Set atop the village of Ghandruk, the most culturally rich and fascinating settlement in the area, this friendly and dependable 18-room property offers altitude, superb views of mountains and terraced fields, and plenty of roaming wildlife. From here, some continue on to Annapurna Base Camp.
Rooms are immaculate, spacious and welcoming. After a day’s hike, you’ll be glad to step into a large shower with plenty of hot water, and a comfortable bed, piled with thick blankets and duvets. The hot water bottle placed in your bed while you are still dining assures you a cozy bedtime.
The first thing you notice on arrival at Himalaya Lodge (besides the friendly dogs that come to welcome you) is your proximity to the massive peaks of Annapurna South and neighbor Hiunchuili. The mountain views here are some of the most spectacular in Nepal. Grab a lounger and take in the sunset at happy hour with a few Gorkha beers. For those headed higher, this will be your last luxe stop for a few days.
Named one of the prettiest towns of Asia by CNN Travel, the high-altitude village of Ghandruk is a unique slice of Himalayan life.Experience Details
To stand with a mug of tea warming your palms, gazing at the magnificent amphitheatre of white mountain peaks, the climax of the Annapurna Sanctuary trek, is to feel both humble and privileged.Experience Details
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
The insistent drumbeat echoes under the starlit sky as Gurung ladies sway to its rhythm, in red velvet tops with heavy beads, nose rings and big gold earrings framing bold smiles.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
It does get cold at night up at this elevation, but the lodge provides a heavy down jacket, gloves, and hat in your room, as well as Crocs for indoors, so the only footwear you need to bring is hiking boots. And things warm up immediately the sun comes up. With the terrific views and the very good cell signal, this is a great place for that video call to the family. (Better still, bring them along.)
Just fantastic in every way! From the moment we arrived in fresh lemonade and the tea served in our room, to the wonderful fire during drinks and snacks, it was just great. Momos at dinner delicious and breakfast in the cold morning with Gurung bread superb. One of the memorable experiences of our trip but the views.......wow!
Guest of Himalaya Lodge, Aug 2019