Tiji Festival Trekking

Duration: 20 days |
Altitude: 4,090m.

"Tiji festival tour is the unique privilege to witness the dancing and rituals displayed by the people. The tour generally starts from Jomsom from where the trekking trails leads to the Lo Manthang, village where the 3 day festival is held, via different villages like Kagbeni, Cheli, and Geling. Along the way, you can encounter various Buddhist shrines and temples and have magnificent view of some of the highest mountains of the world.".

 

The historical remote Mustang trek unseal the once Forbidden Kingdom of Mustang, tucked away from the rest of the world, lies just north of the main Himalayan range of Nepal. Mustang, a land where the soul of the man is still considered to be as real as the feet he walks on: a land said to be “barren as a dead deer” but where beauty and happiness abound is spite of hardship, was a part of the Tibetan Kingdom of Gungthang until 1830′s. The wall city of Lo Monthang, unofficial capital of Mustang still remains a kingdom within a kingdom. The early history to Lo Monthang is embellished in myth and legend rather than the recorded fact. Mustang has maintained its status as a separate principality until 1951. The king of Lo Monthang still retains his title and he has been given the honorary rank of Colonel in the Nepal army.

 

Trekking in Mustang was officially opened in 1992. It allows limited numbers of trekkers each year in order to protect and conserve the local Tibetan tradition and the fragile environment. A trek into this fabled forbidden kingdom of vast, arid valleys, eroded canyons, ochre valley, yak caravans, colourful-painted mud brick houses on the back dropped of majestic mountain of Nilgiri, Tukche, Annapurna and Dhaulagiri makes your medieval walled kingdom Mustang trekking a very especial one.

 

Trip Facts

  • Trip Duration: 20 days
  • Max Altitude: 4,090m
  • Group Size: 2 to 12
  • Tour Grade: Moderate
  • Season: May - June
  • Tour Type: Fly Out / Fly in Trekking and Kathmandu Private Vehicle
  • Highlight: The Tiji Festival in Lo Manthang is one of the most important and colorful in Mustang. Held annually to chase away demons, it is a time of prayer and dance as monks dress in colorful costumes and masks and perform ritual dances watched by spectators (dressed in their best clothes and jewelry) who have gathered from throughout the region.

Mustang Tiji Festival Trek Itinerary

  • Itinerary
  • Include / Exclude
  • Date & Price
  • Equipment
  • Tour Photo

14 May 2017: Day 01: Arrival Kathmandu and transfer to Hotel

15 May 2017: Day 02: Kathmandu full day sightseeing ( Boudhanath, Pasupatinath and Swyambunath Stupa)

16 May 2017: Day 03: Drive to Pokhara (800m), transfer to Hotel.

17 May 2017: Day 04: morning flight to Jomson & trek to Kagbeni (2,780m)

 

Restricted Area:

18 May 2017: Day 05: Trek Kagbeni to Chele (3,060m)

19 May 2017: Day 06: Trek Chele to Gilling (3,440m)

20 May 2017: Day 07: Trek Gilling to Dakmar(3,500m)

21 May 2017: Day 08: Trek Dakmar to Tsarang (3,620m) - ( via lho-gekar , Ghar Gompa )

22 May 2017: Day 09: Trek Tsarang to Lo-Manthang (3,730m)

23 May 2017: Day 10: Lo-Manthang Day hiking (3,730m) ( Choksar, Chonup, Namgyal by hourse (upper restricted area) - (Start Tiji Festival)

24 May 2017: Day 11: Lo-Manthang (3,730m) - Tiji Festival

25 May 2017: Day 12: Lo- Manthang (3,730m) - Tiji Festival ends

26 May 2017: Day 13: Trek back Lo-manthang to Yara (3600m)

27 May 2017: Day 14: Trek back Yara to Tange (3240m)

28 May 2017: Day 15: Trek back Tange to Chhuksang (3,040m)

29 May 2017: Day 16: Trek Chhuksang to Muktinath (3,710m)

 

