Tiji Festival Trekking 2018 in Mustang

Tiji is a fascinating annual three-day festival consisting of Tibetan rituals that celebrate the myth of a son who had to save the Mustang kingdom from destruction. There are two different meanings as local people believe:

“Tiji” comes from the words ten che, meaning the “hope of the dharma prevailing in all worlds,” the message Guru Rinpoche carried through this region over a thousand years ago. "Tiji" the name is an abbreviation of the word "Tempa Chirim" which means "Prayer for World Peace". This festival commemorates the victory of Lord Buddha's incarnation Dorjee Sonnu over a demon called Man Tam Ru a vicious creature feeding on human beings and causing storms and droughts.

The Tiji festival usually takes place around mid May and lasts for 3 days. This year is determined to be on 12th.13th and 14th of May 2018 as Lunar calendar. The monks of Lo Manthang's "Choedhe" monastery perform ritual dances during the celebration. The harassment of Ma Tam Ru Ta (in a dance called "Tsa Chham" on the first day), the birth of Dorjee Sonnu as the demon's son (on the second day called "Nga Chham") and the attempt to return the demon to Lord Buddha's realm (on the third and final day) are enacted during the performances.

The Tiji festival dances are all organized by the Choedhe Monastery, which belongs to the Sakya sect of Buddhism. The monastery is headed by a Rimpoche. About 65 monks from Lo Manthang, Nhenyul and Chhosyer reside in this monastery. 

FACT OF THIS TRIP
Trip Duration      12 days trip
Max. Altitude: 3900 m.
Minimum Altitude:  2500 m. 
Grade: Easy
Activities: Trekking/ Tiji festival celebrating
Accommodation: Lodge / Tea house
Meals: Breakfast, lunch , Dinner with tea/coffee
Transportation: Domestic flight and overland
Trek Departure: 5th.May.2018 
Group Size: 2 persons (minimum) to 30 persons (maximum)
Best season: May
Available Time: May
Per day hiking: 5 to 6 hours

Tiji festival Trekking 2018 in Mustang

Suggested Itinerary 

5th.May.2018 Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu 

Your group leader will be there to greet you and transfer you to the hotel on your arrival in Kathmandu airport, please check the Nepal alternative clip board.  B

6th.May.2018 Day 02: Drive to Pokhara / explore the lake city / stay at hotel

This morning we take drive to Pokhara, the second biggest city of Nepal, as per your requirement is very entertaining giving you ample opportunity to know how locals live up to drive through these winding roads in tourist bus which are often enormously packed. B

7th.May.2018 Day 03: Fly to Jomsom and start 3 hrs trek to Kagbeni to start the upper Mustang TIJI trek

A short morning flight to Jomsom, the district headquarters of Mustang, through the world’s deepest Kali Gandaki Gorge with the glorious view of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri is exceptional. 

8th.May.2018 Day 04: Trek to Chele (3050m/ 10,006ft) around 5 hrs.

Today we enter the restricted area of Upper Mustang . As said to be the desert of Nepal the valley widens with barren and arid surroundings with green villages in the middle that appears more like a mirage which is simply incredible. B+L+D

9th.May.2018 Day 05: Trek to Syangboche (3800m/ 12467ft) walk 6 hrs. (3800m/ 12467ft) 5-6 hrs. 

Today’s walk is more into undulating trails with couple of steep climb and descents. Despite 6 hour walk the tremendous canyons with its unusual colour that opens out is extraordinary. In this bizarre the farming fields with rich red buckwheat and brilliant green and the south view offering you a panorama of Nilgiri, Annapurna, Tilicho Peak, and YakawaKang adds up to its magnificence. B+L+D

10th.May.2018 Day 06: Trek to Ghami (3520m/ 11548ft) walk approx.. 5 hrs.

From Syangboche we climb gently to a small pass of 3800m/12,467ft with extraordinary views of mountains and deep valleys into the wind eroded canyons. Today’s walk is effortless with few short climbs in between but beautiful scenery alongside would hardly allow us to realize the passing away of time and arrive at Ghami for lunch. B+L+D

11th.May.2018 Day 07: Trek to Tsarang (3560m/11679ft) 4 hrs. (3560m/11679ft) 4 hrs. 

