Mustang Tiji Festivle Trek

Duration
18 Days

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Lucky for you, this trip coincides with the end of the dry season and thus overlaps with the Tiji Festival, 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.” Tiji comes from the words ten che, meaning the “hope of the dharma prevailing in all worlds,” the message Guru Rinpoche carried through this region over a thousand years ago.

Tiji consists of three-day of Tibetan rituals. The Tiji centers around a myth, which tells of a deity named Dorje Jono who must battle against his demon father to save the Kingdom of Mustang from destruction. Tiji comes from the word “ten che” meaning the hope of Buddha Dharma prevailing in all worlds and is effectively a spring renewal festival. The trek to Mustang is a spectacular walk through Himalayan terrain that contrasts wildly with the lush fertile hills and valleys located to the south of the main Himalayan chain. Mustang is a barren landscape with only a few small green fields dotting a lunar landscape, but boasts a remarkable spiritual heritage.

Tiji Festival Trek combines through Mustang’s fascinating villages, alongside Buddhist shrines and temples and in the shadows of the Himalayas most iconic mountains, before arriving at the fabled walled city of Lo Manthang for 3 days of dancing at the Tenchi Festival. The terrain is rough and the altitude can be hard going but you will be in the safe hands of Himalayan expert Adventure Connexion and his team of sherpas. Expect mainly camping (fully supported) with a few lodges and hotels in Kathmandu and Pokhara for good measure.

During the Tiji Festival Trekking, 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. Spend the day steeped in the sights, sounds, and movements of this once-in-a-lifetime cultural marvel. This three-day ceremony is lit up with colorful custom dress, dancing, music, and reenactments from the story of a deity and his demon father.

Date for Tiji Festival 2017 in Lo-Manthang is announced. The teji festival will be celebrate 22 , 23 and 24 May 2017 in Upper Mustang

14 May-Day 01: Kathmandu Arrival (1300m)
After completing the visa and custom formalities, you will meet with our representative at Tribhuvan International Airport. You will be escorted through the busy street of Kathmandu to the three star hotel. After refreshment, you will be briefly informed about your 10days Mustang trekking package. Enjoy the sumptuous meal and have a pleasant stay.  

15 May-Day 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing Tour
You will be picked up from the hotel and taken to our office where you will meet with your team members. You will be provided with Guided Kathmandu City Tour where you will be taken through the journey of UNESCO sites in Kathmandu. You will visit the holiest Hindu Temple of Pashupatinath, the largest Bouddhanath Stupa, the oldest Swayambhunath Stupa and the ancient Royal Residence of Kathmandu Durbar Square. 

16 May-Day 03: Kathmandu- Pokhara Drive by Tourist Bus ( 6/7 hrs )
This day 6 am our trek guide will come to pick you at hotel and take you to bus station wihch is 15 min walk from your hotel. Pokhara which is often regarded as City of Lakes is the second largest city of Nepal. It is popular for being the gateway to remote Mustang region. Explore around Pokhara. Enjoy boating in Phewa Lake and visit the Barahi temple that is located at the middle of lake. Prepare the baggage for trek and stay overnight at hotel.  

17 May-Day 04: Pokhara- Jomsom (2800m) flight
Take an early morning flight from Pokhara to Jomsom. Jomsom can also be reached on foot from Pokhara but it consumes 7-8 days to cover the journey. The flight continues above world's deepest Kali Gandaki Gorge that lies in between Annapurna I (8,091m) and Dhaulagiri (8,167m) mountains. Stay overnight in a hotel in Jomsom.

18 May-Day 05: Jomsom to Chele (3050m)
Assemble the crew, arrange for trekking gears and supplies and take 3 hours of trek to Kagbeni by walking alongside the Kaligandaki River. Kagbeni is the gateway to Upper Mustang. Enjoy the views of Nilgiri, Dhaulagiri, Dhampus, Tukuche and other mountains and move towards Kagbeni. Walk along the Chorten and follow uphill and downhill path to Tangbe village. Take lunch and cross the Chusang River. Cross the bridge on Kaligandaki and take short climb to Chele.

19 May-Day 06: Chele to Geling (3520m)
Begin your walk along dry valley with views of red brick houses. Take brief ascend and pass along chortens to small Samar village. Climb up the ridge at 3800m for panoramic view. Walk along Ramchung Cave to Geling which greets you with colorful landscape and mountains.

20 May-Day 07: Geling to Charang (3580m)
Leave Geling village early in the morning and walk through whitewashed local houses to Nyi Pass. Descend to the meadow. You can see cattle grazing in the lush green vegetation. Descend to Tangmar Chu River. Moving further, you will soon encounter with yet another small pass. Conquer the pass and descend to Charang Village where you will stay overnight.

21 May-Day 08: Charang to Lo Manthang (3780m)
Visit the wish fulfilling Gyokar Gompa. Continue the trek to Drakmar. Visit the 1200yr old Gyokar Gompa. Leave Lo Gyekar Gompa and pursue the ascending trail to the ridge. Get the first view of the fortified Lo city. Descend to Lomanthang for overnight stay.

