Tiji Festival Trek
The Tiji Festival is one of the most exotic festivals celebrated in Mustang. Against the mystique and the wilderness of the “forbidden kingdom” of the Mustang valley, the Tiji Festival trek is a one in a million experience to explore the culture traditions of the ethnic inhabitants that live in the region.
Tiji Festival is known as “The Chasing of the Demons”. It is centered on the Tiji myth. The story of a deity named Dorje Jano, who battles against his demon father to save the Kingdom of Mustang against destruction, is what the Tiji Festival has been based upon. The festival, which usually falls on the end of May, is something not to be missed.
The Tiji Festival trek amalgamates the pleasure of walking past the dry and arid valleys of Mustang, exploring the panorama of mountain pass like Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, and Nilgiri, as well as the chance to explore the medieval yet uniquely preserved civilization of the Mustang region.
The Tiji Festival Trek is a three-day experience that involved different costumes, dancing rituals and exquisite displays of color and costumes of the Mustang region. Come explore one of the most colorful festivals in the world, with Bomjan Treks and Expedition and experience something out of a movie.
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Day 01 Arrival at Kathmandu valley
Upon arrival in Kathmandu, Tribhuwan International Airport, we will receive you with private vehicle and transfer to hotel in Kathmandu bed with breakfast plan. Our representative will give you information about further programs.
Day 02Drive to Pokhara city (900m/2,943 ft), 6 hours.
Drive to Pokhara by tourist bus. Between on the way we will see the natural beauty like Trisuli river which is most popular in Nepal for rafting and we will follow the way almost bank of the Trisuli and Marsyandi River when we arrive in Pokhara transfer to hotel.
Day 03 Fly to Jomsom airport. Trek to Kagbeni (2,800m/9,156 ft), 4 hours
Early flight to Jomsom located an an altitude of 2,720m/8,894 feet. You will be land on District headquarters of Mustang, start trek to right further to Kagbeni. The gateway to exploring upper mustang. Trek passes with the scenic view of Nilgiri, Dhaulagiri, Tukuche peak and Dhampus peaks. Kagbeni is the most interesting typical Tibetan village and the entry point of the upper Mustang for an overnight stop. Overnight camping at Kagbeni.
Day 04Trek from Kagbeni to Chele (3,100m/10,137 ft), 6 hours
The trail leads up toward the east bank of the Kaligandaki that climbs over many ridges as it heads north and reaches Tangbe Village. The town is a labyrinth of narrow alleys amongst whitewashed house, fields of buckwheat, barley, wheat, and apple orchards. Continues to loom massively at the foot of the valley. Beyond Tangbe we reach Chhusang Village and crosses the river, continue climbing north where the Kaligandaki follows. The trek now leaves the Kaligandaki valley and climb steeply up a rocky gully to chele at 3030 meters.
Day 05Trek from Chele to Gheling (3,570m/11,674 ft), 8 hours
The climb continues along step, treeless, waterless terrain, along the side of the spectacular steep canyon to pass and cairn of rock at 3540m. Then the trail makes a long gradual descent to some chortens on a ridge, and then the trail descends further on a pleasant trail to Samar. The Annapurna, still dominated by Nilgiri, is visible far to the south. Climb above Samar to a ridge, then descend into a large gorge and the trail goes into another valley field, crosses a stream and climbs up to a ridge at 3,800 meters. The route climbs sharply up and down over a series of high passes, before the final descent to Geiling.
Day 06Trek from Geling to Tsarang (3,560m/11,641 ft), 7 hours
From Geling, the trail climbs gently to the interesting pass on our trek NYLA and descends below the blue, gray and red cliffs. After crossing a steel bridge of the Tangmar chu (river), we will arrive at a MANI (Prayer WALL) perhaps the longest and most spectacular stretch and main wall in Nepal. Climbing over another pass at 3600 meters the route makes a long gentle descent to Charang. The huge five floors white Dzong and red Gompa is an interesting visit to observe collections of statues and Thanks as well as many large paintings of seated Buddha.
Day 07Trek from Tsarang to Lo Manthang (3,840m/12,557 ft), 5 hours
The trail descends about 100 meters down from Charang, crosses the Charang – Chu and climbs steeply up a rocky trail to a cairn on a ridge and continues to climb. Finally, from a ridge at 3850 meters. 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. After a good lunch, we participant in the opening ceremony of Tiji festival (start at 3 pm and end at 5 pm) Overnight at Lo-manthang guest House.
