When you are staying overnight in guest houses or lodges along the routes, we have an early breakfast at around 7:00-8:00 AM, so that we can starts our trek about 7:30 – 8:30. Breakfast starts with a large intake of fluids.
During your staying at lodges / Tea House / Guest house, tea is served in thermoses of various sizes (on the menu, they’re listed as Small Pot, Medium Pot and Big Pot). A Small Pot will mostly likely be a 0.5 liter thermos, while a Big Pot will be a 2 liter thermos. Generally, the size of the Pot depends on the lodge in question. In one lodge “big” will mean a 2 liter thermos, while in another it will be a 1 liter thermos with hot water. However, both have one thing in common – regardless of the size of the Pot, it will contain only one tea bag and it will only partially fit the description of tea. You can ask for an additional tea bag or best of all bring your own tea with you.
Oatmeal boiled in water is usually available for breakfast, along with French toast served with jam, butter or honey. More original and tasty will be homemade bread in the form of Tibetan bread or Chapatti. Sometimes, but not always, local tsampa porridge will be available during the trekking. It tastes delicious if it is well prepared.
Hashed brown eggs will also be available for breakfast, as well as omelettes, pancakes, muesli, cheese and juice from packs. Oatmeal is healthy and replenishes your body with energy for longer and maintains a higher level of glucose in your bloodstream.
Whilst trekking, ask your guide or bearer to recommend a tea house or lodge where you can have lunch and which will serve good hiking food. Until you reach an altitude of 4,000-4,500m, during your day’s you will usually encounter several settlements along the trekking route where you can have lunch. At high altitude, it will only possible to enjoy bigger meals at the final destination of the day – at the trekking lodge (Lobuche, Gokyo, Gorak Shep, Dughla and some remote settlements).
The selection of meals on offer for lunch is extensive – starting from simple snacks in the form of Tibetan bread with jam right through to various soups, steaks, sandwiches, Momo, macaroni dishes and pizzas. Hiking food menu in tea houses will differ depending on the altitude reached along the trekking route. As a rule, the higher you have climbed up, the bigger the prices will and the less choice there will be on the menu. Below I’ve attached a menu which you can choose at trekking lodges in the mountain.
Dinner is usually eaten in the trekking lodge where you are staying overnight which you will usually reach on a normal trekking day some time from 16:00 – 18:00, depending on the route plan. On the way to your destination, you will mostly make your overnight stay at a new altitude which will be higher than before and it is recommended that you start dinner by consuming a lot of fluid. Even if you don’t want to eat and have a mild headache due to the new altitude you’ve reached, it is important to eat, because this reduces the risk of contracting symptoms of altitude sickness. You can order all the same meals for dinner at a lodge that are available for lunch. There is only one menu at trekking lodges at it doesn’t change. Depending on our mood, these could be Momo, steak, dal bhaat, oatmeal, pasta or pancakes.
Arriving at the trekking lodge, it is important to reserve a place at the dining table straight away, particularly in high season when there are lots of trekkers in the mountains and from October – November, the mountains become dark around 17:00-18:00 (local time). The sun sets rapidly and disappears behind the mountains within about half an hour and it gets cold. Trekkers spend the time until bedtime in the dining room having dinner, drinking tea, beer and talking.
At the lodge, each room has its own order notebook in which trekkers write down their order – name of the meal, quantity and price after studying the menu. The same procedure is followed next morning at breakfast, after which trekkers calculate the total amount they owe for breakfast, adding on the prices of accommodation and dinner, and pay the balance to the owner of the lodge. The charge for overnight accommodation at a trekking lodge is calculated symbolically: Rs 200 – 1200 per night on twin sharing basis, on condition that the trekker orders a meal from the lodge’s kitchen. If the trekker arrives with his own meal, the accommodation charge increases dramatically and can reach 1200-1800 nepali rupees per night per person. So we never recommend you to bring food by yourself. Usually, calculating the sum in the morning for dinner, accommodation and breakfast plus drinking water for the new day, the total sum per person comes to about Rs 1,500-2,500 average price, depending on the altitude at which you are staying along the routes.
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