Important Information

Region
Mustang Region Treks
Duration
19 Days
Max Altitude 4000 Meters
Best Season April-May
Activity Per Day
4-5 Hours Walk
Grade
Level 3
Group Size
2 - 16 people
Transportation Bus & Flight

The Tiji festival will be celebrated on english date of 27th, 28th and 29th May 2022 in Upper Mustang. The date for Tiji Festival 2022 is already updated. According to the Tibetan, lunar Calendar is held annually for three days from the 27th to 29th of the 3rd month every year. It is possible to do the whole trek depending upon the teahouses.

Tiji is a common name for Tenpa Chirim (bstan pa spyi rim). It is one of the most popular Himalayan festivals and it also an awaited season for hundreds of spectators from every corner of the world. It is celebrated annually in the ancient walled city of Lo Manthang. The religious festival was introduced during the time of Ama Pal (the first king of Lo), the independent ruler of Lo and Ngorchen Dorje Chang, the exalted being who brought Buddhism to Mustang. Tenchi, the Vajrakilaya ritual was brought into practice during the reign of Lowo Khenchen, son of the 3rd independent king of Lo Tsangchen Tashi Goen. This festival is organized by a group of people including mediators or village chiefs from every village and the Monks of Chode Monastery. The festival was conducted successfully for a long time.  It is an old story about chasing the demons from the sacred land of Lo Manthang. The festival marks the end of the dry season and prayers for a fruitful harvest.  

This three-day ceremony is lit up with a colorful custom dress, dancing, music, and reenactments from the story of a deity and his demon father. 

We organize a private and group joining the tour for the 2022 Tiji Festival. Many visitors choose us for Upper Mustang because we are the most dedicated trekking and tour company of Nepal, founded in the initiation of the enthusiastic young native people of Mustang and Rolwaling. Our all trekking staff is from Upper Mustang and our trekking guide will lead you in this Lo Kingdom sharing his cultural and traditional stories on the trekking trail.

Explore the hidden kingdom of Upper Mustang beyond the great Himalayas. If you are looking for different itinerary than the itinerary here please Customize Your Trip 

Highlights of Tiji Festival 

  • Trek in the shadows of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna along the Kali Gandaki River en route to Mustang
  • Pass through white-washed mountain villages, alongside colorful Buddhist shrines and temples
  •  Following 5 days of trekking, reach Lo Manthang, the fabled walled city of Mustang
  • Spend 3 days in Lo Manthang at the Tije Festival – a vibrant Buddhist celebration with dancing and traditional music.
  • Experience the lifestyle of different people. (1N with Local homestay, 1N at monastery guest house, 1N at tea house)

Outline Itinerary ( 19 Days )

Day 1

Arrival in Kathmandu 1340m.

Arrival in Kathmandu-Transfer to Hotel, Welcome assistance by Himalayan Wander Walkers representative at the Tribhuvan International Airport and transfer to hotel, rest at the hotel and briefing about the trip. 

Overnight accommodation is set with BB Plan.

Day 2

Full day Sightseeing tour around Kathmandu valley 1340m.

Heritage sites are the attraction which includes both natural and artificial monuments, listed by the UNESCO as an endangered property of the world. The heritage sites have their own unique features and value which differentiate from other sites. Explore the unique art and architecture, culture and tradition, unparalleled feature of the landscape of Nepal which is UNESCO listed world famous sites. For the detail information go through following itineraries. 

Overnight accommodation is set with BB Plan.

Day 3

Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara 820m/ 5 to 6 hours

After reaching at Pokhara, you can explore the beautiful lake of Fewa, popular underground water fall named Davi’s Fall, Gupteshowar Mahadev cave and mountaineering museum. You can also take a boating tour to Tal Barahi Temple which is in between the lake. In the evening, you can take evening walk on the pleasant road of lakeside market and enjoy the Beautiful ambience.

Overnight at Hotel with BB based.

Day 4

Fly from Pokhara to Jomsom 2720m and Visit Marpha village (2650m).

Our guide assists you to Pokhara Airport to fly for Jomsom. This scenic adventurous flight takes about 18-25 minutes passing through the world’s deepest George, presenting spectacular mountain views of Mt. Dhaulagiri, Annapurna Ranges and Fishtail with several famous peaks within the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri area from its both sides. Jomsom we will have breakfast at jomsom and Drive by Jeep to Marpha for overnight. It is a good way to do acclimatization for next day. In Marpha village there are many things to do like visiting Apple Farm, Take a Tour of the Distillery , Pay a Pilgrimage to the Monastery,  Explore the Cultural Museum,  and visit the Marpha Foundation.

