This trek takes you to the once hidden kingdom of Lo and offers you a once in a lifetime opportunity to witness the ancient and colorful festival of Tiji.

The region of Mustang lies north of the main Himalayan range in the area known as the trans-Himalaya. Called by the locals Lo, Mustang was only opened to trekkers in March 1992. The Tibetan influenced area north of Kagbeni is known as Upper Mustang. A vast high valley, arid and dry, it has a barren desert-like appearance similar to the Tibetan Plateau and is characterized by eroded canyons and colorful stratified rock formations. Mustang was once an important route for crossing the Himalaya between Tibet and Nepal, and many of the old salt caravans passed through Mustang. It is this area which we will trek to, discovering the wonders of the architecture, language, culture and traditions which are almost purely Tibetan in this once-upon-a-time mystical kingdom.

TRIP FACTS

DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION Kathmandu
DEPARTURE TIME Please arrive by 8:15 AM for a prompt departure at 8:30 AM.
RETURN TIME Approximately 6:30 PM.
WEAR Comfortable athletic clothing, hiking boots, hat, jacket and sunscreen.
INCLUDED
Professional instructor Meals
1 hour of free time Transportation in mini-coach
NOT INCLUDED
Surfing equipment
Instructor gratuity

Once you reach Lo Manthang, you get to witness Tiji Festival one of the most sacred and colorful festivals in this whole region. The festival features a three day ritual known as the ‘chasing of demons’. Monks donning masks and colorful costumes enact the story of Dorje Jono who fought against his demon father to save the Kingdom of Mustang from falling apart. The festival is held annually at the onset of Spring season. As Spring season symbolizes regeneration of life, this festival is also about hope, revival and affirmation of life.

The festival is held at the walled city of Lo Manthang (3730m), the capital of Mustang. Lo Manthang is also home to Mustang’s former King Jigme Dorjee Palbar Bista who lost his royal title in 2008 after Nepal became a republic. But he is still highly regarded and respected by the locals. He and his family still occupy the royal palace situated at the center of the city square.

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Day 1: Arrive Kathmandu

Arrive in the Kathmandu where your Trip starts.
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Day 2: Kathmandu Sightseeing

The various cultural sites of the Kathmandu. The temples and other stuffs.
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Day 3: Fly to Pokhara. Evening sightseeing at Pokhara

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Day 4: Fly to Jomsom & Trek to Kagbeni (2780m)

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Day 5: Trek to Chele (3050m)

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Day 6: Trek to Geling {Via chungse Gompa} (3440m)

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Day 7: Trek to Charang (3490m)

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Day 8: Trek to Lo-Manthang {via Lho-gekar, Ghar Gompa}(3730m)

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Day 9: Lo-Manthang (3730m)– Day hiking - (Start Tiji Festival) 17 May

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Day 10: Lo-Manthang (3730m) - Tiji Festival 18 May

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Day 11: Lo-Manthang (3730m) - Tiji Festival Ends 19 May

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Day 12: Trek to Ghami (3460m)

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Day 13: Trek to Samar (3290m)

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Day 14: Trek to Chhuksang (2920m)

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Day 15: Trek to Jomsom (2710m)

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Day 16: Fly to Kathmandu

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Day 17: Depart Kathmandu

Upper Mustang Trek

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