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Mustang Tiji Festival Trek 2017 (21 Days)

Mustang Tiji Festival Trek 2017
Mustang Tiji Festival Trek

Mustang has lured trekkers for many years, and has only recently been opened. In March 1992, the 'forbidden' kingdom of Mustang was opened to the outside world. Now, for the first time in recent history, foreign travelers are able to visit Lo Manthang, the seat of an ancient kingdom dating back to the 15th century. The people of Upper Mustang are called Bhotias and those from Lo are called Lobas. They speak various dialects of Tibetan. Historically, their art and culture flourished due to contact with traders, monks and religious masters passing between Tibet and India, or between Ladakh and Bhutan. The walled city still stands as a testimony to Lo-Mangtang's prosperity and rich cultural heritage the area is part of the Tibetan plateau, and is high, dry and beautiful. It is only possible to enter with an organized group.

Tiji is a celebration and reaffirmation of this myth. Throughout the festival the events and story of the myth are re-enacted. The festival is timed to coincide with the end of the dry season (late winter/spring) and ushers in the wetter monsoon season. Tiji comes from the words "ten che" meaning "the hope of Buddha Dharma prevailing in all worlds" and is a spring renewal festival that also celebrates the triumph of good over evil. In 1964 Michel Peissel was the first westerner to observe the Tiji festival. At this time, the Mustang region was still completely closed off to foreigners and he had to obtain special permission from the government of Nepal in order to enter the region.

The Tiji festival is a three-day ritual known as "The chasing of the Demons", centered around the Tiji myth celebrated in Mustang, Nepal. Tiji tells the story of a deity named Dorje Jono who must battle against his demon father to save the Kingdom of Mustang from destruction. 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.
Itinerary
Day 01 (14 May 2017): Arrival in Kathmandu airport (1345 meters)
Day 02 (15 May 2017):  Kathmandu Sightseeing
Day 03 (16 May 2017): Drive to Pokhara (900 meters)
Day 04 (17 May 2017): Flight to Jomsom and trek to Kagbeni (2800 meters)
Day 05 (18 May 2017): Trek to Chaile (3050 meters)
Day 06 (19 May 2017): Trek to Geling (3500 meters)
Day 07 (20 May 2017): Trek to Charang (3620 meters)
Day 08 (21 May 2017): Trek to Lo Manthang (3840 meters)
Day 09 (22 May 2017):   Sightseeing
Day 10 (23 May 2017): Tiji Festival
Day 11 (24 May 2017): Tiji Festival
Day 12 (25 May 2017): Tiji Festival
Day 13 (26 May 2017): Trek to Dhi (3410m)
Day 14 (27 May 2017): Dhi (3410m)
Day 15 (28 May 2017): Trek to Ghami (3510m)
Day 16 (29 May 2017): Trek to Samar (3660m)
Day 17 (30 May 2017): Trek to Jomsom (3660m)
Day 18 (31 May 2017):  Morning flight to Pokhara
Day 19 (01 June 2017): Drive back to Kathmandu (1345 meters)
Day 20 (02 June 2017): Free day
Day 21 (03 June 2017): Transfer to international airport
Trip Outline
  • Trekking days - 16
  • Total days - 21
  • Min. Altitude - (2700m./8858ft.)
  • Max. Altitude - (4900m./16076ft.)
  • Overal walking - 5/6 hrs P/D
  • Trip Nature - Trekking & Hiking
  • Difficulty - Medium
  • Min. group size - 2
  • Age Limit -
  • Best Time - May, June
Services
Price Includes:
1. Airport/Hotel/Airport pick up & drop by private car/van/bus.
2. Standard accommodation in star level hotel in Kathmandu breakfast included (4 nights).
3. Standard accommodation in star level hotel in Pokhara breakfast included (2 nights).
4. Kathmandu and Pokhara City Tours inclusive tour guide, private car/van/bus.
5. Full board meal during camping, prepared by our cook with Tea & coffee.
6. Tented accommodation and equipment during the camping trek. (We will provide two man tents, dinning tents, kitchen gears, toilet tents)
7. A local government license holder Trekking Guide during the trek, a cook the required number of porters, their food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment and a general first aid kit.
8. Boiled and purify drinking water for the trek.
9. Special Trekking Permit US$ 500 per person for 10 days (the above price includes 10 days valid trekking permit from Kagbeni to Muktinath. If you would wish to stay more than 10 days in restricted area, you are subjected to extra charge for extra days (US$ 50 per day/per person / minimum 3 days we can buy after 10 days permit).
10. Annapurna conservation permit, and all necessary permits
11. Flight fare from Pokhara to Jomsom to Pokhara including airport departure taxes in Pokhara and Jomsom.
12. Surface Transfer to and from Kathmandu.
13. All our government taxes.
14. Tourist service charge, vat.
15. Official expanse.

