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Upper Mustang Tiji Festival Trek

$ 1799 / 18 days

Trip fact

Overnights: Hotels and in nice local Lodge

Trek Grade: .Moderate & Adventurous

Highest point: 3,950 m.

Activities:  flight and drive ,

Total Trip:  18 Days

Season: April to May 

Group size: 2 to 12

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“observe the ancient colorful festival Tije with scenic high altitude adventure”

Introduction:

Life Himalaya Trekking presents an awesome adventure destination to Upper Mustang Tiji Festival, where you can enjoy with full delights observing an ancient event that still exists in the hidden corners of Far North of Western Himalaya range of mountains.

Upper Mustang located on world highest and largest plateau an extension of Tibet south west landscapes, a dry and arid country and yet scenic and beautiful with rolling high eroded cliffs and hills of red canyons, valleys and high scenic passes.

Walk leads you through interesting villages where the Mustang people lives happily attached with its ancient culture and traditions which is similar to across the border Tibet with Buddhist and Bon religion and practices.

 Upper Mustang Tiji Festival adventure begins with an overland drive from Kathmandu to picturesque Pokhara valley located in the shade of Annapurna Himalaya, from here taking a short scenic flight to Jomsom, headquarter town of Mustang area.

From here our walk starts on Kaligandaki River valley to reach once a forbidden kingdom of Upper Mustang at Lo-Manthang where you can enjoy watching the great event TijiFestival.

Teeji Festival of chasing of the Demons, on this festival the lamas perform a centuries-old ceremony to chase demons from Lo Manthang. Gripping human skull-tops laced with streamers, lamas chant prayers and perform, almost 50 separate religious dances. They are interrupted now by masked demons who flail wooden swords at the frightened spectators

His Eminence, Late Chogye Trichen Rinpoche (1919 – 2007), Head of the Tsharpa branch of the Sakyapa tradition of Tibetan Buddhism, who has graced many Tiji celebrations with his holy presence, and has played a major role in keeping alive the Sakyapa religious sects of Buddhism tradition in Lo Manthang.

After a great amazing time return journey back to Jomsom via Kagbeni for super flight back to Pokhara where this exciting and mesmerizing Upper Mustang Tije Festival concludes.

Brief itinerary:          

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel

Day 02: In Kathmandu with sightseeing tour and trek preparation. 

Day 03: Morning flight to Jomsom 2,715 m and trek to Kagbeni - 04 hrs.

Day 04: Trek to Tshele 3,050 m - 06 hrs.

Day 05:  Trek to Geling 3,540 m - 05 hrs.

Day 06: Trek to Tsarang 3,560 m - 06 hrs.

Day 07: Trek to Lo-Manthang 3,700 m - 05 hrs.

Day 08: In Lo-Manthang rest day for acclimatization and local visit.

Day 09-10:  Observe the Tiji Festival.

Day 11:  Trek to Dhakmar 3,810 m - 06 hrs.

Day 12:  Trek to Ghiling 3,806 m - 06 hrs.

Day 13: Trek to Tsusang 2,980 m - 06 hrs. 

Day 14: Trek to Kagbeni 2,830 m - 05 hrs.

Day 15: Trek to Jomsom 2,715 m - 05 hrs.

Day 16:  Fly to Pokhara 860 m - 22 mins and transfer to hotel.

Day 17:  Drive back to Kathmandu and transfer to respective hotels.

Day 18:  International departure for home ward bound.

Highlights:

“A classic and ancient event of Tiji festival in the hidden and high country of Mustang, 
scenic and cultural adventure beyond high mountain Mt. Dhaulagiri and Annapurna Himalaya
Remote traditional farm villages of Upper Mustang enriched with immense Buddhist culture
Daily super views of mountains in the backdrop of old traditional culture and monasteries
In a wide and highest extension of Tibetan plateau with windscape landscapes   
Visiting villages and monastery of Tibetan origin with similar custom and culture”

Trip fact

Overnights: Hotels and in nice local Lodge

Trek Grade: .Moderate & Adventurous

Highest point: 3,950 m at Lo La pass and 3,810 m at Dhakmar.

Activities: Exciting flight and drive both ways with scenic cultural trek.

Trekking duration: 13 Nights & 14 Days (with flight to and from Pokhara / Jomsom).

