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#6 of 26 B&Bs / Inns in Kaza
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Tethys Himalyan DEN is an eco-friendly homestay-styled mountain lodge. Located at a vantage point with 6 guest rooms, a big common / recreation room and in-house kitchen, the DEN boasts of Panoramic views from every room. Set away from the noise and madness, the location makes the DEN the perfect setting for those looking for a quiet time as well as the adventure junkie.
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Supratik wrote a review Jan 2023
Leicester, United Kingdom1976 contributions439 helpful votes
When my travel agent Mr Rajdan suggested this place for two nights at Kaza, I was in two minds. There were not many reviews, altitude is pretty high and a little far from the nearest hospital at Kaza in case of AMS. But then I started doing my research in social media and the more I read the more I was impressed. If you have slightest sense of adventure and prefer peace and solitude to hustle bustle then this is the place for you. I stayed one night at Kaza and then two nights here and had no major problems with AMS. The drive from Kaza to Chicham over the bridge is wonderful, even better is the drive from Chicham to Kyoto and Losar. I have had very good experience with Banjara travels and I was pleased to learn that this property has tie up with them. Practicalities : reaching the place was not difficult at all in May. It is one of the last houses in the small village and the last section is a bit steep. Small car may struggle in the winter. There are various types of rooms so make it clear what type of room you have booked. I was given a standard corner room in the upper floor with wonderful views and some lovely donkeys and cows as neighbours. I was a solo traveler and there was plenty of space for me. I think for a couple space should not be an issue. You should leave the shoes near the entrance to the long corridor and use the slippers provided. If you are hesitant to use other people's slippers just go barefoot or with socks for a few feet. Bed and pillows were fine, had electric blanket. Toilet was small but adequate with plenty of hot water on demand. The eating is typical Spiti style, sitting on the floor in the common area. I am a vegetarian and liked the meals offered very much. Amazing to find such good food in the remote area. Plenty of tea and coffee on offer. Absolutely top marks got to the manager Faizullah and the other staff. Faizullah is ever so helpful and willing to go the extra mile. One of my goals was to see an Ibex but in two days I did not mange to get a decent shot. Some from very far. Dusty, tired and dejected I returned and went straight to the dining area looking for some hot tea. Faizulla asked me, “ Sir, Ibex dekhna hai ?” (Want to see Ibex?). I was gobsmacked and told him, “Is that even a question?” Faizulla then proceed to tell me that while I was away he was scoping the horizon from his kitchen with his binocular and he had spotted a large herd of Ibex not too far from our homestay. Encouragingly the Ibices were moving up the slope while grazing and he was hopeful they would stay in that place for some time. I snatched the binocular from him. Lo and behold, there were the unmistakable scimitar horns, easily visible. So there we went. Faizulla in lead, me following. I was really surprised to see how tolerant the herd was. They could easily spot us but paid no attention and I could get within 30-50 metres. One big box ticked. I'm aware of their tie up with Snow Leopard and one of my friends is going soon to their place on a snow leopard trip. I also hope to go one day. Trust me, I have travelled far and wide and this was truly a wonderful place to stay. Kudos to Mr Mohit Gulati.
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Date of stay: May 2022
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BhaktaPatnaik wrote a review Jul 2022
Mumbai, India71 contributions53 helpful votes
In Chicham, beyond the highest bridge in the world, in the realm of the Snow Leopard, is this hidden gem. The warmth of the rooms, the freshness of the food, even the hot water, is a testimony to the love and effort of the staff and the owner. Every room is a room with a view. Every detail is thought of and taken care of. A truly remarkable place in a truly remarkable place. The food, Spitian and otherwise, was delicious. The rooms were spotless and clean. Mohit, thank you for making our stay so special. Wish we had a few more days to spend at THD. Hoping to be there again.
