Tiji Festival in Lomanthang

Mustang
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Best Season: May
Tiji Festival in Lomanthang, Annapurna Region Trekking in Nepal, the Tiji Festival in Mustang is one of the most important and colorful cultural festivals in the mountain region. Held annually to chase away demons, it is a time of prayer and dance as monks don colorful costumes and masks and perform ritual dances watched by spectators (dressed in their best clothes and jewelry) who gather from throughout the region.
Upper Mustang Valley lying in the rain shadow of the Himalayas is perhaps the last enclave of pristine Tibetan culture. Forbidden & isolated from the rest of the World it was able to evolve its own distinctive culture and tradition which are so rich & unique. Lo-Mustang, the capital is walled city ruled by a religious king. Untouched by modern civilization, life in Mustang goes on as it has for centuries in its own pace and ways. A trek into the kingdom of Mustang is an unforgettable experience. Upper Mustang is a restricted area of Nepal.  Those who wish to visit Mustang, have to come in a group, pay a special permit fee and apply for a permit through any trekking agency licensed by the government of Nepal to operate such business. 
The Tiji festival is a three-day ritual known as "The chasing of the Demons" and it is centered on the Tiji myth. Tiji tells the story of a deity named Dorje Jono who must battle against his demon father to save the Kingdom of Mustang from destruction. The demon father wreaks havoc on Mustang by creating a water shortage which, in this extremely arid land, is the most precious life-sustaining resource. Dorje Jono eventually defeats the demon and banishes him from the land. 
Tiji is a celebration and reaffirmation of this myth. Throughout the festival, the events and story of the myth are re-enacted. The festival is timed to coincide with the end of the dry season (late winter/spring) and ushers in the wetter monsoon season. Tiji comes from the words "ten che" meaning "the hope of Buddha Dharma prevailing in all worlds" and is a spring renewal festival that also celebrates the triumph of good over evil in1964. At this time, the Mustang region was still completely closed off to foreigners and had to obtain special permission from the government of Nepal in order to enter the Region.
Mustang District: For the first 10 days per person US$500 and After 10 days per day per person Us$50, Or equivalent convertible foreign currency. 

Itinerary

Additional Activity

Kathmandu sightseeing

Meals

Breakfast at Kathmandu and Pokhara
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner at trekking route

Accommodation

3-star categories hotels in Kathmandu and Pokhara
Lodge/Tea house in trekking route

Service Included

  • Arrival and departure transfer
  • A full day Kathmandu valley sightseeing with a local tour guide
  • 6-night's twin sharing accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara hotel
  • KTM-Jomsom airfare
  • All local transportation by suitable vehicle (car, van, bus) in Kathmandu & Pokhara
  • Complementary welcome and farewell dinner in Kathmandu
  • Pokhara-Kathmandu transportation by tourist bus/private car as per group size
  • Meals on full board (breakfast, lunch, dinner, tea & coffee) basis during the trek as per itinerary
  • Accommodation on teahouse/lodge during the trek
  • Trek leader (English speaking, First Aid and eco trained), one Sherpa porter (for each two-member) all payments with insurance
  • Annapurna conservation areas and TIMS permit
  • All government and local taxes

Service Excluded

  • Visa fees, intl. airfare & departure taxes
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Heritage sites entry fee
  • Lunch and dinner in the city beside mentioned
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Personal expenses e.g. phone calls, laundry, bar bills, hot shower, battery recharge & extra porters
  • Tips for driver, guides, and porters
  • Any extending trips
  • Services don't include in service inclusive column

