HIUNCHULI – 6441m

Arrival City

Kathmandu

Departure City

Kathmandu

Lodging level

Tea House/ Camping

Meals

Breakfast

Trip Grade

Challenging

Maximun Altitude

6189m

Attractions

Activity

Trekking & Climbing

Overview

Near to the Annapurna South is the beautiful Hiunchuli Peak, lying at an altitude of 6,441 meters. Though climbing this peak is not technically difficult, there are other drawbacks of this trekking route such as its vulnerability to rock falls and complexity in route finding, that make it a less preferred trekking option.

Discovered by Col. Jimmy Roberts, Hiunchuli is one of the three major trekking peaks within the Annapurna Sanctuary. Its eastern face overlooks the Modi Khola and guards the entrance to the Annapurna Sanctuary. An American Peace Corps Expedition, via the southeast face, first climbed Hiunchuli in October 1971.

Lying at a remote location, Hiunchuli, still remains an unknown route approached by only a few trekkers. The trekking trail passes through steep and dense bamboo forest, menaced by unseen dangers of the hanging glaciers. From the north, the mountain rises steeply above the moraines of the Annapurna South Glacier in a series of shabby buttresses and an ill-defined and complicated North Ridge. These in turn lead to a final triangle of fluted ice that forms the summit. The summit is bounded on the east by a ridge that rises in an icy parabola, from which a steep couloir descends towards the moraines above the lodges at base camp. Considered as one of the most complex climbs, the trek to the Hiunchuli Peak requires technicality and experience.

Itinerary

You will be greeted by a panoramic view of snow-capped mountain peaks sprawling down below once you fly in the sky of Kathmandu. A representative and driver from our office will meet you at the airport and escort you to your hotel. The representative will help you check into your designated hotel. At the hotel you will be briefed about your daily activities.

Kathmandu is the historical and cultural heart of Nepal and has been a popular destination for tourists ever since Nepal opened its doors to visitors. The city presents a wonderful mix of Hinduism, Tibetan Buddhism and Western influence. There will be a guided tour to UNESCO World Heritage Sites namely Boudhanath- the largest Buddhist Stupa in Nepal, Pashupatinath- most popular Hindu shrine dedicated to Lord Shiva and Patan or Lalitpur (the City of Artisans), which is 5km away from Kathmandu. At Patan Durbar Square, you will delight in the architectural wonders of Malla era. Mahaboudha Temple, Kumbeshwor Temple, Krishna Temple and Golden Temple are the major attractions at the square.

Your trip starts with a 45-minute flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara. During the flight, you will get to view the most magnificent and sensational sights of Himalayan range. As the flight lands in Pokhara, you will be mesmerized by the irresistible visual treat of Machhapuchhre and other enchanting Himalayan peaks of Nepal. On reaching Pokhara, you will take a one and half hours drive to Nayapul, the starting point of your trek. From Nayapul you will start your trek to Tirkhedhunga via Birethanti. The first part of your trek is easy as you pass through numerous small villages and settlements. Later you ascend gently to Tirkhedhunga. The majority of people here are Gurungs, who have been serving for Gorkha and Indian regiments for generations.

Leaving Tirkhedhunga, you move towards Ghorepani. Beginning today’s trek, you ascend steeply for the first 2 hours and then ascend gently passing through Ulleri and Banthanti, both of which are Magar villages. En route, you get to see excellent views of Machhapuchhre or Fish Tail (6997m), Hiunchuli and Annapurna South (7219m). The later part of the trek today is quite easy, as you pass through forests of rhododendron and shadowy trees you reach Ghorepani. Along the way, you get to encounter wildlife; you could see monkeys and various species of birds.

