Mustang Tiji Festival Trekking 2016
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Mustang Tiji festival is one of the grand festivals of Mustang region, also called as Forbidden Kingdom of Nepal which lies just beneath the main Himalayas. This area is so rich in its traditional and cultural aspects it is still given status as restricted area for Trekking. Mustang is officially opened in 1992 but hosts limited number of trekkers in order to preserve its century’s old local culture and traditions, old remains and fragile environment. Tiji Festival, one of the most important festival of this region, hosts for three long days with rituals known as “Chasing of the Demons”. During the festival monks dressed in elaborate costumes and masks perform dances and rituals that are literally supposed to drive away evil spirits. People from all over Mustang gather in Lo Monthang to celebrate the Tiji festival all in their traditional finery costumes. Mustang Tiji festival along with a trek into this mighty forbidden kingdom of vast, arid valleys, eroded canyons, ochre valley, amaging yak caravans, stunning and colourful-painted mud brick houses on the back dropped of majestic mountain of Nilgiri, Tukche, Annapurna, Dhaulagiri makes your medieval walled kingdom mustang as one of the must visit places of World.
A trekker who is able to hike and trek normally 5-6 hours per day with a light weight backpack will be very fit enough to perform this trekking. There may be stone steps, ups and downs, rocky paths and which are very uneven and also because of long trails your leg may feel tired and shaky so we strongly recommend you to use walking poles and trek sticks to feel safer and to maintain the pace. You will be informed about altitude and you should be more careful about your health and altitude related risk. To get rid of it, acclimatize as well as walk slowly and have more water and other drinks to maintain yourself hydrated.
Trekking Accessories- Trekking Bag pack, Trekking day bag (Small handbag), Trekking stick, Trekking jacket Gore tax/ flees jacket, Sleeping bag, etc
Footwear - Trekking shoes, Camping Shoes, Sports shoes or comfortable sandal, 4/5 pairs of good qualities socks, etc
Cosmetics - Sun cream, Body Lotion, Moisturizers, lip balm, Mirror Wet Tissue Papers, Soap, Perfumes, and Tooth brush etc.
Clothes - Pullover or warm sweeter, Sun Hat, Warm woolen cap, Raincoat, Hand gloves, 2/3 pairs of Trekking trousers, 3/4 pairs of trekking shirts, 3/4 pairs of Underwear, etc.
Gears - Flash or Torch light, Head Torch lights, lighters, Chargers, Camera and batteries, Eye glass, Water bottle, etc.
Extra – IPods, Binoculars, First Aid Kit, Ear Plugs, Pen & diary, Travel Map or GPS, etc as per your requirements and necessities.
Always Drink Safe Water
Well Nepal Treks suggest you to have purified drinking water. Basically, we can get mineral water bottles in lower places but we might not find it in higher ground. In such cases we suggest you to drink boiled water which might charge very tiny fee in tea houses. Bring chlorine tablets to purify water. Recommend yourself to use boiled rather than mineral water which will be helpful for protection of you and healthy environment.
About Recharging Your Batteries & Electronic Devices during Trek
Hydro electricity may not be available in every location, so solar power sources are used to charge your electrical items like camera, batteries, iPod, I phone etc. Several Tea houses or lodges may charge small fee per hours for charging facilities for consumption of electricity or solar power. Well Nepal Treks recommends you to have adaptors and chargers before the trip since plugs are limited. In Nepal 220-240 volt power is used and sockets fit round and flat plugs.
Well Nepal Treks suggest you to use dustbins and do not throw anything into the fire. Carry a separate garbage carrier in the way and dispose it where dustbin facilities are available and promote the healthy environment.
Well Nepal Treks reminds you on your sufficiently protected and have travel insurance that covers emergency evacuation, lost items, liabilities, injuries and medical treatment. Ensure the insurance covers all the activities in the Himalayas. Trekking Planner can offer the appropriate medical response based on your policy and insurance.
Washing and Toilet facilities
Every guest houses offer hot showers in bathroom or can be a bucket of hot water. But please note that at higher altitude there may not be enough hot water for all the trekkers. So you must limit the use of hot water unless the water is solar heated or firewood for the ecological reason. Every lodge has some kind of washing facilities but you must carry a bar of soap. Don’t feel hesitated to get warm bowl of water If the water frozen.
Toilets here are mainly Asian squat style. Basically toilets are outside your room and vary in how clean they are. You should not throw toilet paper in the toilet hole rather you should use rubbish bin that is kept inside the toilet.
On this trekking route local people have built tea houses lodge with food and beverage facilities. A simple room usually has two narrow beds. Note that while staying in the tea houses you will see the charming local people with their good hospitality services so be friendly in every way possible.
Extra Advice from Well Nepal Treks P Ltd
You may see some beautiful, sweet children and poor ones that might make you to distribute balloons, chocolates, money and other stuffs. But, Well Nepal Treks suggest you better not to do so because it directly encourages them towards beggary and ask to every trekker which is also a sign of negative practice.
Passport And Visa
People from all countries except India require a valid passport to enter Nepal. An Indian national must have any of their documents like Passport , Election Commission Card with Photo, Identity Card issued by Embassy of India in Kathmandu.
An Indian national do not need visa to enter into Nepal. Most nationalities can issue a visa on arrival to Nepal but travelers from other countries like Nigeria, Ghana, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, Cameroon, Somalia, Liberia, Ethiopia, Iraq, Palestine and Afghanistan need visa to be obtained before travel.
