Tiji Fesvital Trek

Tiji Festival trek in Mustang

Held annually during the monsoon season in the Kingdom of Mustang; Tiji festival of Lo Manthang also known as Mustang Tiji festival, is one of the most important and colorful three days rituals known as "The chasing of the Demons" centering on the Tiji myth. During the observation of Tiji festival in Upper Mustang you can also combine your Mustang Trekking program as Mustang Hidden Valley Trek. Jomsom Mustang trekking in Nepal is considered to be a legendary destination. Therefore trek to Mustang during this time is an unique opportunity to experience the attraction of Mustang festival.


Itinerary in Detail

Day 01: Arrive at Kathmandu International Airport and transfer to hotel. Stay overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 02: Full day sightseeing tour of Kathmandu valley ( Pashupatinath Temple, Boudhanath, Swayambhu, and Kathmandu durbar square). Stay overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara (915 m.) which takes about seven hours. This road is newly paved and is now one of the finest in Nepal! Immediately, you head up as you climb out of the Kathmandu valley, only to quickly descend again to the Trisuli River, which you follow upstream to its junction with the Marsyandi River. You follow the Marsyandi gently up through heavily terraced fields and small hill towns to the Seti Gandiki River that takes you directly into Pokhara. Pokhara is a beautiful city with pleasant weather. It is renowned for its touris's paradise. This city is full of natural as well as cultural heritage sites such as lakes, caves, temples of Buddhist and Hindus along with mountains. As you approach the city, there are wonderful views to the north across the hills and Phewa Tal (lake) to the white peaks of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges. This drive will take most of the morning, leaving much of the afternoon for a relaxing boat ride on Phewa Lake, shopping in the markets and shops, or just relaxing with a drink on the shores of the lake.

Day 04: Fly from Pokhara to Jomsom (2700 m.) and it takes about 25 minutes and trek from Jomsom to Kagbeni (2810 m.) which takes about four hours. You take the spectacular early morning flight to Jomsom. After some initial preparation of loads, you begin your trek to the beautiful village of Kagbeni. Just out of Jomsom you cross a suspension bridge and then walk along the riverbank of the Kali Gandaki. The trail is quite barren with craggy rocks and sand and is mostly flat, which makes it very easy going. It is also very picturesque, with views of big peaks all around such as Dhaulagiri, Tukuche and Nilgiri, whilst to the south can be seen the entire Annapurna Massif. Kagbeni provides you with a taste of scenes to come in upper Mustang, with its narrow alleyways and tunnels, irrigation canals, green fields of wheat and barley and a large red gompa.

Day 05: Kagbeni – Chele / Tshe - Le (3050m) - 7 hours

Day 06: Chele – Ghilling (3800m) - 7 hours

Day 07: Ghilling - Tsarang (3500mvisit red, black and white small chortens) - 5 hours

Day 08: Tsarang - Lo-Manthang (3730m) 5 hours

Day 09: Observe Tiji Festival

Day 13: Rest in Lo Manthang

Day 14: Trek from Lo-Manthang to Ghami (3490 m.) which takes about six hours.
You continue your journey on the highland route, crossing alpine meadows before dropping down a steep eroded alley to Dhakmar for lunch. After lunch, you walk through the pretty valley, climb to a ridge and descend from there back to Ghami.

Day 15: Trek from Ghami to Samar and it takes about six hours. Leaving Ghami you begin to follow narrow winding path until you reach Geling crossing a small stream. On the way you can enjoy the view of Nilgiri mountain, deserted landscapes, Tibetan style villages, farming terraces and natural vegetation. From Geling the path turns broader till Samar passing deserted landscapes, natural vegetation, plateau, Tibetan style houses, chortens, mani walls, prayer flags and distinct culture of local inhabitants. Samar is a small village with terraces, Tibetan style houses, mani walls, monastery, prayer flags and here you find people following Tibetan life style.

Day 16: Trek from Samar to Tetang and it takes about three hours.

Day 17: Trek from Tetang to- Muktinath crossing 4600meter pass. It takes approximately six hours.

Day 18: Trek from Muktinath to Jomsom (2713 m.) and it takes about five hours.
Easy day, trail gradually ascends to Eklebhati at Kali Gandaki River valley, walk another two hours along the wide sandy and windy valley. The way moves between two hills.

Day 19: Fly from Jomsom to Pokhara which takes about 25 minutes and stay overnight at hotel in Pokhara. The flights are available during the morning time. The strong breeze blows during the after and frequent change of the weather prevent the flight being landed and taken off in the afternoon. During the flights in morning, the sky looks very clear which makes you able to enjoy the splendid views of different mountain peaks.

Day 20: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu by tourist mini bus and stay overnight at hotel in Kathmandu. While driving from Pokhara to Kathmandu, you head up to Damauli,, Dumre, Muglin and Kurintar where the Nepal's first Cable car is operated to reach to Manakamana Temple. En route, you could enjoy the mountain views, green sceneries, rice terrace fields, vegetable fields and people being engaged in their daily life activities. From Naubishe you climb up to Thankot, the gateway to capital city. You can also fly from Pokhara to Kathmandu which takes about 25 minutes.

Day 21: Fly out from Kathmandu.