Upper Mustang Tiji Festival Trek !

Trip Highlights
  • Kathmandu and Pokhara city tour
  • Scenic flight to and from Jomsom
  • Exploring the Kali Gandaki River valley
  • Forbidden kingdom of Mustang
  • 3 days of incredible Tiji festival with Costume dance, Prayer, Chariot, Blessing, Mantra Chanting etc… 
  • Picturesque views of the Himalayas
  • Visiting the capital of Mustang  “The Lo Manthang”
  • Explore the mysterious Caves & isolated monasteries

Tiji Festival Trek is one of the major festival concentrated Trek in Nepal. Tiji better called as TENCHE by locals is three days of fanfare Buddhist festival take place at Upper Mustang’s capital Lo- Manthang every year. Tiji means “Prayer for world peace” is a kind of festival which is highly influenced from Tibetan Buddhism and celebrating in this particular region since several centuries. The festival is celebrated in the end of dry season (normally in mid to end of May), but the very date is fixed by high ranking Buddhist monks according to their religious calendar. This year’s Tiji festival falls on 16th to 18th May 2023.

According to the legend; a young Buddhist monk called Dorje Jono had a battle with this own Father to save the kingdom of Lo- Manthang from great destruction. His demon Father create a havoc by making water shortage & cause a great disaster in the region. Finally the young boy defeated the demon & prevail peace and harmony in the Kingdom. To mark this great event; people start celebrating the festival as a source of inspiration & saving their Kingdom.

During the Upper Mustang Tiji Festival Trek; you will also enjoy the amazing scenery of this barren land. The last forbidden Buddhist Kingdom has many attractions from ancient cliff Caves to Chorten, historic monasteries to snow capped mountains, Tibetan like barren landscape to isolated village, ethnic Tibetan origin people to deep river gorge & much more. Since Upper Mustang region has many surprising characters; making a trip during Tiji Festival is the best plan you may have made so far. We are sure, you won’t regret to choose this trip & return home with extraordinary experience in your memory.

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Trip Dates Price Space No. of Pax
2023-05-08 To 2023-05-25 US $ 2235 4
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Arrival in Kathmandu at anytime according to your flight schedule. Upon arrival, you will be greeted & welcome by our representative at arrival exit gate & transfer to Hotel, a briefing will be given on following day program. We do not have any specific activities planned for today. Later check in, refresh & enjoy looking around nearby area on own, O/N hotel in Kathmandu

In the morning our guide will meet you at hotel & deliver the trip briefing, check your trekking gears, necessary stuffs & help to arrange if anything missing. You can interact & ask any information if you have. He will be happy to share his knowledge. Later  proceed for guided cultural tour around the historical UNESCO World Heritage sites of Kathmandu: Kathmandu Durbar Area-the former Royal palace complex that holds several Temples, Monuments  & old Palace with full of traditional arts & cultural marks. Kumari Temple (The living Goddess residence) is major highlight of this area. Next we visit Bouddhanath Stupa– probably the biggest Stupa of its kind in the world. We can find large Tibetan population around the stupa as people consider this as Tibetan Stupa. More than 50 Tibetan Monasteries lies nearby this Stupa & offers wonderful atmosphere around the area.  Later we visit Swyambhunath Stupa– is another highly respected Buddhist site in Kathmandu. Located over a ridge in the north- west corner of city, Swayambhunath (Self- existed) Stupa offers breathtaking views of Kathmandu Valley, green hills & mountains in the distance. Widely popular as Monkey Temple among foreigner, a large number of Monkey make their home around the Stupa & surrounding Jungle; O/N hotel in Kathmandu

An exciting multi hours drive by Tourist Coach along the river bank with wonderful views of villages, terraced farmland, down- hill valley, typical market places & mountains will takes you to Pokhara. Upon arrival, enjoy the awesome views of famous Annapurna range including Mt. Fishtail that dominates the skyline or explore Fewa Lake and colorful street of Pokhara, O/N at hotel in Pokhara

After early breakfast rush to local airport & Fly to Jomsom. A 20 minutes adrenaline flight will takes you to the heart of highland from where we start our journey to the secret land. Later walking toward Kagbeni (2860M), 4 hours, O/N at Guesthouse

We start our trek to Chele along the east bank of Kaligandaki river. Seclude and unique landscapes along this sandy trial are mind blowing. We continue uphill and downhill to Tangbe village. The view of Nilgiri peak from this village is amazing. We pass white washed houses, crop fields and apple orchards and continue to Chhusang village. We cross the river and continue our climb up to a huge red lump of agglomerate which falls from the cliff above. We leave Kali Gandaki valley and climb a steep rocky canyon to Chele; O/N at Guesthouse

We continue our climb along steep, treeless terrain along the side of a steep canyon to a pass and a cairn of rock at (3540m). We make a long gradual descend to Samar village and climb up above Samar village to a ridge. We further descend into a large gorge and continue to a valley field. We cross a stream and climb up a ridge at (3800m). We continue our climb up and cross yet another pass. We follow the ridge and descend to Shyangmochen. We further climb to a pass at (3770m) and descend to Geling Village; O/N at Guesthouse

