Tiji Festival Trek

Tiji Festival Trek

Tiji is one of the most important and colorful festival celebrated in upper Mustang. The festival is celebrated on the fifth month of the Tibetan lunar calendar, which usually falls in May under English calendar. The festival is celebrated annually at the onset of spring with great enthusiasm by local people gathering from every nook and cranny villages as spring season symbolizes regeneration of life.

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Trip Facts

Duration: 21 Days    |    Best Month: May / June    |    Trip Grade: Strenuous    |    Maximum Altitude: 3900 m    |    Trekking Hour Per Day: 6 - 7 hrs daily    |    Starting Point: Jomsom    |    End Point: Jomsom    |    Mode of Travel: Flight & Drive    |    Number of Pax: 2+    |    Style of Trek: Teahouse / Camping

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Tiji is one of the most important and colorful festival celebrated in upper Mustang. The festival is celebrated on the fifth month of the Tibetan lunar calendar, which usually falls in May under English calendar. The festival is celebrated annually at the onset of spring with great enthusiasm by local people gathering from every nook and cranny villages as spring season symbolizes regeneration of life.

The festival is held at the walled city of Lo Manthang (3730 m), the capital of Mustang and also home to Mustang's former King Jigme Dorjee Palbar Bista who lost his royal title in 2008 after Nepal became a republic country. The festival is celebrated for three days featuring a ritual known as 'chasing of demons'. Monks wearing masks and colorful costumes enact the story of Dorje Shunu who fought against his demon father to save the Kingdom of Mustang from falling apart. Two huge Thangkas are displayed during the festival and the monks perform a dance called “Tsa Chham” on the first day and “Nga Chham” on the second day. The final ceremony is held on the third day by Dhorje Sonam (who destroyed the demons) and believe that the village will be purified from the evil spirits during his performance. The monk who performs the role of Dorje Sonam has to stay in privacy doing meditation for three months during the winter.

Mustang lies in the north of the main Himalayan range and the area is also known as the trans-Himalaya. Mustang was opened for trekking in March 1992 and it was once an important trading route between Tibet and Nepal. It has a barren desert-like appearance similar to the Tibetan Plateau and is characterized by eroded canyons and colorful stratified rock formations with arid and dry vast high valley. Mustang is also a land of barley fields, pasture and vast expanses of gray and yellow rolling hills eroded by the wind that howls across the area in the afternoon. This trek takes you to the last forbidden kingdom of Lo and offers an opportunity to witness the ancient and colorful Tiji festival.
 

 

 

  1. Tiji Festival Trek Itinerary

    Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1340 m) and transfer to hotel
    Day 02: Sightseeing / Free day in Kathmandu
    Day 03: Fly to Pokhara (950 m)
    Day 04: Fly to Jomsom (2720 m) and trek to Kagbeni (2810 m)
    Day 05: Trek to Chele (3050 m)
    Day 06: Trek to Syangboche (3800 m)
    Day 07: Trek to Ghemi (3520 m)
    Day 08: Trek to Charang / Tsarang (3560 m)
    Day 09: Trek to Lo Manthang (3809 m)
    Day 10: Jeep drive to Caves after breakfast and visit Namgyal Gompa and Tingkhar in the afternoon
    Day 11 – 13: Observe Tiji festival
    Day 14: Trek to Lo Gekar / Tsarang
    Day 15: Trek to Tamagaon (3710 m)
    Day 16: Trek to Chele (3050 m)
    Day 17: Trek to Kagbeni (2810 m)
    Day 18: Trek to Jomsom (2720 m)
    Day 19: Fly from Jomsom to Pokhara and Kathmandu via Pokhara
    Day 20: Free day in Kathmandu for shopping
    Day 21: Transfer to International airport for journey back home

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
Whats included in this trip Items that are covered in the cost of trip price.

•All airport transfers
•All land and air transportation as per itinerary
•Food, lodging, insurance and other expenses of trekking crew
•Special Permit for Upper Mustang
•Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu & Pokhara
•Two men tent accommodation while on trek
•Dining tent, toilet tent, Chairs, Tables etc.
•Camping crew including guide/leader, assistant guides, cook, kitchen helpers & porters
•Their wages, food, insurance & accommodation
•Complete camping equipment
•Food (3 meals a day with tea, coffee and hot juice )
•Annapurna Conservation Area Permit
•TIMS card
•Farewell dinner in Kathmandu

Whats not included in this trip Items that are covered in the cost of trip price.

*International flight
*Nepal visa fee
•Lunch & dinner in Kathmandu
•Any activities in Kathmandu
•Personal equipment and clothing
•Insurance
•Cold drinks and alcoholic beverages
•Personal expenses
•Tips to the crew
•Any other things not mentioned in the itinerary
•Emergency rescue by helicopter

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