After breakfast, you begin your trek from Ghorepani to Tadapani. You continue along the trail, passing through the deep forests of rhododendron, bamboos and oaks. After walking for almost one and half hours, you reach the Gurung hill which has splendid mountain views. From here, you trek through small forests with rhododendron and bamboos until you reach Deorali. Then the trail goes steeply down through deep forests all the way to Banthanti. From here you trek for about one hour to reach Tadapani. En route, you frequently see waterfalls, rocks, wild animals, local birds and lush greeneries. Tadapani is a small village surrounded by beautiful forests which grants you magnificent views of Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, Fishtail, Annapurna II, etc.

Today from Tadapani, you trek to Ghandruk. The trail today is very easy as you gently descend all the way through dense forests of rhododendron and oaks. This part of the trekking trail is popular amongst the bird lovers as you get to hear different kinds of birds chirping. After trekking for about three hours you reach Ghandruk, a Gurung village. Ghandruk has a handicraft centre and a Gurung museum. From the village you get good views of the Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, Gangapurna, Annapurna III and Fishtail.

Leaving Ghandruk, you continue along the trail to Chhomrong. You begin today’s trek with a gentle ascent for an hour up to Ghandrukkot and then you descend steeply to the Kimron Khola. From Kimron Khola, you again ascend steeply and walk at a level for about an hour. Then you gently ascend again to finally reach Chhomrong. Inhabited mainly by Gurungs, Chhomrong is a gateway to the Annapurna Sanctuary.

Leaving Chhomrong, the trail descends on a stone staircase and crosses the Chhomrong Khola on a swaying suspension bridge, and then climbs out of the side valley. High above the Modi Khola on its west bank, the trail passes through the tiny settlement of Tilicho in forests of bamboo, rhododendron and oak. Climbing further on a rocky trail (beware of the stinging nettles) you reach three hotels at Sinuwa, at 2350m. Climb the rhododendron forests to Kuldi, at 2520m. This was once a British sheep breeding project; now the stone houses are an ACAP visitor centre and check post. In winter, from this point on you can commonly find snow along the way. It is then a short distance on a muddy trail to Bamboo Lodge (2340m).

Today, you trek from Bamboo to Deorali which takes about five hours. At the beginning, you trek gently ascending through bamboo forests with varieties of rhododendron and oak trees. The first town you reach is Dovan (2630m) where there are few lodges and camp sites. Now you pass through muddy trail which traverses high above the river. Here, you find debris of avalanches except during winter season. After a short trek, you reach the Himalayan Hotel (2900m), a town named after the Himalayan Hotel. Beyond it, the trail steeply ascends up to Hinko Cave (3160m), this is named so as a huge overhanging rock provides some protection against rain and avalanches. It takes approximately twenty minutes through normal ascending path to reach Deorali.

Leaving Deorali, you trek to Annapurna Base Camp (4170m) via Machhapuchhre Base Camp [3820m]. From Deorali, the valley widens and becomes less steep and you can see the gates to the sanctuary. The trail at this part is less steep. As the trail continues into the sanctuary, it crosses two avalanche tracks on a narrow trail that hurdles up against the cliffs. After a short trek you reach Bagar (3310m), a meadow and some abandoned hotels. The normal trail follows the left side of the valley. Now the trail ascends gently until you reach the Machhapuchhre Base Camp (3820m). Here you find almost 6 to 7 lodges. This is one of the places where you can enjoy the views of several magnificent mountains. The path follows through alpine meadow and after some distance your trail goes gently up. After a short trek, you begin to approach Annapurna Base Camp (4170m). From here, you can have 360 degree views of several peaks.

Today, you trek from Annapurna Base Camp to Annapurna South Base Camp which takes about five hours. Your trek today passes along rocky glacier path. En route, you can enjoy the majestic views of Annapurna I, Machhapuchhre, Singu Chuli, Tent Peak, etc.

Today, you trek from Annapurna South Base Camp to Hiunchuli High Camp. The rocky trail goes straight up to the High Camp. On the way, you get to enjoy the majestic views of Annapurna I, Machhapuchhre, Singu Chuli, Tent Peak, etc., like the earlier day.

From Hiunchuli High Camp, you climb the ascending path towards Hiunchuli Camp I. At the summit, you get to take a closer look at the magnificent Annapurna I, Machhapuchhre, Singu Chuli, Tent Peak, etc.

