Mustang Tiji Festival Trek
Tiji festival in Upper Mustang is a unique and amazing three-day festival celebrate in Lo-Manthang, the capital city of forbidden land. We are a specialist agency for Tiji festival and every year we are organizing a trip to Lo-Manthang during this festival.
The Tiji festival is a three – day ritual known as “the chasing of the Demons” and it is centered on the Tiji myth. Tiji tells the story of a deity named Dorge Jono who must battle against his Demon father to save the Kingdom of Mustang from the bad destruction. The Demon father wreaks havoc on Mustang by creating a water shortage which, in this extremely arid land, is the most precious life-sustaining resource. Dorje Jono eventually defeats the demon and banishes him from the land.
Tiji is a celebration and reaffirmation of this myth. Throughout the festival the events and story of the myth are re-enacted. The festival is timed to coincide with the end the dry season and ushers in the wetter monsoon season. Tiji comes from the words “TenChe” meaning – the hope of Buddhism prevailing in all worlds and it is spring renewal festival that also celebrates the victory of good over evil. In 1964, Michel Peissel was the first westerner/outsider to observe the Tiji Festival. At this time, the Mustang region was still completely closed off to foreigners and he had to obtain special permission from the government of Nepal in order to enter the region. Despite his arrival on the last day of the celebration (he was unaware of the observance of Tiji) the experience left a lasting impression on him. “The scenes I witnessed were so extraordinary and so unexpected that I dared not believe my eyes and even today I have some trouble in believing in the reality of what I saw that day”.
- Witness a unique Tiji Festival, a three day ritual known as “The chasing of the Demons" celebrates in Lo-Manthang, the capital of Mustang
Day 01Arrive at Kathmandu Airport, transfer to hotel:
Day 02Rest OR Sightseeing around Kathmandu valley:
Day 03Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara:
Day 04Flight from Pokhara to Jomsom then trek to Kagbeni 2,750m/3 hrs:
Day 05Trek Kagbeni to Chele 3,050m/5 hrs:
Day 06Trek Chele to Syangbochen or Geling 3,570m/6/7 hrs:
Day 07Trek to Ghermi 3,565m/6/7 hrs:
Day 08Trek to Tsarang (3,730m/3/4hrs) from Ghermi:
Day 09Trek to Lo-Manthang (3,730m) 4/5-hrs:
Day 10Observe the first day of Tiji festival (Lo-Manthang). Overnight at guest house:
Day 11Observe the second day of Tiji Festival. Overnight at guest house:
Day 12Final day of Tiji Festival, it is the very interesting day of Tiji Festivals:
Day 13Trek to Ghermi 3,530m/6/7hrs:
Day 14Trek Ghami to Samar 3,540m/ 6/7 hrs:
Day 15Trek Samar to Kagbeni 2,985m/6/7hrs:
Day 16Trek Kagbeni to Muktinath via Dzong:
Day 17Trek back to Jomsom (2,750m) 5/6 hrs:
Day 18Jomsom to Pokhara by flight:
Day 19Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu:
Day 20Final transfer to Airport and fly back home:
- All Airport/hotel transfers by private coach.
- All hotel accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara with breakfast as per itinerary.
- Welcome dinner in Kathmandu.
- All tea house or guest house accommodation and meals during the trek.
- A full day sightseeing tour in Kathmandu valley.
- Domestic flights (Pokhara-Jomsom-Pokhara) and airport departure taxes.
- Kathmandu-Pokhara-Kathmandu transport via Tourist bus.
- An experienced English-speaking trek leader (trekking guide) and Sherpa porters to carry luggage (2 trekkers:1 porter) including their salary, insurance, equipment, flight, food and lodging.
- A comprehensive medical kit.
- All necessary paper work and permits (National park permit, TIMS).
- And, our agency service charges.
- Nepal Visa fee (bring accurate USD cash and two passport photographs).
- International airfare to and from Kathmandu.
- Excess baggage charges.
- Extra night accommodation/s in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, early return from the mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled Itinerary.
- Lunch and dinners in Kathmandu (and also in the case you return early from the mountain than the scheduled Itinerary).
- Travel and rescue Insurance.
- Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower etc).
- Tips for guides and porters.
- Trip cost:
Please kindly contact us for a fresh cost quotation for Mustang Tiji festival trek for 2020. Also, let us know how many of you are there in your group, after knowing all these things from your side, we will send you all the necessary information with a best quote as soon as possible.
If above itinerary couldn't meet your needs, we can design a tailor-made itinerary to suit your needs. It is also possible to combine with some other activities such as Tibet tours, Bhutan tours, and Jungle safari in Nepal
Talk to Leader
Mr. Ram Kumar Adhikari