Upper Mustang with Tiji Festival Trek Tour 2020

Mustang Tiji Festival Trek focuses on Tiji Festival which is an old festival followed since long back. It is not only performed by the occupants of the Upper Mustang but also is famous among all the travelers from around the world. It is known as the most important and colorful festival of Upper Mustang.

 

Mustang Tiji Festival Trek is the Trek into the kingdom of Mustang which is undoubtedly the unforgettable experience you will have in Nepal. Mustang has been able to lure the outer world from the past several years due to its extreme topographical variation and cultural diversity. The walled city of Lo Manthang, the unofficial capital of Mustang, remains Kingdom which was a part of the Tibetan Kingdom of Gungthang until the 1830’s.

 

The Mustang Tiji Festival Trek is an exotic tour to unspoil and ancient Tibetan villages, rare medieval Buddhist arts, the fascinating culture and the unique beauty of the Himalayan desert. Tiji Festival, one of the popular colorful Buddhist festivals is celebrated more than five hundred years ago in Mustang. The Tiji Festival in Mustang is a three-day ritual known as “The chasing of the Demons,” and it is centered on the Tiji myth. Tiji tells the story of a deity named Dorje Jono who battle against his demon father to save the Kingdom of Mustang from destruction. The festival is celebrated to pray God for water and good crops. During the festival, the monks dress in traditional manner and masks and dance which supposedly to drive the evil spirits away. Villagers from all over the ancient kingdom of Lo Manthang come to watch the dancing and to participate in the Tiji festival. A trek into this forbidden kingdom of vast, arid valleys, eroded canyons, ochre valley, and yak caravans, colorful-painted mud brick houses on the back dropped of majestic mountain of Nilgiri, Tukche, Annapurna, and Dhaulagiri makes your medieval walled kingdom Mustang trekking an exceptional one. After a flight to Jomsom, the journey of enjoying the natural diversity of the Sherpa villages of Kagbeni, Chele, Ghiling, and Chharang to Lo-Manthang starts. You will hike through deep canyons and amongst stunning rock formations backed by snow-capped peaks. You will visit homes, villages, and active monasteries set in ethereal landscapes on the fringe of the Tibetan Plateau. Forbidden & isolated from the rest of the World, Mustang Tiji Festival can evolve its own distinctive culture and tradition which is so precious & unique. Throughout the festival, the events and story of the myth are re-enacted. During the Mustang Tiji Festival Trek, you’ll witness the extraordinary and unexpected things that will be hard to believe but true in Mustang. After enjoying the Tiji festival trek of Mustang, we will trek back to Ghami, Samar, Kagbeni and lastly to Jomsom for the returning flight to Pokhara.

 

People who wish to visit Mustang need to pay a special permit fee and apply from any of the government registered Trekking agencies in Nepal. The Mustang Tiji festival generally held at the end of dry winter/spring season effectively a spring renewal festival and will usher in the wetter monsoon season (the growing season for Mustang). Mustang Tiji festival Trek of Nepal is the unique privilege to witness the same color, costume, dancing, and ritual that were displayed by these people in this place more than six hundred years ago.

 

Highlights of Mustang Tiji Festival Trek

 

Duration: 12 Days & 18 Days from arrival to departure Nepal.

Trek Grade: Moderate

Festival Date for 2020: 19 May 20 May 21 May

Accommodation: Hotel in Kathmandu & Tea house during trek.

Group Size: Min.2 pax

Max altitude: 4320 m

 

Option # 1  - Mustang Tiji Festival Trek-12 Days

 

 

Day 01 - Arrive Kathmandu.

 

Arrive Kathmandu,meet and greet at the Airport and transfer to hotel.l.

 

Afternoon we visit Pashupatinath temple and Boudhanath Stupa.Bouddhanath Stupa lies about six km to the east of downtown Kathmandu and is the largest stupa in the Valley. It looms 36 meters high and presents one of the most fascinating specimens of stupa design. Bouddhanath, a World Heritage Site, is also known as Khasti, or dew drops, after an account that builders had to use dew to mix the mortar as Kathmandu was suffering from a severe drought during its construction.

 

Pashupatinath Temple is one of the most sacred hindu shrines in the world.The richly-ornamented pagoda houses the sacred linga, or phallic symbol,of Lord Shiva. Chronicles indicate the temple's existence prior to 400 AD. Devotees can be seen taking ritual dips in the holy Bagmati river flowing beside the temple, also a World Heritage Site.

 

Day 02 – Kathmandu Sightseeing Tour.

