The Upper Mustang Tiji Festival is a colourful festival held yearly on the full moon day in May. The Upper Mustang Tiji Festival consists of 3 days of Tibetan rituals and dancing dedicated to a deity named DorjeJono who saved the kingdom of Mustang from destruction. It is a deeply religious Tibetan Buddhist festival steeped in ancient tradition. Monks from the many monasteries (gompas) gather and the town square in Lo Manthang fills with characters dressed as demons in flamboyant robes and hideous masks that dance about casting spells. This is a once in a lifetime experience for trekkers and one that not many will see. The unique cultural experience of the Upper Mustang Tiji Festival is a delight to photographers and those looking for a special experience.
Upper Mustang and it’s walled capital Lo Manthang is a remote and starkly beautiful area. Off limits to tourists until it was opened in 1991 it is still one of the most culturally authentic and isolated regions of Nepal and is still referred to as the Last Forbidden Kingdom.
Located in the rain shadow of the Dhaulagiri range on the Tibetan plateau Upper Mustang is one of the most spectacular regions of Nepal. With sculpted canyons, fantastic rock formations, Tibetan style villages, cave complexes, royal palaces, fortresses and Tibetan Buddhist monasteries under the shadow of the snow capped peaks of the Himalayas.
Our trek takes us along the Kali Gandakigorge which is the deepest in the world, along the rocky river bed through isolated villages and along stunning high trails with spectacular views. We visit the meditation caves of Guru Rimpoche and the walled city of Lo Manthang the home of the Mustangi king. Home to countless Tibetan Buddhist monasteries and also to the Bon religion which is an ancient religion that predates Buddhism we can learn about the culture and spirituality of the people of the region.
This trek is perfect for those that seek a unique cultural experience, want to experience some very different and stunning landscapes or are interested in more isolated and remote locations.
This itinerary may differ slightly during your tour. Occasionally itineraries need to change to allow for weather conditions, transportation , travellers desires etc. It is recommended that you allow an additional 1-2 days before your international flight to allow for mountain airport delays and other unforeseen circumstances.