Mustang-Jomsom Trek

Hoshi Trek

Mustang - the last Forbidden Kingdom in Nepal also known as the Lost Tibetan Kingdom.The small kingdom of Mustang, Nepal was not opened for westerners until 1992. It is an enchanting land of windswept vistas, red walled monasteries, and feudal towns. This tiny kingdom was not only a major corridor of trade from the 1400's to before the Chinese occupation of Tibet, but also figured importantly into early Buddhism in Tibet. The word 'Mustang' conjures up ideas of remoteness and seclusion, a region lost amongst the mountains. This was an independent country until it was closely consolidated into Nepal just a few decades ago. The Trek to this mystique kingdom which requires a special permit that costs US$ 500 per person (valid for 10 Days) begins at the small airport of Jomsom after flying up early from Pokhara. The trek is rather easy as most of the route goes along the bank of Kali Gandaki River and eventually leads you to Lo Manthang, the capital of Mustang at 3730 meter, which is the highest point on this trip. 

Local legend tells the tale of the great founder of Tibetan Buddhism, Padmasambhava (Guru Rimpoche), who before building Samye (the oldest monastery in Tibet) came to Mustang to stand guard against and do battle with the evil powers out to destroy Buddhism. The temple of Lo Gekhar in eastern Mustang was built by Padmasambhava after his triumphant battle and still stands guard today. Mustang is quintessentially Tibetan in character and to date largely unspoiled. However, the advent of a planned new road (progressing slowly) is likely to change this - the time to see Mustang is now! 

 

The Tiji Festival (Festival in the Forbidden Kingdom, Mustang Lo- Manthang), is one of the attraction of Mustang which is being celebrated every year in May. Michel Peissel was the first westerner to witness the Teji festival in 1964 during a visit to Mustang by special permission of the Government of Nepal. He was also only the third westerner to ever visit Mustang. He arrived in Lo Manthang in time to witness only the last day of the festival and later wrote: "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."

 

The Tiji festival 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 to 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 growing season for Mustang).

Trip Facts


Trip duration         = 17 Days 
Grade         = Medium-hard 
Best season         = May to October
Activity                 = Trekking and sightseeing
Starts in                  = Kathmandu
Ends in                 = Kathmandu
Trek type         = Tea House
Accommodation         = Hotel, lodge 
Transportation         = Car / Bus / internal flight
Maximum elevation = 4325m
Average Walk         = 4-6 hours

Itienary Details

Day 01:

 Arrival in Kathmandu Transfer to hotel (1350m)

Day 02:

Sightseeing of Kathmandu valley, preparation for trek.

Day 03:

 Drive to Pokhara and overnight at Pokhara hotel

Day 04:  Fly to Jomsom and trek to Kagbeni (2780m)
Day 05: Trek to Chhuksang (2920m). 
Day 06:  Trek to Samar (3290m) 
Day 07: Trek to Geling (3440m) 
Day 08:  Trek to Charang (3490m)
Day 09:   Trek to Lo Manthang (3730m) 
Day 10:  In & around Lo Manthang 
Day 11: Trek to Lo Gekar 
Day 12:  Trek to Ghami (3460m)
Day 13:  Trek to Chhuksang (2920m)
Day 14:  Trek to Jomsom (2710m)
Day 15:  Flight to Kathmandu via Pokhara
Day 16:   Depart Kathmandu for onward trip

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