Tiji festival trek in upper Mustang is a very famous festival in Buddhism that mainly happens in Lo-manthang. Tenji or Tiji festival is an annual event commonly pronounced also “Teeji” is an abbreviated form of Tempa chhirim which translates to prayer for world peace.
Amazing Tenji festival is celebrating in the victory of Buddha’s incarnation. Dhorji sonam over a demon called MA TAM RU TA, who Waxman eater & who caused storms and droughts to destroy people’s houses and livestock. The dance performed by the monks of lomanthang chhyode Gumba during these three days festival enact the harassment of the MA TAM TU TA, the birth of Dhorji Sonam the demon’s son and an attempt by Dhorji sonam to a back & demon to the Buddha realm.
Buddhist Monks perform a dance called” TSA CHHAM “on the first day of the Tenji and “NGA CHHAM”on the second day. Tiji festival in upper Mustang is a perfect destination for visiting ancient Buddhists Monasteries. Majestic Mustang has a barren landscape of eroded sandstone pillars and discontinuous moraine terraces, which together present a colorful mosaic made up principally of earthen reds, yellows, and browns.
Most windy Lo manthang is the focal point of Mustang connected with a corolla border to Tibet and relatively easy trek along the permitted route under the rain shadow of the Himalayas is possibly the last remnant of pristine Tibetan culture. Forbidden & remote rest of the World. Like other trek routes, mustang and tiji festival offer a great view of mount Dhaulagiri at 8,167m/26,795 feet and Annapurna I (8,091m/26,545 ft). While you are in mustang hiking, you are surrounding with desert-dry landscapes including beautiful 35+ mountains.
Tiji festival trek upper Mustang itinerary details
It is classical with a short, itinerary compared to most walks in this region. The particular route is designed for world travelers who wish to hike to upper mustang but are restricted time-wise. For travelers who wish to reach the upper mustang in a more relaxed manner can try this appropriate itinerary. However, request us if you need a customized itinerary.Day 01 Arrival at Kathmandu valley
Upon arrival in Kathmandu, Tribhuwan International Airport, we will receive you with private vehicle and transfer to hotel in Kathmandu bed with breakfast plan. Our representative will give you information about further programs.
Drive to Pokhara by tourist bus. Between on the way we will see the natural beauty like Trisuli river which is most popular in Nepal for rafting and we will follow the way almost bank of the Trisuli and Marsyandi River when we arrive in Pokhara transfer to hotel.
Early flight to Jomsom located an an altitude of 2,720m/8,894 feet. You will be land on the District headquarters of Mustang, start trek to right further to Kagbeni. The gateway to exploring upper mustang. Trek passes with the scenic view of Nilgiri, Dhaulagiri, Tukuche peak, and Dhampus peaks. Kagbeni is the most interesting typical Tibetan village and the entry point of the upper Mustang for an overnight stop.
The trail leads up toward the east bank of the Kaligandaki that climbs over many ridges as it heads north and reaches Tangbe Village. The town is a labyrinth of narrow alleys amongst whitewashed houses, fields of buckwheat, barley, wheat, and apple orchards. Continues to loom massively at the foot of the valley. Beyond Tangbe we reach Chhusang Village and cross the river, continue climbing north where the Kaligandaki follows. The trek now leaves the Kaligandaki valley and climb steeply up a rocky gully to Chele at 3030 meters.
The climb continues along steep, treeless, waterless terrain, along the side of the spectacular steep canyon to pass and cairn of rock at 3540m. The trail makes a long gradual descent to some chortens on a ridge, and the trail descends further on a pleasant trail to Samar. The Annapurna, still dominated by Nilgiri, is visible far to the south. Climb above Samar to a ridge, descend into a large gorge and the trail goes into another valley field, crosses a stream and climbs up to a ridge at 3,800 meters. The route climbs sharply up and down over a series of high passes, before the final descent to Geiling.
