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In 2020 we offer our Mustang with the unique Tiji Festival, a spring-renewal ritual about the triumph of good over evil in “the chasing of the demons.” Tiji consists of three-day of Tibetan rituals, centered around a myth, which tells of a deity named Dorje Jono who must battle against his demon father to save the Kingdom of Mustang from destruction. The trek to Mustang itself is spectacular and boasts a remarkable spiritual heritage. Mustang, from the Tibetan mun tan, meaning “fertile plain” is the former Kingdom of Lo where Tibetan is still widely spoken and the traditional culture of Tibet remains. Mustang is currently one of the most popular and exiting travel area’s in Nepal. The landscape is almost grotesque , part of the river valley in the southern Mustang District forms by some measures the deepest gorge in the world and it ranges from a low point of 2750 m above sea level on the Kali Gandaki River just north of Kagbeni to the 6700 m high Khamjung Himal.
During the Tiji Festival Trekking, the town square fills with characters clad as demons in flamboyant robes and hideous masks dancing about, slashing at the air with their swords and intoning spells over onlookers. Spend the day steeped in the sights, sounds, and movements of this once-in-a-lifetime cultural marvel. This three-day ceremony is lit up with colorful custom dress, dancing, music, and reenactments from the story of a deity and his demon father.
Fixed trip from May 10 till May 29, 2020.
€2.175 per person, based upon minimum 2 persons
Day 1, May 10th
Arrival in Kathmandu, transfer to hotel and exploratory walk in Thamel. In the evening welcome dinner with our staff.
Day 2, May 11th
Visit of the capital Kathmandu and surroundings and especially to the Hindu temple of Pashupatinath and the great Buddhist stupa of Bodnath.
Day 3, May 12th
Domestic flight to Pokhara. Visit Fewa Lake. First views of the eight-thousanders of the Annapurna massif. Final preparations for the trekking.
Day 4, May 13th
Flight to Jomsom, a small airport at 2850m in the Annapurna’s. We trek today to Kagbeni (2850m) by the broad valley of the Kali Gandaki.
Day 5, May 14th
After checking the permits we ride with a local jeep to Ghami (3500m) via the picturesque village Ghilling with its small gompa. We follow the newly paved road to Lo Manthang. Ghami is beautifully situated between impressive rock formations.
Day 6, May 15th
Trekking to Tsarang, one of the larger villages in Mustang with white houses, fluttering prayer flags and one of the most beautiful panoramas of the journey on the ice wall of the Nilgiri. Above the village stands an imposing fort. Enjoying the view from the terrace of our lodge.
Day 7, May 16th We leave the classic route to Lo Manthang and head towards Tibet to Yara (3600m) where we will stay for 2 nights.
Day 8, May 17th Day trip from Yara to Luri Gompa. This inaccessible rock monastery dating from the 14th century is one of the holiest places in Mustang. It is surrounded by impressive cliffs.
Day 9, May 18th
Through the villages and Dhi Surkhang we move on to the medieval town of Lo Manthang. On the way we meet pilgrims on their way to the Tiji Festival. Along with this motley crew we get along great mani walls and chortens.
Day 10, May 19th
Attendance of the colorful and very traditional Tiji or Tenchi Festival. Tiji consists of three-day of Tibetan rituals. The Tiji centers around a myth, which tells of a deity named Dorje Jono who must battle against his demon father to save the Kingdom of Mustang from destruction. Tiji comes from the word “ten che” meaning the hope of Buddha Dharma prevailing in all worlds and is effectively a spring renewal festival.
Day 11, May, 20th
Those who wish may attend a second day of Tiji Festival. With the others we make a nice loop walk of about 8 hours through the different villages around Lo Manthang.
Day 12, May, 21th
Trekking to Ghami. We go through the Ghar Gompa further to the village of Le Ghokar to the traditional village Dhakmar with beautiful views of fantastically shaped red rock walls.
Day 13, May 22th
After Nyi La pass we see in the distance Ghilling. But we move on to Samar (3520m) via Shyanbochen and Beni. The peaks of the Annapurna come back closer.
Day 14, May 23th
Trekking to Chusang past imposing mountainsides and continue to the fortified town Tetang (2950m).
Day 15, May 24th
A quiet day to Kagbeni where we ‘officially’ leave the restricted area of Mustang
Day 16, May 25th
Descend to Jomsom, the little airport from where we will fly back tomorrow to Pokhara.
Day 17, May 26th
Flight to Pokhara in the morning. In the afternoon, enjoy the relaxed atmosphere at the Fewa Lake in Pokhara.
Day 18, May 27th
Extra (free) day. This day is to make sure if in any case we have no flight to Jomsom. If not required, we spend an extra day in Kathmandu or Pokhara. The tourleader will offer some trips in that case or propose an alternative sightseeing.
Day 19, May 28th
Transfer to Kathmandu by comfortable tourist bus. Arrival in the early evening.
Day 20, May 29th
Free until departure to the airport for flight to Europe.