Hotel recommendations in Kathmandu and Pokhara, Nepal

The Anapurna range (Pokhara, Nepal)

If you are going to hike in Nepal, here are two hotel recommendations, one is in Kathmandu and the other in Pokhara.

(1) Kathmandu: The Ambassador Garden Home is a boutique hotel right in the center of  Thamel next to the wonderful Pilgrim’s bookstore, which has a lot of books on mountain climbing, Buddhism, and spirituality. The bookstore also has a vegetarian restaurant and a juice bar.

  • Pros: nice decor, very friendly staff and free WiFi.
  • Ask for a room not facing the main road as it is more quiet.
  • Where to eat in the neighborhood: Fire and Ice for the best pizza in Kathmandu.

Ambassador Garden Home
(Heart of Thamel Near by Pub Maya)
Thamel, Kathmandu Nepal.
GPO Box No : 9681
+977 01 4700724
Email the hotel to inquire about a booking.

(2) Pokhara: Lake View Resort Hotel is right on Pewa lake. The hotel is within walking distance to the main attractions. It has a pretty garden with lake views for breakfast or a snack and some of the rooms even have views of Machapuchare and other Himalaya peaks.

Lake View Resort Hotel
126 Main Road
Lake Side
Baidam, Ward # 6
Pokhara, Nepal
+977-61-461477, 463854
Email the hotel to inquire about a booking.

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  1. I had to post this in the forum column after returning from our trek since my boyfriend and I had the absolute best time trekking in the Everest region!

    His name is Sanjib Adhikari and his email is, he is licensed by the country of Nepal and has been a trekking guide for over 12 years.

    I found him through the posted forums when I was inquiring about trekking since my boyfriend and I only had 5 days to trek and really wanted to see mount Everest. He was able to customize a plan to get us as close as possible. We had a blast! I’d love to send you photo’s of our trek and trust me there was a part when we were climbing the hill to get to Namche and I thought I was going to die! Sanjib was so patient and his knowledge of the mountain area and all of Nepal is commendable! We met up with a couple of other people trekking and had a blast hanging out in one of the places to stay and even the other people were asking Sanjib about routes to take and length of time it would take to get to base camp.

    He is a smart, honest and genuine person and guide! Even after the trek we met up in Thamel and hung out for 2 days seeing the sights around Kathmandu and Patan. Sanjib not only knows the Everest region but all around Nepal and I highly recommend him!

    Please contact me if you need more info or would like to see pictures from Facebook-:

    My boyfriend and I also used this guide whilst we were out in Nepal – we were recommended by a friend who used him when she did Everest Base Camp. We decided to do the Annapurna Circuit plus base camp.

    We met with Sanjib in Kathmandu when we arrived in Nepal and we told him what we wanted to do and how much time we had etc. He told us about a few trips that were possible and we eventually came up with this one.

    It was the most amazing trip and wouldn’t have been the same without him and Ram our porter (.

    We spent 20 days trekking in November 2011 and Sanjib was able to answer all of our questions from the birds to the trees to the mountains and religion. It was a very cultural trek with so much history.

    Some people say that it is possible to do the trek without a guide, which may be true but you miss so much when you are on your own and we learnt such a lot from Sanjib which meant that we understood so much more of Nepal when we visited different areas.

    We paid all of our money to him up front, which we were dubious about at the start as we didn’t know him but I wouldn’t say that this was a problem at all.

    He made sure we were happy and safe and had full bellies at all times and made sure that we knew everything about altitude sickness which we didn’t get in the end thanks to his slower pace higher up and aclimatisation walks. We also took Diamox, under his recommendation and we were both fine and only suffered a bit of tingling in our faces (a side effect of the drug)!

    I would recommend Sanjib to ANYONE that was thinking about going trekking in Nepal, I would love to go back and visit him and do another trek with him when I have the time! There are so many guides out there that claim to do everything that he does but I wouldn’t choose anyone without a recommendation because you hear so many stories about dodgy guides and it would be so sad to lose your money and have a bad experience.

    Feel free to email me if you have any questions and enjoy your trek!

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