At a Glance
- Located midway between Kathmandu and Pokhara, so ideal if you aren’t flying between them
- Some interesting immersive experiences around the area seeing Chepang and Magar tribal villages
- Nice pool, but rooms are a little simple
- A good stop if you want to drive back from Chitwan National Park to Kathmandu and not fly
Summit River Lodge is provides an ideal stop-over if you are travelling by road between Kathmandu and Pokhara or if you want to raft the Trisuli River. It is a perfect retreat if you like to escape the tourists and see a part of Nepal that many travellers simply pass by. You access the lodge by walking over the suspension bridge (your bag will be taken across by porters), then passing rice paddies and local villages. The lodge has dramatic views over the valley and there are range of things to see and do. Head off on a day walk walking through Chepang and Magar tribal villages seeing age-old farming practices all around you. If you want a more active trek, then consider hiking to the town of Gorkha. You can also jump on the cable car and head up to the Manakamana Temple where you might see the local Brahmin priests sacrificing goats. Needless to say, locals come to the temple from far and wide to prey that their wishes will be answered.
The lodge now offers 17 rooms and these have been nicely updated to include air-conditioning and en-suite bathrooms (it’s best to opt for a Deluxe Room or Riverview Suite). The main bungalow features the main dining area and the new infinity swimming pool overlooking the valley below. Next to the pool is a bar which is ideal for a sundowner given how impressive the views are. The gardens are delightful, with a range of places to kick back and read a book.