- Max elevation 3840m
- Difficulty Moderate/easy
- Trip Type Buddhist Culture explore
- Duration 14 days
- Accomodation Hotel/ Guest House
- Transportation Flight/private vehicle
- Trip Style Demanded
- Group Size 2-25
- Best Season May
- Food Accommodation with breakfast in Kathmandu & Pokhara, During the Trek 3 times meal.
Tiji Festival, Upper Mustang Adventure trip start, and end of the dry season thus overlap with the Tiji Festival, a spring –renewal party. Tiji festival is a fascinating annual three-day festival consisting of Tibet rituals that celebrate the myth of a son who has to save the Mustang kingdom from the destruction also said to be a triumph of good over evil in ritual locals call “the chasing of the Demons.” Tiji comes from the words Ten Che, meaning the “hope of the dharma prevailing in all world” the message Guru Rinpoche carried through this region over the thousand years. The festival is indigenous to Lo-Manthang, Upper Mustang.
“Tiji” name is abbreviations of the world “Tempa Chirim” which mean “Prayer for World Peace” Tiji festival commemorate the victory of the Lord Buddha’s incarnation Dorjee Sonnu over a demon called Man Tam Ru a vicious creature feeding on human beings and causing storm and droughts. This festival takes place in the month of mid may celebrate for 3 days. Lo-Manthang Choedhe Monastery performs this ritual dance during the celebration. The harassment of Ma Tam Ru Ta (dance called “TSA Chham”) and the attempt to return the demon to Lord Buddha’s realm on the third day enacted during the performance.
Tiji festival is related to Tibetan culture are organized by the Choedhe Monastery belong to the Sakya sect of Buddhism. The Monastery is headed by a Rinpoche around 65 monks from surrounding areas of Lo-Manthang.
Highlights of this trip
– Trek in the shadows of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna along the Kali Gandaki River en route to Mustang
– Pass through white-washed mountain villages, alongside colorful 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
- Day 1 : Arrival in Kathmandu 1340m. Overnight at Hotel.
- Day 2 : Full day Sightseeing tour around Kathmandu valley 1340m. Overnight at Hotel
- Day 3 : Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara 820m/ 5 to 6 hours.
- Day 4 : Fly from Pokhara to Jomsom 2720m and trek to Kagbeni 2800m/3-4 hours.
- Day 5 : Trek to Chele (3050m/ 10,006ft) around 7 hrs.
- Day 6 : Trek to Syangboche (3800m/ 12467ft) walk 6 hrs.
- Day 7 : Trek to Ghami (3520m/ 11548ft) walk approx 5 hrs.
- Day 8 : Trek to Tsarnag (3560m/11679ft) 4 hrs.
- Day 9 : Trek to Lo Manthang / witness the Tiji festival starting in the afternoon 5 hrs trek.
- Day 10 : Exploration of cave and monastery in morning and afternoon witness the stunning mask dances performed by monks in Tiji festival
- Day 11 : Explore the Summer palace and monastery in morning and enjoy the last and final celebration of Tiji festival in Lo Manthang in the afternnoon.
- Day 12 : Trek to Dhakmar via Ghar Gompa (3800m/ 12467ft) walk 7 - 8 hrs.
- Day 13 : Trek to Somar / walk approx 7 hrs.
- Day 14 : Trek to Kagbeni walk approx 7 hrs.
- Day 15 : Trek to Jomsom ( 2725m) around 3 hrs walk.
- Day 16 : Fly to Pokhara after the Tiji festival Upper Mustang trekking enjoy for the day and visiting some of the sight spot free for the day.
- Day 17 : Drive back to Kathmadnu.
- Day 18 : Mustang Tiji trekking ends / airport transportation.