 

We embark sightseeing tour of Kathmandu city,also called `Kantipur`or city of glory,visiting,`KUMARI`the LIVING GODDESS,Kasthamandap,the Big Bell,Kal Bharab etc.We also visit `Swayambhunath temple.This is a Buddist temple set high on a hillock with a commanding view of the Kathmandu vally.

 

After lunch tour of `Patan City`one of the three queen cities of the vally.Patan is the city of fine arts,and we visit Durbar Square,Krishna Mandir,Mahavihar-Golden temple of Lord Buddha,built in the 12th century.Also visit the Tibetan centre.Overnight

 

Day 3: Drive to Pokhara/800m (2624ft)

 

After finishing our tour in Kathmandu, third day we will drive to Pokhara. Pokhara is known as the city of lakes. This city is the most beautiful city of Nepal and also the most sought tourist destination place. There are plenty of things to do in Pokhara. You will visit famous lakes like Phewa Lake, Begnas Lake, famous cave and one of the famous water fall. We will be spending our night in a beautiful hotel. 

 

 Day 4: Fly to Jomsom (2720m) and then drive to Kagbeni (2858m)

 

In the morning we will take an early flight to Jomsom which will offer remarkable views of Mountains. From here onwards it is very windy in the afternoon. The path is quite barren with rocks and sands and the path is mostly flat. This trial will offer picturesque view of peaks like Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, Tukuche Peak and Dhampus . After hours of ups and down our path will reach Kagbeni. Kagbeni delivers you with a stunning view of cannels, mountains, and green land. We will spend our night in a hotel.

 

 Day 5: Drive to Ghami (3520m)

 

From Kagbeni our trek will start to Ghami . We will have a 3-4 drive. Ghami is located at a height of 3560m. In ghami we will see while buildings and houses. Most of the part of this site is barren.

 

Day 6: Drive to Lomanthang (3840m) – First day of Tiji festival

 

On 6th day, we will be driving to Lomanthang to celebrate the most auspicious festival of this site which is Tiji festival. Chanting of hyns, Masked dance and man more.

 

 Day 7: Festival

 

Second Day of Tiji festival and still there is lot to come.

A true new culture is within this festival. Start meeting new peoples, rituals and ancient religion.

Prayers of Vajrakila, Monastery, Evil Demon- Dorje Shunu and Straw effigy, seems like there is whole different things that we have never seen.

 

Day 8: Third Tiji Day

 

The true essence of this trip is this Tiji Festival. So you may not want to miss it. 

Morning begins with Prayers to Vajrakila by monks in the monastery. Next, Tsowo offering a ritualistic nectar, again dance of monks wearing masks depicting animals and ending it with a raucous procession.

 

Final celebration in Mustnag King’s Palace sharing greetings between King and Khempo.

You are lucky to attend this Tiji Festival and the rituals might have purified your mind and body.

 

Day 9: Drive to Jomsom (3710m)

 

On this day, we will be driving to Jomsom..

 

Day 10: Fly back to Pokhara

 

Morning fly back to Pokhara.We will spend our night in a beautiful hotel or perhaps enjoy the night walk around lake side.

 

Day 11: Drive back to Kathmandu

 

We will have an early morning drive to Kathmandu. We will spend our night in our hotel, have delicious dinner and farewell program.

 

Day 12: Farewell and departure to the airport

 

After having your morning breakfast, you will be driven to the airport 3 hour before the actual flight.

 

 

 

Option # 2 -  Mustang Tiji Festival Trekking – 18 days

 

 

Day 01: - Greetings at Kathmandu Airport

 

Arrive Kathmandu.Meet/assist and transfer to hotel.

 

Afternoon we visit Pashupatinath temple and Boudhanath Stupa.Bouddhanath Stupa lies about six km to the east of downtown Kathmandu and is the largest stupa in the Valley. It looms 36 meters high and presents one of the most fascinating specimens of stupa design. Bouddhanath, a World Heritage Site, is also known as Khasti, or dew drops, after an account that builders had to use dew to mix the mortar as Kathmandu was suffering from a severe drought during its construction.

Pashupatinath Temple is one of the most sacred hindu shrines in the world.The richly-ornamented pagoda houses the sacred linga, or phallic symbol,of Lord Shiva. Chronicles indicate the temple's existence prior to 400 AD. Devotees can be seen taking ritual dips in the holy Bagmati river flowing beside the temple, also a World Heritage Site.

 

Day 02 – Kathmandu Sightseeing Tour.


We embark sightseeing tour of Kathmandu city,also called `Kantipur`or city of glory,visiting,`KUMARI`the LIVING GODDESS,Kasthamandap,the Big Bell,Kal Bharab etc.We also visit `Swayambhunath temple.This is a Buddist temple set high on a hillock with a commanding view of the Kathmandu vally.

