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Upper Mustang with Tiji Festival
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Upper Mustang with Tiji Festival Trekking

Lo-Manthang VillageUpper Mustang with Tiji Festival Trek is held in the historical remote Mustang, a land where the soul of man is still considered to be as real as the feet he walks on a land said to be "barren as a dead deer" but where beauty and happiness abound in spite of hardship, was a part of the Tibetan Kingdom of Gungthang until 1830's. The wall city of Lo- Manthang, unofficial capital of Mustang still remains a kingdom within a kingdom. The early history to Lo-Manthang is embellished in myth and legend rather than the recorded fact. Mustang has maintained its status as a separate principality until 1951.

 

Lo-Manthang - Tiji Festival DanceThe king of Lo-Manthang still retains his title and he has been given the honorary rank of Colonel in the Nepal army. Cultural Treks & Expedition regularly organizing trek to the Himalayan Kingdom of Mustang targeting TIJI festival a three days long ritual known as" The chasing of the Demons", one of the most important festival of the region. Over the festive time monks dressed in elaborate costumes and masks perform dances and rituals that are supposed to drive away evil spirits. Dressed in their finery, people from all over Mustang gather in Lo-Manthang to celebrate the Tiji festival.

 

Trekking Itinerary:

  • Hotels/Teahouse
  • 11 Days Trek
  • Grade: Moderate
  • Food: Included except main meals in Kathmandu & Pokhara
  • Accommodation: 4 Nights Kathmandu, 1 night in Pokhara and 10 Nights Lodges
  • Best Season:  Spring, Autumn & Winter
  • Minimum group size: 2 Person
  • Maximum group size: No limit.

 

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu airport (1350 meters): meet our staff then transfer to hotel. Welcome drinks and meet with payment and official briefing. Overnight at Hotel.

 

Day 02: Free in Kathmandu for preparation and briefing about trekking at Cultural Treks. Overnight at Hotel.

 

Day 03: Drive to Pokhara (915 meters): 7 hours by tourist bus. Trekking staff will come to your Hotel early in the morning at 6:30AM to pick you up and then the bus leaves around 7:30AM to Pokhara. Overnight at Hotel.

 

Tiji festival at MustangDay 04: Morning flight to Jomsom and trek to Kagbeni (2800 meters):

Early morning we are flying northwest from Pokhara toward the great portal between the snow covered peaks of Annapurna and Daulagiri. You will enjoy the well-raised massifs of more than 8000 meters, and the deepest gorge on this planet. On arrival to Jomsom you will meet the rest of the trekking staff, there will be a guide with you from Kathmandu, and start the trek to Kagbeni, the main gate to Upper Mustang. Overnight at Tented Camp.

 

Charang MonasteryDay 05: Trek to Chaile (3050 meters): The trail leads up towards the east bank of the Kaligandaki climbing over many ridges as it heads north and reaches Tangbe village. The town is a labyrinth of narrow alleys amongst white washed houses, fields of buckwheat, barley, wheat and apple orchards. The Nilgiri peak, dominates the southern skyline of Kagbeni, will be enjoyed all the way by different shapes. Beyond Tangbe we reach Chhusang village in about 1/2 hrs trek and crosses the river and continues north climbing up to a huge red chunk of conglomerate that has fallen from the cliff above, forming a tunnel which the Kaligandaki follows. The trek now leaves the Kali Gandaki valley and climbs steeply up a rocky gully to Chaile. From here the culture changes from the Manangi culture to the Tibetan culture of Lo. Overnight at tented camp.

 

Student- Monks at Lo-ManthangDay 06: Trek to Geling (3500 meters): The climb continues along steep, treeless, waterless terrain, along the side of the spectacular steep canyon to a pass and cairn of rock. Then the trail makes a long gradual descent to some chortens on a ridge, and then descends further on a pleasant trail to Samar village. We climb above Samar to a ridge then descend into a large gorge which the trail goes into another valley field, crosses a stream and climbs up to a ridge at 3800 meters. The route climbs over yet another pass, follows a ridge and then descends to Shyangmochen. From there we gently climb to a pass at 3770 meters and descend to Geling Village. Overnight at tented camp.

 

Day 07: Trek to Charang (3620 meters): From Geling village the trail climbs gently up to an interesting pass Nyi La and descends below the blue, gray and red cliffs. After crossing a steel bridge of the Tangmar Chu (river) you will arrive to a Mani Wall perhaps the longest and most spectacular MANI wall in Nepal. Climbing over another pass at 3600meters, the route makes a long gentle descent to Charang village. The huge five-story white Dzong and red Gompa are the main attractions to visit to observe collections of statues and Thankas as well as many large paintings of seated Buddha's. Overnight at tented camp.