From Hiunchuli Camp I, you ascend along the trail to Hiunchuli Camp II. Today also you get to enjoy the same mountain views like the earlier day.

From Hiunchuli Camp II, you trek to the Summit of Hiunchuli Peak. After enjoying the stunning mountain views from the Summit, you retrace your way back to Hiunchuli Camp II.

Leaving Hiunchuli Camp II, today you make your way down to the Annapurna South Base Camp. The route while descending is much easier than climbing up.

From Annapurna South Base Camp, you continue along the trail to the Annapurna Base Camp.

Leaving the Annapurna Base Camp, you trek to Dovan. It is much easier going down. You should have no problem reaching Sinuwa in a single day from Annapurna Base Camp as it is much easier going down. From Sinuwa, you trek through Himalayan Hotel to reach Dovan.

Today, you trek from Dovan to Jhinudanda. The path is downhill up to Bamboo, as it passes through forests with varieties of rhododendron, oaks and bamboo plants. After reaching Bamboo, the trail steeply goes up to the Kuldi Ghar and then the trail is quite flat for some time. Gradually descending to Chhomrong Khola, you have to follow a stone staircase for almost an hour to reach Chhomrong. The last part of the trail today goes steeply down to Jhinudanda. Walking down from the town for about 20 minutes, you reach Hot Springs, at the bank of the Modi Khola. You can spend some time relaxing at the Hot Spring.

Continuing along the trail, you trek from Jhinudanda to Pothana. The first part of the trek is decent and follows along flat land until you reach Himal Pani, where you get to see a beautiful waterfall. Beyond this town, the trail ascends gently crossing numerous streams and terraces. After a short trek, you reach Landruk (1640m), a village inhabited by mixed community of Gurung, Magar and Brahmin. Now the trail gently ascends to Tolka (1850m) and continues to ascend and following a level path takes you to Bherikharka. From here, the trail goes steeply up to Deorali, with panoramic views of different mountain peaks. Now the trail gradually descends to Pothana passing through different oak forests. Pothana is a small town resided by Gurungs. From here too, you get to enjoy the splendid views of various mountain peaks.

Today, you trek from Pothana to Dhampus Phedi. The trail descends gently to Dhampus, a village mainly inhabited by Gurungs. From Dhampus, you trek through flat land for some distance and again descend steeply to Dhampus Phedi. Once you reach Dhampus Phedi, you will be picked by our vehicle and will be driven to Pokhara.

Today, you take a flight back to Kathmandu from Pokhara.

Our Nepali support team will take you to the airport for your flight home. Or if you prefer to stay longer you can go for short tours such as Safari at National parks, Rafting, Tibet tours, mountain biking, etc.- ask us.

General Information

    The Trip Cost Includes
    • Accommodation during trek in Local Lodge/Tea House (standard room)
    • Accommodation in tent during climbing period
    • All meals during trek and climbing period
    • English speaking local expert guide, porters
    • Supplement for Local climbing Sherpa during the Climbing period
    • National Park Fees
    • Peak climbing permit
    • Domestic Airfares:  Pokhara/ Kathmandu
    • Transfer from Kathmandu to Dharapani in private vehicle
    • 3 nights Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu on sharing room with breakfast
    • 1 night Hotel accommodation in Pokhara on sharing room with breakfast
    • Sightseeing tour in Kathmandu with English speaking local guide
    • Entrance fees to sightseeing monuments
    • Airport transfers and escort
    • Insurance for all staff & porters
    • Equipment & clothing for all staff & porters
    • First aid kit bag (carried by guide)
    • Rope, Ice screw, Snow bar etc.

