Basanta Lodge

Dhampus, Nepal

At a Glance

  • The best lodges in the Annapurna Region offering excellent service and food

  • Located in four locations, each about 4-5 hours from each other

  • The lodges provide a private guide and sherpa who will carry your bags

  • All meals are included, and a happy hour each evening offering house drinks

  • They offer bed tea in the morning and there is nothing better than to sip your tea looking at the views before you set off walking

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Nepal has a Monsoonal climate with four main seasons. Autumn and spring are the two most favourable seasons for visiting Nepal. Autumn (September to early December) brings in clear weather with sunny days and warm nights. Spring (March to May) with occasional rain falls. From June to September, is the monsoon season. Uncomfortable time to visit as the climate of Nepal at this time of year brings about hot weather and rain falls almost every day.

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Insider's View

Ghandruk is worth adding even though it involves a steep climb from the other three lodges which are located further down the valley. It offers the closest views and the most rewarding Himalayan village experience.

Ask chef to prepare you his signature spicy potatoes as a snack whilst enjoying happy hour - they are delicious!

Wake just before sunrise and have breakfast in the garden and watch the sun light up the mountains in front of you changing the mountains from pink, orange to bright white as the sun finally rises.

Call us on 020 3993 8476 to start planning your holiday to Basanta Lodge or take a look at our itineraries to Annapurna Region

Description

Basanta Lodge is set on the outskirts of Dhampus village and has eight charming ensuite rooms with sweeping views of the entire Annapurna Range. Like its sister lodges, it has delicious food and excellent service.

Bassanta Lodge forms part of the Ker and Downey Collection of lodges spread out within the Annapurna Conservation Area and separated by scenic, moderate 4-6 hour hikes. Each lodge has its own unique characteristics and views. Basanta Lodge in Dhamous is the smallest and most itimate of the lodges and is surrounded by bamboo and conifer forests and steep hillside terraces.
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Accommodation

Every room in each lodge has an en-suite bathroom with hot running water and everything is provided from sheets and blankets to hot water bottles, down jackets, scarves and hats.

Childcare

Due to the nature of the trekking, it is not recommended that younger children participate in this trip as they will tire easily.

Facilities

Facilities at the lodges include a main dining room and bar where there is a happy hour each evening. There are beautiful gardens in each of the lodges. In most of the main dining halls there are lovely fireplaces where guests group around on colder evenings. Meals are all varied, and are ideally created for weary legs. Foot massages can be arranged.

Reviews

5

Julie Geyton (Staff)

After a five hour hike from Gurung Lodge you reach Dhampus Village and the beautiful Bandanta Lodge.  A simple Nepalese style lodge with just eight rooms  all with ensuite bathrooms.  Like Gurung Lodge run by Ker and Downey the lodges have stone floors decorated with Tebetan carpets, blankets and art work. Run by solar energy and using organic produce service is amazing and food simple but plentiful.  Staff give amazing service but again its the amazing views of the Annapurna Mountain range that blow your mind.

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Jack Mace (Staff)

I stayed at Basanta lodge for the last night of my trek and I'm glad I did - what an amazing spot! I started my day in another valley at the Gurung Lodge, Basanta'a sister property, and trekked over in the morning. We started at 8am and it was a 1.5/2 hour uphill trek to get the morning started - lucky I had a big breakfast! After the initial incline, the remainder of the journey is relatively flat and boasts incredible views. You'll cross by waterfalls, walk through the jungles and enjoy this spectacular landscape until you come to Australian Camp. Perched on the top of the hill this is a great place to stop for a cuppa and drink in the views. From here it's about a 45-minute easy decent to Basanta Lodge. As will the other mountain lodges you are met by a host of smiling faces of the staff, all waiting to make your stay as relaxed and enjoyable as possible. The lodge is relatively small with just 8 well-appointed rooms, a dining / bar area and a small beautifully landscaped garden out front. But what this lodge lacks in size, it makes up for in its views - wow! You have 180 incredible views of the Himalayas in front, on a clear day you'll see Annapurna 1,2,3,4 & south, fish tail and more. Throughout your stay here you'll also enjoy some fantastic food, the chef's been here for 18 years so he really knows what he's doing!

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Daniel Smith (Staff)

The Ker & Downey lodges are the best on offer in the Annapurna Region. They blend comfort and excellent service without losing the romance of trekking in the Himalaya. All rooms are en suite, and they offer a perfect retreat to rest after a day's walking. The local staff are all excellent, and the whole operation is run to perfection.

Experiences

  • Helicopter Ride to Mustang & Annapurna Sanctuary

    Take a helicopter flight from Pokhara to the Kingdom of Mustang where you will stop to explore for a few hours (and possibly have an audience with the king), before flying to the Annapurna Sanctuary witnessing stunning views all around you.

Holiday Ideas

  • Authentic Nepal

    Kathmandu, Nuwakot, Bandipur, Annapurna Trek, Pokhara & Dhulikhel

    from £3700 pp inc flights & transfers for 13 nights

    • This itinerary takes you off the beaten track into small towns and villages between Kathmandu and Pokhara
    • Stay in characterful and charming villages throughout the journey, to really get a taste of rural local life in Nepal
    • Includes an amazing three-day trek in the Annapurna Range
  • Simply Nepal

    Kathmandu, Annapurna Trek & Pokhara

    from £2400 pp inc flights & transfers for 7 nights

    • Fantastic introduction to Nepal, covering all of the key highlights
    • Chance to experience the beauty of the Annapurna region with a fantastic two night trek.  
    • The itinerary provides a fantastic mix of culture, adventure and relaxation. The itinerary can be tailored depending on tastes and can be as relaxed or adventurous as you like.

Location & directions

Dhampus, Nepal

This collection of lodges are spread out within the Annapurna Conservation Area, separated by picturesque terrain and a moderate half-day hike.

How to get there

10-hour flight (with one change) to Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport plus 1-hour domestic flight to Pokhara. Alternatively, its a 5-hour drive from Kathmandu.

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