Tiji Festival Trek under the rain shadows of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna Himalaya along the Kali Ghandaki River en route to Upper Mustang, goes through white-washed mountain villages, alongside colorful Buddhist monuments and chortens, following 5 days of trekking, reach Lo Manthang, the legendary old Buddhist town of Mustang, Spend 3 days in Lo Manthang at the Tiji Festival – a vibrant Buddhist celebration with mask dancing and traditional music.
Famous Tiji Festival is celebrated in the land of old Buddhist Kingdom of Lo Manthang, is a beautiful sacred Buddhist Himalayan ceremony. The festival involves series and sequent of three days rituals celebrated at the end of May every year. This year in 2018, the monks and Lamas of Lo Manthang have announced that the festival will be celebrated in May 2018. Visitor going to observe Tiji festival this year is lucky, as the festival is in end of the dry season to enjoy not only the festival but also the mesmerizing Mountain View.
Tiji Festival, series of three days celebration also known as "The chasing of the Demons" and it is centered on the Tiji myth. Tiji tells the story of a deity called Dorje Jono who must battle against his demon father to protect the Kingdom of Mustang from devastation. The demon father wreaks havoc on Mustang by creating a water shortage which, in this extremely arid land, is the most precious life-sustaining resource. Dorje Jono eventually defeats the demon and banishes him from the land. The word "Tiji" comes from "ten che" meaning the hope of Buddha Dharma prevailing in all worlds" worlds and is effectively a spring renewal festival.
Not only this you are going enjoy but the trek to Lo Manthang 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. Upper Mustang is a desolate landscape with only a few small green fields dotting a lunar landscape, but boasts a remarkable spiritual heritage. The area is one of the oldest civilizations on the earth, mediaeval world uniquely preserved from modern technology. A land covered with small villages, ancient monasteries, friendly people and breathtaking scenery. Mustang´s wealth was derived from being a major trading hub on the Kali Gandaki / Thak Khola trade route between Tibet and Nepal, which reflects the rich Buddhist culture, history, laws and customs. We, Wilderness Excursion Pvt. Ltd operate Tiji Festival Trekking tour in Lo Manthang of upper Mustang every year with best service and most competitive package cost.
When is Tiji Festival for 2018?
Date for Tiji Festival 2018 in Lo-Manthang will be announced after Tibetan New. The festival is celebrated end of May every year.
Day 01: Meet and greet at airport and free transfer to hotel.
Day 02: Get permits, preparation and sightseeing in historical sites of Kathmandu.
Day 03: Fly/drive to Pokhara (25 minutes flight) stay overnight in hotel.
Day 04: Fly to Jomsom and, trek to Kagbeni (2810 m.) 3 hours walk.
Day 05: Trek to Tsaile (3050m) 5-6 hours walk. Overnight in lodge.
Day 06: Trek to Ghiling (3570m). 5-6 hours walk. Overnight in lodge.
Day 07: Trek to Tsarang (3560m). 5-7 hours walk. Overnight in lodge.
Day 08: Trek to Lo Manthang (3810m). 4 hours walk. Start the festival in the late afternnon. Overnight in lodge.
Day 09: OBSERVE TIJI FESTIVAL AT LO-MANTHANG. Stay overnight in lodge.
Day 10: OBSERVE TIJI FESTIVAL AT LO-MANTHANG. Stay overnight in lodge.
Day 11: Hike to Chhoser (western valley). Overnight in Lo Manthang
Day 12: Trek to Dhakmar (3820m) via Ghar Gompa (1200 years old). 6-7 hours walk. Overnight in lodge.
Day 13: Trek to Syangboche (3800). 5-6 hours walk. Overnight in lodge.
Day 14: Trek to Kagbeni (9216ft. 2810m) hours walk. Overnight in lodge.
Day 15: Trek to Jomsom. Overnight in lodge.
Day 16: Fly to Pokhara from Jomsom. Overnight in hotel.
Day 17: Drive to Kathmandu, drive 200km. your guide will transfer you to hotel.
Day 18: Fly back to home or extend your trip as per your interest.
Short Itinerary Tiji Festival with 4WD Jeep Drive for short time visitor
Day 01: Receive from International airport (Kathmandu). Overnight at Hotel.
Day 02: Pre-trip meeting and trip arrangements. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 03: Fly to Pokhara and afternoon sightseeing. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 04: Fly to Jomsom and drive to Kagbeni via Muktinath. Overnight at Guesthouse.
