For me the best thing about trekking to Everest Base Camp isn’t just the mighty Himalayas.
To feel present and witness that magical existence is amazing. But what you take back are just memories. Yes, of course, those mystical ranges do make you think and will awaken your philosophical side. And for me, those are more important. Every moment spent with your group.
Certainly, you will feel compensated for all the hardships to get that far. And when you go back home, only the memories made will be truly yours.
The progressing tourism industry in Nepal understands this very well. That is why Nepal Tourism Board has encouraged the locals in improving the services for the trekkers.
Nothing actually could go wrong if well managed and facilitated accommodations are provided for the trekking enthusiasts. After all, who wouldn’t want to rest comfortably after walking for an entire day, right?
Several facilities like camping, hotels or even tea houses provide such accommodation facilities. Because EBC is a popular trekking route, the facilities also have been improved with time and demand. Plenty of tea houses function according to the need of your group. You can easily coordinate with them to suit your needs.
Depending upon the amount of money you wish to spend, you can choose your desired accommodations. Also, the season you wish to trek also influences the place you choose. At places like Pheriche, Mislung, Thagnak, Dzongla, and Gorakshep, the accommodation is limited than the rest of the trekking destinations.
There is a varying number of choices that you get to choose from and the price ranges from USD 3 to USD 200 and above. Not to forget to mention the Everest View Hotel located at 3880m between Namche and Tengboche is a five-star hotel located at the world’s highest point. Amazing isn’t it?
Well, could be at least worth a try.
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Various Accommodation Options
Accommodation options provided to you in Nepal could be confusing as to what they could actually mean. This is a quick guide to what you are getting into when you are offered the following.
Lodges in Nepal refer to places that provide you meals and also a place to sleep for the night. These provide you facilities a hotel would but in some places in the country the meaning of a hotel may differ.
Hotels may be referred to restaurants or places you go for eating. Interestingly these do not provide you with a place to sleep. Nepalese use the world lodge to indicate to a place to sleep in, more like an inn.
Camping arrangement in Nepal can be interesting. If a certain place offers you camping tents, well you are in for something more than just a tent.
You will be provided proper mattress, a bed in most cases. A small dome/ tent will comfortably accommodate two (or more if you require) people with their gear.
A different tent will be separated as a dining hall and you can have your meals sitting in chairs inside these. This, however, could differ according to the season, altitude and where you are trekking.
A typical home
At remote places, you can choose to accommodate at a private home. There are many houses even in the outskirts of Kathmandu and some inside around New Road and Thamel if you do your research well.
Especially if the guide knows someone at the place you intend to stay. You can stay in those houses as a paying guest.
Prices can be flexible as per the season. This might be an interesting experience if you wish to witness the actual culture over the pseudo-culture often seen.
Tea houses are a great option and are an industry gaining rapid popularity right now. These are houses that are facilitated according to the local culture. This is a popular option. And are designed to make you feel right at home with the hint of the local culture. What a great way to experience comfort!
Tea houses vary in price and the facilities. At lower attitudes, tea houses are often seen to be well facilitated in compared to the ones at the higher altitudes.
Rooms and Toilets
Small rooms on a twin sharing basis are the usual scenario of the rooms at tea houses. Some furniture like a chair and a small table are common. Beds with pillows, sheets, and blankets are provided. If required you can always ask for additional blankets.
Toilet facilities are basic. Teahouses at lower altitudes will most probably offer western style toilets. But at higher altitudes, you can expect eastern style toilets or squat toilets. Toilets are mostly outside the houses and you may be provided with water over toilet paper rolls. It is wise to carry toiletries as per your requirement.
- You could be charged from a dollar to five if you wish to take hot showers, cold ones are however free. (Prices will vary with the elevation.)
- You could be charged for $2-$3 per hour if you need to charge your electronics. You could also have a socket in your room if you are lucky.
