Teahouse Trekking

Hem assists a trekker across a river

Teahouse Trekking is a relatively cheap way of trekking where the evenings are spent in 'Teahouses' where meals and accomodation are provided.

It's a great way to connect with some of the local culture and definitely suits trekkers not wanting to carry back-crushing rucksacks.  Usually a porter will be carrying any heavy packs you have.

The standard of lodgings can vary from very similar to a hotel, to something far more rustic. 

Teahouse treks can be planned to fit both your physical ability and interests into one inspiring experience that you will remember the rest of your life.

Pokhara from Chispani Lookout

The photos below were taken in 2010 on a trek in the Annapurna Region by Marty Thornton who, with her husband, spent five days with me. 

The kick-off point for their trek was Jomsom where we stayed in Hotel Majesty.

Our first stop on the trek to Kagbeni was to get safe drinking water.  Trekkers use their own water bottles and pay a small fee to have them filled with water.

The tail follows the river all the way to Kagbeni.  Sometimes you walk ona trail beside the river (and higher) while other times you are walking right in the river bed.

This is a view of Kagbeni where we would spend our first night.

This is very typical of the houses in this region.  Here you see a woman washing at a shared water supply.

In the morning on our second day we watched a woman with a goat herd waiting to take the herd out to graze.

This is a great place to stop on the way to Jharkot.  Both David and Marty enjoyed a hot cup of masala tea before we continued our day's trek.

Woman and child in Jharkot.  Buddhist stupa is shown in center.

Nearly all villages in the mountains have village protectors, these two protect Jharkot.

The villages all have elaborate irrigation systems that allow them to grow grains and other foods they need. 

That little red spot in the center of the photo is the guest house where we would spend the night in Runipauwa before heading to Muktinath.

Because so many tourists and pilgrims travel through this area it is easy to find beautiful yak wool scarves and jewelry made in this village.

Here I ring the bell to let the Gods know we are coming.

Pilgrims to Muktinath bring bells to hang at this holy

place.

From Muktinath we trekked to Jhong along trails and rough roads.

During this trek we crossed may gorges using high bridges. 

Jhong village, a high point for this trek for more reasons than just the beauty of the place.

In the guest house kitchen we wait for a fresh batch of Tibetan bread.

View from the roof of the Jhong guest house where we drank masala tea and ate Tibetan bread. 

Trecking back to Kagbeni we passed through Putak, another beautiful setting for a village in the mountains.

On any trek one might see herds of goats brought from the villages to graze in the mountains.

If you would like to see more of Marty Thornton's photos, please follow this link:  www.martythorntonphotos.com/Places