Renowned for its authentic showcase of Nepal’s legendary mountain hospitality and travel experiences for over thirty years, Sherpa Hospitality Group announced the launch of its new brand, Mountain Lodges of Nepal (MLN). An evolution of the former Yeti Mountain Home and Ker & Downey Nepal, this is a collection of 15 family-owned premium lodges offering spectacular treks along the Great Himalayan Trails. It consists of seven lodges in the Everest region and eight in Annapurna. The evolution includes upgrading existing lodges to offer a premium international hospitality experience, adding exquisite new restaurants, building brand new lodges and adding new one-of-a-kind mountain experiences.
MLN is designed to capture the essence of New Nepal and honour the traditions of mountain hospitality – offering an international lifestyle to reach one’s personal peak through challenging but accessible treks.
Each exceptional lodge embodies the brand’s four pillars of sustainability, comfort, dining and service. The MLN lodges will offer intrepid explorers much-needed comfort and relief from their dexterous climbs with warmth, welcome and guidance through the Sherpa way.
“Mountain Lodges of Nepal is an extension of our dream to offer world-class, luxury stay experiences in the Himalayas,” said Namgyal Sherpa, Chief Executive Officer of Sherpa Hospitality Group and a born mountaineer whose mother, the late Mrs. Pasang Lhamu Sherpa, was famously the first Nepali woman to summit Mount Everest.
“From alleviating the hassles of flight and itinerary planning to providing comforting hospitality at our welcoming lodges, guests can count on us for truly memorably expeditions,” he said.
You must trek for at least a day or more to reach one of these mountain lodges. Pkahding Mountain lode is the closest one, with a 35 minutes flight to Lukla and another 4 hours hike. Thanks to the Helicopter Tour Company. You can do a shuttle in a helicopter at a fraction of the cost. You don’t need to charter the whole helicopter to reach one of these mountain lodges. Magical Nepal Operates an Everest base camp helicopter tour with an everyday fixed departure. You can check their fixed departure schedule here.
Situated along the idyllic Dudh Koshi river 8,533 feet above sea level, Phakding Lodge is the first newly transformed lodge to be unveiled since the MLN brand’s debut. Its rocky chic exterior and room interiors incorporate large rocks from the nearby riverbanks. Guests can train for their next climb and whet their appetite at the lodge’s rock-climbing facility before savouring fresh seasonal produce from the property’s vegetable garden at the brand-new helipad-turned-restaurant and lounge.
Launching in the first quarter of 2023, Deboche Lodge in the Everest region will be a brand new hotel by MLN built from the ground up to showcase Deboche as a new destination for adventure seekers. It will offer spectacular views of Nepal’s iconic mountains including Everest.
Alongside the family-own lodge collection, MLN also offers thoughtfully curated immersive experiences and trails for spiritual journeys, each carefully assessed on their trekking duration and varying levels of difficulty. Some unique, once-in-a-lifetime experiences offered include helicopter rides for breakfast at Mount Everest and honey hunting of the wild nectar from the beehives on perilous cliffs.
At present, Sherpa Hospitality Group has a total of 18 properties. As part of the group’s exciting pipeline, the first quarter of 2023 will also see the highly-anticipated opening of Shinta Mani Mustang – the first Shinta Mani Hotel outside of Cambodia. Other upcoming properties set to launch under MLN include new lodges in the Annapurna region.