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Upper Mustang Tiji Festival Tour 2024 – 8 Days

Tour 2024

Trip Facts

Weather

Weather -15°C to 20°C View Weather Detail

Duration

Duration 8 Days

Difficulty

Difficulty Easy

Accommodation

Accommodation Lodges/Hotels/Resorts

Meals Included

Meals Included Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Best Season

Best Season April & May

Transportation

Transportation Overland + Flight

Daily Activity

Daily Activity Approx. 5 - 6 hours

Religion

Religion Buddhist, Bon

Ethnic People

Ethnic People Gurung, Thakali, Lowa

Geographic Terrain

Geographic Terrain Mountain, Desert , Village

Region of Nepal

Region of Nepal Mustang, Annapurna Region

Max. Altitude

Max. Altitude 3900m

Every year during May, Chode Monastery at Lo Manthang performs the special Vajrakila ritual. Instructed by Padmasambhava, the festival takes in the form of prayer chants and colorful dances, enacting the exact history of the battle. The festival is marked with performers dancing in disguise as demons and gods in eccentric masks and horns.

Overview

The 8-days Upper Mustang, Tiji Festival Tour, begins at Kathmandu. Embark on a scenic half-day long road journey to Pokhara, followed by an equally scenic flight to Jomsom Town in Mustang. Enjoy the aerial tour of the lush Annapurna Valley and Annapurna massif along with the flight. The tour gradually advances along the Kali Gandaki River and goes north towards the wilderness of Upper Mustang. Explore the Tibetan-styled villages of Chele, Syangboche, Ghami, and Tsarang en route to Lo Manthang.

At Syangboche, you may witness centuries-old human-made caves. Lo Manthang or the walled city, is where you’ll witness the three-days Tiji Festival. Witness the local monks participating in the masked dance. Upon completion of the festival, you’ll begin retracing your path back to Jomsom. Catch the mesmerizing sights of Annapurna I (8091m), Dhaulagiri Peak (8167m), Nilgiri Central (6940m), and Tukuche (6,920m) along the trek. The trek concedes upon your return to Kathmandu via Pokhara.

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Highlights

  • Witness the grandest and endemic festival of Tiji in one of the remotest regions in Nepal, Upper Mustang.
  • Enjoy a week long tour through the remote Kali Gandaki Valley and Lo Valley.
  • Witness the iconic site of 2500 years old Jhong Cave and other human-made caves in Syangboche.
  • Catch the majestic panoramic view of Annapurna I (8091m), Mt. Dhaulagiri, Tukuche Peak, Machhapuchhre, Nilgiri, and Gangapurna.
January
-15°C to 5°C
February
-10°C to 8°C
March
-5°C to 12°C
April
0°C to 15°C
May
5°C to 17°C
June
7°C to 19°C
July
8°C to 20°C
August
8°C to 20°C
September
5°C to 18°C
October
0°C to 15°C
November
-5°C to 10°C
December
-10°C to 5°C

Day-to-day-Itinerary

Day 1

3rd.May.2024 : Drive to Pokhara

Day 1 Facts

Trekking Time Average

200km Drive
(Avg 6hrs)

Accommodation

Hotel Kausi

Altitude

850m./2805ft

The tour, begins at Kathmandu. After a delicious breakfast, you’ll embark on a tourist bus and begin driving along with your tour guide to Pokhara. Located 200km west to Kathmandu, the scenic overland journey goes alongside the massive Trishuli River. Witness the lush forests, massive river, and the Himalayas en route to Pokhara. The entire journey may last anywhere from 6 hours. Upon arrival, you’ll drive to Lakeside town of Pokhara and check into the hotel. You can spend the evening exploring the beautiful Phewa Lake and the neighboring town. Overnight in Pokhara.

Day 2

4th.May.2024 : Fly to Jomsom – Drive to Ghilling

Day 2 Facts

Trekking Time Average

Flight for 25mins
50km drive(5hrs)

Accommodation

Kunga Hotel

Altitude

3400m./11220ft

After an early breakfast transfer to the airport for a morning flight to Jomsom, a super scenic flight of 25 minutes brings you at Jomsom, the district headquarter of Mustang. This is a large town. It is also a major village on the Kaligandaki area linking the age old Trans-Himalayan Salt Trade route to Tibet. From Jomsom onwards it is very windy in the afternoon; we drive on the gradual path on the Kali Gandaki river bed then drive up to Syangboche. You will pass by popular villages as Lubra village, Eklebhatti, Kagbeni, Tangbe, Chhusang, Chaile, Samar, Vena la and reach Syangboche which seats on the top of hill.  We then gradually drive down and finally reaching at Ghilling. On arrival, check in the hotel with afternoon free for a stroll around the village. Stay there overnight at lodge.

Day 3

5th.May.2024 : Drive to Lomanthang - 02 hours driving/20km. Witness the Tiji Festival starting in the afternoon

Day 3 Facts

Trekking Time Average

20km drive
(Avg 2hrs)

Accommodation

Lotus Holiday Inn

Altitude

3840m./12672ft.

