Tiji Festival Upper Mustang
The intriguing and colorful Tiji festival best known as “The chasing of the Demons” is celebrated in the Mustang district in the name of deity Dorje Jono who is said to battle his demon father to save the forbidden kingdom of Mustang. Starting at the end of May, Tiji festival lasts for three days.
After entering the Buddhist Kingdom of Mustang which is often regarded as the Mini Tibet of Nepal, one can observe the medieval and unique ways of life of the Upper mustang people. The Tiji festival is best experienced in Lo Manthang (upper Mustang). The main event of the Tiji festival is celebrated by masked people who reenact the legendary tale of how Dorje Jono saves Mustang from his demon father who has brought a drought upon the village. After days of costume dancing, religious music and feast, the Tiji festival ends on the third day. This trek also offers a view of the awe-inspiring Dhaulagiri and Annapurna ranges as well as the majestic Kali Gandaki river valley.
A loosely drafted itinerary offers flexibility for the traveller who wishes to experience the Tiji festival and the Buddhist Kingdom of Mustang.
Day 01: - Arrival at Kathmandu Airport
Day 02: - A full day tour of world haritage side in Kathmandu,
Day 03: - Flight or Drive to Pokhara, 25 minutes flight or 6-7 hour drive.
Day 04: - Pokhara fly to Jomsom and trek to Kagbeni (2,858m):20 minutes flight and Walking Distance 3-4 hours
Day 05: - Kagbeni trekking to Chele (3050m): Walking Distance 5-6 hours
Day 06: - Chele trekking Ghiling (3806m): Walking Distance 6-7 hours
Day 07: - Ghiling trekking to Charang (3575m): Walking Distance 4-5 hours
Day 08: - Charang trekking to Lo- Manthang (3700m): Walking Distance 5-6 hours
Day 09: - The Tiji Festival begins 1 day of Tiji
Day 10: - Second Day of Tiji Festival
Day 11: - Third day of Tiji and end of Festival:
Day 12: - Lo-Manthang trekking to Ghami via Lo-Geker (3520m): Walking Distance 6 hours
Day 13: - Ghami trekking to Samar (3520m): Walking Distance 5 hours
Day 14: - Samar to Kagbeni (2,858m): Walking Distance 6 hours
Day 15: - Kagbeni to Jomsom (2700): Walking Distance 3 hours
Day 16: - Fly back to Pokhara, 20 minutes flight
Day 17: - Pokhara to Kathmandu, 25 minutes flight or 6-7 hour drive.
Day 18: - Farewell Departure
UPPER BODY LAYERS
Walking t-shirt -2 merino wool, capilene or synthetic fabric over cotton t-shirt which is quick dry.
Sleeping t-shirt -1 it can be cotton.
Thermal base layers top -1 mid weight long sleeved t-shirt of merino wool or polyester, capilene or polartec power dry.
Insulating layers -1mid weight fleece that can be worn over other layers
Fleece vest optional -advisable for those who feel cold
Rain jacket -1 essential
Down jacket -1 essential it’s very cold above 4,000 meters.
LOWER BODY LAYERS
Underwear - enough for trek (notice you can wash along them along the way)
Hiking trousers -2 quick dry and light weight trousers no cotton, but zip offs are good.
Sleeping trousers 1 light weight yoga style evening sleeping, but no jeans.
Trekking shorts -1 if no zips off trousers . below the knee for ladies.
Rain pants -1 advisable
Thermal long johns 1 for evening or sleeping.
Duffle bag pack 1 to store excess luggage in at hotel. Soul Himalaya provides duffel bags for the duration of the trek. These are easier for the porters to carry.
Day pack with rain cover -1to carry your personal items during the treks eg camera and chocolate, water.
Sleeping bags -1 3season (4season oct-feb).
Compression stuff sack -1 for sleeping bags.
Trekking boots -1 must be well worn and comfortable with ankle support.
Socks -3 good and warm enough and worth spending money on quality socks.
Flip flops or camp shoes-1 light weight for evening use.
Water bottles -2 one or two liters nalgene or sig style or a bladder. Bladders are preffered
Water purification drops -1 it is cheap and easy to buy in Kathmandu (piyous).
Lip balm -1 with SPF factors.
Sunglass -1 essential good uv protection.
Suncream we recommend SPF 30 greater.
Bandana -1 this useful for a variety of purposes.
Baseball head (cap) it is useful for sun during the hiking.
Warm woolen hat -1 it is very useful evening and morning when we hike above the 3500m.
Flash light or head torch -1head light is best as it leaves your hand free and extra batteries.
Personal first aid kit -1 include any prescribed medication (should be your all personal medication).
Travel towel -1 light weight and compact.
Wash kit -1 travel items for the trek.
Instant hand sanitizer -enough for trek and alcohol based for keeping your hands clean.
Camera with charge and enough batteries for your treks
Book or journal as you like.
Pack of cards/travel board games for evening fun.
Trekking snacks enough for trekking and good selection available in Kathmandu.
Toilet roll and rubbish bag it is very important we don’t leave rubbish in the mountains.
Trekking poles optional and advisable for anyone with knee issues.
Gloves warm enough. Preferably warmers as well
Neck warmer \Buff.
A GREAT SENSE OF HUMOR AND ATTITUDE IS ESSENTIAL -DONT COME WITHOUT IT NAMASTE.
All of above the equipment you can get cheaply in Kathmandu. If you have any queries please feel free to ask.