Tenchi Festival Start


22 May 2017: Day 9: First day bserve Tenji Festival Lo-Manthang 3840m. Overnight at Lodge
23 May 2017: Day 10: Second day observe Tenji Festival Lo-Manthang 3840m. Overnight at Lodge
24 May 2017: Day 11: Final observe Tenji Festival Lo-Manthang 3840m. Overnight at Lodg
Tenchi Festival Start
25 May 2017: Day 12: Trek from Lo-Manthang to Tsarang 3560m/3-4 hours. Overnight at Lodge
26 May 2017: Day 13: Trek from Tsarang to Syangmochen 3500m/6-7 hours. Overnight at Lodge
27 May 2017: Day 14: Trek from Syangmochen to Chhusang 2980m/5-6 hours. Overnight at Lodge
28 May 2017: Day 15: Trek from Chhusang to Jomsom 2720m/6-7 hours. Overnight at Lodge
29 May 2017: Day 16: Fly from Jomsom to Pokhara 820m and rest. Overnight at hotel
30 May 2017: Day 17: drive back Pokhara to Kathmandu 1340m/5-6 hours. Overnight at Hotel
31 May 2017: Day 18: Final departure from Kathmandu
 
Price: US $1750 per person

Cost Includes:
  • Pokhara - Jomsom - Pokhara flight tickets
  • Kathamandu - Pokhara- Kathamandu by Tourist Bus
  • Pick up and drop off from and to International airport
  • Sightseeing guide and private vehicle in Kathmandu.
  • Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) fee.
  • Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS) card.
  • Upper Mustang special permits.
  • One guide (Insurance, salary, food and accommodation)
  • One porter for each two people (Insurance, salary, food and accommodation)
  • Lunch, dinner and breakfast during the trek.
  • Accommodation on the trek (tea house)
  • 3 night hotel accommodation in Kathmandu.
  • 2 night hotel accommodation in Pokhara.
  • Equipments (Sleeping bags and Down Jackets)
  • Government tax and Company service charges.
Cost Excludes
  • Bar and beverage bills
  • Personal expenses
  • Insurance for health and evacuation
  • Tips (not mandatory
  • Any cold drinks like coca cola, water ,beer etc
Note: if you want to take flight from (kathamandu-Pokhara- Kathamandu ) US$ 200 Per per Extra

 

Cost Includes:
  • Pokhara - Jomsom - Pokhara flight tickets
  • Kathamandu - Pokhara- Kathamandu by Tourist Bus
  • Pick up and drop off from and to International airport
  • Sightseeing guide and private vehicle in Kathmandu.
  • Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) fee.
  • Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS) card.
  • Upper Mustang special permits.
  • One guide (Insurance, salary, food and accommodation)
  • One porter for each two people (Insurance, salary, food and accommodation)
  • Lunch, dinner and breakfast during the trek.
  • Accommodation on the trek (tea house)
  • 3 night hotel accommodation in Kathmandu.
  • 2 night hotel accommodation in Pokhara.
  • Equipments (Sleeping bags and Down Jackets)
  • Government tax and Company service charges.
Cost Excludes
  • Bar and beverage bills
  • Personal expenses
  • Insurance for health and evacuation
  • Tips (not mandatory
  • Any cold drinks like coca cola, water ,beer etc
Note: if you want to take flight from (kathamandu-Pokhara- Kathamandu ) US$ 200 Per per Extra

Recommended equipment list: Trekkers need to provide their own personal clothing and equipment. Some items of equipment are available for hire from us as like Down Jacket


Footwear : Well broken-in walking shoes - these must be suitable for snow, thick socks, light socks, camp shoes.


Clothing : Down or fiber filled waterproof jacket and trousers, sweater or fleece jacket, underwear, warm and cotton trousers or jeans, shirts and T-shirts, shorts, long underwear, wool hat, sun hat, gloves, bathing suit, track suit.
 

Other equipment: Sleeping bag (5 seasons),  lock, day pack, water bottle, sun cream, sunglasses, flashlight with spare bulbs and batteries, lip salve, gaiters.
 

Other items: Insect repellent, toilet articles, diary, toilet roll, laundry soap, wet ones, pocket knife, towel, sewing kit, plasters, binoculars, camera, film, cards and personal medical kit.

Trip's Quick Facts

Duration: 18 Days
Accomodation: Tea House
Seasons : sep, oct, Nov and Dec, march, April, may
Type: Moderate
Activities : Culture Tours & Hiking
No. of Pax : from 2 Person above
Starts From : Pokhara
Ends at : jomsom

Trip Highlights

 
  • Trek in the shadows of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna along the Kali Ghandaki River enroute to Mustang
  • Pass through white-washed mountain villages, alongside colourful Buddhist shrines and temples
  • Following 5 days of trekking, reach Lo Manthang, the fabled walled city of Mustang
  • Spend 3 days in Lo Manthang at the Tije Festival – a vibrant Buddhist celebration with dancing and traditional music

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