Nepali Travel and Tech Startup HoneyGuide Apps launched a mobile apps ‘Trekking in Nepal’ in an official app launch event which was held at Nepal Tourism Board, Exhibition Road, Bhrikutimandap, Kathmandu.
HoneyGuide Apps, founded by Mr. Abhishek Pande and Mr. Ashish Shrestha, is a travel and tech startup based in Kathmandu that is building paradigm shifting products for the travel industry. With the tourism industry going through a rough patch lately, release of HoneyGuide’s Trekking in Nepal app is the expression of the belief that better days are just around the corner. It is also an attempt to revive the ailing tourism industry by increasing visitor confidence in Nepal.
“The whole thing was designed, built and written by Nepalis. We hope this will inspire all Nepalis to create products that can compete in the world market.” – Mr. Ashish Shrestha, Co-founder at HoneyGuide Apps
Currently, the app covers three most popular trekking regions: Everest Region Trek, Annapurna Base Camp Trek and Gorepani Poon Hill Trek. It’s innovative and interesting features are:
Small things that can create a unique and amazing trek are the Placecards. They could be cultural artifacts like the prayer wheels, birds like the Danphe or flowers like the Rhododendron. And placecards explain the significance of these things to the trekker, hence building a connection between the land and the trekker. In short, you could say that placecards turn travelers into instant experts. Also all these are presented in a context sensitive manner; that is to say they are shown only where you need it and when you need it. As Ashish Shrestha, another co-founder, mentions “Content might be king, but context is the king- maker”.
Descriptive Place Based Model for Information Delivery
Guidebooks tell you where to go, what to see and how to think, hence creating a photocopy of the author’s experiences which is a prescriptive model. Trekking in Nepal on the other hand simply augments the experiences a trekker has, giving additional information on the stuffs the trekker in interested in. HoneyGuide Apps has completely redefined the guidebook industry for the millennials. As Abhishek jokingly mentions, “The planet isn’t lonely anymore”.
GPS Based Safety Features
Deviation Alerts which warns trekkers if they take the wrong path and Avalanche Alerts that can warn them when entering avalanche prone areas.
Once you purchase and download specific trekking region. You can access all the trekking related information such as: Placecards, Lodge, Mountain Finder, Maps and lots more without needing an internet connection.
This app is available for Android and iPhone users, and trekking regions can be bought as in- app purchases. Prices are based on the number of days in a trek and hence the prices are as follows: Everest Region- USD 14.99; Annapurna Base Camp- USD 9.99 and Ghorepani Poon Hill- free for now, will be later priced at USD 3.99.