- Trip Code NTEMTIJI
- Max elevation 3840m
- Difficulty Easy
- Trip Type Adventure & Cultural
- Duration 18 Days
- Accomodation Hotel/Guest House
- Transportation Flight/Car/Jeep/Van
- Trip Style Trekking/Tour
- Group Size 2-20
- Best Season March-June
- Food Full board meal
Upper Mustang Adventure trip start end of the dry season thus overlaps with the Tiji Festival, a spring –renewal party. Tiji is a fascinating annual three-day festival consisting of Tibet rituals that celebrate the myth of a son who had to save the Mustang kingdom from the destruction also said to be triumph of good over evil in a 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.
Tiji Festival Trek– Combines through Mustang’s fascinating villages, alongside Buddhist shrines and the temples and in the shadows of the Himalayas most iconic mountains before reaching the fabled walled city of Lo-Manthang for 3 days dancing at the Tenchi Festival. The terrain is rough and the altitude can be hard going but you will feel safe hands of Himalayan expert Nepal Travels team of Guide and Sherpa. This tour expect mainly camping fully support with a tea house lodge and hotel in Pokhara and Kathmandu for good measure
Highlights of this trip
Fly In Drive Out From Pokhara
– 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 at Lo Manthang at the Tije Festival – a vibrant Buddhist celebration with cultural dancing and traditional music.
Tiji Festival Start 12-14 end at the month of May.
- Day 1 : Arrival in Kathmandu 1340m. Overnight at Hotel.
- Day 2 : Cultural tour / Trek preparation
- Day 3 : Drive to Pokhara / explore the lake city / stay at hotel.
- Day 4 : Fly to Jomsom and start 3 hrs trek to Kagbeni to start the upper Mustang Tiji trek.
- 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 : Tsanag 5 hrs trek to Lo- Manthang / witness the Tiji festival starting in the afternoon
- Day 10 : Exploration of cave and monastery in morning and afternoon witness the stunning mask dances perfermed 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.
- Day 17 : Drive back to Kathmadnu.
- Day 18 : Mustang Tiji trekking ends / airport transportation.