Tea house Trek Vs Camping -Essential Tips for Trekkers

Trekking and hiking is the most sought adventure travels in Nepal. Close behind is the climbing, however, most people can’t assume climbing at short span of time and without prior preparation, therefore, trek comes as an ultimate adventure travel option in Nepal.

According to the latest report submitted by TAAN (Trekking Agencies Association of Nepal), almost 200,000 tourists consider some form of trekking in Nepal every year. Annapurna Circuit along with the base camp attracts 70,000 trekkers alone every year, followed by Everest and Langtang regions.

When it comes to trekking, there are many options you can choose according to your need; time, budget and fitness. Solo or group trek, Tea house or camping and Commercial trails or unbeaten/restricted trails, there are many alternatives when it comes to spending you time and money adventuring in the wilds of Nepal.

Tea house Trek Vs Camping

#1 Tea house Trek

Tea house at Langtang trail

Tea house at Langtang trail

Unlike the literal translation of the phrase “Tea house” which stands for an establishment which primarily serves tea and other light refreshments,” Tea houses in Nepal serve the utmost duty of providing lodging, meals and other essential things during the trek.

It’s pretentious to call these minimal lodges in Himalayan terrains of Nepal a Hotel, therefore, over the time, tourists have named the establishments as Tea houses, which primarily serves the purpose of accommodation and meal.

Features of Tea house Trek

  • Tea houses are the establishment run by the locals and governed by local officials or TAAN.
  • Accommodation and meals of only a basic kind is available. (Avoid asking for Star-rated services)
  • A single room may accommodate more than one person
  • The prices are governed by the Tea house associations, therefore, it may vary according to the altitude and accessibility of the region it’s located in.
  • During peak seasons, Tea houses may lack enough rooms to accommodate every incoming tourists, therefore, it’s important to carry a sleeping bag during the time or for unforeseen events.
  • The availability of tea houses decreases as the altitude increases, in high altitude regions.
  • It can accommodate solo as well as group trekkers.
  • Tea house trek tend to cheaper than camping and can be done with ease and during any season.

List of Tea house trek trails

  1. Annapurna -Annapurna base camp trek and Circuit trek
  2. Everest -Everest base camp trek, Gokyo trek, EBC via Jiri and 3 Passes Trek
  3. Langtang
  4. Muktinath, Jomsom
  5. Manaslu Circuit
  6. Makalu

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#2 Camping

A tent at Amphu Laptsa Pass

A tent at Amphu Laptsa Pass

Camping is a classic style of trekking, generally conducted while trekking in a remote areas of Nepal. Also known as “Off the Beaten Tracks,” it’s a full-fledged trek supplying required camping equipment along with the food, gears, porters, chefs and others.

It serves as an alternative to the Tea house whenever you need a planned trek in remote regions with enough local assistance. Mainly, those trails in Nepal which has lesser availability of tea houses opt for camping, otherwise, it isn’t needed at all.

Features of Camping

  • Camping is a planned trek and tends to be expensive than Tea house trek.
  • One must accommodate inside a tent throughout the trek, along with relishing meals cooked by the in-house staff.
  • It is mainly done during group trek.
  • Camping can be done during anytime of the year and in any season.
  • It saves you from the hassle of booking or finding a room in a Tea house.
  • You might not get a chance to socialize with trekkers other than your group who often chat in a Tea house diner.
  • Camping during the trek to restricted regions can be done with ease.

List of Camping Trails

  1. Dhaulagiri 
  2. Upper Mustang
  3. Upper Dolpo
  4. Rara Lake
  5. Kanchenjunga
  6. Rolwaling

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Lobuche (East) Peak Climbing: Complete Guide, Map and Route

Lone Trekker:

Climbing Lobuche East – A Six-Thousander trekking peak in Nepal, which is considered the best technical climb. Trekking peak climbing are open during pre-monsoon (March-June) and post-monsoon (September-November) seasons in Nepal.

Originally posted on Chronicles of ADVENTURE TRAVEL:

Among the trekking peaks in Nepal, Lobuche East (E) is considered one of the most technical peaks for climbing. Despite its altitude of 6,000+ meters, climbing the peak requires a climbing guide, along with the experience of using Ice Axe and crampons.

~Overview~

Lobuche East6,119 m (20,075 ft) Alpine PD+ is a Six-Thousander peak located in Khumbu valley of Nepal. A part of greater Himalaya, Lobuche E is classified as a small peak. It is considered a more technical climb compared to other small peaks of Nepal.

Adjacent to Lobuche E is Lobuche Far East, another summit of Lobuche which is 26 meters shorter than the prior. Other popular small peaks like Island peak, Mera peak and Pokalde proudly accompany Lobuche, all of which are considered OK for climbing.

