Nepal trekFood and Accommodation
Nepal Trek Food and Accommodation
We run a guesthouse in the area of Bansbari, near the city centre and just behind the Australian Embassy. The area is safe and quiet and about ten minutes drive from the Tribhuvan Hospital (for medical students), and a little further to the city centre (Thamel). The large supermarket nearby sells literally everything you may need and there are ATM machines which take Visa and Mastercard. This area of the ring road is about 20 minutes drive from the airport.
It is a lovely quiet area and we offer a buffet breakfast service, lunch and dinner which you can pay for in local currency as and when you need it. Staying in the house is very comfortable, and in the evening you can enjoy time with a Nepalese family (Sarasoti and Pasang have a son called Jubilee, and a daughter called Ellie) or you can pop into town for dinner and a drink. The rooms are twin or single and there are hot showers, as well as television. You can leave luggage in the house if you wish. Generally, your trip fee includes three nights in either the house or in the hotel (see below), but if you would like to extend your stay then a double room in the guesthouse is 2000 Rupees per night, which you can pay direct to Pasang or Sarasoti.
Lodge Accommodation on trek
The lodges are comfortable and warm and very well appointed, but they do become more basic as you go higher. Rooms are twin bed, and do not have a bathroom attached unless you wish to purchase an upgrade during the trek. The beds have mattresses and pillows and some blankets to borrow. The ‘living room’ area is always heated in the evenings with a pot-bellied stove which doubles as an eating area. Lodges are always sociable places where you can meet many other trekkers. Many will have books to read and some have phones. Almost all have hot showers available but we advise not to use water heated by burning firewood; better to use gas heated showers or water heated with kerosene stoves.
Generally breakfast will be at 8am and you will need to pack your bags ready for the porters to leave early. Lunch will be taken enroute, and dinner is generally at 7pm.
If you wish to have either an upgrade to a room with an attached bathroom/shower then arrange this with your guide first thing in the morning. He will send a porter ahead to book all the rooms. You can pay him the extra money directly, but it does depend on availability. Similarly you can order yourself a single room on any day. Note that not every lodge has attached bathroom.
In some of the lodges you will find western-style flush toilets but as you go higher you will find more commonly squat toilets. Some are better than others. You are advised to have some toilet paper on you at all times, although every lodge will sell it. On trek it is fine to go for a No1 behind a rock or bush, but best to wait until you get to a lodge for anything else.
Food on Trek
Food is of a very good quality, and we recommend you try local foods such as dal bhat (lentil stew with rice and curried potatoes or meat), boiled potatoes with chilli sauce, Sherpa stew (meat, potatoes, vegetables in a rich sauce) or curry with rice. These are the staple foods for Sherpa people but every lodge will also offer a wide range of western meals:
Breakfast – Eggs (fried, boiled), omelettes, toast, pancakes, Tibetan bread, muesli, porridge, tea, coffee, chocolate.
Lunch/dinner – Soups (tomato, garlic, vegetable, mushrooms etc), veg fried rice, dal bhat, curry w/rice, noodles (mix fried, veg, egg, w/cheese), macaroni, spring rolls (veg, egg, cheese, mixed), momo (boiled or fried mini pasties with either veg or meat), pizza (all types), fried potatoes (w/veg or cheese), chips, buff steak (water buffalo, occasionally yak), lasagne.
Dessert – apple pie, fruit cocktail, chocolate cake, rice pudding, snickers pie!
You will be able to choose what you want from the menus which includes any of the above and a hot drink, but not bottled water.
Bottled water is for sale but we do not recommend the purchase of plastic bottles which are environmentally unsound. The best option is to order boiled water from the lodge kitchen to fill your water bottle in the evening, which also makes a nice hot water bottle. Please note that cheap Nalgene water bottles bought in Nepal easily split when filled with hot water!
The other option is to use iodine drops (3 per litre) which you can buy in Kathmandu (known locally as Lugols solution, available in the supermarkets in Thamel) and flavour it with Tang powder which can be bought locally. River water is generally full of glacial silt and could possibly be contaminated with animal urine and the run-off from toilets, so do not drink this.