Often known as tea houses, mountain lodges provide simple but comfortable accommodation when trekking in the mountains of Nepal. There are numerous lodges in most trekking areas, with two or three lodges in most villages found every few miles, although the villages and lodges get more spread out the deeper you go into the mountains.
It is not possible to reserve the lodges in advance, and the lodges used will depend on how fast you trek, so we can never guarantee the exact lodge but most are very similar. The lodges provide small but comfortable rooms which generally only have a bed and window. Warm bedding is provided, but it is best to bring your own sleeping bag. The toilets are shared, normally of the squat variety, and the lodge staff can light a fire to provide hot water for showers on request (usually there is a nominal charge for this). There is usually some electricity from solar-power for lighting, and if there is an excess it may be possible to charge up batteries, but this can not be relied upon. The quality of the lodges tends to go down as you travel further you travel from civilisation, so the first lodges may have electricity and flush toilets, while the most remote lodges have only very basic facilities.
Each lodge has its own restaurant, which serves simple but good quality trekking food. As all supplies have to be carried by porters and there is no refrigeration, it is best to avoid meat but there is lots of high energy trekking food available such as fried rice and noodles.
Although the accommodation in the lodges is very basic, they do give you the chance to have a good nights sleep in a comfortable bed and eat a good meal in a warm dining room after a hard day trekking.
"Exactly as expected. Basic but good food and comfortable. The view in Ghandruk was perfect"