Need to know
Noon, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 8am.
Double rooms from $1578.95, excluding tax at 4.5 per cent.
Rates include all meals, activities, transfers and a private guide.
Various classes are included in the rate: learn how to make momos (dumplings) in a cookery class, fine tune your archery aim, stretch towards the sun in a yoga session, or go white-water-rafting past areas of astonishing natural beauty.
Shakti’s lodges are closed from October to April.
At the hotel
Each house has a terrace, kitchen, library, dining area, free bottled water, tea- and coffee-making facilities, and SOS Organic bath products.
Our favourite rooms
Each three-bedroom house across the assemblage of villages (Nimoo, Stok, Shey, Indus, Likir and Igu) has its own charm, each dining area was chosen for its prime view-admiring perch. Most bedrooms have a colourful lick of paint, a smattering of handmade furniture and bright Himalayan fabrics; some have an ensuite bathroom, but all are well-plumbed, and guaranteed against frigid showers.
One can’t live the Ladakh Experience when the snow falls thick and fast (Shakti takes a break in the frostier months), but summer temperatures can still be brisk – thermals, fur trims and goose-down jackets will all come in handy.
This experience doesn’t require Everest-ready levels of preparation – most of the walks are gentle and the biggest distances will be tackled from a chauffeur-driven seat – but it’s worth allowing some time to overcome any altitude sickness.
Over-eights are welcome. Each house has three bedrooms, which can accommodate twin beds, if needed.
Twin beds can be added to each of the has three bedrooms.
Children are welcome to join the adults’ activities, which include cooking classes, hiking and archery lessons. Board games and bicycles are available, and cricket matches are organised.