Planning for a Tiji festival overland jeep tour?. Tiji Festival celebrated in the Lo Manthang region by Tibetan Buddhist people is a colorful festival of the Upper Mustang. Celebrated once a year for three days in the beginning of the harvest season, the festival is believed to be celebrated to dispel the demons.
Tiji Festival Jeep Tour, an exciting festival tour in Nepal celebrated by Buddhist Tibetan community is 100 years old. Tiji is a festival celebrated among the tribes of Upper Mustang who follows Tibetan Buddhism in Nepal. The Tiji Festival Overland Tour offers travelers with a new way to explore and travel to Upper Mustang.
Mustang Tiji Festival Trek is a trek to Upper Mustang centered around ‘Tiji Festival’. This trek allows trekkers to get an intimate experience with the local culture. You can witness the traditional festivities of the local people of Mustang. We Adventure Connexion, a local trekking agency offers you to enjoy and be witness to this sacred festival for an unforgettable experience in the high Himalayan remote region of Upper Mustang
For the year 2020 the festival will celebrated on 19th – 21st May 2020. Apart from strolling along the stunning and exceptional surroundings of Upper Mustang with the magnificent views of the snow-topped peaks. The Tiji festival dances are all organized by the Choedhe Monastery, which belongs to the Sakya sect of Buddhism. The monastery is headed by a Rimpoche. About 65 monks from Lo Manthang, Nhenyul and Chhosyer reside in this monastery.
During this 3-day festival, you can also witness the unrolling of an ancient thangka. It depicts the painting of Guru Rinpoche Padmasambhava. The locals believe that witnessing the dance and the thangka helps bring peace and prosperity to one’s life and lands. The locals also believe the dance performed during the festival cleanses the village and surrounding lands of evil souls.
- Take a journey to Land beyond the Himalayas in 4WD Land cruiser drive.
- Feel the Buddhist spirituality and beliefs via Tiji Festival in the naturally isolated region.
- Experience mini Tibet: Tibetan people/culture/lifestyles/ ancient cave.
- Visit the picturesque areas including magnificent barren landscapes ancient caves, century old monasteries and many other archeological sites.
- Experience the Himalaya views from its backyard.
- Test the renowned local apples, apple pie and apple wine (marpha) in Jomsom.
- Visit Muktinath: important pilgrimage site for Hindus and Buddhist.
- Take a journey through Kaligandaki George, the world deepest.
- Take a tour in the beautiful city of Pokhara (Lakes, caves and Davis fall).
- Airport pickups and drops in a private vehicle.
- 3 Nights twin sharing hotel accommodation in Kathmandu.
- 1 Night twin sharing hotel accommodation in Pokhara.
- Full day Kathmandu sightseeing tour by private tourist vehicle.
- One professional English speaking tour guide for Kathmandu sightseeing.
- All standard meals (Breakfast, Lunch & dinner) during the trip.
- Best available lodge/Guesthouse accommodation during the trip.
- License holder English speaking guide for entire trip.
- Food, accommodation, salary, Equipment, Medicine & Insurance for all staff.
- Necessary entry permits fees
- Company provides sleeping bag & duffel bag (to be returned after trip completion).
- Upper Mustang restricted area permit fee.
- Salary, Food, Accommodation and Insurance for the Guide and driver.
- All government and local taxes.
- Nepal Visa fee (Bring accurate USD cash and two passport photographs)
- International airfare to and from Kathmandu
- Meals in Kathmandu & Pokhara other than breakfast.
- Travel insurance.
- Items and expenses of personal nature
- Any kind of alcoholic drinks, hot shower, cold drinks, snacks, laundry, phone call, internet.
- If you use a Pony, all donation, Camera Fees during festival.
- Hot shower during the trip.
- Personal trekking equipment
- Tips for guide, porters, driver.
Frequently asked Questions
Annapurna Base Camp is a Grade B or a moderately difficult trekking route. So any fit person can do this trek, even if you do not have any previous experience. You should be aware of what to expect and mentally prepare for it. Then, as long as you will to, you can.
On average, you walk about 4 to 6 hours per day. One or two days can be as less as 3hrs and one or two days can be as long as 7hrs.
The highest altitude reached is 4190m. This is the elevation of Annapurna Base Camp. ABC is the highest we will climb in this trek.
Yes, you can charge batteries en route. Charger should be brought. There are hot shower facilities as well. You may have to pay certain amount for both ($1-$2). Negotiate. Also, hot water facility could be free at lower elevation.
No. There are no ATMs on this trek route. You will have to draw enough cash in Pokhara or Kathmandu. There are a number of ATMs in these cities. Everything is paid in Nepali rupees. So money should be exchanged before the start of the trek.
Yes. Internet can be accessed in most places. Sometimes, there might be some technical problems. Internet in Nepal is not as fast as you are used to and at times you can just lose connection.
Not really. It depends on you. If you want, ABC trekking can be done independently. You could hire a guide and a porter by yourself instead of going through an agency or not hire a guide at all. Although, not having a guide can be a little problematic during off season.
It really depends on you. Is it your first time in Nepal? How confident are you of being able to find your way around? How pressed on time are you? If you go through an agency, it will be costlier but everything will be planned. You will only have to come, trek and return.
For Annapurna region, pay for guides range from $20 to $30 per day and porters take $15 to $25 per day.