There are several teahouses and lodges which offer comfortable stay to the trekkers. Here is some information about the accommodations you will find on your trip. Like the trails on the Everest Base Camp vary in terms of difficulty and terrain type, So, it's natural for the travellers and trekkers to get tired and wary at the end of the day.
Accommodations in Kathmandu (Day 1 & 2)
As the only international airport in Nepal is in Kathmandu, you will be staying in Kathmandu for the first two days after your arrival. Kathmandu offers a variety of accommodations you can choose from; be it grand 5-star hotels or small and cheap run-down guest houses. The cost for a night stay depends upon where you choose to stay.
On average, a simple 3-star hotel will charge you about USD 30-50 per night. These hotels will provide you with normal double bedrooms with a TV and an attached bathroom. 4-star hotels that are a bit classier and have better services will charge you on an average USD 60-80. These services will also include breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
5-star hotels are a luxury in Nepal. They have swimming pools, spas, and relaxation centres along with other luxury services that are up to par with international standards. However, they are on the expensive sides and will cost you USD 100-400 per night.
You will also find Wi-Fi services in almost all of the hotels along with cable services.
Accommodations during the trek (Day 3 to 13)
Accommodation along the way
Accommodations during the trek will not be as facilitated like those in Kathmandu. As you travel to higher altitudes, you will find that most of the time your accommodation will include tea-houses and lodges managed by the residents. The food will also be basic, simple local food that is made from locally produced products.
Accommodation in Lukla
The start of your journey is from Lukla. Since it is where the airport lies, the hotels in Lukla are a bit more facilitated than other places during the trek. You will find standard hotels, lodges as well as small tea-houses in this village.
There are some nice and good quality hotels you can stay at in Lukla, albeit they might be on a somewhat expensive side. Some even have the facility of hot water baths and standard bedding. You can also find modern food in some of the hotels in Lukla. Most of the accommodations provide simple food like white rice, roti (wheat pancakes), Daal, curry and other local foods as well as the food menu.
Accommodation in Phakding
From the third day, the accommodations become basic. As Phakding is considerably higher and also because there are no definite means of transport, it is harder to find standard hotels. You will spend your time in small teahouses which are run by the Sherpa locals. You will be given a pair of bedding and will probably get a two-bed bedroom. The toilets are mostly shared and of squat type. The food provided in the accommodations is normal locally popular foods or the standard Nepalese meal containing Rice, Daal, and curry. Also, choosable food items from the menu are available.
There are also rarely any lodges which will provide you with the service of hot water and, even if they do, they are highly expensive. If you decide to go on a trek during the peak season then you might even have to share the room with strangers.
Accommodation in Namche
Since Namche is one of the major tourist stops in the Everest region, it is more facilitated than most of the places on the trek. On the fourth and fifth days of your trek, you will be able to choose from many good-quality tea-houses while in Namche. You will also be able to find many bakeries and cafes where you can spend your time getting ready for the rest of the trip to the top. This day is also a great destination to get used to the high altitude.
Likewise, you can also choose to spend the night at the Everest View Hotel which is the hotel situated at the highest altitude in the world. Though, it is a bit expensive than normal lodges in that area. Apart from the Everest View Hotel, there are plenty of nice hotels where you will get a good quality service.
Apart from standard hospitality, accommodations in Namche Bazaar will give you the magnificent view of mountain ranges right from your bedroom window. Waking up to the glistening snow has never been so interesting.
Accommodation in Tengboche
On the sixth day, you will travel to Tengboche after acclimatizing at Namche Bazaar. It is famous for being home to the largest monastery in the Everest region. From here, the accommodations get a bit more basic. You will be given normal bedding and simple food found in the area.
There are some cafés where you can have a drink or two. Modern food is almost impossible to find except for some places where you can find pizza, but it will be expensive. During peak season, you will find this place jam-packed with people. In some cases, you will have to share a big room with strangers also.
Accommodation in Dingboche
You will spend your seventh and eighth days acclimatizing in Dingboche. During this time your accommodation will be small tea-houses and lodges. They will provide basic bedding and food facilities. Normally, the accommodations are the place of residence for local people which they share for some extra money. Your food will be choosable with local items from the menu.
