Trip Facts
Activity Level
Moderate
Maximum Elevation
3,810 m
Trip Length
14 Days
Trip Mode
Tea House
Minimum Pax
+2

Overview

In Upper Mustang Tiji Festival celebrated annually in the Lo – Manthang is one of the most important and colorful festivals 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 performed 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.

Upper Mustang Tiji festival. The story reflects the war 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 celebrated 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 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 locals, they do a 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 usually marks “Teej” is the condensed form of the 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
    O/N Lodge – (BLD)
  • Day 07: Ghilling – Dhagmar (3,820m) via Ghami 6hrs
    O/N Lodge – (BLD)
  • Day 08: Dhagmar – Lo-Manthang (3810m) Via Ghar Gumba 6/7hrs
    O/N Lodge – (BLD)
  • Day 09: First Day of Teji Festival.
    O/N Lodge – (BLD)
  • Day 10: Second day observe Teji Festival
    O/N Lodge – (BLD)
  • Day 11: Final day observe Tiji festival
    O/N Lodge – (BLD)
  • Day 12: Lo – Manthag – Dhi Gaun (3,400m) 5hrs
    O/N Lodge – (BLD)
  • Day 13: Dhi gaun – Excrustion Luri Gumba (3880m) via Yara-Ghara and back to Dhi 8hrs
    O O/N Lodge – (BLD)
  • Day 14: Dhi gaun – Tsarang (3,560m) 4hrs
    O/N Lodge – (BLD)
  • Day 15: Charang – Syangbochen (3,800m) Via Ghami 6hrs
    O/N Lodge – (BLD)
  • Day 16: Syanbochen – Chusang (2,980m) 5hrs
    O/N Lodge – (BLD)
  • Day 17: Chusang – Jomsom (2720m) Via Kagbeni 5hrs
    O/N Lodge – (BLD)
  • Day 18: Jomsom – Pokhara fly in the morning free day in Pokhara
    O/N Hotel - (B/B)
  • Day 19: Pokhara – KTM Drive or fly and farewell dinner
    O/N Hotel - (BDB)
  • 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.

Dates & Cost

Inclusive

Cost Includes

  • Arrival airport pick up and Departure transfers on both domestic and international flights.
  • Accommodation 2-3 stars Hotel in Kathmandu on a twin share bed with B/B plan
  • According to CHOICE of menu 3 times meal B/F, Lunch & Dinner with 2 cups of tea or coffee in breakfast and every meals a cup of while the trekking.
  • Responsible trekking policy of two Trekkers: One porter.
  • Accommodations at clean and comfortable local Tea House – lodge during the trek.
  • English speaking guided half day city tour with world heritage sites.
  • All domestic flight, Airport taxes, private transportation starting & ending points of trek.
  • English Speaking Experience local Mountain Guide – by Himalayan Trails trained and Nepal government licensed holder as well as First Aid Eco trained.
  • Along the trek basic complete First Aid Kit.
  • Assistants Guide and other support staff if indeed.
  • Mustang Trekking Map.
  • Insurance of all staffs Guide, Assistants, porters and Accommodations, food and reasonable salary during the treks.
  • All necessary officials pepper work.
  • Mustang special permit, TIMS and  Annapurna conservation entry fee
  • Warm clothing and required trekking gear for porters
  • Travel and Rescue arrangements
  • All the Government Taxes
  • Welcome and Farewell dinner as per itinerary

Cost Excludes

  • Nepal entry Visa fees (US$ 50 per person for 30 days)
  • International Airfare
  • Your Travel Insurance
  • Lunch, Dinner & Drinks in the cities
  • Any kind of drinks & personal expenses on trek
  • Monastery entrance fee, Hot shower and Electricity Bills during trek
  • Personal gear & clothing
  • Medical evacuation encase of Emergency
  • Tips and Items of a personal nature like postage and laundry
  • Expenses deserve due to Natural or man made hazards like landslide, strikes, political unrest etc. will be charge extra as per actual and anything not specify on the cost

