Mustang Tiji Festival Trek

  • Trip Price: $2100 pp
  • Total Duration:17 Days
  • Trip Grade: Moderate
  • Max Elevation:4210 M
  • Max Group Size:Min - 2 Pax
  • Best Time:May
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  • Be a part of the Tiji Festival celebration in Lo Manthang
  • Walk along the wild and picturesque terrain of Upper Mustang.
  • Lo Manthang–the long walled city
  • Visit ancient caves and monasteries in Lo Manthang
  • One of the unique treks in the Nepalese Himalayas
  • Explore ancient people and remote sections of Nepal
  • Traditional villages, people, and their own preserved culture
  • Remote sections of Nepal untouched by any kind of modernization.
  • Rolling hills and landscapes that resemble the Tibetan plateaus
  • Airport transfers–pick up and drop
  • All ground transportation
  • Your accommodation in a 3-star category hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara with breakfast plan
  • Your accommodation in best guesthouses available (on twin sharing basis) during the trek with breakfast, lunch and dinner throughout the trekking journey
  • All paper works
  • National park and heritage sites entry tickets
  • Flight to/from Pokhara -Jomsom
  • Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS) and trekking permits
  • A licensed, English speaking, experienced trekking guide, climbing guide along with a porter (1 for two clients)
  • All the costs of guide and porter including accidental insurance
  • Duffel bag, sleeping bags (to be returned to us after trek)
  • T-shirts, route map and a travel completion certificate
  • All applicable government taxes and service charges.
  • First aid kit
  • Meals (lunch and dinner) in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • International airfare
  • Visa costs
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal refreshment items like cold drinks, snacks, etc.
  • Personal utility items like laundry, telephone expenses electricity charges, etc.
  • Personal trekking gears
  • Tips for guides and porters

Overview

Mustang Tiji Festival Trek is one of the distinct treks that should be pre-planned early. A little long time for the decision means you miss the date for the year. Unlike other treks in Nepal, Mustang Tiji Festival Trek is a guaranteed trip with fixed departure dates. We cannot arrange the Tiji trek twice or thrice a year because the festival waits for none.

As the name unfolds, Mustang Tiji Festival Trek is a rewarding trip to Nepal’s Mustang region with the Tiji festival celebration. It allows you to wander around the alluring landscapes of Upper Mustang and be a part of the Tiji Festival, which is one of the most important festivals celebrated in the region. With the dry & arid terrain, yak caravans, wild mountains, and picturesque landscapes, the Upper Mustang region of Nepal is a phenomenon.

The capital city of the region–Lo Manthang, is an ancient city that treasures some ancient caves, monasteries, and Buddha statues. Walking through the region is the best way to experience traditional Tibetan culture, Buddhism, religion, and people’s traditional lifestyle.

Mustang Tiji Festival–an extraordinary experience

Mustang Tiji Festival Trek is an extraordinary experience where you have time to be a part of the grand Tiji festival celebration. The name–Tiji is derived from the word Tempa Chhirim that refers to prayer for world peace. Celebrated in the kingdom of Lo Manthang, the festival marks the victory of good over bad.

As per mythology, the festival is celebrated to mark the victory of Dorji Jono (an incarnation of Lord Buddha) over a demon named Ma Tam Ruta. The demon brought trouble to the kingdom in the disease’s form, storm, drought, etc. Also, the demon ate human flesh, livestock and destroyed houses. Dorji Jono fought against the demon and freed people from trouble.

People in mustang celebrate the Tiji festival for three days in Chheode Gumba. On these three days, people chant prayers, and monks perform mask dances. Likewise, people enjoy archery, horse riding, traditional songs, dances, and many more. They perform various rituals, and people enjoy delicious food by offering food to the needy ones.

The magnificence of the Upper Mustang is a retreat.

Besides, being a part of the festival, you will have time to applaud the mind-blowing glory of Upper Mustang. The trek takes you to the remote Trans Himalayan section of Upper Mustang. The peculiar arid landscape, artistic rock formations, and deep ravines in beautiful Himalayas’ shadows enhance the place.

The long walled city of Lo Manthang is a city of marvel that preserves the fantastic melange of history, myth, and culture. The city holds a history of the 8th century. People believe that the Tibetan poet Milarepa had visited this place during 1040-1123. The rolling hills, land that resembles the Tibetan plateaus, red fluted cliffs, and mountains’ wilderness give the place a classic outlook. The place’s spectacular scenery has left many travelers enthralled, and many travelers refer to this place as–out worldly.

