Tiji Festival Trek 2019

Mustang Tiji Festival 2015Tiji or Teji festival is the annual event of indigenous community of Upper Mustang, specially in Lo-Manthang region of Nepal. It is a celebration and reaffirmation of myth of 3 days ritual festival means “the chasing of the demons”. It tells the story of deity of Dorje Jono, who battled against the demon to save the Mustang Kingdom from destruction. And he defeated the demons and banishes him from the land caused from storms and drought that destroy peoples’ houses and livestock and translated into prayer for the world peace. There will be dance performance by monks on these 3 days ritual festival namely “Tsa Chham” on the first day, “Nga Chham” on the second day and “Rha Chham” on the third day. It is believed that the village will be purified from the bad evil spirits from then. 

Tiji festival falls on 27th to 29th days of third month according to Tibetan calendar (April/May of every year). It is organized by Chhyode Gumba which is monastery of Sakyapa sect located in Lo-Manthang, Upper MUSTANG.The festival is timed to coincide with the end of the dry season (late winter/spring) and ushers in the wetter monsoon season.

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Name of Trek:

Mustang on Tiji Festival Trek  2019

Location:

Annapurna Region and Mustang Region

Trekking Grade:

Moderate to Strenous 

Activities:

Tour and Trekking

Minimum Altitude:

820m

Maximum Altitude:

4,500m

Season:

Spring and Autumn

Accommodation:

Lodging

Transportation:

Land Transportation and domestic airline

Trek duration:

22 Days (17 Days for Trek)

Trekking Starting Point:

Jomsom

Trekking Ending Point:

Jomsom

Walking hour per day:

5 to 7 hours

Group Size:

2 to 10 peoples

Day 01, 21 May 2019: Arrive in Kathmandu, transfer to Hotel. Welcome dinner in the evening. You'll be met at the airport by a representative from Manaslu Tour. Our representative will transfer to Hotel and will have welcome drink in the evening at the traditional Nepalese cuisine.

Day 02, 22 May 2019: Full day Sightseeing in Kathmandu.

      • SWAYAMBHUNATH, also known as the monkey temple, is climbed by a long set of steps and has great views of Kathmandu.
      • BOUDHANATH STUPA has many traditional Gompas hung with strings of multi-coloured prayer flags; it attracts many Sherpas and Tibetans for the circumambulations of the stupa (koras).
      • PASHUPATINATH is a Hindu temple with burning Ghats on the banks of the Bagmati River.
      • DURBAR SQUARE, which is one of the old capitals of the Kathmandu valley, has a blend of Hindu and Buddhist temples

Day 03, 23 May 2019: By Private Vehicle: Kathmandu to Pokhara (6hrs) and Transfer to Hotel in Pokhara.
Early in the morning, drive to Pokhara.  After a 6 hours scenic drive, we reach Pokhara. You will be transferred to a hotel for check in. In the evening, you can enjoy boating on the Fewa Lake or see the reflection of the Mount Machhapuchhre and Annapurna Range on serene water of the lake. Overnight at hotel in Pokhara.

Day 04, 24 May 2019: By Plane: Pokhara to Jomsom. Trek to Kagbeni (2800m, 3h)
Approximately 20 minutes flight to Jomsom (2720m). There could be subject to change the flight due to weather condition. Rise in the Kaili Gandaki valley in the foothills of Nilgiri (7061m). Arrive at Kagbeni beautiful village of Tibetan architecture.

Day 05, 25 May 2019: Kagbeni to Chele (3075m, 7h)
We go up the Kali Gandaki valley through arid landscapes to Thangbe, large fortified village with Chorten being painted, dominated by its ''strong'' in ruins. We continue to go up this high desert valley with high cliffs eroded by wind and pierced with caves. We pass the village ofChusang (2980m) and then we follow the river one last climb leads to the village of Chele.

