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Mustang Tiji Festival Trek

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Mustang Tiji Festival Trek is an amazing 18-day trekking experience. The Tiji festival celebrates the triumph of good over evil and the trekkers bear witness to the ancient rituals of the festival.

Similarly, the barren trails on the way to Lo Manthang are equally enjoyable as well. In addition, the views of the mountains in Annapurna, Nilgiri, and Dhaulagiri ranges also add charm to the trek.

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  • Vacation Style Holiday Type
      Camping, Culture, Guided Tours, History, Trekking
    • Activity Level Challenging
    • Group Size Medium Group
    All about the Mustang Tiji Festival Trek.

    Mustang Tiji Festival Trek is an amazing 18-day trekking experience. The Tiji festival celebrates the triumph of good over evil and the trekkers bear witness to the ancient rituals of the festival.

    Similarly, the barren trails on the way to Lo Manthang are equally enjoyable as well. In addition, the views of the mountains in Annapurna, Nilgiri, and Dhaulagiri ranges also add charm to the trek.

    Trekkers should obtain a special permit to travel to Upper Mustang. The trek is moderate in terms of difficulty as it does consist of a few high passes and steep terrain. Since the Tiji Festival in 2020  is going to be celebrated from 19th May to 21st May, you should plan your trek accordingly.

    Eternal Himalaya is a trip organizer with a great reputation in Nepali tourism. We are a team of travel experts, skilled guides, and friendly porters. We have many trips around Nepal and Tibet which are ideal for all types of travelers.

    The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
    What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.
    • Airport picks up and Drop by private vehicle.
    • 3 nights accommodation in Kathmandu with bed and breakfast basis.
    • 2 nights accommodation in Pokhara with a bed and breakfast basis.
    • Kathmandu and Pokhara sightseeing by Private guide and private transportation
    • Your standard meals (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner) during the trekking.
    • All necessary paper works and conservation entry permits.
    • Special Trekking Permit US$ 500 per person for 10 days & Annapurna conservation fee
    • Pokhara – Jomsom – Pokhara flight fare.
    • Kathmandu – Pokhara – Kathmandu by private vehicle
    • All accommodations in lodges/tea houses
    • An experienced Government licensed guide and porters (1 porter for 2 peoples).
    • Medical supplies (first aid kit will be available).
    • All government taxes.
    What is not included in this tour?Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.


    • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu & Pokhara.
    • All kind of drinks (Alcoholic, hot and cold drinks).
    • Personal Equipment.
    • Personal insurance.
    • Any kind of personal expense.
    • Tips for trekking staff, driver.
    • Upper Mustang Monastery Entrance fees.
    1. Day 01 Arrival in Kathmandu | 1300m

      Arrive at the Tribhuvan International Airport and meet our representative who will transfer you to your hotel. In the evening, we can take a quick stroll around the nearby areas. You can prepare for the trek or enjoy Newari cuisine and heritage.

    2. Day 2 Restricted Area Permit procedure

      The major part of the day will be spent on applying for permits and getting all the necessary documents approved before heading to Upper Mustang. In the meantime, you can make a quick visit to Kathmandu Durbar Square and Patan Durbar Square. Pashupatinath, Swayambhunath, and Boudhanath are also popular travel destinations in the valley. These UNESCO world heritage sites are remarkable monuments which represent the culture and social norms of the Kathmandu. Overnight in Kathmandu.

    3. Day 3 Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara | 820m by tourist bus

      The first leg of the journey involves heading to Pokhara. The drive goes through small settlements like Damauli and Kurintar on the way to Pokhara. Upon arrival in Pokhara, you can make a brief stop at Lakeside and visit the Phewa Lake and the Tal Barahi temple. Head to Davis Falls and the Bat Cave as well. Overnight in Pokhara.

    4. Day 4 Fly from Pokhara to Jomsom | 2720m and trek to Kagbeni | 2810m

      Have a quick breakfast, and then get on a flight that leads to Jomsom. Jomsom is the headquarters of Mustang and is the major village on the Kali Gandaki area. We shall walk on the Kali Gandaki river bed, and take a quick stop at Ekle Bhatti. We continue the journey until we arrive at Kagbeni which is the official entry point to Upper Mustang. Overnight in Kagbeni.