Heaven Himalaya for Tiji Festival Trek

Heaven Himalaya organizes Mustang Tiji Festival each year. The festival falls either in May or June, the month of the year. We couldn’t conduct the festival in 2020 because of the onset of pandemic COVD-19. But we are all set to rock the journey in 2021. So, if you are interested in Mustang Tiji Festival Trek, book the dates early. Mustang Tiji Festival Trek will probably be one of the best journeys with natural fantasies and cultural values. Just in case that your excursion time doesn’t coordinate the festival celebration time, or miss the dates then you can opt-out for other mustang visits like Upper Mustang Jeep Tour-10 days, Upper Mustang Trek-18 days, and Jomsom to Muktinath Trek-14 days. 

Upper Mustang was a restricted region until 1992. Though open, the Government of Nepal still regulates tourism in the area. And a visitor requires a special permit to visit the place. Therefore, let us know early about your Tiji Festival trekking decision. We are always at your service!

Itinerary Expand all

A representative from our team will wait for you at the arrival terminal of Kathmandu airport. Make sure you look after a person with your nameplate! The representative will welcome and transfer you to your hotel in Kathmandu. As you check into the hotel, the representative will give you a synopsis of our plans. Tonight, spend your time at a hotel in Kathmandu.

Sightseeing tour in Kathmandu includes a guided tour around the art, historical, and cultural monuments around the Kathmandu city that has been listed under the UNESCO World Heritage Site charts. Today, after breakfast, your tour guide will pick you up for a city tour ahead. The tour starts from Kathmandu Durbar Square, a historical palace that dates back to the 16th century during the Malla reign in Nepal's medieval period. The palace is a vast complex with a palace, courtyards, and temples. The structure is beautifully crafted with various wood, metal, and stonework. We explore the periphery of the palace and visit a museum inside the palace. After exploring the palace, we head to Swayambhunath stupa, a large stupa placed on a hilltop surrounded by various Buddha statues and monasteries.

Next, we drive to Pashupatinath temple, the oldest Hindu temple with many temples and statues that date back to ancient times. At Last, we head to Boudhanath stupa, a huge stupa placed on a three-layered Mandela. We visit all these beautiful heritage sites and end our day with a drive back to your hotel. Tonight, spend your time at a hotel in Kathmandu.

Today, we get set to leave the Kathmandu valley. After breakfast at the hotel, your guide will pick you up for an overland drive to Pokhara city. The vehicle follows a route along the Prithvi Highway full of countryside views of Nepal. We will most of the time drive along the Trishuli River with fascinating views of terraced farmland, traditional villages, and lush hills on sight. We even pass a rafting spot on the way to Pokhara. After around seven hours of drive, we reach the beautiful touristic hub of Nepal–Pokhara.

Later, we check in the hotel, freshen up, and prepare for a relaxing exploration around the lakeside Pokhara. With the pristine air, serene lake water, and mountains, lakeside Pokhara is a heavenly place to be at. In the evening, we return to our hotel. Spend your time at the hotel in Pokhara for the night.

Early in the morning, we will transfer you to Pokhara Airport to catch a flight to Jomsom. In around half an hour, you will be in Jomsom. Jomsom is a beautiful village with several local markets, guesthouses, and lodges. From Jomsom, we get set for our walking journey towards Kagbeni. We follow a beautiful route with the wild landscape, narrow flagstone terraces, and flat-roofed traditional house to Kagbeni.

Kagbeni is a stunning valley that comprises Kaligandaki gorge–the deepest gorge in the world. At Kagbeni, we stop and the Annapurna Conservation Area Project office to register our permits. Today, we spend our night at a guesthouse in Kagbeni.

After breakfast in the morning, we get ready for our trek. At first, we get our permits checked at the Annapurna Conservation Area Project office. After that, we walk along the Kaligandaki river into the Kingdom of Mustang. Following the eastern bank of the river, we walk past the sandy trail to the village of Chhuksang. Enjoying the classic views of eroded cliffs, caves, alleyways, crop fields, apple orchards, whitewashed houses, and traditional villages, we make our way to Chele village. Tonight, we spend our time at a guesthouse in Chele.

