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When trekking activities started in Nepal in 1965 with Colonel James O M Roberts, trekkers had to go all the way with all camping equipment. Big numbers of porters were required to carry all the kitchen gears as well as food and all the camping stuff too.

Only since the mid-1970s have trekkers become an important source of income in the hills, so most of the hotels that cater to trekkers opened after 1980.

The development of locally managed lodges along the popular trekking trails in the Annapurna, Everest and Langtang/Helambu areas have resulted in an increasing number of trekkers making use of these facilities. In recent years with the help of Government as well non-Government agencies many of these lodge owners have gone through training programs aimed at raising the quality of services as well as instilling environmental awareness. For example in the Annapurna Sanctuary and adjacent areas it is now regulation for all lodge owners to use alternative fuel (fuel other than fire wood - kerosene, gas, electric or even solar) for cooking and heating, dispose of garbage properly and adopt other eco-friendly measures.

Most of the trekking agencies found it very attractive for trekkers to use these lodges in some of the routes instead of operating camping style treks. One of the main reasons being that along these popular routes almost every house offers bed and meals and many camping trekkers find it incongruous to camp near a lodge and not be able to experience the warmth and hospitality of the friendly Nepali hosts and the other important reason being that this helps the local economies directly by using the facilities along the route. Prices at most lodges are fixed and are usually reasonable, so this should be taken into consideration when bargaining.

Nowadays with the change of visitors in the mountains, local people adapted to cater to the needs of the visitors and have managed to build very comfortable lodges that provide all facilities, ideal locations and magnificent views, providing a different approach to the Himalaya. All lodges have been constructed with a strong awareness for protection of the environment, local culture and people. Exceptional locations offer fantastic mountain scenery, be it in the Kathmandu valley, in the heart of the Khumbu or Annapurna or in the jungles of the southern Terai.

We, Nepal Mountain Lodges have designed special programs into two categories: luxury lodges and classic lodges.

Luxury lodges offer the opportunity to trek in comfort and enjoy the spectacular views without having to sacrifice the luxury. Exceptional locations offer fantastic mountain scenery, be it in the Kathmandu Valley, in the heart of the Khumbu and Annapurna or the rugged terrain of Mustang. At every lodge, comfortably furnished rooms with en-suite facilities, traditional style and local hospitality await you. Solar-power provides hot and eco-friendly showers, warm electric blankets, while colonially conveniences such as hot water bottles in comfortable beds revitalize you for the next day. Leave your troubles behind along with all unnecessary gear like tents and sleeping bags and come, experience the majestic grandeur of the Himalayas in the painless comfort of a well-organized trip, chosen from the range of our programs on offer.

Lodge Trekking in Nepal

In Nepal on the more popular trekking areas like Annapurna, Everest, Langtang and Helambu enterprising villagers have built tea-house lodges. It involves stopping each night to eat and sleep at a local Tea House on the way. We offer a selection of tea house treks run to a high level of service, using the good lodges available. On trek you are guided by an English-speaking guide, assisted by our staff. All main baggage is carried by porters, yaks or horses. Our guide leads you along your route, organizing and paying for places where you eat and sleep so the only thing you have to worry about is getting your boots off and your feet up before a hot shower and a wholesome meal. The benefit of Tea House Trekking is that, by arranging food and accommodation locally through the guide, you can move at your own pace, set your own schedule and - most importantly - meet and experience the real life of the rural people first hand.

A Typical Day on Lodge Trek:

Our Lodge-Treks are led by one of our experienced local guide supported by porters to carry luggage and equipment. All our guides have undergone the trekking guide training conducted by the Department of Tourism of Nepal and are registered and licensed by the government. Additionally all our guides go through a rigorous training to make them better qualified to take care of our guest in every way possible.

A trek-day starts around 6 a.m., after packing your duffel and day-pack a breakfast of porridge/muesli/cornflakes and toasts with tea/coffee is served. After breakfast, porters carry all luggage and equipment. All you need to carry in your day-pack are water bottle, rain/wind jacket, camera and other small items you may need on the trail. All trekkers walk at their own pace accompanied by the trek guide. With larger groups there is a "lead" and "sweep" sherpa providing support throughout.

We set off on the day’s walk. After walking for 3-4 hours we stop for lunch at around midday. The afternoon’s walk is generally shorter and we usually arrive at our destination in time for afternoon tea. The remainder of the afternoon can be spent exploring the village, doing a bit of washing or simply relaxing with a good book. After dinner, the evening will often be spent playing cards and reliving the day’s adventures, before retiring for a well-earned sleep. Other day activities are the same as mentioned above. Each day's hike is planned so that trekkers have time to see, photograph and explore the countryside. Anyone who is healthy, fit, enjoys the outdoors and hiking will qualify to participate in our treks.