Upper Mustang Tiji Festival Trek - 18 Days

Upper Mustang Tiji Festival Trek – 18 Days is a moderate level trek that can be easily completed with physically fit people having stable health. Don’t worry if you are a novice trekker, there is nothing impossible in the world. You can also achieve the success of Trekking in Upper Mustang and observing Tiji Festival. There are so many examples of beginners completing the Upper Mustang Trek Tiji Festival – 18 Days successfully. One important thing is you should have great desire and positive attitude.

Highlights of Upper Mustang Tiji Festival Trek

  • Trek in the shadows of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna along the Kali Ghandaki River en route to Mustang
  • Pass through white-washed mountain villages, alongside colourful Buddhist shrines and temples
  • Following 5 days of trekking, reach Lo Manthang, the fabled walled city of Mustang
  • Spend 3 days in Lo Manthang at the Tije Festival – a vibrant Buddhist celebration with dancing and traditional music

Upper Mustang Tiji Festival Trek takes you the hidden kingdom of Nepal and offers best chance to explore the semi Tibetan culture in Nepal. The 18 days of your trek to Upper Mustang will be memorable with huge new experiences in Himalayas. You can closely observe the famous 3 days Tiji Festival, also. Additionally, the Upper Mustang Tiji Festival Trek offers astonishing mountain panorama and mesmerizing views of surrounding.

Tiji is the of three-day of Tibetan rituals. The Tiji praise the fable, which tells of a deity named Dorje Jono who must battle against his demon father to save the Kingdom of Mustang from demolition. Tiji adopted from the word “ten che” meaning the “Supplication for World Peace “and is efficiently a spring renewal festival. The trek to Upper Mustang is a remarkable walk through Himalayan terrain that distinctions wildly with the lush fertile hills and valleys located to the south of the main Himalayan chain. Mustang is an unproductive landscape with only a few small green fields peppering a lunar landscape, but boasts a extraordinary spiritual heritage.

Upper Mustang Tiji Festival Trek – 18 Days syndicates through Mustang’s mesmerizing villages, alongside Buddhist monuments and temples and in the shades of the Himalayas most beautiful mountains, before coming to the legendary walled city of Lo Manthang for dancing the Tiji Festival. The area is rough and the altitude can be hard going but you will be in the safe hands of Himalayan skilled Adventure Connation and his team of sherpas. Expect mainly camping with a few lodges and hotels in Kathmandu and Pokhara for good measure.

During the Upper Mustang Tiji Festival Trek – 18 Days, the town square fills with characters clad as demons in colorful robes and revolting masks dancing about, cutting at the air with their swords and chanting spells over spectators. Spend the day steeped in the visions, sounds, and movements of this once-in-a-lifetime cultural prodigy. This three-day ceremony is lit up with colorful custom dress, dancing, music, and modernizations from the story of a deity and his demon father.

Upper Mustang Tiji Festival Treks – 18 Days is a moderate level trek that can be easily completed with physically fit people having stable health. Don’t worry if you are a novice trekker, there is nothing impossible in the world. You can also achieve the success of Trekking in Upper Mustang and observing Tiji Festival. There are so many examples of beginners completing the Upper Mustang Trek Tiji Festival – 18 Days successfully. One important thing is you should have great desire and positive attitude.

Outline Itinerary

DayProgramElevation
1Arrival and transfer to hotel in Kathmandu1440m
2By tourist bus to Pokhara900m
3
Flight Pokhara Jomsom trek to Kagbeni
2720m-2810m
4Trek to Chele3050m
5Trek to Shyangboche3800m
6Trek to Ghemi3520m
7Trek to Tsarang3560m
8Trek to Lo Mangthang3800m
9Free day Lo Mangthang.3800m
10Experience of Tiji festival .
11Trek to Lo Gekar(6 hrs)
12Trek to Gelling3060m
13Trek to Chhuksang2920m
14Trek to Muktinath3900m
15Trek to Jomsom2710m
16Fly Jomsom to Pokhara .1440m
17Pokhara to Kathmandu.1440m
18Final departure

Day 1
Arrival and transfer to hotel in Kathmandu (1,400m)

When you arrive in Kathmandu airport, our agency representative will be waiting for you in the airport holding our company and your name play card. From airport our agency representative will escort you to the hotel. After you check in to the hotel, you will rest and fed your flight sickness till next day.

