Mustang Tiji Festival Trek

Want to explore the Mustang and Cherished with the proerty of Mustang?

Mustang Tiji Festival Trek is an excellent way to relish the beauty of Upper Mustang with the joy of celebrating Tiji festival amongst the locals. Enjoy the Tibetan Buddhist religion, culture, lifestyle and festivals as you walk in the backdrop of Annapurna, Dhaulagiri and Nilgiri Himal. The monasteries, palaces, and remains of the forts that date back to centuries are magnificent. So, are the paths adorned with prayer flags, chortens and mani walls which reflect the Tibetan Buddhist Culture prevalent in that area? Culture, tradition, and religion are an integral part of people’s lives and they practice and preserve these integral elements of their life.

Mustang Tiji Festival Trek  is a popular festival celebrated by people living in Upper Mustang region of Nepal. It is a three days long festival celebrated annually in front of king’s palace in the forbidden kingdom of Lo Manthang. Tiji festival  trek is a festival celebrated for a victory of good over evil and there is a separate myth associated with this festival.

It is believed that in ancient time a deity – Dorje Jono fought a battle against his evil father to save the kingdom of Mustang from destruction. Tiji festival is celebrated to cherish the same victory with a hope that good always rises to overshadow the power of darkness. In this festival, people wear traditional colorful dresses, various dramas are performed, people are masked in evil and god attire and the whole festival revolves around a concept of victory of good over evil. People chant prayers, play drums and perform various traditional dances with acts supporting the myth related to the festival.

Every year many fellow travelers visit Upper Mustang at the time of Tiji festival to rejoice the festival along with the wild, arid and barren land of Upper Mustang. The mountain view that adds to the wildness of the region makes Upper Mustang with Tiji festival even more appealing. Nepal Intrepid Treks organizes a trip to Upper Mustang with Tiji festival each year. In 2018, the festival falls in the month of May. May 12, 13 and 14 are the three wonderful days of Tiji festival for the upcoming year of 2018. So, hurry up with your booking with us. Don’t lose a chance to witness the cultural richness in one of the mystic regions of Nepal!

Outline Itinerary

  • Day 01: Arrival at Kathmandu
  • Day 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley
  • Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara
  • Day 04: Fly to Jomsom and trek to Kagbeni
  • Day 05: Trek to Chele
  • Day 06: Trek to Geling
  • Day 07: Trek to Charang
  • Day 08: Trek to LhoManthang
  • Day 09: Lo Manthang – first day of Tiji festival celebration (12th May, 2018)
  • Day 10: Second day of Tiji festival (13th May, 2018)
  • Day 11: Final Day of Festival/ Visit NamgyalGompa and Tingkhar (14th May, 2018)
  • Day 12: Trek to Drakmar
  • Day 13: Trek to Syangmochen
  • Day 14: Trek to Chhusang
  • Day 15: Trek to Jomsom
  • Day 16: Fly to Pokhara
  • Day 17: Drive to Kathmandu
  • Day 18: Farewell

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Nepal Intrepid Treks will be your dedicated travel companion until you return to your home country. Once you arrive at Kathmandu airport, we will be there to pick you up and take you to your hotel. Accommodation for our valued customers includes room and breakfast in a three star hotel in Kathmandu.

Take in the impressions of Nepal as we drive you from the airport to your hotel. We will assist you with the check-in and provide you with further information regarding your Mustang Tiji Festival Trek. You may then have a rest or stroll through the bustling, colorful streets and alleys of Kathmandu.

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Prepare for a day of immersion into the Nepalese culture, while visiting the most important landmarks of this fascinating city and its outskirts. Our experienced guide will take you to Kathmandu Durbar Square, a UNESCO heritage site which represents the political and historical values of Nepalese civilization.

We then proceed to Swayambhu Nath Temple, also known as ‘Monkey Temple’ thanks to its adorable colony of monkeys that run free. This temple is the symbol of harmony between Buddhists and Hindus. At the top of the stupa you will have a splendid birds-eye view of Kathmandu Valley and its surroundings.

We continue to the sacred Pashupatinath Temple, a holy place for Hindu devotees. Especially interesting is the holy cremation area where preparations and daily cremation ceremonies take place. From here we return to the hotel.