The first recorded ascent of this peak is surprisingly as late as 1984 by Laurence Neilson and Ang Gyalzen Sherpa. The…

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Inside Tengboche Monastery: A Jewel of Everest & Sherpa culture

Tengboche is a pristine and spiritual land of the devotees which lies in the Khumbu valley of eastern Nepal. The place is so sincere to its nonviolent cause that none of the animals are ever killed in here.

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∞Overview∞

Tengboche Monastery (Thyangboche or Dawa Choling Gompa) is a Tibetan-Buddhist monastery built by Lama Gulu with the help of the Sherpa inhabitants of greater Khumbu valley. Located in the Khumjung village at 3,867 m (12,687 ft), it is the highest monastery in the world and the largest in the entire region.

The monastery falls under the Sagarmatha National Park, a UNESCO World Natural Heritage Site, therefore protecting and maintaining this historic landmark is equally initiated by the park’s trust along with other stakeholders.

Thyangboche must be one of the most beautiful places in the world. The height is well over 12,000 feet [...] it provides a grandstand beyond comparison for the finest mountain scenery that I have ever seen, whether in the Himalaya or elsewhere.

~John Hunt (British Expedition of Everest ’53)

∞History∞

the main entrance to the monastery is guarded by the statues of mythic lions

The main entrance to the monastery is guarded by the statues of mythic lions

Built by Lama Gulu (Chatang Chotar) in 1916 with the blessings of Ngawang Tenzin Norbu, it pays homage to Lama Sangwa Dorje, a great Buddhist divine being.

Tengboche monastery is the first celibate monastery under the Nyingma lineage of Vajrayana Buddhism. A nunnery called Debuche Nunnery (Ani) was also established in the vicinity, administered by Tengboche monastery, as Vajrayana Buddhism doesn’t discriminate between the sexes and promotes the divine teachings to the interested ones.

#1 1939 Earthquake

The monastery was badly destroyed by the massive earthquake of 1939, which not only effected the Tengboche but the entire nation. Many of its ancient relics, scripture and sculptures were destroyed or lost. The monks and the local community, with support from a skilled carpenter from Lhasa, re-established the monastery.

#2 Crisis of 1989

The monastery was engulfed in massive fire in January 1989 because of an electric short-circuit causing devastation of almost entire property, along with old artifacts and records. The bystanders managed to salvage some books and paintings. Since then, it has completely been rebuilt.

The renovation of the property has been carried out under Tengboche Monastery Development Project, Sir Edmund Hillary & Himalayan Trust and American Himalayan Heritage Foundation, along with occasional donations from the trekkers and others sources.

∞Everest Trek∞

Trekkers posing at Everest Base Camp

Trekkers posing at Everest Base Camp

Tengboche village falls en route to Everest Base Camp, the most popular trek trail in the world. Staying in the village and spending time exploring the cultural and historic riches of the region as well as the monastery can offer you with insightful resources on the greater Sherpa culture and Vajrayana Buddhism.

Mani Rimdu is the most important local festival held in the region during October-November, a time considered the best for trekking, therefore allowing lucky trekkers to observe the event first hand.

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Everest Trek Vs Annapurna Trek -A Basic Guide for Trekkers

Lone Trekker:

Everest Trek Vs Annapurna Trek -A Basic Guide for Trekkers considering next trek in Nepal!

Originally posted on Chronicles of ADVENTURE TRAVEL:

Grabbing a major portion of Himalayas, the northern Nepal is home to some of the highest mountain peaks in the world. In fact, 7 of the 14 highest peaks ( Eight-Thousander ) are found in Nepal, namely; Everest, Kanchenjunga, Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Lhotse, Makalu and Manaslu .

The confluence of greater mountains and snowy ranges forms Himalaya, spanning 2,400 km (1,500 mi) from Nanga Parbat in Parkistan to Namcha Barwa in Tibet.

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Do I go to Everest or Annapurna for my next trek? -is probably the most asked questions by a trekker before coming to Nepal. It’s hard to tell in words which one to choose between these two conglomerates of Himalaya, however, it’s simpler to explore the region simultaneously and know the difference for yourself.

Just to point out some of the major contrasts between these two popular trek trails, here are the details.

Everest Vs Annapurna

Mount Everest 8,848 m (29,028) is…

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Dhaulagiri Base Camp Trek: Map, Cost & Trek Tips

Dhaulagiri (massif) Himalaya range falls in the western region of Nepal, extending 120 km (70 mi) from the Kaligandaki River west to the Bheri. There are total of 14 high peaks located on the massif; Dhaulagiri (I, II, III,IV, V and VI), Churen Himal (Main, East and West) and others.

The Dhaulagiri base camp trek is one of the toughest and longest treks one can undertake in Nepal, including sightseeing and cultural immersion.

