Since a number of tea houses/ lodges have been built recently in the most of the famed trekking routes, the walking treks/ lodge treks/tea house treks have become easy and popular. Beds and blankets as well as dinners and breakfast are provided by the lodges where guests will spend the night. Hence, one does not have to carry sleeping bags, mattress, etc. But in high altitudes, be aware, it is often cold and the blanket provided by the lodge may not be enough to keep you warm. So it is recommended for this type of lodge trek, you carry a sleeping bag (available for hire). Without the need of many porters and a kitchen staff, walking holiday/ lodge treks are cheaper than camping treks. Staff on a walking holiday includes a guide and, as needed, assistant guides. One guide is adequate for a group of 3 trekkers. For larger groups, assistant guides may be provided- one assistant guide for each 3 trekkers. Porters are provided at the request and needs of the trekkers. A porter carries a maximum of 20 kg. So naturally, with more luggage and thus more porters, the cost of a walking holiday/lodge trek/tea house trek will increase.
Most of the tea houses/guest house lodges have only basic facilities and their rooms/beds are plain. The food offered is simple and always includes fresh Nepali Dal Bhat (rice, dal, and curry vegetables- the main diet of Nepalis) though in many places limited western foods are available. In the more popular trekking routes, guest houses/tea houses are fancier, with a wider selection of breakfast, lunch and dinner. And along the route on a walking holiday trek, there are shops selling snacks, sundries, bottled water. The normal lodge trek day is relaxed, and begins with a light breakfast given by one’s lodge. Lunch is bought at a tea house on the way. After lunch, trekkers rest for a short while, and then again walk until they reach the next booked lodge where they will eat dinner and spend the night. On average, trekkers walk 4 to 5 hours a day. This depends on the availability of lodges and the route/mountain passes they have to traverse. Sometimes trekkers may have to walk up to 7 hours.
Understand, in remote areas of Nepal there are rarely lodges or tea houses. Walking holidays/lodge treks are not possible. An organized camping trek is the only option.