their own solar power and solar heating system, and finally, they generate their own biogas (black water produced at the hotel and livestock manure from the farm are used to create methane gas which is used to cook the food grown at the hotel). When it comes to heating at this hotel, eco-briquettes are used to fuel fires. These briquettes are carbon neutral, which is better for the environment than burning coal, a non-sustainable fossil fuel.
The Pavilions Himalayas
The Pavilions Himalayas
‘A place where relaxation and adventure meet. Enjoy yoga classes or see the Annapurna mountains. The possibilities are endless.’
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From $135 USD per night, includes breakfast
Delicious homegrown, organic cuisine
14 luxurious villas powered by clean energy
Infinity pool with sensational views
Profits are reinvested into the community
Unwind in the yoga and meditation studio
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‘Milk the buffalo in the morning to enjoy a cup of Nepali tea you won’t forget!’
Join the team on the organic farm, where you can pick your own produce. The chef will then cook a delicious meal for you. Or embark on the farm tour where you can even milk a cow!
Try out the morning birdwatching walk in the Chisapani Forest. Spot some unique birds and take in the breathtaking views of the mountain.
Experience the untamed rivers, never-ending thrills, and natural beauty with each twist and turn with the incredible rafting or kayaking through Seti Gandaki (seasonal activity).
Look out onto the breathtaking natural landscape of the Himalayas from your own private terrace. The 14 luxurious villas showcase a classic Nepalese design with plenty of modern comforts.
All the furniture is handcrafted by local craftsmen
Your ‘grey water’ is reused for the loo flushing
Design reflects Nepalese culture
The jacuzzi in the bathroom
Meet your Host
Meet Douglas and Insuba, owners of Pavilions Himalayas.
Douglas was only planning to live in Nepal for 1 year, but 25+ years later he hasn’t looked back. His passions include hiking and running in the mountains.
‘Our NGO is an organisation that helps children and women in Nepal. When I heard that 1 in 33 pregnant women die due to easily avoidable causes, I felt compelled to help. I believe that poverty is not about wealth, it’s about not having a voice and not having an opportunity.’
Discover more with their ‘Behind the Green’ interview HERE.
Need to Know
The hotels facilities are regrettably not suitable for wheelchair users at this time.
As you’ll be in the very heart of nature and will be close to a jungle in the midst of farmland, you can naturally expect to encounter creepy crawlies from time to time.
Contrary to popular belief Nepal is not freezing cold all year. Expect to feel the humid and hot weather as well as the chill or arctic-like weather in the Himalayas.
The Pavilions Himalayas is situated in the rich farmland of the Chisapamni Village in Pokhara, Nepal. This tranquil valley setting is ideally located near the centre of the vibrant city.
Pokhara is known as the ‘gateway to the Annapurna Circuit’, a popular trail of the Himalayas, making this the perfect place for hikers.
How To Get There
There are regular 25-minute flights available from Kathmandu to Pokhara, where the hotel’s vehicle will pick you up for a 20-minute transfer, half of which is on a bumpy dirt track. You will be welcomed with a refreshing mocktail and a lot of friendly faces. Alternatively, you can drive from Kathmandu and explore the countryside, but this will take you approximately 6 hours depending on the traffic.
EnergyThe Pavilions Himalayas runs on 3 sources of energy; the main grid is hydro-power which is provided by the Nepalese government. This power is clean and renewable, the hotel also has...
WaterEvery effort is made to conserve and reuse water at The Pavilions Himalayas. Rainwater is collected in large tanks underneath the villas which is then filtered and purified to be...Read More >>
be used in showers, baths and bathroom sinks. Grey water produced at the hotel is pumped back into the toilets for reuse, used to water the vegetable gardens and even sometimes allowed to flow back into the ground to boost the underground water-table levels so that no grey water is wasted. Once grey water is flushed down the toilet, it becomes black water and is then stored in tanks to create biogas.
WasteThe Pavilions Himalayas strives to be 100% plastic free, with the only plastic in use being biodegradable. Guests are discouraged from using plastic bottles and the kitchen aims to use...Read More >>
use items that are not packaged in plastic. As well as this avoidance of plastic, all tin cans, bottles and paper are collected from the hotel and recycled. Even organic waste is recycled, being used for compost to fertilise the vegetable gardens and the fields.
