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Upper Mustang Trek: Tiji FestivalUpper Mustang Trek: Tiji FestivalUpper Mustang Trek: Tiji FestivalUpper Mustang Trek: Tiji FestivalUpper Mustang Trek: Tiji FestivalUpper Mustang Trek: Tiji FestivalUpper Mustang Trek: Tiji Festival
Upper Mustang Trek: Tiji Festival
Upper Mustang Trek: Tiji Festival
Upper Mustang Trek: Tiji Festival
Upper Mustang Trek: Tiji Festival
Upper Mustang Trek: Tiji Festival
Upper Mustang Trek: Tiji Festival
Upper Mustang Trek: Tiji Festival

Extend your time on the Upper Mustang Trek by attending the 3-day Tiji Festival. This annual ceremony in Lo Manthang is performed by Sakya sect monks and brings inhabitants across Mustang together in prayer, ritual and exaltation. The festival is attended by the King of Mustang and locals adorned in traditional dresses. Click here to catch a previous of this splendid festival through acclaimed photographer Jimmy Nelson’s photos of the Tiji Festival.

Tiji comes from the words "ten che" meaning ‘the hope of Buddha Dharma prevailing in all worlds’. The Tiji myth tells a story of triumph of good over evil - when Dhorji Sonam defeats his demon father, Ma Tam Ru. Ma Tam Ru is a brutal creature who feeds on humans and wreaks destruction through droughts, storms and killing livestock.

The festival commences loudly and colourfully in Lo Manthang’s main square with a procession of traditional horns and drums. An ancient three-storey high thanka portraying Padma Sambhava fills the south wall of the square. Chhyode Gumba Monastery lamas and monks take their places under the thanka and enter into prayer. The elaborate robes and prayer headdresses worn by the lamas and monks are unique to Tibetan Buddhist sects. The lamas’ headdresses are similar in shape to Greco-romans helmets with crescent-shaped peaks. The monks have cymbal-shaped headdresses decorated with peacock plumes.

Tsa Chham, Nga Chham and Rha Chham are performed consecutively over each festival day. Tsa Chham is furious portrayal of the destructive powers by Ma Tam Ru, performed by a group of masked dancers.

Nga Chham portrays the birth of Dhorji Sonam. Dhorji Sonam is represented by one monk who for three months prior to the Tiji Festival, remains in seclusion to prepare for this role. He uses 52 magical dances to repel and overpower Ma Tam Ru.

Rha Chham represents Dhorji Sonam’s attempt to return Ma Tam Ru to the spirit kingdom inhabited by Buddha. Dhorji Sonam throws the effigy and Tsampaa of Ma Tam Ru, which symbolises the end of their battle and purification of the village from evil spirits.

Permits: Upper Mustang is a special zone and part of the Trans-Himalayan Ecosystem. Trekkers must be issued a special permit through a registered trekking agency. We request experienced trekkers to enquire about extended permits for loops accessible from Lo Monthang.

Highlights:

  • Enjoy this restricted region beset within unique and shadowy yellow-grey mountains
  • Watch sunset and sunrise over the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri massifs in Jomson
  • Cross through old trade routes by the Kali Gandaki river
  • Spend three nights in the walled kingdom of Lo Manthang and enjoy one of the world’s oldest Tibetan festivals.
  • Lo Manthang is an oasis of poplar and willow trees, tall white-washed mud brick homes, the Raja’s Palace and gompas.
  • Visit the Muktidahara holy bath with 108 waterspouts, Jwala Mai temple set above a spring housing three eternal flames, the Buddhist-Hindu temple of Vishnu/Chenrezig, and several marvelous monasteries in Muktinath

Trip Facts

Duration: 18 days

Altitude: 4325m

Difficulty: Medium to hard

Group Size: 2 - 10 Trekkers

Accommodation: Teahouse

Season: Feb-Dec

Activities: Trekking, sightseeing, Hiking

Starting / Ending: Pokhara

Transport : Private vehicle & Domestic Flight

Permits: Special permit, ACAP and TIMS

Equipment: Basic trekking gear 

Itinerary

Day 01:

Arrive in Kathmandu (1300m/4264ft)

Day 02:

Drive Kathmandu(1,400 m (4,600 ft.)- Pokhara (823m/2,700ft).O/N at hotel.[B/B]

Day 03:

Drive Pokhara - Jomsom(2665m/8744 ft.). O/N at Guesthouse.[B.L.D]

Day 04:

Trek Jomsom - Kagbeni (2,810/9,218ft.). O/N at Guesthouse.[B.L.D]

Day 05:

Trek from Kagbeni – Tsaile (spelt Chele La in Lonely Planet) (3050 m/ 10007 ft.). O/N at Guesthouse.[B.L.D]

Day 06:

