Mustang Tiji Festival Trek 2020
Each Spring, the Mustang Tiji Festival Trek takes place in Lo Manthang in front of King’s Palace. Tiji is one of the most well-known and revered festivals in the whole Mustang region. The Mustang Tiji Festival is a spring-renewal party that ushers into the monsoons while celebrating the victory of good over evil in a local ritual called “demon chasing.”
Tiji derives from the words ten che, meaning the “hope of the dharma that prevails in all worlds,” the message Guru Rinpoche carried over a thousand years ago through this region. It is believed that Lo Manthang people began celebrating the Mustang Tiji Festival in the 15th century at the time of Lama Lowo Khenchen. It is one of the renowned Buddhist masters and son of King Amgon Sangpo.
The chosen monk steward Dorge Shunu reveals his different forms during the three-day masked dance Tiji festival in Lo Monthang, Upper Mustang. An ancient thangka painting by Guru Rimpoche Padmasambhava is represented as drum beating and chanting fills the air of Lo Manthang.
The Teji festival will take place in Upper Mustang on 30 May, 31 May and 01 June 2020. Therefore, our trek start from 22 May 2020.
Until 1992, Upper Mustang was closed for foreigners. According to the rumors Michel Peissel was the first western people to witness the celebration of Tiji Festival.
22 May 2020: Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu 1340m.
Meet and greet our airport representative at Tribhuvan International Airport(TIA) outside the terminal hall and transfer to your Hotel. Afternoon, trip briefing and final preparation. Stroll around colorful market Thamel. Overnight at Hotel.
23 May 2020: Day 02: Full day Sightseeing tour around Kathmandu valley 1340m.
After delightful breakfast, you proceed for exploring the cultural and political hub of Nepal, Kathmandu valley. Initiating from Patan Durbar Square-City of fine arts to the Kathmandu Durbar square in the morning. You will visit the Shikhara Style Krishna Mandir, Kumbheshwor Temple, Golden Temple Living Goddess Kumari and more. Pashupatinath Hindu temple and open crematory, world’s largest magnificent Boudhanath stupa then to the Swoyambhunath stupa-one of the oldest religious site on hilltop also refer to as Monkey temple. You get the holiest cultural vibes all around the bustling city that makes you feel intoxicated with its charm. Overnight at Hotel
24 May 2020: Day 03: Fly from Kathmandu to Pokhara 820m/ 5 to 6 hours.
Savor delightful breakfast and transfer to the Tribhuvan Airport for a short scenic flight 25 min over the greenish hills and rivers. Peek at the snow-covered mountains. Transfer to your hotel in Pokhara. Free afternoon. Overnight in Pokhara at star Hotel with breakfast.
25 May 2020: Day 04: Fly from Pokhara to Jomsom 2720m and trek to Kagbeni 2800m/3-4 hours.
After breakfast, 20 minutes flight to Jomsom also called New Fort. The beautiful town sits at the bank of Kaligandaki river with Thakali and Tibetan inhabitants. Meet your porter and proceed foot trail to the north. Sparse vegetation and river lead to Kagbeni with tales to unfold from centuries. Situated above the river bank, the village greets with prayer wheels and small stupas. The red monastery is the jewel of the village where prayers and mantras are hummed by lamas for village and peoples’ welfare. Overnight in Kagbeni at Lodge.
26 May 2020: Day 05: Trek from Kagbeni to Chhuksang 3100m/5-6 hours.
After breakfast, the trail continues through dry landscapes on the north. The Himalayan range puts the Mustang region in rain shadow. Sparse villages at distance keep greeting you. Tangbe; the Gurung villages smiles brightly with its fields all surrounding the houses. The further trail takes you to the village of Chuksang. Overnight at Lodge.
27 May 2020: Day 06: Trek from Chhuksang to Ghiling 3570m/7-8 hours.
The continuous walk from the village of Chhusang passes trough sparse green vegetation. Windy days and high windswept soil hills decorate each trail in the Mustang. The Buddhist region has chorten and flaunting Buddhist flags are hanged on different places throughout the trail. You get the unobstructed views of Tilicho lake; lake at the highest altitude in the world, Damodar peak and southern part of Thorung La pass from the Chele pass at 3,630m(11,910ft). Further, drop to the village of Samar. Pave way through desert resembling scenario to the village of Shyangmochen. Ascend to the pass of Shyangmochen La, beautiful colorful chortens greets before the warm village of Gelling. Overnight at Lodge
28 May 2020: Day 07: Trek from Ghiling to Drakmar 3450m/5-6 hours.
Small passes over the ridge are crossed and passed throughout the trail. The fields, chorten at Nyi La(4,020m/13,190ft) are passed paving the way to down the Ghemi La. Large settlements of Tibetan descendants is encountered at Ghemi. Proceed to Choya La(3,870m/12,697ft) crossing Tangmar stream and wondering at the bluish, grey and red rocks. You are rewarded with the mountain views encompassing Nilgiri, Annapurna, Damodar, and Tilicho lake. Descend gently passing the prayer flags and chorten welcomes you into the beautiful village of Dramakar. Overnight at Lodge.
