Eco Holiday Asia

Lo-Manthang
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$2000.00

Duration

11 days

Max People

6

Min Age

10

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About This Tour

Tiji Festival 2024 Jeep Tour also known as Tenchi Festival is a three days ritual which is celebrated in Lo Manthang of Upper Mustang. The festival has been observing since 15th century and is famous among the locals and also has become famous among the domestic and international tourists. Every year a big number of visitors from different countries from Europe, America and Australia visits Lo Manthang to enjoy this festival.

Highlights

  • Immerse yourself in the vibrant Tiji Festival, a cultural extravaganza featuring mesmerizing mask dances, rituals, and traditional performances.
  • Discover the ancient walled city of Lo-Manthang, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where history, culture, and spirituality converge.
  • Explore the intricacies of the city's architecture, ancient monasteries, and rich cultural heritage.
  • Experience the thrill of a Land Cruiser Jeep drive through the breathtaking landscapes of Upper Mustang.
  • Traverse rocky terrains, cross ancient riverbeds, and enjoy panoramic views of the Nilgiri and Dhaulagiri mountain ranges.
  • Visit the fascinating Chhoser Cave, an archaeological site with historical significance and stunning geological formations.
  • Explore the ancient caves that were once used as dwellings, providing a glimpse into the region's ancient civilization.
  • Immerse yourself in the vibrant Tibetan culture prevalent in Upper Mustang, interacting with local communities and understanding their way of life.
  • Experience the unique blend of Bon and Hindu cultures, contributing to a diverse and enriching cultural journey.
  • Explore Kagbeni Village, a charming settlement known for its unique architecture, ancient monasteries, and cultural heritage.
  • Wander through narrow alleys, visit historical landmarks, and engage with the local community.
  • Muktinath Temple Pilgrimage
  • Tea House/Home Stay Experience
  • Heritage Rail with Eco Holiday Asia
  • Breathtaking Himalayan Views

What’s Included

  • Airport transfers (international & domestic).
  • 2 nights hotel stay in Kathmandu (twin-sharing, BB plan).
  • 1 night hotel stay in Pokhara (twin-sharing, BB plan).
  • Kathmandu sightseeing with a professional English-speaking guide.
  • 4WD Jeep from Jomsom to Lo-Mangthang to Jomsom (Toyota Land Cruiser).
  • 3 meals/day during the trip (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner).
  • Accommodation in twin-sharing guesthouses/Home Stay during trek.
  • Permits: Annapurna Conservation Area, TIMS card, Upper Mustang Restricted area.
  • Professional English-speaking trekking guide.
  • Sleeping bag and duffel bag provided during the trek (Refundable after the trip).
  • Medical supplies (first aid kit).
  • Salary, Food, Drinks, Accommodation, Transportation, and Insurance for Guide and Driver.
  • All government and local taxes.
  • International airfare and Nepal visa fee.
  • Excess baggage charges with domestic flight.
  • Hot water, Bottled water or any drinks during the treks .
  • Lunch / dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
  • Emergency rescue and medical expenses.
  • Personal expenses e.g. phone calls, laundry, bar bills personal porters.
  • Tips for the trekking crew.
  • Other optional trips/activities and sightseeing if required.

24 May 2024: Arrival and Kathmandu Orientation

  • Begin your journey with a seamless arrival in Kathmandu. Transfer to a carefully selected hotel for a comfortable stay.
  • Overnight: Well-appointed hotel in Kathmandu
  • Included Meals: Breakfast (B)

25 May 2024: Permit Preparation and Scenic Flight to Pokhara

  • Utilize the day for permit arrangements while experiencing guided sightseeing in Kathmandu.
  • In the evening, embark on a scenic flight to Pokhara.
  • Overnight: Lakeside hotel in Pokhara
  • Included Meals: Breakfast (B)

26 May 2024: Flight to Jomsom and Drive to Tsaile Village

  • Catch an early morning flight to Jomsom from Pokhara, followed by a hearty breakfast.
  • Commence a picturesque drive to Tsaile Village, the gateway to Upper Mustang. Explore Kagbeni village en route.
  • Overnight: Comfortable lodging at Mustang Gate Tsaile
  • Included Meals: Breakfast (B), Lunch (L), Dinner (D)
  • Highlight: Kagbeni village and Tsaile Village