Important Notes

Lodging or Accommodation:
Accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara on BB plan and during the trekking provide all meals (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, and Tea/coffee) plan. This trek is more designed on the lodge/teahouse. The meals comprised of American, Nepali & Chinese cuisines. The meals served on breakfast during welcome and farewell dinner is included within the price. Snacks, mineral water is included but alcoholic beverages are not included within the price. During the stay in Kathmandu and Pokhara, we provide 5 nights’ double sharing accommodation within star categorized hotels and 13 night’s double sharing accommodation within available teahouse/Lodge. 
Note: Single occupancy also available as per request with single supplement charge.
Trip gears suggestion: 
Before starting the trip with us you need to be complete within yourself especially with the kit vital for trekking. The list is given below separating as per your body parts.
For head: 
Sunblock hat 
Fleece/Woolen hat (perfect to cover ears)
Sunglasses as well as reading glasses 
Scarf to cover face (protect from dust and wind)
For lower body: 
Underwears
Shorts needed for hiking
Lightweight walking pants 
Lightweight thermal leggings
Fleece or tracksuit pants 
Waterproof shell pants 
For Feet: 
Min 3x thin full cotton inner socks 
Min 3x thick full warm wool hiking socks 
Hiking boots (along with spare laces) 
Walking light sneakers 
Sandals
Walking poles/stick
For upper body: 
Min 3x T-shirts 
Min 2x lightweight thermal tops 
Min 2x Merino/Fleece long shelve tops 
Waterproof shell jacket(bomber)
Down tee shirt/jacket
Poncho rain cover 
For hands: 
Light fleece gloves 
Hefty gloves 
Waterproof/wind fleece gloves 
For night use: 
Sleeping bag
Sleeping bag liner 
Pillow slip/case 
Essential Medical Kit:
For this, you need to consult with your doctor for a complete medical kit. 
Accessories needed for trekking:
Small torch with some spare batteries
Watch compromising of light & alarm
Bag Pack no heavier than 15kg 
Daypack 33ltr with waist strap
Toiletries & Personal Hygiene:
Daily using accessories: 
Dry towel, Shampoo, Toothbrush & paste, Wipes of multipurpose (face & body), Deodorant
Face & Body Moisturizer, Nail clippers/file, Small comb/brush, Clothes washing soap(decomposable), Toilet paper, Anti-Bacterial wipes (4x packs), Hand sanitizer (small bottle), Sunblock face/body high UV protection, Lip block with UV protection, Feminine hygiene products
Other additional Stuff:
Camera & extra batteries
Reading books
Map: Trail map & guidebook
Diary, Journal & Pen

Trekking Criterion:
Mostly we do arrange a trip with single supplement (except for some region most of the regions needs min. 2 persons). Before booking the trekking or initiating the trip you make sure that you do have a group and then only we will arrange the trip on a huge scale as per your request.

Physical Necessities:
Tiji Festival in Lomanthang seems very vigorous but does not necessitate to have any previous trekking or mountaineering experience. It does not require any specified technical knowledge as well as an experience rather you only need to be in good physical & mentally condition and be proficient to hike for 4-6 hours over hilly terrain with a light daypack. Before booking the trip you better consult with your Medical Doctor once and as per your Doctor references initiate your trip booking process with us.

Trekking Head and Employees:
With an experience of a decade in the adventurous tourism, we do have our unbelievable teams of conductors and employees who are the backbone of this company inculcated with experiences and are highly professional with their technical expertise, proven safety measures records, solicitous judgment, and as well as support training styles and abundant personalities. Mostly we do have our field staff from the local area that covers from eastern to western Himalayan ranges, which backs the local people directly. As being local they have good knowledge of that respective region and they have good health fitness, can cope with the worst case scenario, as well experienced with a good team leading capabilities in the Himalayan region.

Familiarization:
The itinerary of 
Tiji Festival in Lomanthang is particularly designed in view of a high degree of depreciating AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness). Normally, elevation sickness starts from 3600m/11,808ft and this doesn’t create any problem below this standard. So, throughout your trip, the best solution is to go slowly with body adaptation. As we know, the more we elevate, the less oxygen we get in the air. For example, crossing high altitudes more than 5000 m/ 16400ft, 50% oxygen is deducted than at sea level. Your body needs several days to acclimatize during the travel in high Himalaya.

Emergency Evacuation Rescue Service (EERS) and Travel Insurance:
As we know that the trip can be canceled, or in those worst case scenario we need to be aware, so we highly recommend to purchase trip cancellation and travel insurance. This broad travel insurance offers you huge benefits including the coverage of trip cancellation and interruption, travel delays, loss of baggage and travel documents, baggage delay, medical expenses, and emergency assistance.

Climate and Weather:
A country with a diversified culture does have a diversified topography as well beginning from 60 meters to top of the planet 8,848 meters i.e. the top of Mt. Everest. We have arid season start from October until May and the rainy season (monsoon) from June to September. The month in may is Tiji Festival in Lomanthang, And usually at this time the festival start.

Passport and Visa Necessities:
The foremost thing to confirm before traveling to this trek is to check your passport and its valid date. Passports must have at least 6 months’ validity just after ending date of your trip. We must need your copy of passport and its full details sent either by fax or scan. While staying in Nepal you will need a visa which can be gotten in advance from the Nepalese Embassy in your country or you can even get on arrival at the airport in Kathmandu (Conditions: Within a peak season you need to wait long in the airport to get your visa). The general list of Nepalese visa fee is mentioned below and you can even surf thoroughly this web link as (www.nepalimmigration.gov.np )
Fees charged while delivering a tourist visa by the Mission or entry point:
US Dollars 40 or another convertible foreign currency equivalent for 30days multiple entry visas.
US Dollars 100 or another convertible foreign currency equivalent for 90days multiple entry visas.
Notwithstanding anything written in clause (a) and (b), no visa fee shall be applicable to the passport holder of member states of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) for 30 days.
US Dollars 25 or another convertible foreign currency equivalent thereto for 15days multiple entry visas.