Day 06, 26 May 2019: Chele to Syangboche (3800m, 7hrs)
We leave the Kali Gandaki River by climbing through a deep canyon to the pass Chele La (3600m), beautiful view of the village of Gyakar (3562m), dominated by its “rock Sphinx". We slowly descend to the village of Samar (3600m) then we climb to the Bhen La pass (3830m) and finally reach the village of Bhen: with a beautiful view of the Damodhar Himal to the east. We climbto Yamda La pass (3870m). We descend to the village of Syangmochen (3800m) and then, after one last pass, we begin the long descentto the village of Geling, dominated by a fort, a palace and two monasteries.

Day 07, 27 May 2019: Syangboche to Dhakmar (3800m, 6hrs)
We continue up the valley to the village of Chunkar (3750m) and its beautiful "Stupa". We start the steep climb to the Nya La pass (3990m) and then, after crossing a small pass second, the Ghami pass (3770), we arrive at Ghami (3510m), a pretty village in the middle of a green oasis. We pass a huge stone wall engraved ("mani"), and then we go back another desert valley to the north, dominated by beautiful cliffs eroded. Our path crosses several "stupas" before reaching the village of Dhakmar (3800m).

Day 08, 28 May 2019: Dhakmar to Tsarang (6hrs)
We go up to Mui La pass (4145m) and then we go down to one of the oldest monasteries “Tibetan" Nepal: Ghar Gompa, the sect "Ningma" (unreformed), which are nicknamed "Red School", and more commonly called "red caps" because of the color of the cap. This monastery was founded at the same time as that of Samye, the oldest monastery of Tibet ...We admire the statues and frescoes and begin the long descent through the villages of Lo Gekar  (eleventh century monastery) and Marang to finally arrive to Tsarang in the fields of mustard, barley or buckwheat. Visit Mustang's second city whose palace and monastery are backed by a precipice.

Day 09, 29 May 2019: Tsarang to Lo-Manthang (3750m, 5hrs)
We walk in the great valley to Tholung Lo La pass (3945m) on which floats tens of prayer flags and where the view is great on the "capital" of the Mustang and its surroundings. Lo-Manthang short descent (3820m) and then we spend the afternoon to discover this walled city through its maze of alleys. We visit the main sites and monuments of Lo-Manthang: the Jhampa Lhakang which houses a huge Buddha statue and huge mandalas, the monasteries of Thubchen Chodey and then, if the "Raja" is in residence, we may be visit the grand Palace.

Day 10, 30 May 2019: 1st Day of Tiji festival Celebration in LO-MANTHANG
Today is the first day of Tiji Festival. We spend our day observing the dances and celebrations. Horse racing and a giant tug-of-war are the major attractions. Tibetan women in their traditional clothing with colorful jewelry, monks in their robes and dancers in elaborate costumes make the entire environment vivid and vibrant.

Day 11, 31 May 2019: 2nd Day Tiji festival Celebration in LO-MANTHANG
We can enjoy a colorful ceremony accompanied by an unusual dance of Tibetan lamas. It is done to chase away all the hungry and evil spirits from the village. We can see many people across the region participating in this ritual of purification and renewal.  After the observation, we can explore the intimate alleyways and courtyards of the city or simply rent a horse and visit some of the other villages in the area.

Day 12, 01 June 2019: Last Day of Tiji Festival celebration
Today, we walk to Namgyal Gompa, a monastery that lies on a hilltop. It is an important monastery that serves as a local court to the local community people. After our visit to the monastery, we continue our tour to Tingkhar, the last village to the northwest of Lomanthang. In the evening, we return back to Lomanthang and continue the celebration of Tiji festival.

Day 13, 02 June 2019: Lo Manthang to Yara (3580m, 6hrs)
We walk on dry ridges and then a steep descent leads us to the river. We are in a narrow ravine before reaching the village of Dhi (3400m), dominated by its beautiful fort in ruins. After lunch, we cross the Kali Gandaki River and then we go back through a gorge overhung by immense cliffs and spectacular: a series of organ pipes pierced by a Nabatean city of seventeen floors. We reach the village of Yara (3400m) where we set up camp.