Overnight at Lodge.

Meal: (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)

Day 5

Drive to Sangmochen and hike to Chungshi Cave Monastery.

After your breakfast we will drive to chuksang via Kagbeni which takes about 30-40 minutes approximately to Kagbeni. Kagbeni is the gateway to the controlled area of Upper Mustang where you need to show your permit and we will visit the monastery and town as well. We can enjoy the majestic view of Mt. Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri and Tukuche peak from Kagbeni. After having lunch at Samar you will drive toward Sangmochen crossing the Sohi la Pass (4000m) from which you will have views of Himalaya on the sourthern part and Kaligandaki Canyon on east side. Soon after descending to village and leave our baggage. After having a short breka and tea you will pay visit to Chungshi Rangchung Gonpa (sacred cave monastery). Buddhist well known Tantric master, Padmasambhava meditated here centuries ago. Inside the cave monastery you will see spontaneous stone statues of Awalokeshwor (Chenresig), Tara and prayer beads. The trailgoes through a green bushes and soon the valley broadens out and we can see walls built in front of caves which are temporary homes for the goats and sheep herders. Sometimes it is possible to see rabbits and the rare blue sheep in this area. Return to lodge. 

Overnight at teahouse.

Meal: (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)

Day 6

Trek to Dakmar 3450m/5-6 hours.

Today we will trek to Ghami village. Trek duration will be 5-6 hours. After breakfast at Syangboche, we climb gently to a small pass with extraordinary views of the soaring peak of Nilgiri, Tilicho, and Annapurna on the south. After 30- 40 minutes of the walk leads you to Tama Gaon village and continue till Zete, a single teahouse at the bottom of Nyi La (3,950m). Climbing up Nyi la looks easy from distance but it’s really exhausting with short ascent pass. The path descends gradually towards the Ghami La pass and on the way we see a rundown, Ghami village surrounded the field, Nepal's longest Mani wall, and partial red cliffs of Dhakmar. Afternoon your lunch at Ghami you will trek to Dhakmar (red clip village) via next to longest Mani Wall.  

Overnight at Teahouse.

Meal: (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)

Day 7

Trek from Drakmar to Lo-Manthang 3840m/6-7 hours via Ghar Gompa and Marang-La Pass.

After leaving Dhakmar village we climb up the yellow canyon to Mui La (4170m). After 45 minutes of walk from Mui la, we will reach the Lo-Gyakar Gompa –Oldest Buddhist monastery in the world. There we will have lunch. As usual, we start our trek Lo Manthang after lunch via Chogo La (4280 m). The trek will be 4-5 hours. At first, the trek will be a long climb to Lungri La at 4070m. After crossing the Lungri la we will walk through a small valley of Marmot spot and finally after a gentle climb will reach Chogo La. From Chogo la we will have a view towards the borderline of Nepal and china were once used to be Tibet. After descending toward lo Manthang we will see Yaks on the way if the summer nomadic camps are still there. If not we will go on the second day at Lo-Manthang. Evening will be time to visit three main Monasteries; Thukchen, Jampa and Choede.

Overnight at Teahouse.

Meal: (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)

Day 8

First day observe Teji Festival Lo-Manthang 3840m.

Today Morning you will drive to Chosar and explore old caves, monastery, and traditional cave houses.  And Return to Lo-Manthang for lunch and afteroon will be spare time to enjoy the opening of Tiji festival. 

Overnight at Teahouse.

Meal: (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)

Day 9

Second day observe Tji Festival Lo-Manthang 3840m.

Today you will drive to Yak Nomadic place to experience the life style of Uppe Mustang Nomads. You will also spot to see herds of goats and sheep milking and grazing in the mountian. Then you will return to lodge for lunch and rest of the day will be spare for celebration of second day Tiji Festival where the Monks dance in diffrents forms. 

Overnight at Teahouse.

Meal: (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)

Day 10

Final Day observe Tiji Festival Lo-Manthang 3840m.