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∞Overview∞

In literary sense, Dhaulagiri means White Mountain. Dhaulagiri I, the highest peak in the region, is ranked seventh among world’s 14 highest mountains.

Starting from Beni, you must cross uneven terrains of Kaski region of western Nepal. The trail leads of Italian Base Camp 3,660 m (12,005 ft), supposedly the base camp to the 1st Italian expedition. From here, you can trek directly to Dhaulagiri Base Camp, followed by the hardest pass in the region, French Col. Pass.

The trail descends to Ghandruk via Yak Kharka, and passing through Ghorepani, Tatopani and Poon Hill. back to Pokhara, hence ending the trek.

Dhaulagiri I

Dhaulagiri I

Dhaulagiri I

Dhaulagiri I (धौलागिरी) 8,167 m (26,788 ft), Alpine PD+, is the seventh highest peak in the world, and is one of the 14 Eight-thousanders. It was first climbed in May 1960 by a Swiss-Austrian expedition led by Max Eiselin. The successful ascent was made by Kurt Diemberger, P. Diener, E. Forrer, A. Schelbert, Nyima Dorje Sherpa and Nawang Dorje Sherpa.

It is usually climbed from the North East Ridge, whereas, it’s South face still remains unconquered.

The french expedition led by Maurice Herzog and including Lionel TerrayLachenalGastron Rébuffat and Oudot, with almost 200 porters, managed to cross the dangerous French Pass and arrived at the South-East Ridge (one of the hardest route), however, they found it impossible to climb. They dropped the idea of climbing Dhaulagiri and climbed Annapurna I instead.

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∞Trek Seasons∞

Trek seasons nepalYou can trek Dhaulagiri during Pre-monsoon (March-June) and Post-monsoon (September-November) seasons. Handful of trekkers attempt trekking the region during winter as well, however, a good weather, accessibility and accommodation isn’t guaranteed. Many trekkers choose post-monsoon season over any other because of good weather and the ease of access.

∞Itinerary∞

Day 01: Drive from Pokhara to Beni
Day 02: Trek to Babi Chaur, 5-6 hr walk
Day 03: Trek to Dharapani, 5-6 hr walk
Day 04: Trek to Muri, 5-6 hr walk
Day 05: Trek to Bagar, 5-6 hr walk
Day 06: Trek to Dobang, 5-6 hrs walk
Day 07: Trek to Italian Base Camp, 6-7 hr walk
Day 08: Acclimatization day (3,660 m/12,005 ft)
Day 09: Italian base camp to Dhaulagiri base camp (4,750 m/15,580 ft), 6-7 hr walk
Day 10: Trek to French Col (5,360 m/17,581 ft), 5-6 hr walk
Day 11: Acclimatization at camp (5,050 m/16564 ft)
Day 12: Trek to Dhampus Pass to Yak Kharka, 6-7 hr walk
Day 13: Trek to Tukuche, 5 hrs walk
Day 14: Trek to Ghasa, 4-5 hrs walk
Day 15: Trek to Tatopani (1,200 m/3937 ft), 4-5 hrs walk
Day 16: Relaxing day at hot spring
Day 17: Trek to Ghorepani, 6-7 hrs walk
Day 18: Pun hill hike and trek to Tadapani, 6-7 hrs walk
Day 19: Tadapani to Ghandruk, 3-4 hrs walk
Day 20: Ghandruk to Pokhara, 5 hrs walk & 1 hrs drive

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∞Gears and Equipment∞

  • Pair of hiking boots (well broken in) – One could spend over 5 to 6 hours a day on the trail, therefore, long-lasting boots are essential. The boots can range from light to medium, high or low. If one plans to trek during the months when it snows, the high boots become essential for proper hiking.
  • Soft and light shoes (sneakers) – Carrying light-weight sneakers for ‘after the day hike’ serves comfort.
  • Lightweight knapsack - It is useful for short trips away from one’s lodge, and will save you from carrying large backpack along. It should be large enough to fit a camera, spare clothes and a sleeping bag, if one plans to spend a night away.
  • Lightweight sleeping bag - Essential during peak seasons (October-December). Lodges do offer blankets, but are scarce during the peak season, therefore carrying a sleeping bag (-10 C°) can be a great precaution.
  • Fabric band-aids - Blisters are common due to rigorous walking. A good alternative to bandaids is duct tape. Works great for blisters and also proves invaluable in many other ways.

Costs & Permits

One must obtain a permit before entering Annapurna Conservation Area (ACAP). The cost is as follow;

  • SAARC Nationals – Rs. 200 per person per entry (Approx. US $2 p.person)
  • Non-SAARC Nationals – Rs. 2,000 per person per entry (Approx. US $20 p.person)

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