Journey into the historic and far off Mustang Region in Northern Nepal. This is the “Forbidden Kingdom” and focal point of the unique and culturally rich Tiji Festival. Previously Mustang was locked away from the outside world. However, in 1992 the area was opened up for trekking and since then has attracted a growing number of outside visitors.
Most trekking agencies in Nepal offer expeditions to the Mustang Region but have tended to ignore the Tiji Festival. Pure Adventure Nepal offers a trip to the Region that includes the Lo Manthang Tiji Festival.The festival involves three days of religious and spiritual ritual and ceremony aimed at chasing away the demons from the area.
Lo Manthang is an ancient “city” immersed in Tibetan Buddhist beliefs and traditions, surrounded by the great sculptured peaks of Tukuche ,Nilgiri and Dhaulagiri with Annapurna in the near distance.The religious ceremonies and rituals are colourful and precise and retell the myth of the casting out of wicked demons from the people and the “city”. There is no doubt that the Tiji Festival invites happiness and delights in witnessing the expulsion of these powerful, evil spirits.
Pure Adventure Nepal is happy to invite you to participate in this eighteen day experience incorporating the three days of the Tiji Festival. You will reach an altitude of about 4200 metres, trekking over moderate grade tracks and staying in tea house and home stay accommodation.
ManDay 01: Arrive In TIA, Kathmandu And Transfer To Hotel
Pure Adventure Nepal take it as our honor to welcome you at TIA, Kathmandu. Our representative members will support you in transferring in the hotel. After some time you will be called to discuss about the trip then you will join in welcome dinner. Stay overnight in hotel.
Day 02: Sightseeing In Kathmandu Valley
On the following day you will use the time for preparation and seeing some useful sights of Kathmandu which are listed by UNESCO but you will focus more on finalizing the personal stuffs and team structure. If necessary you can buy personal items as you are taking flight to Lukla on the next day and you may find limited stuffs there. You will be introduced with the team leader, expedition members, guides and other team members. We will work on the effective strategies and go to bed early. Stay overnight in hotel.
Day 03: Flight To Pokhara 30 Min
Waking up early and finishing the breakfast you will drive to TIA to. Already enjoying the landscapes of Mount Everest and other Himalayas you will land in Pokhara and meeting the representative local guide you will move into the hotel. Afterward you will sightseeing the Pokhara valley covering Fewa Lake, Begnas Tal, Mahendra cave and boating. Stay overnight in hotel.
Day 04: Flight To Jomsom 20 Min And Trek To Kagbeni (2,858m) 3-4hrs
On the following day you will finish your breakfast and drive to airport to catch the flight to Jomsom, taking 20 minutes. You can peek Tukuche, Dhaulagiri and Dhampus during your mountain flight. After that you will proceed trekking in Kagbeni sensing the taste of Upper Mustang scenes. Following the trekking route via tunnels, green pastureland, canals and fields you will arrive at Kageni within 3 to 4 hours. Stay overnight in tea house.
Day 05: Trek To Chele (3,050m) 5-6hrs
The day begins with special trekking permit and completing the official procedure you will move into Upper Mustang following the eastern bank of river. The trail will make you outlook beautiful surroundings, cliffs above the tunnel. Departing the Kali Gandaki valley now you will ascend to Chele. Stay overnight in tea house.
Day 06: Trek To Ghiling (3,806m) 6-7hrs
Carry on the trek all throughsharp, barren and dry terrain will make you ascend Climb beyond Samar from where you will take downhill towards the large gorge. Soaring up for another valley will take you to Taklam La Pass and you get to sight Yakawa Kang, Tilicho Peak and Damodar Danda. Moving from the utmost point you will get into Ghiling after continuing the trek for 6 to 7 hours. Stay overnight n tea house.
Day 07: Trek To Charang (3,575m) 4-5hrs
From Ghiling you will move ahead to Charang ascending through the plateau and crossing the extensive and spectacular Mani walls. With the end of wall the trekking trail will take you to Charang where you can observe maze fields, stone walls, Dzong, Red Gompa and amazing collection of Thankas and statues of Buddha. Stay overnight in tea house.
Day 08: Trek To Lo- Manthang (3,700m) 5-6hrs
The trail will make you descends from Charang passing the Tsarang Chu andenters into Tholung village. Then and there the trail again makes you take ascendlightly to windy pass of Lo, from where you can perceive the Lo-Manthang Valley and views of the walled city with hills on the Tibetan Border. A short downhill show the way to the trail crossing a stream and soar up to the plateau of Lo-Manthang. Stay overnight in tea house.
Day 09: First Day Of Tiji Festival
This is the first day of Tiji Festival where you get to enjoy the masked dance that held remembering the myth where the whole story will be revealed through the magical dance. With the end of dance demon will be killed by Dorje Jono to establish the harmony. Stay overnight in tea house.
