A bespoke, luxurious, cultural and spiritual adventure in the remote, magical Kingdom of Mustang awaits with the opening of the all-inclusive Shinta Mani Mustang – A Bensley Collection in Nepal, on 1st March 2023.

What it will look like

What to Expect

A bespoke, sophisticated, cultural, spiritual, adventurous and personal growth journey in the Kingdom of Mustang.

Designed by Bill Bensley, Shinta Mani Mustang perches high above the town of Jomsom at the gateway of Mustang, an isolated kingdom in Nepal, forbidden to outsiders for centuries. This almost mythical region, hidden in the Kali Gandaki valley between the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain ranges, is one of the deepest valleys and most unusual places in the world.

Shinta Mani Mustang – A Bensley Collection will be an all-inclusive experience, with the guests’ journey curated to provide the most remarkable 360-degree, luxury experience in the Himalayas; one of the most unique and preserved regions in the world. “Mustang” in Tibetan, translates to “Plain of Aspiration”. It is bordered by the Tibetan plateau with an elevation that rises from 1,372 to 8,167 meters above sea level.

Accommodation

29 Environmentally-friendly rooms are designed in local materials stone, slate, and wood based on traditional Tibetan homes, and adorned with locally-sourced, soft natural fabrics. Our well-appointed rooms come with indulgent ensuite bathrooms and huge floor-to-ceiling windows delivering panoramic views, and Nilgiri mountain as the backdrop to your stay. Rooms have an open-plan bedroom combined with a living area and a separate full bathroom.

Rooms Size No. of units
Suite 45 sq. m / 484 sq. ft 29

Inclusion:

  • Fast track immigration service
  • Round trip airport transfers
  • Welcome beverage and amenities
  • Personal Bensley Butler
  • In-room maxi-bar replenished daily
  • All meals and beverages
  • All private guided excursions and activities
  • Popup sunset drinks in a stunning location
  • Spa treatments
  • Laundry service (dry cleaning not available)
  • Government taxes and service charge
  • WI-FI throughout the resort and in the private transfers

Conditions:

  • Minimum 5-night stay
  • Child policy – Minimum age of ten
  • Children under the age of 16 years must be accompanied by a parent or guardian
Plane

Location

Shinta Mani Mustang – A Bensley Collection is located an area known as The Forbidden Kingdom; a gateway to Tibet. This magical and spiritual destination has dramatic landscapes, and is rich in Buddhist culture with many monasteries and has some of the highest snow-capped peaks in the world, including the formidable Mount Nilgiri Himal.

Means of transfer Time
Normal flight
Kathmandu to Pokhara
Pokhara to Jomsom

25 mins
20 mins
Private charters by plane or helicopter
Kathmandu to Jomsom Airport

60-80 mins
Drive
Kathmandu to Jomsom

12 hrs
Saddled mustang in front of mountains

Facilities

Culinary options at Shinta Mani Mustang will include the 60-seat Nilgiri Restaurant, named after the majestic mountain it looks out onto and a large outdoor dining patio where modern Nepal cuisine and western cuisine will be served, using locally sourced and foraged produce. The Aara Bar is named after a local Tibetan/Sherpa liquor. The mixed use activity room which can be used for meetings, presentation or yoga and exercise classes.

The Wellness Center comprises two exquisite treatment suites with floor to ceiling windows facing the mountains; each with a hot plunge pool, steam room, sauna, shower and massage beds. The Tibetan wellness programme will be developed by a local 11th generation doctor using traditional herbal medicine.

Horseback riding

Design and Sustainability

Prior to opening, design genius Bill Bensley will add his creative magic to the resort. Interiors will incorporate warm coloured fabrics and materials to reflect the rich tones of the surrounding landscape, which can be viewed from every window of the property. Huge fire pits on the outdoor terrace will allow guests to admire millions of stars in the night sky in warmth as the temperatures dip. Inside, every area will be complemented by the artwork of the late artist Robert Powell, a friend of Bill’s who drew the regions vernacular architecture in incredible detail.

In his typical upcycling style and with his sustainable mindset, Bill has used recycled materials that he has repurposed into unique new furniture.

Night ceremony

Seasons

Mustang's magical landscape evolves with every season passing, each has a unique taste of its own.

March – May

For nature lovers, spring is the best time to visit Lower Mustang. You can see colourful blooms of the local flowers. These months are also some of the windiest months of the year.

In Upper Mustang, April and May are great months to cross high passes and climb small. It is the time when you meet mountain climbers wishing to climb the high peaks of Nepal.

May is the time of the biggest three-day festival of Mustang, “Tiji Festival”, which takes place on the premises of the former king of Mustang’s palace.

June - August

Upper Mustang falls in the rain shadow area of the Annapurna range. Hence, it doesn’t experience a wet summer like most parts of Nepal and you can enjoy pristine weather, great trail condition, and an excellent landscape with spectacular mountain views. It is also the perfect season to spot the exotic wildlife of the region like Pallas cat, Tibetan wolf.

However, Lower Mustang does experience a wet summer, unlike Upper Mustang. The hiking trails will be wet and muddy. Yet the monsoon is nothing like the torrential rainfall experienced in lower regions of Nepal.

