Mustang Tiji Festival Trek

Monks are performing on occasion of tiji festival

Tiji Festival, a holy ritual celebration celebrate on shade of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Himalayan range called upper Mustang in center-north Nepal. The upper mustang region is culturally, linguistically and geographically relevant with Tibetan. A twelve-monthly occasion especially celebrated and take a part a group of the Buddhist monks and aboriginal people from children to old of Lobhas. International travelers allowed to visit forbidden kingdom from 1992 but Michel Peissel from France had mention in his travel book Mustang “A lost Tibetan kingdom”, he traveled to Upper-Mustang and witnessed elaborate festival in 1964 with special traveling pass from Kathmandu. He said “The scenes I witnessed were so extraordinary and so unexpected that I dared not believe my eyes and even today I have some trouble in believing in the reality of what I saw that day”.
Tiji festival also popular as monks festival where monks will be dressed in a gold, blue and red brocade gown in which was plaited the image of Mera, the god of death with red and yellow head. The festival is usually marked “Teeji” is the condensed form of a term ‘Tempa chhirim’ which literally means prayer for peace in the world. This year, Musical Adventure Trekking will help you visit Lo-Manthang region to celebrate Tiji Festival on 2017 May by 4WD jeep tour and trekking with special upper-mustang permit.
The festival in fact, honors the triumph of Buddha’s personification in Dhorji sonam over an evil spirit named Ma Tam Ru Ta, a Wax man eater. The devil also caused rainstorm and droughts to devastate people’s livestock as well as houses. To mark the event, the monks perform dance during the three days festival in Lomanthang Chhyode Gumba, a monastery. The dance actually is in the form of play to perform- the birth of Dhorji sonam, the annoyance done by Ma Tam Ru Ta, and effort of Dhorji sonam to get victory over Dhorji sonam and it is organized in the chhyode Gumba which is a monastery of sakya-pa cult situated in Lomanthang. The dance performed on the first day is called ‘Tsa Chham’ and ‘Nga Chham is the dance performed on the second day while, one of the monks among three monks has to reside in isolation during winter to enact the character of Dhorji sonam on the third day. The dance performed on the third day is known as ‘Rha Chham’. There is a strong belief that the village gets rid-off evil spirits via the performances.

