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Mustang Tiji Festival Trek

Upper Mustang Tiji Festival Trek- Despite the fact that the relative seclusion of the Mustang area is the thing that

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    Trip Duration 19 Days

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    Max, Altitude 3730 Meters

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    Type Trekking

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    Best Season April/May

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    Meals Included

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    Accommodation Included

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    Activity Festival Trek

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    Difficulty Moderate

Highlights

  • A scenic and adventurous flight to and from Jomsom
  • Be mesmerized by the amazing landscape of Upper Mustang
  • Observe an ancient festival involving masked dances
  • Expedience the Trek in a restricted part of Nepal that few tourists see
  • Chill out in Pokhara post-trek, a relaxed lakeside city

Overview

Our Mustang Tiji Festival Trek is a journey to explore the captivating Mustang region in Nepal while experiencing its rich culture. It is a 19-day journey that will leave you with unforgettable memories.

Imagine a journey to the Mustang Tiji Festival Trek, where the remote beauty of the area lures travelers with its breathtaking scenery. But what makes it truly special is the one-of-a-kind culture and traditions that thrive in this secluded place

Explorers will have the ability to study the way of life of Mustang through the observation of the Tiji celebration. The Tiji celebration is a standout amongst the most critical occasions for the people of Mustang and uncovers the heart of Mustang’s way of life.

On this occasion, the myths and legends of the region are performed and re-enacted, leaving the spectators amazed by the uniqueness of the exhibitions.

Maroon clad priests and entertainers wearing veils move to the thumps of the drum, joined by the sound of horns and cymbals, intended to pursue away the evil presences and welcome the growing season.

This trek is perfect for the explorers who want to feel both the magnificence of nature and the culture of the region. If you have a short time, you can do the Mustang Jeep Tour.

What it Feels Like on the Mustang Tiji Festival Trek:

The whole journey feels like stepping into a world from another time. The Mustang region, often called the “Last Forbidden Kingdom,” is a place where old traditions are still alive, and nature shows off its beauty.

During the trek, you will walk through charming villages with stunning monasteries, fields with stepped terraces, and a landscape that feels a bit like a desert. But the most exciting part is the Tiji Festival, a lively celebration of Tibetan Buddhism that fills the air with music, colorful dances, and a deep sense of spirituality.

It’s truly a unique experience!

What Can Be Felt on the Mustang Tiji Festival Trek?

You will wander through dry, beautiful lands that are totally different from what you’re used to. It is like going to a different world altogether.

In the Mustang Tiji Festival Trek, you will feel a deep connection with the age-old traditions and spiritual essence of the region. Meeting friendly locals who are eager to share their stories will make this journey more than just a trek. It is a heartwarming experience you’ll cherish forever.

What Will the Achievement Be Like in the Mustang Tiji Festival Trek?

Completing the Mustang Tiji Festival Trek is an accomplishment that goes beyond just trekking through challenging terrain. It is an adventure that helps you discover yourself, learn about new cultures, and grow as a person.

Watching the Tiji Festival, on the other hand, with its beautiful clothes, cool dances, and spiritual meaning, will be a memory you will cherish forever. When you go back home, you will not only have awesome photos but also a better understanding of Nepal’s amazing culture.

Best Time for the Mustang Tiji Festival Trek:

When it comes to planning your adventure to the Mustang Tiji Festival Trek, think about going in the spring. In spring, the festival takes place.

The Mustang Tiji Festival is celebrated annually in the 3rd month of the Tibetan Calendar in Upper Mustang (Lo-Manthang). The festival is held for 3 days, and the dates for the festival fall in the month of May.

This time of clear skies and comfortable temperatures, autumn, from September to November, is your best bet. It’s a great time for trekking and fully enjoying the Tiji Festival. So, pick spring or autumn, and you’ll have a fantastic trip with perfect weather.

How difficult is this Mustang Tiji Festival Trek?

While the Mustang Tiji Festival Trek is not exceedingly challenging, it does require a moderate level of physical fitness. The trek involves walking for several hours each day at high altitudes.

Trekkers should be prepared for varying terrain, including steep ascents and descents, as well as some narrow trails along cliffsides. Prior trekking experience is beneficial but not mandatory.

