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 attempt 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


#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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