This short trek to Tsarang takes us into the ‘Land of Chortens”. This trail marks the history and legend of the Indian saint Padmasambhava (750-810 AD), the founder of Tibetan Buddhism who created a fusion of Buddhism with the original Shamanistic religion of Tibet called Bon – whose influence upon the Indian Buddhism makes Tibetan Buddhism so fascinating. B+L+D

12th.May.2018 Day 08: 5 hrs trek to Lo Manthang / witness the Tiji festival starting in the afternoon

Finally we get to the plateau of Lo Monthang, ‘The Capital city and the Plain of Aspiration’ of Mustang. The fabled walled city of Lo, the kingdom with a single entrance is a welcome sight! The king, “Lo Gyelbu”, named Jigme Palbar Bista, still resides at his four-storied palace inside the walled city of Lo Manthang.

NOTE: ENTRANCE FEE MAY BE INCURRED TO SEE THE FESTIVAL FOR 3 CONSUCATIVE DAYS. B+L+D

13th.May.2018 Day 09: Exploration of cave and monastery in morning and afternoon witness the stunning mask dances performed by monks in Tiji festival

Lo Manthang the capital city of Mustang contains about 150 houses and has some of the largest and finest Tibetan Buddhism gompas in Nepal. The city itself is absolutely fascinating place with four major ancient Monasteries which are impressive and an enormous 14th century palace imposing 4-storey building in the center of the city. B+L+D

14th.May.2018 Day 10: Explore the Summer palace and monastery in morning and enjoy the last and final celebration of Tiji festival in Lo Manthang in the afternoon.

Today we will walk to Thinkar for morning excursion to see the summer palace. Though summer palace is abandoned and not anymore in use yet its worth hiking around.  Alternatively we can climb up the view point hill just north of Lo Monthang for the stunning view of all around the valle. Rest of our day, afternoon and night we will be in the palace witnessing the Tiji Festival, the last day of festival which normally takes on open area outside of the palace. B+L+D

15th.May.2018 Day 11: Lo-Mangthang-Tsarang-Ghami

Trek to Ghami and stay overnight at lodge. B+L+D

16th.May.2018 Day 12: Ghami- Ghiling –Chusang

Trek to Chusang and stay overnight there at lodge. B+L+D

17th.May.2018 Day 13: Chusang –Jomsom

Trek to Jomsom and stay overnight at lodge. B+L+D

18th.May.2018 Day 14: Fly to Pokhara and drive to Kathmandu

We take an early morning flight from Jomsom to Pokhara – a fantastic way to round off the trek, flying right along the Kali Gandaki Gorge between the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges. Drive to Kathmandu by  bus. Overnight at hotel. 

19th.May.2018 Day 15: Mustang Tiji trekking ends / airport transportation

Nepal alternative treks make sure to customize the airport transfer as per your flight details. 

TREKKING PERMITS AND NATIONAL PARK FEE

For trekking in the Everest, Annapurna, Langtang and Rara regions, a special permit is not required, but you will need a National park / Conservation permit and Trekking Information management system( TIMS) However, the following places do require a trekking permit:

1.       Lower Dolpo, Kanchenjunga, Gaurishankar and Lamabagar - Equivalent to US$ 10 per person per week. However, permit fee for Chekampar and Chunchet of Gorkha district (Sirdibas-Lhokpa-Chumling-Chekampar-Nile-Chule) has been fixed at US$ 35 per person for 08 days during September to November and US$ 25 per person per 08 days during December to August.

2.       Manaslu – US$ 70 per person per week and US$ 10 per person for each extra day during September - November and US$ 50 per person per week and US$ 7 per person per each extra day during December- August.

3.       Humla- US$ 50 per person for the first seven days and US$ 7 per day thereafter.

4.       Upper Mustang and Upper Dolpo - US$ 500 per person of the first 10 days and US$ 50 per person per day thereafter.

Note: The above mentioned trekking areas must be undertaken only through Registered Trekking Agencies from Government of Nepal (E.g. Nepal alternative Trekking Company -Registered no. 303047487).

An entrance fee is levied for visiting to all National Parks and Conservation Areas. There is no charge for children under 10 years.

