Photography by Shinta Mani Mustang
09 September 2022
Shinta Mani Hotels, owned and operated by HMD Asia, in partnership with Kathmandu-based Sherpa Hospitality Group, will open the 29-suite Shinta Mani Mustang – A Bensley Collection luxury lodge on 1 March 2023.
This will be Shinta Mani Hotels’ first internationally flagged property outside Cambodia. 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, and is bordered by the Tibetan plateau with an elevation that rises from 1,372 to 8,167 metres above sea level.
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.
Situated in The Forbidden Kingdom; the gateway to Tibet, this spiritual destination is rich in Buddhist culture with many monasteries and some of the highest snow-capped peaks in the world, including the formidable Mount Nilgiri.
Each of the 29 suites of Shinta Mani Mustang are designed in the style of a traditional Tibetan home with an open-plan bedroom combined with a living area and a separate bathroom. Floor to ceiling windows offer majestic views of the Nilgiri mountain.
Culinary options 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 an exotic local Tibetan/Sherpa liquor.
The Wellness Center has two treatment suites with floor-to-ceiling windows facing the mountains; each with a hot plunge pool, steam room, sauna, shower and two massage beds. The Tibetan wellness program will be developed by a local 11th-generation Tibetan Amchi Doctor, using traditional herbal medicine.
A highly personalised privately guided experience program honours the traditions of local Sherpa hospitality and has been curated exclusively for our guests. A selection of excursions including trekking, horse riding, rock climbing, cycling, archery, hiking, helicopter tours, wellness and more.
Led by experienced Bensley Adventure Guides, guests will be taken on a variety of day trips, hiking along rarely travelled trails with incredible dramatic landscapses and incredible vistas, dining on Shinta Mani gourmet picnics, made with the freshest farm to fork ingredients.
Scheduled flights operate via Kathmandu direct or via Pokhara to Jomson, from which it is a short drive to the Lodge.
Rates at the all-inclusive Shinta Mani Mustang – A Bensley Collection will start from USD$1,700 per couple per night for a minimum five-night stay, plus applicable service charge and government taxes.
Rates are inclusive of all food and beverage; private guided activities and excursions; unlimited spa treatments; personal Bensley Adventure Guide and transfers between Kathmandu and Jomson (by air or air and road). Helicopter transfers and private chartered flights are additional.
Rates are valid to 31 March 2024.