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 - a great cultural trek of the Himalaya , do it with us the mustang trek experts>>
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
The small kingdom of Mustang 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!
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.
Day 01: Arrival day, check into hotel and rest.
Day 02: Full day sightseeing of Kathmandu Valley
Day 03: Drive to Pokhara and stay there
Day 04: From Pokhara early morning fly to Jomsom and then trek up to Kagbeni, starting point of upper Mustang trekking.
Days 05 - 16: On Camping treks in upper Mustang area, Nepal
Jomsom - Kagbeni - Chuksang, Chaile, samar, Ghiling - Dakmar, Lo Ghaker, Lo - Manthang, Dhi, Luri Gompa, Tsarang, Ghami and back to Jomsom - if date adjusted with Tjiji festival we enjoy the Teji festival in Mustang Lo Mantang at the court yard of the Royal Palace of Mustang.
Day 17: Fly from Jomsom to Pokhara and rest day in Pokhara.
Day 18: Drive back to Kathmandu ( have option to fly) and rest.
Day 19: Free day in Kathmandu, join Nepali cultural show and dinner
Day 20: Final departure, transfer to airport.
Mustang trek can be combined with Upper Dolpo trek, Annapurna circuit trek. Also to Damodar Kundua area or climb some new Peaks in Mustang Region. Kindly ask us for detailed itinerary and options.
There are famous strong Horse in Mustang region, the whole Mustang trek can be done by Horse.
Please read some comments about Mustang trek written by our clients in Aug.. 2008 and 2009 at , also by 6 Norway people who did Upper Mustang trek with us in Oct '08>>>
"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.
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.
Luri Gompa (Monastery) ( 3450m) 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:
Single suppliment: USD 447
I am Andrea, the tour leader of an Italian / Swiss group of 8 people who had a great luck this year, enjoying a 15 days Mustang trek at Ti Ji festival from April 28- May 13th, 2005 with Earthbound Expeditions. Well,since when I began organizing the trip, I had a very good impression of Rajan and the agency, as I asked so many questions to him, about itinerary, organization, schedules, everything, very efficient in fast answers, always helpful. The journey went far over those expectations: it's the opinion of everybody in the group. We enjoyed the visit of the so many interesting gompas that Mustang offers, full of history and culture, and Rajan was so great in being a guide and translator; well, he has a good experience of the area, and this helped very much in having an incredible time, enjoying what better Mustang can offer, out of the beaten tracks too.
The time spent in Lo Manthang for the Ti Ji Festival was really amazing, showing us how beautiful and interesting could be a Buddhist festival; moreover, we had the opportunity to meet the King of Mustang.
The cook and his team were simply wonderful: in such difficult "conditions", with such that shortage of time to cook, every day we had different hot meals, most of them freshly prepared: we had momos, spaghetti, pasta, wonderful pizza and cakes, many typical dishes, vegetables, meat, rice, potatoes, French fries...
We will have an unforgettable memory of the trip for whole life; the landscapes of Mustang are amazing, plus the culture, the people met during the tour, really a great organization of Earthbound Expeditions as an impressive plus.
For sure I will use their services in the future.....
Andrea Ruggerone from Italy, tour leader of Easy moving company - www.easymoving.it
Our Mustang cultural trek are guaranteed to operate with a minimum of 2 persons in the group. The trek is also available on a private basis to suit your own dates.
See photos of upper Mustang trek from below link : taken by one of our clients in 2007
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Availability: Every week through out the year how ever ( Dec - Feb) is not recommended.
Style: Guided trip, fully supported Camping Trek
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.