Day 14, 03 June 2019: Excursion to Lori Gompa (4hrs)
Hike to Lori Gompa, a monastery carved into the fairy chimneys. Frescoes and visits the "stupa" beautiful. Afternoon rest at the camp.

Day 15, 04 June 2019: Yara to Tanggye (3320m, 7hrs)
Long climb to a pass at 3700m and then steep descent to the river Dhi Khola which we cross. Here the scenery is desert but always with a grandiose sense of a world away. We are taking a second pass at 3900m and then a gentle downhill steeply at first, but in the end, we join the village "Hidden" Tangye (3320m).

Day 16, 05 June 2019: Tanggye to Chhuksang (8hrs)
This is the longest day of walking the circuit but also the most beautiful! The stage is long because of the randomization to find water between departure and arrival. We begin the long climb to a pass at 4100m: exceptional views across the Mustang, which is detached from red landscape of Annapurna (8091 m) and Dhaulagiri (8167m). Short descent to Pa Ha; where we "lunch." Slow down by ridges, then a descent steeper but shorter leads us to the villages where the houses are Chusang high as fortresses.

Day 17, 06 June 2019: Chhuksang to Muktinath (3800m, 7hrs)
Long climb through the gorge of a river to Gyu La (4050m) and then we descend via the village of Muktinath where Chyongur to Hindu and Buddhist shrines side by side: pagoda temple of Vishnu, and especially a sacred spring, beside which burns a flame of natural gas. Great views of Dhaulagiri (8,167m, 7th summit of the world), Nilgiri (7,061m) and Tilicho Peak (7,134m). Dhaulagiri comes from the Sanskrit words "Dhauali giri" meaning "White Mountain".

Day 18, 07 June 2019: Muktinath to Jomsom
Long descent through the villages of Jharkot (3560m) and Ekle Bhatti (2740 m) and we reach Jomsom.

Day 19, 08 June 2019: By Plane: Jomsom to Pokhara. Transfer to Hotel in Pokhara

Day 20, 09 June 2019: By private vehicle: Pokhara to Kathmandu and transfer to Hotel in Kathmandu

Day 21, 10 June 2019: Free day in Kathmandu for self-shopping

Day 22, 11 June 2019: Transfer to Nepal International airport for departure

Mustang Tiji Festival Date and Price 2019

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Service Includes

    • Airport Pick up and drop on private vehicle
    • 4 Nights Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu on BB plan
    • Full day sightseeing in Kathmandu with English speaking Tour Guide 
    • Entrance and monuments fees in Kathmandu
    • Transportation: Kathmandu to Pokhara and Pokhara to Kathmandu on a Tourist bus
    • 2 Nights Hotel accommodation in Pokhar aon BB plan
    • Domestic plane tickets: Pokhara to Jomsom and Jomsom to Pokhara
    • Completely lodging Treks on an AP plan i.e. breakfast, lunch, dinner and rooms in the lodge.
    • Special permit of Mustang and Annapurna Conservation Area project (ACAP) fee
    • All government taxes and official charges.
    • English Speaking well Experience Trekking Guide, Assistant Guide (Sherpas_ and  Porters
    • Accidental and medical Insurance of Nepalese staffs

Excludes

    • Lunch & Dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara
    • Rescue/ emergence and insurance cost 
    • Beverage, hard drinks and alcohol
    • Nepal entry visa fee and airport tax during the departure.
    • Personal equipment and personal expenses.

