Tiji Festival Trek

Duration: 18 Days
Price: US $1855
  • DestinationNepal
  • Trip Grade Moderate
  • ActivityTrekking
  • TransportationPrivate Vehicle / Aeroplane
  • AccomodationLodge to lodge
  • Max Person15
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Famous Tiji Festival is celebrated in the land of old Buddhist Kingdom of Lo Manthang, is a beautiful sacred Buddhist Himalayan ceremony. The festival involves series and sequent of three days rituals celebrated at the end of May every year. For the year of 2019, the monks and Lamas of Lo Manthang will state the date after Tibetan New year, Tibetan Lhosar generally falls in February/March. 

Tiji Festival, series of three days celebration also known as "The chasing of the Demons" and it is centered on the Tiji myth. Tiji tells the story of a deity called Dorje Jono who must battle against his demon father to protect the Kingdom of Mustang from devastation. 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. Dorje Jono eventually defeats the demon and banishes him from the land. The word "Tiji" comes from "ten che" meaning the hope of Buddha Dharma prevailing in all worlds" worlds and is effectively a spring renewal festival.

Not only this you are going enjoy but the trek to Lo Manthang is a spectacular walk through Himalayan terrain that contrasts wildly with the lush fertile hills and valleys located to the south of the main Himalayan chain. Upper Mustang is a desolate landscape with only a few small green fields dotting a lunar landscape, but boasts a remarkable spiritual heritage. The area is one of the oldest civilizations on the earth, mediaeval world uniquely preserved from modern technology. A land covered with small villages, ancient monasteries, friendly people and breathtaking scenery. Mustang´s wealth was derived from being a major trading hub on the Kali Gandaki / Thak Khola trade route between Tibet and Nepal, which reflects the rich Buddhist culture, history, laws and customs. We, Wilderness Excursion Pvt. Ltd operate Tiji Festival Trekking tour in Lo Manthang of upper Mustang every year with best service and most competitive package cost.

When is Tiji Festival for 2019? 
Date for Tiji Festival 2019 in Lo-Manthang will be announced after Tibetan New Year (Lhosar) in February or March 2019. The festival is generally celebrated in end of May every year.

Trip Highlights of Tiji Festival Trek

iji Festival Trek under the rain shadows of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna Himalaya along the Kali Ghandaki River en route to Upper Mustang, goes through white-washed mountain villages, alongside colorful Buddhist monuments and chortens, following 5 days of trekking, reach Lo Manthang, the legendary old Buddhist town of Mustang, Spend 3 days in Lo Manthang at the Tiji Festival – a vibrant Buddhist celebration with mask dancing and traditional music. 

Outline Itinerary:

  • Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu
  • Day 02: In Kathmandu
  • Day 03: Fly or drive to Pokhara (840m)
  • Day 04: Fly to Jomsom from Pokhara and trek Kagbeni (2800m). 3 Hours walk.
  • Day 05: Trek to Tsaile (3050m), 5-6 Hours walk.
  • Day 06: Trek to Ghiling (3570m), 5 - 6 Hours walk.
  • Day 07: Trek to Tsarang (3560m). 4 Hours walk.
  • Day 08: Trek to Lo - Manthang (3840m). 5 Hours walk.
  • Day 09: Lo Manthang (3730m) – the celebration of the first day of Tiji festival
  • Day 10: Second day of Tiji festival in Lo Manthang.
  • Day 11: Final day of the festival Tiji/visit Namgyal Gompa and Tingkhar or Excursion to Chhoser (Western Valley)
  • Day 12: Trek to Drakmar (3820m). 6-7 Hours walk.
  • Day 13: Trek to Shyangmochen (3800m). 5 - 6 Hours walk.
  • Day 14: Trek to Kagbeni (2800m) Duration: 6 hrs
  • Day 15: Trek to JOmsom
  • Day 16: Fly back to Pokhara.
  • Day 17: Pokhara to Kathmandu
  • Day 18: Fly back to homeland

