Trip Facts

Overview

Mustang Tiji Festival, celebrats annually in the Lo – Manthang is one of the most important and colorful festival in Upper Mustang. This is an old story about chasing the demons from the sacred land of Lo Manthang. The festival marks the end of the dry season in Mustang. Local devotees gather from all over the Mustang and so does foreigners. Centuries old religious ceremonies  performs by Buddhist Monks. Equipped with colorful costumes and masks Lama performs several religious dances. This all happens in the courtyard of the King’s palace.

The story reflects the war in between deity named Dorje Jono who had battled against his demon father. By performing several powerful dances and taking various forms, he single-handedly defeated the demons to restore peace in the country. Ever since, this masked festival of dances is celebrats to mark the victory of good over evil. The grandeur of this colorful festival attracts hundreds of tourists from different parts of the world.  Hence, these three day’s monks chanting and dancing at back age Lo-Manthang village is the highlight of the Mustang Tiji festival trek.

However, upper Mustang and Lo -Manthang all the clocals, they do grand celebration of three days ritual. All the monks dress up in gold, blue, yellow and red brocade gown in which was plaited the image of Mera, the god of death with red and yellow head. The festival is usually marks “Teeji” is the condensed form of a term ‘Tempa chhirim’ which literally means prayer for peace in the world.

Short Itinerary

  • Day 1: KTM Arrival pick up from Airport and welcoming by garland and transfer to Hotel, trek briefing and welcome dinner.
    O/N Hotel – (BDB)
  • Day 02: Half Day Sightseeing world heritage sights Hindus & Buddhist shrines / Trek preparation
    O/N Hotel – (B/B)
  • Day 03: Kathmandu –Pokhara Drive (820m) 7hrs or Fly 30mins
    O/N Hotel – (B/B)
  • Day 04: Pokhara – Jomsom fly (2,720m) 25mins Trek to Kagbeni (2840m) 2hrs
    O/N Lodge – (BLD)
  • Day 05: Kagbeni – Chaile (3050m) 5hrs
    O/N Lodge – (BLD)
  • Day 06: Chaile – Ghilling (3,775m) Via Syangbochen (3,800m) 6/7hrs
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  • Day 07: Ghilling – Dhagmar (3,820m) via Ghami 6hrs
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  • Day 08: Dhagmar – Lo-Manthang (3810m) Via Ghar Gumba 6/7hrs
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  • Day 09: First Day of Teji Festival.
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  • Day 10: Second day observe Teji Festival
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  • Day 11: Final day observe Tiji festival
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  • Day 12: Lo – Manthag – Dhi Gaun (3,400m) 5hrs
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  • Day 13: Dhi gaun – Excrustion Luri Gumba (3880m) via Yara-Ghara and back to Dhi 8hrs
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  • Day 14: Dhi gaun – Tsarang (3,560m) 4hrs
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  • Day 15: Charang – Syangbochen (3,800m) Via Ghami 6hrs
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  • Day 16: Syanbochen – Chusang (2,980m) 5hrs
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  • Day 17: Chusang – Jomsom (2720m) Via Kagbeni 5hrs
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  • Day 18: Jomsom – Pokhara fly in the morning free day in Pokhara
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  • Day 19: Pokhara – KTM Drive or fly and farewell dinner
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  • Day 20: Final Departure by privet vehicle with unforgettable memory of Mustang Tiji Festival trek and back to homeland

Itinerary

On your arrival day in Kathmandu, You will be received by the representative staff from Himalayan Trails Trekking & Climbing P Ltd with proper greeting. When you have had your time to settle in and freshen up.In the afternoon, you will visit our office there will be short trip briefing and introduction with your trekking guide. In the evening, there will be a welcome dinner hosted by Himalayan Trails Trekking & Climbing. For dinner, you will be served excellent cuisine.

Overnight at Hotel –BDB

The very next morning, after breakfast you will leave for a half day sightseeing tour around Kathmandu valley. Some of these landmarks are considered World Heritage Sites including the historic Durbar Square, the sacred Hindu temple of Pashupatinath, the famous ‘Monkey Temple’ (Swayambhunath) and Buddhist shrine (Bouddhanath) which is one of the largest stupas in the world. After city tour you can hang out to the necessary places you might need to go before trekking like, Money changer, ATM, Market ETC.

Overnight at Hotel – (BDB)

After having your breakfast, we will drive you to the Domestic Airport we take an early morning 30 minutes Pokhara flight and enjoy amazing views of the Himalayas from the right side of our plane. Or you can take a Tourist bus to Pokhara about 6-7 hour drive via scenic Prithivi Highway enjoying short stops for lunch and breakfast and scenic beauty all the way around. Check in to the hotel, after freshen up, you will be free to explore the city by yourself.

Overnight at Hotel – (B/B)

Early in the morning we will take an early morning flight to Jomsom which is famous for its apples, strong winds and the landscape. We begin our trek on an open trail alongside a beautiful valley Kagbeni which is the last village and the entrance point of Lower Mustang situated at the top cliff. Along the trek, you will be visiting the Kings palace of 100 rooms, 800 year old brick red Sayka Gompa, Kali Gandaki and the Jhong Khola Rivers, and so forth. Also, on the way, you will view Dhaulagiri, Tukuche, and Nilgiri, and, to the south, the Annapurna Massif.