Day 08 Lo-Manthang, day hiking exploring around
Another day in Lo – Manthang gives you the chance to explore its many sights; the Tall Champa Lakhang (God house,) the red Thugchen Gompa, Chyodi Gompa and the Raja’s Palace. Besides Lo-Manthang there are two other interesting valleys worth visiting. The western valley Tingkhar, the sight of Raja’s summer palace, Kimling and Phuwa as well as the Gompa of Namgyal (The Monastery of Victory) is the newest and most active Gompa in Lo. In the eastern valley lies the village of Chosar, also rich in gompas and the valley is the main trading route to Lhasa. After Lunch, we need to be ready to watch stunning mask dances performed by monks in Tiji festival start at 2 pm and end around 6 pm). Overnight at Hotel.
Day 09Tiji festival day. Final celebration day.
Explore the Royal palace and monastery in morning and enjoy the last and final celebration of Tiji festival in Lo Manthang in the afternoon.
Day 10Descend from Lo-Manthang to Dhakmar (3,520m/11,510 ft), 9 hours via Ghar Gompa.
This is an opportunity to visit two other villages on your return trek. The trail climbs steadily to the pass marked by a cairn, offering a last glimpse of Lo-Manthang. We cross the highest pass this trek and arrive in Ghar Gompa (3920 Meters). This monastery is very old and older than Samye monastery in Tibet, supposed to be built around 730AD. After crossing the pass around 4100m. Descend downhill to Dhakmar 3,520 meter where we fix our campsite for stay overnight.
Day 11Trek descend from Dhakmar to Samar (3,540m/11,576 ft) , 6 hours
From Dhakmar the way goes down to until Ghami (3,460m) the huge greenery village in Mustang where we can see the ancient monastery and stupas with. You can see the local houses here like cave. Than after the trail goes ascend until Nyi La pass and descend to Samar through the same route. We fix our camp for stay overnight here.
Day 12Trek from Samar to Kagbeni (2,800m/9,156 ft) , 5:30 hours
Today, we trek descend downhill to Chhusang. The trail offers panoramic red stone cliffs. After Chhusang we will climb little more than arrive in Tangbe village and finally we will be in Kagbeni.
Day 13Trek from Kagbeni to Jomsom (2,720m/8,894 ft), 4 hours
We trek to Jomsom with the valley of Kaligandaki River which is also known as windy valley where every day big wind blowing and overnight in Jomsom. You will explore in Jomsom village.
Day 14Fly out from Jomsom to Pokhara, 25 minutes. Sightseeing
Early morning we fly to Pokhara with thrilling spectacular Mountain View including Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, Annapurna south, Annapurna I and Machhapuchre during the flight. Transfer to the hotel to check in for a hot shower and relax. In the afternoon, the guide will assist you for your sightseeing visiting Devis falls, Gupteswor cave and Boating in Fewa Lake to visit Tal Barahi Temple. Walk back to the hotel.
Day 15Overland drive out to Kathmandu
Morning, we’ll drive back through the scenic countryside and during the route will stop for breakfast & lunch. It takes 7 hours back to Kathmandu. On arrival at Kathmandu guide will transfer to the hotel and rest of the day relax or explore the surrounding areas and overnight at hotel.
Day 16Final departure day
Drop you in Kathmandu International Airport onward your final destination and our trip ends. Wish you your wonderful journey.
Included in the Cost
- Airport / Hotel / Airport pick up & drop by private car or van. It is depend of the group.
- Two nights standard accommodation in 2/3 star category hotel in Kathmandu located tourist center, or up to you.
- Meals on full board (Breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the in trekking Local fresh fruits like orange, apple, banana and grape etc.
- All accommodations during the trek.
- Everest trekking map.
- all flight Ticket and ground transport An experienced Government licensed holder guide and porter to carry your luggage during the trek.
- Food, drinks, accommodation, insurance, salary, equipments, transportation, local tax for Guide and porter Group medical supplies (first aid kit will be available).
- If you need we will provide you sleeping bag, down jackets, Duffle bag and, if necessary etc.
- All necessary Government paper works and national park entry permits and TIMS Card etc.
- Travel & Rescue arrangement. All government taxes and Vat.
Not Included in the Cost
- Meals your self Kathmandu (L+D).
- Your Travel insurance.
- International airfare.
- Nepal entry visa ( You can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Nepal’s Airport in Kathmandu).
- All kind drinks (Alcoholic, hot and cold drinks) Personal shopping and laundry etc.
- Personal trekking Equipments.
- Tips for trekking staff and driver. (Tipping is expected, but it is not mandatory) If do any tour and sightseeing and other activities etc.
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