Mustang Tiji Festival Trek May 2019

There are so many Himalayan religious festivals in Nepal. One of them is Tiji Festival in Lomanthang at palace of Mustang. This festival has been celebrating since 14th century contemporary period of Great Buddhist Master Lama Lowo Kenchen who had spread the Tibetan Buddhism in Mustang. This festival falls in every spring season. The Significance of this festival is retreat and ritual for 3 days by the Buddhist monks for the ancient deity Dorje Shunu who destroyed the demon and evil spirits to establish peace and prosperity in Mustang. Nepal is republic country since 2008, Mustang is a historical and federal kingdom where the Bista king has monarchy regime till toady though they are under the sovereignty of Nepal government.

Trip features:
-Exploration the land of Tibetan Buddhism, the last forbidden kingdom Mustang and the lost Tibetan kingdom of Nepal.
-Discover UNESCO preserved heritage sites, Nepal’s oldest Buddhist monasteries (Gompas), ancient stone walled stupas (chhortens) with flattering colorful Buddhist holy flags, hiding cave monasteries in the middle part of mountain region curved during the war between Lobas (local people of Mustang) and Tibetan, ancient wall painting Buddhist arts ( Thankas), isolated local villages with white washed authentic houses etc.
-Experience of Tibetan influence culture, tradition, hospitality etc. Tibetan Buddhist Cremation (Offering the pieces of death body to the vultures) and Polyandry Marriage system

Trip summery in facts: 

Trip Duration: 20 Days
Activity: 5-6 hours walking per day
Max. Altitude: 3840. (Lomanthang )
Accommodation: Hotel, Lodge , Guest house
Best time : whole year
Mode of Trek: Tea house Lodge full board during the trek
Grade: Moderate
Transportation: Drive/Flight
Group Size: Min 2, Max 12

Mustang Tiji Festival May 2019 Schedule in shortly
– Preparation @Thupchen Monastery
– Religious assembly of Vajrakala @Thupchen Monastery: old Thanka display on wall & mask dance in yard of palace
– Religious assembly @Thupchen Monastery: new Thanka display on wall, series of mask dance& gracing of event by King
– Religious assembly @Thupchen Monastery: offering ceremony by key dancer,procession led by monks/king/Lobas,final exorcism of evil outside the city walls,ceremony on the palace roof celebration.

Note: Tiji Festival date will be known in January or February of every year after publication of Tibetan Buddhist Lunar Calendar. 

Outline Itinerary: Mustang Tiji Festival Trek May 2019

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu international airport, welcome and transfer to hotel 2 star. Bed & breakfast included

Day 02: Trek preparation & formalities for special permits of Mustang. 2 star hotel. Bed & breakfast included

Day 03: Kathmandu (1300 m) to Pokhara (930 m) by tourist bus 6 hours and transfer to hotel comfort,near Fewa Lake in Pokhara. Bed & breakfast included.

Day 04: Pokhara to Jomsom (2700 m) by plane 20 minutes and trek to Kagbeni (2810 m) 3 hours. Visit around Kagbeni after lunch. Overnight at tea house Lodge.

Day 05: Kagbeni trek to Chele (3100 m) 5 hours. Overnight at tea house Lodge.

Day 06:Chele trek to Geling (3570 m) 5 hours. Overnight at tea house Lodge.

Day 07: Geling trek to Tsarang (3560 m) 5 hours. Overnight tea house Lodge.

Day 08: Tsarang trek to Lo Manthang (3940 m) 5 hours. Attendance in Tiji Festival preparation day. Overnight at tea house Lodge.

Day 09: Exploration in Lomanthang. Visit Jhong Gompa monastery and Gharphu Gompa monastery back to Lomanthang palace, meet King, entry in monasteries 5 hours. Optional: You can hire the horse in Lomanthang for the comfortable exploration. It cost 10 to 15 $ only for full day horse riding. Attendance in Tiji Festival 1st day. Overnight at tea house Lodge.

Day 10: Visit Chhoser Gompa monastery, Ritseling Gompa monastery and Khonchokling Gompa monastery on horse. Optional: You can hire the horse in Lomanthang for the comfortable exploration. It cost 10 to 15 $ only for full day horse riding. Attendance in Tiji Festival 2nd day. Overnight at tea house Lodge.

Day 11: Lomanthang. Attendance full day in Tiji Festival final day. Overnight at tea house Lodge.

Day 12: Lomanthang trek to Drakmar (3820 m) 5 hours Overnight at tea house Lodge.

Day 13: Drakmar trek to Shyangmochen (3800 m) 6 hours. Overnight at tea house Lodge.

Day 14: Shyangmochen trek to Chhusang (2980 m) 6 hours. Overnight at tea house Lodge.

Day 15: Chhusang trek to Kagbeni (2800 m) 5 hours. Overnight at tea house Lodge.

Day 16: Kagbeni trek to Jomsom (2700 m) 3 hours. Overnight at tea house Lodge.

Day 17: Jomsom to Pokhara by plane 20 minutes and transfer to hotel comfort,near Fewa Lake in Pokhara. Bed & breakfast included.

Day 18: Reserve day in Pokhara incase flight cancellation in Jomsom-Pokhara because of bad weather. Bed & breakfast included.

Day 19: Pokhara to Kathmandu by tourist bus 6 hours transfer to hotel 2 star bed & breakfast included.

Day 20: International departure.

