The luxury lodges in Everest and Annapurna regions are at a far higher standard than regular teahouse lodges with their landscaped gardens, and they are often in superb locations with mountain views. Their comfortable dining room and bedroom with attached bathroom including hot shower and western toilet are some of the "luxuries." The staff is professionally trained in hospitality. They provide the highest level of service to our customers.
You can get a room with a private bathroom in some of the standard teahouse lodges. The newer lodges are being constructed with this amenities these days, whereas in the recent past only significant settlements like Namche Bazaar on the Everest Base Camp trail or Manang on the Annapurna Circuit trail had rooms with ensuite bathrooms. The standard lodges often have basic rooms with plywoods for walls with a dining room with wood or yak dung burning heater to warm the communal area in the evenings. Most lodges have common showers, and it ranges from Solar heated or gas heated water while in the higher elevations you get a bucket of hot water for an extra cost. The cost of the showers can be as high as US$5.
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The quality, service, and standard or the regular teahouse lodges range widely. The wide range depends on the location, for example, the lodges in the higher elevations or places where the flow of trekker traffic is low have more basic amenities.
The range of food in a standard lodge's menu ranges from local staples such as dal bhat (boiled rice, lentil soup and seasonal vegetable curry), momo (dumplings that are filled with meat - where available, mostly vegetables, canned tuna, cheese etcetera) and if you are the Everest region, the well known Sherpa stew.
These days the menu is getting more varied. You can also get international food such as spaghetti, macaroni, burgers, french fries, chow mien, fried rice and even pizza. They have oat porridge, granola, muesli, toast (if you are in a busy area and during the main season), chapattis, Tibetan bread and eggs prepared in various ways for breakfast. A bit of advice for all trekkers is: although the food on the menu is similar to what you are familiar with, expect it to taste different than what you are used to back home. Try to avoid eating meat in the Everest region as the animals are slaughtered a few days before they reach the trekking trails.
The food in a luxury lodge will be similar; however, it will be of much higher quality and serve meat dishes which are safe to consume. They usually serve dessert after dinners. One of the benefits of the luxury lodges are being served unlimited hot tea or coffee, and you might even get a cake with your hot drink in the afternoons.
Responsible Adventures has a widespread program of luxury treks in Nepal such as Everest Luxury Lodges, Annapurna Luxury Lodges, and Luxury Kathmandu Valley Rim. Our Luxury Everest Base Camp trek is a combination of luxury lodges lower down and best available standard teahouse lodges higher up near Base Camp.
Whether you choose our regular lodge treks or our luxury lodge treks, our team enhances your experience by providing nutritious meals that include superfood as part of our value-added Wellness trekking vacations. The overall experiences we provide is indeed a luxury that is unparalleled.
We also organize an extensive choice of regular trekking packages in Nepal. Please contact us if you need more information or require further advice.
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