Price Excludes:
1. Lunch and dinner whilst in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
2. Your travel insurance (compulsory).
3. International airfare and airport departure tax.
4. Nepal entry visa (US$ 40 per person) you obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport Kathmandu for 60 days from date of issue. You will require 2 passport size photos.
5. Items of a personal nature such as alcoholic drinks, cold drinks, laundry.
6. Personal trekking Equipments.
7. Tips for trekking staff and driver. (Tipping is expected.)
8. Any others expenses which are not mentioned on Price Includes section.

Please Note:
-US$186 per person extra if you wish to take flight from Kathmandu -Pokhara - Kathmandu.
Long Itinerary

Day 01 (14 May 2017): Arrival in Kathmandu airport (1345 meters) 
Welcome to Himalayan country of Nepal. Upon your arrival at the Tribhuvan intl. airport our representative welcomes you and assists to transfer in your hotel in Kathmandu (1,300m). After time to get refreshed, evening you will meet and transfer for welcome dinner in one of the typical Nepalese restaurant in the heart of Kathmandu and after meal briefing about your trip and overnight at Hotel.

Day 02 (15 May 2017):  Kathmandu Sightseeing 
Today, morning we will ready after your breakfast to head on for our relaxing guided day trip to world heritage sites in Kathmandu valley and visit the highlights of Kathmandu and the surrounding areas. We take you to visit the pilgrimage sites of Hindus temple Pashupatinath, one of the most important shrine of Shiva temples on the subcontinent which is place of thousand of devotees, Saddhus (holy men/Baba), and can be seen the cremating body most of the times in the holy riverbank of Bagmati. Hundreds of monkeys are giggling with you and take a time to exploring surrounding area and visit Bouddhanath stupa an another pilgrimage centre which is most popular and important place for Buddhist. You can explore with rounding prayer wheel and flattering colorful flag with melodious chanting noise. After your lunch at Bouddha visit Swoyambhunath stupa also known as monkey temple covering wide range of area with highest point of Kathmandu valley and enjoy the 360 degrees of valley view. After exploring the surrounding areas visit to Kathmandu Durbar Square which is old royal palace of Kathmandu and can be seen lot of temple, architectures and Kumari (living goddess) and walk in a freak street and late afternoon back to hotel and evening briefing about your trip, what is your responsibility, what to do and does not in the trek? Introduce with our fellow trekking staff and chances to ask remaining question and simply relax at the hotel. 

Day 03 (16 May 2017): Drive to Pokhara (900 meters)
7 hours by tourist bus. Trekking staff will come to your Hotel early in the morning at 6:30AM to pick you up and then the bus leaves around 7:30AM to Pokhara. Overnight at hotel. 

Day 04 (17 May 2017): Flight to Jomsom and trek to Kagbeni (2800 meters)
Early morning we are flying Northwest from Pokhara toward the great portal between the snow covered peaks of Annapurna and Daulagiri. You will enjoy the well-raised massifs of more than 8000 meters, and the deepest gorge on this planet. On arrival to Jomsom you will meet the rest of the trekking staff, there will be a guide with you from Kathmandu, and start the trek to Kagbeni, the main gate to Upper Mustang. Overnight at Teahouse lodge/camp.

Day 05 (18 May 2017): Trek to Chaile (3050 meters)
The trail leads up towards the east bank of the Kaligandaki climbing over many ridges as it heads north and reaches Tangbe village. The town is a labyrinth of narrow alleys amongst white washed houses, fields of buckwheat, barley, wheat and apple orchards. The Nilgiri peak, dominates the southern skyline of Kagbeni, will be enjoyed all the way by different shapes. Beyond Tangbe we reach Chhusang village in about 1/2 hrs trek and crosses the river and continues north climbing up to a huge red chunk of conglomerate that has fallen from the cliff above, forming a tunnel which the Kaligandaki follows. The trek now leaves the Kali Gandaki valley and climbs steeply up a rocky gully to Chaile. From here the culture changes from the Manangi culture to the Tibetan culture of Lo. Overnight at camp.

Day 06 (19 May 2017): Trek to Geling (3500 meters)
The climb continues along steep, treeless, waterless terrain, along the side of the spectacular steep canyon to a pass and cairn of rock. Then the trail makes a long gradual descent to some chortens on a ridge, and then descends further on a pleasant trail to Samar village. We climb above Samar to a ridge, then descend into a large gorge which the trail goes into another valley field, crosses a stream and climbs up to a ridge at 3800 meters. The route climbs over yet another pass, follows a ridge and then descends to Shyangmochen. From there we gently climb to a pass at 3770 meters and descend to Geling Village. Overnight at camp.