After lunch tour of `Patan City`one of the three queen cities of the vally.Patan is the city of fine arts,and we visit Durbar Square,Krishna Mandir,Mahavihar-Golden temple of Lord Buddha,built in the 12th century.Also visit the Tibetan centre.Overnight

 

Day 03 Drive to Pokhara

 

Drive to Pokhara, the picturesque, valley of POKHARA. Pokhara (population 395,000) is a place of remarkable natural beauty. The serenity of Phewa Lake and the magnificence of the fish-tailed summit of Machhapuchhre (6,977 m) rising behind it create an ambiance of peace and magic. At an elevation lower than Kathmandu, it has a much more tropical feel to it, a fact well appreciated by the beautiful diversity of flowers which prosper in its environs. Indeed, the valley surrounding Pokhara is home to thick forests, gushing rivers, emerald lakes and of course, the world famous views of the Himalaya. Pokhara is part of a once vibrant trade route extending between India and Tibet. To this day, mule trains can be seen camped on the outskirts of the town, bringing goods to trade from remote regions of the Himalaya. This is the land of the Magars and Gurungs, hardworking farmers and valorous warriors who have earned worldwide fame as Gurkha soldiers. The Thakalis, another important ethnic group here, are known for their entrepreneurship.

 

Arrive Pokhara and check in at the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.


Day 04: - Pokhara fly to Jomsom and trek to Kagbeni (2,858m):20 minutes flight and Walking Distance 3-4 hours

 

We will take a flight early in the morning to Jomsom of about 25min with spectacular views of Mountains. From here onwards it is very windy in the afternoon; trail is quite barren with craggy rocks and sand and is mostly flat. The picturesque peaks of Nilgiri, Dhaulagiri, Tukuche Peak and Dhampus are spectacular all the way. You walk on gently undulating trails to reach Kagbeni. Kagbeni provides you with a taste of scenes to come in upper Mustang, with its narrow alleyways and tunnels, irrigation canals, green fields of wheat and barley.

 

Day 05: - Kagbeni trekking to Chele (3050m): Walking Distance 5-6 hours

 

Next day journey starts with a special permit check up onwards to the riverbank of Kali Gandaki up stream. We enter upper Mustang and follow the east bank of the river over a series of small ridges. The trail leads us through the scenic picturesque villages surrounded by fields of wheat, barley and buckwheat, interspersed with small apple orchards. We trek forward crossing the river heading up to the huge red chunk of conglomerate that has fallen from the cliff above forming a tunnel through which the Kali Gandaki follows. The trek now leaves the Kali Gandaki valley and climbs steeply up a rocky gully to Chele.

 

Day 06: - Chele trekking Ghiling (3806m): Walking Distance 6-7 hours

 

The climb continues along steep, treeless and dry terrain, along the side of a spectacular deep canyon to pass a cairn of rock. Climb above Samar and descend into a large gorge and go into another valley along the surrounding of cool streams and junipers trees, crossing a stream and climbs up to a ridge at 3800m. We climb to Taklam La Pass (3,624m/11,923 ft) through plateaus and narrow stretches with views of Tilicho Peak, Yakawa Kang and Damodar Danda. Nyi Pass is the highest point of the trek thus far and the southern boundary of Lo. The trail then drops steeply to the whitewashed buildings of Ghiling.

 

Day 07: - Ghiling trekking to Charang (3575m): Walking Distance 4-5 hours

 

The track descends below the blue, grey and red cliffs across the valley to a steel bridge across the Tangmar Chu. Then climb to a plateau and passes the longest and most spectacular Mani walls in Nepal. From the end of the wall the trail heads east to the village of Charang (Tsarang) with a maze of fields, willow trees and houses separated by stone walls at the top of the Charang Chu canyon. At the eastern end of the village, are huge Dzong [fortress] and a red Gompa which houses an excellent collection of statues and Thankas as well as many large paintings of seated Buddha’s.

 

Day 08: - Charang trekking to Lo- Manthang (3700m): Walking Distance 5-6 hours

 

The trail descends about 125m from Charang, crosses the Tsarang Chu and follows the track to a cairn on a ridge opposite the village at 3580m, then enters the Tholung village. Then the trail further ascends gently to the 3,850m windy pass of Lo, from where you can see the Lo-Manthang Valley (3700m), views of the walled city appear magnificent with its hills on the Tibetan Border. A short descent leads onto the plain of Aspiration and then the trail crosses a stream and climbs up onto the plateau of Lo-Manthang.

