Mustang Tiji Festival Trek
Mustang Tiji Festival Trek
|Duration : 18 days||Accommodation : Standard | deluxe hotel | Lodges|
|Season : Sept – June||Transport : Private vehicle | Flight|
Mustang Tiji Festival Trek
The Tiji festival is a colorful festival that locals who follow the Tibetan Buddhist culture celebrate in Upper Mustang. The region has succeeded in maintaining its culture and tradition, alone from the rest of the globe. Three days from start of the harvest season Tiji festival is celebrated every year. This festival is celebrated with the conviction to drive the demons away. During this festival, people wear traditional colorful traditional clothes and chant auspicious prayers. As the folklore says, a god named Dorje Jono had to fight against the demon father to save Mustang’s kingdom from all kinds of destruction. The term “Tiji” comes from “ten che,” the literal significance of which is the hope of the dharma that exists throughout the whole globe. This was Guru Rinpoche’s message centuries ago.
During the festival, people gather and show up as various characters. The devils and gods are formed with colorful costumes and horrendous masks. The drama of the God who overcomes the demon is demonstrated, and the demons are driven away. People sing their cultural songs and perform in them. A drama also illustrates the myth of Dorje Jono and his demon’s dad. The festival also stands out because it is a sign of unity. People gather to celebrate their distinctive custom with happiness and treasure.
In fact, the trek Mustang Tiji is a Upper Mustang Trek, but the same trip is a Trek Mustang Festival if you match your hiking dates with the holy season. Mustang Tiji Festival Trek is a superb combination of the mysterious Himalayan scenery. Touring the high-rise walled villages of Mustang through centuries of people’s lifestyles is an amazing experience. The scenery is wild and rocky but the beauty of the wild is unexplainable.
Similar Treks in Upper Mustang Region
Lower Mustang Trek
Upper Mustang Overland Trek
DAY 01: ARRIVE KATHMANDU, NEPAL
One of our representative will be there at the airport to welcome and pick you up. The he/she will escort you to the hotel in Kathmandu where you will be briefed about the trek. Stay overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 02 - Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing Tour
Today we will begin our Kathmandu Valley sightseeing tour, which involves cultural heritage sites such as Kathmandu Durbar Square, Swayambhunath Temple, Boudhanath Stupa and Pasupatinath Temple. Enjoy the art palace, paintings, carvings and a brief glimpse at Nepal’s history. Breakfast included overnight at the hotel.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included. Overnight stay at the guesthouse.
Day 03 - Drive to Pokhara (910 m) by tourist bus, 6 hrs
Your guide will pick you up at the hotel at 6:30am and escort you to the bus station. The tourist bus to Pokhara leaves at around 7:30am. The scenery along the road is dramatic and you will see the river, valleys, cascading rice terraces and rocky gorges. Upon arrival, check in hotel, in the evening, you may enjoy leisure boating on the scenic Fewa Lake and see the reflection of the Mount Machhapuchhre and Annapurna Range on the crystal clear water of the Lake. Overnight at hotel, breakfast included.
Day 04 - Fly to Jomsom (2700m/8855ft) & Trek to Kagbeni (2800m/9185ft) Duration: 3 hrs
We take a flight to Jomsom early in the morning. We arrive in Jomsom and begin our trip to Kagbeni after 20 minutes of flight above the magnificent scenery. We follow the Kaligandaki bank gradually and proceed to Kagbeni. Kagbeni is 2800 meters high and is the central gateway to the Upper Mustang. Guesthouse overnight, breakfast included, lunch and dinner.
Day 05 - Trek to Chele (3110m/10200ft) Duration: 5 - 6 hrs
On the east bank of the river Kaligandaki, we begin our trip to Chele. Seclude and distinctive landscapes are fascinating in this sandy trial. We go up and down to the village of Tangbe. From this village the view of Nilgiri is wonderful. We pass white washed houses, fields and apple orchards and proceed into the village of Chhusang. We cross the river and climb up to an enormous red mountain lump from the above steep cliff. We leave the valley of Kali Gandaki, and climb up to Chele on a steep rocky gorge. Guesthouse overnight, including breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Day 06 - Trek to Geling (3500m/11480ft) Duration: 5 - 6 hrs
On a steep terrain, on the sides of a steep canyon, we climb to a pass and a rock cairn at (3540 m). We descend gradually to the village of Samar and climb to a ridge above the village of Samar. We go down further into a large gorge to a valley field. We keep climbing and cross another pass again. We walk down to Shyangmochen following the ridge. At 3770 m, we continue to a pass, descending to the village of Geling. Guest house overnight, including breakfast, dinner and lunch.
Day 07 - Trek to Charang (3620m/11875ft) Duration: 4 hrs
Our route goes up to a pass called NYI La and goes down to a valley. We cross the Tangmar Chu (river) steel bridge and follow the path to Mustang’s largest mani wall. At 3,600 m, we climb a pass and go down to the village of Charang for a long while. The main attractions in the town are to visit the immense five-story white Dzong and the red Gompa. Guesthouse overnight, including breakfast, lunch and supper.
