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Maximum Altitude:
4000 Meters
18 Day(s)
Group Size:
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    The TIJI Festival Trek is an annual cultural and spiritual event that takes place in the Forbidden Kingdom of Nepal in the Upper Mustang region of Nepal. It is a three-day festival that celebrates the victory of good over evil and marks the beginning of the farming season in the region. The festival is celebrated by the local people who belong to the Tibetan Buddhist community and is characterized by colorful dances, rituals, and ceremonies.

    The festival is centered around the Tiji myth, which tells the story of a deity named Dorje Jono, who battles his demon father to save the kingdom from destruction. The festival is celebrated in the ancient walled city of Lo Manthang, the capital of the former Mustang Kingdom. The dates for this year’s Tiji festival are May 16, 17, and 18, 2023.

    The trek to Lo Manthang is a challenging and scenic one that takes you through breathtaking landscapes of the Mustang region, including the world-famous Himalayan mountain range. The trek starts from Jomsom and takes you through picturesque villages, barren landscapes, and stunning valleys before reaching the walled city of Lo Manthang.

    The TIJI Festival Trek is a unique cultural and spiritual experience that provides a glimpse into the ancient traditions and way of life of the people of Mustang. It is a must-see event for anyone interested in the history, culture, and religion of the region.

    You will be able to attend the Tiji festival in Lo Manthang if you visit in May. This three-day festival honors the tale of Dorje Jono, a god who must battle his demon father to save the Mustang kingdom from destruction.  Monks in masks perform prayers and ceremonial dances outside the settlement, as well as horse races.

    History of the Tiji Festival

    The Tiji Festival is an annual event celebrated in the Upper Mustang region of Nepal by the people of the Tibetan Buddhist community. The festival is believed to have originated in the 15th century when the Tibetan Buddhist saint, Guru Rinpoche, visited Mustang and helped to establish Buddhism in the region.

     The festival’s origins are linked to the Tiji myth, which tells the story of a deity named Dorje Jono, who battles his demon father, Ma Tam Ru Ta, to save the kingdom from destruction. According to the legend, the demon father caused drought and famine in the land, and Dorje Jono had to subdue him to restore prosperity and well-being.

     The Tiji Festival is celebrated annually over three days in the ancient walled city of Lo Manthang, the capital of the former Mustang Kingdom. The festival marks the beginning of the farming season and is believed to bring good luck and prosperity to the community.

     During the festival, the monks of the Chhyode Gumba Monastery perform colorful dances and rituals, accompanied by music and chanting, to reenact the Tiji myth. The festival’s highlights include the Masked Dance, during which the monks wear elaborate costumes and masks to represent various deities and demons.

     The Tiji Festival was banned in Nepal in the 1960s, during the country’s political turmoil, but was reinstated in 1990 after the restoration of democracy. The festival has since become a popular cultural and spiritual event, attracting visitors from all over the world who come to witness the unique traditions and customs of the people of Mustang.





Day 1 Arrival at International Airport in Kathmandu (1,400 m).

Once you reach Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA), the Himalayan Marvel Adventure delegate will receive you from there and then check-in in at the hotel. In the evening, you will meet your trek guide and other crew members and then have a brief discussion about our itineraries, accommodation, transportation, services that we include, and exclude, and we provide a cap, T-shirt, and bag with our company logo.

Overnight at a Hotel.

Day 2 Guided Sightseeing in and around Kathmandu valley.

The day starts with hot coffee and a delicious breakfast at the hotel. After breakfast at the hotel, we will meet the trek guide and crew members and have a small meeting regarding our trek details. In the meeting, we will be discussing our itineraries, accommodation, transportation, and services that we include and exclude, and we provide a cap, T-shirt, and bag with our company logo.

After that, our city guide will receive you from the hotel and then take you to the Boudhanath temple, where you will explore the stupa, a monastery. Then the guide will take you to the Patan Durbar Square, where you will explore the Patan Durbar, temples, and witness the Newari culture, and food. Then drive to Swayambhunath and get the view of Kathmandu valley from the top of Swayambhunath then back to the hotel.

Overnight at a Hotel.

Day 3 Drive/Fly to Pokhara.

The day starts early in the morning in both cases to drive or fly to Pokhara. It will take around 7-8 hrs and most probably we will start at 6 am and will have lunch on the way. Once we reach Pokhara we will check-in in at the hotel and take a rest. In the evening we will visit the lakeside of Pokhara and relax there.

 If we fly to Pokhara, we will leave for the airport by 7 am and take a flight at 8 am. After some time we will reach Pokhara and check-in in at the hotel. Since it is not tiring that’s why we can explore Pokhara. You will find many exciting places here with natural beauty. The whole day you can enjoy the beauty of nature at Pokhara and can take part in some exciting adventures like paragliding, zip flyer, mountain biking, ultralight flight, and many more.

 Many adventures are waiting for you so you decide to go to Pokhara by driving or flying.

Overnight at a Hotel.

Day 4 Fly to Jomsom then trek to Kagbeni (2,810 m, 2-3 Hrs).

We will take an early morning flight from Pokhara to Jomsom. The mountains are so near that you can almost see leaves on trees and craters on the rocks. Flights, on the other hand, are often canceled if the weather conditions are hazardous. Once we reach Jomsom, we will have breakfast there and then start to trek to Kagbeni. From Jomsom, it will take around 3 hours.

Overnight at a Guesthouse.

Day 5 Trek to Chaile (2,920 m, 5-6 Hrs).