Mustang Tiji Festival Trek 2017
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,350 m/4,428 Ft)
Musical Adventure Trekking airport representative will come to meet you at TIA arrival gate with your name in play card. After pleasant meeting drive will be start with briefing about Kathmandu and Nepal. As soon as arrive at hotel check in and then take your own time to explore around nearby attraction.
Overnight at hotel.
Day 02: Kathmandu valley sightseeing and trek permits proceed day
Musical Adventure Trekking will get your special permit of Mustang, it take at least half day to make it. You can have your own time, if you prefer to see some cultural and heritage site of Kathmandu, your guide will take you their. Like Bouddhanath stupa, the largest 9 storey Buddhist stupa in the valley with decorated by multi-color Tibetan flag. After that visit oldest Hindu temple, Pashupatinath where you can see death cremate in Hindu ritual and take a photos with holy man and Sadhus. Then we will have typical Nepalese lunch after that drive onward to Kathmandu durbar square, you will see home of living Hindu goddess, statue of Bhiraiv and monkey god Hanuman, big bell and Telejun temple. Basantapur is former royal palace, it has beautiful wood carving and sculpture in each corner of durbar square complex. Now walk out from north gate and take straight alley with looking colorful local market at Ason then continues to Thamel.
Overnight at hotel
Day 03: Kathmandu to Pokhara (827m/2,712 & 6-7 hrs drive) by deluxe tourist bus
Your guide will come to pick you up at hotel around 6:20 am then short warm up walk to Kantipath bus station from hotel and bus departure at 7 am. It is a scenic bus journey from Kathmandu to Pokhara more or less it takes 7hrs. The scenery will be changed dramatically along the drive, first drive begins from dense population town with viewing color houses. Once drive cross Nagdunga (snake image stone) beautiful landscape with dotted village appear on the sloppy hill and panoramic Himalayas range see above the green countryside. After that journey meet with Trishuli and Marshyandi River, you can see people doing adventurous white rafting from your bus windows. As soon as arrive at Pokhara, if time allow voyage constant to Tibetan refugee camp, Gupteswor cave and boating at Phewa Lake.
Overnight at hotel
Day 04: Pokhara to Jomsom (2,720 m/20 minute) flight then trek to Kagbeni (2,900 m/9,512 Ft & 3-4hrs)
Usually Pokhara to Jomsom flight operate an early morning unless the weather turn worse. It is complete mountain flight in between Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Himalayan range, fiery sun ray make snow-capped peak more astounding. After landing at Jomsom airport, meet with support crew and escort to hotel and have delicious organic Himalayan breakfast. We make our trail across the Thakali village with crossing suspension bridge. Then we continuous our way wide bank of Kaligandaki River where we often found fossils with different images. A level trail offers widespread of arid setting with crest view of Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri and Tilicho peak. Before reaching to medieval Kagbeni village trek pass apple orchid and tea shop on ghost valley. The get way village of forbidden kingdom has beautiful shakya pa sect monastery where hundreds of young monk are practicing Buddhism. Better to visit monastery in evening or morning where you can witness to see puja. If time allow, you can do side trip to nearby tiri village go and fro takes 2hrs. Entrance and exit of village has male and female phallic, local believed it is guard of village.
Overnight at guesthouse
Day 05: Kagbeni to Tsaile/Chaile (3,100 m/10,168 Ft & 5-6hrs trek)
We begin trek after hot and delicious breakfast at hotel, as soon as we leave, trek goes through midst of village and check restricted permits before leave village behind us. Now short ascend up present soaring peak and smoky Tibetan village with huge kaligandi valley. The flat trail lead on arid canyon with eyeing beautiful image of mound to small Tengbe. Trek drop down to bank of river then short walk bring us at Chhusang village, a small village separated by Tetang River. We stop here for lunch, now trek continuous north coastline of river with viewing colorful traditional grave, chorten and stupa with favorable local atmosphere. Cross steel bridge over Kaligandaki River where river throughout natural cliff tunnel on ravine. East side of canyon has huge cliff with 16 beautiful cave. The trail upward with climbing on pasture and terrace to Tsaile village, the chaile village located at tiny ridge, it offers amazing sunset on Thorong peak, Tilicho peak and Nilgiri himal.
Overnight at guesthouse
Day 06: Tsaile to Ghiling/Gheling (3,555 m/11,660 Ft & 6-7 hrs trek)
Today you will ascend 900m and descend 450m, our tiji journey begin after breakfast from guesthouse, the trail lead throughout village with ascending on shingle path on plateau and animal pasturing sloppy. As soon as we trek out plateau, the classical upper mustang trekking trail throughout middle of huge cut-off cliff. We keep climbing with looking enormous view of dry valley and desert landscape to Samare village. A small Tibetan style village with guesthouse and teashop after tea break here trek drop-down to ditch then ascending up on sloppy hilly often pass oak tree to Bhena, often can see sheep and goat pasturing around here. The trail still climbing-up after lunch here to Chungi La summit, the pass presents astonishing view of barren grey-brown landscape with huge canyon and sky-high Himalayan range. Now onward our trip to visit beautiful natural cave of Guru Rinpoche, the native believe Guru Rinpoche had done meditation in the cave while making his way to Tibet in 8th century for preaching Buddhism. After visiting historical cave we resume trek and make tea break at Syangboche, short climb up bring us at a ridge, the colorful lungda and painted chhorten make crest more beautiful. Our level trail continuous on the plateau to Ghiling, often encounter Jackal, deer and fox. A small village with Tibetan cultural influence have some beautiful monastery and large old-era chhorten in middle of village.
Overnight at guesthouse
Day 07: Ghiling to Tsarang (3,560m/11,677 Ft & 5-6 hours)
Today we do two passes with height of 4,000 mtrs, we make our way after breakfast with gentle uphill through shrubs and grain-farm with viewing Annapurna range to main-stream trail of Upper Mustang. The main trail lead with ascending to Nyi-La pass above Nyi-La pass to Lo-manthang called center of Upper Mustang. The trail drop-descend at valley of Nyi-La and Chu-La to Ghami, we make lunch break at Ghami, short descend and cross the suspension bridge then gentle climbing trail goes aside of longest mani wall of Nepal. Our trail onward uphill to surpass of small crest then descend on the plateau to Tsarang village. We trek under the one of the grey and red painted stupa before reaching to old-age Charang village.
Overnight at guesthouse
Day 08: Tsarang to Lo-Manthang (3,850 m/12,631 Ft & 4-5hrs trek)
As usual we leave from hotel after breakfast, it is a more or less 4hrs trek from Tsarang to Lo-manthang, in beginning classical trade trail cross through puzzling alley of ancient village to canyon, After crossing river follow descend from Ghar Gumba (house monastery), we slightly climb on gorge with looking Tsarang village and ravine to Tholung Lo-La. A summit is best viewpoint for walled city of Nepal, the king live in midst of walled city with white and grey painted palace with 2472 feet peripheral long and 26 feet tall which was built in 1380 AD. The cluster mud housed village is surrounded by brown mound with cultivate trim images. Now we trek down from hilltop on arid plateau and then crossing stream at bottom. A gradual-up on grassy meadow bring us at accident village, the village used to be trade center between indo-Tibet salt trade. After lunch onward journey to Jhampa Lhakang monastery, huge image of future Buddha maître and gold water painted tantric mandala with outstanding enigma art. The 4 storey monastery has roof as well, the roof offers great view of plateau.
Overnight at guesthouse
Day 09: Inauguration day of Tiji Festival
First day of Tiji Festival called “Tsa Chham” Lhobas people, begins with decorative costumes wearer monks dance at Chhyode Gumba with permission allowed by Mustang Gyalbo AKA chief Jigme Dorje Palbar Bista and greeted by women’s groups in fabulous traditional attires and jewelry. There will be around 5 dozen monks from nearby village with fours sect of Buddhist (Nyingmapa, Kagypaa, Sakyapa and Gelupa) all the Buddhist sect took participate in Himalayan ceremony.
Overnight at guesthouse
Day 10: Second day of Tiji Festival
2nd Day of Tenjee festival is one of the important ritual day along the three days festival, the courtyard will occupied by native and international visitor. The local colorful dressed-up with different old-style jewelry make the ceremony more vivid and worth it. Better to make your way to square as early as possible, there will be hives of people to observe cultural show. The fantastic Himalayan festival will continuous with performance of Buddhism monks on rhythm of Buddhist chant, the yellow and red hat wear monk with play cymbals, various dungchen, human thighbone flutes etc. whatever monks and native done, it means to chase away the evil spirit from the Mustang kingdom.
Overnight at guesthouse
Day 11: Finishing day of Tiji Festival
On the final day, Tiji ends with the ceremonial demolition of the evil remains, represented by some long black yak hair and red torma (barley cakes). The demons red remnants are set out on an old tiger skin, where-upon they are attacked by bow and arrow, slings, and the old guns. The poor devils remains are over- turned upon the ground, each time to a wild cannonade from the old muzzle-loaders and a wave of cheers and smoke.
Overnight at guesthouse
Day 12: Lo Manthang to Drakmar (3,800 m/12,467 Ft & 6-7hrs trek)
From today we are turning back with taking upper highland way, the highlander route presenting dramatic views of Himalayan range and highland.The zigzag trail leading up on the sloppy meadow to tiny summit at height of 4,220 m. then gentle trail leading to Ghar Gomba, the amazing view of Tsarang village and canyon plateau. After spending some time at monastery trek descend to Drakmar, huge red cliff will appear right side of the village.
Overnight at guesthouse
Day 13: Drakmar to Chaile (3,100 m & 6-7hrs treks)
Short descend to Ghami river after crossing suspension bridge ascend up and passing Ghami village then Nyi La Pass and descend to Jhiate and syangboche. Again descending Bhena, Samar then finally arrive at Tsaile.
Overnight at guesthouse
Day 14: Chele to Jomsom (2,800 m/9,186 Ft & 6-7hrs trek)
From chaile gentle trek continous with Kaligandaki river and passing villages Chhusang, Tangbe, Kagbenia and finalley arrive at Jomsom.
Overnight at hotel
Day 15: Jomsom to Pokhara 25minute by flight then Pokhara Sightseeing
The short flight will bring us at Pokhara then you will do baoting at Phewa lake, visit Gupteseshower Mahadev cave and Bat cave.
Overnight at hotel
Day 16: Pokhara to Kathamndu 7hrs by drive
A 7hours bus journey will will offers great view of himalayas, landscapes, country side.
Overnight at hotel
Day 17: Departure
Here we come to the end of our memorable a week long Himalayan trip. We transferred to international airport according to your flight schedule then onward journey to home.