Day 08 - Trek to Lo - Manthang (3840m/12595ft) Duration: 3 hrs
Our route continuously climbs to Lo-Gekar Gompa, one of Nepal’s oldest gompa. All through the trial we continue our journey with a view of the walled city of Lo. We descend briefly, cross a river and climb to the Lo-Manthang plateau. Guesthouse overnight, including breakfast, dinner and lunch.
Day 09 - Lo – Manthang (3730 m) – the celebration of the first day of Tiji festival
It’s Tiji Festival’s first day today. We spend the day watching dances and festivals. The main attractions are horse racing and a gigantic tug-of-war. Tibetan females create the whole atmosphere vivid and lively in their traditional clothes with colourful jewels, monks in their robes, and dancers in elaborate costumes. Guesthouse overnight, including breakfast, lunch and supper.
Day 10 - Second day of Tiji festival
We could enjoy a colourful ceremony with an extraordinary Tibetan lama dance. All the starving and bad spirits of the village are chased away. We can see many individuals in this purification and renewal ritual throughout the region. We can explore the city’s intimate ruins or simply rent a horse and visit other villages in the region. Guesthouse overnight, included breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Day 11 - Final day of the festival Tiji/Visit Namgyal Gompa and Tingkhar and return 4 - 6 hrs
Today we go to the monastery of Namgyal Gompa, on a hill. It is an significant convent for the local community to serve as a local court. We continue our tour to Tingkhar, the last settlement to the northwest of the Lomanthang, after our visit to the monastery. In the evening the Tiji festival is celebrated again in Lomanthang and continued. Guesthouse overnight, including breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Day 12 - Trek to Drakmar (3820m/12530ft) Duration: 6-7 hrs
Our path continues to ascend today. At 4070 meters we climb a ridge and proceed up to Chogo-La at 4210 meters, which is our lowest point. We then descend briefly and steeply, crossing the Charang River. We walk to Lo Gekar to a small monastery, Ghar Gompa. We climb a ridge, cross an alpine valley and descend a steep eroding route to Drakmar. Includes bed and breakfast, dinner and lunch at the guesthouse.
Day 13 - Trek to Shyangmochen (3800m/12465ft) Duration: 5 - 6 hrs
As we pass the steep walls and fields of Drakmar, our path descends and then rises to a ridge. We go down to the bottom of Ghami to Jaite (3820 m). Continuing to Chhung-Kah, we observe the Tama Gaon trial (3710 m). We’re going down to Shyangmochen until we get there. Guesthouse overnight, breakfast included, lunch and dinner.
Day 14 - Trek to Chhusang (2980m/9775ft) Duration: 6 hrs
All the way down to Chhusang, we follow a stream. By visiting Ranchung Cave we are also on an alternative trial to Samar, which is 30 minutes longer than normal. Guesthouse overnight, including breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Day 15 - Chhusang to Jomsom (2700/8856ft) Duration: 6-7 hrs
In the early morning we will begin our walk to Kagbeni. We join the regular track and head for Jomsom for an overnight halt after finishing the upper Mustang trails. Guesthouse overnight, breakfast included, lunch and dinner
Day 16 - Fly back to Pokhara
We take an early morning flight back to Pokhara. Overnight at hotel, breakfast included.
Day 17 - Pokhara to Kathmandu
Today we drive back to Kathmandu. Overnight at hotel, breakfast included.
Day 18 - Farewell
A representative from our company will bid you farewell after taking you to the international airport, approximately 3 hours before your scheduled flight.
- All ground transportation by private AC vehicle including airport transfer.
- Three night accommodation with breakfast at a 3 star category hotel in Katmandu.
- Two night accommodation with breakfast at a 3 star category hotel in Katmandu.
- Full board meals with tea/coffee (breakfast, lunch, dinner) during the trek
- Best available twin sharing lodge to lodge accommodation during the trek. We
- Provide attached bathroom wherever possible.
- An experienced English-speaking trek guide including his salary, insurance,
- equipment, flight, food and lodging
- Down jacket, four seasonal sleeping bag, t-shirt, and trekking map (down jacket and
- sleeping bag are to be returned after trip completion)
- All necessary paper work and permits (ACAP, Special trekking permit) please bring 3
- passport size photos for permit
- A comprehensive medical kit
- All government and local taxes
- Meals not specified in the Meal Inclusions and in the itinerary;
- Travel insurance
- International airfare
- Nepal entry visa
- Cold drinks, water, snacks and other personal expenses
- Hot shower during the trek
- Personal trekking equipments
- Horse/Pony during the trek.
- WiFi internet/phone call
- Tips and gratuities for trekking staff and drivers
Cost & Dates
Group tours are unavailable for this trip, however, you can opt for the private trip. The private trips are available on any date of your choice at any time of the year. Let us know about your preferred travel dates and we shall organize it as per your convenience. Get in touch with your query now.