Mustang Tiji Festival Trekking, 17 Days, Full Moon of May 2019
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Mustang Tiji Festival Trekking, 17 Days, Full Moon of May 2019

Days: 17 / Difficulty: 4 of 5 (Strenuous)

The sandy terrain, amazing yak caravans, exquisite mountains views, ancient monasteries, traditional costumes, Tibetan culture, and the spiritual values of the region make Mustang Tiji Festival Trekking a delight for the visitors. The trek is a combination of the fascinating Mustang villages, Buddhist shrines, and the spiritual values in the region, and features the most sacred festival of the walled capital of Lo-Manthang. Mustang Tiji Festival Trek is an opportunity to witness the vivid Tibetan culture of the last forbidden Kingdom of Lo.

Mustang Tiji Festival Trek starts with your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu. The trek will begin from Jomsom after a scenic flight from Pokhara. Mustang Tiji Festival Trek not only allows an opportunity to view the mighty mountain ranges like Mt. Dhaulagiri (8167m), Tukuche Peak (6920m), Nilgiri (7061), Tilicho Peak (7134m), Thorong Peak (6144m), Saribung (6328m), Mustang Himal (6187m), Manshail (6235m), but also allows to observe the interesting local culture and the Himalayan way of life. It is a trek into a region with very ancient but well-preserved culture. Mustang Tiji Festival is known as “chasing of the demons’’ and tells the story of Dorje Jono who must battle against his demon father to save the kingdom of Mustang from destruction. You can witness the festivals and dances inspired by Tibetan Buddhism while enjoying the warm hospitality of the people of the beautiful Lo-Manthang. Mustang Tiji Festival Trek is a trek every culture enthusiast must do once in their lifetime.

The Mustang Tiji Festival Trek organized by Swiss Family Treks and Expedition is well facilitated to make your stay pleasurable. With constant guidance from the trek guides and company representatives, we make sure that you thoroughly experience the native culture and the beauty of the region. We have repeatedly outstood our work and we take the amazing reviews of our former clients as prestigious awards. Our wonderful trek packages and excellent quality of service will provide you the best trekking experience in Nepal. Please note that domestic flights are subject to delay in case of bad weather.

Here is more information about Upper Mustang.

Join Us on Tiji Festival Trek in Upper Mustang in 2019

We regularly organizes Mustang Tiji Festival Trekking to the Himalayan Kingdom of Mustang targeting TIJI Festival a three days long ritual known as" The chasing of the Demons", one of the most important festival of the region. Over the festive time monks dressed in elaborate costumes and masks perform dances and rituals that are supposed to drive away evil spirits. Dressed in their finery, people from all over Mustang gather in Lo Monthang to celebrate the Tiji Festival. Of course early reservation for lodges is absolutely necessary.


Fact of the Trek

Trek Region
Mustang Region
Type of Trek
Trekking, Cultural tours
Duration
17 Days
Highest Elevation
4230 m
Grade
Moderate to Strenuous 
Meals
Full board during the trek
Accomodations
3* Hotel in Kathmandu, Pokhara & lodges during the trek
Best Season
Spring (May-June)
Transportation by
Domestic flight and private vehicle

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Itinerary
Day 1; 24th May 2019: Arrival in Kathmandu

The trip begins with your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. Our company representative will welcome you at the airport from where you will be transferred to the hotel. Overnight at a 3-star hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 2; 25th May 2019: Permits procedure and afternoon flight to Pokhara
The company will make all arrangements for the trek and get your trekking permits as you would be traveling to the restricted area of Lo-Manthang. In the afternoon, you take a scenic flight to Pokhara. On your 25 minutes flight to Pokhara, you get an aerial view of the beautiful lakes, the green forests, and also the snowy mountains. Feel free to enjoy your evening by the lakeside in the City of Lakes. Overnight at a 3-star hotel.

Day 3; 26th May 2019: Pokhara to Jomsom by flight and trek to Kagbeni 2800m/3 hours
After an early morning breakfast, you take a 20 minutes flight above the exciting landscapes to Jomsom. Flying through the gorge of Kali Gandaki, you arrive in the windy town of Jomsom. Following the gradual path to Kali Gandaki riverbed, you make your way to Kagbeni. It will be a 3-4 hour trek to Kagbeni which is the gateway to Upper Mustang. Overnight in Kagbeni.

