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The Best Treks in Nepal to Experience Local Festivals

  Written by : Swotah travel

   Oct 17, 2022

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The Best Treks in Nepal to Experience Local Festivals

The majority of Nepalese festivals are associated with various Hindu and Buddhist gods and goddesses, and they are observed on days deemed sacred by their respective religions and traditions. Treks to the Mani Rimdu and Dumji festivals in the Everest region and the Tiji festival journey in Mustang have long been particularly popular among Buddhist pilgrims. 

Every year, Nepal celebrates more than 50 festivals. While religious festivals are determined by astrologers using the lunar calendar, national festivities have established dates.

 

Trekking during a festival in Nepal is one of the best ways to learn about the country's secret cultures and religions, as well as to have the best trekking experience possible while taking part in a fascinating mountain festival that takes place every year in a particular mountain region of the country. 

Buddhist festive treks in Nepal are stunning and offer visitors the chance to experience the true essence of Tibetan Buddhism, including its traditions, festivals, and culture, all the while taking in breathtaking views of the Himalayas. 

 

Many Western tourists travel to these festivities, and hotels and flights are booked months in advance by organised travel groups. Anyone who wants to travel to Nepal during these wonderful festivals needs to plan and prepare their trip well in advance.

 

Festival Treks in Nepal 

 

The Nepali people celebrate numerous festivals all year long, as they have done for a very long time because of their diverse religions and cultures. People of this country have been very proud of the great demonstration of unity that occurs when people respect and celebrate one another's holidays. Hindus celebrate festivals such as Dashain, Tihar, Shiva Ratri, and Holi, while Muslims celebrate Eid and Buddhists observe Lhoshar.

lakhey nach during jatra

You can contact local travel agency to create a unique travel itinerary for you so that you can take part in some of these historic festivals and learn about local customs. Depending on your interests, they tailor your trip and festival dates.

Major Trekking destinations to experience Local Festivals

 

Nepal has more than a hundred distinct ethnic groups, and each has its calendar, holiday, and customs. For the new year, mountain people have several Lhosar cries. In Upper Mustang and Tengboche, we have two very well-known festivals named the Tiji and Rinji festivals.

1.     Mani Rimdu Festival Trekking

The Sherpa community observes Mani Rimdu, as a significant event, on the tenth lunar day of the Tibetan calendar. We will be trekking to the historic Tengboche monastery in the Khumbhu region for the Mani Rimdu festival. One of the main draws for travellers making the climb to Everest Base Camp in the months of October and November is this festival. 

mani rimdu festival

The Tengboche Monastery attracts visitors from the neighbouring Sherpa villages who come to see the rituals and traditional dances. The dance is performed while wearing unusual ghost-themed masks. Using colored sand, a mandala pattern is created throughout the course of the festival's first four days. The mandala is created after the monks execute Fire rituals to safeguard the earth from all dangers. 

Trekking during the Mani Rimdu festival might be a fantastic way to encounter a distinctive fusion of nature and culture. We have the chance to see Mount Everest, the tallest mountain in the world, as we journey through the Khumbhu region's landscapes. Being present when these monks observe one of their most important festivals can be a great way to learn more about Buddhism.

Major Consideration:

 

·       Trip Duration: 14 days

·       Difficulty Grade: Medium

·       Max Altitude: 3,800m

·       Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

·       Best Season: October and November

·       Accommodation: Lodge and Tea houses

·       Attractions: The western Himalayan Range

 

2.     Mustang Tiji Festival Trek

The kingdom of Lo-Manthang is located behind the beautiful mountains of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges (Upper Mustang). Around 6000 people live in Upper Mustang, which is heavily influenced by Tibetan culture. Lo-Manthang still has a king and is only somewhat independent, despite Nepal being a democratic nation. In the 15th and 16th centuries, Lo-Manthang served as a significant hub for the trade of salt between Tibet and India.

tiji festival

Trekking to Lo Manthang for the Mustang Tiji Festival gives us the chance to experience the festival, which is thought to dispel evil forces and prevent suffering. The Tiji festival occurs at the start of the Mustang region's harvesting season, which coincides with the monsoon.

