Tiji Festival is famous festival celebrate in Lomanthang of Upper Mustang. The festival is held every year in different dates as it is depend on special day as Tibetan calendar. Festival specially marks the victory of god against evil. The main days of Tiji festival are 3 days rituals. Local peoples from villages and all the Buddhist Lamas from the monastery gather at the place where festival celebrate. The main lama of the village fights against demon father to save Kingdom of Mustang from destruction. Special mask dance by Buddhist Lama is main attraction during this festival. Mask dance with their special Mantra believes to through all demon from around. Beside festival exploration, trip combine Upper Mustang fascinating villages, Buddhist shrines and temples, oldest caves and panoramic Himalayan views with beautiful plateaus landscape makes your Upper Mustang Trekking unforgettable experience.
Upper Mustang is in Trans Himalayan range of Nepal and it is also rain shadow area. It was only with camping trekking but now facilities with local tea houses. During the festival it is much crowded of peoples in Lo-manthang area. This tour can be done with entire trekking, option to do it by cycling, motor biking or by 4wheel jeep. Nepal Highland Treks can provide you best plan as per your timeframe and interest.
Tiji festival date for 2023 in Lomanthang is already announced. These dates are 16 May till 18 May. Plan your private trekking tour or join with our group. There should be minimum 2 peoples to run this trip. If you are looking for luxury way within the short time to reach Upper Mustang Helicopter tour is the best way.
Upper mustang is connected of newly build road via jomsom Kagbeni. If you are not able to trek for long days, a jeep tour during this festival can be designed very well. Driving tour with professional guide, professional driver and a good condition jeep suitable for land of Upper Mustang will be arranged. In Upper Mustang jeep tour, minimum of 8 days tour plan from to Kathmandu can be designed. In these 8 days plan, three full days stay in Lo-mantnag and observe the Tiji festival is including. The minimum 8 days plan can customize to stay there for long and explore more in Upper Mustang. It is the same procedure of issuing permits.
Day 01:Arrival at Kathmandu and transfer to Hotel. 1300m
Day 02:Day in Kathmandu. Sightseeing and final preparation of Upper Mustang Trekking. Overnight at Hotel
Day 03:Drive 6-7 hours or fly 25 minutes to Pokhara (720m). Overnight at Hotel
Day 04:Early flight to Jomsom (15 minutes) and trek to Kagbeni (2810m). 3 hours. Overnight at tea house
Day 05:Trek kagbeni to Chele (3050m) 6 hours. Overnight at tea house.
Day 06:Trek Chele to Shyangboche (3800m) 7 hours. Overnight at tea house.
Day 07:Trek Shyangboche to Tsarang (3560m) 7 Hours. Overnight at tea house
Day 08:Trek Tsarang to Lo Manthang (3800m) 5 Hours. Overnight at tea house
Day 09:First day Tiji festival observation. Overnight at guest house
Day 10:Second day of Tifi festival. Observe and overnight at Lomanthang
Day 11:Thirs and final day of Tiji festival. Observe and overnight at Lomanthang.
Day 12:trek to Dhakmar (3800m) 6 hours. Overnight at tea house
Day 13:Trek to Ghiling (3570m) 6 hours. Overnight at tea house
Day 14:Trek to Samar (3550m) 6 hours. Overnight at tea house
Day 15:Trek back to Jomsom via Kagbeni. Overnight at guest house
Day 16:Fly back to Pokhara and sightseeing around. Overnight at Hotel
Day 17:Drive back to Kathmandu and Overnight at Hotel
Day 18:Final departure
Our Itinerary for Upper Mustang Trekking with Tiji festival is general one. You can change it as per your interest; itinerary can be also changed on the way. Guide from Nepal Highland Treks is always flexible and suggest you better option once he knows your interest and walking style. If you are joining with group, itinerary can be change as per main group interest. For your kind information, Upper Mustang restricted area permit cost is Us dollar 500 per person. If you stay more than 10 days, US dollar 50 per day per person is extra. Restricted are begins after Kagbeni and end at Kagbeni. Minimum group size most be 2 pax to obtain permit.
Cost is based on tourist bus to and from Pokhara. If you choose private transportation or flight to and from Pokhara, cost will change. Your visa cost of Nepal is also not including in the cost. It is USD 40 for one month multi entry visa which you can get on arrival.
Day 1Arrival at Kathmandu and transfer to Hotel. 1300mRepresentative from Nepal Highland Treks pickup you from international airport and transfer to hotel. Our hotel is normally inside Thamel, tourist hub of Nepal. it can be change as per your interest too. If time permits, we can plan to visit some historical places inside Kathmandu or trip preparation.
Day 2Day in Kathmandu. Sightseeing and final preparation of Upper Mustang Trekking. Overnight at Hotel Sightseeing in major historical places of Kathmandu valley. Our guide will lead you three major heritage sites like Pashupatinath temple, a biggest Hindu temple listed in world heritage sites. A Buddhist Stupa and Kathmadnu Durbar squire which are listed in world heritage sites. Meet with your trekking guide and involve in briefing at evening.