    The Trip Cost Excludes
    • Nepal visa fees
    • International flight and airport taxes
    • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara
    • Personal expenses like, communication, laundry, bar bills, internet, camera/mobile battery recharge, hot water/shower on trek, snacks while walking etc.)
    • Personal gears & clothing (available on hire)
    • Tips for guide, porters, drivers etc.
    • Personal insurance and medical expenses
    • Any expenses incurred in emergency evacuation/rescue due to any unforeseen reasons
    • Anything not mentioned under “Price Includes”

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BOOKING PROCEDURE

Your booking of this Hiunchuli Peak limbing Trek will be confirmed by email once we receive your deposit of $500 and the signed copy of booking form and contract. The balance is due no later than two months prior to departure. If you book a tour less than 2 months prior to departure, you must send the full payment within 7 days of confirmation by us.

CANCELLATION POLICY

If you cancel your booking, the following scale of charges will apply: • 2 months before departure – Loss of deposit (US$ 500) • 29 days to 2 months before departure – 30% of total trip cost • 10 to 28 days before departure – 60% of total trip cost • Less than 10 days before departure – 100% of total trip cost

TRIP EXTENSIONS

In addition to your Annapurna Trek, we can organize extensions both within Nepal, Tibet, Bhutan etc. You may want to try water rafting or a jungle safari in Nepal or Nepal Cultural Tour. You may as well take a trip to Tibet or Bhutan, whichever seems more appealing to you.

DISCLAIMER

It is fundamental to acknowledge that Annapurna Trekking is an adventure tour. This requires some flexibility. The day to day itinerary is taken only as a guideline. We cannot be held responsible for any delays caused by International or domestic flights, strikes, Government regulations, weather or natural casualties etc. In such cases, Explore Himalaya shall provide suitable alternatives which will be decided upon mutual agreement. If you have any questions regarding this trip, please feel free to contact us at enquiry@explorehimalaya.com or directly by phone: +977-1-4518100. We answer all enquiries within 24 hours.

ANNAPURNA REGION

Annapurna region lies in the western part of Nepal covering Gandaki and Dhaulagiri zones. Known around the world for its exemplary trekking trails, the region boasts of being the home to some of the highest peaks in the world including Annapurna, world’s deepest Valley Kali Gandaki river Valley, world’s highest navigable Pass Thorong-la, world’s highest freshwater lake Tilicho, diverse flora and fauna and the native homeland of world class Gurkha tribe the Gurungs and Magars. The region is regulated and managed by Annapurna Conservation Area Project, the first Conservation Area and the largest protected area of Nepal. The region’s biological diversity complimented by equally fascinating cultural diversity have made it a dream destination for trekking in Nepal.

 

CLIMATE, FLORA & FAUNA

The climatic zone that you find during Annapurna Trek varies from subtropical to alpine. The southern slopes of the area has the highest rainfall rate in the country- 3000mm per year, whereas the northern slopes lying in the rain shadow has the lowest rate – less than 300mm per year. The difference in the climatic conditions in this region is responsible for its varied flora and fauna. The Annapurna region possesses a variety of flora and fauna. It stretches from the subtropical lowlands and the high temperate rhododendron forest in the south, to a dry alpine steppe environment in the North. The Southern lowlands are lush with subtropical forests consisting of chirpine and alder. In the Northern highlands temperate forests of oaks, rhododendron, fir, and blue pine are found. The wet regions yield a variety of bamboo species. The higher altitude further North give rise to forests of birch, blue pine and juniper trees, which are replaced by juniper and rhododendron in the far North. In the semi-desert rain shadow region, behind the Himalayas, bushes of caragana and juniper species are evident. It has several species of wildlife. There are around four hundred and seventy-four species of birds, and around a hundred species of mammals. The Annapurna region serves as an excellent habitat for rare and endangered mammals like the snow leopard, musk deer, blue sheep, red panda and many of Nepal’s brilliantly plumaged pheasants.