Trek from Tsaile – Ghiling (spelt Geiling in Lonely Planet). N at Guesthouse.[B.L.D]

Day 07:

Trek from Ghiling - Tsarang(3620m/11876O). O/N at Guesthouse.[B.L.D]

Day 08/09/10:

Trek from Tsarang - Lo Manthang(3840m/12598 ft.). Attend Lo Manthang’s Tiji festival. O/N at Guesthouse.[B.L.D]

Day 11:

Trek from Lo- Manthang – Ghimi (also known as Ghemi)(3490m/11450 ft.) O/N at Guesthouse.[B.L.D]

Day 12:

Trek from Ghimi - Samar (near Chele La) (3100 m/10171 ft.). O/N at Guesthouse.[B.L.D]

Day 13:

Trek from Samar - Chu Sang. (or Chhuksang) O/N at Guesthouse.[B.L.D]

Day 14:

Trek from Chu Sang - Muktinath(3800m/12,464 ft.). O/N at Guesthouse.[B.L.D]

Day 15:

Drive Muktinath - Jomsom [2,715m/8,910ft]. O/N at Guesthouse.[B.L.D]

Day 16:

Drive Jomsom - Pokhara (823m/2,700ft).O/N at hotel.[B/B

Day 17:

Drive Pokhara - Kathmandu(1,400 m (4,600 ft.). O/N at hotel.[B/B]

Day 18:

Final Departure

Included Services

Included Services

+ All airport transfers. We’ll pick you up personally

+ 3+1N Accommodation in a quality 3* hotel with breakfast in Kathmandu & PKR [upgrade possible]

+ Sightseeing in KTM by private vehicle and professional English speaking guide+ entrance fees

+ Private trek with an English speaking trekking guide

+ 1 porter (between two clients) to carry your luggage during the trek (max 16 kg; i.e. 8kg pP)

+ Flight from PKR-Jomsom & return

+ sharing Tourist to bus KTM-PKR & return

+ Full board meals (Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner) during the trek

+ Accommodation during the trek in carefully selected teahouses

+ All trekking permits and TIMS card

+ First Aid kit

+ Guides’ and porters’ medical and accidental insurance

Excluded Services

- International Airfare to and from your country

- Nepal Visa fee for on arrival entry visa (US$ 40 for 30 days & US$ 100     for 90 days. You also require 2 passport sized photos)

- Lunch & Dinner in Kathmandu

- Any alcoholic beverages, cold drinks & boiled water as well as snacks, deserts etc. during the trek

- Other charges at lodges/tea houses such as showers, internet access or battery re-charging

- Personal clothing and equipment

- Personal travel insurance /medical/trip cancellation/rescue insurance

- Any rescue costs or costs of early departure from the expedition

- Excess baggage charges over 30kg of personal luggage

- Any costs associated with early departure from the expedition Gratuities

- Tips for Guides & Porters

- Unforeseen expenses not under our control such as flight cancellations or delays, weather related issues, illness during the trek, rescue costs etc.

- Any other costs not specifically included. Please feel free to ask if in doubt

Equipment

Equipment for trip

Have a kindly bring following stated equipment for the camping/tented trek. The equipment you can buy in Kathmandu with different quality in good price.

Luggage:
01 large duffel bag: The Luggage is for to carry all your personal gear on the trekking. Should be strong and durable. The best size would be around 30" x 14", with a full-length zipper and handles.

1 rucksack or day pack: The bag is for to accommodate a sweater, rain gear, water bottle, camera and accessories and any miscellaneous items you need to have during the day. We recommend a pack with at least 1450cu. In capacity, or smaller if you are not carrying a large amount of camera equipment.

Head and Face Gear:
1. Sunhat

2. A Bandana

3. Sunglasses

4. Warm hat

5. Sunscreen with a very high SPF factor

6. Lip balm with a high SPF factor

7. An emergency light

Hands:
1. Lightweight gloves

Inner Clothing:
1. T-shirts

2. Thermal underwear- Top and bottom. Synthetic is best

3. Underwear

4. 2 shorts

5. 2 Trousers- (comfortable) One thin, one thick and warm

Outer Clothing:
1. down Jacket

2. Fleece Jacket (or a windproof jacket)

3. Waterproof jacket with a hood (or a poncho)

4. Waterproof pants

5. Baggy pants

6. 2 pairs of gloves/mittens (1 thin and 1 thick)

7. 1 sweater to be worn under the fleece jacket

Footwear:
1. Light weight walking boots- (leather is recommended)

2. Spare laces

3. 2 pairs of thick woolen socks.

4. 2 pairs of thin socks to be worn under the woolen socks

5. One pair of sandals or comfortable shoes for camp

Drinking Equipment:
1. Water Bottle

Purification equipment-Boiled drinking water will be provided but further purification with iodine or purification tablets is highly recommended.

