• Destination: Nepal
  • Trip Difficulty: Moderate
  • Trip Style: Sight Seeing & Trekking
  • Transport: Private Vehicle, Local Bus, Flight & Tourist Bus
  • Food: Breakfast, Lunch Dinner on Trek & Breakfast in Cities
  • Accommodation: 3 Star Hotel and Mountian Guest House
  • Group Size: 2-14

Highlights:

  • Upper Mustang trekking is yet Restricted area trekking trail in Nepal.
  • Sightseeing tours of historical UNESCO World heritage sites in Kathmandu.
  • Scenic drive/flight to Jomsom and back to Kathmandu.
  • Visit Historical place including Kagbeni and Lo-Manthang.
  • Observe Tiji Festivals in Mustang,
  • Very beautiful backdrop of Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri.
  • Best views of Himalayas range.

About Tiji Festival Trek

Tiji Festival Trek takes to the forbidden kingdom of Upper Mustang, Lo Manthang, where you will spend a few days observing and celebrating the colorful & ancient Tiji Festival.

Tiji Festival Trek traverses the beautiful and remote Upper Mustang region. Upper Mustang Trek itself is a very famous and loved trek by the travel lovers. And, traveling to this place during a major festival of the locals here allows you to have deep insights into the rich culture and tradition of the region. During the trek, you are trekking through picturesque villages enjoying breath-taking views of the Himalayan Mountains. The trail is adventurous and presents a perfect balance of difficulty.

During the festival, you can see many locals of the nearby villages gather together at the town square. The dancers present themselves as different characters of demons in flamboyant robes and hideous masks. They perform an ancient dance slashing at the air with their swords and intoning spells over on viewers. You spend about three days indulging in the divine sights, sounds, and movements, a pure once in a lifetime cultural marvel.

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. The festival of Tiji is centered on a legend, which speaks about a deity named Dorje Jono who must battle against his demon father to save the Kingdom of Mustang from destruction.

The Tiji festival is also celebrated as a spring renewal. We outfitter Nepal have designed our Tiji Festival Trek itinerary incorporating ample rest days and picturesque villages of night stay. Go through our cost includes and excludes part to know more about the package cost. If you are not satisfied with our proposed itinerary or departure dates, feel free to contact us anytime for further information. Find the things you get to see & experience during the Tiji Festival Trek.

Scenic drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara

Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara is going to be long yet scenic. The route follows the Trishuli River. On the way, you get to see amazing views of lush green hills, waterfalls, colorful terraced fields, and small settlement areas. The drive offers beautiful scenery.

Aerial view of Annapurna Himalayas during Pokhara Jomsom flight

From Pokhara, you take a short flight that lead you to the starting point of the trek, Jomsom. During the flight, you get to see aerial views of many Himalayan mountains like Annapurna range, Dhaulagiri range, Nilgiri, Machhapuchhre, Tukuche, etc. Likewise, you get to see a wonderful landscape.

Picturesque villages with beautiful narrow alleys and white-washed house

This part of the Annapurna range has some of the finest villages. The white-washed houses and ancient monasteries add a splash of color in the barren landscape of Mustang. Villages have amazing narrow alleys, where you can take some of the marvelous shots. The architecture of the houses matches with the Tibetans.

Observe the lifestyle and culture of the locals similar to Tibetans

This part of Nepal is highly influenced by Tibetan culture and practices. People here follow Tibetan Buddhism. Their culture, tradition, norms, values, dresses, language, and assortments all are similar to Tibetans. The people here live a very simple and happy life. You can interact with the locals and get to know them. Many stupas, mani walls, prayer wheels, and chortens can be seen throughout the trail.

Cross Nyi La Pass before reaching Lo Manthang

To celebrate the Tiji festival, you have to reach Lo Manthang and before reaching this place, you have to cross challenging Nyi La Pass (3,840 m). The trail to the top of the pass is difficult and includes steep rocky climbing. From the top of the pass, you get to see an outstanding view of the surrounding mountains.

