Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu, meet & directly transfer hotel. Overnight.
Day 02:You will be escorted by a city tour guide to Swoyambhunath, Kathmandu Durbar Square, Boudhanath and Pashupatinath.
Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara. Overnight hotel.
After breakfast, drive to Pokharaby private vehicle following Prithvi highway. You will have a scenic drive as you will have an opportunity to see different landscape and nature beauty with panoramic views. On the way you will follow TrisuliRiver and Marshyandi River which is one of the most popular in Nepal for rafting. After arrival in Pokhara transfer to hotel.
Day 04: Fly to Jomsom/2710m and trek to Kagbeni 2810m about5-6 hours walk.
Fly to Jomsom from Pokhara and trek to Kagbeni via Lupra 2790m. Continue trek passing River bank of Kaligandaki to reach Lupra, where you can visit the interesting Bon-Po monastery. Bon-Po is a sect which mixes pre- Buddhist beliefs with religious practices close to Buddhism. After lunch at Eklabatti trek continues until reaching Kagbeni which takes about 1 hour. You can visit the red-painted monastery about 1000 years old. Stay overnight in Lodge.
Day 05: Day explore at Muktinath and back to Kagbeni for acclimatization.
Day 06: Trek to Chele (3100m / 6hrs)
There is a trail up the east bank of the Kali Gandaki that climbs over many ridges as it heads north and reaches Tangbe village. The town is a labyrinth of narrow alleys amongst whitewashed houses, fields of buckwheat, barley, wheat and apple orchards. Nilgiri peak, which dominates the southern skyline at Kagbeni, continues to loom massively at the foot of the valley. Beyond Tangbe, we reach Chhusang village and crossing the river, continue climbing north up the trail to a huge red chunk of conglomerate that has fallen from the cliff above, forming a tunnel through which the Kali Gandaki flows. The trek now leaves the Kali Gandaki valley and climbs steeply up a rocky gully to Chele at 3030m. The culture changes from the Manangi culture to the Tibetan culture of Lo.
Day 07: Trek to Geling (3570m / 8hrs)
The climb continues along steep, treeless, waterless terrain, along the side of a spectacular steep canyon to a pass and cairn of rock at 3540m. Then the trail makes a long gradual descent to some chortens on a ridge, before descending further on a pleasant trail to Samar. The Annapurna, still dominated by Nilgiri, is visible far to the south. The route climbs sharply up and down over a series of high passes, before the final descent to Geling.
Day 08: Trek to Charang (3560m / 7hrs)
From Geling, the trail climbs gently to the most interesting pass on your trek, Nyi La and descends beneath blue, grey and red cliffs across the valley to a bridge over the Tangmar Chu (river,) then climbs past what is perhaps the longest and most spectacular mani (prayer wall) in Nepal. Climbing over another pass at 3600m, the route makes a long gentle descent to Charang. The huge five–story white Dzong (fort) and red gompa (Buddhist temple) contains a fascinating array of statues and Thankas as well as many large paintings of seated Buddhas.
Day 09: Trek Lo-Manthang [3730m]
The trail descends about 100 m from Charang, crosses the Charang–Chu, climbs steeply up a rocky trail to a cairn on a ridge and continues to climb. Finally from a ridge at 3850m, there is a view of the walled city of Lo. After a short descent, cross a stream then climb up into the plateau of Lo Manthang.
Day 10: Explore north side of Lo-Manthang to Tibet boarder side & back to Lo-Manthang.
Day 11: Lo-Manthang [3730m] – (Start Tiji Festival)
"The Tiji Ceremony began on the month of May or Jun (it depends on Tibetan colander Lunar) in the main square east of the palace, under snappeting prayer flags, white cracked walls, and blue-framed windows.”
