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Tiji festival in Upper Mustang 12-13-14 May 2018


12-13-14 May 2018

Mustang trek lying in the rain shadow of the Himalayas is perhaps the last enclave of pristine Tibetan culture. Forbidden & isolated from the rest of the World it was able to evolve its own distinctive culture and traditional which is so rich & unique. Lo-Mustang, the capital is walled city ruled by religious king. Untouched by modern civilization, life in Mustang goes on as it has for centuries in unhurried pace. A trek into the kingdom of Mustang is an unforgettable experience. Upper Mustang is restricted area of Nepal. Who wish to visit Mustang, Have to pay special permit fee and apply for permit any Gov. Resister trekking agency in Nepal.

The festival is a three-day ritual known as "The chasing of the Demons" and it is centered on the Tiji myth. 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. The demon father wreaks havoc on Mustang by creating a water shortage which, in this extremely arid land, is the most precious life-sustaining resource. Dorje Jono eventually defeats the demon and banishes him from the land.

Tiji is a celebration and reaffirmation of this myth. Throughout the festival the events and story of the myth are re-enacted. The festival is timed to coincide with the end of the dry season (late winter/spring) and ushers in the wetter monsoon season. Tiji comes from the words "ten che" meaning "the hope of Buddha Dharma prevailing in all worlds" and is a spring renewal festival that also celebrates the triumph of good over evil. In 1964 Michel Peissel was the first westerner to observe the Tiji festival. At this time, the Mustang region was still completely closed off to foreigners and he had to obtain special permission from the government of Nepal in order to enter the region. Despite his arrival on the last day of the celebration (he was unaware of the observance of Tiji) the experience left a lasting impression on him. "The scenes I witnessed were so extraordinary and so unexpected that I dared not believe my eyes and even today I have some trouble in believing in the reality of what I saw that day."

Tiji Festival

Itinerary:

Mustang Trekking03 May 2018: Day 01: Arrival Kathmandu and transfer to Hotel
04 May 2018: Day 02: Preparing trek permit for upper Mustang
05 May 2018: Day 03: Drive to Pokhara and over night hotel
06 May 2018: Day 04: Flight to Jomson & Trek to Kagbeni   

Restricted area:   
07 May 2018: Day 05: Kagbeni - Chele – Camping / Lodge
08  May 2018: Day 06: Chele - Gilling   - Camping / lodge
09 May 2018: Day 07: Gilling - Ghami   - Camping / lodge
10 May 2018: Day 08: Ghami - Tsarang - Camping / lodge              
11 May 2018: Day 09: Tsarang - Lo- Manthang – Camping / lodg

12 May 2018: Day 10: Lo- Manthang day hiking (Start 3:30 Tiji Festival)  
13 May 2018: Day 11: Lo- Manthang - Tiji Festival  main day  
14 May 2018: Day 12: Lo- Manthang - Tiji Festival end

15 May 2018: Day 13: Lo - Manthang - Ghami  - Camping
16 May 2018: Day 14: Ghami - Samar  - Camping
17 May 2018: Day 15: Samar - Chhusang  - Camping
18 May 2018: Day 16: Chhusang - Kagbeni  & drive to Jomsom

Exit restricted area: 
19 May 2018: Day 17: Fly Jomsom - Pokhara & Kathmandu
20 May 2018: Day 18: Transfer to airport for final departure

Cost: (Minimum 2 person) Lodge Trek

2 persons, per person USD 2500
3 - 4 persons, per person USD 2375
5 - 7 persons, per person USD 2295
8 - 10 persons, per person USD 2095
11-15 persons, per person USD 1995

Note: Special permit USD 600 includes above the package

Cost Includes

  • Mustang Trekking3 nights 3 star hotel in Kathmandu bed and breakfast  
  • 1 night hotel in Pokhara with bed and breakfast
  • Flight Pokhara - Jomsom - Pokhara – Kathmandu
  • Fully lodge trek from Jomsom, Lo-Mangthankg -Jomsom
  • 1 Trekking guide & 1 porter for 2 person trekker
  • Meal Plan : Breakfast, Lunch, dinner every day in trekking
  • Accommodation during trek with Lodge and guest houses
  • Annapurna conservation permit for upper Mustang trek
  • Airport / hotel / airport transfer in Kathmandu
  • Drive Kathmandu - Pokhara deluxe tourist bus
  • Special permit for Upper Mustang trek
  • Fare well dinner with typical Nepali restaurant


Cost: (Minimum 2 person) Lodge Trek

2 persons, per person USD 3500
3 - 4 persons, per person USD 3200
5 - 7 persons, per person USD 3000
8 - 10 persons, per person USD 2750
11-15 persons, per person USD 2500

Cost Includes

  • 3 nights 3 star hotel in Kathmandu bed & breakfast
  • 1 night hotel in Pokhara with bed and breakfast
  • Flight Pokhara - Jomsom -Pokhara – Kathmandu
  • Fully camping trek Jomsom to Lo-Mangthankg & back  
  • 1 Trekking guide, cook, cook helper, necessary porter
  • Fresh Meal plan : Breakfast, Lunch, dinner in trekking
  • Two man tent, dining tent and table, chair, Toilet tent
  • Kathmandu Airport / hotel / airport transfer by car/van 
  • Drive Kathmandu - Pokhara deluxe air-condition bus
  • Upper Mustang trek & Annapurna conservation permit
  • Fare well dinner with typical Nepali dance and folk song

Cost Excludes

  • All expenses of personal nature
  • Personal travel insurance for Nepal
  • Lunch, dinner in Kathmandu & Pokhara
  • Helicopter rescue incase needed
  • Tips for guide and Porter
  • Laundry, phone calls
  • Bar bills, Beverage, Mineral water

Do not Forget to carry:

  • Strong trekking boots with a couple of stocks, extra sport shoes or sandal for evening
  • Sun glass, cold cream, day pack, walking stick if you need, Personal expenses, down jacket for cool season
  • A rain coat (June, July, August and September) is needed for the uncertainties of weather,
    wild proof jacket and trouser & enough warm clothes.
  • Personal  medicine for minor accidents/ happenings/ sickness
  • Chocolates, lozenges, candies, glucose and dry fruits if you needed  while trekking
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