 

ANNAPURNA PEAKS

The Annapurna massif contains six major peaks over 7,200 m: Annapurna I (8091m), Annapurna II (7937m), Annapurna III (7555m), Annapurna IV (7525m), Gangapurna (7455m) and Annapurna South (7219m),all of which can be seen at close quarters during Annapurna Base Camp Trek.. Annapurna I, standing at a height of 8,091 m, is the tenth highest summit in the world. It is located east of a great gorge cut through the Himalaya by the Kali Gandaki River, which separates it from the Dhaulagiri massif.
Annapurna was the first 8000m peak scaled by a climber. Till 1948, Nepal was closed to all foreigners. It was in the year 1949 that the kingdom opened its doors to mountaineers. In that year two foreign teams received permission to enter the country, one Swiss and another American. In 1950, a French mountaineering team led by Maurice Herzog succeeded in climbing Annapurna, an 8000m peak. They had no information about the peak they would climb. With little or no information, they decided to take on the Annapurna. On 3rd June, Maurice Herzog and Louis Lachenel reached the summit of Annapurna I, after climbing for eight hours.  They had to suffer from severe frostbite which cost Maurice Herzog his toes and fingers. Herzog has written about the climb in his book The Conquest of Annapurna 1950.

Annapurna II, the eastern anchor of the range, was first climbed in 1960 by a British/Indian/Nepali team led by Jimmy Roberts, via the West Ridge, approached from the north. Annapurna III was first climbed in 1961 by an Indian expedition team led by Mohan Kohli. The summit party comprised Mohan Kohli, Sonam Gyatso, and Sonam Girmi. They climbed from the Northeast Face.

Tharpu Chuli (Tent Peak), shaped like a tent, at 5663m is an ideal peak for a short expedition. Lying across the Annapurna glacier, the peak offers excellent views of its neighboring peaks from its summit. 

Pisang Peak (6091m) forms part of Manang Himal. Towering above the Marshyangdi valley, this peak was first ascended by J. Wellenkamp, a German climber, in 1955.The start of the ascent to this peak starts at a village which shares its name: Pisang.

Machhapuchhre (6997m) Machhapuchhre lies in the center of the Annapurna Himal. Machhapuchhre possesses the rare beauty that makes it one of the world’s most photographed peaks. In 1957 Wilfred Noyce and David Cox climbed Machhapuchhre (6997m) up to about 6947m, within 50m of its summit. After this attempt, the government prohibited further climbing the mountain on the ground of it being sacred to locals. So, technically Machhapuchhre is unclimbed.

Poon Hill (3193m) is the westernmost crest of a spur that juts into the Kali Gandaki. The hill is named after the Magars called Poon, who live in that area. To watch the sunrise over the Dhaulagiri and Annapurna Himal from this hill is an experience of a lifetime.

ANNAPURNA CONSERVATION AREA PROJECT (ACAP)

ACAP was established in 1986 under the guidance of King Mahendra Trust for Nature Conservation. The project encompasses more than 7600 sq km. of the Annapurna range. As an innovative approach towards environmental protection, this area was declared a “conservation area” instead of a national park. In an effort to avoid any conflicts of interest, ACAP has sought the involvement of local people and has emphasized environmental education. ACAP projects include the training of lodge owners, with an emphasis on sanitation, deforestation and cultural pride. They have trained trekking lodge operators and encouraged hoteliers to charge a fair price for food and accommodation. ACAP encourages the use of kerosene/gas for cooking and made its use compulsory above Chhomrong in the Annapurna Sanctuary and on the route between Ghandruk and Ghorapani. ACAP is supported by ACAP entry fee collected from all trekkers who obtain permits for the Annapurna treks.

 

 

PLACES

Pokhara (827m)
Pokhara is the main town in central Nepal. It is the starting point of most of the major treks in the Annapurna region. Situated at an altitude of 827m, it is warmer and more humid than Kathmandu. This town is known for its picturesque spots like Phewa Tal (lake), which reflects one of the most unforgettable images of Mt. Machhapuchhre and the Annapurna Himal. Pokhara is one of the major travel destinations in Nepal.

