Lchang Nang Retreat Is Bringing Boutique Luxury to The Nubra Valley

Lchang Nang Retreat


Guests at Lchang Nang Retreat, Ladakh are welcomed like long lost friends. Gayatri and Aditya are the perfect hosts and they manage a team of ten staff with all the affection of a family unit.

Good Food + Good Air

Now, I don’t know about you, but there is something about mountain air that awakens an unapologetically insatiable appetite in me. So when a breakfast of fresh fruits, proper coffee, a piping hot baker’s basket {piled high}, eggs to order and if it were humanly possible to fit anything else in, your choice of waffles and pancakes, was laid out in front of us, well I thought I’d quite literally died and gone to heaven. Head chef Chet Prasad is a whizz in the kitchen. There’s no “menu” here, instead an ever changing choice of regional dishes. Traditional Ladakhi one evening, North Indian another, Italian and so on, accompanied by salads plucked straight from the kitchen garden, healthy soups, freshly baked breads and pudding.

Trees + Rivers

Meaning ‘House of Trees’, Lchang Nang Retreat takes its name from the twenty acres of elm, apricot and apple trees that ensconce it; with the sonorous roar of the Siachen River in the background.

Leading by example Gayatri and Aditya combine eco-principles with a healthy dose of luxury. Running entirely on solar power {with a back-up generator just in case} and using glacial water the property has a sympathetic approach to nature and hospitality. Seventeen traditional Ladakhi style cottages are sprawled across seven acres of verdant grounds, interconnected with trickling gullies and colourful flora. Inside whitewashed mud walls and exposed poplar beams create a rustic look, with retro fabrics and furnishings giving interiors a homely touch. Stylish slate bathrooms add a modern accent.

Gently swaying in my hammock, gazing out across the Karakoram Range beyond, home to the infamous K2 mountain, I mused on the countless lives this former Silk Road trading route had changed, and those it had taken. My lodgings were certainly preferable to theirs. I don’t think I’d change places for a moment.  

Lchang Nang Retreat