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Mustang cultural Trekking, tiji festival trek mustang nepal - 20 Days

Mustang cultural Trekking
Small group adventure & luxury holidays to the HIMALAYAS with professional and friendly guides. We are a local travel agency that ensures all funds are returned to its people.

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20 days Amazing upper Mustang trek in Nepal

15 days moderate camping trekking in upper mustang region of Nepal, the incradiable colorful landscape and Tibetan culture

1 days in Pokhara, one of the most beautiful lake city in the world

4 days in Kathmandu, sightseeing of world heritage sights

Mustang trek is an exceptional, extended trek in a remote and wholly unique corner of Nepal to the boarder of Tibet  which is known as the lost Tibetan kingdom - a great cultural trek of the Himalaya , do it with us the mustang trek experts>>

Mustang the last Forbidden Kingdom in Nepal also known as the Lost Tibetan Kingdom!

Upper Mustang trekking in Nepal on top ten list of Lonely Planet's Top 10 countries in 2013 - please click the link below to read more
http://www.lonelyplanet.com/themes/best-in-travel-2013/top-10-regions/

Famous singer Ricky Martin landed in Mustang few years back and discribed this as moon land...

 Mustang a small kingdom of Nepal closed to westerners until 1992, is an enchanting land of windswept vistas, red walled monasteries, and feudal towns. This tiny kingdom was not only a major corridor of trade from the 1400's to before the Chinese occupation of Tibet, but also figured importantly into early Buddhism in Tibet.

Local legend tells the tale of the great founder of Tibetan Buddhism, Padmasambhava (Guru Rimpoche), who before building Samye (the oldest monastery in Tibet) came to Mustang to stand guard against and do battle with the evil powers out to destroy Buddhism. The temple of Lo Gekhar in eastern Mustang was built by Padmasambhava after his triumphant battle and still stands guard today.

Our route of Mustang trek will take us across the vast Kali Gandaki riverbed, up over windswept passes at 14,000 ft. and across the 'Plain of Aspirations' to the walled capital city of Lo Manthang. All this through a landscape of indescribable vastness and beauty, home to the infamous snow leopard, the endangered bharal (blue sheep), and the mythical mehti (abominable snowman).

Rimmed by 20,000+ snowcapped peaks and bathed in hues of orange and red rocks with sporadic fields of vibrant green, yellow and red of barley, maize, and buckwheat, Mustang is a step back to a simpler time. The Annapurna and Dhaulagiri massifs provide an impressive backdrop as you trek up the Kali Gandaki river valley to the ancient city of Lo-Manthang.

Mustang is quintessentially Tibetan in character and to date largely unspoiled. However, the advent of a planned new road (progressing slowly) is likely to change this - the time to see Mustang is now!

The Tenji or Tiji Festival in upper Mustang Nepal 
(Festival in the Forbidden Kingdom, Mustang Lo- Manthang), Every year in May

( In Year 2015 the mustang Tiji festval date is on May 15, 16 and 17, so we have a group for this Mustang Tiji festival trek from May 7th to 25 May 2015, please come and join for this trip of a life time to the moon land as mentioned by famous singer Ricky martin )

Read more about Tenji tiji festival in Mustang from this link http://www.tsechhen.org.np/index.php/festivals/ten-ji-festival

Portions of the following account of the Tiji Festival are excerpted from book : East of Lo Manthang: In the land of Mustang. Peter Matthiessen and Thomas Laird, Shambhala Press, Boston, 1995 and Mustang, a Lost Tibetan Kingdom. Michel Peissel, Book Faith India, Delhi, India, 1967.

"We found ourselves in the midst of a festival in which over a thousand men, women and children were taking part. Before us spread a sea of weather-beaten brown faces that contrasted with those of the beaming, dirty little children who clung like grapes upon the rooftops of the houses" " The women… looked superb in hand-woven sleeveless Chubas (a bath-robe style dress made of thick wool) over bright, loose silk blouses. Around their wastbands were tucked two aprons, a short one that hung down in front, the other caught in the belt and hanging down behind to the ground. These were gaily striped in bright, narrow bands of blue, red, green and yellow. Many women were literally smothered with ornaments of silver and precious stones…necklaces of bright orange corralline stones alternating with turquoises…ivory-white bracelets made of truncated conch shell (and). head-dresses…studded with turquoises ran along the central parting of their hair and fell down their backs. - " Michel Peissel
Michel Peissel was the first westerner to witness the Teji festival in 1964 during a visit to Mustang by special permission of the Government of Nepal. He was also only the third westerner to ever visit Mustang. He arrived in Lo Manthang in time to witness only the last day of the festival and later wrote: "The scenes I witnessed were so extraordinary and so unexpected that I dared not believe my eyes and even today I have some trouble in believing in the reality of what I saw that day."

The Tiji festival is a three-day ritual known as "The chasing of the Demons" that centers on the Tiji myth. The myth tells of a deity named Dorje Jono who must battle against his demon father to save the Kingdom of Mustang from destruction. The demon father wreaked havoc on Mustang by bringing a shortage of water (a highly precious resource in this very dry land) and causing many resulting disasters from famine to animal loss. Dorje Jono eventually beats the demon and banishes him from the land. Tiji is a celebration and reaffirmation of this myth and throughout the festival the various scenes of the myth will be enacted. It is of course timed to coincide with the end of the dry winter / spring season and will usher in the wetter monsoon season (the growing season for Mustang).

Tiji comes from the word "ten che" meaning the hope of Buddha Dharma prevailing in all worlds and is effectively a spring renewal festival.

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Mustang trek Highligths

"Mustang is one of the few places in the Himalayan region that has been able to retain its traditional Tibetan culture unmolested and authentic Tibetan culture now survives only in exile and a few places like Mustang, which have had long historical and cultural ties with Tibet. - " His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

About Tiji Festival :

The Tiji Festival in Lo Manthang is one of the most important and colorful in Mustang region. Held annually to chase away demons, it is a time of prayer and dance as monks don colorful costumes and masks and perform ritual dances watched by spectators (dressed in their best clothes and jewelry) who have gathered from throughout the region.

About Luri Gompa in Mustang  Nepal:

Luri Gompa (Monastery)  at 3450mtr of Mustang is perched atop eroded 100 meter high cliffs with inner chamber is an enlarged cave with one small south-facing window and an entrance door on its southeast, communication with an outer room, inner chamber contains wall paintings that may date back to the 13th or 14th centuries of the common era.

Note: Recently Mustang draw attention of the world again. Please find out more about culture / history Mustang region of Nepal from the links below.

Highway threatens Buddhist legacy in legendary upper Mustang, Nepal:
http://www.buddhistchannel.tv/index.php?id=39,4062,0,0,1,0
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/asia/article1749991.ece
http://www.theage.com.au/articles/2007/05/06/1178390140811.html

Trip Facts

Availability: Every week through out the year how ever ( Dec - Feb) is not recommended.

Style: Guided trip, fully supported Camping Trek

Grade: Moderate

Maximum elevation: 4400 Mtr - some pass

Accommodation: 3 star hotels in cities but in trekking only simple lodge / tanted camp available

Transport: Car / Bus / internal flight, included

Meals included: 19 breakfasts, 16 lunches, 16 dinners

Note: The cost include permit fee of US $ 500 for 10 days. The Mustang trek involves walking of 5 - 6 hours per day and covers an altitude ranging from Min 2600m to Max 4400m ( pass), The local flight is from Pokhara to Jomsom . Please bear in mind the if the weather goes bad we might have to add 1 or 2 days in the trip.Please keep extra days.

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