Permits and required fees:
We need to have permission in many places in Nepal for trekking. For this region, we must require permits from Annapurna Conservation Area Protest (ACAP) entry permits along with TIMS permit and as well as world heritages site entry permits. All these relevant permits and entry fees are included in the given cost except the personal donations & contribution. Just in case of any such unassured conditions we will inform you if any additional permit fees are required or not before you make a booking with us.

Information on Health and Medical Evidence/Assistance:
We need to know about our health and the medical information during our Tiji Festival in Lomanthang. As mentioned earlier our squads are well-experienced travelers and are achieving the traveler’s ambition since long. We are expert in the adventurous tour and the best thing is we all are from the Himalayan region with plenty of local knowledge as we have been guiding for a decade, which stands as a key factor to enunciate the standard service that we have been delivering to our clients. The utmost thing we believe is the client’s safety and satisfaction. We deliver the extraordinary series of quality services and we even take care personally of our clients during the pour trip. Each of our guides carries medical kit bag for any kind of worst-case scenario during our trip and all of them are trained medical assistance especially the “First Aid”.

Environmental Anxieties:
Our motto is sustainable development thus we are extremely sensitive to protect our nature i.e. environment and contributing to many environmental cleanup and nature saving campaigns. We do believe in “Tourism within Nature,” thus our responsible tourism conveys a good message to the locals and we vow and train them to do’s and don’ts, how to keep environment in perfect shape, how to eliminate environmental degradation etc. and how to conveys message to save environment and leads towards environment friendly society or country. The tourism industry has an obligation to protect and preserve the natural environment for future generations as well. These days many NGOs are collaborating with many tourism agencies and are much keen to save environment form doom. For example, Kathmandu Environmental Education Project (KEEP) (http://www.keepnepal.org ) is helping to co-work with many trekking companies and this organization is also providing much useful training to our staffs and awareness program in the mountain.

Our Experience and Familiarity:
Going Nepal Pvt. Ltd. is a Govt. registered company based in Nepal and we have been working in adventurous travel in the Himalayas of Nepal. The operator of this company has more than a decade of experience in the relevant field of adventure tourism working, in fact initiating as a guide, adventure travel consultant and thus stabilizing own company. We are more dedicated to fulfilling our clients’ requirement and always sincere with client’s gratification and the utmost thing we always carry within us is the client’s satisfaction. We are also pleased to convey that many of our past clients who institute their trip in the Himalaya they wouldn’t hesitate to apprise you about our organization and about our professional organizing skills.

How to Book a trip?
If you have chosen your trip with our company, contact our head office either by email or phone to check the available dates (you may visit the updated departure date page of our sites as well, groups or any queries you have. We feel very pleased to help and reply promptly and responsively. Before your final decision, we will hold your booking. 
Both advance payment and full payment are possible through the bank transfer or as per your comfort we do have a procedure pay through your Credit Card (VISA/MASTER CARD) along the details within the booking form. After you choose the process of advance payment in an appropriate way still we want a signed and completed booking form for the confirmation. Once we received a completed and signed booking form with the mentioned amount of payment, bookings will only be confirmed and we start looking forward towards our trip together.

Trip Information

Q: How long hours do I have to walk each day?
A: There is no fix time to walk each day. From 2hours minimum to 7 hours’ maximum, you shall walk. Check the itinerary to see how long you shall walk each day.

Q: How difficult is the trek?
A: The walk into the Himalayas are never easy ones. You have to face the steep hills, sloppy trials, frequent climatic changes and other several hindrances.

Q: How long does the trek last for?
A: As mentioned in the itinerary, the trek lasts for 21 days.

Q: What kind of food do I get there?
A: During a Tea House trek you will have breakfast and dinner in the Tea House, lunch will be eaten at one of the trail side restaurants. During a Camping Trek all food will be cooked by our experienced cook. Every Tea House serves the traditional Nepali meal Dal Bhat (rice and lentil soup). All Tea Houses of our routs have variety of different food items, such as rice, vegetables, noodles, potatoes and soup. Many of them have western food on menu. Soft drinks, snacks and beer are available in most of the Tea Houses and trail side restaurants.