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Today we take a ride along a scenic route through Trisuliriver to Pokhara. The lush hills, rivers, forests and countryside view on our way is fascinating. Pokhara is considered as a gateway to the trail that takes us to the Annapurna massif. Annapurna region possesses five mountains over 7200m and is a home to some popular mountains like Annapurna, Macchapucchre and many more. As you arrive in the Pokhara, check in to the hotel and stroll around the Pokhara valley. Visit lakeside which is a popular destination in Pokhara. The majestic views of mountains, lake and the colourful boats will make the whole environment inspiring. Spend your night at a hotel in Pokhara. (Breakfast included)

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Early in the morning, after breakfast, we take an early flight to Jomsom. The twenty minutes flight over the Annapurna ranges will take you to Jomsom. Jomsom is headquarter of Mustang district. Upon arrival, we leave Jomsom and continue through our trail to Kagbeni. Owning to the dry and barren landscape our path along Kagbeni is quite windy in the afternoon. It may act as an obstacle to our journey. We then walk along the river bed of Kali gandaki for around three hours to Ekle Bhatti. From here, we take an easy walk for around one hour until we reach Kagbeni, our destination for the day. Kagbeni is regarded as the gateway to the Manaslu region. We stay at a guesthouse in Kagbeni for the night. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

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As we move ahead through Kagbeni, our permits will be checked at the Kagbeni check point. Leaving the checkpoint, we continue our walk through the river bed of Kaligandaki. We follow the river upstream enjoying the wild and alluring scene around. Our sandy trail undulates up and down in a windy afternoon. At first, we come across Tangbe village. The narrow alleys with white washed houses look beautiful. We pass crop fields of barley, wheat and apple orchards to Chhusang. From Chhusang, we cross the river and climb up huge rock that had fallen from a cliff above. We further climb a small ridge to the village of Chele. We stop at a guesthouse in Chele for the night. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

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We continue our trail and walk towards Ekle Bhatti. From here, we pass plateaus and other narrow stretches as we climb up to the Taklam La Pass. The view of Tilicho peak, DamodarDanda and Yakawa Kang from the pass is fascinating. We descend down from the pass to the village called Samar. Exploring the village, our trail winds up above the village to a ridge and then descend down steep to a stream. We pass juniper trees and walk for another three hours to Synabochen. On the way we pass a famous Ramchung cave. Moving ahead, we climb up to Yamda La pass and further descend down to the village of Geling which would be our stopping point for the day. We enjoy our stay at a guesthouse for the night. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

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Leaving Geling, we pass the Tibetan style houses, chortens, barley fields and local villages. We climb up to Nyi Pass at an elevation of 4,010 metres and descend down to Ghaymi village. We cross Ghaymiriver and climb up to a plateau. We pass a tall and long mani wall which is believed to be built by the Buddhist followers. As the wall ends, we head to east until we reach Charang village. We can see the fields of maize and few stone walled houses in the village. Some willow trees also comes in sight. In the village, we visit a five storey white dzong and a red gompa which is the major attraction of the village. We spend our day at a guesthouse in Charang village for the night. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)Leaving Geling, we pass the Tibetan style houses, chortens, barley fields and local villages. We climb up to Nyi Pass at an elevation of 4,010 metres and descend down to Ghaymi village. We cross Ghaymiriver and climb up to a plateau. We pass a tall and long mani wall which is believed to be built by the Buddhist followers. As the wall ends, we head to east until we reach Charang village. We can see the fields of maize and few stone walled houses in the village. Some willow trees also comes in sight. In the village, we visit a five storey white dzong and a red gompa which is the major attraction of the village. We spend our day at a guesthouse in Charang village for the night. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

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Today, we leave Charang and head towards Lo Manthang enjoying the spectacular views of Tilicho peak, Nilgiri Himal, Annapurna I and BhrikutiHimal. A first, our trail descends down to Charang Chu Canyon and then ascends up steep as we cross a river. The trail continues ascending until we reach a pass at an elevation of 3,850. Strong wind blows at this pass all the time therefore, we need to cross the pass as fast as possible. But the view of Lo Manthang valley from this pass is beautiful. We can see the walled city adorned with hills in the Tibetan border. We descend down slowly from the pass until we arrive at Lo Manthang. We stay at a guesthouse in Lo Manthang for the night. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

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12th May, 2018 is the first day for Tiji festival celebration. This day we spend our day at Lo Manthang watching all the festive activities that takes place in this capital city. People perform dances and many other celebration activities. The major attraction of the day is horse racing and giant tug of war. We can see the women dressed at their best in their traditional attire. The colourful dresses, beautiful jewellery, the women look awesome. The monks dressed in the robes with dancers who accentuate their dance with their dress is fascinating. The whole environment turns vibrant which is mind blowing. In the evening, after the program, we return back to guesthouse for rest. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

