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Mustang Tiji Festival Trek

Mustang Tiji Festival Trek

Facts About Trip

Days 14
Grade Easy to Moderate
Best month October/November/December, April/May/June/July/August
Maxi Elevation Lo-Manthang 4,200m
Group size Minimum two people
Accommodation Lodge accommodation on trek
Meal Pay your own meal
Starts From Kathmandu - Pokhara
End at Flight: Jomsom to Pokhara

Overview And Highlights

Trekking to the Mustang Tiji Festival

During your trek to the Mustang Tiji festival, you will be able to participate in the activities, as well as enjoy the accommodations of the region. You will also be able to learn about the history of the Tiji festival in the region.

History of the Tiji Festival in the Mustang area

Located in the remote Mustang region of Nepal, the Tiji Festival has a long and colorful history. Tiji means "natural love". The festival commemorates the triumph of good over evil. It is a purification ritual, which is also a prayer for peace in the region. The main focus of the festival is the Vajrakila ritual, which dates back to the 17th century.

The ritual involves performing dances and meditations in the middle of mountain ranges. The main ceremony occurs at Chode Gompa. The monastery square is filled with activities, including prayers, food, and offerings to the gods.

The ritual includes a ritualistic nectar offering to the gods, which is accompanied by a whirl of white. The offerings are made on a wooden altar and are accompanied by six bowls of grain.

The festival is also celebrated by various kinds of dancing ceremonies. The dances are performed by monks wearing animal masks. The Tso Chham dance reenacts the harassment of a demon named Ma Tam Ru Ta.

Location of the Tiji Festival in the Upper Mustang Region

During the Tiji festival, the Tibetan Buddhist people celebrate their culture in the Lo-Manthang region of Upper Mustang. The festival lasts for three days and is a celebration of the victory of good over evil. The festival also serves as a prayer for peace and prosperity in the Mustang region.

This festival is one of the most popular festivals in Nepal and the Upper Mustang region. It is celebrated with colorful ceremonies and ritual songs. The monks wear masks and perform dances during the festival.

The Tiji festival in the Upper Mustang region is celebrated every year in the third Tibetan month, which is in May. The festival is held in the former Mustang palace.

The festival celebrates the victory of Dorje Jono over the demon father. It is believed that Dorje Jono fought against the evil father and rescued the Mustang kingdom. The demon's father was the one who was causing problems, including droughts, hailstorms, and water shortages.

Activities during the Tiji Festival Trek

During the Mustang Tiji festival trek, you will experience a wide variety of cultural and religious activities. You will enjoy beautiful Himalayan views, deep ravines, traditional dances, and delicious food.

The Tiji festival is celebrated in the month of May in Lo Manthang, Upper Mustang. It is a three-day festival, where you will witness a series of rituals and dances. The Tiji festival is based on the mythological story of Dorje Jono, who beats his demon father and protects the kingdom of Mustang.

Tiji festival is an important religious festival for the people of the Upper Mustang. It is also a celebration of the triumph of good over evil. It is also a prayer for peace in the world. The legend says that Dorje Jono defeated his father Ma Tam Ru Ta, who caused famine, drought, and destruction to the kingdom.

On the third day of the Tiji festival, a ritual called Rha Chham is performed. This is believed to cleanse the village of its spirits. The monks make offerings of yak hair, butter, and bare grain. They also wear masks and perform elaborate dances.

Accommodation options during the Tiji Festival Trek

Whether you are looking for adventure or to learn more about the culture of the locals, a Mustang Tiji festival trek is the perfect opportunity. This three-day festival celebrates the victory of good over evil. It is a religious ceremony that focuses on the myth of Lo Manthang.

The festival is celebrated in the Upper Mustang valley. The festival is held every third Tibetan month, in May. The three days of the festival are a religious ceremony that celebrates the victory of God over evil. The celebration is also a prayer for world peace.

The festival is held in Lo Manthang, the unofficial capital of the Mustang region. The event is celebrated with different types of dance ceremonies. The festival is also a religious pilgrimage. The festival is attended by the royal family of Mustang as well as locals.

This year's Tiji festival will be held on May 16-18, 2023. The Tiji festival will also be held in the isolated parts of the Mustang.