29 May 2020: Day 08: Trek from Drakmar to Lo-Manthang 3840m/6-7 hours.
After breakfast in a refreshing morning, descend to the river and cross over a wooden bridge and ascend to the chorten at the ridge. A wide hill striking desert scenario is a witness everywhere from the pass at Lo la (3,950m/12,960ft). The valley landscape lures heart and short descend followed by stream cross and ascend to the alluring Lo Manthang.
Lo Manthang the capital city of Mustang contains about 150 houses and has some of the largest and finest Tibetan Buddhism gompas in Nepal. The city itself is an absolutely fascinating place with four major ancient Monasteries which are impressive and an enormous 14th-century palace imposing 4-story building in the center of the city
Overnight in Lo Manthang at the lodge
Tiji Festival Start
30 May 2020: Day 09: First day observe Tenji Festival Lo-Manthang 3840m. Overnight at Lodge
The first day observe Tenji Festival Lo-Manthang. Overnight at Lodge.
31 May 2020: Day 10: Second day observes Tenji Festival Lo-Manthang 3840m.
The second day observes Tenji Festival Lo-Manthang. Overnight at Lodge
01 June 2020: Day 11: Final observe Tenji Festival Lo-Manthang 3840m.
Final observe Tenji Festival Lo-Manthang. Overnight at Lodge.
Tiji Festival End
02 June 2020: Day 12: Trek to Dhakmar via Ghar Gompa (3800m/ 12467ft) walk 7 - 8 hrs.
Today we will walk different west terrain which offers you the most beautiful view despite a few steep downhill trials. We visit the world’s oldest Tibetan monastery Ghar Gompa built around the 7th century by the incarnated monk Padmasambhava.
03 June 2020: Day 13: Trek to Somar / walk approx 7 hrs.
We trace back to the village of Somar where on the way back you have ample opportunity to look back into the missed out views.
04 June 2020: Day 14: Trek to Kagbeni walk approx 7 hrs
We again trace back our trail towards the south.
05 June 2020: Day 15: Trek to Jomsom ( 2725m) around 3 hrs walk
This morning we trek along the wonderful trail through more Mustang villages, where we will feast on delicious apples and see the traditional back loom weaving techniques being practiced by the local women
06 June 2020: Day 16: Fly to Pokhara
After breakfast in the greenish ridge of Jomsom, fly to Pokhara.
07 June 2020; Day 17: Drive back to Kathmandu
Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu rewarding with mid hills landscapes alongside white water Trishuli river. Hilly people lifestyle and villages on the verge of turning to cities. Transfer to your hotel in Kathmandu.
08 June 2020: Day 18: Final departure.
After breakfast, check out the Hotel and transfer to the Airport. Farewell!
- Airport picks up and Drop by private car/van/bus.
- 3 nights accommodation in Kathmandu with bed and breakfast basis.
- Your standard meals (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner) during the trekking.
- All necessary paper works and conservation entry permits.
- Special Trekking Permit US$ 500 per person for 10 days
- Annapurna conservation fee
- Pokhara – Jomsom – Pokhara flight fare.
- Kathmandu – Pokhara – Kathmandu by Land Transportation.
- All accommodations in lodges/tea houses
- Guide and porters (1 porter for 2 peoples).
- Medical supplies (first aid kit will be available).
- Farewell dinner with typical Nepali restaurant
- All government taxes.
- Lunch and Dinner whilst in Kathmandu & Pokhara.
- All kind of drinks (Alcoholic, hot and cold drinks).
- Personal Equipment.
- All entrance fees in Kathmandu cultural tour.
- Personal travel and medical insurance.
- Any kind of personal expense.
- Any others expenses which are not mentioned on Price Includes section.
- Tips for trekking staff, the driver.
- Any donation to the Monastery.
- Upper Mustang Monastery Entrance fees.