The tour materializes as you leave Ghilling and begin heading towards Lo Manthang. The walled city lies 20 km from Ghilling and may take almost two hours to reach. The dirt road advances through the remote part of Lo Valley. You will Begin climbing towards Lo La (3960m), the highest point of Tsarang to Lo Manthang. As you begin to descend, you can catch the breathtaking sight of the walled city amidst the remote landscape. Finally we drive through the plateau of Lo Monthang, ‘The Capital city and the Plain of Aspiration’ of Mustang. The fabled walled city of Lo, the kingdom with a single entrance is a welcome sight! The king, “Lo Gyelbu”, named Jigme Palbar Bista, used to reside at his four-storied palace inside the walled city of Lo Manthang. Now, the palace is locked but you can explore inside the red walled city.

NOTE: ENTRANCE FEE MAY BE INCURRED TO SEE THE FESTIVAL FOR 3 CONSECUTIVE DAYS.

Day 4

6th.May.2024 : Exploration of cave and monastery in morning and afternoon witness the stunning mask dances performed by monks in Tiji festival

Day 4 Facts

Accommodation

Lotus Holiday Inn

Lo Manthang the capital city of Mustang contains about 150 houses and has some of the largest and finest Tibetan Buddhism gompas in Nepal. You will explore Sky Jhong Cave, Shija Jhong cave and Chhoser village. The city itself is absolutely fascinating place with four major ancient Monasteries which are impressive and an enormous 14th century palace imposing 4-storey building in the center of the city.

Day 5

7th.May.2024: Explore the Summer palace and monastery in morning and enjoy the last and final celebration of Tiji festival in Lo Manthang in the afternoon.

Day 5 Facts

Accommodation

Lotus Holiday Inn

Today we will walk to Thinkar for morning excursion to see the summer palace. Though summer palace is abandoned and not anymore in use yet its worth hiking around.  Alternatively we can climb up the view point hill just north of Lo Monthang for the stunning view of all around the valle. Rest of our day, afternoon and night we will be in the palace witnessing the Tiji Festival, the last day of festival which normally takes on open area outside of the palace.

Day 6

8th.May.2024 : Drive to Jomsom

Day 6 Facts

Trekking Time Average

70km Drive
(Avg 8hrs)

Accommodation

Hotel Himalaya

Altitude

2560m./8448ft.

After enjoying breakfast, leave Lomanthang and retrace to Jomsom. You will drive passing by Tsarang, Ghami, Ghilling, Syangboche, Samar, Chaile and stop at Tetang for Lunch. Tetang is a isolated village with a beautiful dramatic view. You will then continue drive towards Jomsom passing by Chhuksang, Tangbe and arrives at Kagbeni where you will officially exit from Upper Mustang area. If time permits then you will quickly visit Muktinath and drive towards Jomsom. Stay overnight.

Day 7

9th.May.2024 : Fly to Pokhara

Day 7 Facts

Trekking Time Average

25min Flight

Accommodation

Hotel Kausi

Altitude

850m/2805ft.

Catch an early morning flight to Pokhara. The scenic trans-Himalayan flight takes you over the massive Annapurna massif and the Kali Gandaki Gorge towards Pokhara City. Upon arrival, you can enjoy your breakfast and spend the day exploring the beautiful city. in Pokhara.

Day 8

10th.May.2024 : Drive to Kathmandu

Day 8 Facts

Trekking Time Average

200km Drive
(Avg 6hrs)

Altitude

1295m./4273ft.

Today is the last day of the trip. Catch the mesmerizing sight of Annapurna I and Machhapuchhre Peaks from the hotel. After breakfast, you’ll embark on a tourist bus and begin driving back to Kathmandu. The half-day long drive goes alongside Trishuli River and the colorful towns of Manakamana and Malekhu en route to Kathmandu. Stay overnight self.

What do you get in the Trip?

Included

  • Tribhuwan International Airport ( Airport – Hotel – Airport )  transfer in Kathmandu.
  • Lodge ( twin share basis ) accommodation during tour.
  • Hotel accommodation in Pokhara.
  • Full board meals ( breakfast, lunch and dinner) while on upper Mustang Tiji festival tour.
  • Upper Mustang special trekking permit, Annapurna conservation entry trek permit (ACAP ).
  • Pokhara/ Jomsom / Pokhara by flight.
  • Kathmandu – Pokhara –  Kathmandu by tourist bus.
  • Overland jeep transportation along tour as per mentioned above in itinerary.
  • A Tour map, duffle bag, Oxygen saturation check up everyday, First aid medicine, water purification, Company T-shirt and Tour completion certificate.
  • Assistance for rescue evacuation.
  • Government tax and service charge.
  • Public Liability Insurance.

