driven by a lust for mountains and the urgency to:
through information so actionable that anyone will be confident to hit the trails on their own. We believe that travel companies should not and need not depend upon fear and ignorance to sell tours.
by providing them with tools to run their treks the way they see fit. We believe putting the power back in the hands of the trekker will not only make our trails safer, but also give more people the confidence to undertake a trek in the Himalayas.
like Lodges, Guides, and Porters by giving them direct access to trekkers. This we hope will not only result in an equitable distribution of tourism dividends, but will also increase service level faster as now kickbacks and discounts will not be the factors that will bring in business.
For the work we have done, we have received positive reviews from many places
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Ashish Shrestha, CEO, HoneyGuide.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
2 February 2019
HoneyGuide launches a new way to trek to Everest Base Camp.
Kathmandu, Nepal. To cater to a new generation of trekkers who are used to booking everything online, HoneyGuide has introduced a system which helps trekkers book flights, lodges, guides, and even porters online. The system brings together around 86 lodges, 26 trekking guides, and 1 airline into an integrated booking system.
The idea is to give trekkers the confidence to undertake a trek on their own while maintaining complete control over their trek. The founders of this system hope that putting trekkers in charge of their treks will help them get the most out of their trek.
“Transparency is at the heart of what we do,” says Ashish Shrestha, one of the three Co-Founders of HoneyGuide. “We believe in providing no-strings-attached information so that the trekkers can decide on how best to run their trek. So while trekkers are booking the Everest Base Camp Trek in HoneyGuide, they can either book the whole trek, just flights, a few lodges, or a guide, that is their call. HoneyGuide makes all of that possible easily. We even provide trekkers with contact details of lodges and guides so that trekkers can book them directly if they wish to.”
Based on the fact that HoneyGuide’s “Trekking in Nepal” mobile app has been used by over 20,000 trekkers, it can be reasonably inferred that providing trekkers with high-quality information is a must at this age.
Abhishek, another co-founder with experience in managing adventure sports events like the Everest Marathon, however, thinks that there is more to the story than just information. “Information might be a part of the story, but personalization is more important. People are used to things bending around their needs, and they want things to happen exactly when and how they want it. For example 15 years ago, everybody would buy international flights and hotels in Kathmandu from trekking companies. Now that number is effectively zero. If anyone wishes to do well in the travel industry, they have to give exactly what the trekkers want at their convenience.”
Indeed HoneyGuide’s new online system allows trekkers to select the lodges they want as they plan their Everest Base Camp Trek, select the guides they wish to take, and book them at their preferred dates. “We have worked very hard to make customizing and booking a trek as easy as buying a travel package.”, says Diwaker Ghimire, CTO and Co-founder.
“However, it is people that have made HoneyGuide work,” says Dakshina Khadka, who oversees Communications at HoneyGuide. She adds, “The best part of building this new system, was the support we got from everyone in Everest. More than the technology I feel that HoneyGuide is a reflection of the trust that lodge owners and guides have put in a system that will hopefully bring a measure of transparency and community empowerment in Nepal’s trekking industry.”
Indeed online systems like HoneyGuide have been known to help the service providers in the travel industry get their fair share of tourism dividends. For example with Airbnb, there are millions of people in the world who have benefited directly from the travel industry. Also, noteworthy is the fact that online booking platforms like Expedia and Booking.com were instrumental in the rise of smaller boutique hotels around the world.
Asked what is next for HoneyGuide, Ashish says that, “Similar issues exist not just in Everest, but the Annapurna, Langtang, Manaslu and even in Ladakh and Himachal regions. Wherever there are mountains, HoneyGuide will be there. However, for the next few months, we will focus all of our effort on working with Service Providers, Destination Marketing Organizations, Non-Residential Nepalese and even Travel Companies to promote Nepal more creatively. More information can be found at HoneyGuide's website.”
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HoneyGuide is a technology company based in Kathmandu that makes sure that men and mountains meet more often by providing trekkers with quality information, and capacity to book guides, flights, lodges, and porters in the Everest Region.
One Last thing
We are surely not alone to realize that Nepal’s trekking industry is going through massive changes and I hope we are not alone in believing that it can get better only if we listen and understand each other more. As such, to facilitate this communication, Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality in collaboration with HoneyGuide will organize a Press Trip to Everest in May. We will be extremely honored if you could be part of it.
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