Day 05: Check special permit; drive to Tsrang Village. Overnight at Guesthouse.
Day 06: Drive to Lo-Manthang. Overnight at Guesthouse.
Tiji Festival Start
Day 07: First day bserve Tenji Festival Lo-Manthang 3840m. Overnight at Lodge
Day 08: Second day observe Tenji Festival Lo-Manthang 3840m. Overnight at Lodge
Day 09: Final observation of Tenji Festival Lo-Manthang 3840m. Overnight at Lodge
Tiji Festival End
Day 10: Drive back to Jomsom. Overnight at Lodge.
Day 11: Fly to Pokhara then fly to Kathmandu.
Day 12: Final departure, transfer to airport.
Trip note: For your information; Tiji Festival Tour can be customized as per your requirements. The trip price will be according to mode of transportation and kind of accommodation in Kathmandu we include. Also the group size will vary the tour cost, so please kindly provide us your details for tailored itinerary. International tour leader are highly encouraged by Wilderness Excursion to get special discounted rate and attractive complimentary.
Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu
Wilderness Excursion will meet you at Kathmandu Airport and escort you to our hotel to regroup after your flight. Kathmandu is the capital of Nepal and the Kathmandu Valley is the political and cultural heart of the country. Evening some short briefing about Tiji Festival trip to Lo Manthang of Upper Mustang with trekking guide. Overnight at Kathmandu. No Meal included.
Day 02: In Kathmandu
Today, we do arrangement of Upper Mustang Tour permits, you could do preparation of the trip. Or we can do a sightseeing trip to historical center of ancient town of Kathmandu valley including Boudhanath, Swayambhunath, Pashupatinath and Kathmandu Durbar Square. Evening meet and introduce your Tiji Festival trip guide and other members of the group. Overnight at Kathmandu. Meal: Breakfast included.
Day 03: Fly or drive to Pokhara (840m)
We take flight or ride the tourist coach to Pokhara from Kathmandu to the vibrant resort area of Lakeside, Pokhara, from where you can observe views to the north across the hills to the white peaks of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges, go boating on Fewa Lake or just wander around. Overnight at Pokhara. Meals: Breakfast included.
Day 04: Fly to Jomsom from Pokhara and trek Kagbeni (2800m). 3 Hours walk.
Wilderness Excursion team will take the fantastic early morning flight to Jomsom and begin our trek alongside the Kali Gandaki riverbed to the attractive village of Kagbeni. The trail is flat and quite barren, with craggy rocks and pebbles littering the trail. We get magnificent views of huge peaks such as Dhaulagiri, Tukuche and the Nilgiri Himal, whilst to the south can be seen the entire Annapurna Massif. Kagbeni with its narrow alleyways and tunnels, irrigation canals, fields of wheat and barley and large red gompa, gives us a preview of scenes that we will come across in Upper Mustang. At the north end of the village is the police check-post. Here we complete our paperwork before entering this long forbidden region of Nepal. (4 hours trekking). Overnight at Kagbeni. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.
Day 05: Trek to Tsaile (3050m), 5-6 Hours walk.
We start our trek to Chele along the east bank of Kaligandaki river. Seclude and unique landscapes along this sandy trial are mind blowing. We continue uphill and downhill to Tangbe village. The view of Nilgiri peak from this village is amazing. We pass white washed houses, crop fields and apple orchards and continue to Chhusang village. We cross the river and continue our climb up to a huge red lump of agglomerate which falls from the cliff above. We leave Kali Gandaki valley and climb a steep rocky canyon to Chele. Overnight at guesthouse. Meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Day 06: Trek to Ghiling (3570m), 5 - 6 Hours walk.
We go on our climb up along steep, treeless terrain along the side of a steep canyon to a pass and a cairn of rock at (3540m). We make a long gradual descend to Samar village and climb up above Samar village to a ridge. Wilderness Excursion team further descends into a large gorge and continue to a valley field. We cross a stream and climb up a ridge at (3800m). We continue our climb up and cross yet another pass. We follow the ridge and descend to Shyangmochen. We further climb to a pass at (3770m) and descend to Ghiling Village. Overnight at guesthouse. Meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Day 07: Trek to Tsarang (3560m). 4 Hours walk.