Excluded

  • Hotel accommodation and meals in Kathmandu.
  • Hard and soft table drinks as tea/coffee,coke, Fanta, beer, mineral water, hot water, hot shower, laundry, battery charge, snacks etc
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Tips for tour guide ( Highly suggested ).

Route Map

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Currently, we do not have any scheduled group trips, but you are welcome to embark on the journey on a date that suits you best.

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Group Discounts Available

Group of 2 - 4 $1,710.00 PP $1,510.00 PP
Group of 5 - 8 $1,680.00 PP $1,480.00 PP
Group of 9 - 12 $1,650.00 PP $1,450.00 PP
Group of 13 - 16 $1,620.00 PP $1,420.00 PP
Group of 17 - 20 $1,590.00 PP $1,390.00 PP
Group of 21 - 25 $1,560.00 PP $1,360.00 PP

Need a private date?

The given rates are per person with guaranteed departure schedules. If the given dates are not appropriate for you, please feel free to contact us for requesting a new dates, we will gladly personalize the itinerary and schedule of the trip that fits for you.

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ESSENTIAL INFO

Best time to visit the tour

This year’s Tiji Festival falls on the 8th,9th, and 10 of May 2022. Our Tour starts on the 6th.May from Kathmandu. So, it is the best time to visit the tour.

The difficulty of the trip

The trip can be very crowded during the time. Apart from that, it is a very easy trip. Annually a lot of children with their parents visit this place to experience the Upper Mustang culture. So, even a rookie trekker can trek through this place and enjoy the festival.

Meals and accommodation

We provide you with Hotel accommodation in Pokhara. Similarly, Full board meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) while on the upper Mustang Tiji festival tour. So, you can enjoy the festival with some of their cultural foods.

Required Permits

Mustang Special Permit

USD 500 for 10 days and USD 50 per day for extra days.

ACAP

NPR. 3000 for foreigners and NPR 1000 for SAARC.

Note: Child below 10 years are free

Transportation

You don’t have to worry about transportation. We will provide you with Pokhara/ Jomsom / Pokhara by flight. And, Kathmandu – Pokhara –  by tourist bus. The transportation we provide is top-class. We also provide you with the facility of Wi-Fi during your transportation.

Tour availability

The tour is only available during the festival. Similarly, the festival this year falls in May. But, traveling to mustang is possible throughout the year. Similarly, the Upper Mustang Tiji Festival Tour 2022 is only available once a year.

Tour duration

The tour mainly lasts for eight days. During this time, you will be able to see some of the most beautiful cultures and traditions of the place. Similarly, you will not feel bored during your stay. It will be an unforgettable time in your life.

Gear List

Gears required for the trek vary upon destination and season. A comprehensive list of gear for all activities is listed on our dedicated page of Trekking Gear List

Frequently
Asked Questions

Terms and Conditions

1. Cancellation Policy

There is no cancellation or withdrawal policy for the trip by the client after the trip has started. During the trip, any unused services provided by the company, like accommodation, food, permits, etc., won’t be refunded.

If you cancel the trip at any time before the departure date, 90% of the total cost is reusable for a year or refunded. Visit this page for more details on the cancellation policy.

2. Risk of unforeseen circumstances

Nepal Alternative Treks is directed towards the fulfillment of your every desire. In this connection, we perform our duties honestly & seriously to make your journey very smooth & pleasant. However, Nepal Alternative Treks will not take any responsibility regarding any change & alternations in the itinerary due to unavoidable circumstances such as landslides, road blockage, flood, snow, political unrest, flight cancellation, delayed arrival, sickness, or accidents. The clients shall bear any extra cost incurred there on the spots.

3. Clients' Responsible

A trekking guide representing Nepal’s alternative treks deserves all authority during your tours. If you commit an unlawful act, you must leave the tour, and no refund will be issued.

4. Impact on your journey

We put our every effort into ensuring you are comfortable traveling. Still, it is a must understand that what you might be accustomed to in the western affluent countries, the Himalayan countries can’t afford such facilities. Weather is another factor that directly impacts your journey. Hence, patience in mind, enthusiasm, and proper preparation before heading is a must to venture into a journey trip.

5. Travel Insurance

You must purchase a comprehensive travel insurance package against medical, natural calamity, helicopter evacuation, personal accident, trip cancellation, etc. This is strongly suggested to all our esteemed clients.

6. Your personal belongings

On any account, we’re not answerable for any loss or damage of your luggage or property belonging to you even when shouldered by guide cum porter or transferred by transport means. That means your personal possessions and luggage are at your risk at the time.

7. Porter weight limit

Porter will carry 10 kg each and 20 kilograms in total. A bit more or less can be adjusted per both parties’ mutual understanding.

We value
Service Excellence

We have the best team and array of services to provide a lifetime experience to all our travelers. Right from the airport pickup to a customized tour, we do the utmost to make sure you experience a hassle-free trip. Likewise, all our trips meet the safety protocols along with the highest health and hygiene standards.

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