Q: Is it safe to eat during the trek?
A: Food safety is always a big concern and we take it very seriously. That is why we have chosen the cleanest and most hygienically kept Tea Houses for our roots. During a Camping Trek our cook prepares safe and tasty meals from carefully chosen food items and only hygienic cleaning facilities are used. 

Q: What are the sources of drinking water supply during trekking? 
A: All Tea Houses have boiled water for trekkers. And on the trek you will be provided with drinking water by your guide. The guide will make sure that water is safe for drinking. 

Q: What is the best time for trekking?
A: Best time for trekking is autumn (October-November) and spring (end of February-April). Short treks and some Tea Houses treks can be done during winter season as well.

Q: What is the weather like?
A: You need to be prepared for sudden weather changes while trekking. That’s why trekking equipment should be chosen carefully before the trip. Sudden rain storms or snow are always a possibility which needs to be considered. The weather during the trekking season is somewhat more stable. We pay big attention to weather forecast, so you will be told about weather prognosis and you will be given advises before trek.

Q: What kind of clothes is needed for trekking?
A: Choosing the clothes for trekking is very important. Please, check our trekking equipment list for details.

Q: What type of shoes should I have? 
A: For shorter treks comfortable tennis shoes or snickers is enough while longer treks require carefully chosen hiking boots which should be kind of strong, well-made but light boots. Shoes and boots are best to buy before arriving in Nepal. Proper fit is a must for boots and we advise you to wear your new shoes for sometime before trek for your feet to feel absolutely comfortable during trekking.

Q: Should we bring all trekking equipment with us?
A: You can easily rent needed equipment for reasonable price in Kathmandu or Pokhara before trek but it’s always preferable and more convenient to have your own equipment during trekking, so we advise you to bring equipment with you or to buy here as most of the outdoor equipment can be bought in Kathmandu or Pokhara in one of the many outdoor gear shops. 

Q: What happens in case of emergency?
A: We are prepared for any emergency situation and know how to handle it. Our guides are trained in first aid and can deal with most of the basic ailments that occur during a trek. Every client should have his own insurance before coming to Nepal for case of emergency.

Q: What if I finish the trek before the time mentioned in Itinerary? Will I be refunded the amount?
A: You may/may not be refunded the amount if u finish the trek before the time mentioned in itinerary. If you are not refunded, the equivalent refund amount will be spent on other packages. 

Q: Can I extend the day if I become unable to complete the trek on time?
A: Yes, you can extend day if you become unable to complete the trek on time. You will be charged necessary local charges accordingly.

Q: Do I have to share my accommodation?
A: Depending upon the availability of the room, you may/may not have to share your accommodation 

Q: How much weight of luggage can I carry?
A: You can carry light handbags with you. Porters are available to carry your luggage. A porter can carry up to 20kgs weight.

Q: Can I get my batteries recharged?
A: Yes, you can get your batteries recharged in some places.

Q: What about the phone? Does it work there?
A: Yes, the telephone service exists in the place you stay. However, the network might fluctuate from time to time during the trek.

Q: Do I have to carry Passport, Money, Id with me during the trek?A: Yes, you have to carry Passport, Money, Id and Travel permit along with you during the trek.

Q: What is the risk of wild animals?
A: There are little risk of wild animals but our guide is experience enough to deal with the situations so, no worrying there.

Q: What problems can arise on altitude?
A: Altitude sickness is a serious problem. We, having many years of experience in trekking and good knowledge of the problem, organize treks very carefully. Extra day of acclimatization is included in all our high altitude treks. Our guides are trained to spot any signs of altitude sickness and know how to deal with it. 

Q: What if I get altitude sickness?
A: Altitude sickness is a very normal problem while trekking in the Himalayas. However, the guide can deal with the situation if it’s just normal. If the condition becomes critical, you can request chartering a chopper. Let the office know about it and we shall negotiate the price and proceed for rescue. You will be under very good medication in one of the best hospital of the country. Your insurance is supposed to cover all the expenses of the rescue.

Q: What sort of experience do your guides have?
A: Our guides have many years of guiding experience in Nepal as well as Tibet. Most of them have been spending years exploring the country. Our guides are trained in first aid and know how to handle any situation. All our guides speak fluent English and happy to share their deep knowledge of the country and beauty of Nepal with you. We believe in and follow the idea that it’s not enough to take visitors to special places or special cultures, we need to provide guides who can get people feel involved in what they are experiencing, explain it thoroughly and keep them entertained. Our main concern is to make your trip in Nepal safe, memorable and fun!

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