Fitness

TRAIN AND FITNESS 

Physical fitness is one of the most key elements on the trek. The trekking in the Himalayan is not forced on it and pacing is always slow, most of the days generally being shorter than a hiking day at your home country. We believe that should be you’re imaginable of its kind of holiday trip literally than a contest to provide evidence of the travelers. We maintain situated so as to allow easy access to your trip can be demanding but not a difficult. You can make your own speed and enjoy your trip stunning atmosphere rather than following to other to catch. Himalayan Trails, recommend that you assume on a good fitness agenda proceeding to your trip although and one that builds up general strength and specific leg muscle groups. There is nothing like hiking with a bag pack to train for trek in Himalaya. So our best advice is to get out into the Hills or Alps as often as you can. You better ware your hiking boots and carry about 5-6 kg in your day bag-pack; this is a good weight to walk with it.

If you are doing Gym then which can be helpful and work on the thigh and calf muscles but better to build your heart rate over 50%. Any kind of heart breed activities are good but swimming will not add it doesn’t train right muscles groups better added other exercise to be effective. Hiking in Hills, Alps would be the best preparation for a trek in Nepal.

EXPERIENCE FOR THE NEPAL TREK

The trekking trail and area of Nepal mostly well trodden and natural path most of the regions, even though it can be rocky and rough in some parts. It is not precipitous and there is no rock climbing or Mountaineering which is requiring equipment. It is hike most of the way in Himalaya, but some parts of the hills can be steep up and down and can be longer!

On the way you may meet many people along the trails as well as Donkeys, Yaks and heavy load porters. Walking in the Himalaya there is rule of the way when meet an approaching Donkeys, Yaks and porters always make sure you step to always on side where wide enough to passes through each other,( towards slopes side of the hill or inside of the Trail). Note: never ever stand ridged sides of the trail. If you stand, it means, we call (outside standing is suicide and inside is safe site) because it can be push by them down to mountains or rivers.

The trekking poles are very useful, if you have problems with knees, depending on weather or personal choice for using them. Even though higher up, ice path, moraine, open slopes may give you extra support from it, also quite easy to follow the path.
Always final sections are can be Glacier itself and high elevation, it is bit difficult and occasionally slippery under trails. The ice is covered in water stones and dirt, so where a coolant produces cold temperatures in the surface below.

Comfortable, good sole, ankle support (4 seasons) trekking boots water proof are recommended for the high passes trek but for the lower trek light weight hiking boots are fine to protect you beside, probably going over an ankle, low altitude trek heavy boots will be hot and unwieldy.

ACCOMMODATION ON THE TREK

Tea house trek accommodation will be in comfortable tea houses and lodges run most of the area by local families, except people specify a preference for tents. Every tea house or lodge has a common heated Chimney in the dining hall, although the bedrooms are not heated with mattresses, pillows and two beds in a room. We recommend you to bring your own sleeping bag (3 seasons in normally fine) but possibility is also you can buy and hire in Kathmandu.

Generally most of the tea houses have hot showers by gas gizzards and they have squire toilets but some area have and use drop toilets with flush systems.

For the Camping/ Tent trekking we use branded company tents which are for two persons comfortably can sleep and can put your luggage on side, and we provide you the mattresses. Tents are fixed always near the guest house and eating in our own dining tent, sometimes eating can be indoors, depends on possibility. So toilets sometimes you will use from the lodge but obvious we will have our privet toilet tents too.

Himalayan Trails support 

Our main back bones of the trek are porters, will carry your main duffle bag up to a maximum weight of 12-14 kg per guest and supply for all the groups needs, if you need to go back down to the valley together with assisting you. Apart from specially camping, all the accommodations are in local lodge or Tea houses which are well prepared, warm and friendly environment.

Our entire trip we run by permanently Guides or Leaders, who have been employed over ten years with us and been training personally high standard leadership and first aid by our company. They know how to deal with emergencies and speak fluently English. They are always helpful and look after you so many years have been working with tourist and westerns, they know the westerns needs and understanding. Our porters are always who works with us forever all our teams are dedicated and they will provide high standards services.