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The Grand Tiji Festival of Western Nepal (May 2020)

On this excursion you will take part in the Tiji Festival which dates back to the 17th Century. Derived from the term "Tenpa Chirim" which means "prayer for world peace," this festival is a dazzling display of dancing, music, and traditional storytelling that few travelers get to experience.The trek also offers panoramic scenery of the surrounding mountains, namely; Annapurna I (8,091m), Dhaulagiri (8,167m), Nilgiri Central (6,940m) and Tukuche (6,920m). You may find ancient artifacts belonging to the Bon religion which predates Buddhism.

per adult from

$1,670

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Duration

18 days

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  • What's included :
    • 9x Breakfast
    • 7x Dinner
    • 6x Lunch
    • Accommodation included: 2 nights
    • See our website for full details
    What's excluded :
    • Travel insurance, lunch/dinner in Kathmandu & Pokhara, drinks other than water/tea

  • Day 1: Arrival - Kathmandu, Nepal

    Stop At: Kathmandu, Kathmandu, Kathmandu Valley, Bagmati Zone, Central Region
    Welcome to Nepal! A great land of mountains, forest and home to beautiful, vibrant, and welcoming people. Visit our website for full itinerary details!
    Take the day at your leisure to explore the Kathmandu and its many bustling neighborhoods.
    Duration: 1 day

    No meals included on this day.
    No accommodation included on this day.

    Day 2: Explore Kathmandu

    Stop At: Kathmandu, Kathmandu, Kathmandu Valley, Bagmati Zone, Central Region
    You can choose to take a day tour of Kathmandu city and visit the UNESCO World Heritage Sites such as Pashupatinath, Swayambhunath, and Boudhanath. These sites offer insights into the culture, religious beliefs, and practices of the Nepalese people both past and present. By taking time to explore these sacred sites you can begin to connect with the spirit of this place, to begin to weave your story with the story of the land.
    Duration: 1 day

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    No accommodation included on this day.

    Day 3: Pokhara: The Town On The Lake

    Stop At: Pokhara, Pokhara, Gandaki Zone, Western Region
    Explore Pokhara. This is a beautiful town with a relaxed vibe on a lake. This will be the jumpoff point for the trek into the Mustang region. Once you arrive you will have the afternoon free to explore the city and take in the fun vibe of the town.
    Duration: 1 day

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    No accommodation included on this day.

    Day 4: The Walking Meditation Begins

    Stop At: Jomsom, Nepal
    The first day of the trek commences at Jomsom and concludes at Kagbeni which lies to the North. The maiden hike may take a couple of hours and will take your through the Kali Gandaki river bed up to the green fields of Kagbeni. The trek takes you through Ekle Bhatti and number of Buddhist monasteries.
    Duration: 1 day

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Overnight: Guesthouse in Kagbeni

    Day 5: From Khagbeni to Chele Through The Mountains

    Stop At: Chhusang, Nepal
    The day begins on the Eastern side of the Kali Gandaki Gorge. There are many small villages en route which are well surrounded by green fields. Wheat, barley, and buckwheat are the major crops in the area. You will enter Tangbe and Chhusang villages before reaching Chele which will be around late noon. As you walk there will be ample time to rest and to explore the local area.
    Duration: 1 day

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Overnight: Guesthouse in Chele

    Day 6: Crossing Nyi La Pass

    Stop At: Jomsom, Jomsom, Dhaulagiri Zone, Western Region
    Enjoy the views of Tilicho Peak and other mountains as you step further into the Himalaya.
    Duration: 1 day

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    No accommodation included on this day.

    Day 7: Past the Mani Stones at Tangmar Chu

    Stop At: Tsarang, Charang 33100, Nepal
    The trail to Tsarang passes through Kali Gandaki corridor and across a steel bridge at Tangmar Chu. After a while, the trail rises until you arrive at a plateau. Here, you get to see the longest and most spectacular Mani Stone wall in all of Nepal. These stones are carved with Tibetan prayers and act as places where travelers can ask for good fortune on their journey. Tsarang lies to the east of the wall. A huge Dzong (fortress) and a big red Gompa dominates the local scenery at Tsarang.
    Duration: 1 day

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    No accommodation included on this day.

    Day 8: Arrival to Lo Manthang

    Stop At: Mustang Region, Mustang Region, Dhaulagiri Zone, Western Region
    From Tsarang, the trail passes through Tsarang Chu and descends until Tholung Village. You will have to ascend a bit from here on to reach the windy pass of Lo, from where you will get your first view of Lo Manthang, the site of the Grand Tiji Festival! It looks like a small walled city amidst the large desert. The trek until now concludes at Lo Manthang. This town was the capital of the kingdom of Mustang before the entire region was annexed by Nepal in the 18th Century. You will settle in here for three days to enjoy the festivities and connect with the ceremony of the Tiji.
    Duration: 1 day

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    No accommodation included on this day.

    Day 9: The Tiji Festival Begins - Festival Day 1

    Stop At: Mustang Region, Mustang Region, Dhaulagiri Zone, Western Region
    For the next three days you will be immersed in the amazing, colorful, and intensely spiritual Tiji Festival of Lo Manthang. It is time to slow down and put our walking meditation on pause and shift to an active engagement with the festivities.

    Each night after the days activities we will have time to sit together and explore what we have seen, what it means, and find meaning in the shared experience we had that day. This is the time to reflect within yourself and with the group. What ideas or preconceptions did you bring to this experience and how have they changed? In what ways does this experience connect to your reason for coming here? How can you carry forward what you are experiencing here into your daily life?

