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Tea house and Food in Everest Trek

“Teahouse,” if you are hearing it for the first time you might have guessed it this way: Teahouse, it must be a distinct house that offers and serves tea. Well, that’s near to the hit. Back to many years, teahouses were pit-stop where travelers could stay for tea and rest for some time. But with time, there was an increase in the flow of international tourists every year to the Himalayas. Apparently, tourist would seek for food and accommodation at a minimal price, and this has added to the basic facilities of the Teahouses these days.

Teahouse not only offers tea but also food and a place to sleep. A teahouse is a place to relax and eat ( tea in general and food). For this reason, if you are signing up for teahouse trek, you will not need food or camping gear; you will hike for 5-7 hours at daytime and rest and eat in the teahouse at night. It is often referred to as an alternative name to Everest Base Camp Trek.

Tea House in Lukla, Gateway to Mount Everest
Tea House in Lukla, Gateway to Mount Everest


In simple words, if you are thinking of trekking in the prominent areas of Nepal (Everest, Annapurna, and Langtang), then you are thinking of teahouse trek, and thus teahouse trek is the best way to experience and explore the Himalayas of Nepal. The route to the Himalayas has bountiful teahouses particularly at the lower altitude while at the higher altitude teahouses are sparse in numbers. The residential area and population cease as the altitude increases; at high altitudes, there are very few teahouses, and the amenities are basic or least.

Teahouse trekking generally involves trekking at least 5 hours to 7 hours a day in the Himalayas of Nepal and resting at the teahouse during the night. That said, you will hike or trek during the daytime with an intent to reach and relax at a teahouse in the evening. Trekking in the Himalayas has a lot to offer. You walk through the rugged landscape along the routes of Everest base camp, enjoy dauntless mountains and explore the wilderness of the Himalayas.

Tea house Trekking in the Everest Region

And when it comes to Everest region, there is hardly any word that matches the charisma of Everest Base Camp trek. Everest, the top of the world is the most sung story by thousands of traveling souls in the world since 1953. Indeed the Everest Base Camp is the most popular trekking destination in the world. The history says it all; the most traveled path of the world is none other than the trail to Everest. Far away from the reach of modern luxury and convenience, the majestic mountains in the Himalayas have added obsession to the traveler with its beauty.

A true traveler at least once ventures in the Everest region of Nepal, else it must be on their bucket list. The Everest captivates the basic instinct of enthusiastic travelers to wonder to Everest Base Camp. Varying from an elevation of 2860 meters to 5545 meters is what precisely this trip offers you. Wondering in Kala Patthar, the highest point of this trek will be a ground-breaking experience. Kala Patthar is also considered as an amazing viewpoint from where you can glance picturesque mountain at it’s best. The mesmerizing trek to Namche, Tengboche, Dingboche, Lobuche and Everest Base Camp is no less astounding than the scenic flight to Lukla from Kathmandu. Lukla is the gateway to Everest Base Camp, and the flight from Kathmandu to Lukla will be thrilling and enthralling enough with spectacular views of mountains and variegated landscapes of the Himalayas. Lush Rhododendron forest, and suspension bridge over white-flowing rivers and streams, while you trek is breath-taking.

Tea House in Pangboche, Everest Base Camp Trail
Tea House in Pangboche, Everest Base Camp Trail


What will captivate you is the Sherpa culture in the Khumbu region which will immerse you in their unique culture and traditions. Sherpa people also are known as mountain-dwelling people of Nepal are popular for their mountaineering skills. They were nomadic people who settled in the Everest region. The prayer flags fluttering over the Tengboche Monastery and small Gumbas and Chortens will chant for the spiritual journey. The Sagarmatha national park is the major highlight of this trek offering you the beautiful floras and faunas at its best. From Lukla to base camp of the world’s tallest mountain, you will be rewarded with amazing experiences to cherish for a lifetime.

So you are excited about your teahouse trekking in Nepal? No doubt it’s a wonderful idea you will have a treat of a lifetime! Although the feeling of novelty and excitement is there, you are still a bit concerned about your dietary expectations found in these mountain lodges high up in the Himalayas; perhaps you are little worried about the food. Needless to say, but the importance of a well-balanced diet cannot be overemphasized during your trip. Well, here’s an overview of a typical Nepalese teahouse menu, and if you are on a camping trip, this will serve as a handy guide likewise.

What actually is a “teahouse trekking”?

Like said earlier teahouse trek is hiking during daytime and relaxing at the teahouse. This one involves merely going from one teahouse to another during your entire trek for your food and accommodation needs. In the past, it was initially meant as a place where trekkers were provided with basic refreshments like tea (of course), local food and accommodation (mostly on the floor) at a minimal cost or even free. Time has changed and the concept of this style of trekking these days takes a different meaning. Nowadays teahouses basically mean small hotels established along the trekking routes that provide room and board at a nominal price. Most of these establishments are family-owned, and home-cooked meals are served, which is an excellent way to experience the daily lifestyle of the local people in rural Nepal.

Also Read: Tengboche Monastery: The Largest Monastery in the Khumbu Region of Nepal

Tea House in Manjo, Popular stop along the Everest Trail
Tea House in Manjo, Popular stop along the Everest Trail


Most teahouses in the Everest and Annapurna region are well managed, and some of them even provide western style facilities like hot showers, flush toilets, and a selection of menus including beer. Around less traveled trekking routes, however, they offer basic facilities, and one might expect to eat the same meals as the family owning the property. The most common and preferable food (popular dish) is dal bhat which is healthy and readily available.

