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Mustang Tiji Festival Trek

Witness a unique Tiji Festival, a three day ritual known as “The chasing of the Demons" celebrates in Lo-Manthang, the capital of Mustang

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20 Days Kathmandu to Kathmandu

  • Max. Altitude: 3840 meters
  • Group Size: Min. 1 / Max. 12
  • Best Time: March to November
  • Daily walking Hour: Approx. 4-6
  • Accommodation: Local lodge

Trip Grade: Trip Grade

Strenuous Level

Among the hardest available treks in Nepal, but still these treks are in reach of most people however one must be fit.

Tiji festival is a unique and amazing three-day festival celebrate in Lo-Manthang, the capital city of Mustang. 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”.

Mustang Tiji Festival trek short Itinerary:

Day 01: Arrive at Kathmandu airport, transfer to hotel.
Day 02: Rest OR Sightseeing around Kathmandu valley.
Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara.
Day 04: Flight from Pokhara to Jomsom then trek to Kagbeni 2750m/3 hrs.
Day 05: Trek Kagbeni to Chele 3050m/5 hrs.
Day 06: Trek Chele to Syangbochen or Geling 3570m/6/7 hrs.
Day 07: Trek to Ghermi 3565m/6/7 hrs.
Day 08: Trek to Tsarang (3730m/3/4hrs) from Ghermi.
Day 09: Trek to Lo-Manthang (3730m) 4/5-hrs.
Day 10: Observe the first day of Tiji festival (Lo-Manthang). Overnight at guest house.
Day 11: Observe the second day of Tiji Festival. Overnight at guest house.
Day 12: Final day of Tiji Festival, it is the very interesting day of Tiji Festivals.
Day 13: Trek to Ghermi 3530m/6/7hrs.
Day 14: Trek Ghami to Samar 3540m/ 6/7 hrs.
Day 15: Trek Samar to Kagbeni 2985m/6/7hrs.
Day 16: Trek Kagbeni to Muktinath via Dzong.
Day 17: Trek back to Jomsom (2750m) 5/6 hrs.
Day 18: Jomsom to Pokhara by flight.
Day 19: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu.
Day 20: Final transfer to airport and fly back home.


Trip cost: Please kindly contact us for a fresh cost quotation. Also, let us know how many of you are there in your group and when you would like to do this trek, after knowing all these things from your side, we will send you all the necessary information with a best quote as soon as possible.

Note: 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.

Mustang Tiji Festival trek – Itinerary:

Day 01: Arrive at Kathmandu airport, transfer to hotel.
Upon arrival at Kathmandu airport, you will have warm reception meeting and greeting from us, then drive to hotel. We will all of your passport copies and four photographs each of you for making permit and necessary document for trekking in next day. At the evening, short trekking briefing about Mustang trekking and introduction with our trekking guide and porters. Stay overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 02: Rest OR Sightseeing around Kathmandu valley.
Kathmandu guided city tour visiting enlisted world heritage sites: Kathmandu Durbar Square, Patan Durbar Square, Swoyambunath temple known as Monkey temple as well, Pashupatinath temple and Boudhanath Stupa. In the evening, join our welcome dinner party at a typical Nepali restaurant with an authentic Nepalese set with live culture show. Overnight at hotel.

Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara.
About 6 hours scenic drive to Pokhara by tourist coach through villages, rivers and terrace rice fields with some panoramic view though it is in far distant. Stay overnight at Pokhara, is a lake city.

Day 04: Flight from Pokhara to Jomsom then trek to Kagbeni 2750m/3 hrs.
Early in the morning 30 minutes scenic flight to Jomsom, then 4 hours trek to Kagbeni along the bank of Kali Gandaki. The trail is mostly flat. No big ascend and descends. Kagbeni is getaway to enter into Upper Mustang where you could visit old mud fortress and monastery. Overnight at guest house.  

Day 05: Trek Kagbeni to Chele 3050m/5 hrs.
Waking 3 hours all on the flat trail to Chusang, and have lunch there, then continue 1 hours trekking on flat trail following the Kali Gandaki river, and finally an hour steep ascent to Chele and stay overnight there at guest house.