    Festival Day 1: The celebration begins early in the afternoon with the rhythmic rumble of the Tibetan horns, or Dhungchen. It is generally accompanied by two double-reeled horns, a drum and cymbals. The monks from the adjoining Choede Monastery make their way into the courtyard. An enormous Thangkha (painting) depicting Padma Sambhava or Guru Rimpoche is hung on the southern wall of the square. The dance only begins late in the evening when all the local leaders and elders takes their place. The masked dance portrays the age-old myth depicting the life of Dorje Jono, a supreme force who repelled all the demons from Earth. The festival will continue deep into the night, carrying your spirit in the joy and exuberance of the celebration.
    Duration: 1 day

    No meals included on this day.
    No accommodation included on this day.

    Day 10: Festival Day 2

    Stop At: Mustang Region, Mustang Region, Dhaulagiri Zone, Western Region
    Festival Day 2: The second day of the festival is more vibrant with women dancing and singing in their traditional clothing and jewelry. Usually, the King of Mustang sits on his chair all draped in his finest clothing and jewelry. The dance commences and continues to tell the tale of ancient myths and battle between the mighty force and the demons. The dancers in disguises of animals accompany the dancers.
    Duration: 1 day

    No meals included on this day.
    No accommodation included on this day.

    Day 11: Festival Day 3

    Stop At: Mustang Region, Mustang Region, Dhaulagiri Zone, Western Region
    Festival Day 3: The third day marks the end of the festival. It ends with ceremonial music and the portrayal of the defeat of the mighty demon in most dramatic manner. More music, dance, shooting guns accompany the last day of the festival. With the end of Tiji festival, you can choose to visit the Namgyal Gompa and Tingkhar. These are highly recommended tourist destinations inside Lo Manthang.
    Duration: 1 day

    No meals included on this day.
    No accommodation included on this day.

    Day 12: A Return Walk to Meditate and Make Meaning - Day 1

    Stop At: Jomsom, Nepal
    You now leave Lo Manthang something new, something changed. Being in intimate connection and spiritual contemplation in such an intense environment can often times leave us spent and elated, drifting on a cloud of euphoria. It is important to take time to reflect and contemplate your experience. We will be sure to have ample time to commune together to decipher what we have seen.

    The walking meditation continues as we slowly return from our transcendant experience.

    May 19th: Turn southwest towards Dhakmar. The trail passes through Lo Gekar and ascends steeply up to 4000 meters. You can get a last glimpse of Lo Manthang from here. Chogo La Pass at 4280m is the highest point of the trek. The trail descends until Ghar Gompa and takes you towards Dhakmar.
    Duration: 1 day

    No meals included on this day.
    No accommodation included on this day.

    Day 13: A Return Walk to Meditate and Make Meaning - Day 2

    Stop At: Jomsom, Nepal
    May 20th: Today you’ll encounter many tremendous canyons along the route. It opens to the farmlands popular for buckwheat. While trekking back, you can get a close glimpse of the surrounding peaks, namely; Nilgiri (7061m), Annapurna (80991m), and Tilicho Peak (7134m). You will arrive at Syanbochen following the path through Ghami and numerous passes.
    Duration: 1 day

    No meals included on this day.
    No accommodation included on this day.

    Day 14: A Return Walk to Meditate and Make Meaning - Day 3

    Stop At: Jomsom, Nepal
    May 21st: You will retrace your trail back to Kagbeni. You can spend the evening enjoying local apple brandy, ‘Marpha’ or talking with the locals. The night is colder but the skies will be clear and the stars brighter than almost anywhere else in the world.
    Duration: 1 day

    No meals included on this day.
    No accommodation included on this day.

    Day 15: A Return Walk to Meditate and Make Meaning - Day 4

    Stop At: Jomsom, Jomsom, Dhaulagiri Zone, Western Region
    May 22nd: The trek concludes at Jomsom. On the last day of the trek you can choose to take a stroll around the market and shop for local products. Apple brandy, Churpi, sweets, and other local specialties are readily available and are great to take with you. The region is also heavily influenced by Buddhist faith.
    Duration: 1 day

    No meals included on this day.
    No accommodation included on this day.

    Day 16: From Jomsom to Pokhara

    Stop At: Pokhara, Pokhara, Gandaki Zone, Western Region
    Back to Pokhara. See some extraordinary views of Annapurna, Machhapuchhre (6997m) and Dhaulagiri peak (8167m).
    Duration: 1 day

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Dinner
    No accommodation included on this day.

    Day 17: A Return to Kathmandu

    Stop At: Kathmandu, Kathmandu, Kathmandu Valley, Bagmati Zone, Central Region
    Back to Kathmandu. Once there you can rest in your hotel or explore the local marketplaces to shop for gifts and souvenirs. In the evening there will be a special celebration dinner to share in the power and emotion of the trek and to be in community with your new friends.
    Duration: 1 day

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    No accommodation included on this day.

    Day 18: The Hero Returns Home

    Stop At: Kathmandu, Kathmandu, Kathmandu Valley, Bagmati Zone, Central Region
    Head home or keep exploring.

    As you begin to look around you and see the world in a new way it is important to take time to process and make meaning from what you have experienced. Here are some steps to take in your return:

    -Remain in contact with us for your post-trip process and support in coming home
    -Take time to truly reflect and take stock of the experience, don't rush too quickly back into "normal life"
    -Follow up with contacts you have made and keep in touch with those you met on the way
    -Be patient with yourself and with those around you, it is possible you are not the same person who left home at the beginning.
    Duration: 1 day 1 hour

    No meals included on this day.
    No accommodation included on this day.
  • Departure Point :
    Kathmandu 44600, Nepal
    Return Detail :
    Returns to original departure point
    Hotel Pickup :
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Near public transportation
    • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
    • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
    • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
    • Travelers should have a strong physical fitness level
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

Language

English

Age Req.

-

Fitness Req.

None

Group Size

10

Organised by Travel Life Adventures

Activity ID: V-226411P2

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