Teahouse Trek in Nepal | Why Teahouse Trek

Teahouse simply means a public house or a restaurant where tea and light refreshments are served. It is a communal building which has basic rooms and it serves meals for the guests. That is to say, it is a simple stone and wooden buildings or bamboo huts that have a kitchen, a communal eating hall, bathroom area and a number of basic bedrooms that usually have two single beds and a table. Teahouse trek refers to trekking in which trekkers stay in a teahouse each night of their trek. Almost all treks in Nepal are the teahouse treks. The main reason behind the popularity of teahouse treks in Nepal is it allows the trekkers to travel with minimum amount of gear.

Teahouse in Nepal differs from place to place. Basically, it refers to a simple lodge that is able to provide accommodation to the trekkers. But the teahouses in some regions are large, comfortable, well built lodges with common area. The teahouses at the lower part of the Everest and Annapurna Region are spacious and provide you wider range of services.

Most of the trekking trails in Nepal have well built teahouse. Though these teahouses are basic and small, they are clean and offer the best accommodation facilities. These teahouses are ideal option for those who don’t like camping. These teahouses provide hygienic meal, comfortable sleeping beds, with attached baths. The quality of services also varies depending upon the teahouses from region to region. Some teahouses even provides luxury sitting.

Why Teahouse Treks in Nepal?

  • To travel light, no need to carry camping equipment and food items.
  • To explore the lifestyle and culture of local people.
  • It is suitable for families and independent travellers.
  • Teahouse treks are cheaper as well as easier.
  • Teahouse Treks are comfortable.
  • To overcome the headache of accommodation during the trek.

Some Most Popular Teahouse Treks in Nepal

Many trekkers believe that if you haven’t stayed in a teahouse during your trekking in Nepal, you have not experienced the real bliss of trekking in Nepal. Teahouses are now developed as an integral part of the whole culture of trekking in Nepal. Along with the expansion of trekking and travel business in Nepal, a number of teahouses are now open in every major destination in Nepal. It has been adopted as a major industry. Having the teahouses along the major trekking trails have facilitated both trekkers and locals. Some of the popular teahouse treks in Nepal are:

Everest Base camp Teahouse Trek

The Everest Region is the most desirable trekking hub in Nepal. It is the heaven of your dream and the experiences to be at the region are beyond your imagination. Everest Region Treks are the most inclusive of Teahouse facilities. The Teahouses at the Everest Region are advanced and provides best services in comparison to any other treks in Nepal. The Everest Base Camp trail from Lukla has a number of spacious teahouses on every stop over. It is a known fact that you shouldn’t leave anything in Everest Region Trekking, even internet. Everest Base Camp has high speed internet facility. But, the trail that follows from Jiri to EBC has only the basic teahouse facilities. The basic teahouses are able to provide you limited facilities only.

Definitely, the teahouses in the Everest Base Camp trail are very reliable. Those at the lower altitude even provide deluxe facilities of hot water and flush toilets. The teahouses at the higher altitude are very basic. They won’t be able to provide flush toilets and enough hot water. The luxury teahouses at the lower altitude have spacious rooms with attached baths. Even, twin rooms are available. Therefore, the price do varies depending upon the service they provide.

Booking a teahouse in the Everest Region is not a problem at all except in the peak seasons. Your guide will readily arrange a teahouse for you. The cost will vary according to the services. But an average 3 dollar is the cost for per night in a moderate teahouse.

