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Tiji Festival Mustang Trek

  • Tiji Festival Mustang Trek
  • Tiji Festival Mustang Trek
  • Tiji Festival Mustang Trek
  • Tiji Festival Mustang Trek
  • Tiji Festival Mustang Trek
  • Tiji Festival Mustang Trek
  • Tiji Festival Mustang Trek
  • Tiji Festival Mustang Trek
Tiji Festival Mustang
  • Highlight:A unique insight into 'Old Tibet', Medieval, colorful Mustang villages. You will see Tibetan nomads, cave gompas with exquisite murals, fortresses, palaces & cave hermitages, Tibetan Buddhist monasteries, incredibly sculpted valleys, wild rock formations, classic scenery of the high Tibetan plateau along the Kali Gandaki gorge & fossil collecting in this less-trekked route.

    Fly to Jomsom. You follow the trail above Kali Gandaki -river towards north to the villages of Chhusang and Chaile. This section has an easy trail. After Chaile makes steep ascend to a small settlement at Samar. Continue to walk the gradual up and down the trail to Syangboche (3800m). The next day descend to Ghilling (3510m). The trail from Ghilling gradually ascends up to a pass Nyi La (3960m) and descends to Tsarang. The trail continues to Lo Manthang. There are three major groups of villages with historic gompas and caves around Mustang. The fresco painting of thousand Buddhas, hanging thankas (painting), antique ceiling and, library and other sacred objects are the landmark of its rich history. The cave of Rongbyung Chorten hidden deep in the valley has a carving of many deities on the stonewall.

    About Tiji Festival - the festival of a lifetime

    This festival commemorates the victory of Lord Buddha's incarnation -Dorjee Sonnu- over a demon called Man Tam Ru a vicious creature which ate human flesh and caused storms and droughts. The Tiji festival usually takes place in May and June and lasts for 3 days. Dances are performed by the lamas of Lo Manthang Choedhe monastery during the celebration. About 65 monks from Lo Manthang, Namgyal and Chhoser live in the monastery. The first day marks the harassment of Man Tam Ru in a dance called Tsa Chham, on the second day a dance called Nga Chham takes place commemorating the birth of Dorjee Sonnu as the demons son. The attempt to return the demon to lord Buddhas realm takes place on the third and final day. The lamas chant prayers while performing almost 50 separate religious dances to chase demons from Lo Manthang. They are followed by masked demons who flail wooden swords at the frightened spectators. On the final day, in a nearby field, courtiers fire ancient muskets as a high lama shoots an arrow at a red demon effigy laid on a ragged tiger skin. He tosses five more demons into the sand to signify the exorcising of the city. Fireworks are also let off to celebrate the occasion.

  • Day 01 - May 24: Kathmandu, transfer to hotel, in Hotel
    Day 02 - May 25: In Kathmandu, sort-out equipment, last-minute shopping - Hotel
    Day 03 - May 26: Deluxe bus to Pokhara. Overnight in Pokhara - Hotel
    Day 04 - May 27: Trek to Kagbeni (2900m)- Lodge/Tea House accommodation

    From Pokhara fly to Jomsom in the morning. The flight duration is 25 minutes. The plane takes you through the Kaligandaki valley with Dhaulagiri in the left and Annapurna on the right-hand side. Jomsom has a STOL airstrip. A Small 16 seater plane can only land at the airport. You start your journey from Jomsom following Kaligandaki-river to the north. The trail skirts right-bank of the river. You stop for lunch at Eklebhatti and continue the walk to Kagbeni. It is major junction for several villages around this area.

    Day 05 - May 28: Chaile (3150m) Lodge/Tea House accommodation

    Continue to follow the Kaligandaki river towards north to Chusang. It is a large village on the east bank of the river; on the west bank little further north is Chaile. Except for crossing the river in monsoon the trail to Chaile is easy.

    Day 06 - May 29: Syangmochen (3800m) Lodge/Tea House accommodation

    From Chaile climb the steep path carved out of the mountain. On the ridge is a small village known as Sammar. Stop for rest, and walk on the main trail that continually ascends to a ridge (3800), then descend to make another climb to a pass. Make a short descend to Syangboche. It is stopping place for traders and travelers. There is an alternative path that leads to a cave nestled deep in the valley where there are carvings of Many deities. The name of the cave is Rongbyung Chorten. This cave is used by the Lamas (Buddhist priest) for meditation and prayer. From cave the walk to Syangbmochen is steep.

