Over a suspension bridge bedecked with prayer flags, on a promontory overlooking the Modi Khola, sits the aptly named Sanctuary Lodge, amid half a mile of river frontage and blooming lawns full of marigolds, poinsettias and butterflies. A short walk from here down a gentle hill is the trekker’s base in Birethanti. Phewa Lake and the nearby subtropical forests are excellent for botanical and birding expeditions.
This stylish spot has 18 roomy rooms, each hand crafted by local artisans. Every room comes with en-suite bathroom, hot running water (hotter in the evening, when the solar cells are fullest), a comfy bed, and all the classic Mountain Lodges offerings, from cold bottled water to a hot water bottle—plus an Ayurvedic massage service, laundry, and wifi.
Against the hum of the roaring river, you’ll find fine service and pleasant routine guiding life at Sanctuary Lodge: Afternoon tea served at 4.30pm, happy hour with free drinks at six, a communal dinner at seven. At sunrise, guests gather outside for steaming cups of tea followed by breakfast of porridge and eggs, then most head out for their day's hike.
In the crisp morning light, you’ll break warm gurung bread alongside fellow guests, sharing a table with the world’s best views.Experience Details
Although the lodges are considered hike-in, hike-out, having a drivable road not far outside of camp provides a welcome sense of security. In case of illness or accident it’s quite easy to get a jeep to take you back to civilization in Pokhara.
This was our third and last of three lodges at which we stayed on our wonderful trekking adventure in Nepal. Reasonably comfortable in the circumstances; great atmosphere; and excellent staff and food (my wife even joined them in the kitchen during preparation).
Guest of Sanctuary Lodge, Mar 2019
Lovely setting by a river with good views. Rooms basic but very comfortable and staff very helpful. Good (UK style) food. Great place to relax after trekking. I would be very happy to return to do more trekking.
Guest of Sanctuary Lodge, Nov 2018