Mustang – The Walled Forbidden Kingdom , is the quite fascinating destination for all surrounded by northern snowy mountains, dotted with ancient forts, walled medieval villages and monasteries rich in Buddhist art, offers its few visitors a year a fascinating glimpse into this remote enclave of Tibetan Culture. A deliberate policy of cultural and environmental preservation has meant that Mustang remains one of the world’s most special trekking destinations. Entry is limited and special trekking permits are required. 12 to 15 days should be allowed for Upper Mustang and it may also be combined with the Jomsom trek. Best time to visit is late March to November. A reasonable fitness level is required.
Although it was open for the tourists in 1990, the tourist arrival here started only in 1992. Speedily blowing gushy air, barren desert, mound, and settlement inside the rocky cave, celestial houses made of local design & Buddhist Stupa and houses fluttering with its religious standards are the special peculiarities of Mustang.
Lomanthang was the fort inhabited by 181 houses. Lomanthang has been encircled by 856- meter long wall. This fort was encircled in this way to defend from the frequent attack of the then Jumla state by that time.
Tiji, the special festival
TheTiji festival a three-day ritual known as “The Chasing of the Demons”, centered on the Tiji myth. Tiji tells the story of a deity named Dorje Jono who must battle against his demon father to save the Kingdom of Mustang from destruction. The demon father wreaks havoc on Mustang by creating a water shortage which, in this extremely arid land, is the most precious life-sustaining resource. Dorje Jono eventually defeats the demon and banishes him from the land.
Tiji is a celebration and reaffirmation of this myth. Throughout the festival the events and story of the myth are re-enacted. The festival is timed to coincide with the end of the dry season (late spring) and ushers in the wetter monsoon season. Tiji comes from the words “ten che” meaning “the hope of Buddha Dharma prevailing in all worlds” and is a spring renewal festival that also celebrates the triumph of good over evil.
Day 01: Arrival Kathmandu air port- transfer to the hotel. Welcome drink will be served.
Day 02: Kathmandu – Trek preparation and Free Time
Day 03: Fly to Pokhara. Permit preparation and check other essentials for the trek.
Day 04: Drive to Jomsom via Beni by Jeep & Trek to Kagbeni (2800m.): 3-4 hrs
Day 05: Kagbeni – Chele (3200m.): 5-6 hrs
Day 06: Chele – Gilling (3500m): 5-6 hrs
Day 07: Gilling – Ghami (3500m.): 5-6 hrs
Day 08: Ghami – Tsarang (3550m.): 4-5 hrs
Day 09: Tsarang – Lo-Manthang (3800m.): 5-6 hrs
Day 10: Lo-Manthang
Day 11: Lo-manthang – Ghami (3500m.): 6-7hrs
Day 12: Ghami – Samar (3400m.): 6-7 hrs
Day 13: Samar – Chhusang (3000m.):5-6 hrs
Day 14: Chhusang – Kagbeni (2800m.): 5-6hrs
Day 15: Kagbeni – Jomsom 2700m. – 3 hrs
Day 16: Drive to Pokhara. Farewell dinner with Nepalese Live Cultural Show
Day 17: Drive to Kathmandu. Overnight in Kathmandu
Day 18: Final Departure
Minimum 2 travelers