Highlights of Everest Base Camp Teahouse Trek:

  • More options for foods and beverages
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Hot and Cold Showers
  • Attached Bathrooms
  • Amazing Mountain View
  • Most suitable for families

Ghorepani Poonhill Teahouse Trek

If you are a travel enthusiast, you might definitely know about Annapurna Region Trekking in Nepal. It is a queen trekking destination if the Everest Region Trekking is a King. Ghorepani Poonhill Trek is an alluring trekking destination in the Pokhara/Annapurna Region. The trekking trail that begins from Pokhara has a bit sophisticated teahouses at every major stop over. This trek is the most admired short treks in Nepal. The teahouses in this treks are little better than the teahouses at the high altitude. Those teahouses are able to provide you good facilities. They also offer wider range of foods. Some of the teahouses also provide western and continental food items. The teahouses in the Ghorepani Poonhill trails also provide basics to deluxe facilities. Therefore, the price of the services varies.

Booking the teahouses in Ghorepani Poonhill Teahouse treks is not a problem. This is not quite busy trail except in the peak season. One can easily book them with the help of their guide. The average price for a night is about 2 dollar. The price may be higher in some teahouse depending upon the service they offer.

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Annapurna Base Camp Teahouse Trek

Annapurna Base Camp is the most trekked region in Nepal. You may have heard that about two third of the trekkers who come in Nepal, heads towards Annapurna Base Camp. This trek also offers some of the stunning teahouses facilities from basic to fully luxurious ones. These teahouses provide basics to good accommodation options. Like the teahouses of other regions, the teahouses of the Annapurna region also provide a range of facilities and they vary on the service charge. Finding a teahouse is not a problem except in the peak season.

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Annapurna Circuit Teahouse Trek

Teahouse Trek at the Annapurna Circuit is also a popular trekking itinerary in Nepal. The trails of this trekking also provide best quality teahouse services. Finding a teahouse is not a problem at all. In this route, no matter how high you hike, you would always find a teahouse. You can stop wherever you like because there are teahouses within a short distance in this trekking route. The teahouses in the Annapurna Circuit Route are basics to upgraded ones and they can provide the services as per your requirement and budget.

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Teahouse Trek at Manaslu Circuit

Manaslu Circuit Trek is also among the best treks in Nepal and offers you the best scenery and stunning experiences. This region does not have much upgraded teahouses as the other regions. You wouldn’t find teahouses in every stop. However, the ones on the trail provide basic to good quality services. And the teahouses in this route are comparatively cheaper than other regions. Similarly, most of these teahouses would give you bunks with straw mattress and local food that is Dal and Bhat.

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Teahouse Trek at Langtang Valley

Langtang Valley Trek is a popular choice of the trekkers in Nepal. This treks offers best views, stunning scenery, uniquely adventurous trails. It is also among the best short treks in Nepal. The trekking route has a number of teahouses and they differ from the teahouses of other regions. They provide basic to moderate facilities. You can also enjoy hot showers in this trek. Moreover, the teahouses of the region also offer local, Tibetan, and other continental dishes. The teahouse services of this region is little higher than other regions. You would worry about the rooms. You will get twin rooms to bunkhouse depending on you requirements and budget. The average teahouse service charge of Langtang Valley is an average 3 dollar per night.

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Teahouse Etiquette

Travelling to all corners of the world is getting easier and easier. We live in a global village, but this doesn’t mean that we all behave in the same way. Different people of different countries have their own way of life. The teahouses in Nepal are very basic and they don’t have many rules to follow. However, teahouses have become an integral part of culture in Nepal and you are expected to underline some basic etiquette that follows:

  • The teahouses in Nepal are comparatively cheap. The owners of the teahouse make their money from the  food and beverages. Hence, they expect trekkers to eat all their meals where they choose to stay for the night.
  • It is acceptable to smack your lips when you eat. It means that the food is good.
  • You must never use the left hand for greeting, eating or drinking.
  • Join your hands together near your chest and say Namaste to greet; it is the most respectful way of greeting in Nepal.
  • Your trekking shoes will be dirty after the hikes. So, the owners of the teahouses expect you to put them off outside the room. You can use slippers and sandals inside the room.
  • The typical, local tea house’ toilets may be unable to flush paper without clogging. So, have some other ways to dispose of it after you use it.

