|Kathmandu||Everest Base Camp||1400m-5380m|
|Kathmandu||Dhaulagiri Base Camp||1400m-4748m|
When we think of trekking in Nepal, the first thing that strikes the mind is spending a night at a camp in chilly mountains. And it is not surprising given the photographs that circulate around the web. The teahouse trekking saves you the trouble of spending a cold night in a tent.
Teahouse trekking is already available in most of the famous trekking routes in Nepal including- Everest Trek and Langtang trek. The whole Annapurna Circuit is laden with the teahouses that offer more comfy accommodation/shelter and a larger menu for food.
And if the lodges are good enough, you might even get an opportunity to talk with your friends and post some amazing photos from the trek. Yes, I am talking about Wi-Fi.
Unfortunately, the standard of the toilet/restroom/bathroom/latrine- whatever you want to call it- barely increases. As you go higher up the trekking route, they get worse.
Some of the famous regions where teahouses are in abundance are:
If the fear of spending a night out in the wilderness was keeping you from trekking in the magnificent ABC (Annapurna Base Camp) trek or Annapurna Circuit Trek, this info certainly will have put that fear away.
Let’s talk about the accommodation, Food and latrines in more details.
Accommodation is basic. Typically, the lodges/hotels provide you with a room furnished with twin beds with a chair/table in between them to rest your backpacks. And if you are lucky enough, there might also be shelves. But I don’t think they will be of much use.
You are dog tired from the day’s trekking. If you are too tired, the first thing you will possibly do on the first sight of a bed is fall flat on it sheets with your backpacks on your back. Some lodges provide refreshing hot showers for a little extra cost.
Dal-Bhat-Tarkari is the undisputed king of the menu in most of the hotels. In its simplest form, it is boiled rice (Bhat) served with grinded pulse soup (Dal) and vegetables (tarkari). They also serve achar- a chilly and/or sour chutney. One amazing thing about Dal-Bhat-Tarkari is that you can eat as much as you like for a one-time price which is usually around NRs. 300 per meal.
The additional Dal/Bhat/Tarkari is free. It is much like adding mo:mo soup which you must have tried in Kathmandu. It does not matter if you eat a Kilo of rice or just 100 grams of rice, the price is all the same. You can eat as much as you wish until the stocks run out!
Dal/Bhat/Tarkari will accompany you all along the way.
If you get tired of the same dish, there are some alternatives you can opt for. They basically have chowmein and Thukpa- a soupy version of the chowmein. In some of the hotels/restaurants, they also have pancakes, pizza, dumpling and spring rolls to offer.
Though available, meat is expensive and it takes a lot to digest meat. It is recommended that you stick to vegetarian food during the trek.
Honestly, latrines are not very good. Some are brick walled while some are walled with steel tin plates. There is usually a big can to store water. Don’t expect any flush. You will have to flood them down by putting the water from the can to smaller sized bucket and pour it down the channel.
And believe me when I say this, these are far better than the ones I am about to mention.
There are also other categories of latrines along the trails. And the only thing that is saving you from a public audience when you squat to dump it down is some pieces of rucksacks. The ones that will have rucksack probably will have a big pit and no drainages or pipelines. Don’t bother looking down! Just finish your business and move along.
Planning a trekking trip to Nepal is certainly worth it. The comfort of the teahouses and the caring nature of the warm hospitable lodge owners will rejuvenate you all along the way.
We, at the Adventure Mountain Nest, also provide tea house trekking to aforementioned destinations. If you have any queries regarding the availability of teahouse trekking in other regions, we are more than happy to help you.
After all, our ultimate goal is to promote trekking and tourism in Nepal whether you travel with us or any other operators.