Accommodation in Lobuche
You will find several basic and comfortable tea-houses in Lobuche as well. Like most of the villages in the Everest region, the tea-houses and lodges are managed by local families. Similarly, the food provided is also of good quality but it will be only local food products. You will also find modern food in Lobuche. These tea-houses get crowded during the peak season so you may have to share a room with other travellers.
Accommodation in Gorakshep
The accommodation in Gorakshep is also similar to other places. There are 5 lodges all have the same services. You will have a private room but not attached bathroom in it. The dining hall is warm with fire heating by Yak dunks. But the cause of the effects of the altitude, may not have a very good sleep in this place.
Accommodation in Pheriche
There are only a few tea-houses in this region so, it is packed with travellers, especially during peak seasons. The standard service in the teahouses is a pair of warm blankets and a pillow and the food is similar to other places. The aesthetic of living in accommodations along with the residents is a wonderful experience altogether. Also, as a plus point, you will be greeted the early morning with the beautiful view of the mountains in the Everest range up close.
Other Services in Tea House
Restaurant in the lodge
- Many tea-houses provide free shower facilities, but you might have to pay extra for a hot water shower. It can be a bit expensive to shower with hot water in higher altitudes.
- You will be provided hot water for drinking, also to take with you during the trip. Some places might charge you extra for it but most tea-houses will give this service for free.
- Many tea-houses have a room with plugs for you to charge your mobile phones. Some, however, will charge you USD 2-3 to per hour charge your mobile phones.
- There are some lodges in Lukla where you can hire porters to carry your materials for the trek. However, be sure to tip the guides and porters who will assist you on the trek.
- You may buy a wifi recharge card every place and also can use NCELL sim card and data if you buy-in Kathmandu.
Everest Basecamp Trek Useful Information
- The local people take their culture and traditions seriously. So, make sure you are on your best behaviour and don't say or do things that might be offensive to their culture.
- If you are travelling to the Everest Base Camp during peak season, you will probably have to share a room with fellow travellers. Be aware of pick-pockets and remember to keep your belongings with you at all times.
- It is always better to travel with a tour guide rather than alone as they have more experience and knowledge about the area. It will be a huge help to have someone since the trails are high in the Himalayas. As such, the trekkers can even suffer from acute mountain sickness (AMS) if proper care is not provided.
- Remember to always keep yourself notified of the weather conditions. The weather can change fast in the higher altitudes. Similarly, these parts also experience avalanches so, it is better to keep yourself updated at all times.
- You must take time to acclimatize and let your body get used to the temperature and Himalayan atmosphere. If you rush yourself then you put yourself at a risk for mountain sickness which can put you at a health risk.
Everest Basecamp Trek FAQs
Are there drinking water services in the accommodations?
Yes, all of the tea-houses will provide you with drinking water facilities. But remember only to drink boiled water. Tea-houses charge you extra money to boil water. If not, you will also find bottled mineral water in the tea-houses. These will be a bit expensive though. However, you should always carry a portable water purifier in the Himalayas.
Are the accommodations safe?
Yes, most of the tea-houses and lodges are managed by local Sherpa families and residents. These people are really friendly, honest, hardworking, and welcoming so, you will not have to worry about safety issues.
However, there can be situations where you will have to share rooms with other travellers. In this case, you might have to keep an eye out for your belonging. Regardless, this can also be an excellent opportunity to make new friends and explore a new culture.
Are there hot shower facilities?
Yes! Most of the tea-houses will provide you with hot shower facilities. Hotels in Lukla will give you this facility for free most of the time but as you travel to higher altitudes you might have to pay an extra 3 to 6 USD for such service. Also, most of the time, a hot shower facility means you will be given a bucket or two of boiling water which you can mix with cold water to bath.
Are the tea-houses in the EBC trail open for the whole year?
Off course, the answer is Yes. Most of the tea-houses in lower altitudes remain open throughout the year and also those in higher altitudes. Since the weather at higher altitudes is unpredictable and also it is really cold during the winter, most of the tea-houses stay open. But July to August, only Dingboche whole village closed as their traditional beliefs.
The thrilling adventure to view the highest mountain in the world is something you must experience in a lifetime. The accommodations make it even more exciting as you will be sharing the lifestyle of the people living in this region along with getting a close look into their culture and traditions. The natural wonders along with the beautiful mountain ranges are waiting for your arrival.