Tiji is a three-day holiday that is also referred to as "the pursuit of demons." The narrative of a god named Dorje Jono, who fought against his evil father who was famine-cursing Lo-Manthang, is thought to be the foundation of the Tiji celebration. The hunger was put to an end, and the Lo Manthang kingdom was spared destruction when Dorje Jono triumphed against his father and swept him away from the dry land. 

In Upper Mustang, several festivals are observed annually, but the Tiji Celebration, which has been observed since the 15th century, is the most significant festival of the year. The current King of Lo- Manthang, Jigme Dadul Palbar Bista, travels to Lo- Manthang to take part in the Tiji festival along with residents of the neighboring villages. The honor of doing a masked dance to the beat of drums belongs to a selected monk who represents Dorge Shumu.

Major Considerations:

 

·       Trip Duration: 21 days

·       Difficulty Grade: Medium

·       Max Altitude: 3,800m

·       Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

·       Best Season: March-December

·       Accommodation: Lodge and Tea houses

·       Attractions: The western Himalayan Range

 

3.     Gosainkunda Festival Trek

Thousands of Buddhists and Hindu pilgrims travel to Gosaikunda on the day of the full moon in August for the festival. It is quite a sight to see during the festival, and the lake is worth visiting all year round.

gosaikunda festival trek

Hindu pilgrims from Nepal and India come to Gosainkunda Lake to take holy baths on the auspicious day of the august full moon. Hindus believe that Gosainkunda Lake has a direct connection to Lord Shiva and that if they take a holy bath in it just once throughout their lifetime, all of their previous sins will be wiped away and they will achieve nirvana. This belief is supported by numerous Hindu religious texts. Hindus replace their sacred thread (Janai) and chant the Gayatri Mantra on Janai Purnima.

 

As part of Rakshya Bandhan, a priest ties a red or yellow cord of protection around the wrists of believers. The water in this pool, which features a picture of Shiva in the center, is thought to have originated from Gosainkunda. 

 

At a height of 4380 meters, Gosainkunda is situated south of the Langtang range and north of Kathmandu. The ascent to the spot is well worth it because it is extremely exhilarating. The traditional faith healers, also known as Krishna, execute ritual dances to painful drumbeats day and night. They are clad in belted white robes and topped with porcupine quills and peacock feathers.

 

All visitors are welcome at the Gosainkunda festival trek. The air is thick with delicious incense in the morning, and the lake's edge is painted red with vermillion powder. You will never see a more gorgeous tree than this one.

 

Major Consideration:

 

·       Trip Duration: 11 days

·       Difficulty Grade: Medium

·       Max Altitude: 4,380m

·       Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

·       Best Season: March, October to December

·       Accommodation: Lodge and Tea houses

·       Attractions: Ganesh Himal, Langtang Lirung, Annapurna 

 

Conclusion

 

Festival treks are intended to witness the festivals, and at some of them, you can participate with the locals. If you want to experience Nepali holidays, you must schedule your trip during one of its major celebrations, such as Dashain, Deepawali, Chhat, Buddha Janyanti, Christmas, Mani Rimdu, Tiji, Maha Shivaratri, Holi, etc. 

 

You can therefore schedule your trip to Nepal around certain festivals, attend the celebrations, and travel to Nepal at the same time. Most people schedule their trekking and trips to Nepal around certain holidays so they can attend the festivals and go on other excursions at the same time.

 

These days, tourists from all over the world are interested in witnessing the people's way of life, festivals, traditions, and culture, and Nepal's cultural legacy is its main draw. The greatest way to experience Nepal is with festival vacations that include some natural treasures like safari, river rafting, and hiking.

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