Mustang Tiji Festival TrekkingMustang Tiji Festival Trekking

Mustang Tiji Festival Trekking

  • Duration18 Days
  • Destination Nepal
  • Difficulty Level Strenuous
  • Maximum Altitude 3810m
  • Activity Trekking
  • Best Time April , May
Trip Highlights
  • Observe of Tiji Festival.
  • Explore upper Mustang.
  • Tiji Festival Celebration in Upper Mustang, Nepal. 

Nepal is rich in Cultural diversities. Every cultural and ethnic group has different customs, festivals, languages, tradition and life style. Different community celebrates the different cultural festival in their own way. TIJI festival is one of them celebrated in Mustang, lies just north of the main Himalayan range of Nepal. The Tiji festival is a three-day ritual known as “The chasing of the Demons” based on the Tiji myth. Tiji tells the story of a deity named Dorje Jono who must battle against his demon father to save the Kingdom of Mustang from destruction. The demon father wreaks havoc on Mustang by creating a water shortage which, in this extremely dry land, is the most precious life-sustaining resource. Dorje Jono eventually defeats the demon and banishes him from the land. After killing his demon father, Dorje Jono and the monks and walk back into the main square in Lo Manthang, where the local people put khatas around his neck, probably three or four hundred of them.

Tiji festival is celebrated in the memory of this event, based on this myth in the main square of Lo Manthang for three days. Over the festival time monks dressed in elaborate costumes and masks perform dances and rituals that are supposed to drive away evil spirits. The early history of Lo Monthang is embellished in myth and legend rather than the recorded fact. Mustang has maintained its status as a separate principality until 1951. The king of Lo Monthang still retains his title and he has been given the honorary rank of Colonel in the Nepal army. Tiji comes from the words “ten che” meaning “the hope of Buddha Dharma prevailing in all worlds” and is a spring renewal festival that also celebrates the triumph of good over evil. The festival is not only popular among the Nepali people but also with lots of foreigners who want to have the experience of local culture and tradition accompanying trekking in high Himalayan Region of Nepal.

Outshine Adventure offers you the special Tiji Festival trek in the month of May and June. The main days of this  festival is from 11 & 12 May for 2021.

Trip Itinerary
8 May 2023Day

    You will arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport and picked up by one of our team representatives. He/she will take you to your hotel where you will stay in the Kathmandu. Later in the evening, you will meet with your guide and have a traditional welcome dinner. You will stay overnight in the hotel. 

    9 May 2023Day

       We will go on the guided sightseeing tour of the famous UNESCO World  Heritage Sites. We will visit the holiest Pashupatinath Temple, Boudhanath Stupa, Swayambhunath, and three Durbar Squares (Kathmandu Durbar Square, Bhaktapur Durbar Square, and Patan Durbar Square). All of these sites present their own unique architecture and signification. In the evening, we will prepare for the trip and check all the gears. 

      10 May 2023Day

         We will wake up early in the morning and leave for Pokhara after having breakfast. The drive will scenic and goes through several villages, small towns, and highways. We will get to see beautiful green hills and river along our way to Pokhara. After reaching Pokhara, we will move to our hotel and rest for the day. In the evening, we will stroll around the Lakeside. 

        11 May 2023Day

           Taking an early morning flight, we will reach Jomsom. The flight will be around 20 minutes long and offers spectacular views of snow-capped mountains. Upon reaching Jomsom, we will begin trekking towards Kagbeni along the bank of Kali Gandaki River. The trail will be easy and beautiful. We will stay overnight in the tea house.

          12 May 2023Day

             After getting our permits checked, we will trek right up to the Kali Gandaki River. The trail goes through lovely villages surrounded by the fields of buckwheat, barley, and orchards. Further, we will cross a river, and leaving the Kali Gandaki valley behind, we will ascend steeply to reach Chele. We will stay overnight in the tea house.

            13 May 2023Day

               We will begin our day with the steep ascent along the side of a canyon to a pass. Further, we will descend to reach Samar and again ascend to a ridge over Samar. From here, we will descend into a large gorge and cross a river. One more ascend and descend we will finally take us to Syangboche. We will stay overnight in the tea house.

              14 May 2023Day

                 We will ascend from Syanboche and enter another huge valley before descending towards Geling. Further, we again ascend across the head of the valley to the Nyi La (3,840 m). From here, we will descend and come to a junction. Thee right trail will lead to Charang, the left trail will take to Ghami, and we will go on the left trail. Overnight in a teahouse.

                15 May 2023Day

                   Today's trail will be the driest part of Mustang. We will trek along the wonderful views of the countryside. In the east and west, we get to see views of rugged mountains. We will reach Charang where we will going to stay for a night in a teahouse. 

