Every spring, at the palace in Lo Manthang (Upper Mustang), there is a colorful Buddhist festival called Tiji, hosted by the Crown Prince of Mustang. Then, in August, when other parts of Nepal are suffering from summer rains, Mustang is host to the Yartung Horse Festival, with all its gaiety, dancing and incredible athletic prowess. Join Myths and Mountains for these marvelous celebrations in a medieval kingdom like no other. Unlike many festival trips to Lo Manthang, you will attend the entire 3-day festival, not leaving early to rush back. In this way, you can get a sense of the full meaning of each festival day, as they are different yet do form a whole.
A strip of territory where everything is Tibetan, as Tucci wrote, “from the landscape to the language, from the people to the monasteries,” the area of Lo Mustang projects out from Nepal into the Tibetan Plateau north of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna, encompassing the entire upper drainage of the Kali Gandaki. Used as a staging point in the early 70’s for CIA-trained Tibetan a guerrilla to infiltrate into their homeland, the area was closed to tourists by the Nepali government until recently. Unlike the rest of Nepal, the area more closely resembles Tibet, its northern neighbor. The arid hills are bathed in pastel hues, medieval forts and palaces protect the trails from invaders, and isolated villagers live as they have for centuries.
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ITINERARY at a Glance
Arrive in Kathmandu; Welcome dinner
Tour Swayambunath, Pashupatinath and Bodhanath
Fly to Pokhara; visit museum, boat ride and optional paragliding
Fly to Jomsom and trek to Kagbeni
Hike through Tangbe on your way to the village of Chele
Hike to Ghiling with lunch in Syangbochen
Trek to Ghami and then on to Tsarang
Trek to Lo Manthang
First day of Festival - Tiji in June and the Yartung Horse Festival in August.
Second day of Festival
Visit Chusang Caves and Third day of Festival
Gar Gompa and on to Dakmar
Dakmar to Tsongkar and on to Syangbochen
Visit cave temple and lunch in Samar. Overnight in Chele or Tangbe
Walk to Kagbeni
Walk to Jomsom
Fly to Kathmandu
Explore Patan and Bhaktapur
Fly to Bangkok or other destination