Day 4; 27th May 2019: Trek from Kagbeni to Chele 3100m/5 hours
On the fourth day, you trek along the eastern bank of Kali Gandaki and head north. You can visit Gompa Kang and some caves on the western side of the river, on your way to Chele. First you reach Tangbe village, then you reach Chhusang, and finally, you trek ahead on to the small ridges to arrive in Chele.

Day 5; 28th May 2019: Trek from Chele to Syangboche 3600m via Rachung Cave/7 hours
It will initially be a steep walk through the hills. This will be a 6-7 hours trek where you pass through the farming fields with rice and buckwheat. You visit Rachung Cave on the way. Accompanied by the amazing view of mountain peaks like Nilgiri (7061m), Annapurna (8091m), and Tilicho (7134m), you cross four passes before you arrive in Syangboche. Overnight in Syangboche.

Day 6; 29th May 2019: Trek from Shyangbochen to Drakmar 3820m/6 hours
Today’s trek will take around 5-6 hours. You make a short and steep descent and cross a small river. Climbing across Nyi La Pass (4010m) and Ghami La Pass (3765m), you arrive in Dhami from where you walk through the longest Mani wall in Mustang. Climb up a ridge and cross a valley along some meadows to arrive in Drakmar. Overnight in Syangboche.

Day 7; 30th May 2019: Trek from Drakmar to Lo-Manthang 3810m via Ghar Gompa/7 hours
After breakfast, you trek to the most awaited destination of this trek, the walled capital of Lo-Manthang. The trek starts downhill to the canyon. Trekking uphill to Lo La Pass (3950m), you arrive in the deserted town of Lo-Manthang. You will get a view of many mountain peaks including Bhrikuti Peak (6460m). Overnight in Lo-Manthang.

Day 8; 31st May 2019: Tiji Festival
Today is the first day of the Tiji Festival. There is going to be a huge celebration in Lo-Manthang. The festival starts with unrolling a three-storied Thanka painted with images of Padma Sambhava or Guru Rimpoche. You spend the day by observing the local dances and celebrations. The people are going to be there in their traditional dresses. You will see the women in traditional jewelry, Buddhist monks in robes and experience a completely different cultural atmosphere. A masked dance starts showcasing the mythical stories of Tiji festival. As the dance ends, Dorje Jono, an incarnation of Lord Buddha, kills the demon and relives the plague and brings harmony to the region.

Day 9; 1st June 2019: Tiji Festival
On the second day of the festival, you enjoy the dances of the Tibetan Lamas. The purpose of this dance is to chase away the hunger and evil spirits in the region.  A combination of costumes, masks, 12-foot horns, butter cakes, yaks, pigeons, dogs, and several other native aspects makes this festival a treat to watch.

Day 10; 2nd June 2019: Tiji Festival
Today is the final day of the Tiji festival. You walk to Namgyal Gompa; a monastery on the top of the hill. It is an important place as it also serves as the court for the local community. In the evening, you return back to the village for the festival. The evil remains of the demons are destroyed on the final day. The demons are set out on the old tiger skin and are attacked by bow and arrows, old guns, and catapult.

Day 11; 3rd June 2019: Trek from Lo-Manthang to Tsarang 3560m/4 hours
After breakfast, you leave the beautiful town of Lo-Manthang and head for Tsarang. This trek will take around 3-4 hours. The trail initially ascends and then descends after crossing a river. The village of Tsarang is situated at the top of the Tsarang Chu Canyon. You will visit a white Dzong and red Gompa which are the major attractions of the village.

Day 12; 4th June 2019: Trek from Tsarang to Syangboche 3500m/6 hours
You leave Tsarang and follow the trail to the small settlement of Syangboche. During this trek, you first climb up a ridge, descend to Akiama, and then follow the trail to Tama Gaon (3710m). Descending from here alongside barley fields and small streams, you arrive in Syangboche. Overnight in Syangboche

Day 13; 5th June 2019: Trek from Syangboche to Chhusang 2980m/6 hours
Today, you follow Syangboche Khola for the first half and Mustang Khola for the second half to reach Chhusang from Syangboche. It will take around 5-6 hours. On your way to Chhusang, you can also visit Chungsi Cave situated on the bank of Syangboche Khola. Then, walking through the riverbed with a wonderful view of the mountains, you arrive in Chhusang for the overnight stay.

