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Himalaya Lodge, Ghandruk

The Annapurna Himalaya, Nepal

1/5 Ghandruk in the snow in early February
Ghandruk in the snow in early February
2/5 Setting up for breakfast at Himalaya Lodge
Setting up for breakfast at Himalaya Lodge
3/5 Trekking on the trails in the Annapurna it's good to know that there's a welcome at a comfy lodge at the end of the day
Trekking on the trails in the Annapurna it's good to know that there's a welcome at a comfy lodge at the end of the day
4/5 Himalaya Lodge, Ghandruk
Himalaya Lodge, Ghandruk
5/5 View over Ghandruk and the Annapurna range
View over Ghandruk and the Annapurna range

The first thing you notice on arrival at Himalaya Lodge is the massive peaks of Annapurna South (7219m) and its neighbour Hiunchuili (6441m) towering over the valley. The lodge is built around a 19th cuntury Gurung village house perched above the ancient village of Ghandruk in the Modi Khola Valley at an altitude of 1980m (6500 ft).

The village is a major recruitment centre for Gurkha soldiers and is the hub of the Annapurna Conservation Area Project which promotes many varied eoclogical projects. A wander around the village reveals small shops and farm houses, tea houses and the comings and goings of local people transporting goods from one village to the next in the company of donkeys, mules and chickens.

The lodge's 10 rooms are simple but very comfortable, with en-suite bathroom and shared veranda. The lovely staff ensures you are well looked after before leaving guests to share stories around a roaring log fire (the only heating in the lodge) after dinner.  The sunrise views from here, viewed through the steam of a hot cup of tea brought to your door,  must be some of the most spectacular in Nepal.

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Simple but comfortably furnished lodge with 10 rooms with en-suite bathroom and communal dining

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About The Annapurna Himalaya and Nepal

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1/5 The Annapurna Himal
The Annapurna Himal
2/5 Small farms and terraced fields cling to the hillsides of the lower Annapurna
Small farms and terraced fields cling to the hillsides of the lower Annapurna
3/5 View of the Annapurna from a walking trail near Ghandruk
View of the Annapurna from a walking trail near Ghandruk
4/5 Wheat and barley are grown on terraces in the Annapurna
Wheat and barley are grown on terraces in the Annapurna
5/5 View of the Annapurna range in Nepal's Himalaya
View of the Annapurna range in Nepal's Himalaya

The Annapurna Himalaya

Forming part of the Greater Himalaya, the Annapurna range provides a stunning backdrop to a stay in Pokhara or the basis for a variety of awe-inspiring walks and treks in the region. It is broken into groups of massifs divided by glaciers and rivers draining down from the Tibetan plateau with an incredible nine peaks over 7000m (22 965ft), dominated by Annapurna 1 at 8091m (26 545ft). Read more?

1/5 A typical village in the fothills of the Annapurna
A typical village in the fothills of the Annapurna
2/5 Smoke rises from the funeral pyres on the burning ghats at Pashupatinath on the Bagmati River
Smoke rises from the funeral pyres on the burning ghats at Pashupatinath on the Bagmati River
3/5 Phewa Tal, Pokhara
Phewa Tal, Pokhara
4/5 Devotee making offerings at a Hindu shrine in Kathmandu Nepal
Devotee making offerings at a Hindu shrine in Kathmandu Nepal
5/5 The huge stupa at Boudhanath
The huge stupa at Boudhanath

Nepal

Sandwiched between mighty neighbours, China and Tibet to the north and India to the south, what Nepal lacks in land mass it makes up for with the most spectacular mountain scenery in the world, an incredible melting pot of cultures and a remarkable range of stunning landscapes all within its tiny confines. Read more?

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