Leaving Chele, we follow a trail that climbs up steeply into a treeless and waterless grassy basin. Enjoying spectacular terrain views, we ascend to a pass at 3735 meters popular as Dorje La pass. As we reach the pass, it will reward us with some stunning views of mountains, rock formations, and interesting terrain.

Then, we descend from the pass and follow a trail that falls steeply downwards into the village of Samar. We walk past the village of Samar and ascend towards another pass, i.e., Bhena La pass, at an elevation of 3838 meters from sea level. A quick descent from the pass brings us to another pass called Yamada La Pass at an elevation of 3860 meters. Crossing the pass, the path undulates up and down until we reach the village of Gheling. Tonight, we spend our time at a guesthouse in Gheling.

Moving ahead of Gheling, we climb up steeply until we reach Nyi La Pass at an elevation of 4025 meters. From the top of the pass, we can relish some amazing views of mountains in the Annapurna range and Dhaulagiri Himal range. We explore around the pass and spend some quality time admiring the views of mountains. Then we move forward with the trek. We descend towards the village of Ghami. We walk past the village and continue descending until we cross a small bridge over the Ghami river.

After crossing the river, the trail ascends to Charang La Pass at an elevation of 3870 meters above sea level. Leaving the pass, we descend for around one hour to reach the village of Charang. Tonight, we spend our time at a guesthouse in Charang.

Today, we leave Charang and continue with our trekking adventure. After breakfast, we follow a trail that goes downhill towards Charang Khola. We cross a suspension bridge over the river and continue through a trail that ascends towards Lo La Pass at an elevation of 3950 meters above sea level. As you reach the pass, you can bless your eyes with some mesmerizing views of Lo Manthang and snowcapped mountains surrounding the long walled city. A short and scenic walk downhill from the pass brings you into the mystic land of Lo Manthang. Tonight, we spend our time at a guesthouse in Lo Manthang.

Today is our day in Lo Manthang, and it is the first day of the Tiji Festival Celebration. Today, we explore three major gompas in the long walled ancient city of Lo. We visit Jhampa Lakhang, Thupchen Lakhang, Choprang gompa, and Chhoeda gompa. These are ancient gompas that went on restoration over the last two decades. The first day of the Tiji festival marks the birth of legend Dorje Jono. He was an incarnation of Buddha, born to a demon who was harassing the kingdom with his evil deed. On the first day, a monk dance called Tsa Chham is performed. Tonight, we spend our time at a guesthouse in Lo Manthang.

Day 10 2nd Day of Tiji Festival Celebration–Explore and observes the festival.

It’s the second day of the Tiji festival and our stay in Lo Manthang. We have plenty of options for the day. In the early morning, we can hike up to Tingkhar, a beautiful village on Lo's northwest side. There are a king’s summer palace and Mustang's largest monastery perched on a hilltop just above the Namgyal village. In the afternoon, we present ourselves in the king’s palace to see the banishment of demons amidst the loud cries and firing of muskets, which is a part of the act in the festival celebration. Tonight, we spend our time at a guesthouse in Lo Manthang.

In the early morning, we get ready for a short and scenic hike. We can also climb up to a viewpoint on a hilltop north of Lo Manthang, where we can applaud some beautiful views of mountains. In the afternoon, we present ourselves in the king’s palace for the Tiji festival celebration. We enjoy the acts and rituals performed in the palace and enjoy our day. Tonight, we spend our time at a guesthouse in Lo Manthang.

After three days of long exploration and celebration in Lo Manthang, it’s time to embark on our journey back. However, we take a different route on our journey back to Jomsom. Leaving Lo Manthang, we take a trail that climbs up steeply to a pass called Chogo La Pass at an elevation of 4230 meters from the sea level. From the pass, we walk downhill to Ghar Gompa at an elevation of 3920 meters. It is an old gompa with beautifully carved and painted stones. The gompa dates back to the 8th century, and it is believed that it fulfills prayers with no doubt in this gompa.  We explore the gompa and drop along a steep path to Drakmar. Tonight, we spend our time at a guesthouse in Drakamar.

After breakfast, we start our day with a gentle climb up to Syangboche La at an elevation of 3850 meters above sea level. Then we retrace our steps back to Bhena La and then to Beg La, admiring the spectacular views of mountain ranges visible from the passes. Finally, we come back to the village of Samar. From Samar, our trail descends to Chuksang. Tonight, we spend our time at a guesthouse in Chuksang.