Day 14; 6th June 2019: Trek from Chhusang to Jomsom 2790m/6 hours
You begin your trek early in the morning. Walking on the riverbed of Kali Gandaki River, you arrive in Kagbeni, where you stop for lunch. Then you will leave the Upper Mustang trail and retrace the route to Jomsom, the starting point of the trek. This will be your last day in the Nepalese dessert. Overnight in Jomsom.

Day 15; 7th June 2019: Jomsom to Pokhara by flight
Fly to Pokhara from Jomsom via the Kali Gandaki gorge. Enjoy your afternoon at the lakeside in Pokhara or you may take part in the adventure activities in the lake city like boating and cycling. In the evening, you can visit the local bars and pubs which are very famous in the lakeside area. Overnight at a 3-star hotel in Pokhara.

Day 16; 8th June 2019: Reserve Day for flight delay/cancellation and the afternoon flight back to Kathmandu
You still have plenty of time to enjoy in Pokhara. You can visit the Phewa Lake and World Peace Pagoda which are the major tourist attractions in Pokhara. Alternatively, you can visit the hilltop of Sarangkot for the sunrise view. In the afternoon, you take the flight back to Kathmandu. Overnight at a 3-star hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 17; 9th June 2019: Final Departure from Kathmandu
The 17 days trip comes to an end. After a fulfilling breakfast, our company representative will drop you at the airport from where you take the flight back home.

Customize your Mustang Tiji Festival Trekking: The package can be redesigned or redeveloped as per your taste. For more information please e-mail us at snftnepal@yahoo.de 

Note: In case of emergency during the trip, Helicopter will be arranged by Swiss Family Treks & Expedition GmbH. The charges must be paid by the clients themselves.

Dates Price Adult Status *
2019-05-24 to 2019-06-09 USD 2,615
EUR 2.463
SFr 2.623
Trip is guaranteed
* Dates can be flexible, please contact us for individual dates.

Our Trek Package Cost includes;
* Airport/Hotel/Airport pick up and transfer by private car/van.
* 4 nights deluxe accommodation in twin bed sharing basis with breakfast at 3* hotel in Kathmandu and standard hotel in Pokhara.
* Round Trip Flight Ticket from KTM-PKR-JOMSOM-PKR-KTM and airport tax.
* Meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) with Tea & coffee and hot/cold filter water during the lodge trek.
* Lodge to lodge accommodation during the trek.
* 1 experienced, helpful and friendly guide, porters (1 porter  for 2 peoples), their food & accommodation, salary, equipments & insurance.
* All transportation by private vehicle and tourist bus.
* Upper Mustang Restrcited Area Permit.
* Annapurna Conservation Area Permit.
* All necessary permits.
* First Aid Medical Kit box.
* Office Service charge
* All Government Tax.



Our Trek Package Cost  doesn't include;
* Any meals (Lunch and Dinner) in Kathmandu and Pokhara other than breakfast.
* Travel insurance (if you want us to arrange your travel insurance, we would  greatly be happy to assist).
* International air fare to and from Nepal.
* Nepal Tourist Visa fee.
* Items and expenses of personal nature.
* Any kind of alcoholic drinks, cold drinks, laundry, phone call, internet.
* Personal Trekking Equipments like sleeping bags, jackets (can all be hired in KTM)
* Emergency Evacuation (Helicopter Rescue).
* Any costs which arise due to a change of the itinerary, because of landslides, domestic flight delays, political disturbance, and strikes etc.
* Any other costs whatsoever, that is not mentioned in the cost included.
* Horse renting and additional porters due to natural calamities during the trek.
* Tips for guide, porters, driver...

                                            Tipping is expected but it is not mandatory.


Mustang Tiji Festival Trekking, 17 Days, Full Moon of May 2019


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