Various lengths of stay tourist visas can be purchased. If you want to obtain a visa on arrival, you will need to fill in a landing card, (most airlines provide these before landing in Kathmandu, if not, they will be available in the airport) pay a fee (cost differs depending on your length of stay) and provide a passport photo so don’t forget to bring one in your hand luggage to present to the immigration officers. Visa fees are as follows:
US$ 25 or equivalent convertible currency: Multiple entry for 15 days
US$ 40 or equivalent convertible currency: Multiple entry for 30 days
US $ 100 or equivalent convertible currency: Multiple entry for 90 days
(A tourist can stay for a maximum of 150 days in a visa year)
While on trekking, don’t forget to keep your valuables safe and secure. Do not left anything anywhere. Ensure that you lock your door when you leave your room and do not hang anything’s outside at night. We strongly recommend you to do double check always and anywhere possible.
26 April : Kathmandu Arrival
You will be warmly greeted by Well Nepal at your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA), Kathmandu and escorted to hotel. Enjoy Overnight at hotel.
27 April : Kathmandu Tour and trek Preparation (1360m)
This is your Kathmandu sightseeing day and preparation day too. You will visit famous Pashupatinath Temple (Lord Shiva’s) Temple, Bouddhanath Stupa, Swayambunath temple and kathmandu Durbar square. If you need anything before heading out then you have to shop on this day. Here short briefing about trip is given and pre trek discussion is done with trek leader and members. Feel free to ask any questions regarding your trek.
28 April : Kathmandu to Pokhara
After breakfast we leave Kathmandu to Pokhara in our private vehicle which can take 6/7 hour. From Pokhara you can see magnificent views of Dhaulagiri, Manaslu, Machhapuchhre, five peaks of Annapurna, lakes and others. You can explore Pokhara this day and enjoy boating, shopping and many more. Overnight at Hotel in Pokhara.
29 April : Fly to Jomsom and trek to Kagbeni (2800 M)
With early breakfast we fly to Jomsom which takes about half hour and we follow our trails to Kagbeni through Ekle Bhatti village and left bank of Kali Gandaki River. We rest at Kagbeni, after long walk of 4 hour, which is known for its medieval castle house. There are several lodges and guesthouses. Overnight stay.
30 April : Kagbeni to Chuksang (3050 M)
After breakfast we continue our trek with a special permit check up and onwards to the riverbank of Kaligandaki up stream. We trail uphill and downhill through sandy and windy paths and we’ll stop by at different spots to take beautiful pictures of those places. We pass Tangbe village with white washed houses, fields of buckwheat, barley, wheat and apple orchards then to Chhusang and finally we are at Chuksang .
1 May : Chuksang to Syangbochen (3475 m)
Today we continue our journey through Ekle Bhatti and climb to Taklam La Pass with the view of Tilicho pek, Yakwa Kang and Damodar Dada. We pass through village of samar and Ramchung cave. Further walk about 3 hour from this village will take us to Syangbochen.
2 May : Syangbochen to Charang (3520 M)
After breakfast we climb up to Yamda La Pass, Nyi Pass enjoying several teahouses, local villages, mountains and fields of barley. We settle at Charang for tonight.
3 May : Charang to Lho Manghtng (33700 M)
With early breakfast we trail downward to Tsarang Chu Canyon and crossing the river we head to the pass of Lo from where valley of Lo Manthang is seen spectacular. While continuing our journey you see great vistas of Nilgiri, Tilicho, Annapurna peak and other whereas heading toward Lo Manthang the long walled city appears beautiful.
4 May : Exploration Day – Tiji Festival Starts
Today will be our exploration day at lo Manthang. We will visit hilltop Namgyal Gompa, Tingkhar, Tall champa Lakhang (Tugchen Gompa), Chyodi Gompa, four storey Raja’s Palace an entrance hall, which are also the main attraction of this place. This day will certainly hit your mind with their culture and lifestyle with historical values. Enjoy the beginning ceremony of Tiji Festival among the local community.
Day 5/6 May : Lo Manthang - Tiji Festival Day 2 & 3
These two days you will enjoy the Tiji festival at its best. Dances, Ritual activities, traditional music’s, traditional and local foods, prayers chants, feelings of spiritualism, gathering of relatives and sense of unity, and tons of more activities.
7 May : Lo Manthang to Ghami
With breakfast we trail to 1200 years old Ghar Gompa which is famous for its rock painting. It is believed that one who makes a wish here will come true. Exploring other area we arrive at village of Dri for tonight stay at lodge.
8 May : Ghami to Samar
With early breakfast we head toward Tange. We will follow the river, few shallow crossings of streams and reach famous Damodar Kunda (Lake). After a long day trek and Passing series of Chortens, we finally arrive at prosperous village of Tange and we’ll camp for tonight.
9 May: Samar to Jomsom
Just like usual day we depart toward Muktinath after having quick breakfast. trek to Jomsom. Overnight at Lodge.
10 May : Fly Jomsoom to Pokhara and full day sightseeing
After having breakfast, You fly back to Pokhara at morning which takes only 20 to reach Pokhara. Then rest of the day you will perform sightseeing at Peace Stupa, Devis fall, Gupteshwor cave, Tal Barahi Temple and Phewa lake excursion at Boat and fishing. Overnight at Hotel.
11 May : Pokhara to Kathmandu and Rest
Fly back to Pokhara and Rest whole day. You can enjoy the free day at Kathmandu. You are on your own to explore Kathmandu so take advantage of it by shopping, restaurants and pubs, massages and much more and later in the evening enjoy free dinner with Well Nepal Treks P Ltd with complete Nepalese Hospitality and cultural music.
12 May : Departure
The journey within the upper mustang of Nepal with Tiji Festival has came to an end today! There is nothing to do than trade emails to travel friends and agencies, also organize your photos. You can do shopping and other if you have spare time. On our way to home we will have plenty of time to plan our next adventure trip in the wonderful country of Nepal. Enjoy B service.