Day 2
By tourist bus to Pokhara (900m)

After the well rest moment at hotel of Kathmandu head towards pokhara which takes 6 to 7 hr of drive. Pokhara is located in a lovely valley at the foot of the Machapuchare. From pokhara you will get see spectacular views of the machapuchare and other highest mountain from all parts of the town. This city is quite different then Kathmandu as it has plenty of scenic attractions and is close to the mountains. This beautiful city provide the most intresting activities before heading to trekking like ,short walks around lake side or bicycle rides around city, you can swim or canoe on Lake Phewa or just watch the last rays of the sun stream across the dip in the mountains that hold the lake. Along the lakeside road there is a continuous stretch of small hotels, restaurants and shops; it’s an area which still has a bit of the old hippy scene felt about it.

Day 3
Flight Pokhara Jomsom (2720 m), trek to Kagbeni (2810 m/3 hrs).

After we have breakfast in the early morning, we will head towards to catch the morning flight to Jomsom. From Pokhara Airport we will take a domestic flight to Jomsom which offers us great aerial view of beautiful Pokhara city and different mountain ranges. After reaching there we will start walking towards Kagbeni. On the way we will pass through different small villages and diverse landscapes. After reaching there we will have the Overnight in here.

Day 4
Trek to Chele (3050 m/6 hrs)

Today after breakfast we will walk toward Chele, after entering the restricted area of Mustang we will continue to walk uphill. Putting the Kagbeni and Nilgiri Mountain at the back, we will continue to ascent via. Rolling hills and passing by beautiful village of ethnic communities. We will get chance explore the local traditions, cultures and lifestyle on the way. Finally we will be at chele and have the overnight.

Day 5
Trek to Shyangboche (3800 m/ 7 hrs)

After taking breakfast, we start our trek through a forest of small trees and green bushes which are able to survive in the narrow gorge because the high vertical walls keep them cool and sufficiently moist. Soon the valley broadens out and we can see walls built in front of caves which are temporary homes for the herders whose animals graze here. Sometimes it is possible to see the rare blue mountain sheep in this area. After about one hour we are on a pass offering a good view towards Samar, the Kali Gandaki valley and snow-capped peaks in the distance. After Samar we cross a side-valley, descending to its base and crossing over a creek, before we trek all the way up again on the other side. From Samar is a red painted cave monastery, which looks as if it has been stuck on to the vertical wall. This is Rangchyungchorten(the chorten that formed itself’), one of the most sacred places in Mustang. The walk to Shyangboche can seem never-ending. It is fairly easy, but a constant climb with the destination nowhere in sight, until, finally, a cluster of houses appears. It is much colder in Shyangboche. Overnight in Syangboche.

Day 6
Trek to Ghemi (3520 m/ 3 hrs).

After taking breakfast we start our trekking. Today we pass three high passes with in 15 min. Yanda La, and passed a distinctive red chorten painted with Buddhism’s eight auspicious symbols and terraced valley with groups of yellowish trees appears and above the village of Ghelung are two red Gompas. Unlike other villages in Mustang, where the houses are built close together and look fortress-like, Ghelung is spread out wide on a patch of green grass and gives the impression of being a fairly affluent little community. Rising above the village are barren, brown hills and we can see the Nyi La pass straight ahead. The path descends gradually towards the Ghami La pass and on the way we see a rundown, deserted village downstream. Another broad valley comes in from the left-hand side and in its centre is Ghami, Mustang’s third largest town, which is high above the river and surrounded by fields. Overnight in Ghemi.

Day 7
Trek to Tsarang (3560 m/ 3 hrs)

After having breakfast at Gheling, we will continue our trek toward Charang. We will observe the great panorama of different snowcapped mountains including Tilicho, Nilgiri and Annapurna. Passing through the small villages, cultivated lands and patches of forests we will reach Charang. One can explore thye beautiful chortens in Charang. Here we will have the night stay.

Day 8
Trek to Lo Mangthang (3800 m/ 4 hrs).

