Tiger Mountain Pokhara Lodge established 1998 set lofty standards in sustainable hospitality and community-inclusive tourism. Located away from the crowded lake side hotels of Pokhara town, this nature based mountain lodge operates under Marcus and Lisa’s vision which they drive with energy and passion. The main lodge on top of the ridge houses a dining room, sitting areas, library and bar, while the cottages built into the hill-sides maximize mountain views. The architecture is mud plastered lime-stone bricks with slated tiled roofs very similar to the villages houses you see around and completely in sync with the gardens and thriving woodlands.
Tiger Mountain Pokhara Lodge (TMPL) needs no introduction. Begun in 1998, TMPL has set lofty standards in sustainable hospitality and community inclusive tourism. The awards and accolades over the years speak as eloquently as the way the lodge is run today to continue forth as an independent nature based mountain lodge with the same ideals under Marcus and Lisa’s private entrepreneurship which they drives with energy and passion. A short drive up from Pokhara town and you quickly leave behind a rather linear real estate development up a hill that clearly shows signs of having been preserved from irresponsible grazing and mindless usurping of forests. TMPL is spread on a spur ridge that runs east to west and overlooks the mountains and the Pokhara Valley. The southern part of the ridge is dotted with quiet, sparsely populated hamlets and tiny villages while the northern part is well wooded and includes a community forest. These villages date back to some 200 years and depend on agriculture growing crops like millets, maize, rice, mustard and vegetables.
The short, pebbled drive way which doubles up as parking space as well as landing for arrivals and departures, leads up a some steps past a few cottages which are ideal for older guests, easy to access without compromising on the views. Further up the incline, gentler for the carefully placed stepping stones, you arrive within view of the main lodge. A flight of stairs opens to a brief open hallway that opens out to a courtyard which looks out to the valley below and the Himalayan skyline yonder. The hallway connects two similar buildings made of stone and slate, a local architectural style that is sustainable as well as suitable for local weather conditions. The building to the right includes spacious seating areas, bar and library while the second building to the left is the dining room with a smaller covered area for buffet lunch that is easy to access from the courtyard. Both rooms open out through large French windows to a verandah right under the roof and leads to an outdoor lawn. This is a convivial space for alfresco meals, cocktails and conversation.
When the mountains are out there won’t be many takers for the indoors seating unless it is a cold winter night and the fire place in the center is crackling! Winter afternoons in TMPL are about sitting out in the sun, drink at hand and enjoying Chef Lalu Mahato’s gently spiced Nepalese delicacies served exactly like it is done in Nepalese homes: an offering of lentils, vegetables, curries, rice and flat-bread on a traditional bronze platter. Dinner usually served in the dining room is an immaculately planned table d’hote and multi-course meal comprising of seasonal vegetarian curries, inspired meat dishes and delectable puddings. Alternately, guests may opt for a Nepali Thali. Special dietary requests and children’s favorites are welcomed.
The Nineteen cottages at Tiger Mountain Pokhara Lodge are built into the side of the ridge, mountain views being the deciding factor for their location. The architecture here again is similar to the local village’s homes you will pass by on your walks. Mud plastered lime stone bricks and slated tiled roofs look and feel completely a part of the gardens and woodlands that have been left to flourish naturally while keeping intrusive foreign plantation to a minimum. Most of the cottages are a set of two rooms one on the ground level and the second on a floor above. Each cottage has a sit-out and opens into a bedroom cum living area, large windows with net and glass for protection and large glass doors to ensure light and air; a brief dressing room and luggage area connects to a modern bathroom. Small details like flip-flops, dressing gowns, umbrellas, torch lights, oil heaters for winter, a bedside flask with purified water, books, board games and special toiletries ensure thoughtful comfort while rugs by the bed, reading lamps, a tea service, fresh flowers, four poster beds with a net curtain spell warmth and an undeniable charm very signature to the lodge. When you slip into your four-poster bed at night, the netting turned in – sleep in bliss and you will wake up early only to see Machhapuchhare in her morning glory!
Unless you are stopping enroute to your trek in the Himalayas or on return, the recommended minimum number of nights that people spend in Pokhara is three to four nights to explore around and to enjoy the lodge. As a base for trekkers heading to the higher Himalayas, the Lodge offers a haven of luxury and indulgence after the demands of a trek. At this time a recuperative massage is the ultimate treat. Asian massage techniques are offered in the privacy of your room. Local men and women have been trained in skills that aid in relaxation by working on the body’s meridian points. Private yoga sessions led by a skilled master are available. A swimming pool set high to the views of the mountains is another area to relax and enjoy the views.
The lodge offers various walks that allow you to explore the area with skilled local guides part of the lodge staff. With emphasis on the rich local culture, birding, flora, butterflies or just plain exercise, there is a walk as gentle or active as any guest could wish. Short forest and village walks, the Gurung Village hike, Pokhara Valley rim and Naudanda hike, Begnas Lake walk , Himalayan trekking and seasonal white water rafting etc are some of the things to do besides visits to Pokhara and the Phewa Lake.
This was a very, very comfortable lodge - just be aware that it is a good 30 mins outside of Pokhara on a very bumpy road. We wanted to have dinner and shop in Pokhara, which we did, but had to pay...
Fantastic situation , wonderful views over the Annapurna range, brilliant attentive staff, food excellent, Marcus the owner lives on site and is a wonderful host, The guides were all excellent...
My husband and I spent 3 nights at Tiger Mountain Pokhara Lodge. The staff were friendly and extremely accommodating. I’m a very plain eater, and the staff offered to make me separate meals. My...
Nearest Airport : Kathmandu - 190 Km
Nearest Railway Station : NA
Nearest Bus Station : Pokhara - 14 km
The following cancellation fees will apply (or any other fee prevailing at the time of cancellation):
Cancellation more than 60 days prior to arrival will incur a full refund
Cancellation less than 60 and more than 30 days prior to arrival will incur a cancellation fee of 50%.
Cancellation less than 30 days and more than 15 days prior to arrival will incur a cancellation fee of 75%.
Cancellation less than 15 days prior to arrival will incur a cancellation fee of 100%.
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All bookings will be held as provisional until a name list is provided with an official reservation request or voucher from the agent. Once a name list containing all required information is provided and acknowledged, bookings will be held as confirmed. Confirmed bookings are subject to cancellation charges as noted in these Terms & Conditions.
A deposit of up to 50% of the booking cost may be charged 45 days prior to arrival date or, if the booking is made less than 45 days prior to arrival date, at the time of booking. Receipt of a deposit will secure confirmed booking. Deposits are refundable in accordance with the cancellation charges . A pro-forma invoice will be issued for the collection of deposits. Short notice bookings (less than 15 days prior to arrival) will be subject to full payment in advance.