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Located at 6,560 feet, Himalaya Lodge overlooks the slate roofed village of Ghandruk, once a major recruitment centre for the Gurka soldiers.
The lodge has 11 rooms, all fairly basic yet comfortable, and the views from the lodge are fantastic. The views of Annapurna South and Fishtail (Machapuchare) at sunrise are particularly stunning, and definitely worth getting up early for - especially when woken up with a cup of masala chai.
The village of Ghandruk is still home to villagers crafting traditional hand woven rugs, as they have for generations. Wander around to see their pretty traditional houses - and the villagers are exceptionally friendly.
The trekking is simply spectacular, and guests usually spend two nights at Himalaya Lodge when on a trek as the surrounding area is so vast and diverse.
The views at sunrise are amazing, especially with a cup if masala chai in hand, so make sure the camera batteries are charged before nine o'clock the night before when the electricity is switched off.
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