Mustang Tiji Festival
Jeep Tour 2024

8 Days Itinerary

Trek Duration
8 Days

Max Trekking Altitude
3840m

Trek Grade
Moderate

Accommodation
Teahouse

Area
Upper Mustang

Best Time to go
Mar - Nov

Mustang Tiji Festival Tour Highlights


  • Trekking on the remote trails following old nomadic trade-routes
  • Exploring ancient Tibetan villages, culture, lifestyle and visit Lo Manthang- Chosar Valley’s mysterious caves and ancient monasteries and art
  • Observe 3 days Tiji Festivals in Upper Mustang.

  • Visit Holy Muktinath temple
  • Meeting the local villagers over a cup of traditional salty butter-tea
  • Sublimely stunning Himlayan views and desert landscapes
Mustang Tiji Festival tour

Mustang Tiji Festival Trip Details

Spiritual Journey in an Ancient Buddhist Kingdom


Exploring the mysterious region of the former Buddhist kingdom of Mustang is the centerpiece of the Upper Mustang Trek. No further isolation is possible. Mustang, considered the final stronghold of traditional Tibetan culture, has long been protected from mass tourists due to its inaccessibility. Due to its deep, rich, and complicated history, trekking in the Upper Mustang is among the most fascinating experiences in the Himalayas.

Tracing the history back in the Buddhism, the temple of Lo Gekhar, also referred to locally as Ghar Gompa, dates back to the late eighth century and is believed to be the oldest Buddhist temple in Mustang. It was founded at the same time as Samyé, the first monastery in Tibet. The Pema Katang (pad+ma bka' thang), a text containing the life biography of Padmasambhava, the teacher renowned for taming local deities throughout the Himalayas. One of the most significant sites for Mustang's religious and cultural legacy is Lo Gekhar.

We start this adventure from Pokhara with a short early morning mountain flight to Jomsom, the administrative district headquarters of Mustang in the Kali Gandaki Valley.

By trekking these incredibly isolated paths, we venture far into Mustang, the homeland of the nomads, who continue to live their traditional nomadic lives. We stop at several famous locations along the route, such as the well-known Luri Gompa and Tashi Kabum, which is home to some of the best-preserved murals in the whole Tibetan Buddhist world. Our journey to remote communities primarily follows the Kali Gandaki riverbed, at times crossing elevated sections and at other times crossing stunningly shaped gorges.

This personally curated adventure will provide a comprehensive spiritual experience of the magnificent hidden kingdom of Mustang.

Itinerary 2024

Day 1 (2nd May). Fly to Jomsom (2,720m) from Pokhara and drive to Kagbeni 2-3 hrs

Day 2 (3nd May). Drive to Ghaymi (3,510m), 5-6 hrs /Tsarang 6-7 hrs

Day 3 (4nd May). Drive to Lo-Mangthang (3,840m), 4-5hrs

Day 4 (5th May). 1st Day of Tiji Festival

Day 5 (6th May). 2nd Day of Tiji Festival

Day 6 (7th May). 3rd Day of Tiji Festival

Day 7 (8th May). Drive to Jomsom, 7-8 hrs

Day 8 (9th May). Fly back to Pokhara and Rest day in Pokhara

Itinerary 2025

Day 1 (21st May). Fly to Jomsom (2,720m) from Pokhara and drive to Kagbeni 2-3 hrs

Day 2 (22nd May). Drive to Ghaymi (3,510m), 5-6 hrs /Tsarang 6-7 hrs

Day 3 (23rd May). Drive to Lo-Mangthang (3,840m), 4-5hrs

Day 4 (24th May). 1st Day of Tiji Festival

Day 5 (25th May). 2nd Day of Tiji Festival

Day 6 (26th May). 3rd Day of Tiji Festival

Day 7 (27th May). Drive to Jomsom, 7-8 hrs

Day 8 (28th May). Fly back to Pokhara and Rest day in Pokhara

Confirmation of booking

All bookings are made in good faith. Once we have received your booking we will send you an invoice giving payment details.

We will require an advance deposit of US$ 200 per person in order to hold your booking on a secure basis with the balance to be paid prior to your arrival in Nepal.

Terms and Conditions

Cancellation Policy
Arrangements may be cancelled at any time but the cancellation should be communicated to us in writing. Since cancellation incurs administrative costs, we will retain any deposit paid and in addition will apply cancellation charges as follows.
Period before departure within which written cancellation is received, and sum of cancellation charge shown as a percentage of the package price:
  • More than 60 days: Deposit only
  • 31-60 days: 50%
  • 15-30 days: 75%
  • Less than 15 days: 100%
Price Increases
Any unforeseen cost increases beyond our control will be passed on directly to the guest, whenever such increases occur.
This could include (but is not limited to) such items as airfares, fuel costs, government taxes, currency exchange variations, etc. In some cases, an increase might also be applicable if group numbers drop below the originally costed number.

Change of Itinerary
We reserve the right to change or alter any itinerary at any time for reasons beyond our control. These could include but are not limited to adverse weather conditions, cancellation of flights or government restrictions in certain areas.
Whenever we are forced to make such late changes, we will always endeavor to give guests as much advance notice as possible and to ensure that the alternate itinerary achieves, insofar as possible, the objectives of the original tour.

When will the Tiji festival fall on 2024 and 2025?

It will fall on 5th, 6th and 7th May of 2024 and 24th, 25th and 26th May of 2025 as per the Tibetan Calendar.

About the Mustang Tiji festival

The Upper Mustang region, which consists of seven villages, is home to the highly well-known Tiji Festival. The monks of the monastery in Lo-Manthang celebrate the main 3-day festival with vibrant ceremonies, dances, and ceremonial songs.

Members of the kingdom's royal family and the villages serve as festival organizers. It is a tantric dance performed by monks; the principal dancers and performers are chosen three months before the festival and complete all training and ritual ceremonies up until the festival's last day.

The vibrant celebration is attended by members of the royal family, locals, and tourists from around the globe. One is said to enter eternal joy by participating in the ceremony.

It is observed in accordance with the Tibetan calendar, and the principal monks of the nearby monastery choose the day through ritual practices.

Payment conditions


Cost Includes
  • Airfare two ways – POKHARA/JOMSOM & JOMSOM/POKHARA (subject to change)
  • Airport transfer service before and after the trek
  • Full Board meals a day with hot water and tea and coffee during the trek Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner/Main course
  • Trekking accommodation in Teahouse during the trek (twin sharing room)
  • Experienced English Speaking, government licensed guide and porter and all their expenses during the trek like his transfer, insurance, salary, meals and accommodation (porter will carry max. 20 kg luggage).
  • All Trekking permit – ACAP Permit fee and TIMS card
  • Restricted Permit /Special Permit for Upper Mustang Region
  • Personal warm sleeping bag and liner
  • First aid kit and duffel bag
  • All government taxes
Cost Excludes
  • Flights or road transport from Kathmandu to Pokhara and vice-versa
  • Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara before and after the trek however, we can book upon your request
  • Travel Insurance in case of emergency for rescue and other medication
  • Entry visas fee for Nepal
  • All kind of hot and cold drinks - coke, fanta, beer, whisky, bottle of water, hot water, tea, coffee etc.
  • Tips for staff
  • Personal expenses like wifi, hot shower, telephone, battery charge fee.
  • Extra days cost out of the itinerary.
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