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Mustang Tiji Festival Trekking - 19 Nights/ 20 Days (2010)

The Tiji festival is a three-day ritual known as "The chasing of the Demons" that centers on the Tiji myth. The myth tells of a deity named Dorje Jono who must battle against his demon father to save the Kingdom of Mustang from destruction. The demon father wreaked havoc on Mustang by bringing a shortage of water (a highly precious resource in this very dry land) and causing many resulting disasters from famine to animal loss. Dorje Jono eventually beats the demon and banishes him from the land. Tiji is a celebration and reaffirmation of this myth and throughout the festival the various scenes of the myth will be enacted. It is of course timed to coincide with the end of the dry winter/spring season and will usher in the wetter monsoon season (the growing season for Mustang). Tiji comes from the word "ten che" meaing ‘the hope of Buddha Dharma prevailing in all worlds' and is effectively a spring renewal festival.

Mustang Tiji Festival TrekkingDay One

Early in the afternoon, horns resounded, announcing the two twelve-foot copper dunchens, with their elephantine blurting, followed by two double-reeled horns, all accompanied by drum and cymbals.

Next, an ancient and enormous tanka three stories high was unrolled down the entire south wall of the square. The thanka portrayed Padma Sambhava or (Guru Rimpoche) who brought this ceremony to Tibet in the 8th century."

At mid-afternoon, in high wind and blowing dust, eleven lamas in maroon and gold, wearing high red hats, came from the palace and took their places along the wall beneath the thanka, with Tashi Tenzing on the elevated seat just in the center.

As the monks and lamas commence chanting, twelve more monks come from the palace in maroon and royal blue and glittering gold brocade, with cymbal-shaped hats decked with upright peacock plumes. Soon they withdraw, to be replaced by the masked dancers who" start the portrayal of the Tiji myth.

Dorje Jono repels the demon through the power of his magical dancing — he dances fifty-two separate dances, one of them in ten different bodies, each with a different head. As the dances end, Dorje Jono kills the demon, after which his people are relieved of their plague of misfortunes, water becomes plentiful once more, and the balance and harmony of existence are restored.

Day Two

On the second day of Tiji, numbers of Loba have arrived from the outlying hamlets, and the small square is thronged with wild beautiful people, with all of the women and children, at least, in traditional dress.

The King of Mustang "wears a whole crown of tiny river pearls set off by dozens of large red coralline tones interspersed with matched ornaments of turquoise.

The costumes and masks, the twelve-foot horns, the gold cups of wheat, the butter cakes, the snow peaks and wind and dust and sun, the mehti, snow leopard, snow pigeons, saligrams, the dying glacier and the desert ruins, the drunks and rajas and foreigners, the dogs and yaks. Tantra!

Day three

On the third day, Tiji ends with the ceremonial destruction of the evil remains, represented by some long black yak hair and red torma cakes minced to a dark red gurry. The demons red remnants are set out on an old tiger skin, where-upon they are attacked by bow and arrow, slings, and the old guns. The poor devils remains are over- turned upon the ground, each time to a wild cannonade from the old muzzle-loaders and a wave of cheers and smoke.

Mustang Tiji Festival Trekking

Mustang Tiji Festival Trekking - Day to Day itinerary

Day 01.
Kathmandu- 1340M (Arrival day and Transfer to hotel) - Hotel
Day 02.
Full Day sightseeing of Kathmandu city & Fly to Pokhara – Hotel (B/B)
Day 03.
Fly to Jomsom (2720m) & Trek to Kagbeni (2810m) - Approx.4 hrs-Tent (B/L/D)
Day 04.
Trek to muktinath (3760m) & back to Kagbeni (2810m) - Approx.4 hrs-Tent (B/L/D)
Day 05.
Trek to Chele (3050m) - Approx.4/5 hrs-Tent (B/L/D)
Day 06.
Trek to Syangbochen (3800m) - Approx.4/5 hrs-Tent (B/L/D)
Day 07.
Trek to Ghami (3520m) - Approx.4-6 hrs-Tent (B/L/D)
Day 08.
Trek to Dhakmar (3820m) - Approx.4-6 hrs-Tent (B/L/D)
Day 09.
Trek to Charang (3560m) - Approx.4-6 hrs-Tent (B/L/D)
Day 10.
Trek to Lo- Manthang (3809m) - Approx.4-6 hrs-Tent (B/L/D) - Teji Festival
Day 11.
Lo- Manthang-Tent (B/L/D) - Teji Festival
Day 12.
Lo- Manthang-Tent (B/L/D) - Teji Festival
Day 13.
Trek to Ghemi) - Approx.4-6 hrs-Tent (B/L/D)
Day 14.
Trek to Samar) - Approx.4-6 hrs-Tent (B/L/D)
Day 15.
Trek to Chhusang)- Approx.4-6 hrs-Tent (B/L/D)
Day 16.
Trek to Jomsom)- Approx.4-6 hrs-Tent (B/L/D)
Day 17.
Trek to Marpha and back to Jomsom) - Approx.6 hrs-Tent (B/L/D)
Day 18.
Fly to Pokhara and half day tour in Pokhara- Hotel (B/B)
Day 19.
Fly to Kathmandu- Hotel (B/B)
Day 20.
Drive to Airport and departure (B)

B/B = Bed & Breakfast, B = Breakfast, B/L/D = Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner


Mustang Tiji Festival Trekking Special price includes following services:

  • KTM International Airport Arrival & Departure Transfer by Private Car/van/ Hiace/Private Bus
  • Total 2 Nights DELUXE Accommodations on B/B Plan Twin Sharing in Kathmandu at 3 or 5 Star hotel
  • Total 2 Nights DELUXE Accommodations on B/B Plan Twin Sharing in Pokhara at 3 or 5 Star hotel
  • Round Trip( KATHMANDU-POKHARA- KATHMANDU) Flight fare for Guests with all taxes
  • Round Trip( KATHMANDU-POKHARA- KATHMANDU) Tourist bus for Guide & Sherpa Staffs
  • Round Trip Land Transportation( Hotel- Domestic Airport- Hotel) by Car/Van/Hiace or Taxi
  • Round Trip( Pokhara- Jomsom-Pokhara) flight for Guests & Guide with all Airport and surcharges
  • English Speaking experienced Sherpa Govt. Trained/Licensed Holder Guide for KTM-whole Trek- KTM
  • Sherpa Staffs Minimum: 1 Trek Sirdar, 1 Assistant sherpa, 1 sherpa cook, 2 kitchen helpers from kathmandu to kathmandu(this is for Group of 2-3 Pax)
  • Porters to carry tents, foods, Kitchen Items etc as per necessary from Jomsom- Whole Trek- Jomsom( Minimum 4-5 porters for Group of 2-3 pax)
  • Full Board basis Meals (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner- prepared by sherpa cook) as per above Itinerary
  • Comfortable tented Accommodations in Twin Sharing (single room Supplementary charge extra is compulsory for those who does not have partner to share room with) basis in Whole Trek.
  • Tents: Guest tents (two men tent), Kitchen tent, Dinning tent, Toilet Tent, Sherpa tent etc.
  • Kitchen Equipments, cooking gas/kerosene, cooking Stove etc
  • Food Items: This will cover all types of International Standard of items for real best continental and Varieties of meals for our Guests
  • Plenty of Hot drinks: Tea/coffee, hot juice/Chocolates & Boiled water
  • Cargo Charges of all above Camping Gears/Equipments by flights( Pokhara- Jomsom- Pokhara)
  • Insurance, Daily Wages, Equipments and all meals & Lodges of Porters and Guide in Whole Trek
  • Sightseeing in Kathmandu City on Day 02(Swayambunath, Buddhanath Stupa, Kumari temple/durbar square & pasupatinath Temple by tour guide and car/driver( 5-6 hrs tour)
  • Entrance fees of all sightseeing Monuments/temples/stupas during sightseeing in Kathmandu
  • Half day- 3 hrs tour in Pokhara city: Devis fall & Gupteshower Cave, Bindyabasini temple, White water George, Bats cave & Mahendra cave, 1 Hour Boating at Fewa lake & Visit Barahi Temple
  • First Aid Kid Box( for Normal Treatment only)
  • Emergency helicopter rescue Evacuation Coordination (This is only in case of Emergency condition of guests, however all guests are responsible to pay helicopter Evacuation Charge- US$ 1500 per/Hour if necessary. So all our Valued guests are kindly requested to make sure that you have required travel Insurance which will cover this expenses in case needed)
  • Mustang Special Permit fee: USD 500 per person
  • Annapurna region Entry permit and TIMS fee
  • Government taxes & Other Applicable Fees

Complementary from Company (to our Valued Guests)

  • Trip Certificate( for memory of Nepal trip)
  • Porter Carrying kid Bag- Trekking bag for Porter

Mustang Tiji Festival Trekking Special price excludes following services:

  • International Airfare to and from your country
  • Nepal Visa fee: Nepal entry visa (US$ 40 or equivalent foreign currency for 30 days. you will also require 2 passport size photos.)
  • Travel & Health Insurance- Emergency Helicopter Rescue Insurance (Most recommended)
  • Lunch & Dinner in Kathmandu - keep $ 5 to 10 for per meal in Tourist Restaurant
  • Any Alcoholic Drinks, Cold Drinks, Boiled & Mineral Water, Beverages, deserts Etc in Trek
  • Tips for Guide & Porter
  • Hot Shower, Battery Charges( Available in Trek with Extra cost or Free in some lodges)
  • Unforeseen Cost such as Flight Cancellation or Delayed, Sick in Trek, and Helicopter rescue in Trek. Cost due to bad weather etc which is out of our control
  • Any Other Cost, which is not mentioned in Cost Includes Items as Above

Hotels in Kathmandu ( The best Selected One, Centrally Located & at Quiet environment)

  • 3 Star Hotel: Hotel Nirvana Garden, International Guest house or Similar(Deluxe Room)
  • 5 Star Hotel: Hotel Yak & Yeti, Hotel Del' Annapurna, Hotel Shangri-La or Similar(Deluxe Room

Note:

  • Extra single room Supplementary charge is applicable if Guest does not have partner to share room together or in the case if no one want to Share room together or He/she prefer to have single room.
  • if you would like to accommodate yourself at your own preferable Luxury or Budget hotels in Kathmandu city, please kindly write us hotel name, so we can update accordingly.

DEPARTURE DATES :( Tiji festival 2011)

Fixed Departure Dates (for group Join Trip): May 2nd, 2011 from Kathmandu

DESIGN- PLAN YOUR OWN TRIP

Services- you can arrange yourself (which we can remove from our set itinerary package)

When you travel with Mountain Sherpa Trekking & Expeditions, We never force you to follow our fixed/set package. Please kindly advice us- what you would like to include and Exclude in our Package.

In Kathmandu City, if you would like to make your own city sightseeing or your own hotel reservation, we are happy to take out those services from our Set package and we will provide you only Trekking package to and from Kathmandu.However, we highly recommend to follow our set Package for your hassle free memorable travel experience.

As a travel professional, we also understand important of time and money if above set Package offer is not suitable to you due to out of timeframe or out of Budget or any other reason, please kindly advice us with your details interests, requirements and Expectations. We are more than happy to re-design the Itinerary and ready to provide Best Package which will meet your requirements and interests.

We wish you a very wonderful and once in al lifetime trekking experience with us.

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