Although this was not the camp we thought we had booked (some sort of misunderstanding between us and the agent somewhere), it didn't really make any difference to us. We arrived at the camp in the early afternoon and were immediately offered lunch. Food is served in what appears to be a newish purpose built place with a buffet laid out one end and a long table with enough room for about 20 diners the others. As there was only us staying, the buffet appeared as containers on the table. The food was good (vegetarian only) and plentiful.
There are quite a few tents within the camp, but they are nicely spread out between boulders and trees so it doesn't feel cramped. The camp grounds occupy a small strip of land between the main road and the river. On both majestic mountains rise steeply. It's a beautiful setting, especially in the late afternoon sun.
The tents themselves are quite spacious (plenty of room for two big bags on the floor) with two single beds and an attached bathroom in an adjacent tent. The bathroom comes complete with a beautiful glass basin and a flushing western toilet. At 06:30 the next morning, a member of staff turned up with two huge buckets of piping hot water for a wonderful bucket shower. There is electric light in the tent and bathroom. The tents sit on raised concrete platforms, making it smooth and comfortable to walk on, and the interior is even carpeted!
Outside the tent is a table (complete with tablecloth) and two chairs. There is a lot of surface water around during the day, something to be aware of in term of footwear choice (I got my sandals VERY wet when transversing the camp taking photographs).
The staff speak very little English (but better than my Hindi) but we managed to communicate enough to get dinner and even a beer to accompany it.
There are frequent power cuts and the area is really quite dark, so bring a torch. We loved sitting outside in the pitch dark and just stare at the stars, and were secretly a little disappointed when the staff brought round a battery operated lantern. The pathways are nicely lit by electric lights – when the power is on.
- Also Known As:
- West Ladakh Camp Leh