Highlights of the Treks
- Attend Historical Buddhist Tiji Festival.
- Explore forbidden Kingdom of Mustang.
- Visit Chossar Cave near Tibet Boarder.
- Explore ancient monastery Ghar Gunmpa.
- Explore Ruins of Charang village.
Mustang Tiji Festival Trek – Tiji Festival Date – 2018 – May – 12 – 13 – 14. Visit Himalaya Treks organized Mustang Tiji festival trek each year with departure guaranteed.
Mustang Tiji festival Trek Highlights.
Three days annual Historical Buddhist Tiji Festival.
Explore the walled City of Lo manthang known by forbidden kingdom.
Visit Historical Chossar Cave located close of Tibet Boarder.
Visit 0ne of the ancient monastery Ghar Gumpa build in eighth century.
Ruins of Charang village old Buddhist monastery and breathtaking landscapes.
Mustang Tiji Festival is celebrating the annual Tiji Festival in Upper Mustang Lo Manthang. Tiji Festival is a three days event, always held in third Tibetan Month (Month of May). In 2018, Tiji Festival will be celebrated on May 12, 13 and 14. It is performed in the square in front of the (Mustang King’s Palace) Tashi Gephel Palace, within the walled city of Lo Manthang, Mustang. Mustang Tiji Festival Trek allows one to witness,celebrate and take part in this significant festival of people of Mustang.
Mustang Tiji festival is one of the most well known and revered festival in Upper Mustang. It is a time of celebration and religious pilgrimage for the people of Mustang. The festival initially began as a religious ceremony, to ward off obstacles and suffering that might befall the country. Later it has also come to symbolize the hope and strength of the people of Mustang. Mustang lies in the rain shadows of the Himalayas and has environmental difficulties, yet its situation along the main salt trade route made it a highly prized location regularly invaded by neighboring states. So, Tiji Festival is a fervent prayer by the King and Queen for peace and stability in Mustang. You can also read our blog about Histrory of Tiji festival. Mustang Tiji festival trek provide such a great opportunity to involve with local peoples, see their culture, tradition in this historical land.
Mustang Tiji Festival first day:
The morning begins with the assembly of monks and offerings of Vajrakila prayers in Chode Gompa. The afternoon sees a flurry of activity in the square. Amidst the blare of traditional long copper horns or dungchen and the beating of drums and cymbals, an enormous scroll painting or thanka depicting Padmasambhava is unfurled on the south wall of the square. This thangka is said to be more than 400 years old, and hand embroidered with an image of Padmasambhava and two dakinis. After having offered incense ngagpas or tantric practitioners, from Lo-Manthang offer six bowls of grain and torma on a wooden altar. This is followed by the arrival of monks in red pointed hats who take a seat beneath the unfurled thangka. The Khempo or abbot of the Chode Gompa is seated on a slightly higher dias in the centre flanked at the far end by monks blowing the dungchen.
Amidst the chanting of hymns and offering of prayers the masked dances begin. This is eagerly watched by the people gathered in the square on Palace. The masked dancers start the dance from the Mustang royal palace with a private audience for the King in his private room. The Tsowo who can be recognized by the most elaborate headgear, makes offerings and thus starts the ceremony. Together they then gradually leave the palace and move down the square where the public and travelers eagerly waits. Over a period of about 2 hours the Tsacham is performed; a gentle and slow masked dance featuring graceful movements and turns. The Tsowo dances in the centre flanked all around by the other dancers in the form of a Mandala. A total of about 52 different forms of steps are performed. The masked dances represent the preparation or invoking of the gods and the purification and preparation of the soil on which the dances are performed. The Tsowo guides his fellow dancers in to each form by signaling each change by a verbal command. To the untrained eye such subtle changes and steps are seamless.
Mustang Tiji Festival second day:
The morning of the second day begins again with offerings of prayers to Vajrakila and an assemble in the monastery. The afternoon starts with the unfurling of another large thangka a near replica of the earlier one.
The Masked dances on the second day are more active and are executed in a more aggressive style. Weapons and animal forms are seen in the dance sequence on this day, representing the various means used to drive away evil. The final act is the slaying of the demon. This is depicted by the piercing of the straw effigy by Tsowo with the religious dagger. This symbolizes the evil demon being slayed by the deity Dorje Shunu. The straw effigy is then thrown into the air.
Mustang Tiji Festival Third day:
On the third and final day the morning begins again with offerings of prayers to Vajrakila by the monks in the monastery. In the afternoon, Tsowo offers ritualistic offerings of nectar as an appeal for help from all the gods. Before and after the effigy is cut, there are again dances by monks wearing masks depicting animals. Finally the dances come to an end with the formation of raucous procession led by the masked dancers and followed by the King and members of the royal family, representatives of the village development committees and the local people. In the Mustang King’s Palace the final celebrations are made by offering prayers. There is much rejoicing with the offering of Tsampa to the gods amidst a whirl of white on the rooftop of the palace. Finally there is an exchange of greeting between the King and Khempo and other monks. The peoples of Mustang express their great luck and fortune at being able to witness yet another Tiji Festival and they pray that many more good years follow.
