Mustang is an ancient Himalayan Kingdom which lies in the northern central part of Nepal and at the top of the Kaligandaki River (Behind the Nepal Himalaya). Upper Mustang consists of two distinct regions: the southern part and the northern where the languages, culture and traditions are alike to those of the Tibetan people. Mustang’s culture has descended in its pure form from the Red Hat sect of Tibetan Buddhism (contrasting to the Yellow Hat sect to where it is believed that the Dalai Lama belongs.) As well as it remains one of the only spots on earth where Tibetans live according to their own unimpeded traditions. The trail leads us towards the stunning sculpted rock formations backed by snow-capped peaks. We will visit homes, villages and active monasteries, and the welcome of locals will be warm.
Global Link Treks & Expedition pvt. ltd has been organizing a special trip to Lo-Manthang-Upper Mustang every year for Tiji festival. The trip will provide you a cultural/history and scenery experience of the forbidden kingdom- Mustang. It is journey for a lifetime and we assist you from fixing journey date to entire arrangements at an affordable price. There will be allowed only limited numbers of people to visit this wonderful place so if you want to the trip and experience yourself please reserve your space as early as possible.
The Tiji festival:
Tiji festival is a three-day ritual as well 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. The festical normally helds at the ned of dry winter/spring season effectively a spring renewal festival.and will usher in the wetter monsoon season (the growing season for Mustang).
Tiji festival is celebrated for three days:
First Day, Lamas 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 then an ancient and enormous thanka three stories high is unrolled down the entire south wall of the square. Late afternoon, in high wind and blowing dust, eleven lamas in maroon and gold, wearing high red hats, came from the palace and take their places along the wall beneath the thanka, with Tashi Tenzing on the elevated seat just in the center. The masked dancers starts the portrayal of the Tiji myth then Dorje Jono repels the demon through the power of his magical dancing. 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.
On the Second Day, numbers of Loba arrive 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.
On the Third Day the Tiji festival 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 furry. 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. This is how the Tiji festival is celebrated.
Day 01 (Apr 28): Welcome to Kathmandu 1300m.
Arrive Kathmandu airport; welcome and transfer to hotel.
Day 02 (Apr 29): Kathmandu Sightseeing.
Sightseeing tour of the interesting surrounding sights of Kathmandu valley.
Day 03 (Apr 30): Kathmandu – Pokhara 975m. drive 6hrs.
Transferred to Pokhara by tourist bus for about 6 -hour drive. The rest of the day is yours to enjoy either doing last minute shopping for the trek or packing your kitty bag for the trek.
Day 04 (May 01): Pokhara – Jomsom 2720m. – Kagbeni 2900m. trek 3-4 hrs.
Fly to Jomsom and gentle walk to Kagnebi, the checkpoint of entry to Upper Mustang The Kaligandaki valley here is called the Thakkhola, after the native Thakalis, who are distantly related to the Tibetans.
Day 05 (May 02): From Kagbeni trek to Chele 3200m. 6hrs.
Day 06 (May 03): From Chele trek to Geling 3510m. 6hrs.
Day 07 (May 04): From Geling trek to Charang 3650m. 5-6hrs.
Day 08 (May 05): From Charang trek to Lo Manthang 3910m. 5hrs.
Day 09 (May 06): Tiji festival starts and witness of the day first of Tiji and sight visits around
Day 10 (May 07): Witness of the day second of Tiji and sight visits around
Day 11 (May 08): Witness of the day third of Tiji festival and sight visits around.
Day 12 (May 09): Return trek from Lo Manthang to Surkhan 3460m. 5-6hrs.
Day 13 (May 10): Trek from Surkhan – Tange 2640m. 6-7hrs.
Day 14 (May 11): Trek from Tange – Tetang 3160m. 5-6hrs.
Day 15 (May 12): Trek from Tetang- Muktinath 3750m. 6hrs.
Day 16 (May 13): Trek from Muktinath – Jomosom 2720m. 5hrs.
Day 17(May 14): Fly back from Jomosom-Pokhara. Rest of the is free for own activities.
Day 18 (May 15): Drive Back to Kathmandu .
Join the farewell dinner in the evening with live cultural program hosted by Holiday Mountain Treks.
Day 19: Departure transfer to airport for return flight to home.