With the increasing inflow of tourists for treks, the major trekking routes have lodges dotted across their trails. These lodges are also known as tea houses. These tea houses have made trekking for beginners and advanced trekkers an ease during their stay in the trail. Tea houses are available throughout the trail in major trekking hotspots.
You can now trek for weeks by carrying only the essentials without worrying for warm bed and hot supper or lunch. The tea houses are accommodations offered by the local hosts who reside in the trekking regions. Due to which, you will be glad to know that the money you spent on trekking goes to these local peoples instead of some wealthy companies in Kathmandu or abroad. Tea house trekking also lets you meet other trekkers under the same roof and is kind of socializing house for trekking lovers.
Not all of the trekking trails in Nepal offer tea house- style trekking. So, here we have listed 5 best Trek Destinations for Tea House-Style Trekking in Nepal.
Everest Base Camp Trek
Everest Base Camp is a medium-hard graded16-daytea house trek which has tea houses throughout the whole trail. The trail has the highest altitude of 5545m.The tea houses in this trek have better facilities than many other trails as it is one of the most trekked routes by trekkers in Nepal. Trekking in Everest Base Camp is trailing the footsteps of great mountaineers like Reinhold Messner, Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay. The 2015 earthquake led some minor damages in the tea houses in this region but, now they have been attended and fit to lodge the trekkers in this region. The preferred month to visit this region is from February to May and October to December.
Annapurna Circuit Trek
Annapurna Circuit Trek is a medium-hard graded 12 – 18 days trek. This trek is second to none in terms of facilitating trekkers the lodging and comfort. The trail reaches the highest altitude up to 5,416m. This tea house trek also offers side trips along the trail if you ever feel like diverging. The side trips also have the tea house lodge facility to serve you in the trek. The tea houses in Annapurna Circuit can be found every couple of hours. As for the cost, the ACAP has set the standardized price for the tea house lodging and its foods. However, expect the cost to increase as you trek further from the road. The same Dal Bhat that costs you 250 in the starting days of your trek will cost you almost double while reaching ThorungPhedi. All in all, Annapurna Circuit has been rated excellent in terms of Tea house availability and service. The suitable time to visit the Annapurna Circuit is from March to April and October to November.
Langtang Valley Trek
The Langtang Valley trek is one of the nearest treks from Kathmandu but is no easy feat for everyone. The trek has been graded medium with 7-8 days in the off beaten path. The trail passes through high alpine valley and glaciers with the highest altitude of 3,870m. Although the 2015 earthquake brought havoc in this trail’s tea houses, most of them are maintained and up for service. However, many side trails are not yet ready to be trekked in this region. The suitable time to trek to Langtang valley is from September to May.
Mustang Trek is a 10day trek with medium-hard rated difficulty. The maximum elevation of this trek is 4,325m. Also known as kingdom beyond the mountains, Mustang has been a hotspot for trekkers from very beginning of trekking history in Nepal with the likes of Jimmy Hendrix visiting this beautiful haven. After the earthquake in 2015, some lodge hosts have left the area and are suited in plains. So, some tea houses you stay might be crowded due to the limitations.
Mardi Himal Trek
The new yet progressive short tea house trek has been quite the heartthrob of every trekkers. The beautiful sceneries of Machhapuchhre, Dhaulagiri and Annapurna Series has mesmerized everyone in this trek. There are tea houses growing rapidly in numbers due to the increasing inflow of tourists in this trail.
So, these are the 5 best tea house-style trek in Nepal which are suitable for the ones who want minimum of weight on their backpack.