TIJI FESTIVAL MUSTANG - 16 Days



Tiji is a fascinating three-day festival known as the “Chasing of the demons ”celebrated every year in Upper Mustang .It is also known by the name Tenzi festival. On this day monks dress up in an elaborated customs with masks on them and perform dances and Rituals organized by Choedhe Monastery. About 65 monks from Lo Manthang ,Nhenyul and Chhosyer reside in this monastery. This festival commemorates the victory of Lord Buddha’s incarnation Dorje Soman over a demon called Ma Tam Ru Ta.

People also celebrate the festival with dance, music and reenactments from the story of a deity. The Rituals performed on this day are believed to drive away evil sprits.

 


Outline Itinerary

Day 1 (May 05): Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel

Day 2 (May 06): Full day sightseeing of Kathmandu city and trekking briefing

Day 3 (May 07): Deluxe bus to Pokhara. Overnight in Pokhara– Hotel

Day 4 (May 08): Trek to Kagbeni (2900m) - Lodge/Tea House accommodation

Day 5 (May 09): Chele (3150m) Lodge/Tea House accommodation

Day 6 (May 10): Giling(3570m) Lodge/Tea House accommodation

Day 7 (May 11): Charang (3560m). Lodge/Tea House accommodation

Day 8 (May 12): Trek to Lo-Manthang (3730m) Lodge/Tea House accommodation

Day 9 (May 13): In Lo-Manthang- Lodge/Tea House accommodation

Day 10 (May 14): In Lomanthang- Lodge/Tea House accommodation

Day 11 (May 15): Trek to Dhakmar (3820m) - Lodge/Tea House accommodation

Day 12 (May 16): Retrace trail to Samar - Lodge/Tea House accommodation

Day 13 (May 17): Retrace trail to Chosang - Lodge/Tea House accommodation

Day 14 (May 18): Retrace trail to Jomsom - Lodge/Tea House accommodation

Day 15 (May 19): Fly to Pokhara and to Kathmandu – Hotel

Day 16 (May 20): Transfer to airport for final departure.

Arrive in Kathmandu, you will be welcomed by a Great Nepal Representative at the airport and will be transferred to your hotel. Your Great Nepal Representative will explain briefly about the travel itinerary. There will be a welcome dinner tonight where you will enjoy local cuisine and folk dance. Overnight stay in the hotel.
Today you will be going for sightseeing around the world heritage sites in the Kathmandu valley including, Kathmandu Durbar square, Bouddhanath Temple and Pashupatinath Temple. Overnight stay at hotel.
After breakfast you will board a vehicle. On your way to Pokhara you can enjoy the beautiful scenery of the countryside of Nepal with green hills, rivers, farms etc. In Pokhara you can enjoy great views of the Himalayas including Dhaulagiri, Manaslu, Machhapuchhre, the five peaks of Annapurna and many others.
Early in the morning after breakfast we fly to Jomsom (35 mins). The plane takes you through the Kaligandaki valley with Dhaulagiri in the left and Annapurna on the right hand side. Upon arrival Jomsom we start our journey to north following Kaligandaki River. We Lunch at Eklebhatti and continue our walk to Kagbeni which is one major junction for several villages around this area.
Early in the morning after breakfast we continue our walk to Chele by following the Kaligandaki River towards to the north to Chusang which is a large village on the east bank of the river; on the west bank little further north to Chele.
The climb from Chele is up a steep spur to a cairn at 3130m. Here there is a view of the village of Gyagar across a huge canyon. You will see some Chortens on a ridge, and then descends further on a pleasant trail to Samar (3290m). The Annapurna Himal, still dominated by Nilgiri, is visible far to the south. Shyangmochen is the lunch place for today. The trail climbs gently from Shyangmochen to a pass at 3770m & enters another huge east-west valley. There is a trail junction, take the right fork and descend to Geling with its extensive fields of barley at 3600m.
From Geling, the trail climbs gently through fields up the center of the valley, passing below the settlement of Tama Gung and aChorten. It rejoins the direct trail and then becomes an unrelenting climb across the head of the valley to the Nyi La pass at 3950m, the highest point reached on the trek. Then we descend from Nyli la and cross to Tangmar Chu and descend to Charang (3520).
Wake up early in morning we climbs up steadily to Lo-GekarGompa,whichn is the oldest Gompa of Nepal. We continue our walk 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.
Today we spend our all day in Manthang by observing the dances and celebrations. Horse racing and a giant tug-of-war are the major attractions of this place which gives us much fun and entertainment.
Early morning after breakfast we visit surrounding villages like Namgyal, Chosar or Chornup or grace last day of the festival.
Trek leisurely to Jomsom. This day you can visit to Thini and Musium at Jomsom or visit to nearby village Marpha.
After morning breakfast we check in the airport to fly back to Pokhara. The plane takes you through the Kaligandaki valley with Dhaulagiri in the left and Annapurna on the left hand side. Upon Arrival Pokhara, we drive back to Kathmandu.
Sadly your most memorable journey ends today. A Great Nepal representative will escort you to the airport 3 hours before your scheduled flight. On your way home you have plenty of time to think about your recent adventure and to plan your next wonderful adventure in Nepal.

