Mustang Tiji Festival Trek
Adventure Zone Trekking & Expedition (P) LTD organizes Mustang Tiji
Festival Trekin the fabled and historical Kingdom of Mustang. Mustang
Tiji festivabegins in the harvest season and it runs for three-days.Tiji
Festival< has very significant meaning: Chasing of demons'. Monks donning
masks and colorful costumes enact the story of Dorje Jono who fought
against his demon father to save the Kingdom of Mustang from falling
Tiji festival is celebrated in the Lo Mangthan: located in the Himalayas
of Nepal on the border with Tibet, this miniature royal domain answers to
its own king even as its host country has rejected a national monarchy.
Mustang Tiji Festival Trek represents Mustang's culture in its pure form
from the Red Hat sect of Tibetan Buddhism (contrasting to the Yellow Hat
sect to which the Dalai Lama belongs.) and it remains one of the only
spots on earth where Tibetans live according to their own unimpeded
traditions. After attending 3 days Mustang Tiji Festival through Mustang
Tiji festival trek, we will walk amidst stunning sculpted rock formations
backed by snow-capped peaks. We will visit homes, villages and calm
monasteries and the welcome will be warm.
The Tiji Festival in Mustang's ancient walled capital city of Lo Manthang
is the highlight of Mustang Tiji Festival Trek. Thousands of men, women
and children not only locals but also many foreign trekkers and viewers
participate in the annual elaborate re-enactment of the Tiji myth,
telling of a deity named Dorje Jon who battles his demon father to save
the kingdom from destruction.you can see all these elements played by
local people in Mustang Tiji Festival Trek. It will be our unique
privilege to witness the same color, costume, dancing and ritual that
were displayed by these people in this place more than six hundred years
TREKKING IN NEPAL-UPPER MUSTANG TREKKING-MUSTANG TIJI FESTIVAL
SPECAIl:Once you reach Lo Manthang: the exact location for performing
Tiji festival in upper mustang trekking region in Mustang Tiji Festival
Trek,...you get to witness Tiji Festival one of the most sacred and
colorful festivals in this whole region. The festival features a three
day ritual known as the 'chasing of demons'. Monks donning masks and
colorful costumes enact the story of Dorje Jono who fought against his
demon father to save the Kingdom of Mustang from falling apart. The
festival is held annually at the onset of spring season. As spring season
symbolizes regeneration of life, Tiji festival is also about hope,
revival and affirmation of life.
The festival is held at the walled city of Lo Manthang (3730m), the
capital of Mustang. Lo Manthang is also home to Mustang's former King
Jigme Dorjee Palbar Bista who lost his royal title in 2008 after Nepal
became a republic. But he is still highly regarded and respected by the
locals. He and his family still occupy the royal palace situated at the
center of the city square.
IMPORTANT THINGS TO REMEMBER FOR MUSTANG TIJI FESTIVAL TREK:
-TIMS= Trekking Information management System- it is a kind of trekking
permit which can be issued from Trekking Agencies Association of Nepal or
from Tourism Board for Mustang Tiji Festival Trek is not required.
-Annapurna Conservation Area Project Permit for Mustang Tiji Festival
Trek is required.
-Trekking equipment like good quality sleeping bag, warm clothe including
feather jacket or North Face Company made trekking jacket, good trekking
shoes, sun glass and sun cream for Mustang Tiji Festival Trek are
- High altitude sickness medicine: better to have with you for Mustang
Tiji Festival Trek
-Special Trekking Permit for Mustang Tiji Festival Trek is required.
FACILITIES IN MUSTANG TIJI FESTIVAL TREK:
-Mustang Tiji Festival Trek itinerary can be made short and long as your
demand. Mustang Tiji Festival Trek area has not very good Trekkers lodge
(Teahouse) facilities Managed by Local Mustang hotels / lodge management
committees and eco-aware local people and tented camping trip also can be
organized. Lodge management committees make good camping site to camp.
WHY TRIP PRICE MIGHT BE DIFFERENT IN THE SAME TREKKING?
Following are the determinants for the price
-Accommodations in Kathmandu and other cities -Mustang Tiji Festival
-Mode of Transportation (car/van/bus/flights) - Mustang Tiji Festival
-Number of crews (Guides & porters, Sherpas, Cook(s)- Mustang Tiji
-Travelling time (Season)- Mustang Tiji Festival Trek.
-Extra services - Mustang Tiji Festival Trek
Note: Mustang Tiji Festival Trek can be operated in both teahouse and
camping (tented camp) on your request. The itinerary can be customized
according to your duration of holiday. Similarly hotel can be upgraded or
downgraded depend on your budget.
