The Upper Mustang will observe the Tiji festival on the English dates of May 16, 17, and 18, 2023. Tiji will be observed on the fifth, sixth, and seventh of May in 2024. It takes place every year for three days, from the 27th to the 29th of the third month, according to the lunar calendar. The teahouses will determine if you can complete the entire walk.
Tenpa Chirims common name is Tiji (bstan pa spyi rim). It is one of the most well-known Himalayan festivals, and hundreds of tourists from all over the world eagerly anticipate it each year. The historic walled city of Lo Manthang observes it annually. The first independent monarch of Lo, Ama Pal, and Ngorchen Dorje Chang, the exalted being who introduced Buddhism to Mustang, were the ones who initially instituted the religious feast.
During the reign of Lowo Khenchen, son of the third independent monarch of Lo Tsangchen Tashi Goen, the Vajrakilaya rite, Tenchi, was introduced into practice. A group of individuals, comprising mediators or village chiefs from each community and the monks of Chode Monastery, are in charge of organizing this festival. For a long time, the festival was successfully run. The legend of chasing the demons out from Lo Manthangs holy ground dates back many years. A fruitful harvest is prayed for as well as the end of the dry season during the festival.
A colorful custom garment, dancing, singing, and dramatizations of the tale of divinity and his demonic father are all featured in this three-day festival.
We plan a personalized and group tour for the Tiji Festival in 2023. Because we are the most devoted trekking and tour company in Nepal, created at the initiative of the enthusiastic young native people of Mustang and Rolwaling, many tourists select us for Upper Mustang. Our entire trekking staff is from Upper Mustang, and our hiking guide will lead you through the beautiful Lo Kingdom while telling you about his customs and culture.
- Explore the historical sites in the Kathmandu valley.
- Take in the view as you drive the winding route.
- A panoramic flight between Jomsom and Pokhara.
- Pay a visit to Chungshi Cave Monastery.
- Participate in the prestigious Tiji festival to learn about the area's diverse cultural influences.
- Discover various monasteries and caves during the trek.
- Experience the trek to the Upper Mustang region.
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The Adventure High Pass representative will welcome you and transfer you to the hotel at the international airport in Kathmandu. The rest of the time is for you to prepare for the trek and buy the essential gear around the local market. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Today, take a tour of Kathmandu's UNESCO World Heritage Sites. It begins after breakfast, around 9 am. Some delightful spiritual sites include Pashupatinath, Boudhanath, Swayambhunath, and Kathmandu Durbar Square in Kathmandu. But, the exploration depends on the time. Then you can also prepare for the trek. Overnight in Kathmandu.
After arriving in Pokhara, you can tour the lovely Fewa Lake, the well-known Davi's Fall underground waterfall, the Gupteshowar Mahadev cave, and the climbing museum. The Tal Barahi Temple, which is located between the lake, can also be reached by boat. You can take an evening stroll along the peaceful lakeside market road and soak in the lovely ambiance. Overnight in Pokhara.
We have a flight from Pokhara Airport to Jomsom early in the morning. This magnificent, exhilarating flight, which lasts for 18 to 25 minutes and travels through the world's deepest canyon, offers breathtaking views of Mt. Dhaulagiri, the Annapurna Ranges, and Fishtail, as well as a number of well-known peaks in the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri region from both sides. The starting point of our walk is Jomsom. Following our arrival, we will eat breakfast and begin the approximately two or two and a half-hour trek to Lupra village, the only Bon settlement in Mustang, which is located adjacent to Panda Khola. While moving in the opposite direction, we may see the magnificent view of Tukuche Peak, Mount Nilgiri, and Mount Dhaulagiri. Overnight in Lubra village.
Following your breakfast, we will travel via Kagbeni, which will take us between 30 and 40 minutes. The entrance to Upper Mustang's regulated area is at Kagbeni, where you must provide your permit. We'll also visit the monastery and town while there. From Kagbeni, we can take in the magnificent vista of Mt. Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, and Tukuche peak. You will drive toward Sangmochen after eating lunch at Samar, passing through the Sohi la Pass (4000m), from which you will see views of the Himalaya on the southern half and the Kaligandaki Canyon on the eastern side. We quickly descended to the village and left our luggage there. After a quick breakfast and cup of tea, you'll visit Chungshi Rangchung Gonpa (sacred cave monastery). Padmasambhava, a famous Buddhist Tantric master, meditated here years ago. You can find improvised stone statues of Tara, Awalokeshwor (Chenresig), and prayer beads inside the cave monastery. The path winds through lush vegetation, and as the valley widens, we can see walls constructed in front of the caves that serve as the temporary houses of the goat and sheep herders. In this region, it is occasionally possible to witness bunnies and the uncommon blue sheep. Go back to the inn. Overnight in Sangmochen.