 

Day 09: - The Tiji Festival begins 1 day of Tiji May 31

 

Early in the afternoon, horns resounded, announcing the two twelve-foot copper dunchens, with their elephantine blurting, followed by two double-reeled horns, all accompanied by drum and cymbals.

 

Next, an ancient and enormous Thanka three stories high was unrolled down the entire south wall of the square. The Thanka portrayed Padma Sambhava or (Guru Rimpoche) who brought this ceremony to Tibet in the 8th century.”

Late afternoon, in high wind and blowing dust, eleven lamas in maroon and gold, wearing high red hats, came from the palace and take their places along the wall beneath the thanka, with Tashi Tenzing on the elevated seat just in the center. The masked dancers start the portrayal of the Tiji myth then Dorje Jono repels the demon through the power of his magical dancing. As the dances end, Dorje Jono kills the demon, after which his people are relieved of their plague of misfortunes, water becomes plentiful once more, and the balance and harmony of existence are restored.

 

Day 10: - Second Day of Tiji Festival June 01

 

On the second day of Tiji, We’ll see Tibetan women in their traditional clothing and colorful jewelry, monks in their robes and dancers in elaborate costumes. The King of Mustang “wears a whole crown of tiny river pearls set off by dozens of large red coralline tones interspersed with matched ornaments of turquoise. The costumes and masks, the twelve-foot horns, the gold cups of wheat, the butter cakes, the snow peaks and wind and dust and sun, the mehti, snow leopard, snow pigeons, saligrams, the dying glacier and the desert ruins, the drunks and rajas and foreigners, the dogs and yaks.

 

Day 11: - Third day of Tiji and end of Festival: June 02

 

On the third day, Tiji ends with the ceremonial destruction of the evil remains, represented by some long black yak hair and red torma cakes minced to a dark red gurry. The demons red remnants are set out on an old tiger skin, where-upon they are attacked by bow and arrow, slings, and the old guns. The poor devils remains are over- turned upon the ground, each time to a wild cannonade from the old muzzle-loaders and a wave of cheers and smoke.

 

Day 12: - Lo-Manthang trekking to Ghami via Lo-Geker (3520m): Walking Distance 6 hours

 

We will make our return take via highland rouge crossing the alpine meadows. After Lo Gekar, the trail climbs steeply to a cairn on a pass at 4000m, offering a last glimpse of Lo Manthang. Cross the Chogo La (4325m), the highest point on this trek. The trail makes descend beside a stream visiting ancient Ghar Gompa more than 1200 years old and meet the Guru Rimponche. Gompa is famous for its rock paintings and the legend of fulfilling our good wishes. The trail then drops steeply to the whitewashed buildings of Ghemi. Ghemi is surrounded by large fields most of which are barren.

 

Day 13: - Ghami trekking to Samar (3520m): Walking Distance 5 hours

 

Today we continue down the valley to Ghiling in dusty and windy trail. The trail leads passing through the arid plateau and crops field in between, the walks may not be pleasant on the back as we suffer the wind on face in Kali Gandaki wind valley. Arrive Samar; it is small village with nice terraces and people follow the Tibetan lifestyle and tradition here.

 

Day 14: - Samar to Kagbeni (2,858m): Walking Distance 6 hours

 

We will mostly walk along the bank of Kali Gandaki River with the views of natural vegetation and apple orchards to Kagbeni. Spend the night enjoying the ancient and uniqueness of the Kagbeni village.

 

Day 15: - Kagbeni to Jomsom (2700): Walking Distance 3 hours

 

the last day of the trekking is easy day and flat working in the river bank. Trail passes through Eklebhatti and continues working to Jomsom. Arrive at Jomsom; celebrate the last day of the trekking with the trekking crew.

 

Day 16: - Fly back to Pokhara, 20 minutes flight

 

An early morning we will take a short picturesque flight to Pokhara. The view of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountains and world’s deepest gorge, Kali Gandaki are stunning. Relax whole day in Hotel or wander around Lake Side with fascinating mountains panorama view and nature charming.

 

Day 17: - Pokhara to Kathmandu, 25 minutes flight or 6-7 hour drive.

 

Take a flight or drive by tourist bus/Private car to Kathmandu. At the evening you can have your last night in Nepal enjoying the Nepali cultural dinner show, taking some beautiful snaps and making up your mind for the returning journey. You can have a greetings exchanging among friends and with all Nepalese people.

 

Day 18: - Departure

We will take you to the International Airport for your convenience. Wish you a happy journey in the traditional and cultural way of us Nepalese and Good-Bye with a hope to see you again.

 

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