Day 01 - 1st May 2011-Arrive Kathmandu and transfer to Hotel;
1st May 2011-Welcome to Nepal! The adventure begins once we arrive at the
airport in Kathmandu, a city that seamlessly combines the medieval and
the modern, and which also boasts more World Heritage sights than any
other city in the world. We will be met by Adventure Zone Trekking
Representative. He and his staff will transfer you to our centrally
located hotel. On the drive we?ll have our senses challenged by the
sights, people and smells, all of which are so different from those we
are used to In the evening we and our guides will have a delicious
welcome dinner and briefing session, at which time our senior staff will
explain arrangements, logistics and schedules for the coming trek. Bed
and dinner facility are available today.
Day 02 - 2nd May 2011-Kathmandu sightseeing & Permit issuance.
2nd May 2011-This extra day in Kathmandu is very helpful for overcoming
for acquiring necessary permits and beginning your appreciation for the
Nepali culture and customs. We have included a tour of Kathmandu and
surrounding sites, including Swayambhunath (the ?Monkey Temple?),
Boddhanath, Patan (an ancient city), and the Old Bazaar. The remainder of
the day is free for everyone to explore the Thamel area on their own.
This unique neighborhood is home to hundreds of little shops and
restaurants. Meals: Breakfast ,Lodge in the same Hotel you were in the
Day 03 - 3rd May 2011-Kathmandu to Pokhara
3rd May 2011-In the morning we?ll take a flight to Pokhara, a nice little
tourist town with some wonderful restaurants and mountain and lakes
scenery. It is known as a place of leisure and trading, as well as a
starting point for many different treks. Time permitting we'll visit the
Tibetan Refugee center. In the late afternoon there will be free time to
explore around the lake area.
Day 04 - 4th May 2011-Pokhara to Jomsom
4th May 2011-Early morning we?ll catch a breathtaking 35 minute flight to
Jomsom. The flight takes us up through the Kali Gandaki gorge; the
world?s largest, with its towering snow-capped peaks of Dhaulagiri and
Annapurna. It will seem as though we can reach out and touch the peaks!
Below us will be magnificent views of waterfalls, canyons, and terraced
fields. This is truly one of the world's most spectacular flights! Upon
arrival in Jomsom, we?ll meet the rest of our trekking staff for lunch.
The rest of the day is free to relax or explore the village. Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Lodging: Guest House
Day 05 - 5th May 2011-Jomsom, explore its natural beauties.
5th May 2011-Jomsom is a very picturesque Tibetan village that sits right
in the high mountains at 8, 800 feet. We can each decide on our own how
we would like to spend this day. The village is worthy of exploration on
foot, and there are also some wonderful day hikes that would certainly
introduce our legs to the idea of trekking or we can continue our journey
to kagbeni. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Lodging: Guest House
Day 06 - 6th May 2011-Jomsom to Kagbeni
6th May 2011-Today we start our trek by doing a fairly easy section of
the trail along the Kali Gandaki River to Kagbeni, the gateway to the
restricted zone of Mustang and one of the major trading routes between
Tibet and India. The traders brought salt from Tibet and barley, spices
and clothes from India. After the Chinese invasion of Tibet, trade came
to a halt and many of the rich villages lost their revenue and later,
many of their people. Nowadays, though there is again some trade, the
majority of village income comes from tourism. As we enter the dusty
village, legend says that we should think good thoughts, leaving all bad
ones outside the town gates. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Lodging:
Tent or Guest House
Day 07 - 7th May 2011-Kagbeni to Chele
7th May 2011-From Kagbeni to Tangbe, the trail winds along the east
riverbank and occasionally ventures out into the Rocky River bed.
Initially, the trail climbs steeply to the top of the hill but we'll be
rewarded with a spectacular view of prayer flags, stupas, and villages.
After crossing several windblown plains and passing through a canyon, we
arrive at the Mustang village of Tanbe. This small village is filled with
whitewashed adobe houses nestled against each other and is surrounded by
beautifully terraced fields of wheat, barley, and buckwheat, as well as
small apple orchards. On the lower side of Tangbe, we'll see three
elegant chortens and the remnants of an old abandoned fort. As we
continue our walk, be on the lookout for black ammonites, small fossils
of coiled sea mollusks that inhabited the Tethys Sea and covered the
Tibetan plateau millions of years before the Himalayas were formed. They
are considered to be holy by many local people. Continue on to Chele,
where we overnight. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Lodging: Tent
Day 08 - 8th May 2011-Chele to Geling- Mustang Tiji Festival Trek.