- From $3-$5, you can use internet facilities at some tea houses. If not, you can always buy a prepaid chip for your phone for using 3G internet service. You can easily buy these sim cards/ prepaid chips.
According to the altitude, the prices vary. The season also adds in, in the very matter. Trekking during peak seasons (spring and autumn) would be a bit on the pricier side over the offseason treks.
Tea houses charge about $2-$3 per night but if you choose to stay in luxurious hotels, it may reach up to $200 or more. Private houses could charge quite similar to tea houses.
Prices may vary drastically in accordance to the time of the year you intend to trek. Also, tea houses could provide you accommodation if you choose to eat there. But it is always wise to be prepared and confirm in advance.
Everest Base Camp Trek Accommodation
Here are some places that you might stop for the night during your trek to EBC.
This could be your first stop for the night if you do not prefer to head towards your journey right away. Heading to Phakding or Namche right away is also a preferred option. Lukla is the first stop, and at the lowest altitude. This gives you plenty of reason to enjoy the night with better facilities, beautiful village, and a spectacular scenery. Hotels here are pretty good. Expensive chain resorts and many hotels are available to choose from. Hotels here could be packed if the weather is bad and flights are cancelled.
3-4 km away from Lukla, Phakding could be your first destination for an overnight sleep if you choose not to stay at Lukla. Due to morning flights, most trekkers choose to stay at Phakding. There are enough hotels here, you can choose as per your budget and your need. A lot of comfortable hotels are available here.
It is a beautiful village north of Lukla and south of Monjo.
Namche Bazaar is one of the main stops. It is the biggest commercial town in the region. This is a scheduled place for acclimatization( twice while heading up and once while descending). This obviously makes it a great place to be filled with luxurious hotels and tea houses. You get to choose the best that suits your need.
However, since all trekkers do stop here for their stay, pre-booking may be required during peak seasons.
You will now be heading higher and higher from this point onward, this makes Namche the last place to expect additional facility over the basics. Well, you will have plenty of time to compare on your way down.
You can see the biggest settlement at Khumjung. Many trekkers come to Kumjung during the acclimatization day. This is a culturally rich village due to the increased settlement over the commercial Namche. Between Khunde and Khumjung you can see the Everest View Hotel, with is a five-star hotel. Well, it could be something you wouldn’t want to miss.
Tengboche is after a famous Buddhist monastery. It has a religious history and is rich in iconography. The panoramic view from Tengboche monastery is just as beautiful as the historic monastery itself.
However, there are only 4-5 hotels here and could be a bit crowded during the peak seasons. You could always get to Deboche. The later doesn’t get a lot of visitors unless the hotels at Tengboche are full. For a spectacular view of the Ama Dablam, you have to get to Deboche.
A slightly larger village than Tengboche, Dingboche is at an altitude of 4400m. And it has the residential settlement at the highest altitude in the Khumbu region. Two nights at Dingboche are spent for acclimatization.
With basic accommodation, Lobuche is a village with sufficient hotels or tea houses. You can also find camping areas here, especially during the peak season.
Tea houses at Gorak Shep also provide basic accommodation and other facilities. During peak season you might have to share your room or even sleep in manageable available spaces in the house. This place also has a four-star hotel, so you could choose to indulge yourself into a highly facilitated place too.
Monjo isn’t a regular logging place for trekkers, however since it is located at the entrance of Sagarmatha National Park, it is an ideal place to relax and rejuvenate after a long trek. You will also find resorts here.
Well, it wouldn’t be cliched to say that travelling can be fun depending on the company you have. Even if you don’t, don’t worry since you will meet hundreds of fellow travellers that you can interact with daily.
During peak seasons, the lodges, tea houses, and even private homes are super packed so you will need to pre-book where you choose to stay. There are many wonderful accommodations that you can choose from, given that you do it early.
It is always advised to consult with your trekking agency for better deals.
Considering your budget you will enjoy better services and facilities if you pre-plan and pre-book these places. Obviously, because these are better options, these tend to be the one getting out of hand early.