 

Mustang VillageDay 08: Trek to Lo Manthang (3840 meters): This is an opportunity to visit two other villages on your trek. The trail climbs steadily until Lo-Gekar. Lo-Gekar Gompa is older than Samye Gompa in Tibet and one of the oldest Gompa of Nepal. After visiting Lo-Gekar continue trek to Lo_Manthang. The trail until Lo-Manthang is fine with some minor climbing. Finally from a ridge there is a view of the walled city of LO. After a short descent, cross a stream then climb up into the plateau of Lo-Manthang. Overnight at tented camp.

 

Day 09: Visit Namgyal Gompa and Tingkhar: It takes around 2 hours to Namgyal Gompa. Namgyal Gompa situates on a hilltop, which serves as an important monastery of the local community and also as a local court. After visiting Namgyal Gompa continue the tour to Tingkhar, which is a village of around 40 houses, the last main village to the northwest of Lomanthang. After visiting Namgyal Gompa and Tingkhar return to Lo-Manthang. Overnight at tented camp.

 

Day 10: Trek to Dhi (3410 meters): From Lo-Manthang the trail walks straight till Dhi pass 4100meters and descends down to Dhi village. The trek from Lo Manthang to Muktinath is harder, but more rewarding and interesting than the west side of the valley. Dhi village is one of the best villages of whole Lo-mathang and it seems more prosperous and it is settled in a very suitable place. Overnight at tented camp.

 

Chorten- MustangDay 11: Trek to Tange (3370 meters): From Dhi the trail goes through the river for around 2 hours and crosses a river from Damodar Kunda, one of the sacred lakes, there is no bridge on the river so we need to walk across in bare feet to cross this river. After crossing the river the trail climbs up till high above a pass of 3850 meters. The trail goes through a grassless, treeless bare hill. After the pass the trail again drops directly to Tangbe village at an elevation of 3370m. Tangbe is a small village of around 30 houses but most of the houses are attached each other. On the rooftops one can see piles of dry woods, which also reflect the prosperity in their society. Overnight at tented camp.

 

Day 12: Trek to Tetang/Chusang (3022 meters): The trail walks through a steep ridge of hills providing some fine views of wind carved hills. Tetang village is formed between 2 hills; they should have found it a safe place to avoid the strong wind that hits the entire Kaligandaki valley. Tetang is the upper village of the Chuksang, which we visit on the first day entering to Mustang from Kagbeni. Overnight at tented camp.

 

Day 13: Trek to Jomsom (2713 meters): This is the last day of the trek. The trail goes through the village of Jharkot where one can visit the Jharkot monastery, Tibetan herbal medical center and the old fortress of Jharkot, once served as palace. Continuing the trek towards Jomsom one will enjoy the view of the Kaligandaki valley and Kagbeni village the entry point to Mustang. We get a round trip of our trek in Ekle Bhatti visiting all the surprises of the human effort in this corner of the World of such an isolation and solitude. Arrive to Jomsom; celebrate the last day of the trek will in Jomsom with all the trekking staff. Overnight at tented camp.

 

Day 14: Morning flight to Pokhara: We will take 30 minute morning flight takes us to Pokhara from Jomsom. Once we arrived at Pokhara airport, we then drive to hotel. In the afternoon we will have sightseeing tour around Pokhara valley, which covers Fewa Lake, Devi’s water fall, Museum, Tibetan refugee settlement and Gupteshower cave. Overnight at hotel.

 

Day 15: Drive back to Kathmandu (1345 meters):  Pokhara – Kathmandu by bus and transfer to Hotel.

Day 16: Kathmandu free.

Day 17: Last minute, transfer to international airport for your onward journey.

 

Tea-house Lodge Trekking Cost:
USD       Per Person.

 

Tea-house Lodge Trek Cost Includes:

  • All land transportation by Car, Van, Hiace or tourist Bus. (Airport/Hotel/Airport & trekking pick up & drop).
  • 4 Night’s hotel accommodation in Kathmandu, 2 night in Pokhara at Bed & Breakfast basis
  • 3 Major meals; B/L/D (by Lodge menu) and accommodation at best available teahouse lodge during the trek en-route.
  • One professional English speaking trekking guide and necessary Porter. (1 Porter between two member)
  • Life insurance for all support crews and their daily wages.
  • Per member 15 Kg. luggage allow while in the trekking.
  • Special Trekking Permit and Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) permit.
  • Air Ticket: Pokhara/Jomsom/Pokhara with domestic airport tax.
  • Medical Kit Box for Nepali support crews.
  • All official taxes and service charge.

 

The Cost Doesn’t Include:

  • Personal transportation except above programs.
  • Domestic air ticket: Kathmandu/Pokhara/Kathmandu with airport tax.
  • Major meals lunch and dinner during your stay in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
  • Personal trekking gears as well as sleeping bags.
  • Personal Nature expenses.
  • Emergency evacuation (If incase).
  • Drinks except tea and coffee.
  • Airfare: To & from your country.
  • Nepal entry visa fees & airport departure taxes.
  • Personal travel insurance.
  • Tips for trekking crews.

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