Day 07 (20 May 2017): Trek to Charang (3620 meters)
From Geling village the trail climbs gently up to an interesting pass Nyi La and descends below the blue, gray and red cliffs then you reached at Ghami village. After crossing a steel bridge of the Tangmar Chu (river) you will arrive to a Mani Wall perhaps the longest and most spectacular MANI wall in Nepal. You continue walk to Dhakmar. Overnight at camp.

Day 08 (21 May 2017): Trek to Lo Manthang (3840 meters)
This is an opportunity to visit oldest and beautiful Ghar Gumba is older than Samye Gompa in Tibet and one of the oldest Gompa of Nepal. After visiting Ghar Gompa we climb up to Marang La (4230m), you can see beautiful views of Mustang valley and continue trek to Lomanthang. The trail until Lo-Manthang is fine with some minor climbing. Finally from a ridge there is a view of the walled city of LO. After a short descent, cross a stream then climb up into the plateau of Lo-Manthang. Overnight at Camp.

Day 09 (22 May 2017):   Sightseeing 
Visit Namgyal Gompa and Tingkhar. It takes around 2 hours to Namgyal Gompa. Namgyal Gompa situates on a hilltop, which serves as an important monastery of the local community and also as a local court. After visiting Namgyal Gompa continue the tour to Tingkhar, which is a village of around 40 houses, the last main village to the northwest of Lomanthang. After visiting Namgyal Gompa and Tingkhar return to Lomanthang. Overnight at camp.

Day 10 (23 May 2017): Tiji Festival
We spend the better part of the day at the Tiji Festival watching all the dances and celebrations that take place, including horse racing and a giant tug-of-war. We’ll see Tibetan women in their traditional clothing and colorful jewelry, monks in their robes and dancers in elaborate costumes. This is an almost unknown festival that most Nepal trekkers never experience. Definitely bring your cameras along today!

Day 11 (24 May 2017): Tiji Festival
In addition to the festival, there are many other activities in Lo Manthang from which you can choose. Spend today exploring the intimate alleyways and courtyards of the city, or you can rent a horse and visit some of the other villages in the area.

Day 12 (25 May 2017): Tiji Festival
We have the opportunity to vary our return route and visit two villages that we did not see on the trek northwards. At Ghemi we'll visit Gar Gompa, the oldest acrive gompa in Nepal. Ghemi is also known for its many hectres of beautiful fields and for its white- washed houses. The trail to Lo Gekar is not a main trading route and is crisscrossed with herders trails, so our local guide is particularly useful here. Todays trek will cross several valleys, some lush and others barren. Near the end of the hike the trail then makes a long rocky descent down a ravine to a grassy valley, where Lo Gekar is situated within a group of large trees by a stream. Lo Gekar, which means “Pure Virtue of Lo,” is also known as Ghar Gompa, or "House Temple.”

Day 13 (26 May 2017): Trek to Dhi (3410m)
From Lo-Manthang the trail walks straight till Dhi pass 4100meters and descends down to Dhi village. The trek from Lo Manthang to Muktinath is harder, but more rewarding and interesting than the west side of the valley. Dhi village is one of the best villages of whole Lo-mathang and it seems more prosperous and it is settled in a very suitable place. Overnight at camp.

Day 14 (27 May 2017): Dhi (3410m)
After breakfast you start walking to Luri Gompa. Which is one full day hike from Dhi.. we take pack lunch visit Luri Gompa (most beautiful and oldest cave monastery in Mustang). Trek back to Dhi. Overnight at camp.

Day 15 (28 May 2017): Trek to Ghami (3510m)
After breakfast we cross the Kaligandaki river and trek to Tsarang, where there is old palace, monstery we take a visit to that place during lunch time. After lunch we continue to Ghami. Overnight at camp.

Day 16 (29 May 2017): Trek to Samar (3660m)
Trek back to Samar. Overnight at camp.

Day 17 (30 May 2017): Trek to Jomsom (3660m)
Easy and short walk to Jomsom. Overnight at hotel

Day 18 (31 May 2017):  Morning flight to Pokhara 
Today 30 minute morning flight takes us to Pokhara from Jomsom. Once we arrived at Pokhara airport, we then drive to hotel. In the afternoon we will have sightseeing tour around Pokhara valley, which covers Fewa Lake, Devi’s water fall, Museum, Tibetan refugee settlement and Gupteshower cave. Overnight at hotel. 

Day 19 (01 June 2017): Drive back to Kathmandu (1345 meters)
Drive back to Kathmandu (1345 meters)Overnight back at the hotel in Kathmandu. If you are interested in continuing on to the Chitwan Jungle Safari, River Rafting Adventure or any other tours you can start today.
 
Day 20 (02 June 2017): Free day 
We provide free transportation to international airport for final departure. (or follow your next adventure activities)

Day 21 (03 June 2017): Transfer to international airport

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