From Geling, the trail climbs gently to the interesting pass on our trek NYLA and descends below the blue, gray and red cliffs. After crossing a steel bridge of the Tangmar chu (river), we will arrive at a MANI (Prayer WALL) perhaps the longest and most spectacular stretch and main wall in Nepal. Climbing over another pass at 3600 meters the route makes a long gentle descent to Charang. The huge five floors white Dzong and red Gompa is an interesting visit to observe collections of statues and Thanks as well as many large paintings of seated Buddha.
The trail descends about 100 meters down from Charang, crosses the Charang – Chu and climbs steeply up a rocky trail to a cairn on a ridge and continues to climb. Finally, from a ridge at 3850 meters. There is a view of the walled city of LO. After a short descent, cross a stream and climb up into the plateau of Lo- Manthang. After a good lunch, we participant in the opening ceremony of Tiji festival (start at 3 pm and end at 5 pm) Overnight at Lo-manthang guest House.
Another day in Lo – Manthang gives you the chance to explore its many sights; the Tall Champa Lakhang (God house,) the red Thugchen Gompa, Chyodi Gompa and the Raja’s Palace. Besides Lo-Manthang there are two other interesting valleys worth visiting. The western valley Tingkhar, the sight of Raja’s summer palace, Kimling, and Phuwa as well as the Gompa of Namgyal (The Monastery of Victory) is the newest and most active Gompa in Lo. In the eastern valley lies the village of Chosar, also rich in gompas and the valley is the main trading route to Lhasa. After Lunch, we need to be ready to watch stunning mask dances performed by monks in the Tiji festival start at 2 pm and end around 6 pm). Overnight at Hotel.
Explore the Royal palace and monastery in morning and enjoy the last and final celebration of Tiji festival in Lo Manthang in the afternoon.
This is an opportunity to visit two other villages on your return trek. The trail climbs steadily to the pass marked by a cairn, offering a last glimpse of Lo-Manthang. We cross the highest pass this trek and arrive in Ghar Gompa (3920 Meters). This monastery is very old and older than Samye monastery in Tibet, supposed to be built around 730AD. After crossing the pass around 4100m. Descend downhill to Dhakmar 3,520 meter where we fix our campsite for stay overnight.
From Dhakmar the way goes down to until Ghami (3,460m) the huge greenery village in Mustang where we can see the ancient monastery and stupas with. You can see the local houses here like cave. Than after the trail goes ascend until Nyi La pass and descend to Samar through the same route. We fix our camp for stay overnight here.
Today, we trek descend downhill to Chhusang. The trail offers panoramic red stone cliffs. After Chhusang we will climb little more than arrive in Tangbe village and finally we will be in Kagbeni.
We trek to Jomsom with the valley of Kaligandaki River which is also known as windy valley where every day big wind blowing and overnight in Jomsom. You will explore in Jomsom village.
Early morning we fly to Pokhara with thrilling spectacular Mountain View including Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, Annapurna South, Annapurna I and Machhapuchre during the flight. Transfer to the hotel to check-in for a hot shower and relax. In the afternoon, the guide will assist you for your sightseeing visiting Devis falls, Gupteswor cave, and Boating in Fewa Lake to visit Tal Barahi Temple. Walk back to the hotel.
Morning, we’ll drive back through the scenic countryside and during the route will stop for breakfast & lunch. It takes 7 hours back to Kathmandu. On arrival at Kathmandu guide will transfer to the hotel and rest of the day relax or explore the surrounding areas and overnight at hotel.
Drop you in Kathmandu International Airport onward your final destination and our trip ends. Wish you your wonderful journey.
How much does Tiji festival trek upper Mustang cost?
Lo manthang with Tiji festival trek cost is USD 1,825 per person on double occupancy basis. But of course, the trip price will vary according to group size. Pokhara – Jomsom – Pokhara round-trip flight is included in the price, however, taking flights from Kathmandu – Pokhara – Kathmandu saves your time and riding bus reduces the trip expenses.
