DESTINATION: Lo-Manthang, Mustang / MAX. ELEVATION: 3840 m. / TREKKING LEVEL: Moderate / TREKKING DURATION: 11 days
TREKKING ACCOMMODATION: Tea-House Lodge / STARTING POINT: Kathmandu / ENDING POINT: Kathmandu
This trek takes you to the once hidden kingdom of Lo and offers you a once in a lifetime opportunity to witness the ancient and colorful festival of Tiji. The region of Mustang lies in the trans-Himalaya region . The locals called it by the name Lo. The regions was only opened to foreign tourist in March 1992.
The Tibetan influenced area north of Kagbeni is known as Upper Mustang. A vast high valley, arid and dry, it has a barren desert-like appearance similar to the Tibetan Plateau and is characterized by eroded canyons and colorful stratified rock formations. Mustang was once an important route for crossing the Himalaya between Tibet and Nepal, and many of the old salt caravans passed through Mustang.
It is this area which we will trek to, discovering the wonders of the architecture, language, culture and traditions which are almost purely Tibetan in this once-upon-a-time mystical kingdom. Once you reach Lo Manthang, you get to witness Tiji Festival one of the most sacred and colorful festivals in this whole region. The festival features a three day ritual known as the ‘chasing of demons’.
Monks donning masks and colorful costumes enact the story of Dorje Jono who fought against his demon father to save the Kingdom of Mustang from falling apart. The festival is held annually at the onset of Spring season. As Spring season symbolizes regeneration of life, this festival is also about hope, revival and affirmation of life.
The festival is held at the walled city of Lo Manthang (3730m), the capital of Mustang. Lo Manthang is also home to Mustang’s former King Jigme Dorjee Palbar Bista who lost his royal title in 2008 after Nepal became a republic. But he is still highly regarded and respected by the locals. He and his family still occupy the royal palace situated at the center of the city square.
Lo-Manthang / Ancient Walled City of Himalayas / Tsarang Village / Lo-Manthang Royal Palace / Chyoser Cave
Namgyal Monastery / Ruins of Royal Summer Palace / Tiji Festival / the Lhomis / Sakya Monastery / Guru Rinpoche Cave
TRIP PRICE: 87 per person per day
MINIMUM GROUP SIZE: 2 Trekkers
SINGLE TREKKER Surcharge: 47USD per day
-Accommodation at Teahouse lodge on twin sharing basis
-Two Course Vegetarian Meals (Soup and Main Course)
-A cup of Tea/ Coffee with meal
-Guide porter Insurance
-All overland transfers
PRICE NOT INCLUDED:
-Trekking Permit fees & TIMS (500USD per person)
-All drinks & beverage
-Medical Insurance, Emergency evacuation
-Extra expenses caused by natural or political incidents beyond Samsara Trekking’s control
-Sleeping bag required for trek
-Hot Shower and other materials not mentioned
-Expense on Generosity: i.e. tipping trekking staffs (equal to 3 days wage)
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