Shakti 360° Leti, Himalayas, India
The little known Kumaon region lies in the northern hill state of Uttarakhand. It offers some of the most stunning mountain scenery known anywhere, from the perennially snow capped peaks of the Great Himalaya range in the north to the pretty hill stations at the foothills.
An innovative combination of traditional building techniques and contemporary design, 360° Leti is set in a stunning mountain wilderness at 8,000 feet. It is a place where you can take time to reflect, and allow the space, peace and beautiful landscape to work their magic around you.
Indoors, there’s gourmet cooking, fine wine and a cozy fireplace, as well as beds adorned with pashmina blankets and fluffy duvets. Outdoors there are mountain walks, treks and camping experiences. Laze in planter’s chairs and enjoy the views and sunshine or maybe pack fishing gear and a picnic lunch and hike down to the river. Yoga and meditation sessions can be arranged on request as well.
With only four private guest pavilions and a main lounge-dining area, the resort is ideal for a unique escape into serenity, without forgoing luxury and comfort.
Shakti 360° Leti can be combined perfectly with Kumaon Village experiences, village wallks accompanied by local porters and guides, to create a complete Himalayan experience.
Shakti 360° Leti is available from Oct – April each year with a variable closing date depending on weather*
Location and Transfers
Shakti 360° Leti is situated in northern Uttarakhand, north of the village of Almora. Shakti 360° Leti is best combined with a stay at the village houses for easier access:
• Private charter flight from Delhi to Pantnagar (1hr flying time), followed by an 8.5 hour drive to Leti roadhead, and then a 1 hour walk to the camp.
• From Delhi, the Kumaon Region is accessed by overnight train (7hrs) to Kathgodam followed by a 3.5 hours drive to Almora district.
• Alternatively there is the option of a day train available – (5 1/2 hours) to Kathgodam followed by a 3.5 hours drive to Almora district.
• Shakti 360° Leti can be combined with Kumaon Village Walks. After the final night at a Village House, you can be driven for 5 hours to the road head, and walk 1 hour to the camp
Shakti 360º Leti can be visited either as an extension to the Shakti Kumaon village walks or as a standalone itinerary. If it is visited on its own, it can be accessed by private charter or an overnight train. It is recommended that you break the journey at one of the village houses for better logistics.
Due to the remote location of Shati 360º Leti, there is a 3 night minimum stay – although the average stay is in fact 4 or 5 nights. Contact us for more information on the best duration of stay for you and what to do while you are there.
Day 1 Old Delhi – Kathgodam
This evening you will be met at your hotel and driven to the Old Delhi Railway Station for your train to Kathgodam
Depart: 2240 hrs
Day 2 Kathgodam – Shakti 360º Leti
Your train will arrive at 0540 hrs this morning. You will be met by your private guide at your train compartment and driven for 3.5 hours to Almora stopping en route for breakfast. Arrive in Almora in time for lunch after which you may like to relax for a while or continue driving for about 4 and a half hours to the road head nearest to the property.
From the road head in Leti you will walk to the resort, which usually takes around an hour along a dramatic, beautiful mountain trail. The resort is set in a stunning mountain wilderness at 8,000 feet, a place where you can take time to reflect, and allow the space, peace and astonishingly beautiful landscape to work their magic around you. Shakti 360° Leti provides an exclusive mountain experience – the first and only place of its kind in the Himalaya.
This evening is to relax and enjoy the property
Overnight: Shakti 360° Leti, Altitude: 2230m
Day 3 Shakti 360° Leti
A walk of about an hour and a half from the campsite will bring you to a shrine dedicated to Lord Shiva. There are magnificent views of the Ramganga Valley, Heeramani Glacier and Nanda Kot from this shrine. The walk is on a relatively level path surrounded by oak forests, passing by streams and a traditional flourmill. En route you will come across local people taking supplies to and from the furthest villages in the valley, giving you an insight into the tough lifestyle in the mountains. Enjoy some drinks and cookies or a picnic lunch at this beautiful location and walk back to the camp
Overnight: Shakti 360° Leti
Day 4 – Shakti 360° Leti
A steep walk up from the campsite, through a narrow path or “pag dandi” brings you to a flat piece of pastureland. One can see this land from the campsite, and it offers a fabulous sense of achievement to reach this area. The views of the mountain peaks from here are majestic and include Nanda Devi (7816m or 25,623ft), the highest mountain within India’s borders. It is possible for the resort to arrange a picnic lunch for you here, else you may return to the campsite for lunch. This is also a fantastic spot for watching a magnificent sunrise if you leave early from the resort
Day 5 – Shakti 360° Leti
After breakfast, you will walk to the start of the road, where your vehicle will be waiting to drive you back to Kathgodam station
Depart: On Ranikhet Express (A/C sleeper class) at 2040 hrs
Day 6 – Delhi
Arrive: Old Delhi Station at 0400 hrs
This morning you will be met and driven to your hotel in Delhi