Upper Mustang Tiji Festival Trek
Upper Mustang Tiji Festival is one of the sought after treks in Nepal which offers one of the most colorful festivals celebrated in the walled city of Lo Manthang in the Lo region of Upper Mustang. This is a spiritual festival celebrated by Mustang Tibetan Buddhist for the purpose of reenacting an important myth that coincides with the changing of the seasons from the cold dry season to the growing season.
Tiji is the short form of the word ‘ten che' which is known as a prayer for the Buddha Dharma to prevail in the world. It can also be thought of as a prayer for renewal. Tiji Festival is celebrated once a year to mark the end of the dry season and usher in the growing season for Upper Mustang. As it’s a lunar festival, the dates are different year to year, but will always last three days. The festival falls somewhere between May and June.
The Tiji festival is known as the “chasing the demons” festival based on Mustang mythology. The deity Dorje Jono must battle his demon father to protect Mustang from drought. He prevails and ushers in the season of growing when rains traditionally return to Mustang. It is full of incredible pageantry and complex rituals. It begins with the resounding crash of symbols intermingling with blaring horned instruments as an enormous Thanka which portrays Guru Rimpoche, an instrumental figure in all of Tibetan Buddhism is unveiled. Later in the day dancers reenact the story of the struggle between Dorje Jono and his demon father in a highly ritualized and incredibly choreographed dance. The days that follow are filled with ceremonies, more dancing and the pilgrimage of residence of Mustang arriving in full Tibetan regalia. It is a sumptuous feast for the eyes and this breathtaking festival will offer the best opportunity to see all of Mustang in its glory. Upper Mustang Tiji Festival Trek begins from Jomsom and proceed through the villages of Tsaile, Ghemi, and Dhakmar. Visitors trek through arid valleys, canyons, past yak caravans, and colorfully painted mud brick houses. The mysterious landscape of this region will delight and surprise the visitor. The unique lifestyle and culture of the Tibetans of Mustang are so hearting welcoming that one feels at home. This is a rare and wonderful opportunity to enjoy the Tiji festival in this beautiful environment of Upper Mustang.
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Day 1 - Arrival in Kathmandu Kathmandu International Airport 1340m,
Day 2 - Full day guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu Valley,
Day 3 - Fly from Kathmandu to Pokhara 820m/25 minutes
Day 4 - Fly from Jomsom to Jomsom 2713m/25 minutes and trek to Kagbeni 2810m/4 hours,
Day 5 - Trek from Kagbeni to Tsaile 3030m/5 hours,
Day 6 - Trek from Tsaile to Giling 3440m/7 hours via Chungsi Cave
Day 7 - Trek from Giling to Tsarang 3490m/7 hours,
Day 8 - Trek from Tsarang to Lo-Manthang 3730m/4 hours,
Day 9 - 31st May 2019: At Lo-Manthang and Tiji Festival
Day 10 - 1st June 2019: Explore to Chhoser Village 3800m/6 hours and Tiji Festival
Day 11 - 2nd June 2019: Attending in the last day of Tiji Festival
Day 12 - Trek from Lo-Manthang to Drakmar 3820m/8 hours via Ghar Gompa,
Day 13 - Trek from Drakmar to Syangmochen 3700m/6 hours,
Day 14 - Trek from Syangmochen to Chhusang 2980m/6 hours,
Day 15 - Trek from Chhusang to Jomsom 2720m/6 hours,
Day 16 - Fly from Jomsom to Pokhara and afternoon flight back to Kathmandu
Day 17 - Final Departure from Kathmandu
Arrival in Tribhuvan International Airport 1340m
On your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, one of our representatives will greet you outside the terminal and transfer you to the pre-arranged hotel in Thamel. Enjoy relaxing in the hotel, or visiting the thriving streets of Thamel. Overnight at Hotel
Full day guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu Valley and Permit procedure
Today is a guided sightseeing tour around the Kathmandu Valley. You will get the chance to visit seven UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu. Boudhanath Stupa, Pashupatinath Temple and Swoyambhunath Stupa are a few of the sites that will be visited. You will return back to the hotel and stay overnight at the hotel in Kathmandu.
