Upper Mustang Trek

17 days | Best season: March-May, Sept-Nov. | Min. 2 persons. | Max altitude: 3,780m | Moderate trekking

Mustang is one of Nepal's most mysterious and least known kingdoms. The landscape is a barren moonscape of eroded sandstone pillars and discontinuous moraine terraces, which together present a colorful mosaic made up principally of earthen reds, yellows and brown. Trekking is relatively easy along the permitted route to Lo Manthang, the capital city which lies close to the Tibetan border. The trek to Mustang is through an almost treeless barren landscape. Strong winds generally howl across the area in the afternoon, generally subsiding at night. Being in the rain shadow of the Himalaya, Mustang has much less rain than the rest of Nepal. Mustang lying in the rain shadow of the Himalayas is perhaps the last enclave of pristine Tibetan culture. Forbidden and isolated from the rest of the world for decades, it was able to evolve within its own distinctive culture and traditional which is so rich and unique. Lo Manthang, the capital city is walled and still ruled by a religious and spiritual king. Untouched by modern civilization, life in Mustang goes on as it has for centuries in unhurried pace. As everywhere in the Himalayas, this area provides spectacular mountain scenery highlighted by Dhaulagiri at 8,167 meters and Annapurna I at 8,091 meters. You will be surrounded by more than 35 mountains over 6,000 meters high.

Mustang Tiji Festival Trek

19 days | Dates: May 07- May 25 for 2015 | Min. 2 persons. | Max altitude: 3,730m | Moderate trekking

In 2014 this festival was held May 25 - 27.

Tiji festival in Mustang 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 including 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 harvesting season for Mustang). Tiji comes from the word ten che meaning ‘the hope of Buddha Dharma prevailing in the world' and is effectively a spring renewal festival. Mustang is a remote, semi-independent Tibetan kingdom within the territory of Nepal (just north of the Annapurna Region on the Tibetan border), and one of the last bastions of undisturbed Tibetan culture in the world. Buddhist monasteries and nunneries are built into forbidding cliffs and mountain ledges, and the starkly beautiful, windy, arid Tibetan plateau is unbroken for many hours of trekking or riding on horseback. The trek enters Upper Mustang at Kagbeni, a quaint medieval town nestled among apple orchards and encircled by snow mountains.