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.