Today early morning you will pay visit to Thukchen Monastery and stay there for few minutes to experience the vibrant spiritual music created from cymbal, drum, hand Bell, telescoping trumpets, Conch shell, and shawms. Return to lodge for breakfast and hike to Marzon cave. Marzon is one of the must visit places in upper mustang, a collection of caves all dug in one impressively large rock, pocked with holes in its entirety. In Upper Mustang the caves were the norm for both living quarters and for meditation. The entire region is pockmarked with caves, the last count putting their number to more than 10000. 

Overnight at Teahouse.

Meal: (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)

Day 11

Trek Lo Manthang (3750m) to Yara (3580m). 5-6 hours

From Lo-Manthang the trail walks straight till Dhi pass 4100 m and descends down to Dhee village. So, the whole trekking will be 7-8 hours including lunch and break times. The trekking will be more rewarding and interesting than the west side of the valley. Dhi village is one of the best villages of the whole Lo-Manthang and it seems more prosperous and settled in a very suitable place. After having lunch in Dhee village we will trek to Yara.

Overnight at Teahouse.

Meal: (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)

Day 12

Rest Day at Yara visit Luri Gompa.

Today, we climb up to reach Luri Cave Monastery via Gara village and on the way back we will visit Tashi Kabung Chorten. Locals believe that there are 108 Kabung (Stupa) and only a few of them are discovered.

Overnight at Teahouse.

Meal: (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)

Day 13

Trek Tange (3,340m) 5-6 hours.

We leave Yara along a high winding path. This soon leads down to the Dhechaeng river which runs from the Damodar Kund. The trail just crosses the small river of melting ice water and then we climb up for around 2 hours to DHEY village along the winding desert mountain path to the Lo-Pa village of Tange. Buddhist inhabitants and are mostly busy in local businesses; the small foothills roll away to distance horizons sheltering the villagers from the gentle winds coming in from the valley. From the village, you turn your face to the north and we see some sandy cliffs over several hundred years old. Finally, we find the small Tangye village here.

Overnight at Teahouse.

Meal: (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)

Day 14

Tange to Tetang (3,067m) 7-8 hours

We leave packing our lunch and we climb some steps & then crossing over a suspension bridge following the trail to the right side. Soon we reach at Yak River before climbing a terraced hill station 4,210m. It is the highest point of the Upper Mustang trip, which takes about 2:30 hours. From here you can see Damodar Himal and Saribung Himal at (6,346m). No houses but only the ruins remain here but drinking water sources are available. Now the trail descends down the hill, right in time, you can see the village either Chhuksang or Tetang where we stay tonight.

Overnight at Teahouse.

Meal: (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)

Day 15

Tetang to Muktinath temple (3,800m/12,426 feet), 8hours

Today, gradually we trek up till Gyu La pass 4,077m. It is one of those beautiful days and we take it easy on our walk. We will pass through Kharkas where we can see grazing domestic animals as well as wild mountain goats. It’s peaceful up the valley as we reach to the top of Gyu La. From the pass, you can see panoramic views of Thorong peak, Nilgiri, Tukche peak & the lovely Muktinath valley. We reach Muktinath via Chhenkar village. Muktinath is a very demanding and beautiful place that connects with Annapurna round trek. Hindu and Buddhist pilgrimage people from all over the world are visiting here. The holy temple has 108 waterspouts that resemble water flowing from taps and enigmatic natural gas fires that marvel at the mind.

Overnight at Teahouse.

Meal: (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)

Day 16

Trek to Jomsom via Lupra village.

As usual, after our breakfast, we will trek to Jomsom via Lupra village. From Muktinath, follow the lower route via Ranipauwa towards the Lupra village. A big Shiva Temple shows you the path to the wonderful monastery of Ranipauwa, which is a colorful and vibrant village. Then, by crossing a bridge, you will walk to the Dhan La. Follow the trail straight to the west until you reach Lupra, a classic Bon settlement of amazing people. The major highlight of this village is the Bonpo Gompa (monastery) and the Thakali village. Unlike other Buddhist dominated regions, Lupra people have their distinct way of living the lifestyle. They are humble and gentle people, who are happy for what they have. After a good lunch we will trek to Jomsom.

Overnight at Teahouse.

Meal: (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)

Day 17

Fly from Jomsom to Pokhara transfer to Hotel

We take an early morning 20min flight from Jomsom to Pokhara; the guide will transfer you to the Hotel there in BB Plan. The day we give you a chance for exploring the beautiful Pokhara valley with its natural and cultural beauty.

