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Tiji Festival Trekking
" Tiji festival, known as "The chasing of the Demons" Tiji tells the story of a deity named Dorje Jono who must battle against his demon father to save the Kingdom of Mustang from destruction. The demon father wreaks havoc on Mustang by creating a water shortage...".
The historical remote Mustang trek unseal the once Forbidden Kingdom of Mustang, tucked away from the rest of the world, lies just north of the main Himalayan range of Nepal. Mustang, a land where the soul of the man is still considered to be as real as the feet he walks on: a land said to be “barren as a dead deer” but where beauty and happiness abound is spite of hardship, was a part of the Tibetan Kingdom of Gungthang until 1830′s. The wall city of Lo Monthang, unofficial capital of Mustang still remains a kingdom within a kingdom. The early history to Lo Monthang is embellished in myth and legend rather than the recorded fact. Mustang has maintained its status as a separate principality until 1951. The king of Lo Monthang still retains his title and he has been given the honorary rank of Colonel in the Nepal army.
Trekking in Mustang was officially opened in 1992. It allows limited numbers of trekkers each year in order to protect and conserve the local Tibetan tradition and the fragile environment. A trek into this fabled forbidden kingdom of vast, arid valleys, eroded canyons, ochre valley, yak caravans, colourful-painted mud brick houses on the back dropped of majestic mountain of Nilgiri, Tukche, Annapurna and Dhaulagiri makes your medieval walled kingdom Mustang trekking a very especial one.Nepal Visitors regularly organizes trek to the Himalayan Kingdom of Mustang targeting Tiji festival Trekking 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 Trek.
The Mustang Tiji Festival Trek is part of our Himalayan Festival Trek Series. Our Festival Treks are led by an experienced, English-speaking Sherpa Guide and full support crew. We are able to arrange this trek starting on fixed day of the week during the months of May for groups of 1 to 12 people.
Nepal Visitors is a small group adventure travel which has pioneered responsible tourism practises in Nepal. Our friendly guides and trip leaders are experts at leading interesting groups of men and women throughout Nepal.
Trip Facts -
- Trip Duration: 20 days
- Max Altitude: 4,090m
- Group Size: 2 to 12
- Tour Grade: Moderate
- Season: May - June
- Tour Type: Fly Out / Fly in Trekking and Kathmandu Private Vehicle
- Highlight: The Tiji Festival in Lo Manthang is one of the most important and colorful in Mustang. Held annually to chase away demons, it is a time of prayer and dance as monks dress in colorful costumes and masks and perform ritual dances watched by spectators (dressed in their best clothes and jewelry) who have gathered from throughout the region.
Mustang Tiji Festival Trek Itinerary
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27 April 2013: Day 01: Arrival Kathmandu (1350m)and transfer to Hotel
28 April 2013: Day 02: Kathmandu full day sightseeing (1350m)
29 April 2013: Day 03: Drive to Pokhara (800m), transfer to Hotel.
30 April 2013: Day 04: Flight Pokhara to Jomson & Trek to Kagbeni (2780m)
01 May 2013: Day 05: Trekking Kagbeni to Chele (3060m)
02 May 2013: Day 06: Trekking Chele to Gilling (3440m)
03 May 2013: Day 07: Trekking Gilling to Dakmar (3500m)
04 May 2013: Day 08: Trekking Dakmar to Tsarang (3620m)
05 May 2013: Day 09: Trekking Tsarang to Lo-Manthang (3730m)
06 May 2013: Day 10: Lo-Manthang Day hiking (3730m) (Start Tiji Festival)
07 May 2013: Day 11: Lo-Manthang (3730m) - Tiji Festival
08 May 2013: Day 12: Lo- Manthang (3730m) - Tiji Festival Ends
09 May 2013: Day 13: Trekking Back Lo-manthang to Yara (3600m)
10 May 2013: Day 14: Trekking Back Yara - Tange (3240m)
11 May 2013: Day 15: Tange - Tetang - Camping
12 May 2013: Day 16: Tetang - Muktinath - Camping
Exit Restricted Area:
13 May 2013: Day 17: Muktinath - Jomsom
14 May 2013: Day 18: Jomsom - Pokhara (800m) ( Day :Pokhara Sightseing )
15 May 2013: Day 19: Drive to Kathmandu (1350m)transfer to Hotel
16 May 2013: Day 20: Final depart to your own destination.
NOTE: On Mustang Tiji Festival Trek of this type, weather, local politics, transport or a multitude of other factors beyond our control can result in a change of itinerary. It is however, very unlikely that the itinerary would be substantially altered; if alterations are necessary the leader will decide what is the best alternative, taking into consideration the best interests of the whole group. Where a change does occur, we do everything we can to minimize its effect, but we cannot be responsible for the results of changes or delays.
Trip Cost Includes:
- All airport/hotel transfers
- 4 nights hotel in Kathmandu 3 star bed & breakfast
- 1 night hotel in Pokhara Bed and breakfast.
- Flight Kathmandu - Pokhara - Jomsom - Pokhara - Kathmandu.
- Fully camping trek with meal, guide, sherpas, porters, cook etc.
- 2 men tent, dining tent, table & seating chair, toilet tent .
- Necessary Kitchen equipment
- Annapurna Conservation fee
- Transportation of staff & equipment
- Staff flight Pokhara - Jomsom - Pokhara
- Cargo for trekking goods from Pokhara - Jomsom -Pokhara
- Domestic Airport Tax
- Insurance & clothing for trekking staff.
- 1 full day sightseeing in Kathmandu
- Kathmandu - Pokhara Deluxe Air-Condition bus
- Last day good bye dinner in Kathmandu with official staff.
- Our Service Charge and all government taxes
Cost Does Not Include:
- Nepal Visa fee (bring accurate USD cash and two passport photographs)
- International airfare to and from Kathmandu
- Excess baggage charges
- Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu (and also in the case of early return from the mountain than the scheduled itinerary)
- Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, and early return from the mountain(due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
- Travel and rescue insurance
- Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower etc)
- Tips for guides and porters
The following is a list of clothing and accessories that we recommend that you take with you. This is not intended to be a comprehensive clothing and equipment list, rather it is intended to act as a reminder of those items that we feel are essential for your comfort and convenience. However we recognise that you may have your own personal preferences for clothing which may be equally as suitable.
Walking boots with suitable ankle support that have been worn-in prior to the trek, and which are waterproof
Trainer or casual shoes, for trekking and/or for travelling
Warm socks for colder areas
Gaiters, in case of rain or snow
Loose, casual trousers for trekking
Thermal leggings for colder areas
Long skirt for women as an alternative to trousers
Selection of T-shirts, and long sleeved shirts, preferably not cotton
Thermal shirt for colder areas
Warm shirt, possibly fleece, for colder areas
Fleece jacket or warm wool jumper
Windproof, waterproof outer shell garment for higher altitudes
Down jacket (optional for cold nights & mornings; can be hired in Kathmandu cheaply)
Wool or fleece hat, or balaclava
Hat or cap for sun protection while trekking
Sunglasses or goggles
Sunscreen lotion and lip balm
Strong rucksack, or large holdall to be carried by porters
Day sack to be carried personally
Plastic bags or stuff sacks to store/separate trekking gear inside your main bag
One litre water bottle
Personal first aid kit to include essential items
Sleeping bag, 4 season
Torch, ideally head torch
Camera and film ! - for those not to be forgotten shots of the Himalaya
Toilet items and towel
Large handerchief/bandana for neck
Books (see Recommended Reading)
Playing cards / backgammon / chess set
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