From Charang we will travel through small patches of forests and cultivated lands. After little ascends we will reach the entrance of Lo Manthang valley. The maniwalls and chortens will make our trip more exciting. Lo Manthang is the capital of Mustang where king lives. This place also offers the best views of gigantic peaks and diverse landscape. Today Manthang will be the place where we will have the night stay.

Day 9
Free day Lo Mangthang.

Today after having breakfast we will explore the surrounding of Lo Manthang. As today is a day for acclimatization, we will not trek uphill but we have the will rest in Lo Manthang to give our body little rest. Tode spend at day whole day and night a Lo manthang.

Day 10
Experience of Tiji festival .

We can see dances and celebration, horse racing and giant tug of war. We can see people with Tibetan dress especially women wear traditional dress with colorful jewelry, monks in their robes and dancers in elaborate costumes. Where we are staying this city is old city and founded in 1380 and surrounded by wall, beyond where is not allowed to build home. Evils might harm living behind walls. Today, Bon lama gave a special mantra –prayer, guarding the town we will see Tibetan woman in traditional clothing and King of Mustang wears whole crown. There is believes that this colorful ceremony will formulate the peace and harmony and fed the pain and hunger away.

Day 11
Trek to Lo Gekar(6 hrs)

We begin our return journey from Lo Manthang, taking the upper highland route. This highland route offers dramatic views of Lo Manthang and the Charang Valley, with snow clad peaks in the background. Just past the settlement of Lo Gekar, we reach the oldest monastery in Mustang, the GhareGompa. Overnight in Lo Gekar.

Day 12
Trek to Gelling (3060m/6hrs)

We continue our journey on the highland route, crossing alpine meadows before dropping down a steep eroded gully to Dhakmar for lunch. After lunch, we walk through the pretty valley, climb to a ridge and descend from there back to Ghami.

Day 13
Trek to Chhuksang (2920m/6hrs).

After having breakfast, we will trek back to Chhusang. On the way we will make a visit to Chungsi cave monastery which was originated thousands of years before. Retracing the footsteps we will reach Chhusang. Here we will have the overnight.

Day 14
Trek to Muktinath (3900m/6hrs)

Today we will make a visit to the holy land of Hindus- Muktinath. Muktinath is very famous pilgrimage site of Hindu devotees. Thousands of people makes pilgrim to Muktinath Temple every year. Peoples believes that worshipping Muktinath will release a person from the chain of birth and death and one can rest in peace in heaven. Today we will stay here

Day 15
Trek to Jomsom [2710m/3hrs)

Today from Muktinath we will trek toward Jomsom after having breakfast we will have quite easy walk through the rolling hills. We will enjoy the great mountain vistas from the trail. After 5/6 hours of walking we will reach Jomsom valley. Night will be well spend at Jomsom

Day 16
Fly Jomsom to Pokhara .

After having breakfast, we will take an early morning flight from Jomsom to Pokhara. This will offer us an opportunity to observe the aerial view of beautiful valleys and high gigantic peaks. On reaching Pokhara you can go for sightseeing in the famous sites of Pokhara including Phewa Lake, Begnas Lake and Davis Falls etc. today we will have to spend in 3 star hotel at Pokhara

Day 17
Pokhara to Kathmandu.

Today is the last day of our trekking. We will drive back in our private vehicle following the same trail. We will enjoy the great views landscapes and patches of small settlements. After reaching Kathmandu you can relax in your hotel room.

Day 18
Final departure

The journey comes to an end today! A representative from Nepal Trekking in Himalayas will drop us off at the airport approximately 3 hours before our scheduled flight.

