Eating and sleeping in trailside lodges can be convenient and cheerful, but it can also be frustratingly slow (3-4 hours for dinner to cook, for example) and crowded at high season. For trekkers who want a bit more control over cleanliness, mealtimes, and noise volumes,

Expedition-style trekking remains a pleasant option - even on routes that have a good number of lodges.

The advantage of Self-reliant expedition-style trekking is that, from the moment you leave your Kathmandu hotel bound for Mount Everest or Annapurna or any other regions, Nepal Sherpa Treks takes care of absolutely everything. Nepal Sherpa Treks supplies all your group trekking equipment, such as two-person tents, dining tent, toilet tent, food stocks, cooking pots, etc. Nepal Sherpa Treks provides your full-service staff of sirdar, guides, cooks, and porters.

Things to consider when choosing tea-house (lodge) versus tent-camping options:

1. Unlike a lodge cook who may require several hours to serve your meal because she is juggling numerous one-person meals on one small cook stove, your expedition trekking cook will prepare one hearty meal for the group (size 1 to 20) and have that meal ready within an hour of your arrival at your campsite.

2. In dormitory-style lodging, you use a thin cotton mattress that has been occupied by many persons with varying standards of personal hygiene. (And in Nepal, bedbugs or "zumra" are as normal as headlice.) In expedition-style camping, you sleep in a clean tent on your own foam pad that is pest-free. Also, trekking cooks are required to completely scour their pots & utensils after every meal. Lodge kitchen cleanliness standards vary considerably.

3 Lodge meals also vary considerably in both quality and price. When you trek lodge-style, you choose items from the lodge menu, and pay your meals out-of-pocket. There is no way to predict what the lodges have available, or for what price. They depend on local markets, and their own storage. Most lodges sell bottled beer and colas, which are expensive up in the mountains because they are carried in on porter-back. However these bottled drinks are very attractive to socializing westerners, and many bottles are bought during an evening's entertainment. So, if you eat & drink in lodges, your meal expenses might surpass your expectations! Tent-camping style by contrast includes all meals in your fixed price. Your cook will prepare three daily hearty group meals, rice-or-wheat-based, plus morning & afternoon tea & cookies, and the occasional birthday cake! Alcohol is not included, nor are cokes or other extras... so if you prefer more control over your trekking food costs & you don't need daily alcohol, you may want to consider the cost control benefits of camping-style meals.

4. Lodges can be friendly places where trekkers share exciting trail adventures and sing drunkenly into the night. Younger people especially enjoy the noisy camaraderie of Everest and Annapurna region lodges. However if you prefer an early bedtime after a long, fresh-air day on the trail; if you like a more quiet sleep away from the crowd; or if you prefer to spend your relaxed evening hours in Nepal talking with your Sherpa guides rather than talking with other western tourists ... consider the advantages of organized tent camping!

5. If your trekking group is larger than three, you consider the tent-camping option. Nepal Sherpa Treks director Mingmar Lama has been in the expedition climbing and trekking business for fifteen years. Mingmar started as assistant trekking guide, trekking guide then the trekking company accountant, and moved into trek organizing *after* finishing his BS in Business. Mingmar understands western trekkers needs, and he is committed to the highest standards of customer service. All Mingmar's guides speak trekking English and are licensed by Nepal Government Ministry of Tourism.

6. For more discussion on the pro's & con's of camping vs. lodge trekking, check out our.


If your small group wants to trek the main Everest or Annapurna route, Tea House Trekking is a convenient option. Nepal Sherpa Treks will provide a guide(s) as well as any porters you may need.

We will request reservations with lodges along your route in advance. On busy trails, we may send a runner several hours ahead of you to secure beds or rooms. Nepal Sherpa Treks are friends with most of the lodge owners, and our guides know the trails intimately. Even if the lodges are full, your guide can probably find an interesting place to stay. You pay meals out-of-pocket. There is surprising variety in tea-house meal menus!

· Please note that Leader Discounts and Medical Staff Discounts do not apply to Tea-House Treks

· Price includes full English-speaking guide service (guide serves you 24*7!) all porters AND all National Park entry fees

· According to your personal tastes, your lodge kitchen meals, monastery donations, and staff tips are paid out-of-pocket

· Tipping in Nepal is never required, always appreciated!

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