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Date of stay: June 2022Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Response from Mohit Gulia, Owner at Tethys Himalayan Den
Responded 15 Jul 2022
Thank you for taking the time to review us Bhakta,. It was a pleasure hosting you and the entire group from OneLatitude. I am happy to know that we were able to make your stay comfortable with the limited resources we have at hand. We hope to have the opportunity to host you again. Regards
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Nikhil N wrote a review Jun 2022
New Delhi, India42 contributions6 helpful votes
We stayed at Tethy's den for a day, among all the stays across our Spiti Circuit (including homestay, guesthouses and hotels), Tethy's was the least engaging, impractical, stay we had. The host of the property was almost hidden or not available.. we expected to have conversations with the host similar to other properties.. + We were charged obnoxiously high charges for lunch without informing the charges. 2stars for Faizanul and his hospitality (else would rated 1), rest suggest travellers to explore other places at Chicham
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Date of stay: June 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from Mohit Gulia, Owner at Tethys Himalayan Den
Responded 15 Jul 2022
Hi, Thank you for taking the time out to review us. We take feedback seriously and it pains us a little when we receive feedback like this. Before addressing the points made by you I would like to mention here that you were on a tour organised by an agent and the level of expectations or the communication between you and your travel agent clearly did not match the realities of travelling to a place like Spiti. 1. A property promises you the facilities, food and comfort that it is supposed to offer. To expect the owner of the property sit down with every guest on every day is by no means possible and even more so when your stay is taken care of the way it was promised to your agent. 2. To pay for something that you consume and complain about it is the weirdest thing there can be. We were informed by your agent to keep lunch ready for you and so we did. Whether it was an inclusion in your trip or not is between you and your travel provider. We only charged you for it once you checked with your agent at the time of check out if the meal was included in your package, which it wasn't. If getting a full meal spread at 14000 ft above sea level where most things are unavailable for 400 rs per person is obnoxiously high, I wonder what you might think about the places, cafes and restaurants that you visit in your city of residence. I apologise for the tone of my text but it's bothersome to find such disconnect between expectations and realities of the places you travel to. I hope this will help you plan and communicate better with your travel provider for your next journey. Regards
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Ismail S wrote a review May 2022
Hyderabad, India2 contributions
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I lead wildlife photography expeditions, and I have been in a couple of places in Kibber earlier. Most of my clients are from outside India, and hence, I always made sure that even the smallest things are taken care of, so I Would write it all down to make sure we dont miss anything... even small things like time for cleaning the room every day. This year, being 2022, I went to Tethys and was pleasantly and unequivocally surprised to see a place which fit my requirement to the last detail. Those large clear glass windows showcasing the beautiful snow covered mountains and also some wildlife like the Red Fox and Ibex, warm and spacious sit-out/eating area, nice and spacious and clean rooms with appropriate heating... it was all heaven sent. I did need to call the resident manager - Faizuallah one evening for lighting the fire as it had died out, but other than that, he made sure my participants and me, are all taken care of, rather pampered, fed with all the best food that you can get in -30DegC as we were there in Jan-Feb for the Snow Leopards, our rooms were regularly cleaned and kept warm. He was also available through the day in case we needed some more coffee, some snacks or something to munch on, and was ever ready to try different cuisines. By far the best pizza, pasta, local Spitian food, and the other common Indian dishes, all were on point; not too spicy and not too bland, just about right. Frankly, Im super impressed with this place, its people and their hospitality. Shoutout to Mohit, who was there through out our trip and made sure we were made to feel at home. All the best!!!
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Date of stay: February 2022
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Room Tip: Ask for the rooms facing the mountains, and you might just get lucky with some wildlife sightings...
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Response from Mohit Gulia, Owner at Tethys Himalayan Den
Responded 9 Jun 2022
Thanks Ismail! We are gearing up and preparing ourselves for the next time you visit in search of the Snow Leopard. It was a pleasure having you and we are looking forward to this winter too.
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Kshitij Anilkumar wrote a review Mar 2022
Bengaluru, India4 contributions
Stayed: March 2022 Cleanliness: 5/5 Staff: 100/5 Food: 5/5 this was our last stop in Spiti valley and we were ready to accept what ever we got as you cant wish for much during winter in spiti, BUT this place blew our mind it is very aesthetically set up, and the staff especially Faiz are too good to be praised in words. They took care of each and everything we needed and went beyond what was required when 2 in our group fell to altitude sickness. This place is really a gem in Spiti and would strongly suggest everyone doing spiti to stay here at least for a night. You can make this place as home base and take 2-3 days to visit kibber, chicham, Kee, langza etc. they were also sweet enough to send help when one of our expedition vehicles got badly stuck in snow after we checked out. Now that GOLD STANDARD IN CUSTOMER SATISFACTION
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Date of stay: March 2022
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Room Tip: the corner room overlooking the valley in the first floor
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Response from Mohit Gulia, Owner at Tethys Himalayan Den
Responded 9 Jun 2022
Thank you for taking the time to review us and sending so much appreciation our way. Feedback like this not only makes our day but also makes us strive to do more. We are glad you enjoyed your stay and hope you will visit again sometime.