Detail Itinerary

  • Day 01 :Arrive in Kathmandu Wilderness Excursion will meet you at Kathmandu Airport and escort you to our hotel to regroup after your flight. Kathmandu is the capital of Nepal and the Kathmandu Valley is the political and cultural heart of the country. Evening some short briefing about Tiji Festival trip to Lo Manthang of Upper Mustang with trekking guide. Overnight at Kathmandu. No Meal included.
  • Day 02 :In Kathmandu Today, we do arrangement of Upper Mustang Tour permits, you could do preparation of the trip. Or we can do a sightseeing trip to historical center of ancient town of Kathmandu valley including Boudhanath, Swayambhunath, Pashupatinath and Kathmandu Durbar Square. Evening meet and introduce your Tiji Festival trip guide and other members of the group. Overnight at Kathmandu. Meal: Breakfast included.
  • Day 03 :Fly or drive to Pokhara (840m) We take flight or ride the tourist coach to Pokhara from Kathmandu to the vibrant resort area of Lakeside, Pokhara, from where you can observe views to the north across the hills to the white peaks of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges, go boating on Fewa Lake or just wander around. Overnight at Pokhara. Meals: Breakfast included.
  • Day 04 :Fly to Jomsom from Pokhara and trek Kagbeni (2800m). 3 Hours walk. Wilderness Excursion team will take the fantastic early morning flight to Jomsom and begin our trek alongside the Kali Gandaki riverbed to the attractive village of Kagbeni. The trail is flat and quite barren, with craggy rocks and pebbles littering the trail. We get magnificent views of huge peaks such as Dhaulagiri, Tukuche and the Nilgiri Himal, whilst to the south can be seen the entire Annapurna Massif. Kagbeni with its narrow alleyways and tunnels, irrigation canals, fields of wheat and barley and large red gompa, gives us a preview of scenes that we will come across in Upper Mustang. At the north end of the village is the police check-post. Here we complete our paperwork before entering this long forbidden region of Nepal. (4 hours trekking). Overnight at Kagbeni. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.
  • Day 05 :Trek to Tsaile (3050m), 5-6 Hours walk. 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. Overnight at guesthouse. Meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
  • Day 06 :Trek to Ghiling (3570m), 5 - 6 Hours walk. We go on our climb up 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. Wilderness Excursion team further descends 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 Ghiling Village. Overnight at guesthouse. Meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
  • Day 07 :Trek to Tsarang (3560m). 4 Hours walk. The trail goes up 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 Tsarang Village. Wilderness Excursion team visit a huge five-storey white Dzong and red Gompa which are the major attractions of the village. Overnight at guesthouse. Meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
  • Day 08 :Trek to Lo - Manthang (3840m). 5 Hours walk. 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. Overnight at guesthouse. Meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
  • Day 09 :Lo Manthang (3730m) – the celebration of the first day of Tiji festival 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. Overnight at guesthouse. Meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
  • Day 10 :Second day of Tiji festival in Lo Manthang. 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. Overnight at guesthouse, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
  • Day 11 :Final day of the festival Tiji/visit Namgyal Gompa and Tingkhar or Excursion to Chhoser (Western Valley) Today, we walk to Namgyal Gompa, a monastery that lies on a hilltop. It is an important monastery that serves as a local court to the local community people. After our visit to the monastery, we continue our tour to Tingkhar, the last village to the northwest of Lomanthang or excursion to western valley of Upper Mustang (optional). In the evening, we return back to Lo Manthang and continue the celebration of Tiji festival. Overnight at guesthouse. Meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
  • Day 12 :Trek to Drakmar (3820m). 6-7 Hours walk. 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. Overnight at guesthouse, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
  • Day 13 :Trek to Shyangmochen (3800m). 5 - 6 Hours walk. 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. Overnight at guesthouse. Meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
  • Day 14 :Trek to Kagbeni (2800m) Duration: 6 hrs We follow a stream all the way down to Chhusang and continue to Kagbeni. We can also take an alternative route to Samar by visiting Ranchung Cave which is 30-minutes longer than the usual route. Overnight at guesthouse. Meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
  • Day 15 :Trek to JOmsom After breakfast, we start our trek leisurely and continue to Jomsom. After completing the upper Mustang trails, we join the normal route and head on to Jomsom for an overnight halt. Overnight at guesthouse. Meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
  • Day 16 :Fly back to Pokhara. After morning breakfast we check in the airport to fly back to Pokhara. A 30 min dramatic flight to Pokhara between gorge of the two huge mountains Annapurna and Dhaulagiri. On arrival at Pokhara airport guide will transfer to the lakeside hotel. Rest of the time explores the lake and overnight at hotel. Overnight at Kathmandu. Meals: Breakfast and lunch Included
  • Day 17 :Pokhara to Kathmandu Today, Wilderness Excursion team take A/C tourist coach to Kathmandu from Pokhara. It is 200km distance from Pokhara to Kathmandu and it takes about 7 hours. Overnight at hotel. Meals: breakfast included.
  • Day 18 :Fly back to homeland You are saying good bye to the mountains as your journey in Nepal comes to an end today! We hope you enjoyed the tour with us, and are sure you`ll be back in your trip somewhere in the Himalaya again. Wilderness Excursion will transfer you to the airport. On your way home you'll have plenty of time to plan your next adventure in the wonderful country of Nepal.

