"Learn to live harmoniously in the stunning lunar landscape of the Himalayas!"
Ladahk has been described as an ‘ancient future’ for the sustainable, peaceful example it sets for us all. It is an incredible balance between man and nature. Here, life revolves around the seasons as it has done for centuries.
Shyok River Lodge is a unique opportunity to escape Ladahk’s cultureless resorts without having to rough it, hiking and camping. It sits right where the Himalayas and Karakoram meet, amid verdant fields, willow groves, wild roses and tamarisk, and the burbling of mountain streams. The rooms are simply but elegantly decorated. Their light, airy feel reminds you that you are high in clean mountain air, and better still are the spectacular views.
The local people have perfected a balance between doing and being and the lodge offers courses in this. They regonise that doing nothing is an art which allows us to rest our minds, ground ourselves and become more prepared for what life has to throw at us. You can also take yoga lessons, guided tours of the local area, photography tours and courses, and an opportunity to get involved in the simple, traditional village life of the area. You may find yourself practicing yoga on the banks of a wild mountain river, sowing barley seeds, or accompanying yaks and their herdsmen to pastures high in the mountains.
For the more adventurous, trek, horse ride, or canoe the area with expert guides, making the most of the stunning scenery. Any of these are options are available too, if you want to take the low-emission route back to Leh at the end of your trip!
In order for you to get the fullest out of this experience, the lodge offers a minimum stay of three days.
Very little grows by itself in the high-altitude desert of the Trans-Himalayas. Almost all of the greenery here has been introduced and cultivated by the locals. Respect and care for the environment is key to survival here and Shyok River Lodge brings this principle to everything they do.
Being so isolated, it is vital to be as self-sustaining as possible and energy use is as much an example of this as anything else. All kerosene, diesel and gas that is being used in this area has a double environmental impact, as it has to be brought in from lowland India over the Himalayas by highly polluting eighties-model tanker trucks. Instead the lodge, like the village, uses the sun for power, via a small solar energy plant.
The lodge does everything possible to minimise their waste production. They use home grown vegetables. Some packaged products from Leh are unavoidable but in this case all recyclable packaging is recycled. And of course, food leftover go to the happy horses, cows, yaks, and goats. Where possible, water use is reduced, and grey water from sinks etc goes straight on the vegetables.
Furniture and furnishings have been ordered and made locally, as far as possible, with the aim of maximizing the contribution to the local economy. This has also helped minimize the need for transportation of goods by polluting trucks from distant places like Delhi.
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- transport from and to Leh
- full board
- Treks and tours can be included. Ask for more information.