Tiji Festival Lo-Manthang Tour - 11 days

Tiji Festival Lo-Manthang Tour

Tiji Festival is most important festival of whole Mustang region.This elaborate festival is a harbinger of peace and hope and is based on the Tibetan myth of a deity named Dorje Shunu who was reincarnated to defeat evil, which creates suffering on earth. Tiji takes place in a surprisingly small courtyard with a large thangka displayed on the back wall. For the first day the “old” thangka, from the fourteenth century, is unrolled and for the final two days the “new” thangka from the sixteenth century is unveiled. Drums, cymbals, and ceremonial dancing take place every afternoon and last into the early evening.

During the Tiji festival, the trails to Lo-Manthang is busy as the people from surrounding villages, Mule caravans as well as many tourist from many different countries arriving in the region to observe the festival. Vista Trek P. Ltd arrange a special driving tour for this festival in 2017. Depending on client's interest, we can also arrange a trek from Jomsom to Jomsom.

Outline Itinerary

May 19: Arrival in Kathmandu. Pick up and transfer to Hotel. Visit our office for detail information. Overnight at Hotel.
May 20: Drive to Pokhara by Tourist bus. Overnight at Hotel.
May 21: Early morning fly to Jomsom . Jomsom to Kagbeni and Kagbeni to Chuksang. Jeep Drive 3-4 hours. Overnight at Hotel.
May 22: Chuksang to Lomanthang. Jeep Drive. 4-5 hours. Overnight at guest house.
May 23: Visit around Lo-manthang and observe the festival. Overnight at guest house.
May 24: Observe final day of Tiji Festival. Overnight at Guest house.
May 25: Drive back to Chuksang. Overnight at Guest house.
May 26: Drive back to Jomsom. Overnight at Guest house.
May 27: Early morning fly back to Pokhara and same day flight back to Kathmandu.
May 28: Extra rest day in Kathmandu.
May 29: Transfer to airport for your onward departure from Nepal.

Useful Info

About Accommodation.
In Kathmandu, we will accommodate you at Hotel Himalayan Traveller's Inn, and In Pokhara at Hotel Trekkers' Inn. Local lodges accommodation provided during the tour on twin sharing basis. Hotel in Kathmandu and in Pokhara comes with private bathroom , however in mountain, toilet and shower will be on sharing basis. In Lo-Manthang, during the Tiji Festival, lodges are over booked. Please kindly prepare that you may have to adjust staying at local house.

About Meal
You can enjoy typical Nepali food as well as continental , Italian, Indian and Tibetan. Dinner and breakfast serve at the teahouse where we stay and lunch will be served on the way to next destination. In Kathmandu and in Pokhara, only breakfast is provided. If you are a vegetarian or vegan, no worries, Nepal is such a easy place to get several vegetarian options.

About Staff:
A Guide will assist you from Kathmandu to Kathmandu. This is a driving tour so there won't be any porter However you luggage should not be more than 15 K.G as the domestic flight's weight limit is 15 K.G.

About Equipments
Following Equipment list is recommended to bring for the trek. Down Sleeping Bag, Down Jacket, Long sleeved shirt, Jumper or fleecy jacket, T – shirts, Comfy shoes for around the camp, thick and warm woolen socks, Light cotton socks , A day bag to carry your valuable, Sun hat, Woolen hat, Gloves, rain coat, Sun block, lip balm , Goggles or sunglasses, Long underwear, Thermal wear, Nylon windbreaker, Nylon wind pants, Water bottle, Sewing kit, Medical & first aid kit, Flash light, Batteries and bulbs, Swiss army knife, Towel and toiletries etc.

Physical Fitness and experience
Tiji Festival tour to Lo-Manthang is high altitude tour which demands experience of traveling in high altitude,however if you are strongly determined and have excellent health and average physical fitness can complete this tour. Few weeks prior to the trip, doing some physical exercise is better . No technical skill is needed however past experience also helps . If you are taking medicine for heart, lung or for blood diseases, please kindly consult your doctor and inform to Vista Trek P. Ltd.

About Insurance,
You have to obtain the travel insurance which should cover emergency evacuation and medical expenses. Some Insurance policy's cover only up to 4000 meter, so please kindly confirm with the insurance company before you purchase it.

About Season
The date of Tiji festival defined as per lunar calendar. Every year it falls on different date . The festival is occour normally in May or June.

About Drive
Highway in Nepal are safe, however sometime transport can be halted due to landslide , strike or by political issues. In such case trip itinerary will be affected. Thus, we would like to request you to add few days extra in Kathmandu. If you complete your trip smoothly, then you can enjoy your time with other activities like sightseeing, White water rafting. Jungle activities or more. The jeep drive from Jomsom to Lo-Manthang will be publich sharing one.The jeep wait until it get full of their passanger which is sometime very bothering. However you can upgrade the tour on charterred jeep. Please kindly consult with about the price.

About Booking.
Booking should be made until 30th of April. Flight from Pokhara to Jomsom are over booked during the festival. Your earliest confirmation is helpful to secured your trip for the festival.

See the FAQ for other related topic.

Detail Itinerary

DAY 1 Arrival in Kathmandu (1,370 metres)

  • Upon arrival at Tribhuwan Intl Airport in Kathmandu, a representative from Vista Trek waiting, well in time, to receive you, shall welcome you to this land of the towering Himalayas. Once reaching your hotel in a car from the airport, all you need to do is check in and enjoy the refreshment served.
  • We then visit the Vista Trek office for discussion on trekking, introduction to the guide and porter and settlement of dues if any. Since you often still have some time left for a walk around Thamel, you can do so if you please.

