The hidden kingdom
Above the tree line, the vast barren landscape of the Upper Mustang region, dotted with ancient forts, walled medieval villages and monasteries rich in Buddhist art, offers its few visitors a year a fascinating glimpse into this remote enclave of Tibetan Culture. A deliberate policy of cultural and environmental preservation has meant that Mustang remains one of the world's most special trekking destinations. Entry is limited and special trekking permits are required. Organized groups are allowed entry and a Government Liaison Officer must accompany the group. 12 to 14 days should be allowed for Upper Mustang and it may also be combined with the Jomsom trek. A reasonable fitness level is required. We organise both tea house and camping, whichever you prefer.
Join our special trek to Upper Mustang and attend the unique Tiji festival.
Upper 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 it was able to evolve its own distinctive culture and traditions. Untouched by modern civilization, life in Upper Mustang goes on as it has for centuries in unhurried pace. A trek into the kingdom of Upper Mustang is an unforgettable experience. Upper Mustang is a restricted area of Nepal – those who wish to visit, have to pay a special permit fee and apply for a permit through a government registered trekking agency.
We will organize a trek when the Tiji Festival takes place. This is a three-day ritual known as ‘The chasing of the Demons’ and it is centered on the Tiji myth. Tiji tells the story of a deity named Dorje Jono who must battle against his demon father to save the Kingdom of Mustang from destruction. The demon father wreaks havoc on Mustang by creating a water shortage which, in this extremely arid land, is the most precious life-sustaining resource. Dorje Jono eventually defeats the demon and banishes him from the land.
Tijiis a celebration and reaffirmation of this myth. Throughout the festival the events and story of the myth are re-enacted. The festival is timed to coincide with the end of the dry season (late winter/spring) and ushers in the wetter monsoon season.
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