Explore Lo Manthang

Lo Manthang houses some of the ancient monasteries. You get to visit the Thubchen monastery and Jampa monastery, which is believed to be built in the 15th century. Likewise, you can explore the royal palace, Chode Gompa, Choprang Gompa, and Monastic museum. In the evening, you explore the local market full of souvenirs and handicrafts shops, small coffee shops, etc.

Experience Tiji Festival

Introduced back in the 17th century by King Samdup Rabten when he Sakya Trizin Ngawang Kunga Sinam in Lo Manthang to perform a special Vajrakila ritual. Since then the monks of Chhode monastery are celebrating festivals every year in the royal courtyard. The royal family of Mustang and all the villagers of seven provinces of Upper Mustang participate in the sacred ritual. The festival lasts for three days.

Witness barren landscape and stunning snow-capped Himalayan Mountains

Tiji Festival Trekking offers a stunning barren landscape. On the way, you get to see beautiful unique rocks and warm color hills. Likewise, snow-capped mountains like Annapurna range (8,091m), Mt. Dhaulagiri (8,167 m), Mt. Nilgiri (7,061 m), Mt. Tukuche (6,920 m), etc.

Itinerary

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Day 1: Arrive Kathmandu airport and transfer to hotel

You are met with our airport representative at the terminal gate waiting for you. He take you to the hotel. Your evening is free and after you’ve refreshed, you can go for a stroll down the street to get familiar with your surroundings.

  • Accomodation:Hotel
  • Place:Kathmandu
  • Altitude:1345

After a wholesome breakfast, you go on the guided sightseeing tour of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The tour include places like Pashupatinath Temple, Boudhnath Stupa, Swayambhunath, and Kathmandu Durbar Square.

All these places introduce you to the rich Nepali culture and precise architecture. Later, in the day, you prepare for the trip and buy some gears if needed.

  • Walking Hours:6
  • Food:B
  • Accomodation:Hotel
  • Place:Kathmandu
  • Altitude:1345

Today, you drive to Pokhara. The drive is little long and very beautiful. You get to see lush green hills, lovely waterfalls, rivers, and small settlement areas. Upon reaching Pokhara, you move to the hotel and rest. Later, you explore the bustling Lakeside market and do boating on the tranquil Fewa Lake.

  • Walking Hours:6
  • Food:B
  • Accomodation:Hotel
  • Place:Pokhara
  • Altitude:850

You fly to Jomsom from Pokhara today. From Jomsom, you begin trekking towards Kagbeni. Crossing a suspension bridge, you walk along the Kali Gandaki riverbank. The trail is quite barren with craggy rocks and sand. On the way, you get to enjoy wonderful views of Mt. Dhaulagiri, Mt. Nilgiri, and Mt. Tukuche.

  • Walking Hours:5
  • Food:B, L, D
  • Accomodation:Guest house
  • Place:Kagbeni
  • Altitude:2810

From Kagbeni, you trek right up to the river valley. The trail then widens significantly revealing an endless stretch of sand on the west bank of the river. Taking a small break at Tangbe for lunch, you pass by chortens and narrow alleys.

Further, the trail moves along white-washed houses and terraced fields to Chhuksang. You get to see an excellent view of Mt. Nilgiri on the way.

  • Walking Hours:7
  • Food:B, L, D
  • Accomodation:Guest house
  • Place:Chuksang
  • Altitude:2980

From Chhuksang as you move towards Samar, you see a distinct change in both topography and culture. Continuing north, you reach a huge red chunk of conglomerate that has fallen from the cliffs above, forming a tunnel through which the river flows. Further, the trail steeply ascends along the side of a wonderful steep canyon and descends to Samar.

  • Walking Hours:7
  • Food:B, L, D
  • Accomodation:Guest house
  • Place:Samar
  • Altitude:3660

You ascend to a ridge and drop down into a large gorge. From here, the trail enters another beautiful valley filled with juniper trees. Crossing a stream, you ascend and descend to Shyangmochen. Nearby you see a cave known as Rangbyung containing stalagmites, which have formed in the shape of chortens.

