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.
- Destination: Nepal
- Group size: 02-10
- Arrival on: Kathmandu, Nepal
- Departure from: Kathmandu, Nepal
- Trip Level: Moderate
- Activities: Trekking and Tour
- Transportation: Private Car / Jeep in Kathmandu, tourist bus to/from Pokhara, domestic flight
Meals: Breakfast in Kathmandu and Pokhara, all meals in trekking
Accommodation: 2/3 * hotel hotels in Kathmandu and Pokhara, and teahouses during the 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.
Day 01 (04 May 2018): Arrival at Kathmandu airport (1345 meters)
Day 02 (05 May 2018): Kathmandu Sightseeing
Day 03 (06 May 2018): Drive to Pokhara (900 meters)
Day 04 (07 May 2018): Flight to Jomsom and trek to Kagbeni (2800 meters)
Day 05 (08 May 2018): Trek to Chaile (3050 meters)
Day 06 (09 May 2018): Trek to Geling (3500 meters)
Day 07 (10 May 2018): Trek to Charang (3620 meters)
Day 08 (11 May 2018): Trek to Lo Manthang (3840 meters)
Day 09 (12 May 2018): Sightseeing
Day 10 (13 May 2018): Tiji Festival
Day 11 (14 May 2018): Tiji Festival
Day 12 (15 May 2018): Tiji Festival
Day 13 (16 May 2018): Trek to Dhi (3410m)
Day 14 (17 May 2018): Dhi (3410m)
Day 15 (18 May 2018): Trek to Ghami (3510m)
Day 16 (19 May 2018): Trek to Samar (3660m)
Day 17 (20 May 2018): Trek to Jomsom (3660m)
Day 18 (21 May 2018): Morning flight to Pokhara
Day 19 (22 May 2018): Drive back to Kathmandu (1345 meters)
Day 20 (23 May 2018): Free day
Day 21 (24 May 2018): Transfer to the international airport
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We will be staying at 2/3 star hotel in Kathmandu, and in tea-houses during the trek. All rooms are on twin-shared basis. Single bedroom will be arranged on request and will cost additional. Utmost Adventure will arrange rooms with attached washrooms; however, tea-houses at most places only have shared washing and toilet facilities. While trekking through remote area and during climbing we will arrange tented basis accommodation as well as shower tent, bathroom tent, kitchen tent and dining tent.
All meals will be provided during trekking (On demand, we can arrange only breakfast during the trek and trekkers can order lunch and dinner individually from the tea-house menu). In Kathmandu, breakfast will be available . There will also be welcome and farewell dinners taking place for guests. While on trek, we have breakfast and dinner in the tea-houses/lodges where we spend the night and lunch on our way to next destination. Authentic Nepalese, Tibetan, continental meals and Indian cuisine are common choices in the menu.
Physical Condition & Experience Requirements
Mustang Tiji Festival Trek is a moderate trek. Travelers who can walk up to 6-7 hours a day on an uphill and downhill trail will consider this trip fulfilling and enjoyable. It is a good idea to prepare for the Annapurna circuit trek by jogging and exercising regularly at least for a month prior to the start. Trekking to Upper Mustang should be relatively easy for those who have experience in walking/trekking in high altitudes. Determination, good physical health, positive attitude and average physical fitness are good preconditions for a successful accomplishment of the trek. Past hiking experience would be an asset but no technical skills are required for this trip. Participants with pre-existing medical conditions such as heart, lung, and blood diseases should inform Himalayan Glacier before booking the trek.
Best Time to Travel
The best time for trekking to Upper Mustang Tiji Festival trek is in May, which will be held from 13 may to 15 May 2018 . The temperature is moderate and guarantees amazing views throughout the trip.
Date And Costs
The given cost are per person and exclude international flights. Given below are the departure dates available for online booking. If the given date is not favorable then please contact us and we will happily customize your trip on dates more appropriate for you.
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Service included in the cost:
- Airport/Hotel/Airport pick up & drop by private car/van/bus.