Early in the afternoon, horns resounded — the short horn or kagyling, which announces the two twelve-foot copper dunchens, with their elephantine blartings, followed by two double-reeded horns (the player is trained to blow with a peculiar technique of double-breathing), all accompanied by drum and cymbals. “Next, an ancient and enormous tanka three stories high was unrolled down the entire south wall of the square. The tanka portrayed Padma Sambhava (or "Guru Rimpoche") who brought this ceremony to Tibet in the 8th century (it is said to have originated in Afghanistan) and founded the Nyingma sect of Tibetan Buddhism. Following incense purification…
Crown Prince Jigme in black fur hat, black leather boots, and tailored traditional dress, made an offering of six brass bowls of grain, set out on a wood altar with the painted cakes made from butter and (flour)."At mid-afternoon, in high wind and blowing dust, eleven lamas in maroon and gold, wearing high red hats, came from the palace and took their places along the wall beneath the tanka, with TashiTenzing on the elevated seat just in the center. At one end of the line, big Ri-Dorje and an older monk commence a sonorous overture on the twelve-foot horns, which arc supported at the open end by a carved wood stand. Horns and drums are accompanied by cymbals struck more or less casually by all the lamas."As the monks and lamas commence chanting, twelve more monks come from the palace in maroon and royal blue and glittering gold brocade, with cymbal-shaped hats decked with upright peacock plumes. Soon they withdraw, to be replaced by the masked dancers who" start the portrayal of the Tiji myth. "DorjeJono repels the demon through the power of his magical dancing — he dances fifty-two separate dances, one of them in ten different bodies, each with a different head in the course of which he finds time to poke fun at the clownish figures of a Hindu yogi and a Chinese Chan (Zen) master. As the dances end, DorjeJono 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.
Day 12: Lo-Manthang [3730m] - Tiji Festival
For the second day of Tiji, numbers of Loba have arrived 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." "On the south wall the great ancient tanka has been replaced by another no less than a century old, a tapestry of fine silk brocade, embroidered in Tibet in the last days of the old regime and brought by the rajas father from Lhasa. "Eventually the raja appears in turquoise-green wool boots and regal purple robe, and Rani Sahib, also in purple, wears a whole crown of tiny river pearls set off by dozens of large red coralline tones interspersed with matched ornaments of turquoise. The crown prince, too, wears purple, as well as a shirt of fire-gold over neat Western trousers and black leather boots. All are attended by royal relatives and nobles, the men in peaked hats of gold brocade, the women in imperial displays of turquoise and silver."
"Fortunately we outsiders are very few, all but lost in the horde of undefended merry faces. 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! The rites to a cloth doll (representing the demon who is symbolically being cast out) perhaps two feet long. Into this figure was thrust in an interminable ceremony a series of blue daggers, until just at dark, the demon's pitiful remains were borne away into the palace, and the line of cold wind-swept lamas under the huge tanka became free to leave."
Day 13: Lo-Manthang [3730m] - Tiji Festival Ends
"On the third day, Tiji 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 gurry. The remains are chanted over by a lama, as his assistant’s burn juniper and frankincense, and two lines of monks strike hand drums while those against the wall blow horns. Eventually a procession forms, led by three victory banners, red and white, then the bearers of five braziers bearing the demon's remains, then the horn blowers and monks, then lamas, then court musicians, then the raja and the crown prince and their attendants. The procession pauses for chanting and ceremony at the chortens outside of the main gate, then repeats the ceremonials at the grain-threshing platforms east of the walls, arriving finally at the edge of the town fields." "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. One by one, the braziers filled with 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. Finally the emptied braziers are removed and the sad remains flailed with the tiger skin to satisfy the crowd that nothing has been overlooked in dispelling the forces of evil from Lo Manthang. Tiji is over, and tomorrow the people will go home to their own villages."
Day 14: Lo-Manthang to Yara (5/6hrs, 3900m)
Today it is a challenging trail lead up and downhill, the trek from Lo-Manthang to Yara is harder but more satisfying and interesting then the west side of the valley crossing through river with the panorama views of Throung peak, Damodhar Range, the Yara village is one of the best village of whole Lo-Manthang and it seems more successful and it is established in a very suitable place.
Day 15: Yara to Tange (6/7hrs, 3300m)
After breakfast, get up and ready for trek, first few hours through River bank then after crossing River, the trail climbs up till the pass of 3850m then trail lead through grassless, bare hills, Tange is small village but most of the house are attached each other, on the roof tops can see piles of fry woods, which also reflect the prosperity in their society.
Day 16: Trek to Tetang 2940 m.
The trail continues through deep ridges and provides amazing views of wind carved hills. The Tetang Village was built between two of these hills to shield it from the strong wind that hit the entire KailGandaki valley. Tetang is the upper village of Chuksang
Day 17: Trek ends at Kagbeni - Jomsom
Day 18: Fly fromJomsomto Pokhara and after arrival Pokhara drive to coffee farm in Dhading.
Day 19: In Dhading
Day 20: Drive back to Kathmandu. Overnight at hotel.
Day 21:You will be escorted by a city tour guide to Patan&Bhaktapur. Overnight hotel.
Day 22: Final departure from Kathmandu.
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