    5. Day 5 Trek from Kagbeni to Chele | 3050m

      Initially, we shall have our permits checked and then we need to walk through the sandy trails along the Kali Gandaki River. The narrow alleys and barley fields take us to Tangbe and then we trek forward to reach Chhusang. Further ahead, you trek past a huge rock and walk along the barren ridges to reach Chele. Overnight in Chele.

    6. Day 6 Trek from Chele to Shyangbochen | 3800m via Rachung Cave

      The trek takes us along the arduous trail to the Taklam La Pass (3624m) which provides a surreal picture of the Tilicho Peak (6920m) and the looming Damodar Danda. A short climb takes us to Samar, and then we visit the Rachung Cave to reach Shyangbochen. It is a small settlement which is home to Gurung’s and the people here use juniper leaves as incense. Overnight in Shyangbochen.

    7. Day 7 Trek from Shyangbochen to Dhakmar | 3820m

      From Shyangbochen, we shall head towards Dhakmar. As the trail is dusty and prone to strong winds, we begin the trek early in the morning. On the way to Dhakmar, we head to the top of the Nyi La Pass (4010m). The pass offers mesmerizing views of the Annapurna and Nilgiri ranges. Further, we trek to Dhakmar along with the views of the red cliffs. Overnight in Dhakmar.

    8. Day 8 Trek from Dhakmar to Lo Manthang | 3810m via Ghar Gompa

      Today, we shall trek to Lo Manthang and along the way, we observe the remarkable Himalayas in the Nilgiri, Tilicho, and the Annapurna ranges. We cross the Tsarang Chu canyon and ascend gently to reach the top of the Lo La Pass (3950m). From here, we descend to the forbidden Kingdom of Lo Manthang. En route to Lo Manthang, you can visit the Ghar Gompa which is believed to be more than 1200 years old. The Gompa has ties with Guru Rinpoche and Padmasambhava. Overnight in Lo Manthang.

    9. Day 9 Tiji Festival in Lo-Manthang

      Today is the first day of the Tiji festival. During this day, we enjoy the dances by monks. They put on grand costumes and masks, and perform traditional dance rituals. The Lamas and monks of the Nyigmapa community play the music and wear traditional dress and jewelry. You can also enjoy horse racing and tug of war. Overnight in Lo-Manthang.

    10. Day 10 Tiji Festival in Lo-Manthang

      The second day of the Tiji festival involves us visiting the Namgyal Gompa and Thinggar Monastery. The Namgyal Gompa sits on top of a hill and then we explore the ancient artifacts in Thinggar. Then, we can visit the red Thubchen Gompa as well. If you want, then you can take a quick stroll in the Raja palace to get a quick insight into the panorama of the Himalayas. Overnight in Lo-Manthang.

    11. Day 11 Tiji Festival in Lo-Manthang

      The final day of the Tiji festival ends with the destruction of the evil forces which is represented by long black yak hair and red gurry. The remnants of the demon, are placed on a tiger skin and attacked by bow and arrows. Each arrow attack is celebrated with loud cheers and prayers of good wishes. Spend the night by drinking cold drinks and traditional food. Overnight in Lo-Manthang.

    12. Day 12 Trek from Lo-Manthang to Ghami | 3520m

      The road to Ghami takes us through the alpine meadows and into Lo Gekar. The trail crosses a pass at an altitude of 4000 meters and then descends beside a stream. We will get final glimpses of Ghar Gompa. At Ghami, we can see numerous small houses draped in white. Ghami is surrounded by large barren field and offers a brilliant introduction to the Tibetan culture and traditions. Overnight in Ghami.

    13. Day 13 Trek from Ghami to Samar | 3660m

      The road descends down the valley to Ghiling and later the trail becomes dusty. The plateau is dry with small crop fields in between. The winds in the Kali Gandaki valley is strong so be careful. We arrive at Samar at midafternoon. It is another village in Upper Mustang where the local residents follow the Tibetan lifestyle. Overnight in Samar.