Conclusion:

In conclusion, the Mustang Tiji Festival Trek in Nepal offers a unique blend of adventure, culture, and spirituality. With our expertise and commitment to providing exceptional trekking experiences, you can trust us to make this journey the adventure of a lifetime.

Join us at Himalayan Trekking and Tour on this extraordinary trek, and let Nepal’s beauty and heritage captivate your soul.

This trek is perfect for explorers who want to feel both the magnificence of nature and the culture of the region. If you have some time, you can do the Mustang Jeep Tour.

 

Detailed Itinerary

After your trip to Kathmandu, We will pick you up and transfer you to your hotel. On the way you could have your first impress about Nepalese culture. Change of sceneries guaranteed. Sounds, smell, rickshaws, colours, street…

Today, we organise a sightseeing day in Kathmandu. This old city provides many beautiful monuments and temples listed as UNESCO World Heritage. You could visit, the old temple of Pashupatinath, dedicated to Pashupati, who is the incarnation of Shiva. It is an important holy place for all Hindus. Also, we will guide you to the famous Royal Place of Durbar Square with its beautiful architecture. Finally, you will discover like a little part of Tibet in BoudhanathStupa area. Many little shops with Tibetan handcraft surround this huge stupa. During the evening, you could wander freely in the streets of Kathmandu.

It is a long way through Nepal on roads both tarred and earth-surfaced, but you won’t be disappointed. You will discover the beautiful countryside of Nepal. Lush greeneries, villages, farms, rivers, lifestyle of local people in the streets and the panoramic view on the Himalaya range.

To reach the beginning of the trek, you will take a scenic fly with spectacular view on the Annapurna range, Dhaulagiri Mountains and world’s deepest gorge, Kali Gandaki. Once upon arrival, we could start the trek. It will start with a gentle and flat trail, which provides all along the way a good view on Nilgiri, Dhaulagiri and Tukuche Peaks. Kagbeni is an antique village, which will give you a glimpse of what you could expect during the trek. You will have time to explore the narrow alleyways and tunnels, irrigation canals, green fields of wheat and barley.

Today we will enter to the restricted area of Upper Mustang. As said to be the desert of Nepal the valley widens with barren and arid surroundings with green villages in the middle that appears more like a mirage, which is simply incredible. We will follow the Kali Gandaki River (an important tributary of the holy Ganges) and walk through small villages surrounded by fields of wheat, barley and buckwheat, interspersed with small apple orchards. Chaile village is perched on a hill, it will be a steep climb to reach the top but, it will give it to you a beautiful panorama view on the area.

The climb continues along steep in a dry area above a deep canyon. Then, the trail steeply descends in a large gorge surrounding by streams. A new steep climb up to a ridge at 3,800 meters of altitude is waiting for us before to go down to reach those whitewashed buildings of Geling village.

We continue our trek in a surprising and spiritual area with blue, grey and red cliffs. We have to cross the Tangmar Chu River on a bridge and walk along the longest and most spectacular Mani walls in Nepal. Charang village provides some huge Dzong and a red Gompa, which houses an excellent collection of statues and Thankas as well as many large paintings of seated Buddha’s.

Today, the track will go up and down with some beautiful viewpoints. From Lo-La Pass, we could enjoy the spectacular view of Lo Manthang and the valley of Thinkar and Chhosar. Also from the top of a hill you could see some historical ruined. And finally, we will get the walled city of Lo Manthang, where you will stay for its famous festival.

During 3 days, the capital of Mustang area is alive with traditional music and dance. Front of the Royal Palais, the Buddhist monks perpetuate an ancestral ritual representing the struggle against demons. Tiji tells the story of a deity named DorjeJono 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 arid land, is the most precious life-sustaining resource. DorjeJono eventually defeats the demon and banishes him from the land.
The beginning of the festival is announced by horns resounded in the entire walled city. We will spend the day observing the dances and celebrations. Horseracing and a giant tug-of-war are the major attractions. Tibetan women in their traditional clothing with
colourful jewellery, monks in their robes and dancers in elaborate costumes make the entire environment vivid and vibrant. An experience back in time, which will submerge you in the Buddhism culture for the next 2 days.