Our trail climbs gently up to a pass called NYI La and descends below to a valley. We cross a steel bridge over the Tangmar Chu (river) and follow the way to the longest Mani wall in Mustang. We climb a pass at 3,600m and make a long gentle descend to Charang village. We visit a huge five-storey white Dzong and red Gompa which are the major attractions of the village; O/N at Guesthouse

Our trail climbs up steadily to Lo-Gekar Gompa, one of the oldest Gompa of Nepal. We continue our trek with a sight of the walled city of Lo all along the trial. We make a short descent, cross a stream and climb up into the plateau of Lo-Manthang; O/N at Guesthouse

Today is the first day of Tiji Festival. We spend our day observing the dances and celebrations. Horse racing and a giant tug-of-war are the major attractions. Tibetan women in their traditional clothing with colorful jewelry, monks in their robes and dancers in elaborate costumes make the entire environment vivid and vibrant; O/N at Guesthouse

We can enjoy a colorful ceremony accompanied by an unusual dance of Tibetan lamas. It is done to chase away all the hungry and evil spirits from the village. We can see many people across the region participating in this ritual of purification and renewal. After the observation, we can explore the intimate alleyways and courtyards of the city or simply rent a horse and visit some of the other villages in the area; O/n at Guesthouse

Final day of Tiji Festival, enjoy the closing ceremony of this Typical Buddhist festival of highland. Side trips to Namgyal Gompa & Tingkhar would be fantastic if time permits. Back to Lo- Manthang, O/N at Guesthouse

Today, our trail climbs up steadily. We climb a ridge at 4070m and continue to the Chogo La at 4210m, the highest point of our trek. Then we make a short and steep descent and cross the Charang River. We climb up to Lo Gekar and continue to Ghar Gompa, a small monastery. We climb up a ridge, cross a valley along some alpine meadows and drop down a steep eroded path to Drakmar; O/N at Guesthouse

Our trail descends as we pass the stone walls and fields of Drakmar and then climbs up to a ridge. We descend to the lower part of Ghami and then to Jaite (3820m). We further descend to Chhung-Kah and follow the trial to Tama Gaon (3710m). We continue our descend until we reach Shyangmochen; O/N at Guesthouse

We follow a stream all the way down to Chhusang. We can also take an alternative route to Samar by visiting Ranchung Cave which is 30-minutes longer than the usual route; O/N at Guesthouse

We start our trek early in the morning and continue to Kagbeni. After completing the upper Mustang trails, we join the normal route and head on to Jomsom for an overnight halt; O/N at Guesthouse

Early morning catch our flight and fly back to Pokhara, leisure or explore the Pokhara valley, O/N at hotel in Pokhara

After B/F at hotel, drive back to Kathmandu. Leisure or looking around local market for last minute shopping or personal activities on own, O/N hotel in Kathmandu

Breakfast at hotel, transfer to Airport on time for your final departure. Your wonderful Nepal holiday has come to the pleasant end, fly home with great memories to cherish through the lifetime…

  • All Land Transportation as per itinerary
  • 3 night standard accommodation in Kathmandu on double sharing BB basis
  • Guided Cultural tour in Kathmandu
  • Mustang Special Permit, TIMS, National Park entry fee & necessary documentations
  • 2 night standard accommodation in Pokhara on double sharing BB basis
  • Both way flight ticket to Jomsom for guest & guide with airport taxes
  • All food (3 meals a day from Day 04 to 15) in the Mountain
  • Local lodging during the trekking (Twin sharing, occasionally dormitory style)
  • Warm Sleeping Bag each participants as supplement during the trekking
  • An experience, licensed, English speaking trekking guide & 1 Porter for each two participants
  • All expenses of Guide & porter, including their Salary, food, accommodation, trekking gear & insurance
  • First aid Medical Kit
  • All tax, toll, etc…
  • International airfares
  • Nepal entry Visa fee & personal insurance (must)
  • Single supplement charges if required
  • Entrance/ monuments fees in Kathmandu
  • Any Hot/ cold drinks, extra meals, Laundries, Telephone etc.
  • Personal trekking gear
  • Any extra expenses incurred due to unforeseen causes, such as emergency helicopter evacuation, landslide, flight cancellation, illness, weather hazards etc.
  • Tipping to the crew (Expected)
  • Any other expenses or activities not mentioned above as included in price.
Trip Information

This is just a template itinerary we offer on our site. However, we are happy to modify the trip according to your interest & choice. Please feel free to write if you wish to shorten, extend or adding more places of interest. We take no time to modify at the best of your interest & comfort.


All Inclusive Price

US$ 2235

Trip Duration

18 Days

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Upper Mustang Tiji Festival Trek !
$2235 In stock
Based on Reviews from Trip Advisor
Duration 18 Day(s)
Start From Kathmandu
End to Kathmandu
Best Season Tiji Festival on (May / June)... can visit round the year !
Country Nepal
Group Size 02 to 12
Altitude 4135 M.
Time Zone GMT +5:45
Trip Level Demanding
Accommodation Hotel/ Lodge/ Tea House
Transportation Flight/ Sedan/ Van/ Bus/ Horse
Culture Nepali/ Newari/ Thakali/ Tibetan
Attraction Festival/ Landscape/ Mountain/ Monasteries/ Remoteness/ Caves/ Gorges/ Thrilling Flight
Route Kathmandu - Pokhara - Jomsom - Geling - Lo Manthang - Kagbeni - Muktinath - Pokhara - Kathmandu