Total Trip: 17 Nights & 18 Days (Kathmandu to Kathmandu)

Season: April to May as per Buddhist Luna calendar for exact dates of Tiji Festival.
Group size: 2+

Detail itinerary:

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.
At Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport on fresh arrival where you will be warmly received by Life Himalaya Trekking staff and then with transfer to your hotels in the hub of Kathmandu city, after refreshment our guide / leader will brief you on Mustang Tiji Festival Trekking, with other related information of the trip, includes welcome dinner in a nice Nepali restaurant with culture programs.

Day 02: In Kathmandu with sightseeing tour at places of interest.
A free day in Kathmandu after your long flight from home countries, morning tour of Kathmandu at places of interest around world heritage sites with time in the afternoon preparations for Mustang Tiji Festival Trekking.

Day 03: Drive to Pokhara 950m - 06 hrs journey distance 220 k.m.
Morning starts with an overland drive on Nepal’s main busy and interesting highway towards picturesque Pokhara valley, drive leads through Himalayan foothills around towns and farm villages with wonderful country landscapes, after an exciting drive reaching at famous touristic Pokhara, and then transfer to your hotels near beautiful Phewa Lake with afternoon free for short walks (options by air of 30 minutes scenic flight to Pokhara).

Day 04: Morning Flight to Jomsom 2,700 and trek to Kagbeni - 04 hrs.

After a pleasant overnight in Pokhara, morning drive to airport for short scenic flight to Jomsom with close views of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri range of mountains as the flight touches at Jomsom airport located on the shelf of Kali-Gandaki River.Jomsom, headquarter town of Mustang district, after Jomsom first day trek begins on Kali-Gandaki River valley around windswept country, few hours of good walk with great views of Mt. Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri’s brings you at Kagbeni village.A nice village of Tibetan style located on the start and ending point of Upper Mustang area and to Forbidden City of Lo Manthang, on an old Himalayan Caravan trade route of Nepal and Tibet.

 Day 05: Trek to Chele 3,050m - 06 hrs.

Morning walk starts with uphill climb into a canyon of high red eroded cliff edge, following upper upstream of Kailgandaki River, within unique landscapes of cliff walls, a nice walk with views brings you to our overnight stop at Chele, a moderate size village also spelled as Tsele.

 Day 06: Trek to Geling 3,540 m - 05 hrs.

From Tsele or Chele, morning begins with a climb to Gyakar village, and from here walk around dry and barren landscapes to reach at Samar village, one of the lovely looking villages of Mustang area.After Samar village with short stops walk to Bhena and then leading with a steep climb to a ridge top of Yamda La pass at 3,860 meters high, offering grand vista of Mustang area with high mountains of Mt. Dhaulagiri.

 From here on down-hill to overnight stop at Geling village via Syangboche village.

 Day 07: Trek to Tsarang (Charang) 3,560 m - 06 hrs.

Morning with time visit to its old monastery with Buddhist mani prayer wheels propelled with water power, after monastery tour trek to Ghami village and then cross Ghaymi Khola (stream) walk leads following a long and interesting line of Mani walls (holy prayer stone) from here walk to Dhakmar village, after hours of pleasant walk reaching at Tsarang village surrounded by large fields of crops buck wheat’s with overnight stop and visit of Tsarang old monastery.

 Day 08: Trek to Lo-Manthang 3,700 m - 04 hrs.

Today a short walk to Lo -Manthang of few hours trek to reach our main destination of this great adventure to enter the wall city (actually a large village) the fort guarding the city / village surrounded by high wall. At one time stood as a forbidden kingdom after monarchy rule ended in Nepal few past decade, on the walk coming across several chortens and mani stones, between Tsarang and on Lo Manthang trail with grand views of arid landscapes in the shade of Nilgiri’s, Tilicho and Bhrikuti peaks.Walk leads to Lo La pass at 3,950 meters with views of Lo Manthang the walled city and then descend reaching a nice trail to Lo Manthang for two night stops.

Day 08:  In Lo-Manthang for acclimatization and local hike.

Lo Manthang highest overnight stop of this journey, with time to explore this fascinating village with old Tibetan like houses enclosed within great high wall, visit historical and cultural centre the main attraction of Lo-Manthang.The four main monasteries are Namgyal Gompa, Champa Lakhang (God House), Red Thubchen Gompa, Chyodi Gompa and the great Entrance Hall. Advance permission required to enter king’s palace to visit interior of the old palace and to grant audience with former king or Raja of Mustang if possible.

Day 09-10: Observe the Tiji Festival.