You are going to be amazed during the festival. Every day you will discover new masks, traditional clothes, colourful jewellery… mixed by smile faces, happiness ceremony, warm welcoming, ancestral tradition…
Today, you could enjoy a colourful ceremony accompanied by an unusual dance of Tibetan lamas. It is done to chase away all the hungry and evil spirits from the village. You could see many people across the region participating in this ritual of purification and renewal.
Moreover, Lo Manthang provides the surprising construction of the Nyphu Cave monastery built into the side of a soaring cliff and the 2500 years old Jhong Sky Cave with a maze of corridors and compartments.

The Tiji festival ends with the ceremonial destruction of the evil remains, represented by some long black yak hair and “red torma”(cake offering) minced to a dark red furry. The demons red remnants are set out on an old tiger skin, where-upon they are attacked by bow and arrow, slings, and the old guns. The poor devils remains are over-turned upon the ground, each time to a wild cannonade from the old muzzle-loaders and a wave of cheers and smoke.
You also have the option to visit the Tall ChampaLakhang “God house” the red ThugchenGompa, ChyodiGompa and the Entrance Hal which are the main attraction of this town.

Today, we will visit the village of Thingkar and its summer palace, which is abandoned and not anymore in use yet it’s worth hiking around.  Alternatively we can climb up the viewpoint hill just north of Lo Monthang for the stunning view of all around the valley.
Also, NamgyalGompa situated on a hilltop, which serves as an important monastery of the local community and also as a local court.

We will make our return with a trail, which climbs steeply. On the top, you could admire the last glimpse of Lo Manthang. Then, we will reach Chogo La Pass (4,325meters), the highest point on this trek. Finally, the track going down to GharGompa, which is more than 1200 years old and famous for its rock paintings and the legend of fulfilling our good wishes.

We will keep retracing our trail to Geling. You have to be award with the possibility of strong wind in this dusty area. Geling is a small village dominated by a fortress and a monastery of Sakya School.

As on the first way, we will stop for the night in the village of Chele and you could enjoy for the last time the beautiful panorama offering in this village perched on a hill.

It will be our last trekking day and it is an easy trail to Jomsom..Time to congratulate yourself about your trekking into the Buddhism culture.

After your short picturesque flight to Pokhara, we will transfer you to your hotel. You could chose to relax after the efforts made during the trek or wander around Lake Side with fascinating mountains panorama view and nature charming. we will give you all the necessary advices to enjoy this day in Pokhara.

As on the first way, you could enjoy the beauty of the Nepalese countryside. Once upon arrival to Kathmandu, we will transfer you to your hotel.

Breakfast at the hotel and our team will transfer you to Kathmandu Airport.

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Trip Essential Information

  • A valid passport (6 months) is required to enter Nepal. You can easily obtain your visa at the airport in Kathmandu or you can apply the visa online https://nepaliport.immigration.gov.np/
  • Nepal Money called Rupees in short Rs. start from 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 500 and 1000 and you can exchange money here in Kathmandu specially in Thamel. Also you can exchange at the airport but exchange rate is lower.
  • We give you a free duffel bag and Sleeping bags for the trekking. The duffel bag will be used to pack your trekking supplies.
  • The flight to and from Lukla can be cancelled for 2 to 7 days due to bad weather. In this case, its better to have extra days. If you are in short holiday, You can take the helicopter which cost $500 to 600 per person each way
  • For every two participants, we assign one porter. The duffel bag, which should weigh around 10 kg/22 lbs, will be carried by the porter throughout the walk.
  • For your daily expenses for cold drinks, drinking water, shopping, battery charging, alcoholic drinks, You should carry $200 to 300 extra cash with you.
  • You can store your luggage (non- trekking items) at the hotel in Kathmandu or at our office. We will keep it safely. Please kindly informed to our team for valuable items.
  • The flight to and from Jomsom can be cancel due to bad weather. In this case, We will manage a local jeeps to reach Pokhara which drive takes about 8-9 hours.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Yes, a special trekking permit for the Mustang region is required, and we will assist you in obtaining it.

Accommodation ranges from teahouses in villages to comfortable camping in remote areas, ensuring a mix of cultural immersion and wilderness experience.

Physical fitness and acclimatization are crucial. We recommend a pre-trek fitness regimen and arriving a few days early to adjust to the altitude.

Yes, we can accommodate dietary preferences and restrictions with prior notice.

We maintain small group sizes to ensure a personalized experience, typically around 6-8 trekkers per group.

Yes, travel insurance that covers high-altitude trekking is mandatory for your safety.

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