The Upper Mustang region (formerly Kingdom of Lo) of Nepal is one of the most special places on the planet. Nestled in the Himalayas, Mustangs culture and traditions has largely remained unchanged since the 15th century. Tourists were first permitted to enter into the region in 1992 and its people still speak an ancient Tibetan dialect.

Each year, in Lo Manthang, Upper Mustang’s capital, the Tiji Festival takes places. The Tiji Festival is a spring-renewal party that ushers in the monsoons while celebrating the triumph of good over evil in a ritual locals call “the chasing of the demons.” During this three-day ceremony, the town square fills with characters clad as demons in flamboyant robes and hideous masks dancing about, slashing at the air with their swords and intoning spells over onlookers.

Filmmaker Yannick Calonge beautifully provides a window into this extraordinary destination while showcasing the ancient Buddhist traditions and customs that make Upper Mustang one of our worlds greatest treasures.

Jeff

P.S. If you are interested in learning more about our Upper Mustang adventures, click HERE or if you have a favorite video from one of your adventures we would love to hear about it, just shoot us an email at info@explorerspassage.com.

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