This season, Yarthung festival is celebrated with great enthusiasm all over Mustang during Aug/Sept (full moon day) appreciating the good lives summer has brought into their lives. Yarthung is a Tibetan word for the end of summer. The three-day festival is an uplifting experience with horse races, drinking and dancing by local people among several other exciting activities.

September - November

September, October, and November considered Autumn are the peak season for treks in Mustang. It has the clearest skies with amazing views of the surrounding landscape and mountain peaks.

The two of the biggest festivals of Nepal “Dashain and Tihar” are celebrated in the lower regions of Nepal.

December - February

December, January, and February are winter months in Nepal. It is cold, especially at night, but will reward you with an incredible mountain view. Upper Mustang also gets heavy snowfall during the winter months. Lower Mustang Treks in winter are beautiful with occasional snowfall. You can enjoy winter games with the locals in the area.

Archery

Experiences

A highly personalised privately guided guest experience programme honours the traditions of Sherpa hospitality and has been curated exclusively for our guests. These include unique cultural excursions, trekking, horse riding, rock climbing, cycling, archery, hiking, helicopter tours and wellness.

Discover the Buddhist Kingdom

Ancient villages like Marpha, Jhong, Thini and Kagbeni and monasteries like Zharkot are spread across the majestic Himalayas practicing century-old traditions. Upper Mustang, the last Buddhist Kingdom to open its doors to the world, is today the place to discover the Tibetan Plateau and Tibetan Buddhist Culture.

Explore the Sky Caves - Mustang Caves

Thousands of man-made caves lie on the step mountain valleys of Mustang, approximately 50 meters above the Kali Gandaki River. The 2,000-year- old Buddhist sculptures and paintings found inside are a mystery that archeologists have not been able to explain; who made them and how did they manage to climb onto the caves.

Breakfast at Yharu-Zho Viewpoint

Yharu-Zho is derived from the Thakali language which translates to English, Yha “Yak”, Ru “Horn”, Zho “Top of the hill”. A leisurely breakfast in the lap of Mt. Dhaulagiri and Mt. Nilgiri at Yharu-Zho Viewpoint (3750 m). An early morning journey to the viewpoint will take 4 hours hike or 45 minute drive where you can view astounding mountains and feel the warmth of morning sunshine.

Spa Therapies

Entrenched in the wellness practices of the Himalayas, our Spa offers a wide range of therapies and natural medicinal practices. Massages with herbs and other natural elements inspired by ancient teachings are available to our guests.

Archery

Learn the century-old tradition of archery from local experts and master control over the bow and arrow. Private lessons for our guests are available at an archery field nearby the resort.

Visit the Muktinath Temple

Sacred to both Buddhist and Hindu traditions, the temple receives thousands of annual pilgrimages mainly from Nepal and India. Attracted by a rather metaphysical belief, followers that take a bath in its natural cold spring pools filled up by 108 cow head spigots, are guaranteed salvation after human death. The temple is also widely recognized for its natural gas eternal flame and majestic views of the Himalayas.

Bon Villages and Tradition

One of the hidden treasures of Mustang, Bon is a Tibet-born culture that flourished parallel to Buddhism and mainly practices shamanism. This has led to its followers being persecuted out of Tibet and sometimes forced to convert to Buddhism. Known for rituals such as the Sky Burial, the culture has never entirely vanished from the Himalayas.

Horse Riding

Ride a Mustang horse with a local Sherpa and experience the rhythm and lifestyle of the Mustang Kingdom. Until the 21st century, horses have been the only way to traverse the Himalayas other than by foot, locals have domesticated and mastered the art of horse-riding in order to source goods and travel to exchange these with other villages. From short daily rides to the neighbouring villages in Lower Mustang up to long multi-day excursions to Upper Mustang.

Yoga, Movement Therapy & Meditation

Every morning starts with a Yoga Asana (posture) sequence session. Aligned with breathing practices and guided meditations incorporated in the movement flow, to relax, strengthen and energize body and mind. The wellness experts are available for guests to schedule individual yoga and physical therapy programs to work on specific areas or to learn and deepen their own personal practice. The resort’s Exclusive Experiences include wellbeing retreats led by industry professionals and Buddhist monks or nuns from Mustang's monasteries.

Hiking and Trekking

Plan and venture into guided treks across Mustang's desert and snow-capped peaks, fertile farmlands, glacier lakes, remote villages and Buddhist monasteries. Encounter wild horses, yaks and a wide range of wildlife while walking along the Kali Gandaki River and enjoying views of glaciers at every turn. From short daily hikes starting from our resort to neighbouring villages and surrounding mountains to multi-day excursions, staying at local guest houses curated by Shinta Mani standards or camping in style all the way up to the Tibet border.

Mountain Biking

Experience the adventure of riding a world-class mountain bike through the Himalayan beautiful landscapes. All riders are supported by a jeep caring for all guest supplies, technicians and tools necessary to enjoy the ride. From short daily drives to the neighbouring villages in the lower Mustang up to long multi-day excursions to Upper Mustang.

Yarthung Festival

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Kingdom of Mustang, Nepal

Map of Mustang