Inclusion

  • All transportation as per itinerary including airport transfers
  • 03 nights accommodation whilst in Kathmandu and  01 night accommodation in Pokhara (as requirements with various categories as stated) on BB basis
  • Farewell dinner in Kathmandu with cultural show
  • One  full day sightseeing tour in Kathmandu with English speaking local guide
  • Accommodation in the best available Lodges, Guesthouses during the trek (on twin share/ dormitory basis)
  • A local English speaking trekking guide while on Trek
  • The required number of staff and Porters to carry your luggage during the trek
  • Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment, medicine and transportation for all trekking/tour staff
  • Annapurna conservation’s park fees and TIMS (Trekker Information Management System) and other necessary permits
  • Monument Entrance fees while on city tour
  • Restricted area permit
  • First aid medical kit
  • Official expenses

Exclusion

  • Lunch and dinner whilst in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Snacks, soft drinks, alcoholic drinks, water and personal items
  • Your travel insurance (compulsory). This must include helicopter rescue
  • International airfare and airport departure tax
  • Nepal entry visa fee (US$ 30 per person) you can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport Kathmandu for either 30 days or 90 days from date of issue

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Acclimatization

To enable all expedition members to acclimatize well and hence maximize their chances of success, our expedition programs are prepared with sufficient time for acclimatization. Adaptation to the altitude takes time and there can be no short-cuts, even if supplementary oxygen is used in the final stages. The atmospheric pressure at the base camp is half of that at the sea level. A thorough program of acclimatization is built into the itinerary which consists of regulated height ascents, followed by descents and rests before the final ascent to the summit. This will prevent the climbers to get rid from altitude sickness.

Why Tipping is essential?

There are several reasons why you should tip in Nepal. It is quite the same as for what you tip in restaurants. They live in remote areas that are far from proper health and education facilities. Tipping them will additionally encourage them to manage good and nutritive food to eat, warm and comfortable clothes to wear or other necessary basic requirements to maintain their livelihood in a comfortable way. A small gesture of gratitude will do no harm to you but actually changes the lives of many people for a long time in many reasons. Our company has its fund collected from the some percentage of profit and sometimes from the tips of our guests which will directly invested for uplifting the economic condition of guides, porters and other staffs of office. It’s nothing more than the way to add smiles on those laborious faces.


TRIP COST USD
  • Country: Nepal
  • Transportation: Domestic airplane and private vehicles
  • Trip Start/Ends: Kathmandu
  • Group size: Min 2 Pax
  • Max. Altitude: 3820m
  • Trek Style: Tea House Trek

Trip highlights

  • Tiji Festival at Lo-Manthang 
  • Explore the walled City of Lo Manthang known as the Forbidden Kingdom
  • Visit an old ancient Monastery Ghar Gumpa
  • Disintegration of Charang village old Buddhist Monastery and breathtaking landscapes
  • Tradition lifestyle of local people
  • Spectacular mountain flight from Pokhara- Jomsom- Pokhara
  • Sightseeing of World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu valley (Pashupatinath, Boudhanath, and Swayambhunath)
  • Trekking in shadows of Annapurna along Kali Gandaki River

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