Day to Day Itinerary Expand/Collapse All

Day 1 : Drive Kathmandu to Pokhara about 7 hours, Overnight stay in Pokhara hotel ACCOMMODATION.

Today we drive to Pokhara, a seven-hour ride, or take a flight (optional at an additional charge). As we reach Pokhara late in the afternoon by driving, we get to stroll around the lake city.

Day 2 : Morning Flight from Pokhara to Jomsom (2,720m). and trek to Kagbeni , Overnight stay in Kagbeni (TEA HOUSE STAY ACCOMMODATION) WALKING: 3-4hrs about.

An early morning flight from Pokhara takes us to the airstrip in Jomsom. From Jomsom, we head north to the village of Kagbeni where we camp overnight stay.

Day 3 : Trek Kagbeni to Chele (3,050m). Overnight stay in Chele (TEA HOUSE STAY ACCOMMODATION) WALKING: 6hrs about.

we walk about 6hrs from Kagbeni, which takes us to Chaile through a trail with many ups and downs and steep climbs.

Day 4 : Trek Chele to Shyangbochen. Overnight stay in Shyangbochen (TEA HOUSE STAY ACCOMMODATION) WALKING: 7hrs.

Today, we trek to the ancient settlement of Gelling passing through painted Chhortens, Mani walls, and alpine meadows.

Day 5 : Trek Shyangbochen to Ghemi. Overnight stay in Ghemi, (TEA HOUSE STAY ACCOMMODATION) WALKING: 6hrs about.

Today, an early morning start after breakfast takes us to the villages of Ghemi.

Day 6 : Trek Ghemi (3,520m) to Tsarang . Overnight stay in Tsarang (TEA HOUSE STAY ACCOMMODATION) WALKING: 6hrs about.

Today, we walked to Tsarang, past the old Royal palace and Tsarang Gompa before we stop in Tsarang.

Day 7 : Trek Tsarang to Lomanthang (3,809m ) & Marang La pass (4,230m). Overnight stay in Lomanthang (TEA HOUSE STAY ACCOMMODATION), WALKING about 5hrs. Observe First day of Tiji Festival.

Today, we walk towards Lo-Manthang village after a small high Marang La pass (4,230m). The medieval walled village of Lo Manthang is inhabited by around 1000 people. The village is popular for its high mud walls, Gompas, and the Royal Palace. Lo Manthang also serves as the capital of the Kingdom of Mustang & Observes the First day of the Tiji Festival.

Day 8 : Visit Monasteries and observe Second day of Tiji Festival Lo-Manthang 3,809M. Overnight stay in Lomanthang (TEA HOUSE STAY ACCOMMODATION),

We visit some of the historical monasteries of Lomanthang Thubchen Jampa etc and explore the festival and see the Mask dance.

Day 9 : Visit Chosar Caves, Monasteries and observe Final Day of Tiji Festival Lo-Manthang 3,809M. Overnight stay in Lomanthang (TEA HOUSE STAY ACCOMMODATION)

Early morning visit Chosar Monasteries and old caves and visit the festival during the day time.

Day 10 : Trek Lo-Manthang to Ghar Gompa (TEA HOUSE STAY ACCOMMODATION), WALKING about 5to 6hrs.

From Lo-Manthang we walk across the village of Tsarang to reach Ghar Gompa, a 12th-century monastery. We make an overnight camp nearby the monastery.

Day 11 : Trek Ghar Gompa to Ghemi. Overngiht stay in Ghemi (TEA HOUSE STAY ACCOMMODATION), WALKING about 6 hrs.

Today we are to the medieval village of Ghemi which sits high at 3500m and looks quite barren and deserted.

Day 12 : Trek Ghemi to Samar. Overnight stay in Samar (3,660m) TEA HOUSE STAY ACCOMMODATION, WALKING about 6 to 7hrs.

From Ghemi we follow the same route up to Nyi La (4,025m) ridge and then descend to the village of Samar.

Day 13 : Trek Samar to Kagbeni (2,810m). Overnight stay in Kagbeni (TEA HOUSE STAY ACCOMMODATION), WALKING about 6 hrs.