Day 3Drive 6-7 hours or fly 25 minutes to Pokhara (720m). Overnight at Hotel You have option either drive to Pokhara with tourist bus/ private vehicle or take fight. We normally suggest drive with private vehicle which give opportunities to start your suitable time and stop interesting places on the way. Transfer to hotel.
Day 4Early flight to Jomsom (15 minutes) and trek to Kagbeni (2810m). 3 hours. Overnight at tea house Jomsom flight is always at early in the morning. We wither pack out breakfast from hotel or take early breakfast to drive Pokhara airport. Only 15 minutes flight is with tiny aircraft. Land at jomsom airport and start walking to Kagbeni. Your trek is via Kaligandaki river valley with view of Nilgiri, haulagiri and Annapurna mountain ranges
Day 5Trek kagbeni to Chele (3050m) 6 hours. Overnight at tea house. It is interesting to explore small Chorten and monasteries in Kagbeni. You will reach at restricted area after permit check point at the end of Kagbeni village. Most of the route of trek follows Kaligandaki river valley. Small villages are crossing with field of Apple, barley and wheat. Mount Nilgiri shows during full day in different snaps. Reach Chele which is starting of Tibetan style village
Day 6Trek Chele to Shyangboche (3800m) 7 hours. Overnight at tea house. Trek through Narrow Street with the view of Damodar Kunda, Tilicho peak and Yakawa Khang. Continue climbing at plateau land cross Samar village. We also pass 3600 miter Taklam La pass. We can enjoy day with cool stream and Jupiter trees. Small Chorter and Ramchung cave on the way are other memories of the day
Day 7Trek Shyangboche to Tsarang (3560m) 7 Hours. Overnight at tea house Start gently climb to the pass which is 3770 miter and decent to Geling village. Trek route passing few tea houses and Chortens. The Tibetan styles houses and long mani walls are interesting to view and take pictures. Reach Tsarang, if time permits visit white Dzong and red Gumpas around
Day 8Trek Tsarang to Lo Manthang (3800m) 5 Hours. Overnight at tea houseToday is the day of reaching at head of Upper Mustang. Trail goes very fine with minor climb. We visit an oldest monastery called Lo-Ghekar gumba on the way. The magnificent view of Annapurna, Bhrikuti peak, Nilgiri and Tilicho are picturesque from land of plateau. Lo Manthang is walled city touch Tibetan boarder
Day 9First day Tiji festival observation. Overnight at guest house After breakfast at morning visit to Choser Cave and monastery. After lunch, we participant on Opening ceremony of Tiji festival (start at 3 pm and end at 5 pm) Overnight at Lo-manthang.
Day 10Second day of Tifi festival. Observe and overnight at LomanthangMorning after breakfast, visit caves and monastery. return to guest house and take lunch. after Lunch participate at second day Tiji festival. Overnight at guest house
Day 11Thirs and final day of Tiji festival. Observe and overnight at Lomanthang. After breakfast morning visit to Choser Cave and monastery (1.5 Hrs walk and Back ) , lunch at hotel and ready for final day of Tiji Festival , start at 2 pm and end around 6 pm) . Overnight at Guest house
Day 12trek to Dhakmar (3800m) 6 hours. Overnight at tea houseWe trek different route from Lo Manthang than we trek up before. Route is passing via Gyakar village and Ghar Gumba. Gumba is about 1200 year old. Strong legend about Ghar Gumba is, those wish their wishes there will be fulfilled. Reach at Dhakmar and evening exploration around
Day 13Trek to Ghiling (3570m) 6 hours. Overnight at tea houseTrek to Ghiling village passing through Ghami La pass. You will reach earlier today and can explore surroundings at the evening
Day 14Trek to Samar (3550m) 6 hours. Overnight at tea houseContinue follow up hills and downhill. Reach at Samar by crossing Chhuksang village
Day 15Trek back to Jomsom via Kagbeni. Overnight at guest house Trek back to Kagbeni (2810m) which takes 6 hours. further trek to Jomsom. It is quite long days walking. It also have option to tale local jeep from on the way to reach Jomsom today.
Day 16Fly back to Pokhara and sightseeing around. Overnight at Hotel Early in the morning, fly back to Pokhara from Jomsom. Transfer cand check in Hotel. Afternoon visit major attraction in Pokhara. International Mountain Musium, david falls, gupteswor Mahadev cave, boating at Fewa lake and visit Barahi temple.
Day 17Drive back to Kathmandu and Overnight at HotelAfter breakfast in Hotel, Drive back to Kathmandu with private car. Check in hotel and rest in Kathmadnu. Evening dinner with Nepal Highland Treks team in Nepali cultural restaurant with cultural dance and Nepali foods.
Day 18Final departure Free till departure time. It is important to reach at international airport before 3 hours from your original flight time. Representation from Nepal Highland Treks depart you to airport.
Our departure of 4th May 2019 group is specially to meet Tiji festival in Lo-manthang Upper Mustang. Itineary and other services can change as per your interest in private group. Private group is possible in 2 pax or more.