The trail climbs gently from Shyangmochen, and you enter another huge valley before descending to Geling.

  • Walking Hours:7
  • Food:B, L, D
  • Accomodation:Guest house
  • Place:Geling
  • Altitude:3570

Today, you ascend through fields passing the settlement of Tama Gun. The trail further moves up to the Nyi La Pass (3,840 m) and descends to a junction. From here, you walk on the right path that leads to Charang. It is a short distance from Charang to Ghami.

  • Walking Hours:7
  • Food:B, L, D
  • Accomodation:Guest house
  • Place:Ghami
  • Altitude:3520

You are walking on the driest part of the trip today enjoying spectacular views of the countryside. You see reach Tsarang, where you get to see the huge fortress and an ancient red gompa.

  • Walking Hours:7
  • Food:B, L, D
  • Accomodation:Guest house
  • Place:Tsarang
  • Altitude:3560

From Tsarang, the trail heads towards the last forbidden kingdom, Lo Manthang. The trail gradually ascends above the valley. Passing by a large isolated chorten, you trek and reach the entrance of the village. As it has only one entrance, you have to circumambulate the wall to the gate on the northeast corner.

  • Walking Hours:6
  • Food:B, L, D
  • Accomodation:Guest house
  • Place:Lo-Manthang
  • Altitude:3800

From this day, the celebration of the Tiji festival begins. On the first day, you dance and observe the celebration.

  • Food:B, L, D
  • Accomodation:Guest house
  • Place:Lo-Manthang
  • Altitude:3800

Today is the second day of the festival and the second day brings a colorful ceremony accompanied by Tibetan lamas to chase away all the hunger and evils spirits from the village.

  • Walking Hours:7
  • Food:B, L, D
  • Accomodation:Guest house
  • Place:Lo-Manthang
  • Altitude:3800

Today is the last day of Tiji festival that takes you to Namgyal Gompa, a very significant monastery located on a hilltop. This monastery is also the local court.

  • Food:B, L, D
  • Accomodation:Guest house
  • Place:Lo-Manthang
  • Altitude:3800

You retrace the path and move back to Ghami. Following the highland route, you cross alpine meadows and drop down to Dhakmar through a steep eroded alley. After having lunch here, you trek through a beautiful valley and ascend and descend to reach Ghami.

  • Walking Hours:7
  • Food:B, L, D
  • Accomodation:Guest house
  • Place:Ghami
  • Altitude:3520

Continuing trekking on a narrow winding path, you cross a small stream and reach Geling. The trail offers stunning views of Mt. Nilgiri and deserted landscape. Leaving Geling behind, you pass by small villages, mani walls, and contents before reaching Samar.

  • Walking Hours:7
  • Food:B, L, D
  • Accomodation:Guest house
  • Place:Samar
  • Altitude:3660

Leaving Samar behind, the trail descends to Chhuksang. Further, you cross a thrilling suspension bridge over the Kali Gandaki River and walk along the bank of the same river to reach Kagbeni. On the way, you get to see lovely views of apple orchards.

  • Walking Hours:7
  • Food:B, L, D
  • Accomodation:Guest house
  • Place:Kagbeni
  • Altitude:2810

Today, the trail moves along the Kali Gandaki River bank and passes through Ekle Bhatti. Further, walking on a windy path, you reach Jomsom. It is the headquarters of Mustang.

  • Walking Hours:5
  • Food:B, L, D
  • Accomodation:Guest house
  • Place:Jomsom
  • Altitude:2650

You take an early morning flight back to Pokhara. During the flight, you get to see superb aerial views of Annapurna Himalayas. After landing at Pokhara airport, you head to the hotel. You can rest for the day and visit nearby tourist spots.

  • Food:B
  • Accomodation:Hotel
  • Place:Pokhara
  • Altitude:850

Today, you drive back to Kathmandu. The drive offer wonderful scenery. Upon reaching Kathmandu, you move to the hotel and relax. The rest of the day is free for you to shop and explore around.

