Mountain Lodges


  • Get a good night's sleep in the mountains
  • Nourishing food
  • Sociable evenings by the fire
  • Shared showers, some with hot water
  • An alternative to camping

Open: The mountain lodges, also known as tea houses, are open all year, though in winter temperatures can be very cold, and summer coincides with the monsoon, so spring and autumn are generally considered the best times to trek in the Annapurnas and Everest Base Camp.

Location: There are lodges at many locations along the popular trekking routes in the Annapurna region and the Everest Base Camp trek.

Rooms: The number of rooms varies from lodge to lodge, but all are small. Rooms are functional, usually with two beds and bedding including blankets, designed to provide a good night’s sleep and an alternative to camping. There are shared shower rooms with some lodges having hot water but others just cold water, and flush toilets or the more simple hole in the ground variety. Activities: Trekking from lodge to lodge.

Facilities: These vary, with the lodges at lower altitudes (the busiest) generally having better facilities that those higher up. All have a restaurant which is the main communal area and is heated at night. Some have electricity in the main area and charging facilities, for which you pay locally, offered subject to availability.

Dining: Nourishing home-cooked dishes based on rice and noodles Dal bhat, a traditional dish of lentils and rice, is often served. Lodges at lower altitudes tend to offer a wider choice of food. Tea is the usual hot drink and some lodges also serve beer. Many lodges sell snacks. Porridge is the norm at breakfast, with some lodges also offering cooked egg dishes. It is wise to avoid eating meat during the trek (there is little or no refrigeration at lodges) and keeping to a vegetarian diet. Food supplies are limited and meals are offered subject to availability.

Children: Mountain trekking is generally not suitable for children under about 10 years of age.

Health: This is not a malarial area.

Communication: Some lodges have Wi-Fi internet access but this can be unreliable. Mobile phone reception is similarly unreliable. The higher you trek the less internet and phone service you should expect.

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