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Tiji Festival in Mustang

Trip Profile:

Trip Name: PNT TIJI

Duration: 16nights/17 Days

Grade: Three

Mode of Accommodation: Guest House & Tent

Mode of Transport: Aero plane & Road

Highest Elevation: 3800m

Trek start on:28th April 2013

Trek end on:14th May  2013

About trek

Opened In March 1992 to the outside world, the last forbidden' kingdom of Mustang has lured hundreds of  tourists. Those who live in Upper Mustang region are called Bhotias and those who are from Lo are called Lobas. The Upper Mustang trek is an exotic exploration to  untouched and ancient Buddhist villages, rare medieval Buddhist arts, culture and the unique beauty of the Himalayan desert. The medieval settlement of Lo Manthang lies in the remote Himalayan desert behind the Himalayas. Upper Mustang is a land covering about 2600 sq km in area where 6000 people live in colorful life & harmony . Recently an international team of explorers have discovered a cave that needs technical climbing to observe. Beautiful Buddhist murals, and historical objects are discovered. They celebrate several festivals but Tiji festival is the biggest. Tiji comes from the words "ten che"  & it means "the hope of Buddha Dharma prevailing in all worlds" and is a spring renewal festival that also celebrates the triumph of good over evil.

The Tiji festival is a three-day ritual activity 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 & ending. The demon father was destroying Mustang by creating a water shortage Dorje Jono finally defeated the demon and banishes him from the land. 
Detail Itinerary:

28 April 2013 Day 01: First Day in Kathmandu

Plannepaltrek.com will welcome you at Kathmandu Airport with bunch of flower & Khada wishing your holiday most memorable. You will be transferred to hotel & on arrival at hotel a short briefing is given about next day program

 

29 April 2013 Day 02 :Trek Preparatio &  Kathmandu sightseeing tour.O/M Hotel

 

Before your arrival in Nepal we will be processing for special permit that required for TIji Festival trek to Mustang but to receive permit & conclude the documentation we need original passport so after breakfast we collect your passport for final process of permit. At  the same time you will be enjoying sightseeing tour to world heritage sights of art & culture. O/N Hotel

 

 

30 April 2013 Day 03: Kathmandu to Pokhara (960m / 6hrs or ½ hr)

After breakfast we start our drive to Pokhra. After driving 1 hr. & 30 minutes we reach at river bank of Trisuli one of the holiest river of Himalayas. We follow Trisuli River valley for more two our & crossing bridge we leave Trisuli & follow Marshyandi, another mighty river for 30 minutes. After Dumre we leave Marshyandi & drive via beautiful village, terrace farm with great views of Mt. Annapurna for more two hours to reach Pokhara.

 

01 May 2013 Day 4: Pokhara to Jomson (2700m) by flight and trek to Kagbeni (2810m)

 

It takes only 25 minutes to fly Jomsom from Pokhara but  this morning flight over Himalayas offers fantastic views of Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri & Annapurna Mountain.We start trekking  to Kagbeni following the Kali Ghandaki river which is commonly known as Saligram trail.You will enjoy lovely views of mountains such as Dhaulagiri and the Nilgiri.  After pleasant trek for three hours we reach Kagbeni(2800m). O/N Guest House

 

02 May 2013 Day 05 : Trek Kagbeni to  Chele (3100m)

There is a path up the east edge of the Kali Gandaki that climbs over many ridges as it heads north and arrives Tangbe village. The town is a labyrinth of narrow alleys amongst whitewashed houses, farm of buckwheat, barley, wheat and apple. The breathtaking view of Nilgiri is still possible to see.After Tangbe, we reach Chhusang village and  by crossing the Kaligandaki, continue climbing north up the trail to a huge red chunk of conglomerate that has fallen from the cliff above, forming a tunnel through which the Kali Gandaki flows. The trail  now leaves the Kali Gandaki river and climbs steeply up a to Chele at 3030m.O/N

 

03 May 2013 Day 06 : Trek from Chele to Geling (3570m) for6 hrs.

 

We trek along treeless& waterless terrain, along the side of a spectacular steep canyon to a pass and cairn of rock at 3540m. Then the path goes a long gradual descent to some chortens on a ridge, before descending further on a pleasant trail to Samar.After samar we still continue trek to Geheling. O/N

 

04 May 2013 Day 07 : Trek from Geling to Charang (3560m ) for 5 hrs.

The trail ascends gently to Nyi La and descends beneath blue, grey and red cliffs across the valley to a bridge over the Tangmar Chu (river,) then cross probably the longest and most spectacular mani wall in Nepal. Ascending over another pass at 3600m, the trail follow a long gentle descent to Charang. The huge five–story white Dzong (fort) and red monastery contains a fascinating array of statues and Thankas as well as many large paintings of seated Buddhas.

 

05 May 2013 Day 08 : Trek from Charang to Lo Manthang (3840m)

Tiji Festival Starts

After breakfast we start our pleasant trek to Lo-manthang. This is the first day of festival where you will be lost in the mist of the sounds of horns , drums and cymbals. The most important part of the ceremony is the unfurling of an enormous Thankga painting of Guru Padma Sambhava. There will be a procession of monks, followed by the masked dancers who start the portrayal of the Tiji myth.O/N

 

06 May 2013 Day 09: Enjoy Second Day of festival at Lomanthang

Today many people from the outlying villages arrive, and the small square of the Lo Manthang is thronged with colorful people children in traditional dress.. The King of Mustang, wearing a crown of tiny river pearls, large red corals and turquoise will preside over the festivities.

07 May 2013 Day 10: Last Day of festival

Today is last day of Tiji . Festival end with ceremonial destruction of the evil spirit, represented by some long black yak hair and red torma cakes minced to a dark red gurry. 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.

 

08 May 2013 Day 11 : Trek from Lo Manthang  to Ghami (3520m / 6hrs)

 

09 May 2013 Day 12: Trek from Ghami to  Samar (3540m / 6hrs)

                                                                                                                                                           

 

10 May 2013 Day 13: Trek from Samar to  Kagbeni (2800m / 5hrs)

 

11 May 2013 Day 14: Trek from Kagbeni to Jomsom (2700m / 4hrs)

Return trek to Jomsom.

 

12 May 2013 Day 15 : Fly Jomsom to Pokhara fly (960m / 25minutes)

You will be flying early morning enjying views of mountain for 25 minutes then transfer to hotel.

13 May 2013 Day 16 : Drive Pokhara to Kathmandu for 6 hrs (1300m) & Transfer to hotel.O/N

14 May 2013 Day 17 : Departure