Tiji festival tour 2019
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. The festival is indigenous to Lo-Manthang, Upper Mustang.
"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 takes place this year 12th.13th and 14th of May.2019 . 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||9 days trip|
|Max. Altitude:||3900 m.|
|Minimum Altitude:||2500 m.|
|Activities:||Tour / Tiji festival celebrating|
|Accommodation:||Lodge / Tea house|
|Meals:||Breakfast, lunch , Dinner with tea/coffee|
|Transportation:||Domestic flight and overland|
|Group Size:||2 persons (minimum) to 30 persons (maximum)|
|Per day driving:||5 to 6 hours|
9th.May.2019 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 clipboard. Stay overnight at hotel ( Kathmandu garden home ). B
10th.May.2019 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
11th.May.2019 Day 03: Fly to Jomsom and drive to Ghilling
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. Drive to Ghilling ( 3520 m/ 11548ft) approax. 5 hrs B+L+D
12th.May.2019 Day 04: 2 hrs drive to Lo Manthang / witness the Tiji festival starting in the afternoon
Finally we drive through 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.2019 Day 05: 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.2019 Day 06: 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.2019 Day 07: Lomanthang- Jomsom
Drive to Jomsom ( 2650 m.) approx. 6 hours then stay overnight at hotel.
16th.May.2019 Day 08: Fly to Pokhara and connection flight 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. Connection flight to Kathmandu ( 22 minutes ) then transfer to hotel ( Kathmandu garden home ) on b/b plan.
17th.May.2019 Day 09: Mustang Tiji tour ends / airport transportation
Nepal alternative treks make sure to customize the airport transfer as per your flight details.
Note : B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner
Arrival and departure airport transfer
Standard hotel accommodation in Kathmandu on Twin share with breakfast
Lodge accommodation while on trek on twin share
Full board meals ( breakfast, lunch and dinner with tea /coffee) while on upper Mustang Tiji festival tour.
Upper Mustang special trekking permit
Annapurna conservation entry trek permit (ACAP ) and other trek documentation.
Pokhara/ Jomsom / Pokhara airfare with airport tax.
Pokhara to Kathmandu by flight.
Kathmandu to Pokhara by tourist bus.
Free use of trekking gears like sleeping bag, down jacket, liner, etc
Complementary trek duffle bag and T- shirt to every traveller on Tiji festival trip.
A Kathmandu city map and Mustang region map
Comprehensive pre departure and trip dossiers for the mustang tour
Cost not includes
Nepal entry visa and your personal travel insurance of any kind International airfare
Hard and soft table drinks as coke, fanta, beer, minerwal water, boilled water, hot shower, desert, laundry, phone bill etc.
Main meals while on city like Kathmandu and Pokhara
Tips and items of personal nature expenses like postage, laundry etc
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