|Kathmandu||Everest Base Camp||1400m-5380m|
|Kathmandu||Dhaulagiri Base Camp||1400m-4748m|
|Trip Duration||18 Days|
Tiji Festival Trekking to the magnificent upper Mustang region is one of the beautiful cultural trekking experiences in the world. Tiji Festival is a very important festival celebrated in Lo Manthang of Upper Mustang. The festival is celebrated by the Buddhist communities living there praying for the world peace to prevail. The festival is associated with the story where a devil causing troubles to local people back in the ancient times is killed by an incarnation of Buddha. End of evil brought peace and happiness in the area.
Although the main focus of this particular trip is to enjoy the festival, you can also enjoy the rugged mountain landscape, trekking through sandy trails, wondering over the caves on the cliffs, being amazed at the crystalline skyline over the pristine mountains; all these fascinating mountain charms pour only a magic.
Upper Mustang trekking is a challenging trek in terms of the infrastructural facilities. The remoteness of the mountains has resulted into the lack of good accommodation and other facilities but that is the strength of this trekking region. Staying away from all worldly luxuries for few days amongst the most beautiful mountain landscapes is a rewarding experience.
As a controlled region, Upper Mustang trekking charges a high royalty compared to the normal trekking routes which applies to this Tiji Festival Trekking as well. A royalty of USD 500 is to be paid to obtain a special permit to trek into this area. Camping treks are incredible in this region although staying in basic tea houses in an option.
Day 01, May 15: Arrival in Kathmandu
Your trip day starts today when you arrive to Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. Upon your arrival, you will be received by our representative at the airport. He will be carrying a signboard with our company’s name on it. Then you will be transferred to the tour hotel and checked in. A trip briefing will follow later today and the time will be notified to you by the representative who picks you up from the airport. We will come to meet and brief you about the trip at the fixed time. Until then just relax or explore a bit of surrounding.
Day 02, May 16: Heritage Tour of Kathmandu
We take you for a day tour of cultural heritage monuments in Kathmandu valley after breakfast. The tour will give you a mixed insight of history, culture, art, architecture and spirituality of Kathmandu valley. The sites include;
Swoyambhunath aka Monkey Temple: The oldest of all sites in Kathmandu valley, Swoyambhunath is an important Buddhist spiritual site having the history over two thousand years old. This site has gained a popular name as monkey temple as this small forested hill is a good habitat for hundreds of monkeys. The visit there will heighten your spiritual and cultural experience.
Patan City including Patan Durbar Square: A tour to medieval city of Patan gives you a great insight about ethnic Newari culture, Budhhist spirituality, religious harmony, art and architecture while you stroll around the charismatic alleys taking you to magnificent local community squares known as Bahal and eventually leading you to an incredible medieval palace square. The monuments and skill of the local artisans displayed on those monuments in the square will stun you with their unbelievable charm.
Boudhanath Stupa: The largest of its kind in the world, this magnificent stupa is a very important center of faith for the people following Tibetan Buddhism. This place is nice Circular Square with the stunning stupa in the middle of it which spreads a lot of spiritual vibrations around the atmosphere.
Day 03, May 17: Kathmandu – Pokhara
We will drive to Pokhara by tourist bus in the morning after breakfast. After driving for about seven hours through scenic countryside of Nepal, we reach an eloquently charming city of Pokhara. The drive will have enough stopovers necessary on the way. Once we reach Pokhara, the charm of the city will capture our attention for a good feeling of being amidst the natural wonders from close up Himalayas to the surrounding lakes. A lake nearby our hotel is a nice place to take an evening stroll and the lakeside town has lots of options to dine.
Have an option to fly to Pokhara at an extra cost.
Day 04, May 18: Pokhara – Jomsom - Kagbeni
Take an early morning flight Himalayan flight to Jomsom from Pokhara flying past the Annapurna range and overlooking the Dhaulagiri range of the Himalaya. You will be accompanied up to Jomsom by your trekking guide and you will meet the rest of trekking crew at Jomsom. Trek to Kagbeni and stay overnight there.
