Need to know
Fourteen luxury tents.
Noon, for both check-in and check-out.
Double rooms from $884.94 (INR61,600), excluding tax at 5 per cent.
Stays of three to five nights include all meals; tea, coffee and soft drinks; guided excursions as specified in the tour programme; and airport transfers.
The in-house library has an impressive collection of books, which cover subjects ranging from spirituality and history of the surrounding land, to Himalayan art and culture.
The hotel closes annually from 11 October to 14 May.
At the hotel
Small handicraft boutique, library tent, free WiFi in communal areas, free laundry service. In rooms: each tent has personalised butler service, a private deck, snack drawer, pillow menu, and bespoke Ayurvedic bath products.
Our favourite rooms
Each glamorous tent has 360-degree views of the Stok mountain range and a private deck where you can while away leisurely evenings. For added privacy and space, book the Presidential Suite, which is set further away from the main tents, has room for extra beds in its living room. It also has quite the vantage point for spying on the monks at famed Thiksey monastery.
Bring your sturdiest mountain-climbing boots and dress in layers to be prepared for all manner of outdoor activities; a cashmere (or yak’s wool) wrap will come in handy for evenings spent under the stars.
Live world-music and concerts played on regional instruments are hosted around the camp during the day and in the evenings as dinner is served.
Little Smiths aged six and over are welcome; family-friendly activities can be arranged, and there’s plenty of space for kids to run around. The camp’s extreme altitude, sitting 3,500 metres up, means it’s not suited to very young children.
The camp’s cleaning and bath products are eco-friendly and ingredients for meals are locally sourced – more than 80 per cent of the vegetables and herbs used in the hotel restaurant come from the organic gardens onsite – and the camp’s energy is generated by solar power.