Cost Includes:

  • International and Domestic Airport-up and drop-off service
  • 3Nights accommodation in Kathmandu with bed and breakfast plan
  • 2Nights accommodation in Pokhara with bed and breakfast
  • All the required ground transportation as mention in the Itinerary
  • Guided Kathmandu valley sightseeing tour with private transportation and entrance fees
  • Trekking Permits (TIMS, Immigration Permit, Annapurna Conservation Area Permits)
  • Experienced flunet English speaking licensed guide with salary, accommodation, food and Insurance
  • Experienced high altitude Porter with salary, accommodation, food and Insurance
  • Three meals a day (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner with Hot drinks)
  • Seasonal fresh fruits where available
  • Complimentary four seasonal sleeping bag, down Jacket etc (should be returned upon completing the trek)
  • Pokhara – Jomsom – Pokhara flight tickets together with guide
  • Exclusives Medical kit
  • Farewell dinner

Cost Excludes

  • Lunch and dinner at Kathmandu and Pokhara (Breakfast Included)
  • Travel insurance and any sort of rescues such as Helicopter or Horse
  • Kathmandu valley sightseeing and entrance fees in monuments
  • Personal expenses battery charge, hot shower, phone calls, Internet, laundry etc
  • Gratitude (Tips) to guide and porter

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