For the deluxe and luxury trekking tour plan, we add Kathmandu – Pokhara – Kathmandu round trip airfare, 3-star category hotel deluxe air-conditioned room in Kathmandu (BB PLAN) and 2-star hotel standard accommodation in Pokhara (BB plan) with attached bathroom while on trekking on possible places. AND WE ARE OPEN TO CUSTOMIZE YOUR TOUR AND PACKAGES PRICE AS PER YOUR REQUIREMENTS. International tour leaders are highly encouraged to get discount and attractive complimentary.
Tiji festival trek upper Mustang cost include:
- Kathmandu international airport transfer by private vehicles.
- 2 nights twin sharing on tourist standard accommodation in Kathmandu.
- 2 night Tourist standard accommodation in Pokhara within Bed with Breakfast Plan
- Meals on full board: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner each day during the trek
- Domestic flight: Pokhara – Jomsom – Pokhara as a round trip airfare with airport tax.
- Tourist Bus transfer from Kathmandu – Pokhara – Kathmandu as a round trip.
- Fully escorted trek with English speaking license holder local guide and each 2 guest (12.5 kg + 12.5 kg) = 1 Porter basis.
- Annapurna Conservation Area permits and their fees
- Upper Mustang special permits cost USD 500 for each guest for each 10 days.
- Pokhara city sightseeing (Devi’s fall and Gupteswor Mahadev cave) transfer by private vehicle.
- All land transportation as per written on above itinerary.
- Food and accommodation and salary of Nepali trekking staffs.
- Insurance of guide and porters.
- Nepal Government Tax, VAT and as well as Company service charge.
Tiji festival trek upper Mustang cost excludes :
- Nepal entry visa fee cost US$ 40.
- Lunch and Dinner during the staying in Kathmandu and Pokhara city.
- Any kinds of battery charges, laundry service, phone calls and hot shower during the trekking.
- Personal trekking equipment and Clothing.
- Personal nature expenses, any drinks and bar bills.
- Your travel insurance (it is mandatory in case of emergency).
- Any donation and monuments entrance fees.
- Tips for the crew (Note : TIPS is not compulsory but expected)
- Any other things which are not mentioned above
We can organize group join Tiji festival trek upper in Mustang starting at any date but we can also run this private trip if that works for you. Please contact us for more information.
Question: Is pick up service available on my arrival day in Kathmandu?
Answer: Yes sure. Provide us your flight details and request us to pick you up. Our representative will come to pick up you at Kathmandu international airport.
Question: Do I need experience for express Tiji festival trek in upper Mustang ?
Answer: It is suitable for keen trekkers/walkers who are able to walk around 4 or 5 hours in a day, with a lightweight daypack. For this trekking – yes, you need to have experience in high altitude – somehow about 3000M above sea level.
Question: What kind of accommodation can I expect on Upper Mustang trek guide & permits?
Answer: We provide you tourist standard accommodation in Kathmandu and during the trekking routes. The rooms along the routes are clean with a cozy bed with a nice mattress and blankets. However we recommend you take your own sleeping bags if you have one with you otherwise, you may rent it while you are in Kathmandu.
Question: What kind of food can I expect in Tiji festival trek upper Mustang?
Answer: All the lodges they have attached restaurant and they cook a delicious range of mostly vegetarian such as Pasta, tuna bakes, noodles, potatoes, eggs, dhal bhat, bread, soups, fresh vegetables (variety depends on the season).
The dinner and breakfast are provided in the same lodge you spend the night every day and Lunch will be provided on the way to the next place where you are going.
Question: How do I get drinking water on Tiji festival trek?
Answer: You can buy bottled mineral water to drink but we advise against buying mineral water in plastic bottles, as currently there are no provisions for disposing of these. Instead, we provide you with boiled water or bringing chlorine tablets to purify the normal water as the normal water is available at the campsite/along the way in the camping trekking.
