Mustang´s magical landscape evolves with each unique season.
Springtime in Lower Mustang offers pleasant temperatures, with days hovering around 18-20 degrees Celsius. Nights, especially in March, can dip into negative territory, but as April rolls in, things warm up a bit, rest assured the resort is heated, ensuring a cozy stay even during the cooler nights.
April boasts crystal-clear panoramas of the Annapurna, Nilgiri, and Dhaulagiri mountains – all there for your eyes to feast on. Rhododendrons, Nepal’s national flower, steals the show with its colorful display in the forests as it bursts into vivid hues along with vibrant blooms painting the scenery in all shades of red, pink, and white. Animals emerge from their winter hibernation, and it’s a favorable period for wildlife enthusiasts to observe and capture glimpses of various species.
Lower Mustang’s lower altitude provides a trekking advantage over higher-altitude routes that may still be covered in snow, making it a less physically demanding option. Whether you’re into nature, culture, or simply capturing stunning photographs, Lower Mustang in spring has something special to offer.
June – August
Summer in Lower Mustang, especially June, is the warmest time of the year. It gets quite warm with daytime temperatures around 32 degrees Celsius, nights are cozy at around 21 degrees Celsius. The warm weather reveals lush local vegetation, as farmers in Lower Mustang busy themselves with potato, wheat, and barley harvests. During this season the Yarthung festival is celebrated with great enthusiasm all over Mustang during August and September at full moon. Marking the end of summer, the 4-day festival is celebrated with horse races, feasts, dancing and praying at the monasteries. People from the area take part in the festival to showcase their horse-riding skills.
The monsoon season brings life-giving rains that nourish the land and add to the region’s natural beauty. However, it also brings challenges, particularly in terms of road conditions. The roads leading to Jomsom from Pokhara, as well as the roads within the valley to and from Shinta Mani Mustang become less predictable during monsoon due to landslides. While flights are possible, they are often affected by poor weather, and end in delays and cancellation. We, at Shinta mani, hold the safety of our guests, staff, and the community in the highest regard. Hence, as a necessary precaution to ensure their well-being, we temporarily close the resort in July and August. This allows us to avoid any potential risks that could arise from precarious road conditions.
We resume services as soon as the monsoon is over, allowing guests to relish in the lush vegetation of the terrain post the rainy season.
September – November
Autumn in Jomsom gifts you an experience like no other. The weather during the day is warm and pleasant around 8-10 degrees, while nights are cool, making it perfect for trekking and exploring. Autumn’s touch transforms Mustang into a trekker’s haven.
Crystal skies and tranquil weather reign, steering clear of rain or snow. It’s the Goldilocks of seasons—days warm enough for exploration, nights cool enough for comfort. Your gaze meets Himalayan majesties like Annapurna and Dhaulagiri unhindered by clouds. A painting of reds, oranges, and yellows unfolds as trees embrace the season. Trails, now dry, lead to marvels both natural and cultural.
Dashain and Tihar festivals greet you with open arms, a chance to dive into Nepal’s vibrant Hindu heritage. Nature thrives. Blossoming deciduous forests breathe life into the surroundings, their occupants scuttling around storing for winter. If you visit Jomsom during this period, you can enjoy the fresh apple harvest and even participate in apple picking.
December - February
Winter in Lower Mustang might pose some cold challenges, but it’s worth it for a unique Jomsom experience. The temperature typically ranges from around 0°C to 10°C (32°F to 50°F) during the daytime. Surprisingly, despite the chill, winter brings clear, sunny days, providing awe-inspiring views of the majestic Himalayan peaks like Annapurna and Dhaulagiri. Snow-draped scenery paints Jomsom and its neighboring peaks, making it a shutterbug’s haven. Tourist numbers dip in Nepal’s off-peak season, giving you a serene and genuine adventure. With fewer crowds, you’ll have a golden chance to dive into local life, connecting with friendly locals and delving into their customs. Winter in Lower Mustang offers a quieter, more intimate adventure filled with snowy charm and genuine experiences.
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