Price Includes

  • Airport Pick and Drop via Private Transport
  • One night stay at the hotel in Kathmandu including breakfast with twin sharing basic.
  • Two night stay at the hotel in Pokhara including breakfast with twin sharing basic.
  • All government taxes and Annapurna conservation entry fees.
  • TIMS CARD (Trekking Information Management System).
  • Kathmandu to Pokhara via Tourist Bus
  • Pokhara to Kathmandu via Tourist Bus
  • Special Permit for Upper Mustang 500 USD Per Person for 10 Days
  • Flight tickets: Pokhara – Jomsom – Pokhara (Round Trip) – for guide & Porter
  • Flight tickets: Pokhara – Jomsom – Pokhara (Round Trip) – for customer
  • TIMS CARD (Trekking Information Management System).
  • Required number of experienced English speaking guides and support staff (we pay for their daily wages, insurances, trekking equipment, food and accommodation).
  • 16 days porter wages and his insurances/meals/accommodation/equipment
  • 16 days guide wages and his insurances/meals/accommodation/equipment
  • Rescue arrangement in emergency situation & worst weather condition
  • 13 nights Lodge accommodation during the trek on tea house services.
  • Necessary ground transportation depending upon your request (via tourist bus or private vehicle).
  • Trekking Ending Point to Pokhara
  • Trekking poles, sleeping bag/duffle bag (we provide these if necessary).
  • Trekking maps.
  • Rubbish disposal.
  • Our service charge and government taxes.

Price Exclude

  • All meals in Kathmandu - Pokhara and during trekking
  • Tips to guides and support staff.
  • Additional costs in case of emergency (You must have adequate travel insurance to cover any kind of emergencies, such as ground transportation & Heli recue/medical/hospitalization. Medical etc).
  • Your International flight ticket airfare
  • Energetic chocolate/energy drinks/alcohol/mineral water/cigarettes/packing food snacks etc
  • Additional medication for altitude sickness (Acetazolamide etc).
  • Personal expenses and any other unforeseen expenses, such as Laundry/WIFI on trek/phone call
  • Personal trekking equipment.
  • Nepal entry visa fees which can get up on your arrival in Kathmandu airport
  • Services not mentioned herein
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1. How difficult are the treks?

It depends on the individuals’ adaptation of walking in any situation and at any circumstances. It depends on the location and choice of trekkers. Both difficult as well as easy treks are available. Difficulty of the treks depends on the region of the trek and duration of it. Shorter treks tend to be easier while longer ones require some physical fitness.

2. How safe Women traveling alone with your company?

Completely, we assure the safety and security of the women travelling with us. We will provide the privacy that the women need. We will also give you a personal room on lodge and personal tent for camping while trekking.

3. What is tea house trekking?

Tea House Trek – is a trek during which at the end of each trekking day you stay for overnight in Tea Houses. “Trekking Guide Team Adventure” also organizes Camping Treks during which you stay for overnight in tents which our guides will set up for you and food during such treks will be cooked by our experienced cook.

4. Can I get Nepal visa on arrival?

Yes, you can get it in Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. As you arrive to airport fill the form and proceed to the visa line. You have to pay 25US$ for 15 days of visa from the day of issue, 40US$ for 30days and 100US$ for 90 days of tourist visa. For this you have to bring two passport size photos.

5. What is the best air route to my destination?

There are enough airline companies operating daily flights from Middle East of Kathmandu. Kathmandu only has got only international airport in Nepal so, where ever you are coming from you must come through tribhuvan international airport.

6. What type of insurance should I have before come to Nepal? Can I get it there?

For coming to Nepal you should have both medical and Rescue evacuation insurance. Yes you can get it here too, but we recommend purchasing it in your own country to avoid any last minute hassle and basal.

7. When should I travel to Nepal?

In Nepal it rains a lot between Junes to August. You too can enjoy great treks during this period of year in rain shadow region. But if you planning for more popular trek autumn and spring is the best time. As during this period climate will be moderate and will favorable for the trekking.

8. What kinds of banking facilities in Nepal?

Nepal has modern banking facilities having branches of some international bank. Almost all foreign currency along with credit card such as American Express, Visa and Master card are accepted. Nepal also has ATM facilities.

9. When should I book my trip?

We suggest you to book your trip in advance to avoid the disappointment and hassles. We too will make an effort to accommodate last minute bookings but some time due to the last minute planning we may unintentionally make few mistake which may offend you so it will be better to do advance booking.

10. Is someone going to meet me at the airport? Are transfers included?

Yes, our agency representative will pick you from airport. We will be displaying our placard of your name with our agency name.

11. How much spending money should I bring?

This depends on the destination you will be at and package, facilities you may choose . However our trip profile will give you information about how to budget form additional meals, optional excursions and extra expenses that might occur in any specific trip.

12. Does your company help to arrange domestic flight, international flight, hotel bookings and other services?

Since we are Nepal based company we refer to arrange your international flights from your home town. But domestic flight ticket will be included in our package. Other help like river rafting, city guided tour, mountain flight, jungle safari will be provided according to your necessities.