Accommodation in the trip
Our package is including 5 nights hotel in Kathmandu and in Pokhara. It is 3 star category hotels with breakfast and twin sharing. Accommodation in entire trekking is in local tea houses (Local guest house) on twin sharing. You will get rooms with inside toilet in Kagbeni and in Jomsom only. Rests of the overnights are room without toilet inside. All the tea houses are providing common toilets outside your room. Upper Mustang trekking region have limit tea house accommodation, at the time of festival, it may overcrowded of peoples in Lomanthang. Incase of this situation, you might share accommodation with other trekkres of stay overnight at tents.
Foods in the trip
Kathmandu and Pokhara have lots of restaurants to choose for your Lunch and Dinner. Breakfast is including in the package that is provided by same hotel you are staying. During your trekking, same tea houses you are going to stay provide you breakfast and Dinner. Lunch is on the way at suitable place. All the foods during trekking is including in the packages. Hotel and restaurants provide you international standard foods in entire Upper Mustang.
Guide and Porter
Your guide and porters to Upper Mustang Trekking are from Kathmandu. He is the one who will be our regular guide more responsible, friendly, and helpful English speaking. You will meet him in Kathmandu before starting your trek. There will be 1 porter for every two trekkers. He is able to carry total 25 kilogram. Both guide and porters are fully equipped, insured and package including their foods, accommodation on the way. Trekking guides are those who can communicate with you and local peoples and having enough knowledge of local places, peoples, their cultures and having knowledge of high altitude sickness.
Drinking water during Trekking
Drinking water is extra cost from package. During the trek it is available bottled mineral water, boiled water fill in your own bottle from every tea houses or can use even normal water from Tap. Bottled mineral water is available in every guest houses, shops in entire Upper Mustang. As you hike high altitude, cost of bottled mineral water and boil filtered water increase. Water from local taps can be also used as drinking water by purification with purification tablet and filter it yourself. Most of the trekkers are drinking bottled mineral water and boiled filtered water. Trekkers are using local tap water rarely.
You do not need to bring whole equipments from your home country. Good trekking equipments with reasonable cost are available in Kathmandu. We can suggest you to buy those after we check it in hotel before starting of trekking. Representative from Nepal Highland Treks or your guide can provide you good suggestion. Our itinerary has enough time to be prepared with your proper equipment.
Round cap to protect from sun during sunny day
Warm head cover cap
Muff to cover mouth from heavy wind and cold
2 pairs warm inner thermal and inner trouser
1 pair warm outer trouser
1 pair warm wind proof warm outer trouser
One pair light and warm jacket or sweeter
One pair down jacket
One pair wind proof jacket
2 pairs light shocks
2 pair warm shocks
1 pair light shoe or sandal
1 pair warm water proof trekking shoes
2 pairs light trouser or half paint for walking during day and hot temperature
3 to 4 pairs of light t-shirt
Rain coat (cover body and backpack)
20 litter polar bag for trekking, carrying yourself (Trekking bag pack)
Duffel bag or big polar bag to hand over with your goods to our Porter *
Down Sleeping bag with its Inner * (* = Nepal Highland Treks provide in returnable based)
Head lamp with enough battery
Camera and its battery
Phone and charger
Hand wash lotion
Thoth brush add paste
Washing shop and bath shampoo
Quick dry towel
First Aid Kit Medicines
In every trekking package, our guide will carry first aid kit box containing medicines of anti altitude, anti Diarrhea, pain relief, Antibiotic, anti cold, anti vomiting, anti headache, fever, bandages, handplast and anti septic lotion . If you are taking any regular medicine that is compulsory to bring yourself.
Some Dos and Dont’s during Upper Mustang Trekking
Upper Mustang route is sensitive land which is one of the restricted areas. It is unspoiled and exotic land which is sensitive. Treat the land and local peoples with care and respect. Try your best to keep environment clean and show appreciation for culture and traditional religious beliefs.
Make Upper Mustang region litter free: Do not through any litter; put it in dustbin fixed by national park or in local tea houses. Sanitary napkins and tampons should be wrapped properly and through it right place. Take batteries back to your home country for safe disposal or reuse.
Respect local cultures, custom and peoples: Route of Upper Mustang is combination of different cultural ethnic group of local peoples. Their culture, customs, living style and any function is typical and it is important for them. So respect all these while you are there. You can involve respectfully in those function.
Take your guide with you in every hiking and climbing: our guide will be always with your while trekking every days. You are trekking and hiking in remote areas with maximum altitude. Few days in the itinerary are as acclimatization day and hiking around for recovering stamina. Take your guide with you in all these activities. It is Himalaya and do not be more exited, take advice from guide to take any decision.
Do not through foods after order: Foods are all carried from Pokhara or from Kathmandu. It takes a week time to reach all the foods in the area of Lo manthang. It is important that you order only sufficient food which you can finish. Do not waste any foods in the region. Meet items are not fresh in the high region. The land is out of scarifies any animals, and meets are all carried from out of region. This is the reason meets are not fresh.