Price Per Person:
2200 Euro (2-4 persons)
2100 Euro (6-8 persons)
2000 Euro (10-12 persons)

Cost includes:
- Arrival and departure by car or tourist bus in Kathmandu international airport.
- 4 nights 2 stars hotel bed and breakfast in Kathmandu.
- 2 nights hotel comfort bed and breakfast in Pokhara.
- Kathmandu-Pokhara round trip by tourist bus.
- Pokhara-Jomsom round trip by plane and airport taxes.
- Professional English speaking trekking guide, assistant guides, porters etc.
- Insurance, salary, transport, food, accomodation etc. for Nepali staffs.
- Food : breakfast, lunch and dinner with hot drinks coffee, tea, milk, lemon etc. during the trek
- Accommodation in Lodge twin basis.
- Trekking permits ACAP and Mustang special permits 13 days.
- 13% VAT compulsory tax of Nepal government.

Cost Excludes:
- International airfare.
- Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
- Nepal tourist visa fee 40 $, you can get Nepal visa up on arrival.
- Travel insurance with helicopter rescue coverage, cloths, sleeping bag -15 degree, first aid medicine etc.
- Cold and alcoholic beverages.
- Entrance fees in monuments, monasteries, donations,horse riding etc.
- Gas shower, Mobile & Camera recharges in local electricity in lodge.
- Tips for Nepali staffs at the end of the trek.

Clothing & Equipment Check List:
Important documents and items
Valid passport, 2 extra passport size photos, airline tickets
Separate photocopies of passport, visa form (easily obtained at Kathmandu airport), proof of insurance
Dollars, pounds or Euros in cash for purchasing Nepalese visa at Kathmandu airport, for paying for restaurants and hotels, for gratuities, snacks, and to purchase your own drinks and gifts
Credit cards, Bank/ATM/Cash machine cards for withdrawing funds from cash machines (bring a photocopy of your cards), traveler's checks, etc.
Head
Bandana or head scarf, also useful for dusty conditions
Warm hat that covers your ears (wool or synthetic)
Headlamp with extra batteries and bulbs
Sunglasses with UV protection
Prescription sunglasses (if required)
Upper Body
Polypropylene shirts (1 half sleeve and 2 long sleeves)
Light and expedition weight thermal tops
Fleece wind-stopper jacket or pullover
Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket
Down vest and/or jacket *
Gore-Tex jacket with hood, waterproof and breathable
Hands
1 pair of lightweight poly-liner gloves.
1 pair of lightweight wool or fleece gloves
1 pair of mittens, consists of 1 Gore-Tex over mitt matched with a very warm polar-fleece mitt liner (seasonal)
Lower Body
Non-cotton underwear briefs
1 pair of Hiking shorts
1 pair of Hiking trousers
1 pair of lightweight thermal bottoms (seasonal)
1 pair of fleece or woolen trousers
1 pair of waterproof shell pants, breathable fabric
Feet
2 pairs of thin, lightweight inner socks
2 pairs of heavy poly or wool socks
1 pair of Hiking boots with spare laces (sturdy soles, water resistant, ankle support, “broken in”)
1 pair of trainers or running shoes and/or sandals
Cotton socks (optional)
Gaiters (winter only), optional, “low” ankle high version
Sleeping
1 sleeping bag (- 15 degrees C)*
Fleece sleeping bag liner (optional)
Rucksack and Travel Bags
1 medium rucksack (50-70 liters/3000-4500 cubic inches, can be used for an airplane carry on)
1 large duffel bag *
A small day bag/backpack for carrying your valuables, should have good shoulder padding
Small padlocks for duffel-kit bags
2 large waterproof rucksack covers (optional)
Medical
Small, personal first-aid kit. (simple and light)
Aspirin, first-aid tape, and plasters (Band-Aids)
1 skin-blister repair kit
Anti-diarrhea pills
Anti-headache pills
Cough and/or cold medicine
Anti-altitude sickness pills: Diamox or Acetylzolamide
Stomach antibiotic: Ciprofloxacin, etc. Do not bring sleeping pills as they are a respiratory depressant.
Water purification tablets or water filter
1 set of earplugs
Extra pair of prescription glasses, contact lens supplies
Practical Items
1 small roll of repair tape, 1 sewing-repair kit
1 cigarette lighter, 1 small box of matches
1 compass or GPS(optional)
1 alarm clock/watch
1 digital camera with extra cards and batteries
large Zip lucks
2 water bottles (1 liter each)
1 small folding knife
Binoculars (optional)
4 large, waterproof, disposable rubbish sacks
Toiletries
1 medium-sized quick drying towel
Toothbrush/paste (preferably biodegradable)
Multi-purpose soap (preferably biodegradable)
Deodorants
Nail clippers
Face and body moisturizer
Female hygiene products
Small mirror
Personal Hygiene
Wet wipes (baby wipes)
Tissue /toilet roll
Anti-bacterial hand wash
Extras/Luxuries
Reading book
Trail map/guide book
Journal and pen
iPod
Travel game i.e. chess, backgammon, scrabble, playing cards (to help you pass the time at tea houses and/or camps)
1 modest swim suit
Binoculars (optional)
Voltage converter (from 220 to 110)
Plug adapter (2 round pegs to 2 flat pegs)
Lightweight pillow case (in case your tea houses provide you with pillows) or use your own stuff as a pillow

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