    14. Day 14 Trek from Samar to Kagbeni | 2810m

      The journey takes us through the banks of the Kali Gandaki and along the sparse vegetation. On arrival at Kagbeni, we are greeted by apple orchards and small settlement. There is an old monastery there which is also worth a visit. Spend the day by interacting with the locals and learning their way of life. Overnight in Kagbeni.

    15. Day 15 Trek from Kagbeni to Jomsom | 2720m

      From Kagbeni, we shall make our way back to Jomsom by using the same trail we had used before. The road is dusty and windy so, be careful. We need to walk through Ekle Bhatti and some rugged terrain. Visit the apple orchards in Jomsom and then head to your lodge. In the evening, you can also celebrate the successful completion of the trek. Overnight in Jomsom.

    16. Day 16 Fly from Jomsom to Pokhara | 820m

      The motive for the day involves heading back to Pokhara by flight. The flight provides amazing glimpses of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Mountains. In Pokhara, you can shop for souvenirs in Lakeside and go boating on the Phewa Lake. You can also shop for gifts and souvenirs. Overnight in Pokhara.

    17. Day 17 Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu by tourist bus |Farewell Dinner

      The journey for the day takes us through the Prithvi Highway and into Kathmandu. The journey covers a total of 200 km and we shall take a quick break in Kurintar. Upon arrival in Kathmandu, transfer to your hotel. You can spend the day of the day by shopping for souvenirs in Thamel. Overnight in Kathmandu.

    18. Day 18 Departure from Kathmandu

      Today is your last day in Nepal and our representative will drop you off at the Tribhuvan International Airport for your final departure. We hope that your adventure with us has been a memorable one and look forward to seeing you again.


    Highlights of the trip

    Highlights of the Mustang Tiji Festival Trek

    The historic Upper Mustang consists of several religious sites. Ghar Gompa, Namgyal Gompa, and the sky caves are few of the attractions in Upper Mustang.  Likewise, on this trek, the Tiji festival is yet another highlight. Tiji festival and its unique events are also the highlights of the trek. Tibetan and Thakali culture also offer amazing memories. Likewise, the beautiful Annapurna Mountains form a serene backdrop while on the trek.

    Itinerary of the Trek

    First of all, the Mustang Tiji Festival trek starts with a drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara and heads to Jomsom. Heading north, the trek leads to Kagbeni and officially enter the Upper Mustang. Passing Chhusang and Chele, you reach Shyangbochen. Next, you trek past the ruins of Ghami and settle at Dhakmar. As the trek heads further north, you explore the Ghar Gompa and reach Lo Manthang. The actual dates of the festival are from 30 May to June 1. Each day differs from another due to the different rituals. Then, you retrace your steps all the way to Jomsom and fly to Pokhara to end the trek.

    Trip Facts:

    Geography                        :        Arid landscapes/Himalayas/Valleys

    Location                           :        Mustang

    Level of Difficulty               :        Moderate

    Duration of Trek                :        18 Days

    Max Altitude                      :        4280m

    Religions                          :        Tibetan Buddhist/Bon

    Ethnic People                    :          Thakali/Tibetans

    Accommodation                 :          Teahouse/Lodge/Hotel

    Transportation                   :        Private Vehicle/Flight/Tourist Bus

    Minimum Pax                    :        2


    Trip Highlights:

    • Trek through the rain shadow trails of Upper Mustang
    • Visit monasteries like Ghar Gompa, Thinggar, Niphu, and Garphu
    • Observe and participate in the amazing Tiji Festival
    • Enjoy the panorama of the mountains in the Annapurna, Nilgiri, and Dhaulagiri ranges


    Minimum Pax: 2


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    Overall Rating
    Richard J.
    Reviewed On 20/05/2019

    I went trekking with my friend on the path of Jomsome, kagbeni, shyangboche, lo-manthang. The view was breathing and we really enjoyed the festivals. Our guide Keshav and the porter Sumit were very reliable and kind people. In conclusion Kathmandu's Eternal Himalaya agency has proven to be a great service provider. Excellent experience. Highly recommend this trek and agency.