Day 06: Trek Chele to Syangbochen or Geling 3570m/6/7 hrs.
This is a bit long and hard day trekking than the previous trekking. We mostly have ascent uphill for 3 hours to Samar and we will have lunch there, though this is too early for lunch but after Samar there is no good lunch place. Again from Samar again 2 hours mostly ascents uphill to Venna and continues ascents up to Syanbochen pass, then 40 minutes descend down to Syangbochen stop place. It depends on your physical conditions. If you feel tired, you could stop for overnight at Syanbochen rather than going to Geling. Again to Geling, it takes 1 and half hours, 30 minutes uphill ascents and 1 hours descents down to Geling. Overnight at guest house.

Day 07: Trek to Ghermi 3565m/6/7 hrs.
It is about 7 hours trek, first 2 hours ascents uphill to Nyi La pass and from there enjoy the wonderful Panoramic Himalayan view including Annapurna and Nilgiri, then descends to Ghermi for 1 and half hour and have lunch and stay overnight there at guest house.

Day 08: Trek to Tsarang (3730m/3/4hrs) from Ghermi.
Short trekking day, normally ascends and descends walk to Tsarang. Lunch and explore Tsarang village, monastery and Dzong, and stay overnight there at guest house.

Day 09: Trek to Lo-Manthang (3730m) 4/5-hrs.
From Tsarang the capital city of Upper Mustang where Tiji festival is held. Overnight at guest house.

Day 10: Observe the first day of Tiji festival (Lo-Manthang). Overnight at guest house.
Day 11: Observe the second day of Tiji Festival. Overnight at guest house.
Day 12: Final day of Tiji Festival, it is the very interesting day of Tiji Festivals
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Day 13: Trek to Ghermi 3530m/6/7hrs.
The trek descends to Tsarang for 3 hours ,then lunch at Tsarang, then continues descends down to Germi for 3 hours to Germi for overnight stay there at guest house.

Day 14: Trek Ghami to Samar 3540m/ 6/7 hrs.
5/6 hours ascends and descends trek to Syanbochen, have lunch there then continue descends down to Samar for overnight stay at guest house.

Day 15: Trek Samar to Kagbeni 2985m/6/7hrs.
Trekking descends down to Chele  and Chusang for 3 hours,  and lunch there, then  continues trek through gradually ascents and descends trail for 3 hours to Kagbeni for overnight stay at guest house.

Day 16: Trek Kagbeni to Muktinath via Dzong.
6 hours gradually ascents to Jhor Dzong for 4 hours, and have lunch there, then again continue for 2 hours trek to Muktinath past khingar village with some interesting view of Jharkot to next site. Visit Muktinath temple and surrounding, then continue 1 hours descends down to Jharkot and stay overnight at guest house.

Day 17: Trek back to Jomsom (2750m) 5/6 hrs.
3 hours continue descends down to Eklebhatti, and then walk 2/3 hours walk on the bank of Kali Gandaki to Jomsom, the capital of Mustang District. It is nice and worthy to visit Jomsom Eco Museum if time permits you. Overnight at guest house.  

Day 18: Jomsom to Pokhara by flight.
In the morning fly back to Pokhara and free day to walk around lakeside in Pokhara. Overnight at hotel.

Day 19: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu.
About six hours drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu or take a 30 minutes flight to Kathmandu. Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 20: Final transfer to airport and fly back home.

Service Includes

  • 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.  

Service Excludes

  • 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.

Trek FAQ

Some questions and answers for Mustang Tiji Festival trek.

How can I book Mustang Tiji Festival trek?
Once you confirmed trip, we need photo copy of your passport and 20% down payment of the total price for advance flight tickets and hotel booking and permit process.

How can I enter in Nepal?
Nepal is a popular tourist destination in south Asia. Several airlines have direct and none-stop flights from Middle East and Asia to Kathmandu, Capital of Nepal.There are direct flights from London, Paris, Frankfurt, Doha, Osaka, Shanghi, Mascow, Bangkok, Singapore, Hongkong, Karachi, Bombay, Delhi, Calcutta, Paro, Dhaka, Lhasa, and Varanasi.

When should I come for Mustang Tiji Festival?
The tiji festival in Lo-Manthang will be held every year in May or June so it would be better to come in these months to observe the festival. Please contact us for more details.

Do I need to stay in Katmandu?
Kathmandu valley, one of the historical cities as well as the capital of Nepal, at least, you need to spend two nights in Kathmandu before the trip and one night after your trip because Tiji festival will be held in Lo-Manthang,  which is restricted area so we need to issue permits which take at least two days. In our program we are providing you the standard accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara on bed and breakfast basis.

