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I just want to say a big thank you for a fantastic time on the Mera Peak trek.
Mark Rogers (UK) | Mera Peak, Nepal

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What is a luxury lodge and how does this differ to a standard teahouse lodge?

The luxury lodges in Everest and Annapurna regions are at a far higher standard than standard teahouse lodges as they have landscaped gardens often in superb locations with mountain views; comfortable dining room and bedroom with attached bathroom including hot shower and western toilet. The staff are professional trained in hospitality and provide the highest level of service to our clients.

In a standard teahouse lodge you will also have a private bedroom (often basic room with only plywood walls) and a dining room with wood or yak dung burning heater to keep the communal areas warm at night. Most standard lodges do not have en suite shower facilities however in some of more established larger villages like Namche Bazaar on Everest Base Camp you can pay extra to upgrade to a deluxe room! Some lodges have communal shower facilities and these range from proper showers in Namche to bucket showers higher up. These will cost extra usually around 500 rupees (£3.50 or US$5).

For more information standard teahouse lodges take a look at FAQs:

What are the facilities for washing on trek, is it possible to take a shower and wash my hair?

What type of toilet facilities will there be available on trek in Nepal?

There is a range in quality, standard and service of standard teahouse lodges depending on location i.e lodges at higher altitude and places with lower trekker traffic tend to have more basic facilities. 

In a standard lodge there is a menu with a range of food items such as dal bhat (Nepali dish rice and lentils with vegetable curry), momos (very tasty Tibetan dumplings filled with vegetables, cheese and canned fish etc) and the famous Sherpa stew. It is also possible to get international type food such as spaghetti and pasta dishes; pizzas; vegetable burgers and chips and fried rice. For breakfast there is porridge, muesli, cornflakes, chapattis (locally made bread) and a range of egg dishes.

Whereas at a luxury lodge you are likely to get similar food although it will no doubt be at a higher quality and the meat will be safe to eat (we advised against eating meat at standard teahouse lodges for hygiene reasons). One of the perks of a luxury lodge is often receiving a cup of tea and a cake on arrival to the lodge in the afternoon.

The Mountain Company has a popular 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 has a mix of luxury lodges lower down and best available standard teahouse lodges higher up near Base Camp.

The Mountain Company also organises an extensive portfolio of standard treks in Nepal, please get in touch with us if you have any questions or require further advice.

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