Tiger Mountain Pokhara Lodge

Nepal, Asia

Tiger Mountain Pokhara Lodge

Nepal, Asia

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‘Framing the sentinel peak of Machhapuchhre, Tiger Mountain Pokhara Lodge offers guests the chance to explore the Annapurna Himal, day walks in the Himalayan foothills or to relax with breath-taking views.’

Overview

  • Highlights

    • Rural mountain setting
    • Paragliding & cycling activities
    • Close to the Annapurna Circuit trek
    • Partnered with conservation charities
    • Yoga classes for guests to enjoy
    • Guided flora & fauna walks
    • Clean, sustainable energy source
    • Organic produce from on-site garden
    • Designed like a traditional Nepali village
    • All food waste is composted
    • Check-in: Anytime before 4:00pm

    Minimum stay: 1 night
    Equivalent price per night: From $470 USD

    The lodge is closed: June to 4th of September for the monsoon

  • Local Knowledge

    Pokhara is thought of as the gateway to the Annapurna Circuit in the Himalayas. It is a vibrant city, full of life and activity. The lodge offers guests the chance to enjoy a quieter environment with activities such as yoga and cycling, but venturing into the city there is plenty to do and see beyond the mountain views and hikes, such as:

    • Phewa Lake, 45 min drive (12km)
    • Mahendra Cave, 45 min drive (16km)
    • Tel Barahi Temple, 45 min drive (13km)
    • Davi’s Fall, 45 min drive (13km)
    • World Peace Pagoda, 45 min drive (16km)
  • Location

    Situated in the rural mountain setting of Kandani Danda, 14km from Pokhara, Tiger Mountain Pokhara Lodge is designed like a peaceful Nepali village, a serene escape from Nepal’s lively cities. Guests can expect to see views of the sentinel peak of Machhapuchhre, a mountain within the Annapurna Himalayas that is protected as it is sacred to the local Gurung community.

    • Distance from airport: Pokhara Airport, 45 min drive (14km)
    • Key attraction: International Mountain Museum, 45 min drive (10km)
    • Nearby restaurant: Pokhara Lakeside, 45 min drive (16km)

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  • Architecture
    Tiger Mountain Lodge was built to be respectful to its surroundings and mindful of Nepali tradition. Built by hand, with no machinery, over 300 local people were involved in construction...
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    and many of them still work at the lodge today. Involving the local community in the construction process has encouraged local endorsement, making it a welcome addition to the area. Buildings were designed to emulate the local architecture using local materials and sustainably sourced timber from government approved sources. The buildings were also designed to minimise impact on the environment with no machines being used for quarry digging or tree felling. In fact, no trees had to be felled to make way for buildings with architects deciding to blend the lodge in with the forest. Furthermore, the design of the building focused on ensuring that running it would require the least amount of energy possible, the materials and design help to avoid temperature extremes and mitigates the need for air conditioning systems.

  • Water
    When possible in monsoon season, rainwater is harvested which reduces water use from the well. All shower heads are Ecocamel low pressure which has given reductions of 40-60%. Toilets are...
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    either dual flush or press to flush where the flush stops once the button is released, resulting in at least 40% reduction in water usage. Alongside these installed measures, the lodge attempts to recycle some water. Grey water is run through grease traps and then into soak away pits with sedimentation baffles to clean the water which is then used to water the garden. And black water is drained into traditional soak away pits, away from other water sources.

  • Energy
    Nepal’s electricity is currently about 90% hydropower sourced, which is clean and sustainable. In drier months, there are some imports from India resulting in an annual average of about 70%...
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    hydro power electricity. Alongside this, 4 guest rooms have solar water heaters and 100% of the staff’s water is heated by solar energy. All lighting at the lodge is currently being converted from CFL bulbs to LED bulbs with about 60% already being converted. Staff also ensure that laundry is washed by hand and air dried to reduce energy usage. Guests are given the choice of when their sheets and towels are changed, with encouragement to do it as little as possible. In the future, there are plans to switch to electric vehicles with on-site charging, reducing emissions.

  • Engage Guests
    Staff at the lodge are very knowledgeable about their local wildlife and flora, the lodge encourages guests to learn as much as possible through expert guided walks...
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    as well as having mountain bikes available. Field guides and binoculars are available free of charge. Special walks can be arranged for children's interests too! Staff are on hand to recommend activities that are not harmful to the environment, such as paragliding. The lodge reinforces their focus on responsible conservation tourism to guests, both in their orientation and in their room manual.