Can I join with group?
Yes, you can join with group, send us an email then we will let you know all the latest information about joining the group for this festival trek.

Do I need to join with group?
It is not necessary that you need to follow our group joining trip. In fact, we increase you to do a private trip which is best suited to couples, families and small groups of friends. We are happy to organize your holiday according by your interest and time-frame.

What kind of equipment do I need to bring with me?
Mustang Tiji festival trek is an exciting and adventure trip. We trek up to 4000m walking through villages, green hills, and white snow path so you need to have right equipments with you. Click here to have more info  

What kind of meals I can have during the trip?
 All Meals on full board basis will be provided during trekking. Freshly cooked food is served at all times (western, continental and Nepali meals are available in all places). Three meals a day will be provided.

Do I have pre-departure meeting?
Yes, at first, our staff will receive you at the airport and transfer to the hotel and our tour leader will brief regarding about the trip. The briefing will cover the itinerary and introduced your trek Leader.

Can I charge camera batteries along the trek?
Yes, Most of the places, you can charge batteries along the trek (per hour USD 2-3 for charging).

Is someone going to meet me at the airport? Are transfers included?
Definitely, one of our trekking leaders will come to the airport to pick you up. We will be displaying a play card of our company with your name on it. Airport transfer is included.

Travel Insurances

Travelling is an investment and we believe that an insurance makes your investment secure. It is a condition of joining any of our adventure trips that be protected against comprehensive expenses potential to incur due to medial issues or accidents (to include helicopter rescue, air ambulance, and treatment costs). Please be noted that we do not arrange or sell insurance.

A relaxed trip is not possible without good travel insurance. In the event of any sickness or injury, the cost of emergency treatment and evacuation is shocking. Therefore, travel insurance is strongly recommended for everyone who signs up with us. We strongly recommend that you be careful while choosing a policy as some makes special exceptions for adventure travel. Before buying your insurance make sure your insurer is aware of the AET adventure itinerary that you are going to undertake and is agreeable to cover all activities being undertaken in the trip. Such as if you are planning trekking or climbing/expedition in Himalayas your insurance must cover emergency air ambulance/helicopter rescue including medical expenses. For a group tours in urban areas, your insurance coverage of ambulance or helicopter rescue is not mandatory, however better to have with them too. Again, in Tibet trips there is no possibility of helicopter rescue, so no need to buy the air ambulance coverage in Tibet trips. Also, check your insurance policy firmly to even include trip cancellation, as all deposits paid are non-refundable.

Please kindly provide us your copy of insurance policy (e.g. your insurance certificate) or carry it with you while you come on the trip.


Acclimatization

Alpine Eco Trek is professionals at operating at high-altitude. Each trip we run has a realistic acclimatization programme. Our entire adventure trips are designed to allow gradual height gain, spread over a number of days. High altitude is not predictable sickness, so there is no way of predicting who will suffer from altitude but, for the vast majority of people, a slow ascent to height will produce minimal effects. We can provide 'Gamow Bag' as a precautionary measure as per your request on renting basis. Acclimatizing takes time and there are no safe shortcuts. All trips to altitudes in excess of 3,000 meters carry medicines essential to the treatment of altitude sickness, and our leaders, guides and staffs are well trained to administer them and to know the symptoms.

Check out "Altitude illness" by Dr Jim Duff

http://www.treksafe.com.au/medical/altitude_illness.htm


Food during the trip

Food on full board basis will be provided during the Mustang Tiji Festival trek. Three meals (Sherpa, Nepalese and Tibetan, Continental, Italian and Indian dishes) a day will be provided from the guesthouse/teahouse/lodge menus. Every day dinner and breakfast are used to take in the same teahouse/lodge you spend the night. Lunch will be taken on the way to destination. Reception, Welcome dinner with culture show and breakfast will be provided during your stay in Kathmandu.


Equipments & Packing List

Gears are pretty much essential for your great trip. Please click here for the comprehensive packing list for this trip.

Trip Map

Map for Mustang trekking

Mustang Region Map

Further Information
Our website contains as much information as possible about this trip. However, if you have any questions regarding trip, please feel free to contact us. We answer all enquiries within 24 hours. If you want to book a trip, you can send us an email or contact us directly by phone: 0977 98510 36844 (Ram Kumar Adhikari).

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