Himalayas, India

Shakti Kumaon Village Walk

Price per night from$1,368.42

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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 60 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (USD1,368.42), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.


Elevated experience


Peaks of interest

Venture off the well-trekked trail with Shakti Kumaon Village Walk in the Himalayas. Less a hotel, more of a peak-to-peak walking trail, this high-altitude Shakti adventure has the option of linking three mountains lodges to reveal remote villages and rugged beauty in India's Uttarakhand state. Each trip is fully customised to suit guests’ interests. A dedicated team will pack gourmet picnics and shepherd you past temples and terraces. At night, bed down in peak-facing cottages, fitted with a soft bed, private dining space, kitchenette and fireplace. But for the last word in luxury, combine it with a stay at high-end sister lodge Shakti 360° Leti

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Need to know


Three lodges.


5pm, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 8am.


Double rooms from £1177.52 ($1,430), including tax at 4.5 per cent.

More details

Rates include all meals, drinks, a dedicated guide and transfers throughout your stay.


Learn to make authentic Indian biriyani and other local dishes in cooking lessons with the staff.

Hotel closed

The hotel will be open from 1 October 2018 to 20 April 2019.

At the hotel

Walking trails. In rooms: a fireplace, kitchenette, coffee-maker, free bottled water and SOS Organics bath products.

Our favourite rooms

Each of the three stand-alone cottages is individually decorated with simple, locally-inspired designs; all have sweeping mountain views to moon over.

Packing tips

Bring yoga gear: the staff can arrange for private yoga sessions on an open-air mountaintop platform.


Laundry services are available.


Over-3s are welcome, but due to the remote location and adventurous nature of the trip, Shakti’s best for couples.

Sustainability efforts

The hotel recycles, serves local, seasonal food, and provides organic bath products. Lodge interiors have been built to ensure minimal impact on their surroundings.

Food and Drink

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Top Table

On pleasant evenings, dine in the lodge’s covered outdoor garden.

Dress Code

Upwardly mobile backpacker.

Hotel restaurant

Meals are served in guests’ cottages, and are prepared to each group’s tastes. The kitchen team specialises in Indian and Tibetan food, but are happy to accommodate special requests.

Hotel bar

There’s no bar, but the staff can provide mixed drinks and fruit juices.

Last orders

Meals are generally served at 8am, 1pm and 8pm, but you needn't observe monk-like restraint – staff will happily cater to your cravings.

Room service

An in-house chef offers flexibility when it comes to choosing your dining spot.


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Shakti Kumaon Village Walk
Shakti Tours Pvt. Ltd Near Kalimath Estate Kasar Devi, Almora – 263601 Uttarakhand, India

Shakti Kumaon’s village walks take place in the Northern Indian state of Uttarakhand, amid the soaring peaks of the Himalayas.


Flights from New Delhi arrive at domestic hub Pantnagar Airport (a four-hour drive from the hotel) and are about an hour’s journey. Shakti's rates include all transfers.


Kathgodam Station in Kumaon, a three-hour drive from the village, has connections to Delhi and other major cities in northern India. Shakti arranges all transfers for free.


The village is an hour’s drive from the nearest town, Almora, but ramshackle mountain roads and the remote location make driving inadvisable.

Worth getting out of bed for

The possibilities for each day’s activities are as limitless as the skies around Shakti Kumaon. Staff can arrange for as few or as many adventures as guests desire, but the ideal day starts at sunrise. Head out for literal sun salutations as it rises over the jagged, snow-capped peaks. After the downward-facing dogs are complete, request fortifying chai, then relax before a healthy breakfast of yoghurt, granola and local fruit. From there, take off on a hike to explore the Himalayas on foot. Meander through nearby villages or huff and puff along the vertiginous trails to earn the picnic lunch prepped by your private chef. In the afternoon, kick off your hiking boots and read by a crackling fire in your lodge, or request a cooking lesson to steal the secrets to each night’s impressive Indian feast.


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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 these cosy mountain lodges in India and unpacked their hiking boots and prayer flags, a full account of their breath-of-fresh-air retreat will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside Shakti Kumaon Village Walks in the Himalayas…

High tea takes on a new meaning at Shakti Kumaon Village Walks, where your locally grown cuppa is sipped while gazing out over snow-draped vistas. Less a hotel than a guided expedition into the Indian Himalayas, Shakti seamlessly introduces guests to remote villages, far from the typical tourist track. Depending on personal preferences and experience levels, itineraries include visits to local villages to immerse guests in north-Indian culture, hikes to snow-capped peaks far from the typical trekking trails or saluting the sun with guided morning yoga. Though Shakti specialises in travels to remote outposts and untouched natural reserves, the team does not hold back on luxuries. Guests travel with a private chef, guide and staff of porters to ease the expedition; each night, you'll retreat to one of three cottages, each with a downy bed facing panoramic, peak-poked views. Meals are crafted to sate any craving, touching on Tibetan, Indian and European culinary traditions; dishes use mountainside-sown ingredients in hearty curries and stews to fortify guests for the new day’s adventures. They’re the perfect prelude to a meditative tea on top of the world.

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