27 May 2024: Tsiale to Tsarang Expedition

  • Begin your day with a visit to Tsiale village, setting the stage for a scenic drive to Tsarang village.
  • En route, explore Ghiling Village Monasteries, soaking in the cultural richness.
  • Rejuvenate with an overnight stay in Tsarang at an altitude of 3,570 meters.
  • Overnight: Cozy accommodation in Tsarang
  • Included Meals: Breakfast (B), Lunch (L), Dinner (D)
  • Highlight: Ghiling Village Monasteries

28 May 2024: Tsarang to Lo-manthang Exploration

  • Immerse yourself in the ancient Tsarang Monastery and Old Tsarang Palace.
  • Embark on a picturesque drive to Lo-manthang, visiting Chotten and mountain caves along the way.
  • Witness the Opening ceremony of Tiji Festival 2024, followed by a homestay or guesthouse overnight in Lo-manthang.
  • Overnight: Homestay or guesthouse in Lo-manthang
  • Included Meals: Breakfast (B), Lunch (L), Dinner (D)
  • Highlight: Chotten and mountain caves, Opening ceremony of Tiji Festival 2024

29 May 2024: Chhoser Valley Excursion and Tiji Festival Day 2

  • Journey to Chhoser Valley for an exploration of Jhong Cave and four distinct monasteries.
  • Return to Lo-manthang for lunch and immerse yourself in the second day of Tiji Festival 2024.
  • Retire for the night in the comfort of a hotel.
  • Overnight: Comfortable hotel in Lo-manthang
  • Included Meals: Breakfast (B), Lunch (L), Dinner (D)
  • Highlight: Jhong Cave, Tiji Festival Day 2

30 May 2024: Return to Chhuksang Village

  • Commence the day with a scenic drive back to Chhuksang Village, passing through Yara, Ghara, and Dhi village.
  • Enjoy a relaxing overnight stay at a guesthouse.
  • Overnight: Guesthouse in Chhuksang Village
  • Included Meals: Breakfast (B), Lunch (L), Dinner (D)
  • Highlight: Yara, Ghara, and Dhi village

31 May 2024: Muktinath Pilgrimage and Return to Jomsom

  • Embark on a 3-hour drive to Muktinath, where you'll visit the temple and monasteries.
  • Savor lunch at Muktinath and drive back to Jomsom for an overnight stay at a hotel.
  • Overnight: Comfortable hotel in Jomsom
  • Included Meals: Breakfast (B), Lunch (L), Dinner (D)
  • Highlight: Muktinath Temple and monasteries

01 June 2024: Homeward Bound via Kathmandu

  • Take a flight to Pokhara from Jomsom, connecting to Kathmandu.
  • Enjoy a leisurely day in Kathmandu, taking in the local ambiance.
  • Cap off your adventure with an overnight stay in the vibrant city.
  • Overnight: Well-appointed hotel in Kathmandu
  • Included Meals: Breakfast (B)
  • Highlight: Leisure day in Kathmandu

02 June 2024: Departure Day

  • Bid farewell to the breathtaking landscapes of Nepal as you embark on your final departure.

Factsheet

What you expect from Upper Mustang Jeep Tour ?