    Day 07 - May 30: Tsarang (3500m) Lodge/Tea House accommodation

    Next day descend to Ghilling. The trail becomes broader as you approach Ghilling. Ghilling village is about an hour walk from the main trail marked by a big chorten (Stupa). The wide path now becomes wider as you approach Nyi La-pass (3950m) and descend to Ghami (3440m). The pass is the highest elevation on this trek. At Ghami there are health and agriculture offices of the government and a police check -post. Cross the bridge over a small river and continue the journey through a spectacular long stretch of Mani Stone, about 244 meters long. The trail gradually climbs to a ridge and descends to a relatively large and prosperous village. The marooned color structure of the monastery is visible as you reach Tsarang. Visit the monastery at Tsarang. There are several thanka painting hanging on the ceiling and pillars of the monastery. Fresco painting of Thousand-Buddha and a large collection of Buddha and Buddhist text staked in the corner.

    Day 08 - May 31: Trek to Lo-Manthang (3730m) Lodge/Tea House accommodation

    Make a short descend to a small river that flows below Tsarang, and climb the short and steep trail that becomes leveled and brad as you approached Lo Manthang in the scorching heat. It is about 4 hours walk to the final destination. En- route stop to see caves high above the steep wall.

    You will see the unmistaken land mark- a red fort of Lo Manthang and , a big and distinct red structure of Namgyal monastery located in north-west direction as you climb up the ridge top in the final lap to the once forbidden city.

    Day 09 – June 01: In Lo-Manthang

    Inside the fortress there are 3 monasteries. One has an image of a huge sitting-Buddha in meditation and the other has several statues of various deities including Buddha. Old and beautifully painted thanka paintings are hanging from the ceiling and pillars of the monastery. Inside walls are painted with stories of Buddha and other epics and beliefs. The gompas appear old and in original shape. The Lamas uses the third monastery located in the center. This is Thugchen-gompa. The monks use this monastery for prayer and other functions. People in Lo Manthang believe that this monastery came into existence because of the tantric power of various Gods of Hindu mythology with different names but similar connotations. Inside the monastery, in addition to living quarters of the monks, there is a separate chamber that stores masks and costumes. These costumes are worn at the Lama-dance festival that takes place every June. This festival continues for 3 days. King of Mustang attends this festival in his ceremonial dress. The story of Lama Dance is based on tantric legend.

    For return journey retrace the trail back to Jomsom. Though there is an alternative trail on the east side of the plateau and we can organize upon your request. You can discuss this with your guide about this during tour time in Lo-manthang or let us know when you are here in Kathmandu.Hidden content

    Day 10 – June 02: In Lomanthang
    In Lomanthang – visit sorrounding villages like Namgyal, Chosar or Chornup or grace last day of the festival.
    Day 11 – June 03: Trek to Dhakmar (3820m) - Lodge/Tea House accommodation
    Trek leisurely to Dhakmar.
    Day 12 – June 04: Retrace trail to Samar - Lodge/Tea House accommodation
    Trek leisurely to Samar.
    Day 13 – June 05: Retrace trail to Chosang - Lodge/Tea House accommodation
    Trek leisurely to Chosang.
    Day 14 – June 06: Retrace trail to Jomsom - Lodge/Tea House accommodation
    Trek leisurely to Jomsom. This day you can visit to Thini and Musium at Jomsom or visit to nearby village Marpha.
    Day 15 – June 07: Fly to Pokhara and to Kathmandu - Hotel
    Day 16 – June 08: In Kathmandu, free day - Hotel
    Day 17 – June 09: Transfer to airpot, depart Kathmandu
    Note: If you do not like walking then you can take an overland trip to Lo-manthang for the festival Mustang Overland Tour – 11 DAYS
  • Private Trip Cost:

    Cost: US$ 1925 per person

    Cost includes:

    • All meals and standard accommodation in lodge during the trek
    • Service of trek guide and Sharpe assistant for bigger group above 6 person
    • Porters to carry personal baggage (each 15 kg.)
    • Accident insurance for staffs and porters
    • Flight Jomsom/Pokhara/Jomsom, Pokhara to Kathmandu
    • Greenline Deluxe bus from Kathmandu to Pokhara
    • Mustang special trek permit and ACAP permit and TIMS
    • Arrival and departure transfers.
    • Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara using best-located hotel on BB as per program
    • Free use of trekking equipments like a sleeping bag,, duffle bag
    • All airport transfers

    Cost does not include:

    • Personal clothing and sleeping bag
    • Personal accident and health insurance
    • Emergency evacuation and medical expense
    • Alcoholic and bottled beverage, mineral water, laundry, and tips
    • Any other services and expenses that are not specifically mentioned
    • Expenses due to a flight delay, sickness other contingencies
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