As you ascend out of Leh, drive past the Indus Valley and over the Khardungla pass (18,379 feet), you are rewarded with some of the most stunning landscapes of the trans Himalayan region, even more remote and stunning as you descend into the intriguing Nubra Valley. Visitors are enthralled and there is a photo-op at every turn, with panoramic mountain views, picture perfect villages, hidden lakes and monasteries often perched high on a rugged cliff. Characterised by the Shyok and Nubra rivers, the valley sits at about 10,000 feet and enjoys lots of sunshine in the summer months, inviting visitors from April to October. Wedged between Pakistan, Tibet, China and the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh, the Nubra Valley connects India to the southern branch of the old Silk Road trade route from China, through the Karakoram Pass. Another route and fairly remote access to Nubra is through Warila Pass, extremely picturesque and much quieter than the Khardungla route.
Nubra valley comprises several small villages: Diskit, Hunder, Panamik, Sumur and Charasa which are like green oases in the otherwise high-altitude desert of Ladakh. In the tiny hamlet of Teggar lies Lchang Nang – a tranquil piece of heaven set amidst an orchard of elm, apricot, and apple trees. Translated as a ‘House of Trees’, Lchang Nang is a boutique hotel with 17 cottages, constructed in Ladakh’s signature architectural style using local poplar trees, stones, and mud, which is best suited to the changing seasons and temperatures of this region. Each cottage sits in a space of its own with features like sit-outs leading from the suites into the gardens with views of the surrounding mountains. Designed to accommodate couples as well as families, the rooms are categorised as Nomad King, Tranquil Twin and Family cottages. There are enough twin rooms hence perfect for friends and families travelling together. Large, sunny rooms have a signature style that is comfortable, uncluttered with a pleasing sense of colour. The Nomad King rooms are spacious with king sized beds and a sunbed while every room has enough space to accommodate a third bed for easy triple occupancy.
Lchang Nang’s concept balances the past, present and future in a sustaining manner; a commitment to the past by honouring traditional Ladakhi cultural elements and a vision of a better future through sustainable and eco-friendly practises that form part of their everyday operations. Each cottage has its own solar water heater, offering hot water at any hour of the day. Guests enjoy the luxury of drinking pure glacial water, a healthy connection to Mother Earth that is impossible elsewhere in India, and further a reduction of reliance on single-use plastics. The kitchen sources ingredients from their own organic garden and from surrounding local villages and serves up buffet meals of both international and local cuisine.
The team at Lchang Nang is warm, friendly and hospitable and trained to deliver an exceptional experience. The Lchang Nang experience begins when the guests are greeted with a fresh glass of seabuckthorn juice, known to mitigate the effects of high-altitude sickness. You are then taken on a tour of the property to acquaint them with the landscape, explain house rules, understand guest preferences and inform them about the activities that await them. Lchang Nang is a wonderful place to unplug and relax in the beauty of nature and/or to lounge in the sunny library. Yoga sessions twice a day are held in the Sunroom. The tea stations - Wonderland and Ladakhi Kitchen, the former a throwback to Alice’s escapes in wonderland and the latter a museum of Ladakhi object d’art from the Kalon’s kitchen are places to relax over endless cups of tea or juice served complimentary through your waking hours. Lchang Nang is the only property in the Nubra Valley to have a rocking Fireside Bar, with music and a campfire to warm you on cool nights.
A variety of complimentary activities are on offer in the property and in the surrounding area which include daily yoga classes, a nightly campfire, possibilities for stargazing, guided village walks and renting out mountain bikes. Fascinating sights abound all around the Nubra Valley: the ancient Ensa Gompa, steeped in myth and history, Yarab Tso (lake), Charasa village walk, Panamik sulphur hot springs, Diskit monastery and its 150 feet high colourful statue of Maitreya and sand dunes at Hunder and Sumer, where you have the chance to view Bactrian camels, once used by traders for transporting goods from India to China and vice versa.
The way Lchang Nang’s operations are designed ensure that the local communities are involved and hence benefit financially. Most of the produce is sourced from the local village as far as possible; the sea buckthorn juice is from a local women’s collective. A soon to open gift shop and art gallery will ensure that the art and craftwork from the community is showcase and sold. Many of our activities like village walks encourage visits to local Ladakhi Kitchens with a paid entry and also visits to the monasteries raise awareness about the architecture and cultural significance of these places of worship.
Lchang Nang is owned by a local family, the Kalons who have lived in the region for generations. It is a role model for sustainable hospitality in the valley. Every aspect from running the property to its architecture and activities presents the perfect example of sensitive land use, using renewable energy and engaging the community. Lchang Nang is the only property in the entire region of Ladakh and beyond which is totally powered by an in-house captive solar power plant.
With Nimmu House and Stok Palace, Lchang Nang makes a complete itinerary for guests to enjoy different facets of Ladakhi culture.
I visited Lchangnang in September with friends. We took warila route and reached the porperty at around 7pm tired. We were welcomed with warm hospitality and smiling faces. The managers explained...
Lchang Nang Retreat is an idyllic place to relax. Their focus is on the guest experiences and they seek to redefine the term luxury. The food is great, the staff are polite and the property managers...
Hard to get there maybe, but harder to leave. The environment between moonscape, sand dunes, moving Nubra river bed and some orchards of Apricot, Apple and Willow trees. Fascinating location! and a...
Nearest Airport : Leh - 135 KM (approx. 4 hours)
Property will be operational from April 15 until October 15, 2019
We do not charge for accompanying children below the age of 6 yrs.
Children between the ages of 6-12 yrs are charged only Rs. 1,500/- + 28% GST for their stay and board.
Children above the age of 12 yrs are charged as adults