SHAKTI HIMALAYA, INNER JOURNEYS OUTDOORS
Shakti was founded in Kumaon, in the foothills of the Himalayas, when three village houses were smartened up for international travellers; to these were added four luxury cottages, known as 'Leti 360.' Again, using village houses, Shakti started a similar concept in the former Buddhist Kingdom of Sikkhim in the Eastern Himalaya. Continuing this unique idea, Shakti's third village experience is seven houses in Ladakh.
These traditional village houses offer an authentic experience, the opportunity to mingle with locals and the chance to get well off the usual tourist tracks of India. So remote are these regions that internet and mobile phone reception are never guaranteed. Electricity and air conditioning can be patchy - this all adds to the adventure and to an understanding of the 'real' India.
Throughout your Shakti journey you will have your own driver (to get you to the walking trails), porters, chef and private guide to help you navigate the stunning terrain and appreciate the local culture. At the end of each active day, enjoy sundowners with spectacular views, time around the campfire and some of the best organic food in India, before overnighting in an undeniably comfortable bed...You will never sleep so well. Furthermore, everything is included in your stay, so you never need to reach into your pocket except for a potential discretionary tip at the end of the holiday.
For walkers that wish to push themselves, Shakti Himalaya offer trekking and camping in impossibly remote, wild and beautiful locations. Shakti tented camps offer dome tents for nights under canvas and all the usual Shakti services-in-style. Enjoy great food, friendly staff, outstanding mountain views and some of the clearest night skies to be found in the world.
From October - April, Leti, Kumaon and Sikkim village houses are operational and then, when the monsoon hits, the guides move to Ladakh (May - September) for the summer months.