DAY 2 Kathmandu to Phokhara (820 metres; 5-6-hour drive)

  • We head off to Pokhara on a tourist bus early morning. On a highway carved along the foothills and along the banks of the famous Trishuli and Marshyndi river, this almost 6-hour journey, with guaranteed two stops for breakfast and lunch comes to its final stop in Phokhara, the city of lakes.
  • Spend the night in a hotel here.

DAY 3: Pokhara - Jomsom & Jomsom to Chhusan(2,980metres:), 20 minutes flight and 3-4 hours Drive.

  • Early in the morning, fly from Pokhara to Jomsom.This 20 minutes scenic flight goes through world's deepest valley made by Mt. Annapurna & Dhaulagiri with aerial view of several mountain peaks and Kaligandaki Valley.
  • After taking breakfast in the Jomsom, we start our tour to Chhusang. It takes about an hour to Kagbeni with scenic drive along the Kaligandaki river. Kagbeni, built in the valley of the Kali Gandaki River, is bound to attract most traversing through its land, and, consequently, is a stopover for many. The red monastery, constructed almost in the middle of the Village, is a shrine most people do not choose to miss out on. After special permit checking in Kagbeni we further drive to Chusang for overnight stay in Chusang.
  • Spend the night in local guest house.

DAY 4: Chusang to Lo-Manthang (3760meteres). 5-6 hours drive.

  • After breakfast in Chusang, we start our adventure to Lo-Manthang. The drive will be in a public Jeep.
  • The 9 seater jeep doesn't move until it has full of 9 traveling passanger. Once Jeep moves, we passes stunning landscape of Mustang region, following Kali Gandaki River. This driving adventure take us through various ancient village where we can observe Prayer flags, sacred preyer walls(Mani walls), old houses, Monasteries .
  • Upon arrival enjoy glimps of Tiji Festival Spend the night in Lo-Manthang.

DAY 5: Today we have full day to explore this fascinating town.

  • After breakfast visit the King Palace, Chyodi Gompa all Champa Lakhang "God house" the red Thugchen Gompa . If the time permit, we can also visit other popular attraction.
  • After Lunch we are ready to observe the festival. It generally starts at 3 PM.
  • Spend the night in local guest house.

DAY 6: In Lo-Manthang.

  • After breakfast visit around Lo-Manthang in the Morning. During day, observe the final day Tiji festival.
  • Lots of singing , dancing and ritual perform in small courtyard of King palace.
  • Spend the night in local guesthouse.

DAY 7: Drive back to Chhusang

  • After breakfast , we again take public jeep to drive back same we to Chhusang.
  • The scenic drive this time offer great view of Mt . Tilicho and Kaligandaki Valley.
  • Spend the night in local guest house.

DAY 8: Chhusang to Jomsom.

  • Today we again take public jeep drive back to Kagbeni first and from Kagbeni to jomsom.
  • Driving from kagbeni on all the way to Jomsom, everyone is forced to appreciate the sheer force of the wind, blowing at high speeds from the opposite direction. With the soaring peaks of Mt Dhaulagiri and Mt Nilgiri forming the backdrop, explore the town in the evening.
  • Spend the night in local guest house in Jomsom.

DAY 9 Early morning fly back to Pokhara and Pokhara to Kathmandu.

 

  • Today we finish our adventure. After breakfast, we have 20 take flight back to Pokhara and same day fly back to Kathmandu. The flight from Pokhara to Kathmandu offer 400 KM
  • Himalayan Panorama which should not be missed .
  • Transfer to hotel for the overnight.
  • Spend the night in Hotel .

 

DAY 10 Rest Day in Kathmandu.

  • Today is the relax day. You can enjoy buying gift for your family, friends and relatives.
  • This day can also be used in case of flight cancellation to Jomsom due to bad weather.
  • Spend the night at Hotel in Kathmandu.

DAY 11 Transfer to airport for departure from Nepal.

  • If you have a morning flight, we leave for Tribhuwan Intl Airport early morning in a car arranged by the office.

Cost Includes

  • Pick up and transfer by car from Airport-Hotel-Airport.
  • 3 nights accommodation in Kathmandu at good hotel and one night at Pokhara.
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner with tea/coffee during the trek.
  • Local lodges accommodation during the trek.
  • Government licensed guide ( including his food, salary, accommodation, equipment, medicine & insurance  and flight ticket).
  • All local transportation.
  • Pokhara ~Jomsom~Pokhara Both way flight ticket.
  • Pokhara~Kathmandu one way flight ticket
  • Jomsom-Lo-Manthang-Jomsom, Public Jeep Drive.
  • All necessary permits and entry fees including Upper Mustang Trekking Permit.
  • All government taxes.
  • Necessary equipment (sleeping bags, down jackets, walking sticks etc. if needed). 
  •  Our service charge.

Cost Excludes

  • Meals in Kathmandu & Pokhara.
  • International airfare.
  • Nepal entry visa fee ($30).
  • Your travel insurance (should include your medical and rescue).
  • Any personal expenses.
  • Alcohol and beverage.
  • Staff & driver tipping.
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