The trail goes up gently up to a pass called NYI La and descends below to a valley. We cross a steel bridge over the Tangmar Chu (river) and follow the way to the longest Mani wall in Mustang. We climb a pass at 3,600m and make a long gentle descend to Tsarang Village. Wilderness Excursion team visit a huge five-storey white Dzong and red Gompa which are the major attractions of the village. Overnight at guesthouse. Meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Day 08: Trek to Lo - Manthang (3840m). 5 Hours walk.
Our trail climbs up steadily to Lo-Gekar Gompa, one of the oldest Gompa of Nepal. We continue our trek with a sight of the walled city of Lo all along the trial. We make a short descent, cross a stream and climb up into the plateau of Lo-Manthang. Overnight at guesthouse. Meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Day 09: Lo Manthang (3730m) – the celebration of the first day of Tiji festival
Today is the first day of Tiji Festival. We spend our day observing the dances and celebrations. Horse racing and a giant tug-of-war are the major attractions. Tibetan women in their traditional clothing with colorful jewelry, monks in their robes and dancers in elaborate costumes make the entire environment vivid and vibrant. Overnight at guesthouse. Meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Day 10: Second day of Tiji festival in Lo Manthang.
We can enjoy a colorful ceremony accompanied by an unusual dance of Tibetan lamas. It is done to chase away all the hungry and evil spirits from the village. We can see many people across the region participating in this ritual of purification and renewal. After the observation, we can explore the intimate alleyways and courtyards of the city or simply rent a horse and visit some of the other villages in the area. Overnight at guesthouse, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Day 11: Final day of the festival Tiji/visit Namgyal Gompa and Tingkhar or Excursion to Chhoser (Western Valley)
Today, we walk to Namgyal Gompa, a monastery that lies on a hilltop. It is an important monastery that serves as a local court to the local community people. After our visit to the monastery, we continue our tour to Tingkhar, the last village to the northwest of Lomanthang or excursion to western valley of Upper Mustang (optional). In the evening, we return back to Lo Manthang and continue the celebration of Tiji festival. Overnight at guesthouse. Meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Day 12: Trek to Drakmar (3820m). 6-7 Hours walk.
Today, our trail climbs up steadily. We climb a ridge at 4070m and continue to the Chogo La at 4210m, the highest point of our trek. Then we make a short and steep descent and cross the Charang River. We climb up to Lo Gekar and continue to Ghar Gompa, a small monastery. We climb up a ridge, cross a valley along some alpine meadows and drop down a steep eroded path to Drakmar. Overnight at guesthouse, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Day 13: Trek to Shyangmochen (3800m). 5 - 6 Hours walk.
Our trail descends as we pass the stone walls and fields of Drakmar and then climbs up to a ridge. We descend to the lower part of Ghami and then to Jaite (3820m). We further descend to Chhung-Kah and follow the trial to Tama Gaon (3710m). We continue our descend until we reach Shyangmochen. Overnight at guesthouse. Meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Day 14: Trek to Kagbeni (2800m) Duration: 6 hrs
We follow a stream all the way down to Chhusang and continue to Kagbeni. We can also take an alternative route to Samar by visiting Ranchung Cave which is 30-minutes longer than the usual route. Overnight at guesthouse. Meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Day 15: Trek to JOmsom
After breakfast, we start our trek leisurely and continue to Jomsom. After completing the upper Mustang trails, we join the normal route and head on to Jomsom for an overnight halt. Overnight at guesthouse. Meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Day 16: Fly back to Pokhara.
After morning breakfast we check in the airport to fly back to Pokhara. A 30 min dramatic flight to Pokhara between gorge of the two huge mountains Annapurna and Dhaulagiri. On arrival at Pokhara airport guide will transfer to the lakeside hotel. Rest of the time explores the lake and overnight at hotel. Overnight at Kathmandu. Meals: Breakfast and lunch Included
Day 17: Pokhara to Kathmandu
Today, Wilderness Excursion team take A/C tourist coach to Kathmandu from Pokhara. It is 200km distance from Pokhara to Kathmandu and it takes about 7 hours. Overnight at hotel. Meals: breakfast included.
Day 18: Fly back to homeland
You are saying good bye to the mountains as your journey in Nepal comes to an end today! We hope you enjoyed the tour with us, and are sure you`ll be back in your trip somewhere in the Himalaya again. Wilderness Excursion will transfer you to the airport. On your way home you'll have plenty of time to plan your next adventure in the wonderful country of Nepal.
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