The trail first descends until we reach the village of Chele. Then it climbs gently to Tangbe trek and then to Kagbeni (2,810m).

Day 14 : Early morning Drive Kagbeni to Jomsom and catch the flight to Pokhara, Overnight stay in Pokhara.

Jomsom is a three-hour hike from Kagbeni and drives about 1 hour. The town of Jomsom boasts of an airport, the ACAP (Annapurna Conservation Area Project). we catch the direct flight from Jomsom to Pokhara and overnight stay in Pokhara's own arrangement hotel stay.

Note: The above holiday itinerary can be customized to our guest-specific requirements and can make shorter and longer. We design your holidays accordingly.

What Is Included ?

  • Transportation: return transfers from the International airport to your hotel
  • Hotel stay: two-night hotel accommodation stay in Kathmandu
  • Entry fees: Upper Mustang special permit fees 10 days
  • Entry fees: all government taxes and Annapurna conservation entry fees
  • TIMS CARD: (Trekking Information Management System) & local tax
  • Guide & porter: One experienced English-speaking guide & necessary supporter to carry your luggage (two guests = 1 porter (we pay their daily wages, insurance, trekking equipment, food, and accommodation)
  • Wages: 15 days guide wages including his insurance/meals and accommodation/insurance/equipment
  • Wages: 15 days porter (to carry your luggage) wages including his insurance/meals/accommodation/equipment
  • 14 nights mountain lodge accommodation (best available) with twin sharing basis on tea house services trek
  • Guest flight: ticket from Pokhara to Jomsom and flight back from Jomsom to Pokhara
  • Guide flight: ticket Pokhara to Jomsom and fly back from Jomsom to Pokhara
  • Trekking equipment: trekking poles, sleeping bag/duffle bag/down jacket (we provide these if necessary), to return after the trek completed
  • Water purification tablets: unlimited Chlorine treated Safe Drinking water
  • Supplementary snacks: energy bars and cookies at base camp
  • Fruits: Seasonal fresh fruits where is possible
  • Local SIM CARD (NCELL), to return after the trek completed
  • Rescue arrangements: in the emergency situation & worst weather condition
  • Diamox: Additional medication for altitude sickness (Acetazolamide etc)
  • Digital pulse Oximeters for high altitude check
  • Crampons: Snow walking crampons in mountains if necessary
  • Map: Mustang region trekking map
  • Rubbish disposal
  • government taxes & PNT official service charge

Water: Mineral waters are available at all stops during tea house treks (paying your own). You can also use tap water if you choose to use water purification tablets.

Medical support: An emergency first aid kit is carried by the support staff at all times.

What Is Excluded?

  • Meals: All meals (lunch/dinner/breakfast) in Kathmandu & on the trek
  • Snacks: chocolate/aerated drinks/mineral water/alcoholic drinks/nutria bars
  • Hotel stays: extra night hotel stay in Kathmandu
  • Tipping: end of the trek tips to guides and support staff
  • Rescue services: additional costs in case of emergency (You must have adequate medical & travel insurance to cover any kind of emergencies), including helicopter evacuation & hospitalization (medical test, medicine) if required
  • extra expenses: personal expenses and any other unforeseen expenses, such as bottled water/coca-cola/WIFI on trek/hot shower/electric device recharge
  • City visit: sightseeing in Pokhara and Kathmandu entrance fees/transportation/hire guide
  • Flight ticket: Your International flight ticket airfare & Nepal entry visa fees which travel visa can get up on your arrival at Kathmandu airport, On Arrival Visa Fees 15 Days – 30 USD, 30 Days – 50 USD, 90 Days – 125 USD
  • Services not mentioned herein Personal trekking equipment

Food on tea house trek: During tea house treks our guests pay for their own food (breakfast/lunch/dinner) at the lodge. It can be about USD $25 each day per person. You can choose your own meal as a menu for every tea house.

Travel Insurance: –

Travel Insurance is mandatory for all clients who choose to trek or climb with us. The insurance should cover you in case of emergencies like accidents, altitude sickness, and ambulance and helicopter rescue charges if required. Please carry a copy of your insurance papers while traveling in Nepal and do send us a copy as well. This will help us in making all the necessary arrangements in case of any sort of emergency.

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