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Early in the morning, after our breakfast, we get ready for enjoying the colorful Tiji celebration. We sit as an audience and relish the unique dance performed by the Tibetan Lamas. It is believed that the holy dance performed by lamas will chase away all the evil and hungry spirits far from the village. Many people participate in this holy task of chasing away the evil spirits. In the evening, we explore around the village and retun back to our guesthouse for an overnight stay. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

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Today is the last day of Tiji festival celebration. Today we visit a popular monastery that lies on a top a nearby hill i.e. Namgyalgompa. The monastery is popular not just for its cultural and religious importance but for its usefulness as it serves as a local court to the local people. After exploring the monastery, we head to the last settlement of Mustang i.e. Tingkhar. In the evening, we return back to our guesthouse for rest. We enjoy our delicious dinner for the last in Lo Manthang. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

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Exploring the ancient capital city of Lo Manthang, we initiate our journey back but this time we do not take the same path which we came by. We take a different route. Today, we take a trail that will lead us to Drakmar via Gyakar. Gyakar has a 1200 years old gompa known as GharGompa with Guru Rimpoche as a main figure. The rock paintings in the monastery is a fabulous work of art. It is believed that any of your wish would be granted if the wish would be asked in the gompa in front of god. In the evening, we stroll around the area and stay at a guesthouse in Drakmar for the night. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

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Today, we walk for around five to six hours and retrace our journey back to Shyangmochen. Upon our arrival, we enjoy our day exploring the village. We stay at a guesthouse in Shyangmochen for the night. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

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Today, we head back to Chhusang. We enjoy the view of majestic mountains as we explore around the village. We stay at a guesthouse in Chhusang for the night. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

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Leaving Chhusang, we continue walking towards Kagbeni. We join a route that takes us to Jomsom at Kagbeni. From Kagbeni, we retrace our journey back to the head quarter of Mustang i.e. Jomsom. We retreat ourselves with a delicious dinner at a guesthouse in Jomsom. We stay at a guesthouse in Jomsom for the night. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

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Today, we take an early flight to Pokhara. Upon arrival, we check into the hotel and enjoy the day sightseeing Pokhara valley and strolling around the lakeside. Visit Lakeside, World peace pagoda, Gupteshwor temple, David’s fall, International Mountaineering museum and many other attractions in Pokhara. Overnight at a hotel in Pokhara (Breakfast included)

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After exploring the glory of Pokhara and Annapurna region of Nepal, we drive back to Kathmandu with the scenery of country side landscape all along which is a beautiful experience in itself.

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After this wonderful adventure, it’s finally time to bid you a farewell. We will pick you up from the hotel and escort you to the airport for your journey home! We hope with all our hearts that we served you well and look forward to seeing you or your friends again someday.

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Cost Includes

  • Free pick up and drop option from and to the airport
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara will be in a 3 star category hotel which is inclusive of breakfast only
  • Transportation cost to Pokhara and all other ground transport
  • Flight to Jomsom
  • Three time meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek
  • Accommodation in best available guesthouses during the trek
  • Hot water for drinking purpose during the trek
  • First aid kit with basic medicines.
  • Necessary documentation and Permit costs to enter into Mustang region and trek.
  • Professional guide and porter (1 porter will be available to two persons)
  • Expenses related to our staffs (guide and porter)
  • A duffle bag, t – shirt and travel achievement certificate on the behalf of our company
  • Government taxes and office service charge during travel

Cost Excludes

  • Nepal entry visa fee
  • International air fee
  • Travel insurance
  • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • All cold drinks, water any beverage are not included on your trip price.
  • We provide such service with extra charge.
  • (Note:– Our option excursion are culture trip, Festival trip, monastery meditation with Lama
    and Monks, Bird watching, Farming trip other things as per clients interest).

    Trekking Equipment:

  • (Note: – Clients them have to arrange personal trekking equipment such as- trekking pole).
  • Tips for driver, guide and porters are not included in the cost of your package).
  • Others:
  1. Personal expenses such as phone calls, Internet, Laundry, Bar Bill and extra porters.
  2. Cost arising out of land slide, Road Blocked, Rescue of any form, Cancellation of flight or Reasons beyond our control.
  3.  Any other Expenses which are not mentioned on price include section.
You can choose your dates at the time of booking. Thanks!

