ACCOMMODATION IN NEPAL: HOTELS/ HOMESTAYS/ BASIC LODGES
In places visited by a lot of tourists, such as Kathmandu, Pokhara, Chitwan, Lumbini, Nagarkot and Dhulikhel, there are many accommodation choices for all budgets and requirements, including 5-star hotels and heritage hotels. 4 and 5-star hotels usually provide amenities like hair dryers, irons and ironing boards in their rooms. Please verify when checking in. In smaller towns like Palpa, Bandipur, Trishuli etc., the choice of accommodation may be limited.
Generally, all hotels in Nepal have a check-in time of noon to 2 PM, and check-out time from 11 AM to noon. Depending on the availability of rooms, early check-ins may be available. Similarly, late check-outs depend upon room availability and may require an extra fee.
For more information on the hotels that you have booked, we recommend checking their website. Most hotels update their websites frequently, but should you need more information, please do not hesitate to contact your contact at Royal Mountain Travel.
Recently, the government has banned most vehicles from inner Thamel, and our vehicles are not allowed to pick up or drop clients off at hotels in Thamel, such as Kathmandu Guest House, Hotel Marshyangdi, Hotel Vaishali etc. Instead, we have been sending a tour officer along with the driver so they can coordinate with the driver for client pick-up and drop-off. We have information that the government plans to expand the no-vehicle zone area in Thamel, so we will update you accordingly.
Please always carry your hotel card with you while you are away from your hotel. If you cannot find your way back to your hotel you can always ask for help by showing your hotel card at a local shop.
While trekking, in some places deluxe lodges are available. As part of our sustainable tourism initiatives to benefit the local people, Royal Mountain Travel generally base our quotes on accommodation in basic lodges. While choosing basic lodges along trekking routes we make sure that they are run by local families and have good, clean rooms and prepare hygienic food.
The rooms in basic lodges are very simple and with limited amenities but come with a bed, mattresses and pillows. Some may have blankets, but we recommend bringing your own sleeping bag. The bathroom may be attached or shared. You need your own toiletries, toilet paper, hand sanitizer and towel while trekking. Newly built lodges may have a Western-style toilet, but most have squat toilets only.
Should you be interested in staying in comfortable lodges, please mention this early on and we will take this into consideration when providing you with a quote. Comfort lodges are available in the Khumbu and Annapurna areas only, in limited locations.
Wi-Fi is generally available in all big cities and small towns. Depending on the accommodation you book, Wi-Fi may be free or come at extra cost. Most standards to 3-star hotels provide free Wi-Fi to their guests, whereas 4 and 5-star hotels charge extra. Check with the reception.
While trekking, Wi-Fi services are available mostly available in the Everest and Annapurna regions but generally cost an extra fee.
If you prefer to take hot showers while trekking, please note that these generally cost an extra fee, to be paid directly at the lodge. Hot water showers are usually either powered by solar heaters or gas geysers. The cost may vary from NPR 100 to 500, depending on the location.