8 th May 2011 Climb from Chele is up a fairly steep spur to a cairn at
10,329 feet, from which there is a view of the village of Gyagar across
the canyon.The trail, which is literally carved into the side of this
spectacular canyon, continually offers spectacular views. After crossing
a mountain pass, the trail makes a long gradual descent on a pleasant
trail to Samer. Finally after passing through several small canyons that
are home to cool streams and shady juniper trees, we arrivie in Geling at
11,880 feet. Though the largest village before entering Upper Mustang is
a rarely visited gem. The town, set among numerous poplar groves and a
central stream, boasts one of the oldest Gompas in Mustang. Spend the
evening relaxing in front of the central field, where you can observe
grain being threshed, animals grazing, and children playing. Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Lodging: Tent
Day 09 - 9th May 2011-Geling to Charangi- Mustang Tiji Festival Trek.
9th May 2011-From Geling, the trail climbs gently through fields of
barley and groves of poplar trees up the center of the valley, passing
below the settlement of Tama Gaun and an imposing chorten. After
rejoining the direct trail, it becomes a steep slow climb across the head
of the valley to the Nyi La pass at 13,035 feet:one of the important pass
in Mustang Tiji Festival Trek, the highest point reached on the trek.
Charang is maze fields, willow trees and houses separated by stone walls
at the top of the large Charang Cho Canyon. The huge five story white
dzong and red gompa are perched on the edge of the Kali Gandagi gorge on
the east end of the valley. Overnight in Charang. Meals: Breakfast,
Lunch, Dinner Lodging: Tent
Day 10 - 10 th May 2011-Charang to Lo Manthang: Tiji festival starts on
10th May 2011
10th May 2011-Today is the first starting day of tiji festival which
occurs in Lomangthan. To reach there we'll move slowly but steadly up a
rocky trail to a cairn on a ridge opposite the village at 11,841
feet.This village is one of the most atractive points of Mustang Tiji
Festival Trek. The trail turns north and climbs gently to a large
isolated chorten that marks the boundary between Charang and Lo. After a
rest break we'll travel across a desert-like landscape painted in every
hue of grey and yellow. Finally, we reach our destination- the
whitewashed walls of the city of Lo, which sits among fields filled with
horses and yaks. We may even have time to see the start of the Tiji
festival. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Lodging: Tent
Day 11 - 11th May 2011-Associating yourself to Tiji Festival-celebration
of mustang tiji festival.
11th May 2011-We spend the better part of the day at the Tiji Festival
watching all the dances and celebrations that take place, including horse
racing and a giant tug-of-war. We?ll see Tibetan women in their
traditional clothing and colorful jewelry, monks in their robes and
dancers in elaborate costumes. This is an almost unknown festival that
most Nepal trekkers never experience. Definitely bring your cameras along
today! Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 12 - 12th May 2011-Lo Manthang and visit near by villages-celebration
of Tiji Festival 2011
12th May 2011-In addition to the festival, there are many other
activities in Lo Manthang from which you can choose. Spend today
exploring the intimate alleyways and courtyards of the city, or you can
rent a horse and visit some of the other villages in the area. Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Lodging: Tent or Guest House
Day 13 - 13th May 2011-Lo Manthang to Ghemi.
13th May 2011-We have the opportunity to vary our return route and visit
two villages that we did not see on the trek northwards. At Ghemi we'll
visit Gar Gompa, the oldest archive gompa in Nepal. Ghemi is also known
for its many hectors of beautiful fields and for its white- washed
houses. The trail to Lo Gekar is not a main trading route and is
crisscrossed with herders trails, so our local guide is particularly
useful here. Today?s trek will cross several valleys, some lush and
others barren. Near the end of the hike the trail then makes a long rocky
descent down a ravine to a grassy valley, where Lo Gekar is situated
within a group of large trees by a stream. Lo Gekar, which means ?Pure
Virtue of Lo,? is also known as Ghar Gompa, or "House Temple.? Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Lodging: Tent
Day 14-16 - 14th-16th May 2011-Heading back to Jomsom
14th-16th May 2011-These last days again will bring us beautifully rich
scenery and great hiking on our way back to Jomsom. Our trek will take us
through Samar and Kagbeni before ending in Jomsom Meals: 3 breakfasts, 3
lunches, 3 dinners
Day 17 - 17th May 2011-Jomsom to Kathmandu via Pokhara.
17th May 2011-Depart early in the morning (by flight) to Pokhara from
Jomsom, and then continue on to Kathmandu. Or, if you wish to spend more
time in Pokhara, this can be arranged. Meals: Breakfast in Pokhara, lunch
dinner and lodging in Kathmandu.
Day 18 - 18th May 2011-Kathmandu - Onward
18th May 2011-Today we?ll say goodbye to Nepal and our wonderful staff
before being transferred to the airport for your onward flights. If you
wish, you can continue your travels with either an extension within Nepal
to Chitwan National Park or to other Asian countries. Thank you fro
joining Adventure Zone Trekking & Expedition (p) LTD.