Tiji Festival ( 18 Days / 17 Nights )
 

The Tiji festival is held in Lo Manthang every year and is a three-day ritual known as "The chasing of the Demons" that focuses on the Tiji myth. The myth tells of a deity named DorjeJono who must battle against his demon father to save the Kingdom of Mustang from destruction. The demon father wreaked havoc on Mustang by bringing a shortage of water (a highly precious resource in this very dry land) causing many resultant disasters from famine to animal loss. DorjeJono eventually beats the demon and banishes him from the land. Tiji is a celebration and reaffirmation of this myth and throughout the festival the various scenes of the myth will be enacted. It is of course timed to coincide with the end of the dry winter/spring season and will usher in the wetter monsoon season (the growing season for Mustang). Tiji comes from the word "ten che" meaing the hope of Buddha Dharma prevailing in all worlds and is effectively a renewal festival.

The land of "Lo". Remote and forbidden to travelers for centuries is now open to trekkers. Your journey begins with a late afternoon flight to Pokhara followed, the next morning, by a flight to Jomsom. From here the trail leads along the left bank of the Kali Gandakiriver through the villages of Kagbeni, Chusang, Samochin and Charang to the walled capital of Mustang - Lomanthan.

This trek also gives you the opportunity to go where few have been before. Most of the trek keeps to arid, high deserts inhabited mostly by people of Tibetan stock. The men folk are either traders or farmers while the women mostly tend the fields. Along with insights into the everyday lives of the people of "Lo" you will have the opportunity to witness their vibrant culture and also a chance to get a look at Lamaist Buddhism little changed by time.

 

 
LEVEL: Strenuous
For healthy and fit adults. May involve travel over difficult terrain and / or travel in altitudes in excess of 4500 m. and may involve crossing multiple high altitude passes.
 
BOOK NOW
 
 
Itinerary
Day 01 Arrive in Kathmandu .Transfer to your hotel .Depending on the arrival time of your flight sightseeing of Kathmandu.
Day 02 Final preparations for your trek. If you feel that you are sufficiently prepared then sightseeing of Patan Durbar Square, Swoyambhunath and Boudhnath.
Day 03 Fly to Pokhara. At leisure.
Day 04 Fly to Jomsom meet your crew and trek to Kagbeni (2870 m).
Day 05 Trek to Chailey (3100 m.) via Chusang.
Day 06 Trek via the Soya La (La = pass), to Samochin (3800 m.).
Day 07 Trek to Tsarang (3499 m.).
Day 08 Rest day at Tsarang.
Day 09 Trek to Lomanthan (3820m), the ancient walled capital of Mustang.
Day 10 Spend a day in Lo Manthan watching colorful dances and horse racing. Thousands of people from local village and surrounding villages gather to take part in the festival. You will see local women in traditional dresses and jewelry.
Day 11 Trek to Ghimi (3551 m.).
Day 12 Trek to Chele (3030 m.).
Day 13 Trek to Chusang (2920 m.).
Day 14 Trek via a high pass to Muktinath (3710 M.)
Day 15 Trek to Jomsom (2800 m.).
Day 16 Rest day in Jomsom.
Day 17 Fly to Pokhara and onwards to Kathmandu
Day 18 At an appointed time transfer to the airport for your departure from Nepal.