Tiji Festival 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 spirits.
Day 1 (May 05): Arrive in Kathmandu (1350m/4429ft)
Day 2 (May 06): Full day Sightseeing Tour in Kathmandu and Trek Preparation
Day 3 (May 07): Kathmandu to Pokhara drive (823m/2,700ft) 200 km 6 hrs approx
Day 4 (May 08): Fly to Jomsom (2720m/8923ft) & trek to Kagbeni (2,858m/9,375ft) 3-4 hrs
Day 5 (May 09): Trek to Chele (3050m/10,004ft) 5-6 hrs
Day 6 (May 10): Trek to Ghiling (3570m/11712ft) 7 hrs
Day 7 (May 11): Trek to Charang (3560m/11679ft) 6 hrs
Day 8 (May 12): Trek to Lo Manthang (3730m/12237ft) 7 hrs
Day 9 (May 13): In Lo Manthang
Day 10 (May 14): In Lo Manthang
Day 11 (May 15): Trek to Dhakmar (3820m/12532ft) 5 hrs
Day 12 (May 16): Trek to Samar (3620m/11876ft) 5 hrs
Day 13 (May 17): Trek to Chusang (2980m/9776ft) - 4 hrs
Day 14 (May 18): Trek to Jomsom (2720m/8923ft) 5 hrs
Day 15 (May 19): Fly to Pokhara and drive back to Kathmandu
Day 16 (May 20): Departure
Welcome to Nepal, the Land of the Himalayas! You will be guided to your hotel by a Great Nepal representative once you arrive at the airport. You will have the rest of the day to do whatever you wish to do: get some sleep, stroll around or party hard. Well, do whatever suits you. Overnight stay at hotel in Kathmandu.
Today day you will have a full day sightseeing tour of Kathmandu City consists of Kathmandu Durbar Square (City of Temple), Swoyambhunath (Monkey temple) and Patan City (City of fine arts). Kathmandu Durbar Square is a complex of palaces, courtyards and temples like Hanuman Dhoka Palace, Kumari Ghar (Abode of the Living Goddess), Taleju temple, built between the 12th and 18th centuries, used to be the seat of the ancient Malla Kings of Kathmandu. The Great Stupa of Swayambhunath stands on a hill to the west of Kathmandu. Its name means "The Self-created, Self-existent Buddha" also known as Monkey temple. Patan City is noted for its craftsmen and metal workers. The diversity of the Medieval culture that allowed both Hinduism and Buddhism to flourish has left a rich legacy of impressive sightseeing in this city for today's visitors. Overnight stay at Hotel in Kathmandu.
After breakfast, you will board a vehicle. On your way to Pokhara, you can enjoy the beautiful scenery of the country side 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. Overnight stay at Hotel in Pokhara.
This morning you will have the opportunity to experience perhaps the most exhilarating mountain flight in the world (certainly the best in Nepal), with stunning views of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain ranges. We fly up the valley between two 8000+m giants seemingly within touching distance of the mountains. Upon reaching Jomsom our trekking starts with a short trek to Kagbeni, the main gateway to Upper Mustang. The scenery up here is vastly different to that which we experienced at Pokhara and this stark grandeur under the shadow of snow-capped peaks sets the tone for our trek. Overnight at Kagbeni.
The day starts with a permit check as we leave Kagbeni and head upstream beside the Kaligandaki River. Our first stop is Tangbe village with it’s narrow roads through whitewashed stone houses, fields of buckwheat and barley and apple orchards. With Nilgiri Peak on our right it’s around 2 hours to Chhusang village before we leave the Kali Gandaki Valley and the track climbs steeply up a rocky gully to Chele. Overnight at 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 Ghiling with its extensive fields of barley at (3570m/11712ft). Overnight at Ghiling.
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 (3560m/11679ft). Overnight at Charang.
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. Overnight at 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. Overnight at Lo Manthang.
Early morning after breakfast we visit surrounding villages like Namgyal, Chosar or Chornup or grace last day of the festival. Overnight at Lo Manthang.
After having breakfast at lodge, we start our trek continue your journey on the highland route, crossing alpine meadows before dropping down a steep eroded alley to Dhakmar. Overnight stay at Dhakmar.
After having breakfast at lodge, we start our trek, we begin to follow narrow winding path until we reach Geling crossing a small stream, we can enjoy good view of the Nilgiri Mountains, deserted landscapes, Tibetan style villages, farming terraces and natural vegetation, From Geling, the path turns broader till Samar passing deserted landscapes, natural vegetation, plateau, Tibetan style houses, chortens, mani walls, prayer flags and observe the distinct culture of the local inhabitants. Overnight stay at Shamar.
After having breakfast at lodge, we start our trek following a descending path; we then reach Chuksang crossing a suspension bridge over Kali Gandaki. We walk along the bank of Kali Gandaki with views of natural vegetation and apple orchards. Overnight stay at Chusang.
The trek again gets back on the road and slowly continues to go downhill. The road keeps losing height and meets the previously trekked route at Ekle Bhatti. Another easy walk finally ends the trek at Jomsom. Overnight stay at Jomsom.
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. Overnight stay at hotel in 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.