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Tiger Mountain Lodge

Overview


Tiger Mountain Pokhara Lodge is a stunning hilltop lodge that was opened by Sir Edmund Hillary in 1998. Situated on a hilltop ridge 300 metres (1000 feet) above the Pokhara Valley in West Nepal, it has spectacular views of Machhapuchhre and three of the world’s 8,000 metre (over 26,000 foot) peaks: Dhaulagiri, Annapurna and Manaslu.

The dramatic but tranquil setting captivates photographers, painters, writers and honeymooners. The Lodge sets new standards of hospitality with a growing reputation for its fresh local produce and an imaginative menu. It is the winner of several important international eco-tourism and food awards.

Eighteen rooms in hand-cut stone bungalows are arranged in clusters resembling a local village. The spacious rooms, with breathtaking views and set in private gardens, have verandas or balconies, attached bathrooms and are furnished with twin or king-sized beds. The walls are hung with watercolours of the area by British artist, Luke Piper, and historic photographs by Col. Jimmy Roberts.

The main Lodge is the focal point with its central handcrafted copper fireplace, seating areas and bar, decorated with authentic local artefacts. There is an airy dining room and plenty of outdoor terraces for drinks and meals al fresco. A special feature is the Library containing a unique collection of Himalayan mountaineering and other literature belonging to Col. Jimmy Roberts who in 1965, pioneering the trekking industry in Nepal.

The gardens are planted with indigenous trees, bamboo and shrubs. There are plenty of strategic viewpoints to enjoy a drink or simply meditate on the majestic white peaks. A swimming pool, ingeniously sited to reflect the snow-capped mountains, floats above the Bijaypur River far below.

 

 

Responsible Conservation Tourism

  • Independently verified since 2010 by Responsible Tourism Verification scheme – www.rtreporting.org
  • Active environmental and community programmes

 

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What to do  


In addition to simply relaxing in the Lodge’s tranquil atmosphere, activities include exploring the neighbouring Gurung, Chhetri and Brahmin villages, each with their distinctive culture, on foot, or on mountain bike. A variety of walks from two hours to a full day take you through villages long favoured as recruiting grounds for Gurkha soldiers. The area has a rich avian life for keen bird-watchers. All activities are led by Tiger Mountain’s expert guides. Sightseeing, shopping, golf, tennis and other sporting activities in the vicinity can be easily arranged. A range of complementary therapies is available under the concept of “The Essence of Tranquillity.”

Tiger Mountain Pokhara Lodge welcomes individuals, groups and families as a destination in itself or for a Pokhara stopover before or after a trek. A stay of two or three nights is recommended to benefit from the healthy mountain environs and relaxed pace of life. The attractions of the Lodge are ideally combined with Tiger Mountain’s other Nepal operations: Tiger Tops Jungle Lodge, Tented Camp and Tharu Lodge in Chitwan or Karnali Jungle Lodge and Tented Camp in Bardia.

Summary of service and facilities  


Rooms

  • 19 rooms in 13 bungalows with twin, double, double & single and triple bed options (18 for guests)
  • all rooms have attached bathrooms with toilet, basin and shower – hot water provided by either solar or electric heating
  • all rooms have private verandah and some have private garden area
  • rooms arranged in three clusters of 7, 8 and 4 rooms respectively
  • all rooms have mountain or extensive valley views
  • torches, umbrellas, information folders, writing paper, fresh flowers, traditional games and playing cards, etc., provided in all rooms
  • all rooms have electricity
  • hairdryers available on request
  • special gifts, pre-stamped postcards, etc., available on request

Dining Room

  • Two dining rooms available according to numbers of guests plus extensive al-fresco eating areas
  • Daily changing set menu comprising full cooked breakfast, nepali buffet lunch and served three-course continental dinner
  • Options for vegetarians and special dietary requirements are always available with prior notice
  • Options of light continental lunch and Nepali Thali for dinner on request
  • Complimentary light snacks, tea, coffee and hot chocolate are available between breakfast and dinner
  • Special organic nepali coffee, orthodox and herbal teas are available
  • Special menus available with prior notice
  • Picnic breakfasts, snacks & lunches available

Bar

  • Fully stocked bar with local and imported liquor, aperitifs, bitters, fortified wines, single malt whisky, Port and liqueurs available. Corkage is charged on guest’s own liquor if item is available in bar
  • Wine list with a range of New and Old World wines
  • Complimentary Bar snacks with evening drinks

Library

  • Colonel Jimmy’s Library – books may be borrowed
  • Light Reading Library – books may be borrowed or swapped

Sitting Room

  • Central fireplace and range of seating areas
  • Selection of local and western games, playing cards, etc.
  • Complimentary snacks available

Grounds

  • Swimming pool and Round House with view of Annapurna Himal
  • Naturalised gardens with wild flowers, terracing, bamboos and shrubs
  • Range of seating areas with mountain and valley views
  • Organic management herb and vegetable garden

Activities

  • A wide range of walks focussing on culture, wildlife, birds, exercise, etc., escorted by our own knowledgeable staff – a small charge may be levied for certain walks with vehicle prick-up or drop
  • Guided sightseeing tours of Pokhara at extra charge
  • Mountain bikes, paragliding, micro-light flights, museums, etc. all available at extra charge
  • Many walks included in the room cost
  • Reiki, Hara and Shiatsu massage available with prior notice
  • Yoga & meditation tuition and guidance with prior notice
  • Swedish massage, sauna and Turkish bath by arrangement
  • Tennis and golf by arrangement with local clubs

Internet

  • NCell data cards available
  • NCell Wifi will be available from March 2012

When to come and what to bring  


 

Tiger Mountain Pokhara Lodge is open from September to June. The winter (December to February) can be cold but with sunny days. Spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) have warm days and mild nights.

Casual cotton clothing is most suitable with comfortable and practical footwear. Dress at the Lodge is casual. A hat, binoculars, sunscreen, swimsuit and sunglasses are useful. A warm jacket or sweater for the autumn and winter evenings and a light raincoat for occasional showers are recommended.

 

Transfers 


Pokhara is a 30-minute flight from Kathmandu and has numerous daily services. A scenic drive from Kathmandu or Tiger Tops, on mountain roads through picturesque landscape, takes about six hours from either start-point. Tiger Mountain Pokhara Lodge is a 40 minute drive from Pokhara town. The route to the Lodge is signed from the main road.

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