Max Height

3810 m / 12500 .ft

Trip Days

18 Days

Difficulty

Difficult

Price

$2050 2375

* Group Discount Available



The Tiji Festival Trek held yearly in the walled city of Lo-Manthang on the occasion of Tiji Festival is a unique journey which takes us the right to the heart of the local culture in Upper Mustang which has been passed down from generations to generations carefully preserved from the trappings of the modern society. Celebrated often on the end of May the festival spans for 3 days and each day is filled with auspicious rituals and dances which are often said to clear away all the obstacles in the life of those who observe with respect and faith. In the midst of the airy dry landscape, the city so beloved by the mountains is adorned with bright colors for the festival which we will remember for years to come.

Our unique journey combining the religious and cultural heritage begins from Kathmandu from where we head towards Pokhara. From the enchanting city of Lakes, we fly over to Jomsom from where the trek begins to Kagbeni. Through the dry barren landscapes, we begin our trekking heading towards Chele and then onto Syanbochen crossing Chungsi Cave en route. From Syanbochen the rugged trail heads towards Dhakmar before resting at the mesmerizing city of Lo-Manthang on the eve of the Tiji festival. The name Tiji comes from two words "ten" and "che" which translates to mean that one day dharma (god deeds) will prevail all over the world the message carried by Guru Rinpoche thousands of years ago. The ushering of this monsoon festival describes how the deity Dorje Jono had to battle against his own father to save the Kingdom of Mustang. The festival begins and we take part in all of the festivities through the auspicious rituals celebrating the local deities to the dances in the town square performed by locals dressed as demons and slashing at the air with their swords all while performing spells over the onlookers. Celebrating the 3 day festival of Tiji we begin our journey down heading towards Ghami and Samar before finding the sandy banks of Kaligandaki at Kagbeni. 

At Nepal Ascent Treks, we value quality and customer satisfaction more than anything else. A well-constructed itinerary and local guides who can explain about the unique rituals and processions of the Tiji festival in detail will make sure your venture to the Upper Mustang will turn into something you will never forget for the rest of your life.

Trip Highlights

  • Trek through the dry and arid Himalayan landscape
  • Witness the majestic mountains in Annapurna and Tibetan ranges
  • Experience the unique culture of the locals celebrated through the Tiji festival
  • Explore the mystical Lo Manthang
  • Visit illustrious monasteries like Ghar Gompa others in Lo Manthang
  • Cross high passes and relishes the views atop the arid passes

Outline Itinerary

  • Day 1: May 23 : Arrival in Kathmandu(1300m)
  • Day 2: May 24 : Restricted Area Permit procedure
  • Day 3: May 25 : Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara (820m) by tourist bus
  • Day 4: May 26 : Fly from Pokhara to Jomsom(2720m) and trek to Kagbeni(2810m)
  • Day 5: May 27 : Trek from Kagbeni to Chele(3050m)
  • Day 6: May 28 : Trek from Chele to Shyangbochen(3800m)via Chungsi/Rachung Cave
  • Day 7: May 29 : Trek from Syanbochen to Dhakmar(3820m)
  • Day 8: May 30 : Trek from Dhakmar to Lo-Manthang(3810m ) via Ghar Gompa
  • Day 9: May 31 : Tiji Festival in Lo-Manthang
  • Day 10: June 1 : Tiji Festival in Lo-Manthang
  • Day 11: June 2 : Tiji Festival in Lo-Manthang
  • Day 12: June 3 : Trek from Lo-Manthang to Ghami(3520m)
  • Day 13: June 4 : Trek from Ghami to Samar(3660m)
  • Day 14: June 5 : Trek from Samar to Kagbeni(2810m)
  • Day 15: June 6 : Trek from Kagbeni to Jomsom(2720m)
  • Day 16: June 7 : Fly from Jomsom to Pokhara (820m)
  • Day 17: June 8 : Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu by tourist bus
  • Day 18: June 9 : Departure from Kathmandu

What's included ?

  • 1 hour trekkers massage / Yoga after the trip completion.
  • A porter and his entire expenses.
  • Airport pickup and drop facility.
  • All necessary paperwork and trekking permits (National Park Permit, TIMS)
  • Breakfast,Lunch and dinner during the trek.
  • Down jackets and sleeping bags (provided upon request).
  • First aid medical kit
  • Fresh seasonal fruits after the dinner (while on the trek).
  • Full day guided city tour in Kathmandu (Day 2) by a private vehicle.
  • Kathmandu-Pokhara-Kathmandu travel in a deluxe bus.
  • Licensed, experienced and English speaking trekking guide.
  • Local sim card
  • Lodge expenses during the trek.
  • Nepal Ascent Treks duffel bag, t-shirt, and trekking map.
  • Pokhara-Jomsom-Pokhara flight tickets
  • Transportation in private vehicle.
  • Welcome and farewell dinner at one of the finest Nepalese Restaurant with traditional ethnic music and dance.

What's excluded ?

  • Cost for additional trips.
  • Cost incurred during the tour around the city.
  • Extra hot showers, wifi & battery charging on a trek.
  • Meals in the city except for breakfast and other mentioned special dinner.
  • Nepal arrival visa.
  • Personal expenses.
  • Tipping to staffs (as an appreciation).
  • Travel insurance which covers emergency rescue and evacuation.

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Trip Overview
  • Trip Code
    160
  • Trip profile
    18 Days Mustang Tiji Festival Trek
  • Type
    Trekking
  • Span
    18 Days
  • Accommodation
    3 star hotel in Kathmandu, Pokhara & tea house during trek.
  • Meal
    All meals included during the trek
  • Country
    Nepal
  • Starts from:
    Kathmandu,Nepal
  • Ends at:
    Kathmandu,Nepal
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