The historical remote Mustang trek unseals the once Forbidden Kingdom of Mustang, tucked away from the rest of the world, lies just north of the main Himalayan range of Nepal. Mustang, a land where the soul of the man is still considered to be as real as the feet he walks on: a land said to be "barren as a dead deer" but where beauty and happiness abound in spite of hardship, was a part of the Tibetan Kingdom of Gungthang until the 1830s. The walled city of Lo Monthang, the unofficial capital of Mustang still remains a kingdom within a kingdom. The early history to Lo Monthang is embellished in myth and legend rather than the recorded fact. Mustang has maintained its status as a separate principality until 1951. The king of Lo-Monthang still retains his title and he has been given the honorary rank of Colonel in the Nepal army.
For long forbidden to tourists, the legendary Kingdom of Mustang, one of the wildest dreams for the Himalaya’s lovers, is now accessible to foreign travelers since 1991. The department of immigration issues only a small number of special permits.
This enclave of Tibet in Nepal located beyond the barrier occupies the high Himalayan Kali Gandaki, an ancient caravan route between the desolate wilderness of the Tibetan Plateau, the hills of Nepal, and the plains of India. Inhabited by the Lobas, the kingdom shows for a while, the Tibetan Buddhist culture without Chinese influence.
A trek into this fabled forbidden kingdom of vast, arid valleys, eroded canyons, ochre valley, yak caravans, colorful-painted mud-brick houses on the back dropped of the majestic mountain of Nilgiri, Tukche, Annapurna and Dhaulagiri make your medieval walled kingdom Mustang trekking a very special one.
Adventure International Trekking regularly organizes trek to the Himalayan Kingdom of Mustang targeting the TIJI festival three days long
The ritual is known as “The chasing of the Demons", one of the most important festivals of the region. Over the festive time, monks dressed in elaborate costumes and masks perform dances and rituals that are supposed to drive away evil spirits. Dressed in their finery, people from all over Mustang gather in Lo Monthang to celebrate the Tiji festival.
Michel Peissel was the first westerner to witness the Tiji festival in 1964 during a visit to Mustang. In his book 'Mustang - A lost Tibetan Kingdom', he has described the Tije festival "We found ourselves in the midst of a festival in which over a thousand men, women, and children were taking part. Before we 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 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.