Muktinath (3710m)
Muktinath, a sacred place both for Hindus as well as Buddhists, is located at an altitude of 3710 m at the foot of the Thorong La  pass in Mustang district. The Hindus call the place Mukti Kshetra, which means the “the region of salvation, while the Buddhists call it Chumig Gyatsa, Tibetan word for ‘Hundred Waters’. For Tibetan Buddhists Chumig Gyatsa is a place of Dakinis, goddesses known as Sky Dancers. Jwala Mai Temple, Vishnu Temple, Marme Lhakhang and Gompa Sarwa are some of the religious shrines to visit. The springs from the Gandaki River spurts out of the 108 waterspouts near the Vishnu temple, from where the Hindu pilgrims take ritual bathe. One special thing that is unique to this place is the Saligrams (Ammonite fossils). These are black stones that when broken open, reveal the fossilized remains of prehistoric ammonites formed about 130 million years ago. The old specks that appear on many saligrams are pyrite (fool’s gold). Hindus believe that the saligrams represent Lord Vishnu.

Jomsom (2713m) 
Jomsom serves as the centre for Mustang valley. It lies on the banks of the Kali Gandaki River. There is an airstrip with scheduled service to Kathmandu. The increase in the frequency of flights has brought more tourists to this area. Jomsom has a bank, post office, telecom office, a hospital and numerous hotels and lodges. The place is a popular stopover during Annapurna Circuit Trek.

Manang (3520m)
The Manang area was opened to outsiders in late 70s only. The dry and arid region of Manang called Nyeshang lies at an altitude of 3520m. There is an abundance of large chortens and maniwalls .The people of Nyeshang were granted special trading privileges by the King of Nepal hundred years ago. The businessmen from these parts are reputed to be both keen and astute. The tall peaks of the Himalaya – Annapurna II, Annapurna III, Annapurna IV, Gangapurna (7455m) and Tilicho Peak (7134m) are visible from this place. There is also a Himalayan Rescue Association (HRA) aid post in the village which makes an interesting and educational visit. This place falls in Annapurna Circuit Trek.     
     
Kagbeni (2810m)
Kagbeni is the northernmost village in this region that foreigners may visit on a normal trekking permit. The police check post at the northern end of the village fastidiously prevents tourists from proceeding towards Lo-Manthang, the walled city of Mustang without proper documentation. A green oasis at the junction of Jhong Khola and Kali Gandaki River, Kagbeni looks like a town out of the medieval past, with closely packed mud houses, dark tunnels and alleyways, imposing chortens and a large, ochre-colored gompa perched above the town.

Chomrong (2100m)
This is the highest permanent settlement in the valley. Chomrong is divided into New Chomrong and Old Chomrong. New Chomrong at 2040m is the upper part. It has resort hotels, a school and a helicopter pad. Old Chomrong at 2060m is the main part of the village with shops offices and lodges. There is a tremendous view of Annapurna South, which seems to tower above the village. There are good views of Machhapuchhare, the fish tail mountain across the valley. Beyond Chomrong, camping is limited to certain ACAP- designated camp sites and hotel construction is strictly prohibited.

Ghandruk (1940m) 
Ghandruk, a traditional Gurung village that falls in Annapurna Base Camp trail, is a cluster of slate-roofed houses. It is the second largest Gurung settlement in Nepal after Siklis. Its actual Gurung name is Kond. Surrounded by neatly terraced fields, the village has electricity and an extensive water supply.  There are many hotels and lodges to cater to numerous trekkers and tourists that pass that way. The headquarter of the Annapurna Conservation Area Project is located here. Over here one gets to witness the unique culture, tradition and custom of the Gurung community. Ghandruk offers excellent views of Annapurna South, Gangapurna, Annapurna III and Machhapuchhre.

 

PEOPLE 

The Gurungs form the largest group in the Annapurna region. They come from Tibeto Burmese stock. Although essentially Animist and Buddhist, some lowland Gurungs have converted to Hinduism. They inhabit the higher northern slopes of the Annapurna, Lamjung Chuli and hills around Ganesh Himal. A large number of Gurung men serve in the British and Indian armies.
The immediate vicinity of Pokhara is largely populated by Chettris and Bahuns (Brahmins).They also live around the historic site of the old Gorkha kingdom. The Magars inhabit the lower trail between Baglung and Dana. They live high on the steep ridges along the tributaries of Kali Gandaki.