Day 05, May 19: Kagbeni – Chaile – 3050 m
Trek to Chaile today via the villages of Tangbe and Chhusang. The trail goes along the Kali Gandaki River valley past some beautiful oasis of buckwheat and barley fields. You will go past some beautiful apple orchards too. The trek is beautiful with lots of uphill walking and finally reaching to Chaile for overnight stay.
Day 06, May 20: Chaile - Geling – 3500 m
Trekking for the day starts early after breakfast today. Trekking through a desert like terrain where the trail passes by beautiful Buddhist chhortens is a wonderful spiritual experience. The unbelievably wonderful landscape continues further along with the walk. After walking up and down the mountain trails through high mountain passes, you reach the village of Geling. Before reaching Geling you walk past a few other beautiful villages of Samar, Syangboche and several other incredible places.
Stay overnight at Geling.
Day 07, May 21: Geling – Charang 3560 m
It’s a big day today. There is a beautiful Himalayan pass called Nyi La pass and descending from the pass brings some wonderfully color changing landscapes. It is wonderful to see the landscapes turning blue to gray to red while you walk past those magical cliffs. The trek goes through another pass before reaching Charang village. Charang is a beautiful Buddhist village where one can explore amazing monasteries.
Stay overnight at Charang.
Day 08, May 22: Charang – Lo Manthang 3840 m
The trek today takes you to Lo Manthang. It’s a gentle climb on the very first section of the trek today taking you to Lo Gekar where you can explore an ancient monastery called Lo Gekar monastery. After trekking some up and down the hill on the trail, you reach Lo Manthang to stay overnight.
Day 09 - 11, May 23 - 25: Tiji Festival Celebration
Observe, enjoy and experience the Tiji festival celebration for three days. The Buddhist Monks will perform several ceremonial dances to enact the story behind the Tiji myth. You will get to see several other rituals of the festival. Immerse yourself for three days completely into the cultural and spiritual atmosphere of the festival.
Day 12, May 26: Lo Manthang – Dhi 3410m
Start the uphill trek early morning after breakfast. Continue walking on the uphill trail that takes you to Dhi pass at the elevation of 4100 meters above sea level. Enjoy a few minutes of incredible experience of being at the pass before you start descending down towards Dhi village. Once you reach Dhi village you can go for exploration of the surrounding and village itself.
Day 13, May 27: Dhi – Tangbe 3370m
You are trekking to Tangbe village today on a beautiful landscape. The trail passes along with a river coming from a sacred lake in the mountain. You have to go through a pass today that takes you as high as 3850 meters above sea level. After crossing the pass, trail descends towards the village of Tangbe. After reaching Tangbe, you can go to explore this small and beautiful village where the houses are adjoined and prosperity of people is measured by the pile of firewood on the roof of their houses.
Day 14, May 28: Tangbe – Chhusang 2980m
Start the trek after breakfast and head towards Chhusang village. The trek passes through several scenic landscapes of small hills and goes towards Chhusang. You will walk through the Kali Gandaki river valley where you will feel strong gusts of wind that hits the place every now and then. Reach Chhusang and take some time free from walking. Spend the relaxing time at Chhusang.
Day 15, May 29: Chhusang – Jomsom 2743m
The trek to Jomsom today will bring you across several wonderful places on the way. You will come across a very famous Buddhist monastery, herbal medicine center, Kali Gandaki River valley, Kagbeni village and several other wonderful places and scenic wonders before reaching Jomsom to celebrate the last day of trekking. Once you reach Jomsom, the trekking part of this trip is over after an unbelievable exploration of the restricted Mustang region. It’s celebration time to cherish the wonderful memory experienced and stored in the mind and heart.
Day 16, May 30: Jomsom – Pokhara
Take an early morning flight to Pokhara. Drive minutes to hotel; check in and relax. Go for a boating tour on the lake Fewa and sightseeing tour of Davis falls, Gupteswor cave. You have options of doing some adventure sports like paragliding, zip flying, bungee jumping, ultra-light flight etc. at an extra cost or simply chill out around the lakes side.
Day 17, May 31: Pokhara – Kathmandu
Drive back to Kathmandu by tourist bus. Have an option to fly back at an extra cost. Take some leisurely walk around once you reach Kathmandu and check into hotel.
Day 18, June 01: Departure Day
You will be transferred to airport as per your flight schedule. We will pick you up from the hotel three hours prior to your flight time.
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