Things you should know before going on Tiji Festival Trek
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.
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.