Overnight at Lodge – (BLD)

After breakfast the trail passes through the village to the Mani walls at the north end. Here we pass the police check-post, descend briefly and then begin a steep climb up to join the broad, loose trail that contours along the east bank of the river. A little later on and we bypass Tiri where the route from Charkabhot (Dolpo) joins the village. Further up the Gyalungbo River drains into the Kali Gandaki. The trail continues through the village and further up to a group of settlements known as Chusang. Ruins of castles litter the hill-tops behind the village, and prehistoric cave dwellings can be seen on the west side of the river. The Narsinga Khola joins the Kali Gandaki here; the stream is crossed and the trail follows a stretch of the river bank, skirting the edge where the river has eroded the banks. A steel iron bridge spans the Kali Gandaki just as it emerges from a natural tunnel. Amongst the cliff walls a great many caves can be seen. A steep climb out of the valley leads to the village of Chaile.

Overnight at Lodge – (BLD)

After breakfast we climb to Samar. Samar is a village on middle of dry hill where we can see beautiful view of mustang and Himalayas. After short rest we continue walk crossing many small passes over 3500 meter including some of windy pass. We walk up and down many times that make your legs more tired when you arrive local lodge in Gilling village is small village form where we visit few monastery and school.

Overnight at Lodge – (BLD)

After our breakfast, we will start our trek with the climbing up to Nyila. We need to descend down below the blue, gray and red cliff to Ghaami- the biggest settlement of Upper Mustang. Continuing our trek, we move to Dhagmar through colorful cliffs and green scenery.

Overnight at Lodge – (BLD)

After breakfast our journey start towards Lo-Manthang. The trial goes ups and downs with the beautiful views on the way. The scenic view of beautiful hills, glittering white snowy mountains, colorful Chorten will surely make your journey good and tireless. On the way we pass Ghar Gumba- a monastery. Moving further, we will be at Lo-Manthang.

Overnight at Lodge – (BLD)

It is the first day of the Tiji festival so it’s going to be the most exciting day. We will see a tremendous three stories high Thanka unrolled down the entire south wall of the square. All the Lamas are in a maroon and gold outfit with red hats. Later, we will see traditional mask dress that enacts of the myth of Tiji festival.

Overnight at Lodge – (BLD)

Today is the second day of Tiji festival. We’ll see Tibetan women in their traditional clothing and colorful jewelry, monks in their robes and dancers in elaborate costumes. The King of Mustang wears a whole crown of tiny river pearls set off by dozens of large red coralline tones interspersed with matched ornaments of turquoise. We will enjoy the dances of the Tibetan Lamas. The purpose of this dance is to chase away the hunger and evil spirits in the region. A combination of costumes, masks, 12-foot horns, butter cakes, yaks, pigeons, dogs, and several other native aspects makes this festival a treat to watch.

Overnight at Lodge – (BLD)

Today is the final day of the Tiji festival. We will walk to Namgyal Gompa; a monastery on the top of the hill. It is an important place as it also serves as the court for the local community. In the evening, we will return back to the village for the festival. The evil remains of the demons are destroyed on the final day. The demons are set out on the old tiger skin and are attacked by bow and arrows, old guns, and catapult.

Overnight at Lodge – (BLD)

After breakfast from Lo-Manthang, the trail walks straight till Dhi pass (4100m) and descend down to Dhi village. Dhi village is one of the best village of Lo-Manthang regions. It seems more prospectuses and it is settled in a very suitable place.

Overnight at Lodge – (BLD)

We walk about 02 hours and reach Yara Ghara. From Yara Ghara it takes around 2 hours to reach Lori Gompa which is situated at the hilltop. It serves as an important monastery of the local community.After exploring the beauty of this place we trek back to Dhi.

Overnight at Lodge – (BLD)

After breakfast we continue our trek on the bank of Kaligandaki river and turn right side for ascends. And, we start ascends gradually towards the small & rocky trail. After some hours of trek we will find the suspension over Tsarang River. After crossing bridge take right side and start trek to up hills until Tsarang village.

Overnight at Lodge – (BLD)

After Breakfast we continue hiking south along a lower trail on the west side of the valley. This section of the trail is perhaps the driest region of Mustang. As we approach the village of Ghami we pass one of the longest Mani walls in Nepal. These are constructed of stones inscribed with the Buddhist mantra “Om Mani Padme Hum and after crossing two more passes with Annapurna range view we arrive at Ja Myung, a village between Gheling and Syangboche. Our trail passes through many gompas and monastery until we reach Syangboche.

Overnight at Lodge – (BLD)

After breakfast we will cross small villages of Yamdo and Bena and reach Samar village from where we will follow the descending trail to Chele. This is quite a strenuous trek. Walking further along Kali Gandaki River, we will reach Chusang.

Overnight at Lodge – (BLD)

Last day of trek, we will trek steadily up to village of Kagbeni, from here area of Upper Mustang finished as we will entering back again to famous trail of Annapurna Circuits. It will be around three to four hour walk from Chusang to Kagbeni, which will be ideal place for lunch. After having a lunch we will again trek back to Jomsom via plain bank of Kaligandaki River.

Overnight at Lodge – (BLD)

Fly from Jomsom to Pokhara takes about 35 minutes. The flights are available during the morning time. A strong breeze blows during the afternoons and frequent changes in weather patterns prevent the flight from landing and takeoff in the afternoon. During flights in the morning, the sky looks very clear which gives you the chance to enjoy splendid views of different mountain peaks.

Overnight at Hotel – (B/B)

After Breakfast transfer to airport and fly back to Kathmandu or we can also drive back via Tourist bus. Around the evening, we will take you for a farewell dinner. While having dinner, we will also discuss your trip and take feedback.

Overnight at Hotel – (BDB)

Final Departure One of our company representatives will assist you to get to the airport by privet vehicle as per your flight departure time and back to home share experiences with family and friends unforgettable memory of Mustang Tiji Festival.

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