- Standard accommodation in star level hotel in Kathmandu breakfast included (4 nights).
- Standard accommodation in star level hotel in Pokhara breakfast included (2 nights).
- Kathmandu and Pokhara City Tours inclusive tour guide, private car/van/bus.
- Full board meal during camping, prepared by our cook with Tea & coffee.
- Tented accommodation and equipment during the camping trek. (We will provide two man tents, dinning tents, kitchen gears, toilet tents)
- 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.
- Boiled and purify drinking water for the trek.
- 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$
- per day/per person / minimum 3 days we can buy after 10 days permit).
- Annapurna conservation permit, and all necessary permits.
- Flight fare from Pokhara to Jomsom to Pokhara including airport departure taxes in Pokhara and Jomsom.
- Surface Transfer to and from Kathmandu.
- All our government taxes.
- Tourist service charge, vat.
- Official expanse.
Service not included in the cost:
- Lunch and dinner whilst in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
- Your travel insurance (compulsory).
- International airfare and airport departure tax.
- 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.
- Items of a personal nature such as alcoholic drinks, cold drinks, laundry.
- Personal trekking Equipment’s.
- Tips for trekking staff and driver. (Tipping is expected.)
- Any others expenses which are not mentioned on Price Includes section.
-US$186 per person extra if you wish to take flight from Kathmandu -Pokhara – Kathmandu.
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Utmost Adventure has compiled a list of necessary equipment, personal medical supplies and symptoms of medical condition likely to face during trekking / peak climbing. Also, please do understand that items listed below should be considered as an essential summary.
We highly recommend you to be familiar with all of your equipment and basic understanding of medical Conditions related to high elevation.
Your document to travel to Nepal:
Valid passport, 2 extra passport size photos, airline tickets
Separate photocopies of passport, visa form (easily obtained at Kathmandu airport)
Dollars in cash for purchasing Nepalese visa at Kathmandu airport
Credit cards, bank/ATM/cash machine cards for withdrawing funds from cash machines
Sleeping bag rated to zero degrees F
Headlamp with spare bulbs and batteries
Small pad or combination lock-to-lock trek bag
Basic First Aid Kit (see Health and Medicinal)
Large plastic bags – for keeping items dry inside trek bag
Daypack (approximately 2500 to 3000 cubic inches)
Small wash towel
Personal Clothing items
Sun hat or scarf
Light balaclava or warm fleece hat
Sunglasses with UV protection
Weight thermal tops
Fleece jacket or pullover
Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional)
Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket
Down vest and/or jacket (optional)
Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof shell outer
Lightweight cotton long pants
Light and expedition weight thermal bottoms
Fleece or wool pants
Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell pants
Thick, warm wool hiking socks
Hiking boots with spare laces
Camp shoes (sneakers and/or sandals)
Personal hygiene supplies;
Two tubes lip sun cream, at least 1 large tube regular sun cream (min. factor 30), some after-sun lotion in case you do get a sunburn
One toothpaste/brush set;
One hand sanitizer gel
1 (fast drying) synthetic towel
Personal prescription medications; Please let your leader know about any medical issues before the climb.
Small personal first-aid kit; (Simple and Light): first-aid tape, plasters (Band-Aids),alcohol-free wipes for cuts, personal medications, etc. (The leaders will have more extensive first-aid kits)
One skin blister repair kit
Anti-diarrhea pills (Imodium) (one regular package)
Anti-headache medication (Aspirin or Ibuprofen) (one regular package)
One small bottle cough and/or cold medicine.
One course antibiotics for chest infection, available locally at chemist shop or pharmacy with no doctor’s prescription.
One course antibiotics for stomach infection, available locally at chemist shop or pharmacy with no doctor’s prescription.
One small bottle anti-altitude sickness medication: Diamox (Acetylzolamide), available locally, for more about this medication, please contact us or your doctor
One small bottle of water purification tablets (needs to contain silver-ions AND chlorine) or a water filter or UV sterilizer.
Extra prescription glasses/contact lens. Contact lens wearers, please bring glasses in case of emergency.