- May 02 - 2018: Arrive in Kathmandu. (1338 meters).
A representative from Visit Himalaya Treks with the company’s display board will greet you outside the arrival terminal and transfer you to your Hotel. (Overnight at Hotel)
- May 03 - 2018: Sightseeing and Trek Preparation.
A half day guided tour to several of historical and spiritual attractions enlisted under the World Heritage Sites. The trek leader will meet the group for a meeting and provide a detailed briefing on the trek. All the required information regarding the trek would be provided. (Overnight at Hotel. Breakfast included)
- May 04 - 2018: Drive to Pokhara. (900 meters).
We drive to Pokhara through Prithivi Highway on a private vehicle. Pokhara is the lake city of the country and is less polluted and crowded compared to Kathmandu. Views of Annapurna range and the dominating figure of Machapuchhre (also known as Fishtail) (6997 meters) dominates both the sky and the beautiful Phewa Lake with its reflection in it. Afternoon can be enjoyed by the lake, as the hotel is located near to the lake. (5-6 hours drive) (Overnight at Hotel. Breakfast included)
- May 05 - 2018: Fly to Jomsom and trek to Kagbeni. (2800 meters).
An early morning scenic flight to Jomsom (25 minutes) is followed by a leisurely breakfast at Jomsom. We meet up with our crew and after a brief introduction and a quick sorting of our daypack and the main bags, we start our trek. The trek heads into the Kali Gandaki Valley, following the Kali Gandaki River. Most part of the trekking is on newly built secondary road. The trail closely follows the river the whole day on the road and passes through Ekle Bhatti. The day ends at Kagbeni, one of the big settlements of the region. The restricted area starts after the village of Kagbeni. (3 hours) (Overnight at Tea House)
- May 06 - 2018: Trek to Chele. (3050 meters).
The trek continues on the road and moves further up in the valley with a good uphill climb and a brief drop near Tangbe Village. The medieval looking village also marks the trek’s entry into Upper Mustang region. Leaving the village, the trail continues to follow the river and passes through the village of Chhusang. The trek gets off the road and a brief steep ascent at the end of the day ends at Chele. (6 hours) (Overnight at Tea House)
- May 07 - 2018: Trek to Syangmochen. (3800 meters).
A short climb starts the day and the trail gradually climbs through a narrow and deep gully. At the end of the gully, the trek gets back on to the road at Dajong La (3660 meters) and an easy walk leads through a small village of Samar. The trail once again leaves the road and drops into a small stream. After the stream, a steep uphill climb continues to the Bhena La (3830 meters) and once again meets the road. The trek continues on the road, passes through small teashops at Bhena, and continues to gradually ascend once again. The ascend ends at Syangmochen La (3850 meters) and the views of the valleys of the whole region opens up at the Syangmochen La. A steep drop finally ends at Syangmochen. (7 hours) (Overnight at Tea House)
- May 08 - 2018: Trek to Dhakmar. (3500 meters).
The trek gets back on the road and after a brief climb in the morning; the trail again starts to descend. The trail continues to descend and heads towards Tamagaon instead of dropping to the villages of Ghiling. The trail undulates until the village of Jhaite and a zigzag climb leads to the top of Nyi La (4020 meters). Once again, fantastic views can be enjoyed from the top of the pass. Another descent lead to the Ghami village and the descent continues leaving the road to the bottom of the village. A steep climb followed by a brief downhill ends the day at Dhakmar. (7 hours) (Overnight at Tea House)
- May 09 - 2018: Trek to Charang. (3600 meters).
A climb continues the trek and leads to the top of the Muila Bhanjyang (4170 meters) and a downhill leads to the Ghar Gomba, the oldest monastery of the region. The trail now gets of the regular trail and descends down to Marang and then onto the village of Charang. (7 hours) (Overnight at Tea House)
- May 10 - 2018: Trek to Lo-Manthang. (3720 meters).
A quick drop to the river is followed by a short climb. At the end of the climb, the trail gets back on the road and continues to be on the road for the most of the day. The trek gets off the road near Lo-Manthang and quickly undulates for a brief period and enters the capital of the Mustang, Lo-Manthang (the walled city). (5 hours) (Overnight at Tea House)
- May 11 - 2018: Explore around Lo-Manthang.
The day can be used to explore the interesting nearby villages of Chossar, Kimalang and Thinggar. There are centuries old caves at Chossar and similarly old monasteries in the villages of Kimalang and Chossar. The day could also be used to take a jeep ride to the Tibet border which boasts stunning views of the valleys of Mustang. (Overnight at Tea House)
- May 12 - 2018: Tiji Festival (1st day).
Tiji Festival Starts. (1st day) (Overnight at Tea House)
- May 13 - 2018: Tiji Festival (2nd day).
Tiji Festival continues. (2nd day) (Overnight at Tea House)
- May 14 - 2018: Tiji Festival (3rd day).
