Eka Experiences


Khopra Ridge Trek With Khayer Lake: Offbeat Trek In Nepal

Gorkhey Khola Village Trail: A Walking Holiday for Families & Kids (Sikkim-Bengal)

West Sikkim Homestay Trail: Experience Sikkim with the locals

The Everest Experience: Base Camp & Gokyo Lakes (Nepal)

The Singalila Pass Adventure: In Search of the Sleeping Buddha (Sikkim)

Dong Valley Trek And The Last Villages Of Eastern India (Arunachal Pradesh)

Sham Valley Trek: A Delightful Village Trek in Ladakh

The Snow Leopard Expedition in Ladakh: In Search of the Ghost of Mountains

what are homestay treks?

Homestay treks in the Himalayas are immersive hiking experiences where travelers stay in the homes of locals along the trekking route, rather than camping or staying in guest houses/hotels.

These treks offer a unique opportunity to deeply connect with the local culture, traditions, and daily life of the communities living in the remote mountain regions. They offer a chance to step away from the tourist trail and immerse oneself in the rhythms of rural life in the Himalayas.

During homestay treks, participants typically hike during the day, exploring scenic trails and enjoying the natural beauty of the surroundings. In the evenings, instead of camping in tents, trekkers are accommodated in the homes of local villagers or teahouses (Nepali mountain lodges). In the case of homestays that are hosted by local families, travelers get to experience authentic hospitality, savor homemade meals prepared with locally sourced ingredients, and engage in cultural exchanges with their hosts.

Homestay treks are suitable for travellers who do not want to camp out and stay indoors in a more sheltered environment protected from the natural elements. These treks are for those who seek a deeper connection with the destinations they visit and are interested in experiencing local culture firsthand. Additionally, Homestay treks in the Himalayas contribute directly to the livelihoods of rural communities by providing them with an alternative source of income and promoting sustainable tourism practices.

Overall, homestay treks offer a rich and rewarding travel experience, blending outdoor adventure with cultural immersion in some of the most picturesque landscapes of the Himalayas.

What are Teahouses in the Himalayas?

Local mountain lodges on himalayan trekking routes are known as teahouses in Nepal. These teahouses are basic accommodation facilities found along all trekking routes in Nepal, particularly popular in the Everest, Annapurna, Manaslu, Langtang valley, and other regions. These teahouses serve as a convenient and comfortable lodging option for trekkers, offering a place to rest, eat, and socialize during their trekking adventure.

Typically, Nepali teahouses are family-run establishments that provide simple yet cozy accommodations. Rooms mostly range from dormitory-style lodgings to twin-bedded private rooms with basic amenities such as beds, blankets, and sometimes attached bathrooms. While the amenities are basic, they offer a comfortable respite for trekkers after a day of hiking.

In addition to accommodation, teahouses also serve meals to trekkers. The menu at these teahouses often includes a variety of local and international dishes, with options ranging from traditional simple Nepali ‘dal bhat’ (rice and lentils) meals to pasta, fried rice, soups etc.. Meals are usually hearty and freshly prepared, providing trekkers with the energy they need for their onward journey.

One of the defining features of Nepali teahouses in the himalayas is the sense of hospitality and camaraderie they foster among trekkers. Every evening, travelers from around the world gather at the cozy heated dining rooms to share stories, swap tips, and bond over their shared trekking experiences. This communal atmosphere adds to the charm of trekking in Nepal and creates lasting memories for trekkers.