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Grishma D wrote a review Nov 2021
Mumbai, India3 contributions
When I first stumbled upon Tethys Himalayan Den on TripAdvisor, it seemed almost too good to be true. But once I reached out to them I was so impressed that I planned our entire Spiti trip though their partner brand banjara trails. Everything was as perfect as it seemed online. Mohit is the most thoughtful & gracious host. He provided us with all the information we needed. Not only we enjoyed his place but the chats and amazing stories he had to share. His passion for mountains is very thoughtfully translated in his home stay & is just perfect! And of-course I have to mention Faizullah who was of great help. He went way beyond to make our stay comfortable and memorable. And of-course his love for fashion and ever shining personality won our hearts. Rooms were extremely clean and beds super comfortable!!! The views from all the rooms are stunning and my favourite place was where we had our delicious meals. We had a great stay & I can’t wait to go back!!! Thank you and see you soon Mohit!
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Date of stay: September 2021Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Response from Mohit Gulia, Owner at Tethys Himalayan Den
Responded 7 Nov 2021
Thank you for taking the time to review us here. A big part of us has gone into making both Banjara Trails and Tethys Himalayan what they are, to have that appreciated is an indescribable feeling. It was great to have all 4 of you spend that time with us in Chicham. It really makes us happy when our efforts of doing what we are in a remote location like Chicham are appreciated. Thank you and we hope to see you again.
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Mimansa wrote a review Nov 2021
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The place was great. Had a beautiful view. Rooms were amazing and food was too tasty. The staff was hospitable and kind. It's location in chicham is scenic and breathtaking. Absolutely loved my visit.
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Date of stay: March 2021Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Response from Mohit Gulia, Owner at Tethys Himalayan Den
Responded 7 Nov 2021
Thank you for taking the time out to review us. To spend the harsh Spitian winter and enjoy it the way you did makes us happier than most things would. Nothing makes us happier than to know that our guests had a great time with us and loved the effort we have put into making Tethys Himalayan DEN what it is at a location like ours. We hope to see you again.
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Diksha wrote a review Oct 2021
New Delhi, India2 contributions
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I came to know about Tethys from someone earlier this year. And the next thing I know is, I am stalking them on Instagram and drooling over their interiors and the views from the homestay. So glad to have visited the most coveted homestay of Chicham.
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Date of stay: October 2021Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Response from Mohit Gulia, Owner at Tethys Himalayan Den
Responded 7 Nov 2021
Thank you for taking the time out for your quick visit and to review us. Nothing makes us happier than to know that our guests appreciate the effort we have put into making Tethys Himalayan DEN what it is at a location like ours. We hope to see you again.
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Bhani wrote a review Oct 2021
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A trip to Spiti valley is incomplete without visiting Tethys Himalayan Den in Chicham. From the simplicity of the village town and grandeur views from our cozy and beautiful rooms to the ever smiling helpful host of the homestay (Mohit ), we couldn't have asked for more . Its a must visit for a relaxing, rejuvenating and adventurous experience. The views from the rooms are breathtaking. The staff is friendly and food is on point.
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Date of stay: September 2021
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Response from Mohit Gulia, Owner at Tethys Himalayan Den
Responded 7 Nov 2021
Thank you for taking the time out to review us. It was a lot of fun hosting all 4 of you. It's nice to know that you loved your stay and our location. . Nothing makes us happier than to know that our guests loved the effort we have put into making Tethys Himalayan DEN what it is at a location like ours. We hope to see you all again.
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Divyaditya Singh wrote a review Oct 2021
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A great place with delicious food. The rooms were amazing and each of them had a top view. Moreover, Mohit’s a v friendly host. He even took us on a trek when we requested. If you’re going to Chicham, do stay at Tethys. 10/10 recommended.
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Date of stay: July 2021Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Response from Mohit Gulia, Owner at Tethys Himalayan Den
Responded 7 Nov 2021
Thank you for taking the time out to review us and for your kind words. Nothing makes us happier than to know that our guests had a great time with us and loved the effort we have put into making Tethys Himalayan DEN what it is at a location like ours. We hope to see you again.
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$58 - $59 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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IndiaHimachal PradeshLahaul and Spiti DistrictKaza
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6
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Frequently Asked Questions about Tethys Himalayan Den
Which popular attractions are close to Tethys Himalayan Den?
Nearby attractions include Kibber Village (3.0 km), Kye Monastery (6.0 km), and Key Monastery (5.9 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Tethys Himalayan Den?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
What food & drink options are available at Tethys Himalayan Den?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Tethys Himalayan Den?
Yes, free parking and a parking garage are available to guests.
Are pets allowed at Tethys Himalayan Den?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.