Everest Base Camp Trek Accommodation: A Complete Guide
While trekking in Nepal, most trekkers are more concerned about the accommodation they can find during the Everest Base Camp Trek. Due to the rise in Nepal’s tourist industry, the accommodation in the EBC trek has improved significantly, and it is much easier to find accommodation used to.
With the increase of trekkers in the Everest region, most of the trekking trails in the Everest region have enough lodges and teahouses that offer good food and accommodation for the trekkers along the trails.
The lodges and teahouse are well-maintained and cozy, and comfortable. Walking in the Himalayas is a strenuous and challenging task. Thus, it would help if you had a proper place to refresh your exhausted body.
To help you out with your EBC accommodation search, here is a guide to Everest Base Camp trek accommodation.
Types of Everest Base Camp Trek Accommodation
Hotels / Lodges Accommodation
The Everest Base Camp Trail includes various accommodation options ranging from friendly teahouses to lavish standard hotels. You will find the hotel from the cheapest to the most luxurious and priciest ones. So, you can choose the hotel according to your budget.
As tourism is improved, the accommodation service has also improved significantly.
They’re not hotels in the urban sense as it resembles lodges. But the service they provide is much more than comfortable. They offer rooms with electric blankets, hot water showers, and free WiFi services.
Accommodation at tea houses
Nepal is famous primarily for its teahouse trek. And Teahouses are the best option for accommodation during the trek. Accommodating in the teahouse lets you experience the locals’ great hospitality and lifestyle, culture, and tradition. The teahouses offer a very cozy room, making it feel like home.
Depending upon the services provided by the teahouses, the quality and price vary. While trekking in the lower region, you can easily find teahouses that provide fully equipped rooms with electricity, a western toilet facility, wi-fi, and the best part, a hot shower. As you trek into the higher region, the services provided by the teahouse are quite essential, with a bare room with separate or sometimes private bathrooms. You won’t have any electricity or wifi facility in the higher regions.
Let’s get into the basic accommodation facilities that can be found in the teahouse during the Everest Base Camp Trek.
Most of the teahouse offers a basic room on the Everest trail. The rooms are on twin-basis type of accommodation with twin bed and some basic furniture like a small table or a chair.
The teahouse will provide you with pillows and blankets. Since the temperature is freezing at night, almost all teahouse provides blankets. But it is a better idea to bring your sleeping bag with a liner.
The rooms are pretty nice and cozy. There won’t be any heating system in the room or electricity service. Teahouse has a common heating place in the dining room. Rooms have separate or sometimes private bathrooms depending upon the teahouse.
During the EBC trek, you will get a pretty basic type of toilet.
In the lower region, most lodges and teahouses offer western-style toilets. As you gain altitude, you will find squat toilet facilities.
Some teahouses offer rooms with an attached bathroom, and some have separate bathrooms. In some tea houses, you may find a small wooden hut outside the teahouse with a hole in the floor above a deep pit. It would help if you remembered that the teahouse does not provide toilet paper. So, put that in your packing list.
Other Facilities at Tea Houses
- During the trek, you can have a cold shower free of cost. However, if you want a hot shower, it will cost you a few dollars. The cost ranges from $1-$3, depending on the altitude.
- Charging your electronic gadgets are essential during the trek. The rooms won’t have an electricity service. So, if you want to charge your devices, you have to charge them in the standard charging hub at the reception. Charging your electronic device will cost you around $2-$3 per hour.
- Suppose you want to be connected while on the trail, you purchase a prepaid Data SIM Card. Ncell offers high-speed 3G internet services for the Everest region. SIM cards are cheap and available in many stores in Kathmandu. Besides this, the teahouses on the EBC trail also provide internet facilities for a surcharge of around $3-$5 per hour.
Camping accommodation is mainly used during the mountain expedition or for the remote and isolated treks like Dhaulagiri, Dolpo, and Kanchenjunga. You will be accommodated in a tent with sleeping bags and liners, and the cooking staff will prepare the food.
