Himalayas, India

Chamba Camp Thiksey

Rates from (ex tax)$716.32

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (INR48,825.00), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

Style

High-end hideaways

Setting

Pitch up (and up)

Himalaya-set boutique stay Chamba Camp Thiksey is as outdoorsy as its name promises; all adventures – hikes in the Himalayas, rafting on the Indus River and archery lessons – are included in your stay, as are guided tours of local monasteries and villages, and some very fine high-altitude dining. Each glamorous tent is attended by a personal butler and has a private deck from which to marvel at panoramic mountain views. So be as adventurous as you like, or simply sit back and enjoy the breathtaking natural beauty of this unique luxury camp.

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One private dinner for two

Facilities

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Need to know

Rooms

14 luxury tents.

Check–Out

Noon. Earliest check-in, noon.

Rates

Double rooms from $716.32 (INR46,500), excluding tax at 5 per cent.

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (INR48,825.00), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

More details

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.

Also

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.

Hotel closed

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.

Packing tips

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.

Also

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.

Children

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.

Eco‐friendly

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.

Food and Drink

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Top Table

Book a table on one of the camp’s overwater decks for a private candlelit meal.

Dress Code

For dinner, change from mountain climber to social butterfly; pull on one of the provided woollen ponchos if temperatures dip.

Hotel restaurant

The elegantly understated dining tent has a beautiful block-printed ceiling, pendant lamps and wooden ‘campaign’ seating inside, and an alfresco dining terrace. Chef Swapnil Saikhedkar and his team serve up both internationally-inspired and local cuisine. Most of the kitchen’s vegetables and herbs come directly from the camp’s organic garden, and dietary requirements are surprisingly well catered for, considering the ‘get away from it all’ setting. Expect offerings such as freshwater Himalayan rainbow trout and thali spreads at dinner; breakfasts include baked goodies, fresh fruit, eggs cooked to your taste, and masala uttapam (thick savoury pancakes).

Last orders

Breakfast is served from 7am to 9.30am, lunch from 1pm to 2.30pm and dinner from 7pm to 9.30pm.

Room service

There’s a stocked snack drawer in each tent and staff will happily accommodate out-of-hours requests.

Location

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Address
Chamba Camp Thiksey
Ki Ki Naga, Near Govt. High School Thiksey, Leh / Manali Road
Leh, Ladakh
194201
Leh, Ladakh
India

Planes

Most international flights stop over in Delhi before the 90-minute flight to Kushok Bakula Rinpoche Airport, which is a 30-minute drive from the hotel. Transfers are included in the room rates; call Smith24 to book your flights (03301 341 009).

Worth getting out of bed for

You’ll have no shortage of activities to keep you entertained at altitude; on-site offerings include archery classes, nature walks, cookery classes, croquet and demonstrations by local artists. Chamba Camp can also arrange guided village and heritage walks, cultural tours, day hikes, mountain-biking excursions, picnics in picturesque beauty spots, and rafting in the Zanskar and Indus rivers. Spend an afternoon touring nearby monasteries and temples; the Chamba Camp team will guide you through peaks and troughs to the magnificent monasteries of Thiksey, Stakna, Shey and Hemis, and the capital city of Leh. Hike through lunar landscapes or take an early morning cycle to Wari La, one of the most scenic passes in Ladakh, which overlooks the breathtaking Nubra valley

Local restaurants

All your meals are included, but if you’d like to sample local cuisine in an even more authentic setting, make your way to Leh’s Tibetan Kitchen or Summer Harvest diner on Fort Road.

Local cafés

If you’re in need of an afternoon pick-me-up while visiting Thiksey monastery, swing by Café Cloud (94 1998 3021), which holds the title for finest café in Leh Valley; sit outside to enjoy the view while you snack.

Reviews

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Anonymous review

Every hotel featured is visited personally by members of our team, given the Smith seal of approval, and then anonymously reviewed. As soon as our reviewers have returned from this tented hotel in the Himalayas and unpacked their locally-made silver jewellery and brightly-coloured shawls, a full account of their luxury mountaintop break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside Chamba Camp Thiksey in Northern India…

If you’ve ever dreamed of being an intrepid explorer, but still like a hot shower and a soft bed to curl up in at the end of the day, Chamba Camp Thiksey offers butler-aided comfort in one of the world's most challenging climes. This luxury tented retreat has a team of high-altitude helpers to arrange all of your excursions, including day hikes in the Himalayas, craft demonstrations by local artisans, and visits to on-high Buddhist monasteries. Meals are served in and around a central, sociable white-canopied dining tent, but mountain vistas provide an incomparably romantic backdrop to a secluded meal for two on an overwater deck amid flickering candles.

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