Trekking to Mustang is the link connecting you to the third world that seeks its own importance. Mustang has a uniqueness that makes it totally different to other parts of Nepal. It lies to the North of the country, and shares with Tibet, also falling in the rain shadow. The walled city of Lo-Manthang, the unofficial capital, is a kingdom within a kingdom, consisting of vast arid valleys, yaks, caravans, and colorfully painted mud brick houses set against a backdrop of spectacular peaks like the Annapurnas, Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, Tukuche and 30 other mountains rising above 6000 metre. The town of Muktinath has famous Buddhist and Hindu shrines. Mustang was officially only opened to trekkers in 1992 and only limited number of people were allowed to visit each year, in order to protect and conserve local Tibetan traditions and the fragile environment. Trekking in Mustang takes you back hundreds of years to a place where time has stood still for centuries, for the people who are of Tibetan origin, live, cultivate and trade in ways they have done since time immemorial. Trekking in this region gives one the opportunity to explore the western mountain region with its stupendous wilderness, spectacular scenery, snowcapped peaks and many 16th century monasteries. The panoramic views from the 'Balcony' are exceptional. Huge black and brown desert hills are decorated by paddy and barley fields and the wind follows us wherever we go. Tiji festival is one of the attractions of this region. During the festival time monks dressed in elaborate costumes and masks perform dances and rituals that are meant to drive away evil spirits. Dressed in their finery, people from all over Mustang in Lo Manthang celebrate the Tiji festival. It generally falls during the spring.