Sleeping and Carrying Equipment:
1. 30-40 liter daypack

2. Water Proof Bag-A water proof bag to cover the rucksack

3. Sleeping Bag- Please brings a bag that can resist temperatures as low as -15 degrees Celsius

Personal Medical Kit:
1. Bandage for sprains

2. Plasters/Band-aids

3. Iodine or water filters

4. Moleskin/Second skin - for blisters

5. Antiseptic ointment for cuts

6. Anti-bacterial throat lozenges (with antiseptic)

7. Aspirin/paracetamol - general painkiller

8. Oral rehydration salts
9. Broad-spectrum antibiotic (norfloxacin or ciprofloxin)

10. Anti-diarrhea medication (antibiotic)

11. Diarrhea stopper (Imodium - optional)

12. Diamox (altitude sickness - can be bought in Kathmandu)

13. Sterile Syringe set (anti-AIDS precaution)

Extras/Luxuries:
1. Binoculars

2. Reading book

3. Trail Map/Guide book

4. Journal & Pens

5. Travel game i.e. chess, backgammon, scrabble

Toiletries:
1. 1 medium sized quick drying towel

2. Toothbrush/paste (preferably biodegradable)

3. Multipurpose soap (preferably biodegradable)

4. Deodorant

5. Nail clippers

6. Face and body moisturize

7. Feminine hygiene products

8. Small mirror

 

Useful Information

Useful Info

Nepal Visas
You need visa for Nepal, which can be obtained in advance or on entry. If you wish to apply before departure the current visa cost is £20 for a 15 day visa and £35 for a 30 day visa for UK passport holders. The current cost of a visa on arrival is US$25 for 15 days, US$40 for 30 days or if extending your stay $100 for 90 days. All are multiple entry. The visa on arrival fee can be paid for in cash in US Dollars, Pounds Sterling or Euros. You will also need a passport photo. Application forms are available in the immigration hall (or for electronic passports there are visa registration machines which, after inserting your passport, automatically fill out a form for you). You must firstly join the queue to pay the visa fee, and then go to the relevant immigration desk to obtain your 15, 30 or 90 day visa stamp. There can be long queues for visas on arrival.

Travelers Insurance
While you do trips through Incredible Himalayan Sherpa Adventure, you will submit copy of your insurance certificate. Your insurance policy must coverage accidents, medical expenses and emergency evacuation including helicopter rescue and then personal liability. At the time of you do Insurance you should read the policy carefully whether your requirements are included or not. Incredible Himalayan Sherpa also advocated your Insurance policy coverage cancellation curtailment, loss of luggage and personal effects. If you have must proof of the Insurance receipt, you will do initiative otherwise you can’t get any compensation.

Helicopter Evacuation
Sometimes, Helicopter rescue situations can come due to unexpected accident, bad weather, road obstruction/blocked or other reasons. Anywhere you options for a helicopter trip in order to back to home early due to health issue and due to an emergency that may arise during the trip. In any cases, the expense of any helicopter flight is the only responsibility of you or your policy should be coverage in this cases.

Flexible Timing
The flight from Kathmandu to Lukla significantly reduces the journey time compared to the trek via Jiri (which we also offer). The flight is the shortest and most popular way of gaining access to the region but the mountain weather is notoriously unpredictable and sometimes even during the best part of the season, flights are delayed or postponed for one or more days. We can also arrange for a Heli charter from Kathmandu to Lukla instead but this adds significant extra cost. We highly recommend that you take potential delays into account and allow for a week extra day in Kathmandu.

Money and Tipping
Money and Tipping; It is best to bring a mixture of cash and traveler’s checks in a major currency [some currencies are not convertible to NPR]. USD, GBP, CAD, EUR, and AUD are generally fine. Ensure you have also small denominations. As a guideline for baseline spending money we suggest USD 8 - 10 per meal in Kathmandu / Pokhara and USD 30 – 35 per day whilst trekking in the Annapurna region (if you drink or smoke or plan some major shopping this could be higher). You should exchange enough money into Nepalese Rupees to last the entire time of your trek BEFORE leaving Kathmandu. There are no exchange facilities in the villages along the trail but plenty of money changers in KTM.

Tipping is, Since the 1960s when trekking in Nepal was developed, there has been a tradition for groups and independent visitors to tip their crews at the end of a trek but tips are not included in the trip price. If you are happy with the performance of the trekking staff, we suggest the following as a minimum: USD 7 per day of the wages or around one day’s wage for each week on trek. As a rule, and through tradition, the head cook should get a little more than the porters and ‘Sherpa’ and kitchen crews. The Sirdar and Leader/guide should get a little more again.

Duration
18 days
Season
Feb-Dec
Region
Annapurna
Grade
Medium
Altitude
4325m
Walking
5hr
Accommodation
Tea-house
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