BiodiversityThe hotel actively participates in conserving and protecting the forest by supporting the Forest/Jungle Management Committee...Read More >>
by closing the forest, and only opening it up once every 2 years for firewood chopping in designated areas. They stimulate and support replanting in areas that have previously been chopped, and support the committee to restrict the amount of bundles that are allowed by each household. Also, previously advocating against the use of dangerous fishing practices in their “Phurse-Khola’ (Phurse river) which flows in front of their village, has now been banned.
FoodOther than tea and salt, the hotel grows all of its own ingredients to be used in the kitchen. They currently grow their own rice, lentils, garlic, ginger and other...Read More >>
vegetables, seasonal fruits and much more. Meat and dairy products are sourced from the farm. The kitchen even has its own bakery on-site too. Fresh seasonal fruit juices are available, but other drinks are imported. Anything that the kitchen doesn’t have enough of is sourced locally to reduce food miles.
Engage GuestsGuests at the hotel are invited to tour the onsite organic farm where they are encouraged to milk the cows or buffalo, and to pick fresh eggs and vegetables, in which they receive a discount...Read More >>
on their food for doing so. Guests can also get involved in other farm activities to learn about organic produce, such as making vegetable beds, planting seeds and replanting saplings. Furthermore, the hotel is ideally located in a rice paddy valley as well as being surrounded by hills populated with dense forests and local cultural villages nearby that guests can explore. The hotel have naturalist guides who can escort guests to explore the surroundings, go on bird-watching tours, visit the village or even go on more strenuous hiking half day or full day tours, all of which do not require transport as they are on the doorstep. Guests also have the opportunity to use mountain bikes to help them get around the area.
ArchitectureAll of the eco-villas at The Pavilions Himalayas are made from natural mountain rock and are chipped in the local Nepalese style. All of these villas have been specially insulated...Read More >>
using natural elements. AC is only offered in 6 of the villas with the use of it discouraged because it is not needed. The roof of the buildings were designed at a lower angle in order to have a larger roof space for rainwater harvesting. The Pavilions Himalayas also offers guests the chance to stay in eco tents which are made from locally sourced reclaimed wood and certified canvas from South Africa. All of the labourer’s for construction were from local villages in order to provide sustainable livelihoods for them and support the community.
HousekeepingThe Pavilions Himalayas creates their own biodegradable paper soaps and they also have their own signature toiletries such as shower gels and shampoo, which are all made from natural...Read More >>
Nepalese ingredients and offered in refillable bottles.
CommunityThe Pavilions Hotel is based on three W’s; 'Work', which means providing sustainable jobs for the local people so they are not exploited by modern day slavery. 'Wisdom', which includes working with locals...Read More >>
to help them to be more kind to the environment and wealth, which is demonstrated through 70% of the hotel’s profits going into funding social projects. These projects include the Right4Children NGO which aims to assist local schools through initiatives such as setting up a computer lab and teacher training. Right4Children recently set up the FAB Hospitality school which takes in young people who have been rescued from slavery and abuse and educates them to create a sustainable livelihood in the future. The hotel also supports the ‘Aisha Primary health Clinic’ to provide medical support in the local area. Alongside the social initiatives they support, the use of the hotel's bio-gas system is promoted within the village, in which more households have installed them since. The hotel recently started a plastic-free village campaign and clean-up initiatives so that their influence continues throughout the valley and they can educate the local people about the importance. of avoiding plastic, especially in terms of conservation as it focuses on how littering can be fatal to the local wildlife. They promote organic kitchen gardens in the village, which most households get involved in. This initiative aims to promote fresh vegetables grown in organic compost with the use of organic pesticides, this also protects bees and stimulates the production of honey.
"Could have stayed longer"
I stayed three nights at one of the Chalet rooms which are huge and equipped with all you need. Especially nice is the terrace which offers views towards the surrounding landscape including some mountains. Breakfast and food were very good!
Maumere, Tripadvisor, September 2019
"The most memorable days ever!"
We’ve stayed in hotel around one week! I wish we’ve stay more... I felt as if I born again. If you are looking for totally new experience, unforgettable vacation , total solitude with nature and reboot -here we go!
Katrina, Tripadvisor, June 2019
"Worth the journey outside of Pokara "
This is a clean, hospitable, and sustainable retreat outside of Pokara. The drive to the hotel alone is a beautiful experience with farmers washing their water buffalo along the river.
Maria Camille H, Tripadvisor, June 2019
" Blissful healing"
Wow! What a unique experience. Pavilions Himalayas is one of a kind. Beautifully appointed rooms with heavenly views and loads of privacy. The staff were amazing and friendly from the moment we arrived. Love the commitment to local community and environment.
Leonie Smith, Tripadvisor, June 2019
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