CHITWAN NATIONAL PARK
Chitwan National Park is a popular destination for visitors wanting to have a good experience of the region’s wildlife which covers 932 sq. km. in the flat lowland region of southern Nepal. It is one of the most important sub-tropical parks of Nepal with endangered Royal Bengal tiger, Greater One-horned rhinoceros, Gangetic dolphin (Platanista gangetica), Wild Asian elephant, Gaur, Golden Monitor lizard, Gharial crocodile and many more. It has 6 premier jungle resorts scattered inside its boundaries. The falling rhino (less than 200) and tiger (less than 30) populations in the present park region, focused attention on the Chitwan region and in 1963 the southern two-thirds of the park were declared rhino sanctuary. Since 1963 wildlife populations and ecosystems have been rebounding. In 1973 Chitwan became Nepal's first National Park. The relatively pristine state of the modern park and its unique ecosystems prompted UNESCO to declare the park a World Heritage site in 1984.

KOSHI TAPPU WILDLIFE RESERVE
Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve lies on the flood plains of the Koshi River. The rectangular - shaped Reserve is contained within the east and west embankments of the Koshi Barrage. Established in 1976, Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve is 175 square kilometers of wildlife refuge and wetlands habitat. It is located in Eastern Nepal and can be accessed from the Mehendra Highway. The reserve is also home to the water buffalo, deer, nilgai, mugger crocodile, Ganges River Dolphin (also called the Gangetic Dolphin), and over 280 species of birds. In additional to wildlife, the Reserve also protects a substantial part of the Sapta Koshi, (a tributary of the Ganges River) flood plain. In 1987, it was declared a Ramsar site.

WHITE WATER RAFTING
Nepal is blessed with some of the wildest and most spectacular rivers in the world. It’s a wonderful way to experience Nepal’s natural and ethic-cultural heritage. The combination of beautiful mountain scenery, exhilarating white water rapids, warm water and fascinating cultural opportunities make Nepal one of the premier places to go White water rafting.  Rivers here are regarded as goddess, which are included in a number of Hindu and Buddhist religious rituals. Many can be witnessed during a rafting adventure. Adjoining slopes often harbor dense vegetation and interesting wildlife with many species of fish. Rafting in Nepal is a thrill of running white water rapids combining many outdoor adventures into one holiday. The best time for rafting in Nepal is usually March to June and September to early December

    1. Trishuli River (Rafting trip for 1 to 3 Days)
    2. Seti River (Rafting trip 2 Days)
    3. Bhote Koshi River (Rafting trip for 2 Days)
    4. Kali Gandaki River (Rafting trip for 3 Days)
    5. Marshyadi River (Rafting / Kayaking trip for 4 Days)
    6. Sun Koshi River (Rafting trip for 7 to 9 Days)
    7. Arun River (Rafting adventure for 9 Days)
    8. Karnali River (Whitewater Rafting trip for 10 Days)
    9. Tamur River (Rafting adventure for 10 Days)

 
ROCK CLIMBING
Rock climbing is a sport in which participants climb up or across natural rock formations or man-made rock walls. The goal is to reach the summit of a formation or the endpoint of a pre-defined route. Rock climbing is similar to scrambling (another activity involving the scaling of hills and similar formations), but climbing is generally differentiated because of the use of hands to support the climber's weight as well as to provide balance. Rock climbing is a physically and mentally demanding sport, one that often tests a climber's strength, endurance, agility, and balance along with his or her mental control. It can be a dangerous sport and knowledge of proper climbing techniques and usage of specialized climbing equipment is crucial for the safe completion of routes. Because of the wide range and variety of rock formations around the world, rock climbing has been separated into several different styles and sub-disciplines that are described below.

MOUNTAIN FLIGHT
We recommend a mountain flight for travelers that want to be in the camera range of the highest peaks in the world. . In just a short time, you will be experiencing the Himalayas at such close range it will seem as though you could reach out and touch them. You will have a panoramic encounter with the highest majestic Mountains on earth. Cruising this close to the awe-inspiring massifs of rock and ice is a cut-of-this-world experience. You can enjoy a seemingly endless chain of snowcapped peaks as you fly above clouds, over glaciers and lakes, rivers and gorges from window. The clear, non-tinted window offers a great opportunity to experience and photograph the aerial view of the many mountains along with the Kathmandu valley.