If you do use this strategy and find someone who is interested in joining you, we recommend “interviewing” them carefully via web conferencing to ensure you have similar expectations about hiking speeds, rest stops, side trips, etc. and seem like you will actually be able to get along with each other. After all – you are going to be spending at least a week together and you don’t want this amazing experience tarnished by a poorly matched trekking partner.
Of course, you can also hike the trail alone, and some more experienced people prefer to do this. The trail is very clearly marked and easy to follow, and unless you plan to hike very early or very late in the season or choose to leave the main trail, you will encounter at least a few other hikers each day. However, you should always be self-sufficient and carry your own emergency beacon with you – just in case.