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Tiji Festival Trekking 2018

“Tiji” comes from the words ten che, meaning the “hope of the dharma prevailing in all worlds,” the message Guru Rinpoche carried through this region over a thousand years ago. "Tiji" the name is an abbreviation of the word "Tempa Chirim" which means "Prayer for World Peace". This festival commemorates the victory of Lord Buddha's incarnation Dorjee Sonnu over a demon called Man Tam Ru a vicious creature feeding on human beings and causing storms and droughts. This year Tiji is determined to be on 12th.13th and 14th of May 2018 as Lunar calendar. The monks of Lo Manthang's "Choedhe" monastery perform ritual dances during the celebration. The harassment of Ma Tam Ru Ta (in a dance called "Tsa Chham" on the first day), the birth of Dorjee Sonnu as the demon's son (on the second day called "Nga Chham") and the attempt to return the demon to Lord Buddha's realm (on the third and final day) are enacted during the performances.

Overview

Tiji is a fascinating annual three-day festival consisting of Tibetan rituals that celebrate the myth of a son who had to save the Mustang kingdom from destruction.

 

Suggested Itinenary

Suggested Itinerary

5th.May.2018 Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu 

Your group leader will be there to greet you and transfer you to the hotel on your arrival in Kathmandu airport, please check the Nepal alternative clip board.  B

6th.May.2018 Day 02: Drive to Pokhara / explore the lake city / stay at hotel

This morning we take drive to Pokhara, the second biggest city of Nepal, as per your requirement is very entertaining giving you ample opportunity to know how locals live up to drive through these winding roads in tourist bus which are often enormously packed. B

7th.May.2018 Day 03: Fly to Jomsom and start 3 hrs trek to Kagbeni to start the upper Mustang TIJI trek

A short morning flight to Jomsom, the district headquarters of Mustang, through the world’s deepest Kali Gandaki Gorge with the glorious view of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri is exceptional.

8th.May.2018 Day 04: Trek to Chele (3050m/ 10,006ft) around 5 hrs.

Today we enter the restricted area of Upper Mustang . As said to be the desert of Nepal the valley widens with barren and arid surroundings with green villages in the middle that appears more like a mirage which is simply incredible. B+L+D

9th.May.2018 Day 05: Trek to Syangboche (3800m/ 12467ft) walk 6 hrs.

(3800m/ 12467ft) 5-6 hrs. 
Today’s walk is more into undulating trails with couple of steep climb and descents. Despite 6 hour walk the tremendous canyons with its unusual colour that opens out is extraordinary. In this bizarre the farming fields with rich red buckwheat and brilliant green and the south view offering you a panorama of Nilgiri, Annapurna, Tilicho Peak, and YakawaKang adds up to its magnificence. B+L+D

10th.May.2018 Day 06: Trek to Ghami (3520m/ 11548ft) walk approx.. 5 hrs.

From Syangboche we climb gently to a small pass of 3800m/12,467ft with extraordinary views of mountains and deep valleys into the wind eroded canyons. Today’s walk is effortless with few short climbs in between but beautiful scenery alongside would hardly allow us to realize the passing away of time and arrive at Ghami for lunch. B+L+D

11th.May.2018 Day 07: Trek to Tsarang (3560m/11679ft) 4 hrs. (3560m/11679ft) 4 hrs. 
This short trek to Tsarang takes us into the ‘Land of Chortens”. This trail marks the history and legend of the Indian saint Padmasambhava (750-810 AD), the founder of Tibetan Buddhism who created a fusion of Buddhism with the original Shamanistic religion of Tibet called Bon – whose influence upon the Indian Buddhism makes Tibetan Buddhism so fascinating. B+L+D

12th.May.2018 Day 08: 5 hrs trek to Lo Manthang / witness the Tiji festival

starting in the afternoon

Finally we get to the plateau of Lo Monthang, ‘The Capital city and the Plain of Aspiration’ of Mustang. The fabled walled city of Lo, the kingdom with a single entrance is a welcome sight! The king, “Lo Gyelbu”, named Jigme Palbar Bista, still resides at his four-storied palace inside the walled city of Lo Manthang.

NOTE: ENTRANCE FEE MAY BE INCURRED TO SEE THE FESTIVAL FOR 3 CONSUCATIVE DAYS. B+L+D

13th.May.2018 Day 09: Exploration of cave and monastery in morning and afternoon witness the stunning mask dances performed by monks in Tiji festival

Lo Manthang the capital city of Mustang contains about 150 houses and has some of the largest and finest Tibetan Buddhism gompas in Nepal. The city itself is absolutely fascinating place with four major ancient Monasteries which are impressive and an enormous 14th century palace imposing 4-storey building in the center of the city. B+L+D

14th.May.2018 Day 10: Explore the Summer palace and monastery in morning and enjoy the last and final celebration of Tiji festival in Lo Manthang in the afternoon.

Today we will walk to Thinkar for morning excursion to see the summer palace. Though summer palace is abandoned and not anymore in use yet its worth hiking around.  Alternatively we can climb up the view point hill just north of Lo Monthang for the stunning view of all around the valle. Rest of our day, afternoon and night we will be in the palace witnessing the Tiji Festival, the last day of festival which normally takes on open area outside of the palace. B+L+D

15th.May.2018 Day 11: Lo-Mangthang-Tsarang-Ghami

Trek to Ghami and stay overnight at lodge. B+L+D

16th.May.2018 Day 12: Ghami- Ghiling –Chusang

Trek to Chusang and stay overnight there at lodge. B+L+D

 17th.May.2018 Day 13: Chusang –Jomsom

Trek to Jomsom and stay overnight at lodge. B+L+D

18th.May.2018 Day 14: Fly to Pokhara and drive to Kathmandu

We take an early morning flight from Jomsom to Pokhara – a fantastic way to round off the trek, flying right along the Kali Gandaki Gorge between the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges. Drive to Kathmandu by  bus. Overnight at hotel.

19th.May.2018 Day 15: Mustang Tiji trekking ends / airport transportation

Nepal alternative treks make sure to customize the airport transfer as per your flight details.

Cost Includes/Excludes

Cost Includs

       Arrival and departure airport transfer

       Standard hotel accommodation in Kathmandu on Twin share with breakfast

       Lodge accommodation while on trek on twin share

       Full board meals ( breakfast, lunch and dinner with tea /coffee) while on upper Mustang Tiji festival trekking.

       Upper Mustang special trekking permit for the Tiji festival trek

       Annapurna conservation entry trek permit (ACAP ) and other trek

documentation.

       Pokhara Jomsom Pokhara airfare with airport tax

       Kathmandu to Pokhara and return by tourist bus.

       Free use of trekking gears like sleeping bag, down jacket, liner, etc

       Complementary trek duffle bag and T- shirt to every trekkers on Tiji festival trip.

       A Kathmandu city map and Mustang region trekking map

       Comprehensive pre departure and trip dossiers for the mustang trek

Cost Excluds

       Nepal entry visa and your personal travel insurance of any kind

       International airfare

       Drinks and main meals while on city like Kathmandu and Pokhara

       Tips and items of personal nature expenses like postage, laundry etc.

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Facts of this trek

Trip Duration: 15 days
Max. Altitude: 3900 meter
Minimum Altitude: 2600 meter
Grade: Moderate
Activities: Festival celebration
Accommodation: Lodge
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
Transportation: Domestic flight
Trek Departure: 7th.May.2018
Group Size: Minimum 2 persons
Best season: May and June
Available Time: 5th.May
Per day hiking: 5 hours walking
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