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    Default Basic or Standard room for Tea-Houses

    Hi, i will be travelling to Nepal the 1st time in Dec and I need your comments if you think the basic room is good enough? What I understand that the basic room will have to use the shared toilet and a standard room comes with a private toilet. Are there a lot of differences between budget and good hotels? Thanks for replying.....

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    Default Re: Basic or Standard room for Tea-Houses

    Here are a couple of photos showing the difference between basic, standard and luxury toilets on trek.
    Basic:
    http://homepage.ntlworld.com/daniel....eb/tibtoil.jpg
    Standard:
    http://homepage.ntlworld.com/daniel....structions.jpg
    Luxury:
    http://homepage.ntlworld.com/daniel....eb/niceloo.jpg
    Although it doesn't look it, the first picture, a Tibetan earth toilet, is the nicest to visit. Most lodges have communal loos, very often outside. Occasionally you get a room with a 'toilet' en-suite but if you're offered always choose a room without a loo! Who knows what will come crawling out during the night.
    There is a journal on the web where a trekker describes dropping his head torch into the loo and fishing it out. Brave.
    Toilets in Nepal are part of the trekking experience......
    Huw
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    http://nepaljournals.googlepages.com/home

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    Default Re: Basic or Standard room for Tea-Houses

    I've just re-read my post and perhaps I should make it clear that I was being a bit tongue in cheek. Seriously, most lodge accommodation is similar with communal Asian squat loos and you very quickly get used to them.
    Huw

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    Default Re: Basic or Standard room for Tea-Houses

    That all depends on your standards. But of course, if you happen to have a dose of the squits then toilet facilities are of the utmost importance.

    There is a great deal of variation in the standard of room on a teahouse trek. Only the most modern and upmarket lodges will have rooms with attached toilets, whether they be western style thrones or Nepali style squat toilets. The older (and more "traditional") lodges have very simple rooms with at best a shared bathrooms and more likely an outhouse with a shortdrop over a stinky pit.

    I recommend that you go with an open mind and be prepared to "slum it" a bit, your options may be limited and you have to settle for what is available. Bear in mind that the newest/smartest lodges are not necessarily the best. You might get a better room/toilet at a fancy new lodge, but as often as not it's the quality of the welcome and dahl bhat that makes the stay enjoyable.

    Good illustrations from Huw

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    thanks so much for the valuable replies. I decided that i will rough it out there! btw most rooms don't come with heater right?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Huw
    Here are a couple of photos showing the difference between basic, standard and luxury toilets on trek.
    Basic:
    http://homepage.ntlworld.com/daniel....eb/tibtoil.jpg
    Standard:
    http://homepage.ntlworld.com/daniel....structions.jpg
    Luxury:
    http://homepage.ntlworld.com/daniel....eb/niceloo.jpg
    Although it doesn't look it, the first picture, a Tibetan earth toilet, is the nicest to visit. Most lodges have communal loos, very often outside. Occasionally you get a room with a 'toilet' en-suite but if you're offered always choose a room without a loo! Who knows what will come crawling out during the night.
    There is a journal on the web where a trekker describes dropping his head torch into the loo and fishing it out. Brave.
    Toilets in Nepal are part of the trekking experience......
    Huw
    --
    http://nepaljournals.googlepages.com/home
    wow i have never seen such toilets before.
    erm all look the same to me, meaning all of them don't look luxury to me at all.
    thank for the pics! really make me more prepared mentally! heh

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    Default Re: Basic or Standard room for Tea-Houses

    >>I decided that i will rough it out there! btw most rooms don't come with heater right?

    Now you're writing tongue in cheek?! No heating of course, some have electricity, usually a 20watt bulb which doesn't give off a lot of heat...
    By the way picture 3 in my other post is the most typical of lodge toilets we came across in Annapurna and in Gokyo. They're ok really.
    Regards
    Huw
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    http://nepaljournals.googlepages.com/home

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    haha okie thanks for the reply!

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