Tiji Festival Ends (3rd day) (Overnight at Tea House)
- May 15 - 2018: Trek to Ghami. (3510 meters).
The return trek starts and follows the previously trekked route. The trek passes through Charang village and crosses the Charang La. At the bottom of the Charang La, the trek heads into a different route and gradually descends passing the longest Mani Wall (555 meters) of the country. The downhill becomes a bit steeper as the trail drops into the river and again climbs up to the village of Ghami. (7 hours) (Overnight at Tea House)
- May 16 - 2018: Trek to Samar. (3620 meters).
The trek continues to return via the same route taken before. (6 hours) (Overnight at Tea House)
- May 17 - 2018: Trek to Chhusang. (2980 meters).
The trek continues to return via the same route taken before. (3 hours) (Overnight at Tea House)
- May 18 - 2018: Trek to Muktinath. (3700 meters).
The trek leaves the previously travelled route and starts to ascend to Gyu La (4077 meters). The top of Gyu La offers stunning views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Ranges. The trail drops to the village of Chyanggur and gradually continues to go downhill to Muktinath. Muktinath is one of the most sacred sites to the Hindu people and attracts thousands of people each year. (7 hours) (Overnight at Tea House)
- May 19 - 2018: Trek to Jomsom. (2720 meters).
The trek again gets back on the road and slowly continues to go downhill. The road keeps losing height and meets the previously trekked route at Ekle Bhatti. Another easy walk finally ends the trek at Jomsom. (5 hours) (Overnight at Tea House)
- May 20 - 2018: Fly back to Kathmandu via Pokhara.
An early morning flight to Pokhara is followed by another flight to Kathmandu and a whole day to explore the capital. (Overnight at Hotel. Breakfast included)
- May 21 - 2018: Free day at Kathmandu.
A leisure day in Kathmandu which can used for an early morning mountain flights to Everest or can extended into further more tours to Chitwan, Lumbini etc. Further adventure activities like rock climbing, hiking, biking around the Kathmandu valley with bungee jumping, rafting near the valleys can be done on this free day. (This is also spare day in case of cancellation of flights) (Overnight at Hotel. Breakfast included)
- May 22 - 2018: Departure.
A representative from Visit Himalaya Treks Pvt. Ltd. will check your flight tickets and transfer you to the airport before two hours from your flight with a hope of seeing you again in the future. (Breakfast included)
- NOTE: ITINERARY CAN BE CUSTOMIZED AT YOUR REQUESTS ACCORDING TO YOUR CONVENIENCE.
Bad weather at Jomsom can result into cancellations of flights. We would like to strongly suggest you to have some spare days at the end of the trek and also a travel insurance that partially or fully covers the sum of emergency evacuation to catch up the international flights.
- Arrivals and departure transportation by car (We will collect you from the Kathmandu international airport) and transfer to Hotel.
- Half day sightseeing in Kathmandu (Boudhanath and Pasupatinath) with city guide and necessary transportation.
- 5 nights accommodation (2 persons per room) in Kathmandu in a 3* standard Hotel with breakfast.
- Private (car/bus) ride to Pokhara.
- Pokhara - Jomsom - Pokhara - Kathmandu airfare including airport taxes.
- All meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner) while on trek.
- Accommodation (tents) while on trek. (2 person per tents)
- Salary, insurance, food, accommodation for guides and porters.
- A porter to carry your luggage on treks (Per person 15 kilogram luggage).
- Special Permit Fees, National Park Entry Fees, Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS).
- First Aid Kit.
- Government taxes and service charge.
- Nepal entry Visa Fee.
- Personal Travel Insurance (Compulsory).
- Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
- Entry fee at the sightseeing sites.
- Personal expenses like beverages (mineral water, alcohol, and soft drinks), telephone bills, laundry, bar bills, personal tips etc.
The following checklist should help you with your packing. As a general rule, you should always try to keep the weight of your equipment to a minimum. The packed weight of your trek bag while trekking should be no more than 15 KG.
Trekking trousers / pants
Waterproof overt rousers / rainpants
Casual shirt and/or T-shirts
Fleece jacket or warm jumper/sweater
Warm and waterproof over gloves or mittens
Headtorch/Headlamp with spare bulb and batteries
Sun protection (including total bloc for lips, nose etc.)
Water bottles 1 L.
Sleeping bag 4 or 5 season * (rated down to – 20ºC)
Warm jacket (down)*
Small, personal first-aid kit. (Simple and light)
Aspirin, first-aid tape, and plasters (Band-Aids)
1 skin-blister repair kit
Cough and/or cold medicine
Anti-altitude sickness pills: Diamox or Acetylzolamide
Stomach antibiotic: Ciprofloxacin, etc. Do not bring sleeping pills as they are a respiratory depressant.
Water purification tablets or water filter
1 set of earplugs
Extra pair of prescription glasses, contact lens supplies.
Note: Walking pole, down jacket, sleeping bag, etc available on hire in Kathmandu or upon request we will provide them.
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