                       Trekking season in Nepal 
Trekking area name Grade Good season No. of days Type of trekking 
Annapurna Area trek 1 to 3 Autumn and Spring 5 -27 days Tea house/Lodge
Arun Valley & Makalu  3 Autumn and Spring 15-20 days Tea house/Camping
Nepal tour 1 All seasons 4-10 days Hotel/Resort/home stay
Dhaulaghiri Area Trekking 4 April-May, Sept-Nov. 21-28 days Camping/organised only
Dolpo Area Trekking 2-4 April-July, Sept.-Nov. 16-27 days Lodge/Organized 
Everest Area Trekking 2-4 Autumn and Spring 6-28 days Lodge /Tea house
Ganesh Himal Area Trekking ( ruby valley trek) 1-2  Autumn and Spring 5-18 days Home stay/Camping
Manaslu Area Trekking 2-3  Autumn and Spring 13 -18 days Lodge/Camping trek
Langtang Area Trekking 2-4 Autumn and Spring 6-15 days Lodge/Camping
Tsum valley trekking 2 Autumn and Spring 7-10 days Home stay/Lodge/Camping
Kanchanjunga 3 Autumn and Spring 16-23 days Lodge/Camping
Mustang Trekking 2-3 March-Nov. 10 -18 days Lodge/Camping
Panchase Trekking 2 Autumn and Spring 4-6days Camping/Organized only
Panchpokhari trek 3 Autumn and Spring 10-21 days Campingm/organized only
Rara and Jumla trek 2 Autumn and Spring 10-21 days Camping/Organized only
Royal trek 1 Autumn and Spring 4-5 days Camping only
Siklish Trek 1 Autumn and Spring 7-10 days Home stay
Tamang heritage trail  2 Autumn and Spring 6-8 days Community lodge/home stay 

When you select your personal items, keep in mind the number of days you will be trekking, the time of year and the altitude. We advise our clients to bring these items:TREKKING EQUIPMENTS/ CHECK LISTS

General:

- Lightweight walking boots "walked" them in prior to arrival in Nepal to avoid blisters.

- light weight cotton pants, shorts, wrap around skirt.

- At night -track top, pants

- Cotton T-shirts.

- Long sleeve cotton shirt, if susceptible to sunburn.

- Sun hat - sunburn is severe at rarefied altitudes.

- Thick outer wooden socks, thin inner cotton

- Vaseline for feet and crutch.

- Water bottle - 2 liters.

- Sunglasses and strap

- Small headlamp/flashlight /torch

- Personal medical supplies - do not forget ban - aids, elastic bandage

- Sunscreen, sun bock, sun - tan lotion.

- Small daypack - 25 liters.

- Rain jacket - poncho style to cover backpack.

- Small towels

During winter Ads:

- Warm down fiber filled jacket.

- Sleeping bag to -15c with inner sheet

- Thermal underwear, woolen shirts and thick sweaters.

- Flannel shirt

- Beanie with ear flaps

- A pair of gloves

- Snow glasses and strap

- Snow gaiters.

Additional suggestion:

- Sandals or slip on shoes

- Camera and film.

- Spare boot laces.

TREKKING GRADE

It's important to match your fitness level. Find what you think will suit you best in the tables below:

Easy

Easy trekking by Himalayan standards is generally up to 2800m. There are plenty of ups and downs on well-maintained trails. This type of trip is best suited for those who lead a reasonably active life. The trek takes about 3 to 7 days, walking about 4 to 5 hours a day.

Moderate

this involves longer treks (eight to fifteen days) on maintained trails. This type of trek includes day excursions to higher elevations, for which it's advisable to have some previous hill- walking experience. On these treks, we generally achieve an altitude between 1100 m to 3200 m.

Strenuous

these treks must be fully supported. We climb to altitudes between 3200 and 5000m. and there are overnight stays at altitudes above 4000m. For this trek, trekkers should be fit and enthusiastic hill walkers prepared to tackle difficult terrain in remote areas.

Very strenuous

this trek is best described as Alpine, and suitable is suitable for those in excellent health, capable of carrying a backpack, when required. The trek covers very remote areas, traveling over snow-covered passes at altitudes of up to 6500m. You will need to axes and crampons. No strenuous trek should be undertaken without medical clearance.

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