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Ker & Downey Lodges

The Annapurna Himalaya, Nepal

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3/5 The 10 rooms at Gurung Lodge are simply but comfortably furnished
The 10 rooms at Gurung Lodge are simply but comfortably furnished
4/5 Hiking between lodges in Nepal's Annapurna foothills the snow-covered peaks of the Himalaya are rarely out of sight. This is the view from Basanta Lodge, Dhampus
© Ker&Downey; Hiking between lodges in Nepal's Annapurna foothills the snow-covered peaks of the Himalaya are rarely out of sight. This is the view from Basanta Lodge, Dhampus
5/5 Ghandruk in the snow in early February
Ghandruk in the snow in early February

In the foothills of the Annapurnas to the west of Pokhara there are four excellent lodges, around five hours walk apart, built and managed by Ker & Downey. Located on the fringe of small hill villages each lodge is built in the traditional Nepali style, has 10 to 18 rooms, and is surrounded by pretty gardens.

Often called luxury lodges, they are actually relatively simple, but with their high standards of maintenance and service, and en-suite bathrooms with hot water they are certainly luxurious in this remote part of the world and there is nothing else like them in the Annapurna. Three course set evening meals are served at the communal dining table after drinks and appetisers around the fire, or on the terrace with a view of the mountains. Down jackets, wool gloves and hats are provided in each of the rooms.

The lodges operate as ecologically as possible. Food is prepared using gas, electricity for low level lighting is supplied by generator and hot water is provided by solar energy. The wood that is burnt for fires is driftwood. Local school children might give a short cultural performance and funds raised from these go directly to the school or communal village projects.

Ker & Downey bases its entire Nepal operation on the strict principles and traditions of the Gurkhas and they are a central part of their team. Together with locally recruited Sherpa porters and lodge staff, guests are assured a level of service and care essential to a safe yet exciting adventure.

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Simple but comfortably furnished lodges with 10-18 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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