It’s the last day of our walking journey. After breakfast, we slowly move ahead, following the Kaligandaki River. We retrace our steps back to Kagbeni at the Annapurna Conservation Project office. After lunch on the way, we walked back to Jomsom, where we had started our trekking journey earlier. Tonight, we spend our time at a guesthouse in Jomsom.

Today, after breakfast at the guesthouse, we take an early flight to Pokhara. Upon arrival, we will transfer you to a hotel in Pokhara. We can use the day exploring Pokhara. Visiting lakeside and sightseeing around some important places can be a great option for the day. Tonight, spend your time at the hotel in Kathmandu.

Today, we drive back to Kathmandu. From breakfast at the hotel, we catch and a vehicle that will drive us back to Kathmandu. We follow the same scenic route along Prithvi Highway to Kathmandu. Upon arrival, we will transfer you to a hotel in Kathmandu. Tonight, spend your time at the hotel in Kathmandu.

Today, fly home from Kathmandu or continue your travel to some other destinations around the globe. We will drop you at the airport three hours before your scheduled flight. We hope you had a great time with us.

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Reviews

Best Days of My Life

I and my colleagues visited Nepal back in the year 2017. I was not an experienced hiker but anyway chose Annapurna Base Camp Trek with a trekking agency in Nepal. It was like a challenge for me to trek to the 4000 m altitude, but Mr. Ram helped us in every way possible. He was there from the start of our trekking journey in Pokhara to our end days in Kathmandu. Ram kept pushing me forward and even waited for me to catch the other team. He guided me from choosing plain food to meditating. Although I was a victim of altitude sickness and couldn't enjoy the trek to the fullest, I am very grateful to have chosen him.

Annapurna Base Camp is a beautiful place in the Himalayas. The Gurung Village, Poonhill, Pokhara every place was just outstanding.
I have now developed a hiking attitude, and I have been training for the EBC trek now. I can't wait to visit the Himalayas again.

Charlotte Brown,
TrustPilot Indonesia

Perfectly Organized Upper Mustang Trek

All thanks to Mr. Ram for organizing the Upper Mustang, trekking perfectly from beginning to end. I, along with my bunch of friends, had a delightful experience with the Heaven Himalaya team. For us, it is the best trekking agency in Nepal. The guides and porters were very flexible and took care of everything around us.

I recommend everyone to try these young guys to go hiking in Nepal.

Helen Seka,
Google England

Wonderful Trekking Experience

My wife and I visited Upper Mustang and were lucky to have chosen Heaven Himalaya. We had a wonderful experience trekking in Upper Mustang. As soon as we landed in TIA, we were welcomed by Ram. He was very easy and responsive to work with. He explained all the queries we had and gave a brief description of the tour. As we were watching videos and reading blogs about Upper Mustang, we had a lot of expectations about the place and the trekking agency we were working with. We had a private 18-day tour with a porter. And to be honest, we found everything beyond our expectations. The hills, mountains, monasteries were all amazing, especially Lo Manthang is a great place to visit. Our guide was also equally supportive and friendly. The team made our trek more enjoyable. While writing this, it reminded me of the days we had on the trails. Thank You again for the wonderful experience. Best wishes to Jason and Esha. We will definitely love to return and probably do the Everest base camp Trek this time.

Jason Lee,
Google England

Trip of a lifetime- Annapurna Circuit Trek

Heaven Himalaya Team offers a magnificently arranged trekking involvement in Nepal. Ramhari answered instantly to all my messages. They make a solid effort to make your vacation in Nepal an extraordinary one and genuinely went well beyond my desires.

I couldn't remember the name of the guide but my boy, you were more than amazing. I wish you good luck in the days to come.

Everything from pickup to trekking in the mountains was very professional with excellent service.

So, I strongly suggest everyone and will trek with Heaven Himalaya again in the future.

Glorious Experience in EBC Trek

We did an EBC trek with Ram and his team back in April 2019, and it was a glorious experience. Ram is a very knowledgeable, resourceful, and very helpful guide. 2 of us got unwell during the trek, and he was very prompt and took care of us in any way that was available.

We enjoyed our chat and his sense of humor along the trail and at the teahouses. He even got us a special breakfast and pickle salad at Namche Bazaar and always fulfilled the strange request with our dietary needs. EBC trek is amazing. With Ram, it is even more spectacular. Thanks for the amazing trip. Looking forward to island peak climb in the future.

Thein Thein,
Brisbane, Australia

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