The LUNGMĀR's Accommodations
Exclusivity and an intimate approach to the wilderness are key features of the LUNGMĀR. We have just ten tents in two different styles for adventurous travelers in search of the grey ghost.
Two large geodesic dome tents, the SHAN SUITE Suite and the IRBIS SUITE, offer great comfort and space, with en-suite bathrooms. Six Quonset-style KURKHANG Tents offer a traditional take on the remote bush camp. They provide a warm and well furnished bedroom in the main tent and separate showers and toilets.
All of the LUNGMĀR’s accommodations are centrally heated and beautifully appointed. Tents feature hand-knotted Afghan rugs, Tibetan inspired furniture, king or twin sized beds, and comforts unseen before in remote winter accommodations in High Asia.
The LUNGMĀR’s suite tents are singularly unique. They are the finest accommodations available for snow leopard trips throughout any of the twelve nations these elusive big cats call their home. Large, spacious, centrally heated geodesic domes, the Irbis and Shan Suites are the pinnacle of what’s possible in remote High Asia.
With king size beds, twin radiators, and beautiful bathrooms designed using stone and wood, the Suites are an incredible experience paired with our wintry landscape.
In peak winter in the Trans-Himalayas, when snow leopard sightings are the best, these amazing suites provide warm comfort, 24/7 running hot water, relaxing showers, flush toilets, and spectacular mountain views.
The SHAN Suite
The SHAN SUITE [414 sq. ft.] has two king sized beds, one on the main floor, and one at the loft level. Ideal for solo travelers, couples, and small families.
The IRBIS Suite
The IRBIS SUITE [304 sq. ft.] has one king bed and is ideal for a solo traveler or couple.
For larger families, we recommend booking both Suite tents - they are near each other.
Each suite has a structure within that houses a full bathroom and toilet. The bathrooms are stocked with toiletries from Forest Essentials. Guests can access the sauna at our Hammām whenever desired.
Our Kurkhang Tents are designed for warmth and comfort. These tents provide a classic ‘bush glamping’ experience. They have taken years of R&D and testing to perfect for our needs - peak winter temperatures in our area of operation can go down to -20ºC. Regardless of outside conditions, our tents remain comfortable on the inside. In Ladakhi, Kurkhang translates to tent home - an ideal description for this comfortable bedroom in the wilderness.
Utilizing hand-stitched canvas, multiple layers of high-tech custom insulation, central heat, and furnished with one king sized or two twin beds, the unique structures offer warmth and a good nights rest.
Guests staying in a Kurkhang have access to the LUNGMĀR Hammām. Our Hammām is a modern interpretation of a Turkish Bath combined with a banya, a traditional Russian sauna. The Hammām is a heated stone building, with three private shower and dressing rooms and a small wood-lined sauna. To prioritize warmth and reduce our carbon footprint, spaces are kept small.
The Kurkhang Tents share a cluster of four heated, environmentally friendly, composting toilets, about a 45 second walk from the tents. The toilets are a combination of age-old Central Asian long-drop composting toilets combined with typical North-American outhouses. All toilets are built in the western style with toilet seats.
Utilizing dry composting toilets allows the LUNGMĀR to reduce its carbon footprint by not having to pipe and heat tremendous amounts of water in a cold and arid landscape, only to have to flush it down.
The Sumdo Sarai
A stunning stone and carved wood building, sheltered within the mountain, is the elegant heart of camp. With a commanding south-facing view of the mountains and a gorgeous traditional skylight, this warm building draws inspiration from local caravansaries; fortified road-side inns that housed intrepid travelers on the Great Silk Road.
The SUMDO SARAI serves as a central dining and lounge space where meals are served and stories are shared. The menu is designed by acclaimed Master Chef Corey Ferguson of the famed El Five, Denver. It explores classic cuisines of the Great Silk Road with a smattering of Indian and Ladakhi favorites. From pan-seared roast duck, to classic fettuccini Alfredo, the kitchen puts out some spectacular food. The kitchen is helmed by Chef Sajan Rai and supported by Sous Chef Gagan Rai, an uncle-nephew team of mountain chefs. The two have worked their way up from cooking on some of the toughest mountaineering expeditions on the planet, to serving delightful meals at the world’s premier snow leopard camp. Our restaurant caters to all sorts of dietary preferences, be it vegetarian, vegan, gluten free, or halal.
Mornings see espressos being pulled, pots of tea brewing, and the bustle of breakfast, while evenings buzz with guests socializing over libations after a day of searching for snow leopards. Stocked with a small specialized library, board games, and much more, our SUMDO SARAI is designed to make memories.
The SUMDO SARAI has incredible old maps showcasing the documentation of High Asia's rugged terrain and remote cultures over two hundred years of exploration during the Great Game between Czarist Russia and Great Britain.
Art, Texture, Textile
The entire camp celebrates the glorious heritage of the Great Silk Road and our location on it.
Local materials, used all over the camp, give a deep sense of place. Richly hued red and green rocks from our valley blend perfectly with carved local wood beams and roofs. The textures connect you to the great mountains that surround us - the workmanship to our neighboring communities.
The tents continue this exploration of the region and the Great Road. Stone framed beds ground our guests to the land, while the textiles used within perfectly blend a high-end safari with the expedition life.
Hand-embroidered throw pillows, Afghan killims, and downy duvets are paired with spectacular paintings by Nicholas Roerich, the acclaimed 19th century Russian painter who traveled the Silk Road in the 20s. Each tent has unique art work.