During your Everest trek, you'll mostly eat at teahouses or lodges along the trail. These establishments cater to trekkers and offer a variety of meals to suit different tastes and dietary requirements.
Here are some common foods you can expect to find during your trek
This is the staple meal in Nepal, consisting of rice, lentil soup (dal), and vegetable curry. It's a nutritious and filling option, and you'll often find it served with pickles, greens, or papad (a thin, crispy bread). As the saying goes in Nepal, "Dal Bhat Power, 24 Hour!" This meal provides the energy you need for your trek and can be found at almost every teahouse.
These are Nepalese dumplings filled with vegetables, chicken, or buffalo meat, served steamed or fried. They are a popular snack or appetizer and are often accompanied by a dipping sauce.
You'll find various noodle dishes on teahouse menus, such as chow mein (stir-fried noodles with vegetables and meat), thukpa (a noodle soup with vegetables and meat), and the ever-popular instant noodles (Wai Wai or Rara noodles) served with vegetables and eggs or meat.
This is a popular dish among trekkers in the Everest region, as garlic is believed to help with acclimatization. Garlic soup is usually a simple, clear broth with plenty of garlic, vegetables, and sometimes noodles.
This is a fluffy, deep-fried bread that is often served for breakfast. You can enjoy it with honey, jam, or eggs.
Pancakes and porridge
Pancakes, either plain or with toppings like fruits or chocolate, are a common breakfast item. Similarly, porridge, usually made with oats or cornmeal, is served with milk, sugar, and sometimes fruits or nuts.
Pizza and pasta
Though not traditional Nepalese cuisine, many teahouses serve pizza and pasta dishes to cater to international trekkers. While the quality may not be the same as what you're used to at home, they can be a comforting and filling option after a long day of trekking.
Tea, coffee, and hot chocolate are widely available at teahouses. You'll also find a local drink called "chiya," a spiced milk tea made with black tea, milk, sugar, and spices like cardamom, ginger, and cinnamon.
When trekking in the Everest region, it's essential to maintain a well-balanced diet and stay well-hydrated. Keep in mind that as you ascend to higher altitudes, your appetite may decrease, and the variety of food options may become more limited. It's a good idea to carry snacks like granola bars, nuts, or dried fruit to keep your energy levels up throughout the day.