Day 10: Second Day Of Tiji Festival
Continuing the Tije Festival you will outlook Tibetan women who show up in their traditional attire and colorful jewelry. Today you will see the king of Mustang who has put on the crown and ornaments. The costumes and mask dance will continue where you get to see cultural stuffs along with the precious jewelry. Stay overnight in tea house.
Day 11: Third Day Of Tiji Festival
On this day the Tiji Festival ends along with the end evil which is represented by Black yak hair and red torma cakes. The demons is attacked by bow, arrow and guns. You will adore the festival as it is related with the sentiment of natives and you too get to see peculiar cultural practice. Stay overnight in tea house.
Day 12: Trek To Ghami Via Lo-Geker (3,520m) 6hrs
With the end of Tiji festival it’s time to trek to Ghami via Lo-Geker and today the trekking trail will make you cover extensive trek. Perceiving final glimpse of Lo Manthang you will pass the Chogo La which is considered as the highest spot of the trek. Then, you will take downhill to visit ancient Ghar Gompa and finally you will reach Ghami which is enclosed by large fields. Stay overnight in teahouse.
Day 13: Trek To Samar (3,520m) 5hrs
On the following day you will proceed to Samar crossing all through crops fields and plateau. Though you might feel the trekking as not so pleasant but once you turn up at Samar you will feel good as Samar is a delightful village with the presence of terrace and Tibetan style of culture and tradition. Stay overnight in teahouse.
Day 14: Trek To Kagbeni (2,858m) 6hrs
Leave taking from Samar you will head to Kagbeni strolling for 6 hours. Moving through the bank of Kali Gandaki River and observing natural vegetation you will spend the night. Kagbeni is differently beautiful place and is admired by the trekkers. Here, you can visit Kagbeni village along with ancient villages too. Stay overnight in teahouse.
Day 15: Trek To Jomsom (2,700m) 3hrs
From Kagbeni you will trek to Jomsom, a beautiful destination admired by all trekkers. Completing the Upper Mustang trail you will link to Annapurna Circuit Trek. Enjoying lunch at Kagbeni you will set into Jomsom if you can manage one more day we will make you visit Muktinath but seeing your time schedule we do not have included here. Stay overnight in lodge.
Day 16: Flight Back To Pokhara 20 Min
From Jomsom you will take early flight to Pokhara taking 20 minutes of mountain flight. Viewing Annapurna and Dhualagiri the journey seems interesting and attention grabbing. Arriving at Pokhara airport you will transfer to lakeside hotel and if you wish you can set out to explore Pokhara city. Stay overnight in hotel.
Day 17: Flight To Kathmandu 30 Min
Waking up early and enjoying the breakfast you will drive to Pokhara airport to catch the flight to Kathmandu valley. Again liking the vistas of hills, Himalayas and birds seen from the clouds you will land on TIA. From TIA you will drive to hotel comfortably enjoying farewell dinner. Stay overnight in hotel.
Day 18: Departure
This is considered as the concluding day as per the set itinerary. So, if you wish you can go for shopping till the departure time. Then, you will be transferred to TIA for the last time so that you can head towards your home town or for next destinations. We are thankful that you have given us an opportunity to serve you.
Transport: Airport Arrival and departure transport / Domestic round flight(KTM-Pok/Pok-Jomsom/Jomsom-Pok/Pok-Ktm).
Accommodations : Hotel in Kathmandu Hotel Moon Light or Similar category (3nights)/ two star hotel in Pokhara(2nights)and Best available twin sharing local Lodge/Tea house accommodation during the trek(12nights).
Meals:Breakfast in Kathmandu/ Pokhara and Full board meals(Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner and seasonal fruits) during trek.
An experienced English speaking guide on the trek that is government licensed and trained. There will be an assistant leader (1 assistant leader for every four trekkers) plus Sherpas and porters (2 trekkers = 1 porter) This includes insurance/ salaries/equipment/ food and lodging for all staff on the trek.
Sleeping bag/Pure Adventure Nepal T-Shirt/ trekking maps.(Sleeping bag has to be returned after the trip completion).
All necessary paperwork and permits (TIMS/ Conservation Fee).
A comprehensive medical kit.
All government/ local taxes and Pure Adventure Nepal service charge.
1 Pair strong hiking boots
2 Pairs light socks
1 Pair sports shoes
3 Pairs heavy wool socks
1 Medium rucksack\backpack
1 Small day pack
1 Sleeping bag (according to seasons)
1 Inner sleeping sheet
1 Fleece\warm sweater
1 Sweatshirt\light sweater
1 Water and windproof jacket
2 Pair lightweight trousers
1 pair shorts
2 Long sleevs cotton or polypro
1 Water bottle-1 or 2litre
1 Down jacket\all weather Anorak
1 Turch\flashlight and spare batteries
1 Medium sized towel
1 Swiss type knife?
1 Money belt?
Sunglasses and sunhat
Water purification tablets\solution
Swimming costumes\bathing suit(?) Washing kit: include