Overnight at the hotel with a BB basis.

Day 18

Tourist Bus Journey or Fly back from Pokhara to Kathmandu

After having breakfast your trip starts with a drive back from Pokhara to Katmandu by tourist Coach about 6-7 hours driving (or take a short 30-minute flight) and overnight is arranged in Kathmandu as per the agreed category with BB Plan. At evening Himalayan Wander Walkers will invite you to join in a farewell dinner in a typical Nepalese cultural restaurant.

Overnight at Hotel with BB basis.

Day 19

Final Departure to your port of Destination

We are saying goodbye as your journey to Nepal comes to an end today. If you have more time you can do some shopping or sightseeing. Approximately 3-4 hours before your scheduled flight a representative from Himalayan Wander walkers will take you to the airport. On your way home you'll have plenty of time to plan your next adventure in the wonderful country of Nepal.

This trek can be done in 19 days and less according to your time availability.

 

Include

Airport pick up and drop off
Taxi/bus to the start and end of the trek
English-speaking government license holder trekking guide
One porter for two persons
Trekking guide’s and porter’s insurance during the trip
TIMS trekking permit
Annapurna conservation permit
Special permit of USD 500
Domestic flight from Pokhara to Jomsom and back to Pokhara
Accommodation during the trek
Fooding (breakfst, lunch and dinner) during trek
Hotel in Kathmandu, Pokhara

Exclude

Meals & drinks in Kathmandu (unless stated otherwise under ‘The trip cost includes’)
Personal trekking equipment
Travel/medical insurance
Emergency rescue evacuation
Phone calls
Photography and video charge
Internet
monastery entry fee
International air ticket
Tips for your trekking guide & porters at the end of the trek
If you’re forced to extend your trek due to bad weather or natural disaster circumstances, we are not liable to pay any compensation or otherwise be responsible for any expenses you may incur
Anything not mentioned in the ‘includes section’

Fixed Departure Dates ( Limited Seats Available)

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20 May, 2022 - 07 May, 2022

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Important Information

CHECKLISTS FOR TIJI FESTIVAL TREK

  • Valid passport (valid for six months from the date of your trip)
  • One other picture ID, such as driver’s license (in case of emergency and for use as a substitute of passport or in case of loss of your passport) Photocopy of passport page to carry in a wallet
  • Air tickets (Make a copy of flight tickets which may be helpful, in case of loss)
  • Visa Clearance (Make a copy of visa clearance which may be helpful, in case of emergencies)
  • MasterCard, Visa Credit, and Debit Cards are accepted in Nepal. However, traveler's cheques and some cash are highly recommended.
  • Mobile (if your cell phone is from CINGULAR USA or ATNT (USA) operators then your cell phone will  work in Nepal.)

Guiding, Food, and Lodging During Tiji Festival
In Nepal, all trekking supplies - Teahouse trekking means staying and eating in local lodges. We stay in single rooms where possible, but often you will have to share. The rooms are basic, normally just a bed with a pillow, blankets. A few have electric lights and all have a spacious dining room-lounge. We eat at teahouses and, although the food is usually plentiful and delicious, the menu is not extensive. They offer a variety of potatoes, rice and noodle dishes, as well as soup and seasonal vegetables. Beers and local spirits are often available, but that will be at your own cost. A variety of cereals, bread, and egg dishes are generally available for breakfast. There are also snacks available such as basic biscuits, chocolate, and soft drinks and in some areas, you will find fresh fruit in season. It is normal to meet your porter in the teahouse where you will stay overnight. So, pack your necessary things in your own day pack.

DRESS CODE FOR VISITING MONASTERIES, AND TEMPLES IN NEPAL

  • Shirt (either half or full sleeve)
  • Full pants/long skirts
  • Any type of shoes with socks
  • No Hats, No Umbrella, No Slippers, No t-shirts, No short skirt, and No half-pants
  • Photographs allowed in the courtyard only.

Frequently Asked Question

Although trekking gear is available in Nepal you are advised to bring your own gear.

Trekking or running shoes Camp shoes or thongs Socks (polypropylene)

Down or fiber-filled jacket Jumper or piled jacket Hiking shorts Waterproof jackets, poncho or umbrella Hiking pants T-shirts or blouses Underwear Sun hat

Rucksack Self Inflating Sleeping Mattress (optional) Water bottle Torch, batteries, and bulbs