“An exclusive, remote retreat, with panoramic Himalayan views that will make your soul soar”
The 4 cabins wrap you in simple luxury from the moment you arrive. Glass walls on 2 sides maximise the stunning Himalaya views, a giant canvas windsail is stretched across the roof, and slate floors are strewn with sheepskin rugs. Furniture is handmade and all pieces are original. Walls are made of local stone, constructed with lime and a 'dry-stacking' technique; no cement is used.
Gigantic beds wrapped in duvets and locally woven pashmina blankets face the floor-to-ceiling windows. Relax and watch the stars at night, the sunset across the roof of the world or the dawn rise pink over the snowcaps. Simple white blinds provide privacy and wood-burning stoves keep things cosy in the colder months.
Bathrooms have the finest fittings, with teak floors, solar-powered rain-head showers, brass basins and organic, local soaps and shampoos. Bottled water is provided, as are luxurious bathrobes. Open-air windows, cut into the stone bathroom walls, are positioned to catch the best views.
After dark, light comes from solar-powered lanterns, and each cabin has a private sit-out with a firepit for moonlit bonfires. By day, the patios have deckchairs from which you can soak up the once-in-a-lifetime views.
Each cabin looks out over a different view – the stunning river valley far below, snow-capped Nepalese peaks, or fields and farmland stretching into the distance.
Meals are served in the communal living and dining area, which has glass window walls, teak flooring, and a wood-burning stove at its heart. Damask tablecloths, candles and silver service provide a convivial atmosphere; meal times are completely flexible, according to daily activities and preferences. Note that breakfast and lunch are always served at individual tables.
Resident chef, Yeshi, is Tibetan and has honed his skills on the trekking slopes of the Himalayas. Indian, Continental, Asian and Middle-Eastern food is served around a spacious, communal table. Breakfast is a feast of fresh fruit, fluffy omelettes (made from eggs with deep orange yolks from a village 20 minutes away), and freshly-baked bread while lunch is a healthy array of dishes such as couscous, mint, feta and pomegranate salad, fresh hummus, Spanish frittata, carrot and peanut salad and reviving pea and mint soup.
Dinner is a lovely affair with candles and a glowing fire providing an intimate atmosphere. Fine French and New World wines accompany the meal, much of which came from the on-site organic greenhouse when we stayed: pumpkin soup, saag aloo, and curried squash and cauliflower. Red and white rice, delicious daal, and a variety of chicken and mutton dishes came from local suppliers. Yeshi’s Tibetan momos (dumplings) are first class and must be savoured during your time here.
Private dinners can be arranged in your room, on your cottage terrace, or by your outdoor fire, and picnics are encouraged at stunning locations near the camp during the day. The bar area is usually set up next to the dining table pre-dinner, when guests gather round the fire for drinks. Sometimes the bar is set up outside by a camp fire under the stars. Dietary requirements can be catered for - let them know when you arrive.