13. What is the physical conditioning level needed for trekking?

If you are in good physical condition then you do not require any hiking experience for short trekking. But if you are planning for the longer ones then you should do long day hikes at your home.

14. Is a Trekking permit needed?

Permit is not required for trekking in Everest, Annapurna, Langtang and some other regions. However, conservation permits or National park permits are required. There are few restricted trekking areas in Nepal where trekking permits are required.

15. Are the food / water safe to eat / drink?

All the meals are prepared with high standards of hygiene, fruit and vegetables are soaked in iodine before preparation. Most of lodges serve boiled and filter water which is safe. It is also possible to buy the bottle of mineral water in the trek.

16. What happens if there is an emergency?

All of our guides are trained with first aid and have basic idea about the physical problems that may arise during trekking. If an emergency occur then we will cover initial expenses of rescue operation as these expenses will need to be recovered from your insurance company. For minor cases there are health posts established by foreign doctors and many are staffed by overseas personnel.

17. What are your payment terms?

You need to pay 30% of total price as advance deposit to conform reservation before arriving to Nepal. Rest of the payment can be paid after arrival.

18. Can we bring some food from home?

19. You can bring power bars, cereal bars and similar high energy foods, powder Gatorade is also recommended to fight dehydration.

20. Is there any communication when we are on the mountain?

In the way in many villages along the popular trekking routes you can find telephones from where you can make international calls. And now a days we have the internet facilities most of the trekking destination.

21. What’s the difference between trekking, hiking and mountain climbing?

You can do all day walk, where you stay overnight (or several nights) at three activities in Nepal, but they are quite different things. Trekking is a multi-the place you’ve walked to. Hiking generally refers to a one-day walk. It might be two hours or eight, but if it takes place within a single day, it’ll probably be referred to as a hike. Mountain climbing is another thing entirely. It takes special equipment, training and comes with more risk. Neither trekking nor hiking require any special skill, other than the ability to walk.

Permit & Entry Fees:

It is compulsory to pay Everest National Park entry fee and TIMS card to trek in this area.

Medical Support:

An emergency first aid kit is carried by the support staff at all times.

Accommodation and meals:

During tea house treks our guests pay for their food (breakfast/lunch/dinner) at the lodge while we provide guides/accommodation/necessary permit and transportation. It can be USD $25 per person each day for food (Lunch/dinner/breakfast)

Water:

Mineral waters are available at all stops during tea house treks. You can also use tap water if you choose to use water purification tablets.

Travel Insurance:

Travel Insurance is mandatory for all clients who choose to trek or climb with us. The insurance should cover you in case of emergencies like accidents, altitude sickness and ambulance and helicopter rescue charges if required. Please carry a copy of your insurance papers while travelling in Nepal and do send us a copy as well. This will help us in making all the necessary arrangements in case of any sort of emergencies.

Best Season for Everest Panorama View Trek

  • Spring : March – May
  • Summer: June – August
  • Autumn: September – November
  • Winter: December – February

While there are no seasonal constraints on traveling to Nepal, different regions are best visited in different seasons. Once you inquire about any trekking itinerary we’ll email you regarding the best season for that particular trek.

Check-list of personal equipment:

  • Good standard trekking boots
  • Camping shoes/thongs
  • Socks-polypropylene
  • Down Jacket
  • Fleece
  • T-shirts
  • Trekking trousers
  • Shorts (both casual and for treks)
  • Swim wear
  • Sun Hat
  • Woollen Hat
  • Nylon Windbreaker
  • Gloves
  • Gaters
  • Strong Rucksack
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Water Bottle
  • Torch/headlamp (with spare batteries)
  • Toiletries/soap
  • Toilet paper
  • Sun block
  • Travel Towel
  • Wet-wipes
  • Medication (cough medicine, throat soothers, water purification tablets)
  • Sunglasses
  • Binoculars
  • Camera & lenses
  • Memory cards
  • GPS Tracking Units may be helpful
  • Altimeter
  • Compass
  • Book/music player/pack of cards
  • Padlock
  • A plastic bag for waste
  • Energy/snack bars

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