                  16 May 2023Day

                     We will wake up early in the morning and explore the Charang and its large monastery before continuing our trek towards Lo Manthang. Later, we will ascend to a large chorten that creates a line between Charang and Lo. From here, the trail broadens and lead us to Lo Manthang. We will stay overnight in a camp.

                    17 May 2023Day

                       Today is the most exciting day as it is the first day of the Tiji festival and there is going to be a huge celebration. We will see a tremendous three stories high Thanka unrolled down the entire south wall of the square. All the Lamas are in a maroon and gold outfit with red hats. Later, we will see traditional mask dress that enacts of the myth of Tiji festival. In this way, our day ends, and we will stay overnight in a teahouse.

                      18 May 2023Day

                         Today is the second day of the Tiji festival, we will see numerous Loba arrive from the outlying hamlets in their traditional dress. We will see the Royals of Mustang, and all the surrounding elements including glowing sun, wind, and the snowy peaks make today another fun and joyous day.We will also explore Lo Manthang and stay overnight in a teahouse.

                        19 May 2023Day

                           We will ascend steadily on a ridge (4,070 m) and continue our walk towards Chogo (4,210 m), which is also the highest point of our trek. From here, we descend steeply and cross Charang River. Further, we ascend to Lo Gekar and trek towards Ghar Gompa, a small monastery. Climbing to a ridge and again descend to reach Drakmar. We will stay overnight in the teahouse.

                          20 May 2023Day

                             We will descend through the stone walls and fields of Drakmar and then climbs up to a ridge. Further, we continue descending all the way down to Ghiling where we will stay for a night in a teahouse.

                            21 May 2023Day

                               Today, we will begin trekking by following a stream all the way down to Chhusang. We also have an option to go through different route to Samar by visiting Ranchung Cave which is 30-minutes longer than the usual route. Overnight in a teahouse.

                              22 May 2023Day

                                 We will wake up early in the morning and begin trekking towards Kagbeni. Further, we will trek on the upper mustang trail and join the route towards Jomsom. We will get to see gorgeous sceneries along our trek to Jomsom. Upon reaching, Jomsom we will rest and explore the area. Overnight in the teahouse.  

                                23 May 2023Day

                                   We will wake up early, and after having a light breakfast, we will leave for Pokhara. The flight will be going to be scenic. Upon reaching Pokhara, we will move to our hotel. Later in the evening, we will explore the nearby areas and spend some quality time in the Lakeside. overnight i the hotel.

                                  24 May 2023Day

                                     It's time to drive back to Kathmandu with lots of precious memories and heavy heart of leaving this heavenly place. The drive will offer you wonderful views of green hills, rivers, terraces, and small settlements. After reaching Kathmandu, we will move to our hotel. The rest of the day is free for us to explore or rest. In the evening, we will have a farewell dinner. Overnight in the hotel.

                                    25 May 2023Day

                                       After having breakfast, we will check-out of the hotel, and leave for the Tribhuvan International Airport for our flight back to our next destination.

                                      Cost Details
                                      Price Includes

                                      To quote you with an exact or approximate price, we need the number of persons in your group, the category of hotel, the mode of transportation (by plane or by bus or by jeep etc) & any alternation in your itinerary. Please contact us with these important details first so that we can get back to you on the cost.

                                      • Airport / Hotel / Airport pick up & drop by private car.
                                      • Standard accommodation at hotel in Kathmandu breakfast included. 3Nights in Package.
                                      • Standard accommodation at hotel in Pokhara.
                                      • Guided city tour in Kathmandu by private car.
                                      • All your standard Meals during the trek.
                                      • Best available Lodges, Guesthouses accommodation during the trek.
                                      • Local licensed English and other native language speaking Guide.
                                      • The required number of local staff and Porters to carry your luggage during the trek.
                                      • Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipments, medicine for all trekking staffs. <
                                      • Annapurna conservation Park permits and Upper Mustang Special Permits.
                                      • Down Jacket and sleeping bag by Outshine Adventure.
                                      • Surface transfer from and to Kathmandu.
                                      • All our government taxes.
                                      Price Excludes
                                      • Lunch and dinner whilst in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
                                      • Your travel insurance.
                                      • Entry Fees in City.
                                      • Alcoholic, hot and cold drinks, laundry.
                                      • Tips for trekking staff--Tipping is expected.
                                      • Any others expenses which are not mentioned on Price Includes section.
                                      Useful Information

                                      We have limited seats available therefore please secure your place if you are interested to join with us. Thank you. 

                                      Travelers Review
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                                        XavioloSpain,September 21, 2016
                                        rating star

                                        Muy recomendable

                                        Viaje redondo rodeado de gente profesional, divertida i amable. 

                                        Una de las mayores virtudes es el gran nivel de adaptación ante los problemas repentinos que muy frecuentemente pueden surgir. Soluciones rápidas y buenas que te permiten disfrutar del viaje al 100%.

                                        Sin duda alguna los volveremos a elegir para hacer algun trekking más largo.


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