And if you are wondering about accommodation in Teahouse, then you need not worry because the room in teahouse is clean and basic except for your wish for the luxury stay because most teahouses are facilitated with basic amenities. Houses on the Everest are basically two-story with thatched roof except for luxury lodges and restaurants. The room is primarily filled with a wooden bed, a thick blanket, and a pillow, and if you are lucky, your room will have attached bathroom, but it is obvious that it will cost you a little more. We recommend you to bring your own sleeping bag. Other than that, the room will have a table. The walls of the teahouse are pretty thin. It means that you can literally hear someone next door or even the walk around.

Typical twin sharing bed room on the way to EBC
Teahouse accommodation – twin sharing bedroom


As the name implies, tea houses offer tea during breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Usually, milk tea is the norm, but depending on the trekking route, black tea along with flavored ones with mint, ginger, lemon, etc. are also provided. Coffee is also available, but decaffeinated ones might not be readily available. Plan to bring your own brand of coffee, or buy some in Kathmandu, if you are one of those coffee buffs.

What kind of teahouse accommodation can you expect in popular treks in Nepal?

Everest Base Camp Luxury Lodge Trek Luxury teahouse accommodations
Everest Base Camp Trek via Gokyo Lakes and Cho La Pass – 18 Days Wide variety of teahouse accommodations
Annapurna Circuit Trek – 21 Days Wide variety of teahouse accommodations
Annapurna Base Camp Trek – 11 Days Wide variety of teahouse accommodations
Around Manaslu Trek – 18 Days Reasonable variety of teahouse accommodations
Tsum Valley Trek – 19 Days Home stay/Guesthouses accommodations
Khopra Ridge Community Trek – 13 DaysFew Community Lodge, private lodges and teahouse accommodations

Other than tea and coffee, teahouses can also be a quick stop for trekkers to take a short break from a tiring walk, rehydrate and perhaps get their beverages refilled before moving on. On more popular trekking routes, teahouses offer a wide range of western and local delicacies that include Nepali, Indian, Tibetan, and Chinese varieties. Everyone eats in a common dining room, which normally houses a wood fire. In the evening, you could even try some local alcoholic brew to keep you warm as you plan for your next day ahead. A typical breakfast menu may include some of the following: pancakes (plain, apple, cinnamon, lemon, etc.) served with peanut butter or honey; porridge; egg items (scrambled, boiled, fried, omelet); bread (toast, chapatti), or some varieties of the above. At almost all teahouses, more or less a similar set menu of dal bhat, pasta, pizza, garlic soup, momos, and other rice and noodle-based dishes are served. Of course, dal bhat (fried or steamed rice, lentil soup, curried vegetable, and some greens) is the way to go if you are famished. One good thing about this dish is that it is offered in an all-you-can-eat style, and your plate will be replenished before you even finish your initial serving!

Trekkers having lunch at a Teahouse in Dughla, Everest Region
Trekkers having lunch at a Teahouse in Dughla, on the way to Mount Everest


Other than dal bhat, expect to find the following varieties for your lunch/dinner: soup (Sherpa stew, hot water/ boiled water, chicken, mushroom, vegetable); noodles (chowmein, spaghetti); potato (curried, boiled, and fried); and a range of other items like pizza, pasta, spring rolls, momos, etc. Some places even serve desserts, especially in a well-established stop along the route.

One thing worth mentioning is the availability of meat as you hop along the way. Normally meat products either have to be flown in or have to be carried by porters or on the back of yaks and donkeys to these locations. So meat availability and freshness of meat becomes rare and gets really expensive as you move higher up. Expect to remain on a meatless diet for some time during your trip unless you carry your own canned meat beforehand at the start of the trip.

Regarding Electricity and wifi, many teahouses use the solar channel as a source of electricity and needless to say, most of the teahouses have wifi and charging outlet. But as you know, you got to pay for it. However, we recommend you to have your own power supply (power bank) as electricity outage are quite practical in the Himalayas, and you cannot always trust solar power.

One question often asked by trekkers is the dining option available to them in places where no teahouses are to be found. Whenever possible, lunch will be carried along from the previous place of stay (if food is available). It’s true that the availability of such mountain lodges become limited if one is trekking through a camping route or less traveled off-the-beaten-trails. Also, if you are combining your trek with peak climbing, camping is the only option as you approach the base camp area. During these camping sessions, a separate kitchen team along with a cook will prepare meals for the entire group. Understandably, the choices of food offered will be limited as kitchen equipment, and food items have to be carried all along. But still, you can expect to be served well-prepared hygienic food by these seasoned professionals.

Conclusion

Teahouse trek does not only mean for drinking tea, eating and sleeping for overnight, it also means for getting an amazing insight into the local culture as the teahouse are run and owned by local people. The availability of affordable teahouses in the popular trekking region of Nepal like Everest, Annapurna, and Langtang Region has dwindled camping sense among travelers. Needless to say, food is basic and repetitive at Teahouses and teahouse trek is a fantastic way to experience and explore the Himalayas of Nepal.

Have you ever been on a teahouse trekking? Share us with your experience of the trek in the comments below. We would love to know.

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