Tiji Festival is a 3-day celebration in the highlands of Upper Mustang, a restricted trekking zone of Nepal. Of course, the only way to get in is with special trekking permits from the Immigration. Tiji Festival Trek is just around the corner, and we are excited to bring you this program.
Upper Mustang is home to ancient Tibetan Kingdom and culture. Every year, Tiji is observed by the local monks and residents to chase away the dark demons and restore peace in the world. In 2021, Tiji festival is being observed in May.
Our itinerary for the 2020 Tiji is organized so that we reach the village a day before the festival starts. The good thing about this trip is that we get to experience trekking in the restricted zone along with observing one of the most oldest festivals in the world.
Lo-manthang, the epicenter of this festival, is filled with performers, priests, monks and observers from around the world. The rituals take you back in time as ancient dance and music fills up the environment with a spiritual aroma. Various dances, prayers, rites and rituals are performed to gradually progress the ceremony. The ritual is performed at the ancient and historically important Lo-manthang Palace that takes place every year. The festival is seated by the tribal royal family (now constitutionally abolished).
To make this trip interesting, we have incorporated Kathmandu Valley sightseeing as well as trekking into the itinerary (see below). From Kathmandu, we have to take first flight to Pokhara and another to Jomsom, from where the trekking will start. The ragged landscape of Manang and Mustang Region are jaw dropping. Add with that the colors of Tiji, and the whole trip experience becomes simply mind-blowing. After all, it is the festivals of Nepal that keep it unique and loved aside the tall mountains and natural beauty.
People that have been to this festival describe it as “out of this world” experience as you literally go back in time of the ancient Tibetan tradition. Also, the significance of world peace along with victory of good over evil makes this practice important.
As you step out of the arrival terminal in Tribhuwan International Airport, look for your name sign with one of our staff. After meeting, we will make a call for the vehicle from parking and transfer you to your hotel in Kathmandu. Accommodation: 3-Star Hotel
Explore the popular world heritage sites in Kathmandu Valley. This guided tour will be informative and you will visit the Pashupatinath, Boudhanath and Swayambhunath temples, all UNESCO World Heritage Sites. We meet in the evening for trip briefing and prepare to leave the next day. Overnight: 3-Star Hotel in Kathmandu
Enjoy a short 20 minutes flight to Pokhara. Hotel Transfer. Enjoy a great afternoon and evening beside the Fewa Lake. Accommodation: 3-Star Hotel, Pokhara.
After breakfast, head to the airport for another 20 minute flight to Jomsom. Upon landing, start trekking to Kagbeni, a popular marketplace in the western Nepal. The trek will last 4 hours. Accommodation: Tea-house in Kagbeni
Explore Tangbe and Chusang villages as you trek along the Kali Gandaki river, gaining altitude as you go up. The grey shades of rocks and hills speak of how barren and dry they are. Annapurna and Nilgiri peaks show off as the day progresses towards Chele. Overnight: Tea-house
After breakfast, start a day of trekking that ascends 550 meters. Derail from Kali Gandaki river and walk through ups and downs of the irregular path. The vegetation looks barren and its difficult life seems obvious as we move forward. Overnight: Tea-house Gheling.
Rejoin Kali Gandaki river bed. Today's walk will be without altitude gain. However, there will still be few ups and downs. Cross a small bridge to arrive at Nepal's longest mani wall prayers. You are supposed to pray for world peace or make a wish as you walk past them. Reach Tsarang after a while. Accommodation: Tea-house
Lo Manthang is a historical village in the middle of the mountains, defended by her king and the people since a long time ago. You will feel a spiritual awakening as you approach closer and closer to this village, just in time for the celebration starting the next day. Overnight: Tea-house
Wake up to the first day of the Tiji festival celebration. You will have so much to digest in the next three days. Observe the ancient tradition of the Mananges first hand. The sound of drums, horns, ancient dance, prayers, hymns and the atmosphere will make you feel like you have traveled back a 100 years or more. Your guide will explain to you everything in detail as it happen. Nevertheless, you will always find another ritual that surprises you, as many travelers have described.
Start your return trek after breakfast. As you leave the village of Lo Manthang, you can't stop wondering about the three days that passed. Shorty, arrive at Lo Gekar, and visit Tibet's(& Nepal's) oldest monastery. Continue towards Ghami after lunch. Overnight at Ghami.
More downtrek journey follows as we descend gradually to the foothill of the valley, to a small village of Samar. Overnight in Samar.
Descend down further to Chele and eventually to Kagbeni. Overnight in Kagbeni.
Can't believe we are at the last trekking day, and on the final days of our trip. Enjoy the hike towards the beautiful town of Jomsom from Kagbeni. Overnight in Kagbeni.
Enjoy a short morning flight from Jomsom to Pokhara. Take a rest for the day, and enjoy various activities available in the Lakeside town. Take a boat ride in Fewa Lake, go for an evening walk or simply enjoy the sunset with a beer. Overnight at 3-Star Hotel in Pokhara.
Take an early morning flight to Kathmandu. Spend the rest of the day exploring Thamel, the Kathmandu Durbar Square and buying souvenir. Meet up in the evening for a group dinner and farewell program.Accommodation at a 3-Star Hotel in Kathmandu.
Enjoy a beautiful breakfast. As per your flight itinerary, we will arrange airport transfer from your hotel. Say goodbye and fly back with memories.
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