We have allowed two days to observe and to be part of this great colorful Teji and active festival where you can witness – ‘The Chasing of the Demons’, as the lamas (monks) perform a centuries-old ceremony to chase demons from Lo Manthang. Gripping human skull-tops laced with streamers, lamas chant prayers and perform, almost 50 separate religious dances. They are interrupted now by masked demons who flail wooden swords at the frightened spectators

Day 11: Trek to Dhakmar 3,810 m - 06 hrs.

After an interesting time in Lo-Manthang morning walk starts on the same route back to Marang village, and then walk west using an old path to Dhakmar village for overnight stop.

Day 12: Trek to Ghiling 3,806 m - 06 hrs.

From Dhakmar village, morning walk heading on the same route with long series of Mani Walls, and then cross a bridge over Ghami Khola to reach at Ghami village for overnight, time permitting visit Geling monastery.

 Day 13: Trek to Tsusang 2,980 m - 06 hrs.

Slowly this fascinating walk comes to an end after a short climb to Syangboche village, and to Yamda La with grand views, then downhill to Bhena and Samar villages.Walk leads by a stream passing Gyakar and Chele villages and finally ending this nice walk at Tsusang village.

Day 14: Trek to Kagbeni 2,830 m - 05 hrs.

Morning walk back on same trail to Kagbeni village after an interesting and exciting time around Upper Mustang, a nice and pleasant walk brings reaches at Kagbeni village before concluding the walk at Jomsom.

 Day 15: Trek to Jomsom 2,720 m - 05 hrs.

From Kagbeni with pleasant walks as the trail descend to Kaligandaki river valley to reach at Jomsom, an interesting country walk on river valley within dry and arid country with incredible views of windblown hills and canyons. A short walk of few hours brings you at large town in Jomsom the capital of Thakali people of Tibetan Buddhism sects. Kaligandaki and lower Mustang area famous for delicious apples and its products, here celebrate with local apple products cider, brandy and juices. The area is also famously known as Apple Pie Trail. 

Day 16: Fly to Pokhara and transfer to hotel. 

Morning transfer to Jomsom small airport for short scenic flight to picturesque Pokhara valley, Pokhara with massive Annapurna Mountain views with serene Phewa Lake where our hotels located. Afternoon free for individual activities and souvenir shopping or just relax and enjoy the views.

Day 17: Drive or fly back to Kathmandu.
Morning a scenic overland drive back to Kathmandu with great experience and fond memories of  Mustang Tiji Festival trekking, an exciting six hour drive brings you at Kathmandu with afternoon free for individual activities or at leisure.(By Air options a sweeping half hour scenic flight to Kathmandu)

Day 18: International departure homeward bound.

Last day in amazing Nepal and its massive Himalaya, after a memorable and enjoyable cultural adventure on Mustang Tiji Festival trekking, Life Himalaya staff transfer you to Kathmandu international airport for your flight back home or to next respective countries.

  • Airport picks up and drops international and domestic.
  • Complete departure information, about trek, flight ticket, guide, altitude sickness and reconfirmation and extend visa service (if necessary) and extra tour service before the trek starting. 
  • 2 nights 3 star hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast.
  • Night’s hotel in Pokhara with breakfast.
  • Flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara To Jomsom
  • Trek flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara Jomsom for member and involved Guide.
  • Private transportation picks up and drops. 
  • Pokhara to Kathmandu tourist bus for guest and Staffs 
  • Best Lodge accommodation & full board meals throughout the trek.
  • Hot tea and coffee in a cup with each meals.
  • 17 breakfast, 14 lunch and 12 dinner included chosen from lodge menu.
  • 13 Nights twin share accommodation during the trek.
  • As per group size experience, government licensed holder trek guide, helpful and friendly strong, porters (1 porter for 2 people) and their food, accommodation, salary, equipment, and accidental insurance for all staff.( 5 trekkers 1 assistant guide )
  • Warm Down jacket and four seasonal sleeping bag will be provided during the Upper Mustang trekking ( down jacket and sleeping bag are to be returned after the trip )
  • TIMS Fee- Trekkers' Information Management System (Please bring 2 passport size photos for permits)
  •  Conservation trek permit fee.  Annapurna Mustang trail map.
  • First Aid kits for the staffs and the groups.
  • Services coordination for emergency and rescue operations 
  • Government taxes & office service charge 

Cost exclude

  • Meals not quantified in the 'Meal Inclusions' in the itinerary'
  • Travel insurance
  • International airfare
  • Nepal entry visa charge.
  • All beverage and others personal expenses.
  • Snacks and other personal expenses
  • Hot shower during the trek

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