Cost Includes

  • Airport-hotel-airport pick and drop by private car/van
  • 3 Nights Sharing twin/double deluxe room in 3 star hotel in Kathmandu with buffet breakafast.
  • Kathmandu Valley sightseeing with tour guide with private car/van
  • 2 Nights sharing twin/double deluxe room in best tourist standard hotel in Pokhara with buffet breakfast.
  • 1 Experienced, government registered, English speaking and friendly local guide.
  • Assistant guide to take care of the group and porters as per group size (If the group is more than 6 pax). 
  • 1 Sharing porter for 2 travelers to carry your main pack (weight limit 25 kg per porter).
  • 3 times meal: lunch, breakfast and dinner during the trip.
  • Tea, coffee, cookies and seasonal fresh fruits during the trek.
  • Food, accommodation, salary and insurance of your guide and porters.
  • Lodge accommodation during the trek and group medical kit
  • Upper Mustang trekking permit USD 500 per person
  • ACAP Permit NPR 2000 (USD 20) per person and airport taxes.
  • Kathmandu – Pokhara - Kathmandu by toursit bus (200km, 7 hours drive)
  • Pokhara – Jomsom - Pokhara by flight (USD 250 per person).
  • Pokhara – Jomsom - Pokhara flight fare USD 100 for your guide.
  • Group first aid kit and water purifier during the trek.
  • Upper Mustang Trekking Map.
  • Government tax, vat, airport taxes and office service charge etc. 
  • Farewell dinner in one of authentic Nepalese Restaurant with Live culture show.

Cost Excludes

  • All bar bills, beverages such as coke, fanta, mineral water
  • Hot shower and hot water, laundry and toiletries.
  • Personal travel insurance, internet, phone calls and wifi services.
  • Rescue operation charge in case of emergency.
  • Gratitude and tips for your guide, porter and driver. 

Trip Map

Why Wilderness Excursions

Wilderness Excursion (P) Ltd is a government certified fully and licensed best adventure trekking agency based in Kathmandu Nepal and documented by the tourism authority of the government of Nepal to run tours, travel, trekking, mountaineering expeditions, and other travel related activities. Wilderness Excursion is proud member of TAAN (Trekking Agencies Association of Nepal) NTB (Nepal Tourism Board) NMA (Nepal Mountaineering Association) KEEP (Kathmandu Environmental Education Project) HRA (Himalayan Rescue Association etc. Committed and dedicated. Wilderness Excursion is run by committed and dedicated professionals with decades long experience in trekking and climbing having passion to our work. Our guide and field support staff are highly experienced, helpful and friendly to take care of all your trekking holidays needs in the Himalaya that enhance for your memorable trip. We are specialized for effectively planned trekking tours to Nepal, Tibet, Bhutan, India and Pakistan and beside this we arrange Cultural Tours, Village Excursion, Short Adventure Activities like; Bungee Jump, Paragliding, Ultra…

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