Hotel Norbu Linka – Kathmandu
Hotel Nurbu linka is a comfortable and very friendly two star hotel in the bustling Thamel district of Kathmandu – where all the restaurants and small shops are to be found. It offers ensuite twin bedrooms – clean and comfortable, with air conditioning, bathrooms with hot and cold shower, satellite TV, and telephone. From the roof ‘garden’ you can gain a panoramic view of the Himalaya. You may also see the mountains of Ganesh Himal (7130 m), Langtang (7246 m), and Sisapangma (8013 m). Downstairs is the dining room, bar, and there’s even a 24 hour coffee shop for snacks. There are small lock up boxes safely near reception should you want to leave any valuables here while away on trek (eg. passport & flight ticket); you can also change money at the hotel, and for after the trek there is a laundry service!
For more information, please see their website: www.hotelnorbulinka.com
Base Camp Resort, Pokhara
Nestled in the lap of mighty Fishtail and Annapurna mountain range, Pokhara is probably one of the ‘most beautiful valleys on earth. The diverse natural beauty, snow topped mountains, live culture and lush green forest, gushing rivers, pristine lakes, gorges and of course the tantalizing mountains have knitted the city as an enchanting paradise’.
Base Camp Resort is a tranquil and friendly small hotel surrounded by gardens next to beautiful Fish-Tail lake. The twin bedrooms all have ensuite bathrooms, a minibar and TV, and most have mountain views. From the rooftop of the hotel we should have breathtaking views of Fishtail mountain, Mt. Dhaulagiri (8,172m), the Annapurna range, Manslu and other mountains. Base Camp Resort is within walking distance of the centre of Pokhara. Its other facilities include safe deposit lockers, sports facilities, and Internet access for the use of guests.
For more information, please see their website: www.basecampresort.com
Tea Houses on the trek
The tea houses we will stay in Nargakot and on our 7 day trek in the Annapurna region will be simple but clean, and of a relatively good standard compared to those in the higher mountains.
This means that they will have filtered water available, and proper toilets in most cases (though there may be a few squat toilets the higher we go). Usually there will be electricity – including hopefully at Tadapani where we contributed towards their electricity project last year! The bedrooms are simple, with beds rather than bunks, usually twin or 3-bedded rooms shared only with members of the group. The food is varied and tasty, and mainly vegetarian: Dhal Bat (lentils & rice), dishes with potato and vegetables, egg, noodles, cheese. And the tea is plentiful (black tea, peppermint, ginger – and we’ll stop for tea at other tea houses along the way….!)
Currency: Nepali Rupee
Mobile reception: often iffy except in Kathmandu.