Tea House trekking
25 Mar 2019 Santosh Gauli
Tea House Trekking in Nepal means you are staying in the lodge provided by local people while you are trekking in the Mountain. Tea house trekking is also known as a lodge base trekking where they will serve your Food, accommodation, and drink.
Table of content:
- What is Tea House trekking in Nepal?
- Tea house building features
- Electricity, Rooms, & Prices
- Food provided by Tea House.
- List of common food during tea house trek
What is Tea House trekking in Nepal?
Tea House trekking means during your trek in the mountain you will stay in Local Lodge. Tea house accommodation is a new concept since 10-15 years before that there was a tented camp system for trekking in Mountain. The Tea house trekking system is almost all over Nepal now which is easy for trekkers to stay in as it is private, clean, cheap, and warmer than tented camp.
There are many merits for travelers having tea house accommodation. The major trekking route in Nepal is the Everest region, Annapurna region, Langtang, and Manaslu region all of that regions provide a local tea house accommodation which is very easy for travelers.
Tea house building features
The tea house trekking accommodation is not the same in all different trekking regions in Nepal because of the geographical features, the income of local people, and few other factors.
Generally, tea house trekking means you will have to share big dining for eating foods, sharing bathrooms, stone and wooden made buildings as well as many small rooms where usually put two beds in it. For few years around the Everest region and Annapurna region the lodge owners building tourist-oriented buildings where you can get a private bathroom, well-insulated rooms, internet/Wi-Fi, electric blanket( it is only available in few settlements).
The Tea house rooms got 2 bedrooms which are basic but there will be quite a thick mattress, Pillow and some lodges provide you blanket too. If you are not warm enough with that blanket you can ask with lodge owner to have extra he will provide general, noted that if you trekking in the peak season (Oct & Nov) then they might not give you because there will be hundreds of people especially local guide and porters who don’t have sleeping bags this is why they might not give you blanket in peak season.
There are few tea houses where you can get an electric blanket and heater too but the cost will be much more expensive than normal tea house accommodation, still, it is recommended if there is anybody who really needs to have private bathrooms and heated rooms.
Electricity, Rooms, & Prices
The tea house rooms do not have the electric plug to charge your electric devices as they have very small power of electricity, therefore, you should charge your devices near the reception or at shorten place they show you and it is payable. Similarly, hot shower, internet are both payable so, we recommend you to ask the price before you charge your devices.
If you are not a proper traveler we recommend your o take a sleeping liner, sleeping bag, and some earplugs because during your trek in the mountain there are many stray dogs that make so loud noise at night time.
If you are taking your package trip with a guide or travel agency then almost all your essential things will be included such as your meals, tea house accommodation, transport, a cup of tea, etc. so you don’t have to be a worry at all as your guide will manage for you. Only the food that is not quoted in the service section in your package that you have to pay by yourself such as chocolates, water, shower, WiFi, battery charge, Extra meals, Tea/Coffee, etc.
The tea house accommodation cost very low as the lodge owner tries to cover the price from the food they provide. The local villages have a hotel management committee that fixes the price on the menu and food items so you can eat through the menu. They have short of rules in the mountain where you stay in tea house you should eat your proper meals there like your Dinner or Breakfast, on top of it still if you want to eat you can eat outside of your lodge but you have to pay by your self. The cost of accommodation for two bedrooms cost 5$ this is why they have that sort of rules that you have to eat at your lodge.
Food provided by tea House
All Tea house trekking region have menu almost only a few remote areas does not have a menu system. If you have a menu that is fine you can see the price already fair enough but if you are in the very remote area of your trek then you should be assured first before you eat or drink as they might say high price, it is better to be safe first.
The most common foods during Tea House Trek:
- Fried Noodles and fried rice,
- Momo and Soups,
- Pasta and pizza,
- Thukpa and Thenduk soup,
- Nepali Dhal Bhat set,
- Chicken curry with Chapati,
- Pancake and toast Jam, Butter
- Instant noodle soups,
- Beers and hard drinks
- Tea Coffee and Hot chocolates,
- Some Indian Foods
- Tibetan Bread, Rice pudding etc….
Noted that the price of food is generally 4 to 10 $ per meal but still the price will be higher when you are in high mountain region because of transportation.