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We visited Nepal in December and had only 7 days, not long enough for multi-day treks yet, as travelers from the US, we wanted to experience as much as possible within that time frame the comprised of visiting the breath-taking mountain sceneries, sport activities, and history. While Nepal Intrepid Treks was started by trekking guides, they have diligently built their business and tourism relationships over the last few years to cater to different tourist needs. As an active planner, i had reached out to a dozen tour companies as opposed to only settling for the top 2-3 on Tripadvisor ratings. What first impressed me about Nepal Intrepid Treks is their responsiveness, flexibility and transparency about planning constraints. Its really the best value and service. 
 
They also offered the best value by a large margin. At no time during my interactions with them did they push any additional services on me, but rather adapted to whatever changes I wished to make. Given the relationships they made in the industry, they also offered some of the best rates relative to other tour companies for the exact same vendors. We did the heli ride to Everest Base Camp, hikes in Nagarkot, paragliding, city tours in Kathmandu, Bhaktapur and Pokhara and of course the sunrise trips to the neighboring hill stations. What really made the difference is their sense of service on the ground. They were always on time and went the extra mile whenever there were unexpected delays. On one day, our morning flight to Pokhara was delayed for several hours and eventually canceled yet our guide went above and beyond to get us on an afternoon flight so we wouldnt miss out on the activities for the rest of the day. That sense of urgency on our behalf extended through the whole trip. Even though we missed an activity for no fault of theirs, they did their part in making up for it by dining us at a cultural center on their own cost, which wasnt needed at all yet we fully appreciated. We are so much happy for this best value and service.
 
In summary, I was thoroughly impressed -- a sense of humility, superior service, flexibility, transparency with unmatched value. We know we will definitely return to Nepal for the treks; we will look no further than Nepal Intrepid Treks. A big thank you Nisan, Santa and Lal! Keep it up!
You guys are best value and service provider team in Nepal. 
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Sami Muneer,
United States

April/May 2019 16-Day Trek to EBC

Had an extraordinary trek with Nepal Intrepid to Everest Base Camp. I got sick from the food in Kathmandu, and by day 4 I was too dehydrated and weak to continue. One of the guides stayed with me as my group continued so that I can rest. We eventually caught up with the group and made it to EBC! Such excellent and professional guides and porters!

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whysoscherious,

You Need This Team To Make It To The Top. 100% Mera Peak Summit Success Rate. Looked After From Day 1.

I owe our success in reaching the Mera Peak summit safely to our amazing guide Lal and his amazing team of porters! We were a team of four women and we had a 100% summit success rate.

Lal went above and beyond from Day 1 when I missed my connecting flight to Kathmandu from Guangzhou due to bad weather in China. I finally arrived in Kathmandu late at night, tired and stressed out about my bags since it did not make my flight. As soon as Lal found out that I made it to Kathmandu, he made it to the airport in a flash, waiting to pick me up and take me to the hotel with a warm smile and a big welcome - and this was really late at night! When my airline failed to get my bag in time for the trek, Lal organised my luggage to arrive in Lukla before I even made it to Lukla! My luggage had all my gear and summit clothing, without this luggage I could not have started the trek. It was a huge relief seeing my luggage and it was all thanks to Lal and his efficiency for getting my luggage in time. There would have been no other way.

This was my first time doing a multi day trek, let alone climbing a mountain, I was nervous but Lal made sure I enjoyed the trek and most importantly I was safe. Lal and his team made sure it was their priority to make sure we were well prepared, safe, looked after and most importantly we all make it to the top. Little things like telling us to slow down while ascending to make sure we don't get altitude sickness, while other groups sped in front of us and did not make the summit because they were sick, making sure we were all well fed so that we had all the energy to endure the full 13 days, giving us water when we ran out of our own and believing in us all added up to our successful summit! His porter team Bupendra and Tula Raj all took turns to lead the party and helped us to carry our gear.

Every morning we would wake up and see their smiley faces ready to start the day trekking, while they were getting ready to carry our 50kg bags in tough terrain. Without hesitation, Lal and his porter team always offered a hand when us ladies weren't comfortable going down a steep hill and believe me the passes were insane! They made the trip much more enjoyable and memorable as we all had our funny and scary moments together.

Summit day was unbelievably the hardest and craziest day of my life! One to remember for the rest of our lives but we couldn't have made it without his team, his positivity and his patience. It took us 6 hours to reach the summit and Lal was with us every step of the way - feeding us snacks, opening our water bottles so that we can drink, carried our back packs to putting our polarised sunglasses on our faces to protect us from the sun. His team absolutely went above and beyond! Making the summit was an epic experience and to do it with a team that we grew closely with, who supported and believed in us made the experience even more special.