  1. Tiji Festival Celebration:
    • Immerse yourself in the vibrant Tiji Festival, a cultural extravaganza featuring mesmerizing mask dances, rituals, and traditional performances.
    • Witness the unique blend of Tibetan Buddhist culture and ancient rituals during this grand celebration.
  2. Lo-Manthang Exploration:
    • Discover the ancient walled city of Lo-Manthang, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where history, culture, and spirituality converge.
    • Explore the intricacies of the city's architecture, ancient monasteries, and rich cultural heritage.
  3. Scenic Land Cruiser Jeep Drive:
    • Experience the thrill of a Land Cruiser Jeep drive through the breathtaking landscapes of Upper Mustang.
    • Traverse rocky terrains, cross ancient riverbeds, and enjoy panoramic views of the Nilgiri and Dhaulagiri mountain ranges.
  4. Chhoser Cave Excursion:
    • Visit the fascinating Chhoser Cave, an archaeological site with historical significance and stunning geological formations.
    • Explore the ancient caves that were once used as dwellings, providing a glimpse into the region's ancient civilization.
  5. Cultural Immersion:
    • Immerse yourself in the vibrant Tibetan culture prevalent in Upper Mustang, interacting with local communities and understanding their way of life.
    • Experience the unique blend of Bon and Hindu cultures, contributing to a diverse and enriching cultural journey.
  6. Kagbeni Village Exploration:
    • Explore Kagbeni Village, a charming settlement known for its unique architecture, ancient monasteries, and cultural heritage.
    • Wander through narrow alleys, visit historical landmarks, and engage with the local community.
  7. Muktinath Temple Pilgrimage:
    • Undertake a spiritual pilgrimage to the sacred Muktinath Temple, a revered site for both Hindus and Buddhists.
    • Witness the religious fervor and cultural significance of this high-altitude pilgrimage destination.
  8. Tea House/Home Stay Experience:
    • Enjoy the warmth of local hospitality with Tea House and Home Stay accommodations, providing an authentic cultural exchange.
    • Savor traditional cuisine, share stories with locals, and experience the genuine hospitality of the Mustang region.
  9. Heritage Rail with Eco Holiday Asia:
    • Travel sustainably with Eco Holiday Asia, contributing to responsible tourism practices.
    • Experience the eco-friendly Heritage Rail provided by Eco Holiday Asia, ensuring a comfortable and environmentally conscious journey.
  10. Breathtaking Himalayan Views:
    • Capture breathtaking views of the towering Nilgiri and Dhaulagiri mountain ranges, creating a spectacular backdrop to your journey.
    • Marvel at the majestic Himalayan landscapes that unfold during the Land Cruiser Jeep drive and other scenic points along the route.

Embark on this unique Upper Mustang Jeep Tour with Tiji Festival 2024 with Eco Holiday Asia for an unforgettable blend of cultural immersion, spiritual exploration, and eco-conscious travel.

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Questions & Answers

Why is a special permit required for Upper Mustang trekking?

Upper Mustang is a restricted area, and special permits are required to preserve its cultural and environmental significance. The permits help control the number of visitors and protect the region’s unique heritage.

How do I obtain the special permits for Upper Mustang?

You can obtain the permits through a registered trekking agency in Nepal. Your agency will assist you in acquiring the necessary permits from the Department of Immigration in Kathmandu.

What is the best time for Upper Mustang trekking?

The best time for Upper Mustang trekking is during the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons when the weather is stable. The region is rain-shadowed, making it suitable for trekking during the monsoon season as well.

Is it possible to trek independently in Upper Mustang?

No, trekking independently in Upper Mustang is not allowed. You must hire a registered guide, and the trek must be organized through a licensed trekking agency.

What is the duration of the Upper Mustang trek?

The trek typically takes around 10 to 14 days, depending on the specific itinerary and starting point. The duration can be customized based on your preferences and acclimatization needs.

What is the level of difficulty for the Upper Mustang trek?

The Upper Mustang trek is considered a moderate trek. However, the high altitude and the duration of the trek may pose challenges. It’s recommended for trekkers with some prior trekking experience.

Are there teahouses and lodges in Upper Mustang?

Yes, there are teahouses and lodges along the Upper Mustang trekking route. Accommodations are basic, and it’s advisable to book in advance during peak trekking seasons.

What is the maximum altitude reached during the Upper Mustang trek?

The highest point of the trek is Lo Manthang, which stands at an altitude of approximately 3,840 meters (12,600 feet).

Are there any cultural considerations or restrictions in Upper Mustang?

Yes, visitors are expected to respect local customs and traditions. Certain monasteries and religious sites may have specific guidelines, and it’s important to follow them.

What is the transportation mode to reach the starting point of the Upper Mustang trek?

The trek usually begins with a flight from Pokhara to Jomsom, and from there, the trekking journey commences. Jomsom is accessible by both domestic flights and road transportation.

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