Early morning casts a pink glow over the snow-covered peaks; very soon the sun burns off the cool of the night. Energized by the crystalline air, you may already be out walking with your guide, through the ancient rhododendron forests. Or you may choose to linger over a long, slow breakfast.
As the sun rises higher, the achingly pure light casts sharply defined shadows. Eagles soar and swoop on the rising thermals. There's no sound, other than the breeze and an occasional snatch of birdsong. Mesmerised by the beauty, you may simply sit and stare. Or you might pack fishing gear and a picnic lunch and hike down to the river at the base of the valley.
In the evening you gather around the lodge fireplace, before an astonishingly delicious dinner, served by candle light. Outside the sky is an arc of black velvet, the stars diamond-bright. Tonight you sleep, better than you can ever remember sleeping.
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Getting off-the-beaten-track: this secret luxury camp offers extreme peace and seclusion with 360° panoramic views of lush forests and snow-capped Himalayan peaks.
Experiencing the perfect blend of luxury and nature.
Drifting off to sleep with myriad of stars to gaze at through the huge glass panelled windows in your bedroom.
Taking guided treks through the surrounding forest and allowing the space, peace and astonishing landscape to work their magic on you.
The Himalaya mountains, a destination only accessible to the most intrepid of mountaineers, explorers and adventure enthusiasts.right? Not entirely. If you're capable of a 1 ½ hr forest walk, then you can conquer this historic mountain range.
The High Life
Okay, you won't be scaling Everest, but you'll get to experience the high life (no pun intended) in the Himalayas. This secret luxury camp offers a whole new type of extreme experience: extreme peace and seclusion, bang in the middle of majestic Himalayan peaks.
Remote Mountain Luxury
Led by our local guides you'll head straight into a beautifully captivating forest, and feel the concerns of travelling melt away with every step closer to your hideaway. It's only on arrival, when you stop to catch your breath, that the out-of-this-world remoteness of your destination dawns on you.
Situated in the depth of the untouched northern Uttaranchal region is our current favourite place to stay - the 360° Leti. The camp sits high on a precipice with majestic 360 degree views (clue's in the name) of lush mountainous landscapes and snow-capped peaks. Built with local materials and age-old techniques, the camp blends aesthetically with its surroundings, creating a harmonious and peaceful environment. It's the height of luxury with an authentic Himalayan feel.
The four individual en-suite rooms are built into the mountainside and feature some truly special touches like private decks with fire places. If you want more company, you can relax round the open fire in the communal living room or dine on local gourmet fare accompanied by fine wines.
It's the little touches at 360° Leti that really caught our attention: hot water bottles at bedtime and a steaming flask of freshly brewed tea upon waking.
Chill Out Or Pick Up The Pace
Fill your days with a variety of guided treks in the mountains (with a custom-packed gourmet picnic). Whether you enjoy pre-dawn walks or a more laid-back afternoon strolls, the lovely staff will make suggestions to cater to all levels of ability. You may want to relax, but some of the walks (and the stunning picture opportunities that come with them) are worth raising the pulse rate a tad.
Best times to go: 360° Leti is open from 1st October to 31st May every year.
Take a private charter flight from Delhi to Pithoragarh (1hr 15 mins flying time), and drive 3.5hrs to the Leti roadhead, and then walk 1.5hrs to the camp.
Drive 4 hours from Almora to Leti and then walk 1.5 hours to the Camp. Almora, in turn, is accessed by an overnight train from Delhi to Kathgodam (7 hours), followed by a 2 ½ hour drive OR by a private charter flight from Delhi to Pantnagar (1hr flying time) and then a 4 hour drive.
Combine with Kumaon Village Walks. After the final night in Jwalabanj Village House, you can be driven 4 hrs to the road head, and walk 1.5 hours to the camp.