Question: Can I charge my digital camera or other batteries on my trip?
Answer: During the Tea house trekking there will be more chances to charge the battery. We recommend you bring an extra pair for in case. Remember to bring your adapters!.
Question: Is there any communication facilities in Mustang Tiji festival trekking?
Answer: Yes! You can get telephone services as well as internet.
Question: Can I use credit cards in Tiji festival trekking?
Answer: No ! You need to have cash Nepali rupees to maintain your daily expenses on trekking because credit cards work only in the bigger cities.
Question: When should I book my trip and what is the payments terms?
Answer: Because our trips book up months in advance, we recommend booking early to avoid any kind of misunderstanding. We will, of course, make every effort to accommodate last minute bookings.
And regarding the deposit, we prefer 20% advance deposit of the total price of the trip in order to confirm your reservation before you arrive in Nepal. And rest of the payment can be made after your arrival in Kathmandu.
Question: Who will carry my luggage on the Tiji festival trek upper Mustang?
Answer: We provide porters to transfer your luggage. As we are a responsible trekking tour operator agency, our every porter carry a maximum of 25 kilos of your backpack which means 2 guests (12.5 kg luggage of each guest): 1 porter basis.
Question: How much distance do I walk each day?
Answer: When walking/trekking in the mountains, the distance you cover each day can vary greatly due to a gradient, terrain, and altitude. As such it is very hard to give specific distances on each day, however, you have to be prepared to walk roughly about 5 hours each day.
Question: Do I need walking polls for Tiji festival trek?
Answer: Walking pools are recommended but not compulsory.
Question: How much additional money do I need per day?
Answer: You can allocate US$ 08 – 10 for a lunch/dinner in Kathmandu and it depends on your spending habits. US$ 7 to 10 US$ each day will be enough to buy bottles of water, chocolates, tea coffee, and some drinks while you are on trek.
Tiji festival trek in upper Mustang trek highlights
- Discover Annapurna and Dhaulagiri family and some of the boarder mountains.
- Walking through dry cultivated fields, Excellent views of Dhaulagiri and Blue Mountain.
- Hidden kingdom with World’s deepest gorge Kali Gandaki valley
- Meet the mixed communities with shakye muni Buddhism and their lives..
Tiji festival trek in upper Mustang notes
As the information stated above is just a guide and standard template that we provide you, however, the trip can be customized at your request to accommodate your specific requirements. Local politics, landslides, cancellation of local flights, weather, transport or a multitude of other factors that are beyond our control can result in a change of itinerary during on trip.
It is, however, very incredible that the itinerary would be extensively altered. If alterations are necessary the leader will decide the best alternative option, taking into consideration the best interests of the whole group. Where a change does occur, we do everything we can to minimize its effect, but we cannot be responsible for the results of changes or delays.
“What makes Tiji festival trek in upper Mustang lodge special?”
Opportunities for challenging trekking strolls are scattered all over this planet; you just need to know where to find them. We at Gokyo Treks and Expedition believe in quality services. Your safety and satisfaction is our concern. We are a team of professional, experienced, well trained, and licensed local guides who know the destination much better than others. Furthermore, we give benefits to the local communities and helps to conserve natural resources which reduced costs and consumption.
Tiji Festival Trek in Mustang 2017
Great chance to experience Tiji festival trek (upper mustang tiji festival 2018) in upper Mustang, our guide was Shree Ram and a nice carrier hire from jomsom Bazaar. Fantastic landscapes and unforgettable encounters. Gokyo Treks and Expedition is the right agency to make a trek in Nepal!!! Thanks at all!. – Cristiano and Michael, Milano, Italy.
Price: USD 1,825 Per Person
- Duration of trek: 15 Days
- Altitude: 4190 meters
- Trekking Hour: 6 Hrs
- Group-Size: 2-20 People
- Best Time: April – May
- Trip Mode: Guest House
- Meal on Trek: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
- Transport: Car/Plane/bus
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