Everywhere you walk on the most popular routes in the Himalayas, especially in the Annapurnas you come across the lodges or tea-house. They are a great way to meet fellow trekkers as well as locals and other trekking guides/porters etc.
A lot of the lodges will light heaters under the tables in the colder weather to keep your legs nice and warm, it is really nice.
I have to admit me and my room mate were very bad and only managed to camp for a couple of nights before retreating to the lodge, but it was an experience to camp in the Himalayas, if very basic.
Opening your tent in the morning to stunning mountain views has to be worth it if you don't mind the freezing cold.
There are guesthouses all along the trek. They are scattered along the way so you usually won’t have to walk more then two hours to find one. Some will waive the room fee if you agree to always eat in the premises so there is no harm in asking for this upfront. This worked great for us as we will typically have dinner and breakfast in the same place and then lunch somewhere along the way. Do not feel guilty as the food prices are grossly overpriced to take care of the expenses to bring them there and also to cover the expenses of the food of the porters and guides (this is applies even if you don’t have a guide or porter, argh!). As for elevation, it’s a gradual trek so you should have problems with acclimatizing to the altitude.
Hospitality with a view! We really enjoyed exploring the river and little village across the bridge. The boys just wandered, taking it all in from here.
When doing the Annapurna Circuit you'll find small guesthouses along the way called tea houses. The rooms are very, very basic. If your sleeping back is not warm enough they give you an extra blanket. The toilet is outdoor.
Before you take a hot shower, which is sometimes possible, ask, where the heating comes from. Many trees are cut down to provide hot water for the tourists. I prefered to have no shower in two weeks trekking, only washing myself with cold water.
If you plan to stick to the main circuit it's absolutely useless to bring a tent. It's difficult to find good camping spots and moreover sleeping in the guesthouses is cheap $1-$3, and nice. Loads of guesthouses are available in every little village.
We carried a tent all the way (14 days), but used it only once, on the first night.
There are many tea-houses at the villages along the trek which offer simple accomodation. Don't expect 5 star hotels here, but the reward is that you get really close to the people there, who are from the Gurung tribe.
Very nice and relaxing hotel with a good view of Pokhara and the surrounding hills and mountains. Also a short walk away from the famous Lakeside area and the Phewa Lake. This is a good hotel to stay at Pokhara before and after your Annapurna trek.
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