During your trek in the Everest region, the availability of hot showers and electricity can vary depending on the altitude and the teahouses or lodges you stay in.
Here's what you can expect:
Lower altitudes: In the lower altitude villages such as Lukla, Phakding, and Namche Bazaar, teahouses and lodges usually provide hot showers. These showers are typically heated by solar power, gas, or electricity. Some teahouses may charge a small fee for hot showers, while others may include the cost in the room price.
Higher altitudes: As you ascend to higher altitudes, hot showers become less common and may not be available in some teahouses. In these cases, you may be provided with a bucket of hot water for a sponge bath or a portable shower bag. Keep in mind that the water temperature might not be as warm as you are used to, and the cost of a hot shower or bucket of hot water can increase with altitude.
Lower altitudes: In lower altitude villages, electricity is typically available in teahouses and lodges. However, power outages can occur, so it's essential to be prepared with a backup power source such as a portable charger or spare batteries for your electronic devices.
Higher altitudes: In higher altitude villages, electricity is usually available but may be less reliable, with more frequent power outages. Some teahouses and lodges rely on solar power, which can be limited due to weather conditions. Charging electronic devices may also incur an additional fee, which tends to increase as you gain altitude.
To ensure you have access to power and hot showers during your trek, consider the following tips:
- Carry a portable solar charger or power bank to keep your electronic devices charged, especially in areas with limited electricity.
- Bring quick-drying, moisture-wicking towels and wet wipes for personal hygiene when hot showers are not available.
- Be prepared to pay additional fees for hot showers and charging electronic devices, particularly at higher altitudes.
- Inquire about the availability of hot showers and electricity at teahouses and lodges when booking your accommodation to avoid surprises.
Keep in mind that hot showers and reliable electricity are luxuries in the Everest region, and it's essential to be flexible and prepared for limited access to these amenities during your trek.