What Basanta lodge lacks in scale, it makes up for in oversized views. On a clear day, the Phedi and Mardi Valleys are spread out before you, along with Annapurna 1,2,3,4 and South, and the closest and most impressive of the range, Machapuchare —Fishtail Mountain.
Eight bright rooms set in a row face the fantastic panoramic views of the Annapurna Range. You’ll find stone floors adorned with Nepalese carpets, blankets and artwork. Run by solar energy, there’s hot running water in the well-designed en suite bathroom. Little touches, such as the cozy slippers and jackets you can snuggle into during the cooler hours, add to the comfort.
Comprising rooms, restaurant, bar, and a beautifully landscaped garden terrace, Basanta Lodge feels like a mountainside secret. There’s a real retreat ambiance here, where simple pleasures and natural surroundings take center stage. At Happy Hour, guests gather on the grassy terrace for drinks and foot massages as the sun sets over the mountains then head into the cozy dining room with roaring fire and small bar for dinner.
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
Sweet milky tea is the language of hospitality in Nepal. Whether in a Sherpa or a Gurung home, along a trekking trail, or on first arrival at your lodge, you will be offered a cup—or more usually a glass—of Nepali chiya.Experience Details
Approaching a working monastery certain sounds begin to fill the air: the fluttering of prayer flags, the hum of monks chanting in unison, the periodic blowing of a traditional trumpet, the crashing of cymbals and the thud of ritual drums.Experience Details
Nearby activities include guided nature walks where you’ll discover the flora and fauna of the uplands, from thick bamboo forests to conifer glades and fields of rhododendron; a range of trekking and hiking programs in the nearby valleys; farming demonstrations on tiered hillsides, or a visit to little Dhampus village—famous as a stopover for hikers en-route to serious climbs.
The view of the mountains was mind blowing. We did not want for anything. I appreciated all the little extra touches - tea brought to my porch, with some spicy cookies, a clothesline to hang up our damp clothing and SUPERB service and dining. All meals we were served were epicurean delights, in my books. After dinner, musical instruments came out, and along with my guide and porter, and Santosh himself, and the chef, we had a great evening of fun and dancing.
Guest of Basanta Lodge, Mar 2020
We enjoyed that breakfast was served outside on the lawn so we could admire the Annapurna Mountains in their full glory.
Guest of Basanta Lodge, Dec 2019