Exit Restricted Area:

30 May 2017: Day 17: Muktinath - Jomsom (2,720m) Stay in Hotel

31 May 2017: Day 18: Fly back Jomsom to Pokhara ( Day :Pokhara Sightseing )

01 June 2017: Day 19: Drive to Kathmandu tranfer to Hotel

02 June 2017: Day 20: Final depart to your own destination.

 

 

NOTE: On Mustang Tiji Festival Trek of this type, weather, local politics, transport or a multitude of other factors beyond our control can result in a change of itinerary. It is however, very unlikely that the itinerary would be substantially altered; if alterations are necessary the leader will decide what is the best alternative, taking into consideration the best interests of the whole group. Where a change does occur, we do everything we can to minimize its effect, but we cannot be responsible for the results of changes or delays.

Trip Cost Includes:

  • All airport/hotel transfers
  • 4 nights hotel in Kathmandu 3 star bed & breakfast
  • 1 night hotel in Pokhara Bed and breakfast.
  • Flight Kathmandu - Pokhara - Jomsom - Pokhara - Kathmandu.
  • Fully camping trek with meal, guide, sherpas, porters, cook etc.
  • 2 men tent, dining tent, table & seating chair, toilet tent .
  • Necessary Kitchen equipment
  • Annapurna Conservation fee
  • Transportation of staff & equipment
  • Staff flight Pokhara - Jomsom - Pokhara
  • Cargo for trekking goods from Pokhara - Jomsom -Pokhara
  • Domestic Airport Tax
  • Insurance & clothing for trekking staff.
  • 1 full day sightseeing in Kathmandu
  • Kathmandu - Pokhara Deluxe Air-Condition bus
  • Last day good bye dinner in Kathmandu with official staff.
  • Our Service Charge and all government taxes

Cost Does Not Include:

  • Nepal Visa fee (bring accurate USD cash and two passport photographs)
  • International airfare to and from Kathmandu
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu (and also in the case of early return from the mountain than the scheduled itinerary)
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, and early return from the mountain(due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower etc)
  • Tips for guides and porters
         
         
         
         
         
Recommended Trekking Kit
The following is a list of clothing and accessories that we recommend that you take with you. This is not intended to be a comprehensive clothing and equipment list, rather it is intended to act as a reminder of those items that we feel are essential for your comfort and convenience. However we recognise that you may have your own personal preferences for clothing which may be equally as suitable.

 

Footwear
Walking boots with suitable ankle support that have been worn-in prior to the trek, and which are waterproof
Trainer or casual shoes, for trekking and/or for travelling
Warm socks for colder areas
Gaiters, in case of rain or snow

 

Legwear
Loose, casual trousers for trekking
Thermal leggings for colder areas
Long skirt for women as an alternative to trousers
Waterproof trousers

 

Body
Selection of T-shirts, and long sleeved shirts, preferably not cotton
Thermal shirt for colder areas
Warm shirt, possibly fleece, for colder areas
Fleece jacket or warm wool jumper
Windproof, waterproof outer shell garment for higher altitudes
Down jacket (optional for cold nights & mornings; can be hired in Kathmandu cheaply)

 

Head/Hands
Wool or fleece hat, or balaclava
Hat or cap for sun protection while trekking
Sunglasses or goggles
Sunscreen lotion and lip balm
Warm gloves

 

Other items
Strong rucksack, or large holdall to be carried by porters
Day sack to be carried personally
Plastic bags or stuff sacks to store/separate trekking gear inside your main bag
One litre water bottle
Personal first aid kit to include essential items
Sleeping bag, 4 season
Torch, ideally head torch
Camera and film ! - for those not to be forgotten shots of the Himalaya
Toilet items and towel
Large handerchief/bandana for neck

 

Optional Items
Binoculars
Books (see Recommended Reading)
Altimeter
Compass
Playing cards / backgammon / chess set

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