OUR LEH CAMP
The Indus River Camp is owned by the Indus Welfare Society, a local organisation of 250 local Buddhist villagers from the village of Chuchot Yokma, 3 of whom fashioned the camp as it is today.
In the midst of this beautiful area of natural vegetation, and with minimum disruption to the land, we have managed to find sympathetic space for a stay in several rooms, activities and a dining hall. Many small animals and over 200 hundred types of birds depend on the wild berries that grow on our land. We strive to keep in harmony with the wildlife.
Check-out is at 11am and Check-in is at 2pm. If your room is unoccupied on arrival we will strive to check you in as early as possible.
Our drinking water comes from borehole wells 100 feet below. At this depth, alongside the river, the Himalayan water is pure and rich in minerals.
We recommend that guests bring either a 5 litre foldable water bag or a Water To Go filtration bottle. Recycling is impossible in Ladakh due to its isolation and one use water bottles are severely damaging the environment and expensive for the customer.
Leh sits 3,400m above sea level. If flying into Leh the abrupt change in altitude can cause sickness if not prepared for. Proper time for acclimatisation is essential. In the first day you should relax and take in the beauty and isolation of the surroundings and on your second day you should minimise walking or activity. We have oxygen checkers at camp, acclimatisation tablets and an oxygen tank should any be necessary.
Tents and Cottages
In our Leh campsite we have eight Riverside Cottages which are spread across our 42 acre land.
These are fitted with running hot water, have double beds with high quality mattresses, a wash basin and shower.
Each room has electricity. Please visit our Eco Statement to learn more about our plans to become more ecologically sound whilst not compromising the experience at our campsite.
We have a dining and games room. We encourage our guests to socialise and interact but appreciate that many people come to nature to experience solitude, which is easily achieved at camp.
We have wi fi on site, plenty of books and films, curated with an emphasis on nature, the surroundings and the local culture.
How do you create the dining menu?
We provide a set menu for lunch and dinner. Please alert the kitchen to any
dietary requirements you may have before you arrive at camp. If you have a
request for lunch or dinner please make this request the evening before. All
meals are prepared fresh so it’s hard to change them last minute.
For breakfast, we provide fresh fruit, tea, coffee, toast, jam and a choice a
breakfast items such as homemade granola, pancakes, eggs and porridge.
What are the meal times?
Breakfast is from 7:30-10 am. Lunch is served between 1 and 2 pm and dinner between 8 and 9 pm. We have fixed meal times for lunch and dinner, as it allows us to create delicious and innovative food with ingredients that are fresh in the market.
Can we have a campfire?
Yes. Campfires will be available every evening upon request. We don’t however
light campfires after 10 pm.
How far from the Leh airport is the camp?
The camp is 8km from the airport (and from Leh) and this taxi journey will cost between 800 and 1,200 rupees according to 2021 taxi rates. Please contact us in advance if you would like an airport pick up and we will send a driver with a sign for your arrival.
What are the costs of taxis in Ladakh?
The taxi union governs all taxis in Ladakh. This means that all journeys have set
tariff. Please don’t try and barter with the drivers, the prices are completely set
and they will get into trouble if they don’t abide by these rules. You can see their prices here.
How is the Leh temperature?
If you are staying at the camp in May and September it may be a little chilly at
night. We provide duvets, blankets, quilts and hot water bottles. Be sure to bring
a coat with you when you visit at any point during in the season. Ladakh is a
mountain desert so the days can become very warm and the nights are always
cooler. In June, July and August, it can be very hot in the day. Temperature reports can be misleading, as the sun is very powerful in Ladakh.
Will I need sunscreen? What else should I pack?
Yes. The sun can be very strong during the day. Please see our logistics section here for a list of recommended items.
Do you have electricity?
We do have electricity. All of the indoor spaces have electricity, with inverter to back up. We also provide solar charged lamps to help you back to your tent at night.
Do you have Wi-Fi?
We have Wi-Fi in the dining hall/lounge.
Can we swim in the river?
We do not allow our guests to swim in the river. The current is deceptively strong and so we highly advise against it
Are there mosquitoes?
For about three weeks of the year, in August, the mosquitos can be a slight nuisance. We provide all rooms with anti-mosquito coils at night and regularly spray the dining hall/lounge.
Can you book other accommodation in Ladakh for us or arrange a Ladakh package?
We arrange package for our guests and can arrange accommodation, taxis as well as adventure activities and permits. Please check our packages page here for more details.
What footwear should I bring?
Even if you wish to do light trekking/walking at minimum you should bring a
pair of trainers. Sandals will not suffice. If you are embarking on more
adventurous treks, walking boots are essential.
How should we tip the staff?
We provide a tip jar in the dining all/lounge, so please feel free to show your
appreciation to our staff. These tips are split evenly once a month between ALL the staff members excluding the owners. If you wish to tip a member of staff
individually please feel free to do this also.
What altitude is the camp?
The camp is 3,200 metres above sea level. This is 200m below that of Leh. This
means that when you visit Leh you may find you notice a slight difference, for
example, shortness of breath. Usually, this is nothing to worry about, but just take
it easy and don’t rush about.
Do I need to spend time acclimatising?
Yes. This is very important for any trip to Ladakh.. If you have
flown into Leh then we recommend you spend your first and second day at the
camp relaxing. You have gone from sea level to 11,000 feet in the space of less
than 2 hours so it is very important to give your body time to acclimatise.
How do I acclimatise?
Rest and avoiding physical activity are very important. Sleeping during the day is
not advised because our bodies don’t adjust to the altitude so well during sleep.
We advise you to drink lots of water, eat full meals and avoid alcohol and
smoking. The camp is the perfect place to acclimatise for three reasons - the greenery improves the oxygen content of the air, the views and peace make it easier to relax and it is 200 metres lower than Leh which makes a surprising difference.
Some people choose to take medication such as Diamox before they come to high
altitude areas. We also provide this medication at camp should it be required.
What are the symptoms of altitude sickness?
Symptoms can include: nausea, vomiting, headache, shortness of breath,
dizziness, loss of appetite and tiredness. The symptoms are usually worse at
night and usually develop after 6 – 24 hours of being at altitudes above 3000m. If
you think you may have altitude sickness you must alert a member of staff