Fly from Kathmandu to Pokhara 820m/25 minutes
On this day, we will return to Tribhuvan International Airport and fly to Pokhara. A flight of 25-30 minutes will take us to this lovely lakeside hamlet. You will be transferred to the hotel and given a chance to settle in, then visit the sites of Pokhara. Phewa Lake, Rupa Lake, Mahendra Gupha, Davis Falls, Bindyabasini Mandir, Seti River gorge, the world peace pagoda and the old bazaar of Pokhara are all part of the Pokhara tour. We can get glimpses of the beautiful Annapurna range and the green environment surrounding Pokhara. Our stay will be at a hotel in Pokhara.
Fly from Pokhara to Jomsom 2720m/25 minutes and trek to Kagbeni 2810m/4 hours,
In the early morning, we will leave for Jomsom from Pokhara. We will drive back to Pokhara airport and take a beautiful scenic flight to Jomsom. Sights of Dhaulagiri (8167m) and Annapurna ranges abound as we fly further into the Himalayan Range. Once in Jomsom Bazaar, we will head toward our destination of Kagbeni. The ascending trail walks along the banks of the Kali Gandaki River and leads us to Kagbeni. Overnight at lodge in Kagbeni.
Trek from Kagbeni to Tsaile 3050m/5 hours,
Day 5 has us following the Kali Gandaki River still to reach Tangbe. The sandy pathway stretches along all the while views of the Dhaulagiri range dominate. We will encounter many terraced fields, gompas, irrigation canals and several mule trains carrying goods from Tibet. We will have our lunch at Tangbe and continue to trek to Tsaile. We will encounter first black, red and white Chortens along our pathway which indicates the Tibet settlement in these areas. On crossing the Kali Gandaki River the trail ascends steeply uphill which will lead us to Tsaile village. Stay overnight at lodge in Tsaile.
Trek from Tsaile to Ghiling 3570m/7 hours via Chungsi Cave
After having breakfast, we will climb uphill along the treeless terrain leading us to a cairn of rock situated at the height of 3540m. We gradually descend to reach Samar village. We will continue through the ridge finally reaching to Chungsi Cave. Then we will visit Chungsi Cave Monastery, which is really unique and different monastery situated on a high trail. It is one of the major attractions of Upper Mustang trek. The continued ascending trek will lead us through dense forests to Syangboche La. Walking a bit ahead we will see barley fields which lead us to Ghiling village. Overnight at lodge in Ghiling.
Trek from Ghiling to Tsarang 3560m/7 hours
On the seventh day, our objective is Tsarang. The trail crosses into different landscapes and beautiful small villages like Jhaite, Nyi La, and Ghami La will eventually steer us to Ghami at the height of 3250m. From Ghami the ascending trails lead us to Dhakmar village then descends to Tsarang, a beautiful small village with the magnificent views of the countryside’s Rocky Mountains and red gompas. It is also supposed that it is one of the driest regions in Upper Mustang. Overnight at lodge in Tsarang.
Trek from Tsarang to Lo-Manthang 3810m/4 hours
Today, we will reach Lo-Manthang region of Upper Mustang where the Tiji festival is celebrated. The ascending trails from Tsarang will lead us to Lo-Gekar Gompa (monastery), which is supposed to be one of the oldest Gompas in Nepal. The pathway from Tsarang to Lo-Manthang reflects the unique Tibetan culture in Mustang. Here begins our journey into exploring the capital of Mustang, Lo Manthang and return back to the lodge for the overnight in Lo-Manthang.
At Lo-Manthang and Tiji Festival- Day 1
We will enjoy the very first day of Tiji Festival. The beautiful costumes of Tibetan women, monks and dancers is the major attraction of this festival. This is the day the thanka is unveiled in the main square. Then, eleven lamas in maroon and gold, wearing red hats comes from the palace and takes their places along the wall beneath the Thanka. Then the masked dance starts and portrays the myth of Dorje Jono. After then we will return back to the lodge and enjoy the local cuisine. Stay overnight at lodge in Lo-Manthang.
Explore to Choser Village 3800m/6 hours and Tiji Festival-Day 2
On this day, we will trek to Choser village early in the morning. The ascending trails from Lo-Manthang will lead us Choser village from where we can enjoy the magnificent view of many snow-capped Himalayas like Annapurna (8091m) and Dhaulagiri (8167m). We will descend back to Lo-Manthang and will enjoy the second day of Tiji Festival. This day is regarded as a day of renewal and purification. A unique dance is performed by the Tibetan monks to chase away all the evil powers in this region. Many local people participate in this festival along with the royals of Mustang. We will return back to our lodge and then overnight at the lodge in Lo-Manthang.
