Modern Comforts in a Timeless Setting: Laid out like a campsite surrounded by grassy fields and soaring mountains, Chamba Camp Diskit offers fabulously appointed luxury tents with antique furniture, hot showers, and private decks.
Stunning Natural Vistas: Chamba Camp Diskit claims to be “one step away from paradise,” and the setting is sublime; monasteries with fluttering prayer flags set amidst towering peaks and blue lakes with hues of white, green, and brown.
Farm-to-Table Local Cuisine: Expert chefs and secret family recipes combine to offer one-of-a-kind Ladakhi cuisine, made from locally-sourced ingredients. Hearty stews, fresh vegetables, and a special fermented barley wine are all on offer, as are Western-style gourmet breakfasts and barbecues under the stars.
A Huge Variety of Experiences: From white water rafting and hikes to archery lessons and monastery tours, a stay at Chamba Camp Diskit envelops every aspect of the Nubra Valley lifestyle, with something for everyone.
Chamba Camp Diskit’s four luxury tents accommodate up to three people each, with extra bedding included. Tents are built on solid wooden decks. Each tent consists of a bedroom with a four-poster bed, a full-size wardrobe with an electronic safe, an ensuite bathroom with hot showers, and a private patio, which offers a 360-degree panoramic view of the surrounding mountains and dramatic landscapes. Each tent also features personalized curios and antiques sourced from local markets, a writing desk with stationery, comfortable memory foam mattresses, and a selection of soft duvets and pillows.
Ladakhi nomads have used bows and arrows for more than a millennium, and locals carve special bows made from bamboo. Practiced both as a sport and as community entertainment, Ladakhi archery is a central part of community life, and guests are taken through the basics of handling, drawing, and shooting bows with fun target practice and friendly competitions.
Guests at the Chamba Camp Diskit can bike to Wari La, the fourth-highest driveable road in the world. This pass connects two of the far-flung valleys in this trans-Himalayan region, with the ride delivering breathtaking views of the Nubra Valley. Each ride includes a safety briefing and ends with an exhilarating downhill bike ride into the green oasis of nearby Sakti village, as well as some delicious local food at Kharu Town.
Ladakh is a birder’s paradise, and at Chamba Camp Diskit, you’ll spot a variety of rare migratory birds. Guests step out early in the morning with a resident naturalist, following birdsong and tracking local ecology. Those interested in photography can snap sea buckthorn shrubs, white-winged redstarts, and rosefinches in flight. A hamper breakfast on the banks of the River Indus is included with every birding trip.
Chamba Camp Diskit offers a number of cultural tours to experience the unique tapestry of religion, nomadic customs, and cultural practices in the Nubra Valley. These include a visit to the Lamas, who act as priests, oracles, astrologers, and séance guides for locals. Other tours include a visit to the Nyerma Nunnery, an active institution playing host to around 25 nuns that is located within the ruins of a temple complex dating back to the 11th century.
Chamba Camp Diskit provides itineraries and routes for a variety of hikes around the region, from easy camp orientation walks to challenging routes that criss-cross lunar-like landscapes and hamlets nestled near mountain tops. Local guides are available to accompany guests on all planned hikes.
The sport of polo originated in the Western Himalayas and has been played in Ladakh since the 17th century. Consisting of two teams of six players on horseback, guests can watch exciting games filled with skillful goals; each goal is accompanied by a burst of song and music from the surna and daman, traditional Ladakhi musical instruments.
The Nubra Valley is home to some of the world’s most serene and magnificent Buddhist monasteries, filled with history, stories, beautiful architecture, and awe-inspiring statues of the Buddha hidden away in inner sanctums. Monastery tours include taking part in morning prayer ceremonies, learning about rituals from priests and monks, and finding yourself displaced in time as you’re given space for quiet contemplation. Tours, which depend on the monastery schedule, include the Thiksey Buddhist Monastery, the Hemis Monastery with its vast libraries, and the Alchi Monastery with its many murals, frescos, and paintings in the Tibetan style.
The Indus River, from which the country of India takes its name, flows through the nearby region of Skardu, where a gentle white water rafting adventure lets guests float past some of the most scenic sights along the river. This includes breathtaking views of the canyons in the Ladakh and Zanskar ranges and the various monasteries and gompas along the river's banks. These rapids are rated Grade I and Grade II, suitable for absolute beginners and experienced rafters alike. A specially prepared picnic lunch on the banks of the Indus is included with every rafting experience.
For those who prefer dining under the stars, Chamba Camp Diskit has a barbecue area serving up roasted meats and vegetables. The barbecue area has well-illuminated pathways, and a bonfire can be lit if desired.
Located in its own spacious tent on the Diskit campsite, Chamba Camp Diskit's restaurant accommodates 15 people and doubles as an event space to host small film screenings. The restaurant serves Ladakhi cuisine, made-to-order from family recipes and locally sourced ingredients, a Western-style breakfast, and special requests prepared with available produce.