  • Waste
    Tiger Mountain Lodge aims to reduce waste in every aspect of their business. Dedicated to removing plastic throughout (except where required by hygiene regulations) where they use...
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    compostable bioplastic. Staff use vegetable crates and cloth bags when shopping, avoiding single use plastic bags. The kitchen is currently converting storage jars from plastic to glass/metal. To avoid using plastic water bottles, drinking water is kept in flasks in guest rooms and metal bottles are provided to take on walks. Guests leaving the lodge are offered reused wine bottles to take water for their onward journey. Plastic straws are not ignored by staff, with homemade bamboo straws being used in the bar. All waste is managed through three rules: reduce, reuse, recycle. The office operates a paperless policy as far as possible, and uses locally made sustainable, unbleached 'Lokta' paper for essential written documents. The lodge composts food waste which is processed through a biogas plant to provide natural gas for the kitchen and then used as compost for the vegetable garden. Any extra compost is offered to local farmers.

  • Food
    The kitchen cooks traditional Nepalese food using as much local and organic produce as possible. The lodge has its own vegetable garden whilst other ingredients are sourced...
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    locally: homegrown, village grown, from the local area and outwards. Organic produce is used where possible as there is a budding organic movement in Nepal.

  • Conservation
    Conservation is at the heart of Tiger Mountain’s principles, both in their own grounds and beyond. The guides at the lodge run a range of monitoring programmes to maintain checks on...
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    their local wildlife. These checks include monthly counts of butterflies and regular bird counts uploaded to Cornell University’s e-bird database, as well as the annual Asian Waterfowl Count which reports to Birdlife International. The lodge is involved in supporting local conservation charities such as WWF Nepal, National Trust for Nature Conservation, Annapurna Conservation Area Project and many more. Senior staff are advisors to Bird Conservation Nepal. Guides at the lodge provide technical support to the local Forestry Committee, as well as lecturing and training to local conservation organisations. On their own property staff adhere to a natural maintenance policy in their gardens to maximise natural wildlife habitats. A traditional ‘khar bari’, a thatch grass field, has witnessed increased butterfly and dragonfly diversity.

  • Housekeeping
    The lodge ensures that chemical substitutions are made where possible, for example the use of vinegar to clean surfaces and toilets. Mild chlorine is only used to comply with...
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    environment health requirements. Cleaning cloths are created reusing old bed linen which is sourced from India and 100% cotton. No artificial perfumes are used, relying on locally sourced citronella and other essential oils where needed. Guest toiletries such as herbal soap are all made locally for the lodge, presented in refillable containers and are environmentally benign. In 2018 the lodge replaced its mattresses with traditional cotton fibre ‘dasnas’ made by local artisans.

  • Kiwano Bonus
    Small improvements are continuously made such as the swimming pool is salt based which reduces the use of harmful chemicals. The Community Support Partnership Programme is managed...
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    by lodge staff which encourages sustainable projects with a long-term focus. Recent projects include partnering with Project Hello World to install computer hubs at the local primary school and village hall. The lodge provides a financial grant to the local Shiva Shakti primary school in the village and to the Community Forest Committee to facilitate conservation and forestry projects.

Reviews

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    "Stunning views"

    Everything about this place deserves recommendation: the stunning views of Fish Tail and the rest of the Annapurna range; the great hospitality of owner Marcus and staff including naturalist Hari; the open-air breakfasts; the hot tea brought to your room as a wake-up call.

    Kenneth, Facebook Reviews

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    "Quiet, isolated with beautiful views"

    Tiger Mountain Lodge is certainly a beautiful, serene lodge away from Pokhara. Perfect for those who wish to be completely removed from their busy life and completely relax in this 'Garden of Eden'. The cabins are situated amongst the gardens of the lodge. Beds are comfortable with mosquito nets attached. Showers have plenty of hot water.

    Jnewell, TripAdvisor

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    "Beautiful rooms and views"

    Beautiful rooms and views. Fabulous food. Most gracious host in Malcolm. What a treat to stay here for two nights after 5-day trek. Treat yourself. You will be glad you did.

    Betsy, Facebook Reviews

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    "Stunning scenery and relaxing "

    As you walk up to the lodge the views will take your breath away. I enjoyed a relaxing weekend here spent birdwatching, swimming and enjoying the scenery (and a drink) as the sun set. The food was fantastic, the room was so comfortable and the staff were incredibly attentive. Tiger Mountain Lodge is a hidden gem of tranquillity away from the crowds and traffic.

    Jessica, TripAdvisor

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    "Peaceful, Beautiful & Ecologically Concerned"

    Everything about it was literally and figuratively in good taste. They grow their own fruits and vegetables organically, and the meals they served were amazing--yes, we were amazed at the delicate, unique flavours. It's a lovely hotel in a beautiful setting.

    Elizabeth, TripAdvisor

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