We will hike to Ghami village today. The trek will take 5 to 6 hours. We gently ascend to a little pass with breathtaking views of the towering peaks of Nilgiri, Tilicho, and Annapurna on the south after breakfast at Syangboche. The hike takes about 30 to 40 minutes and ends at Zete, a lone teahouse at the base of Nyi La, near Tama Gaon hamlet (3,950m). From a distance, climbing Nyi la appears to be simple, but the short uphill pass makes it extremely taxing. The path gradually descends to the Ghami La pass, passing by a dilapidated Ghami village surrounded by a field, Nepal's longest Mani wall, and some of the Dhakmar red cliffs. After your lunch at Ghami, you will hike along the longest Mani Wall to Dhakmar (the red clip village). Overnight in Dakmar.
As we leave the settlement of Dhakmar, we ascend the yellow canyon to Mui La. (4170m). We will arrive at the Lo-Gyakar Gompa, the oldest Buddhist monastery in the world, after 45 minutes of walking from Mui la. We'll eat lunch there. After lunch, we begin our trip to Lo Manthang as usual through Chogo La. (4280 m). The journey should take 4-5 hours. The initial portion of the expedition will be an arduous ascent to Lungri La, which is at 4070 meters. After passing through a little valley with Marmot spots after crossing the Lungri La, we will eventually arrive at the Chogo La after a mild ascent. We will be able to see what used to be Tibet's border with Nepal and China from Chogo La. We shall take the left road to Thingker village after descending down Karak valley. To go to the village where the summer palace of Royal Mustang is located takes another two hours. If the summer nomadic camps are still present, we will encounter yaks along the way. Overnight in Thingker village.
You will trek to Lo-Manthang after breakfast through the fields of Phuwa and Namgyal. We will make a pit break in Namgyal village so that we can explore this magnificent monastery, which is perched on the cliff's edge. Overnight in Lo-Manthang.
After breakfast today, we'll see Lo-three Manthang's principal monasteries, Thubchen, Jampa, and Choede. Then, after the afternoon mask dance, we will visit this historic walled city. Overnight in Lo-Manthang.
You will climb to Chosar this morning to visit ancient caves, monasteries, and traditional cave dwellings. And after returning to Lo-Manthang for lunch, you'll have the afternoon free to take in the start of the Tiji festival. (OPTIONAL) You can choose to use your own money to ride a horse or take a jeep. Overnight in Lo-Manthang.
The trail continues straight from Lo-Manthang to the 4100-meter Dhi pass before descending to Dhee hamlet. Thus, the entire walk will last 7-8 hours, not counting lunch and rest periods. Compared to the west side of the valley, the trekking will be more rewarding and exciting. One of the best villages in the entire Lo-Manthang is Dhi Village, which appears to be more prosperous and settled in a very favorable location. We will travel to Yara after eating lunch in the village of Dhee. Overnight in Yara.
On this day, we will ascend to Luri Cave Monastery through Gara village, and on the way down, Tashi Kabung Chorten will be our stop. Only a few of the 108 Kabung (Stupa), according to locals, have been found. Overnight in Yara.
We depart from Yara on a steep, meandering path. This quickly descends to the Damodar Kund-flowing Dhechaeng river. The track merely crosses a little river of ice-melting water, after which we must ascend for almost two hours to reach DHEY hamlet by a twisting way through a desolate mountain range to the Lo-Pa settlement of Tange. Buddhists make up the majority of the population, which is active in local commerce. The modest hillsides that roll off into the distance provide shelter for the villagers from the valley's moderate winds. If you face north from the settlement, you will see some sandstone cliffs that are more than a thousand years old. Here, at last, is the tiny Tangye settlement. Overnight in Tange.
We depart after packing our lunch and proceed to up some stairs, pass a suspension bridge, and then proceed down the trail on the right side. Before reaching a terraced hill station of 4,210m, we soon arrive at the Yak River. It is the highest point of the about 2:30-hour Upper Mustang journey. Damodar Himal and Saribung Himal are visible from here at (6,346m). There are still only ruins and no buildings left in this area, however, there are water sources. Right as the trail starts to descend the slope, you may see either Chhuksang or Tetang village. We will travel by jeep to Kagbeni on the same day due to the 10-day limit of the limited permission. Overnight in Kagbeni.
We shall eat breakfast later today because we walked from Tange to Chhusang for a long time. Following breakfast, we will take a jeep ride to Muktinath, where we will visit the major temple, Guru Marme Gompa, Budha Park, and perhaps even walk a short distance to the Guru Rinpoche Statue for the best vantage point of the town. We will go overnight to Jomsom afternoon. You can shop in the evening, where you can discover numerous regional goods such as Marpha brandy, dry apples, dry apricots, etc. Overnight to Jomsom.
From Jomsom, we take a 20-minute flight to Pokhara, where the guide will transport you to your hotel. On this day, you will have the opportunity to see the stunning Pokhara valley and its natural and cultural splendor. Overnight in Pokhara.
After breakfast, your vacation begins with a drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu, which takes about 6-7 hours to drive (or a quick 30-minute flight). Accommodations are booked in Kathmandu for the night. Overnight in Kathmandu.
After a beautiful time in the Himalayas of Nepal, it's time to bid farewell and wish you a safe flight to your further destination. Our representative will drop you at the airport.