Lal and his team were always looking out for us and I could not be more grateful. We were constantly surrounded by positive attitude the whole way up and the whole way down, even after our summit day.

Although, we successfully summited and made it to Lukla, Lal did not stop working. Leaving Lukla was such a mess and super stressful as I had an international flight to make. Lal was always alert, always on call to see if there was an available seat for me on any of the outgoing flights.

Lal is honest and professional and I would definitely choose Nepal Intrepid Treks again. What an incredible ascent. I will never forget this trip. Until then my friend!

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Tina N,
Sydney, Australia

Mera Peak 14 day hike & 100% Success Rate!

This was my first trip to Nepal, and thanks to Lal and his amazing team, climbing Mera Peak was an awesome experience. Our group of 4 had a 100% success rate, when a lot of other travelers we met along the way, did not make it to the top.

Nothing was a problem for Lal, we had lost luggage and bad weather delays – which meant he had to reschedule accommodation/flights several times for us. He was so gracious, professional, and incredibly helpful every step of the way (literally!). Both him and our two incredible porters, really made our trip, going above and beyond on so many occasions.

Summit day was tough, but the support of Lal and his team – helped us all get through and make it to the top!

Lal always made us feel safe, supported and that nothing was a problem – and there was always a smile on his face. I would absolutely recommend trekking with Nepal Intrepid Treks and Expeditions, I’m so grateful for the experience, and can’t wait for my next adventure with Lal and his team.

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Lyn K,
Auckland Central, New Zealand

Patan historic and good adventure

Was such an awesome trip and loved getting to try local cuisine. Our guide Amit was very knowledgeable and showed us many spiritual sites which were really cool. A must do if in the Kathmandu area.

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melissabartonnn,

Gokyo Lakes and Everest Base Camp 19days

Unreal experience! I opted for the longer trek as I wanted to see as much as possible in the time I had. I'm so glad I did.
My wonderful Guide Prem Karki and my assistant guide Lukpa were sensational! We laughed so much on the trek, with these 2 guiding us there was never a dull moment. Our success in reaching the Lakes and Everest Base Camp are purely down to their hard work and dedication. Plus I was lucky enough to meet another 6 legends who also opted for this unreal trek. We are now all the best of mates.
The trekking was hard at times and and some days were super easy. We had rain, snow, sunshine and everything in between. Each day we witnessed another insanely beautiful mountain and watched the landscape change the higher we went.
The Gokyo Lakes were stunning, I'm so glad we opted for this trek. The pictures attached are unfiltered!
Everest Base Camp was great! Such an amazing feeling to finally get there. We just sat and took it all in. Photos don't do it justice.
All the villages and places we stayed along the way were awesome! These tiny lodges and tea houses in the middle of the mountains were so cosy and the food is delicious. We met quite a few Sherpas who had summited Everest and we spoke to them at length about their expedition. Great bed time stories :)
Do yourself a favour and get on board this trek, you wont regret it!

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Jade C,
Orange, Australia

Everest Base Camp & Gokyo 925-1010/2019

Kamal, Tilak and Prince were our guide. They have done an excellent job in ensuring we had everything we needed - water, wifi, food and so on. They explained Nepalese culture and identified the peaks for us as we were asking for the names every day, it is one of the most precious thing about having the locals with us. The tour was a huge success and thank you guys and team for making it happen, it would not be the same without you. I had really enjoyed every moment on the trek. Highly recommend the agent and guides to anyone considering paying a visit to the beautiful Himalayas.

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olivieryiu,

Perfection EBC trekking

Professional risk control on EBC trekking. About airplane change the landing place on lukala or change the trekking schedule, your team also can find good guest house and restaurant.

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Iverroce Tu,

Wonderful experience

It was wonderful experience in my life. Our guide Kamal is professional, patient, and kindly. In this trekking journey still had some situation from uncontrollable mother nature. But this team also can control and change it perfectly. If you will come to Nepal to explore, don't miss Nepal Intrepid Treks and Expeditions!

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Nora H,

Our Visit to Nepal

I dont know where to Start. There are barely any bad points to talk about. The service was exceptional and everbody was so polite and friendly. Everything was well organized. The places we used to rest and eat where always nice and clean. The employees and shepards where dedicated for their jobs and tried to accomplish our goals in the best way possible. I want to send my best wishes Lal, Ram, Tulla and Santos.

Best Regards
Luca & Ludovico

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Bahadir E,
Koenigswinter, Germany

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