Camping accommodation is thrilling and adventurous, but due to the easy accessibility of tea houses in the Everest region, camping is generally avoided.
Everest Base Camp Trek Accommodation
Accommodation at Lukla
The Everest Base Camp Trek begins with a 40-min scenic morning flight from Kathmandu to Lukla. As most of the flights are during the morning time, most of the trekkers skip staying in Lukla and hike to the first stop at Phakding or Namche Bazaar. So, only a few trekkers stay in Lukla for their first night.
There are many lodges and teahouses for accommodation in Lukla providing high standard service. Along with that, you can also find some good-quality hotels in Lukla.
Though they are a little more expensive than the basic lodges and teahouse, the service you will get is far better.
Accommodation at Phakding
After Lukla, your first stop will be at Phakding. Phaking is a village that is 3 to 4 hours walk from Lukla, located in the Dudh Koshi river valley.
Phakding consists of enough hotels on both sides of a river. The teahouse offers you an affordable and convenient accommodation service. If you are trekking with a bit more budget, then you can choose to stay in a luxurious hotel as well.
Accommodation at Namche Bazaar
Namche Bazaar, also known as the “Gateway to Everest Region,” is a major stop for the Everest Base Camp Trek. Most trekkers spend 2 to 3 days in Namche for acclimatization and adjusting the body to that altitude.
In this Everest Base Camp Trek, Namche Bazaar is one of the famous villages where you can find several high-quality teahouses.
And it is the last place on the trail where you can enjoy the high-quality service. Namche Bazaar is also famous for the Everest View Hotel, a 5-star hotel at the highest altitude in the world. Plus, there are several other sophisticated to simple lodges, hotels, and rest houses for your comfortable stay.
Namche also consists of bakeries and cafes, where you can have tea and coffee and relax.
Above Namche, the places like Tengboche, Dingboche, Lobuche, and Gorekshep offer pretty basic accommodation.
Accommodation at Tengboche
Tengboche is another famous stop on the Everest Base Camp Trek trail. It is situated at 3,867 meters above sea level—the largest monastery in the Khumbu region. You can get a breathtaking view of the Himalayas from the top of the monastery.
There are only 4 to 5teahouses in Tengboche that provide essential accommodation services. There will be more basic tea houses with basic facilities from here onward on the trails.
Most trekkers stop at Tengboche to attend the morning prayer in the monastery. So, the teahouse is easily packed during the peak season.
Accommodation at Dingboche
Dingboche is another major trekking stop during the EBC Trek. Almost every trekker stays at Dingboche for one extra day for acclimatization purposes. The village is more significant than Tengboche and consists of a dozen lodges and teahouses with basic accommodation facilities. You can also find a handful of shops, a bakery, and even an internet cafe.
Accommodation at Lobuche
On the trail of EBC, Lobuche is the place where you’ll find several basic teahouses. The teahouse is comfortable and cozy. The teahouse provides a pillow and blankets in the room. So, don’t expect anything more.
However, the teahouse gets easily tracked during the peak season pretty soon. If the rooms are packed, you may have to adjust the night in the dormitory. But it won’t matter after a long tiring day of the walk.
Accommodation at Gorakshep
Gorekshep is the last stop of the Everest Base Camp Trek. There are only four tea houses with basic accommodation facilities. Since there are only a few lodges, they are packed pretty soon.
So, you might have to share a room with other trekkers or sleep in the dining room.
What is the price range for tea houses in EBC trek?
The accommodation cost in the EBC trek highly depends on the altitude and time of the year you are trekking in. The accommodation cost is comparatively high in the peak season ( Mar-July and Sep-Nov) than in the off-season.
The average price for the accommodation is anywhere between $2-$3 per night.
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Getting to the base camp of the world’s highest mountain is something you can cherish for a lifetime. The Everest Base Camp Trek accommodations make it even more exciting as you will learn more about the lifestyle of the locals and get an insight into their culture and tradition. Along with that, the picturesque views of the snow-capped mountains will be waiting for you.
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