Shinta Mani Hotels and Kathmandu-based Sherpa Hospitality Group have partnered to launch the 29-suite Shinta Mani Mustang – A Bensley Collection luxury lodge, the first internationally-flagged Shinta Mani property outside Cambodia.
The all-inclusive hotel will open on March 1, 2023.
Located in an area known as The Forbidden Kingdom, the gateway to Tibet, Shinta Mani Mustang – A Bensley Collection is bordered by the Tibetan plateau with an elevation that rises from 1,372 to 8,167 metres above sea level, and boasts landscapes as well as some of the highest snow-capped peaks in the world, including the formidable Mount Nilgiri.
There are scheduled flights via Kathmandu direct or via Pokhara to Jomson – from there, it is a short drive to the lodge.
Each of the 29 suites measuring 45m² are designed in the style of a traditional Tibetan home with mountain vistas. Facilities include a restaurant, bar, activity room, and a wellness centre.
Guests can also experience a variety of excursions led by experienced guides and enjoy picnics prepared from fresh farm-to-fork ingredients.
Namgyal Sherpa, owner of Sherpa Hospitality Group, said: “Our group has been promoting experiential travel in remote areas of Nepal for many years now. We are very excited to be pushing the boundaries and creating a new and exciting project that will position Nepal as a quality, luxury destination and not just for budget travellers.”
Bill Bensley, creator of Shinta Mani Hotels, added: “This is perhaps one of the most exciting projects we have ever had. I have never seen such wildly dramatic landscapes as the mountains and valleys of Mustang, and am thrilled that Shinta Mani can be the first to introduce this Forbidden Kingdom to international adventurers – and all the more so under the special wing of Bensley Collection.”
In keeping with Shinta Mani’s philosophy of giving back to the communities in which it operates, the lodge will work closely with the Psang Lhamu Foundation, a non-profit, non-political, and non-government organisation.