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Teahouse and Camping Trekking In Nepal



Teahouse and Camping Trekking in Nepal, started in the early days of the adventure in mountaineering began. Over the years from the 1950s, the trekking started first with a mountaineering expedition to Mt. Everest and other major peaks. In those days, the main trekking was done carrying full camping equipment and food with other provisions. For the whole trekking and expedition duration from a month or more, as years passed slowly small tea houses flourished.

In the last 2-3 decades, more lodges have been established on main trekking routes, in the early days, lodges were tagged as Tea-House. The first tea-house and lodges were very simple and Spartan with minimum facilities of beds and basic meals. As the years passed, at present Nepal is the world’s premier country for all types of adventure sports. The main flow of foreign visitors is trekking around various exotic destinations from the Far East to West Nepal Himalaya.   

Tea House slowly began to get more popular among trekkers on main routes around major trekking areas. Likewise, Annapurna, Everest, and the Langtang region are the most popular trekking destinations with various standards of Tea-House and Lodges. Then slowly other trekking regions like Manaslu, Makalu, and Kanchenjunga began to flourish with more Tea House. Most lodges and Tea-House are simple with a limited food menu, over the years around Everest and Annapurna. Where trekkers can now choose various standards of Tea House from the budget, moderate to luxury class lodges, and Tea-Houses.   

Camping is the main origin of trekking into the mountain wilderness before a proper tea-house was established. Trekking adventure with camping is mostly done on off the beaten tracks, walking away from human settlements and villages.  In this program Tea-House & Camping Trekking we will make it clear where Tea-House and camping trekking is most favorable.


Tea House started three decades on main trekking destinations around the Southern and North Annapurna region. As well as in the Everest area of Khumbu and Langtang region, where the main flow of trekkers is concentrated. Started with simple and basic facilities with normal meals to provide the guest like famous Nepalese Dal-Bhat, Chapattis, and Noodles. As well as some Tibetan and Indian dishes, where rooms were basic with a common bath and toilets. At present in the most popular trekking areas, one can find lodges or Tea-House from the simple budget, standard to luxury lodges. Provided with an excellent long list of food menu as well fresh bakeries products in restaurants of the lodge.

Tea House Trekking is a popular way of trekking around Everest, Annapurna, and Langtang areas, the famous and mostly trekked destinations. Most villages around the famous trekking region provide various facilities from nice cozy rooms with attached bathing and toilets. Includes electricity either by hydro plant or private solar power, where guests can find extra comfort. Where most lodges around the larger main village provide WiFi also, which makes the trek more enjoyable and at comfort. But at higher altitudes above 4,000 m, one can find good lodges and Tea-House but toilets and bathing will be common. This is due to high elevation, cold temperatures, and harsh terrain where the pipeline can freeze quite often.

During the high season of trekking, most lodges are full, where finding single private rooms can be a problem. Where one needs to share with other guests, especially around higher areas away from main villages. Besides good food and accommodation, a nice warm dining hall adds extra comfort to Tea-House / Lodge trekking. In Tea-House and lodges apart from beds and meals is paying extra for hot shower/bathe, charging electronic gadgets.    

Around Everest from Lukla to Pangboche one can find a luxury lodge, further higher around Dingboche, Pheriche, and Lobuche. One can book in the best lodges, but using common bathe and toilets. Similarly, in some areas around the Annapurna region, one can find luxury Tea-House / Lodge and Resorts also, around larger villages. Around Manaslu Circuit and Tsum Valley, lodges are simple but clean with a limited food menu as per lodge standards.


The classic way of trekking and a real adventure is camping, depending upon the area of trekking chosen. In the early days before 30 years camping was the only way to enjoy trekking, even on the main popular trekking destinations. Camping trekking still exists in areas where there are no facilities of tea-house and lodges, on the beaten trails. Camping trekking requires more camping staff, and porters to set up the camp and ferry all camping equipment.

On camping trekking mostly around far remote corners of Nepal Himalaya, where foods and tents are carried for the whole treks. An enjoyable adventure on camping trekking where you will be in your own world, among trekking staff. Camping trekking includes two men's tents of various sizes and provides a small portable foam mattress. It entirely depends on the trip cost from a budget or paying extra for own comfort. The camping unit of separate kitchen department, with a cook, kitchen staff followed by guides and porters. Meals are served in a dining tent depending upon the size of a group, including squatting toilet tents.

Camping trekking can be quite a luxury also, paying more for extra comfort like carrying a generator to light up the camp. Using for dining tent and to charge electronic items, as well with the price paid can provide shower tents also. All foods are cooked in a clean and hygienic environment with fresh vegetables from nearby villages, chefs do wonders camping. Woken up in the morning service of bed tea, coffee, and cookies, and then breakfast either in dining or outside. Lunch is cooked on route trekking before reaching overnight camp, once at camp provide afternoon tea followed by dinner.

Camping trekking is more enjoyable, especially in a large group, where the environment will be quite different from Tea-House Trekking. Most camping trekking staff carries pressure lantern to light up the dining and kitchen. All meals are cooked on kerosene pressure stoves or using LPG liquid cooking gas, where the cook can bake cakes and pies. Special treat on special occasions on treks on last night dinner and if some guest birthday or anniversary. 

Areas for Camping Trekking:

Camping trekking is popular around the remote isolated region of the Far East like the Makalu and Kanchenjunga areas. Similarly, camping is important in trekking Far West Nepal like Upper / Lower Dolpo and Limi Valley. Including trekking peak climbing also for some days beyond main villages away from lodge facilities. Camping Trekking is used on some high-altitude trekking around Everest like Amphu-Labtsa pass, as well around Rolwaling valley and Tashi Labtsa pass.

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