If you want to take other tours in Nepal such as Chitwan Jungle Safari, Pokhara Day Tour or Lumbini tour then you can start from today and do let us know if you want to take any tour as we also arrange those tours.

  • Walking Hours:6
  • Food:B
  • Accomodation:Hotel
  • Place:Kathmandu
  • Altitude:1345

This is the end of our adventurous journey in the Himalayas. With a pocket full of memories, you head back to your home. Our airport representative drop you at the airport as per your flight departure time.

  • Food:B

What's Included

  • Airport transfers.
  • 3 nights’ hotel in Kathmandu including breakfast.
  • 2 nights’ hotel in Pokhara breakfast.
  • Kathmandu sightseeing tour.
  • Transport by tourist bus from Kathmandu to Pokhara and return.
  • Flight fare with domestic airport tax from Pokhara to Jomsom and return.
  • All the accommodation in tea house/lodge during the trek.
  • Meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek.
  • All the needed trekking permits, special permits and TIMS permit.
  • English speaking licensed trekking guide and porter.
  • Salary, food, drinks, accommodation, transportation and insurance for the guide and porter.
  • Arrangement of emergency helicopter service which will be paid by your travel insurance company.
  • Sleeping bag, down jackets, duffle bags - if necessary.
  • Nepal entry visa fee (you may easily issue the visa upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport - Kathmandu). You will require 2 passport size photos.
  • Your Travel insurance (compulsory).
  • Food while you are in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
  • Your personal expenses and entrance fees while you do the tour in Kathmandu.
  • All the alcoholic, non alcoholic drinks and Sweet things like chocolate.
  • Hot Shower / batteries charge / heater during the trek.
  • International airfare and airport departure tax.
  • Tips for the guide and porter.
  • Any others expenses which are not mentioned on including section.

Price & Dates

Price Menu
No. of peoplePrice P.P
2 - 2 US$ 2100
3 - 5 US$ 1900
6 - 14 US$ 1700
Departure Note:
  • We have a date for this tour and this festival trek is operated once in a year so, book your trek and as there should be minimum 2 people to operate the trek as this trek is located in restricted area and we need special trekking permits to organise trek. So, if you are single people then check with us wheather we already have people booked or not before you sign up and pay.

Useful Information

Tiji Festival Trek itinerary

You take a long scenic drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara and then take a short flight from Pokhara to Jomsom. The flight offers stunning aerial views of the Himalayan Mountains. From here, you begin trekking towards Lo Manthang via beautiful small villages like Kagbeni, Chhuksang, Samar, Geling, and Tsarang. You then spend three days enjoying and participating in the Tiji festival. Further, retracing the path, you reach back to Jomsom and take another scenic flight to Pokhara.

Tiji Festival Trek difficulty

Tiji Festival Trek is a difficult trekking journey. As the trail passes by remote areas the facilities you get are the bare minimum. The trail included many ascends and descends along the steep & rugged path. Prior trekking experience is plus to have to go on Tiji Festival Trekking, however not mandatorily required. You have to be in good health and physical fitness to go on Tiji Festival Trek 20 Days.

Best time to go on Tiji Festival Trek

The best time to go to Tiji Festival Trekking is May. This festival usually falls under the month of May but can differ as per the Tibetan calendar. The weather is dry and the climate is mostly arid at this time of the year. Bright days and clear views make the journey pleasant.

Food & Accommodation during Tiji Festival Trek

You stay overnight in the guesthouse during Tiji Festival Trek 20 Days. The guesthouse offers basic facilities and services. Due to the lack of enough accommodation and to gain more profit, rooms usually come on the twin-sharing term with two beds. Likewise, you might get hot shower facilities at some guest houses but you have to pay a few extra bucks.

Three meals a day are provided to all the guests during Tiji Festival Trek. The meals are served as per the menu of the guesthouse. You are free to carry snacks and bars to have on the way. Tibetan, Nepal, and Indian dishes are mostly seen on the menu. As the elevation increase, the menu will get limited with more options of Tibetan and Nepali dishes only.