Another ethnic group of this region is the Thakalis. Known throughout the country as accomplished hoteliers and skilled traders, they are noted for their aggressive trading spirit. They make up one of the few richer groups of people in Nepal. The Jomsom trek passes through ThakKhola, the Thakali homeland.

In the valley of the Muktinath live the Baragaun Bhotiya. Their lifestyle is similar to that of the Tibetans. Another group of people who share a close affinity to the Tibetans are the Lopa people of Mustang, north of Kagbeni. Some of them practice the ancient pre-Buddhist religion of Bon which is infused with animistic and shamanic belief and ritual. The people living in the upper Marshyandi valley are generally known as Mananges. In the Nyeshang area, under which fall the villages of Manang, Braga and Ngawal, people are of Tibetan origin. But their language Nyeshang is not a Tibetan dialect. This area is popularly known by the name of its largest village Manang.

 

 

FESTIVALS

Lhosar
Lhosar” means New Year. Known as the festival of mountain people or highlanders, it is celebrated by various ethnic groups following Buddhism like Sherpa, Hyolmo, Tamang and Gurung. Interestingly, these groups don’t celebrate the festival on the same day. There are three types of Lhosars namely Tamu Lhosar (Gurungs), Sonam Lhosar (Tamangs) and Gyalbu Lhosar (Sherpas and Hyolmos) celebrated on different dates based on lunar calendar starting from January to February. During the festival people offer prayers for good health and prosperity at homes and monasteries. They exchange various goods and gifts, organize feasts and perform dances.

Tiji Festival
Tiji Festival is celebrated in Lo Manthang, the capital of Upper Mustang. It’s a three days festival observed annually at the onset of spring season. As spring season symbolizes regeneration of life, this festival is also about hope, revival and affirmation of life. The festival features a three days ritual known as ‘chasing of demons’. Monks donning masks and colorful costumes enact the story of Dorje Jono who fought against his demon father to save the Kingdom of Mustang from falling apart.

Yarlung Festival
The Yarlung Festival which literally means “End of Summer” is a three day festival celebrated all over Mustang. It normally falls during August full moon day every year. It is a three day celebration and is celebrated with horse races, drinking and dancing by local Thakali people. As the festival is celebrated at the end of summer marking the culmination of harvesting season, it is all about merry making and showing appreciation to the good lives the summer has offered. People also make offerings to Gods and receive the blessings from the seniors.

Dashain
Dashain is Nepal’s biggest festival, and people especially Hindus living in lower region of Annapurna also celebrate this festival. It is celebrated for fifteen days starting from the new moon of the Nepali month of Asoj (October/November). This festival marks the victory of goddess Durga over the demon king Mahisasur, or the victory of good over evil. People visit temples dedicated to goddess Durga. Children fly kites and play on swings supported by long bamboo poles throughout the festival. Tenth day, called as Vijaya Dashami, is the most important day of the festival. On this day people visit elders to receive blessings and tika (rice mixed with red vermilion put on the forehead). The barley sprouts (jamara) that were planted on Ghatasthapana are picked and worn in the hair.

Tihar
Tihar, the second biggest festival, lasts for five days. As with the rest of the country people especially Hindus, people living in lower region of Annapurna also celebrate this festival. The five day festivities mark the worshipping of Goddess Laxmi and different birds and animals like crow, dog, cow and ox. The third day is called Laxmi Puja or Deepawali on which people decorate their houses with lights and flower. On fifth day called as Bhai Tika, sisters worship brothers and exchange gifts. In short, celebration among families, relations and friends. Pujas (worship), lights, colors, flowers, new clothes, feasts and merriment, all these make up the joyous festival of Tihar.

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