Attending the last day of Tiji Festival-Day 3
Today we will celebrate the last day of Tiji Festival at Lo-Manthang. The food, the colorful clothing, the dancing, and the genuine openness of the locals allows us to feel like participants, not visitors. Overnight at the lodge in Lo-Manthang.
Trek from Lo-Manthang to Dhakmar 3820m/8 hours via Ghar Gumba
On this day we will ascend along the trail to reach a ridge at the height of 4070m. The ascending trails further continue to Chogo La at 4280m which is the highest point for our trek. The short descending trails along the Charang River will lead us to Ghar Gompa. Ghar Gompa is a small monastery in this region. The different tranquil landscapes along the alpine meadows will finally lead us to our destination, Drakmar. Overnight at lodge in Drakmar.
Trek from Drakmar to Syangmochen 3800m/6 hours
After having our breakfast, we will descend to the villages of Ghami, Jhaite, Chhunggar, Tamagaon and finally Syangmochen. Once reaching Syangmochen, we will visit around the village and the monastery, afterward we can enjoy a hearty dinner. Stay overnight at lodge in Syangmochen.
Trek from Syangmochen to Chhusang 2980m/6 hours,
On having our breakfast, we will walk all the way down to Chhusang. We will walk through the beautiful valleys and stone mounts. We can get views of the many local villages and monastery residing in this region. The trek is generally around 6 hours to reach our destination of Chhusang and then overnight at a lodge in Chhusang.
Trek from Chhusang to Jomsom 2720m/6 hours,
In the early morning, we will leave Chhusang. We will walk past barley fields, beautiful valleys and the mounted stone routes to reach Kagbeni. From Kagbeni we will descend further to Jomsom. After arrival in Jomsom, we will bid farewell to the porters and enjoy the last evening in the Himalayas. Stay overnight at lodge in Jomsom.
Fly from Jomsom to Pokhara and afternoon flight back to Kathmandu
Today is taken up by flights. Frist from Jomsom to Pokhara, then from Pokhara to Kathmandu. Once in Kathmandu, we will transfer you to your hotel in Thamel. The evening is yours to enjoy relaxing in the hotel or strolling the streets of Thamel. Overnight at hotel.
Final Departure from Kathmandu
We will transfer you to Tribhuvan International Airport for your scheduled flight 3 hrs. Before your departure. Farewell!
Int’l/Dom Airport/Hotel/Airport picks up and transfers by private car/van on arrival and departure.
4 nights deluxe accommodations in twin bed sharing basis with breakfast at 3* Hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
Guided sightseeing tour as per above mentioned itinerary and all kind of entry fees.
Round Trip domestic flight tickets cost from KTM-PKR-Jomsom-PKR-KTM and airport tax.
Meals (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) with tea or coffee are included during the lodge/tea-house trek.
Lodge-lodge and party tented camp accommodation during the lodge trek.
1 Experienced, helpful, friendly and well trained English speaking guide and porters (1 porter for 2 peoples and carry 25kg) during the trek and their food, accommodation, equipment, salary and insurance.
All ground transportation by private vehicle according to group size.
Upper Mustang Restricted Area Permit.
Annapurna Conservation Area Permit and other necessary permits.
First Aid Medical Kit box and necessary medicines.
Office Service Charge and all government tax.
Any meals (Lunch and Dinner) in Kathmandu and Pokhara other than breakfast in hotel.
International Airfare to and from Nepal.
Nepal Tourist Visa Fees.
Items and expenses of personal nature.
All kind of alcoholic drinks (beer, wine, whisky), cold drink (mineral water, coke, fanta, sprite, juice), laundry service, postage, phone calls, internet, donations, museum entry fees etc during the trip.
Personal Trekking Equipment such as sleeping bags, walking poles, down jackets, walking boots. (It can be hired/bought in Kathmandu and Pokhara).
Emergency Evacuation (Medical Insurance and Helicopter Rescue in case of accident and can be paid either insurance company or clients themselves).
Any cost arises due to a change of the program/itinerary, because of landslides, political disturbance, strike and some accidental problems.
Horse/Pony renting and additional porters due to natural calamities during the trek.
Any other costs whatsoever, that is not mentioned in the cost inclusive.
Tipping Tips for guide, porters, drivers and horse man. Tipping is expected but it is not mandatory and can be treated end of the trip if satisfied.