Upper Mustang is a delicate land, which is substitute of Tibet. This part is escapes with many windy passes as well as cultivated arid land. Many villages based on Tibet culture & about 20 Monasteries and picturesque flight between Mt. Annapurna 8091 mtrs. & Dulagiri 8067 mtrs.
The north of Kagbeni Villages generally referred Uppermustang. The capital of Mustang “lo-manthang” was attached into Tibet centuries of 14th.
It is identity since through out centuries autonomus kingdom. It is a walled city where about 150 houses, with their own kings and people are still mainly Tibetan. This is the reason rather restricted, which required specail permit.
The landscape of Upper mustang is barren moonscape of sandstone pillars and discontinuous moraine terraces which together present a colorful mosaic made up principally of an earthen brown, yellow and red. It is easy trekking along the permitted route to Lo Manthang which lies in the very heart of Mustang. The trek to Upper mustang is through an almost treeless barren landscape and strong wind across the area in the afternoon. Being called “Upper Mustang” is rain shadow of the himalaya of Nepal. In reality, this kingdom gets rain much less than rest places of Nepal.
Legally allowed to be trek to Upper Mustang is in March 1992. The population of this kingdom was 15869 as year of 2008. They are ethnic group, specially Tibetan -Thakali as well as Buddhist religion.
By the way, Tiji festival is one of the most important events in Mustang (the ancient kingdom of Lo).”Tiji” is an ellipsis of the word “Tempa Chirim” which translates as “Prayer of World Peace. It is celibration for 3 days with lamas mask dancing and more activities. This festival is celebrated in May each year. And this year (May 17,18 & 19 -2012)