Meals at Teahouse

Most of the teahouses in Nepal offer similar food menu. Dal, Bhat, MoMo, Pizza, Pasta, and other rice and noodle dishes are common everywhere. The teahouses at the higher altitude have even less options of dishes. They are pretty expensive as well. Some of the food items take longer time to be prepared. So, it is a wise idea to choose whatever is readily available and fresh. Do choose whatever is fresh. It is very necessary to keep your body away from sickness.

Most trekkers, guides and porters choose Dal (lentil) and Bhat (Rice). Dal and bhat is a popular Nepali dish. It is generally consistent, healthy and readily available wherever you go. People even say, “Dal Bhat Power, 24 hours.”

The teahouses at the lower altitude of the Himalayan trails are sophisticated and they readily offer you the best services of food and accommodations. They even provide western, continental and Tibetan cuisine. Most of the teahouses at the remote regions of Nepal offer only basic facilities. These teahouses only provide you local food, which is Dal Bhat. The food is usually healthy and tasty.

Breakfast: Tea, Coffee, Hot Chocolate, Juice, Egges, Toast with butter/Jam/Honey, Chapati, Tibetan Bread, Hash Brown Potatoes, Pancakes, Sausage etc.

Lunch and Dinner: Pasta, noodles, Chowmein, Spaghetti, Momos, Dal Bhat, Pakauda, Popcorn, Chips Potatoes, spring Rolls, Pizza, Sandwiches and Soups, Dessert etc.

Rooms at Teahouse 

The teahouses in different regions also differ in the service they offer. The Everest Base Camp Trek and Poonhill Trek provide wide varieties of excellent teahouse accommodations whereas Manaslu Circuit and Langtang Valley offers moderate teahouse facilities. Similarly, Kanchenjunga Base Camp, Phoksundo Lake Trek, and Makalu base Camp Trek provide very basic teahouse facilities. However, every region has teahouses to provide basic facilities of accommodations. 

The excellent teahouse accommodations facilities include deluxe rooms with attached baths. Twin rooms are easily founds. You will have comfortable beds with luxurious mattress. You would get hot showers and flush toilets.

Moderate teahouse facilities also include private rooms with attached toilets. You will get comfortable sittings. They are spacious, clean and offer the luxury accommodations.

Basic teahouse facilities include simple stone or wooden huts. They are the bunk house. You would not have hot showers but get a bucket of hot water on request. These teahouses have squat toilets. Such teahouses are cheaper and cleaner.

Electricity at Teahouse 

Teahouse has become a major service business now. It is beneficial for both the local and trekkers. Since it is a service business, there is a competitive race for providing good services to the trekkers. And electricity is one of the important facilities the trekkers want to enjoy.  Many of Nepal’s teahouses are run on solar power. Many teahouses of the mainstream trekking destination like Everest Base Camp and Annapurna Base Camp have charging outlets. However, you must pay for charging your devices.

Some of the remote regions in Nepal have no access of Hydro-electricity. But the teahouses at those places have solar power. Sometimes due to cloudy weather, you will have less power supply or other disturbances. Sometimes, hydro electricity also might be disrupted due to bad weather.  Therefore, it is wiser to keep extra battery pack or small solar charger.

Tips for the Teahouse Treks in Nepal

  • Book a teahouse in advance.
  • If you haven’t booked one and travelling alone, ask the fellow trekkers for a good teahouse recommendation.
  • If you haven’t booked a teahouse, get to your teahouse before 7:00pm, many teahouses do not serve food after this time.
  • Bring your sleeping bag and extra liner if you are travelling in a peak season, you may not get comfortable beds and blankets.
  • Basic teahouses have communal toilets outside them; arrange a headlamp or torchlight for midnight toilet breaks.
  • Have enough toilet papers, in higher regions, it is a rare commodity in most of them.
  • Make sure you have enough time to go to another settlement if you don’t get a teahouse in a place during peak seasons.

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