Ker and Downey Lodges
Annapurna Region, 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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Located in the Annapurna Mountains, the Ker and Downey Lodges offer the perfect opportunity to experience trekking in the Himalaya in luxury and comfort. With hot showers, comfortable beds and great food, these lodges are the best on offer whilst trekking
There are four lodges, each set about a half day’s walk apart from each other. There is some up and down but the walking is not too strenuous, allowing you to enjoy the views, local villages and people. Altitude is also not a problem here, with the highest lodge at 1,990m.
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. You will trek for around 4/5 hours each day, with your English speaking guide and porter who will carry everything for you, even your water bottle.
Sanctuary Lodge is situated in the Modi River Valley at an altitude of 1,060m. It is a charming luxury lodge with just 10 en-suite rooms. Along with its beautiful gardens and luxurious accommodation, there is a large living dining area, with roaring log fires, excellent service and sophisticated cuisine.
Built just above the village of Ghandruk, at an altitude of 1,990m, Himalaya Lodge has been designed in traditional style to blend in perfectly with the surrounding buildings. The 11 en-suite rooms all front on to lawns with expansive views of Ghandruk town and the awe-inspiring Annapurnas.
Situated at an altitude of 1,450 metres, Gurung Lodge is built along the lines of a traditional Nepalese village. Every room has a large ensuite bathroom and spectacular views of Annapurna South and Hiunchuli. The main building has log fires, comfortable chairs and serves delicious food in its dining area.
Basanta Lodge is set on the outskirts of Dhampus village and has seven charming ensuite rooms with sweeping views of the entire Annapurna Range. Like its sister lodges, it has delicious food and excellent service and it is a great place to end your trek. Ker and Downey Treks can range from 3 – 6 days.
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.
Due to the nature of the trekking, it is not recommended that younger children participate in this trip as they will tire easily.
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.
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.
Location & directions
Annapurna Region, 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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