As we follow the paths across the Kali Gandaki River, we ascend through numerous grooves, passing through Tangbe and Chusang villages. The route slowly rises away from the banks of the Kali Gandaki River. It drives us to an ancient Tibetan settlement, Chaile.

Overnight at a Guesthouse.

Day 6 Trek to Syangbochen (3,570 m, 6-7 Hrs).

Today’s trail leads west, up a hill with sheer and progressive parts next to quaint Gyagar Village.  The views of Nilgiri, Tilicho, Thorong Hill, Yakwa Kang, and other peaks become more spectacular as we climb higher. After a long day hike, we arrive at a pass marked by prayer flags and rock piles. Walking further, we reach Samar village, where we will have lunch and then resume our trek to Syangbochen.


Overnight at a Guesthouse

Day 7 Trek to Tsarang(3,620 m, 4-5 Hrs).

Leaving Ghami behind, the path rises to a final pass and then settles to Tsarang Village for the night, crossing the longest and oldest Mani Prayer Wall in the area.

Overnight at a Guesthouse.

Day 8 Trek to Lo Manthang and exploration of Tiji Festival Day 1 (3,810 m, 4 Hrs).

As we progress towards the impressive Lo Manthang region, the magnificent landscape of the northern highlands gradually unfolds before us. The panoramic vista includes the awe-inspiring Manaslu, Annapurna I, III, Dhaulagiri, and Nilgiri mountain ranges. Upon ascending further and traversing the stone-lined path that winds through the Buddhist village, we eventually reach our destination of Lomanthang. As we ascend into the valley, a breathtaking view of the Tibetan border in the far north unfolds before us. The first day of the Tiji Festival Trek is truly extraordinary, where we will witness the stunning ceremonies at the Royal Palace, accompanied by enchanting melodies of traditional music as the locals perform their customary dance in masks and costumes.

We will spend the night at Lomanthang

Day 9 Exploration of Day 2 of the Tiji Festival.

The second day of the Tiji Festival promises to be unforgettable. Awakening early to the melodious strains of traditional music, we will have the opportunity to explore and take part in the morning rituals. We can visit the Namgyal Gumba to observe the monks honing their traditional skills and engaging in meditation. Additionally, we can visit neighboring monasteries, converse with locals, and proceed towards the Choden Gompa and other monasteries before ascending to the old king’s Durbar. After a day of exploration, we will return to our hotel for the night.

Day 10 Exploration of Day 3 of the Tiji Festival.

The Tiji Festival’s third day, surrounded by the breathtaking Himalayan scenery, guarantees to be an exceptional event. This is when the demon’s remains are destroyed, with a tiger skin and red swirl hung as part of the ritual, followed by the bow attack ceremony. Conventional weapons are used to bring down the remaining parts of the demon, after which dancing and other customary activities take place. The monks will then return to the palace stage to perform captivating dance routines. After exploring the entire venue,

we will return to our hotel for the night.

Day 11 Trek to Dhakmar (3,810m/12,500ft, 6-7 Hrs).

After enjoying the morning freshness and the stunning views of Nilgiri and Annapurna to the north, we will resume our trek. We will leave the Lomanthang Valley through the southern route, passing by Ghar Gumba and reaching a picturesque village. Admiring the sculptures and statues of prominent members of the Buddhist community, we will then proceed to Chilling, where we will spend the night.

Day 12 Trek to Ghiling (3,806m/12,484ft, 5-6 Hrs).

In the morning, we will traverse through the desolate sandy trail of the Mustang region as we head southwards. Since the wind tends to pick up in the late afternoon, we will strive to reach our destination before then. It will take us around four to five hours to trek from the magnificent Mustang region to Ghiling, where we will spend the night.


Day 13 Trek to Chusang (3,050m/10,004ft, 5-6 Hrs).

As we make our way toward Jomsom, the trekking trail will become more effortless. We will continue to traverse through the breathtaking landscape, catching glimpses of the northern Himalayas, teahouses, and hidden settlements of the Mustang Region. As we near Chuksang, the scenery will gradually become greener. The journey will last around 4 to 5 hours, and we will be treated to stunning views of the Mustang Region throughout.

We will spend the night at a guesthouse in Chuksang.

Day 14 Trek to Jomsom (3,850m, 5-6 Hrs).

After waking up in the morning and taking a glass of Yak’s Milk tea, we shall begin our walk towards Jomsom. The Annapurna Circuit Trek trial will welcome us when we cross the suspension bridge. After the trial, the countryside will begin to become apparent. We will reach Kagbani after more than 3 hours of trekking, and after taking the appropriate stoned route, the great market of Jomsom will welcome us. Stay the night at the Jomsom.

We will start our journey towards Jomsom after enjoying a cup of Yak’s Milk tea in the morning. As we cross the suspension bridge, we will enter the Annapurna Circuit Trek trail, and the surrounding countryside will become visible. After trekking for over 3 hours, we will arrive at Kagbeni, and after navigating through the appropriate stone-lined path, we will reach the bustling market of Jomsom.

We will spend the night in Jomsom

Day 15 Fly back to Pokhara.

After breakfast at Jomsom, we say goodbye to Jomsom and take a quick 30-minute flight back to Pokhara. The remaining time is leisure, you can spend this time as you wish.

Overnight at a Hotel.

Day 16 Leisure Day and Sightseeing in and around Pokhara.

For the amazing sunrise view, we wake up early in the morning at around 5 and head towards Sarangkot. Once we witness the pictorial sunrise view we head back to the hotel and have breakfast. After breakfast, your Pokhara guide will take you to Mahendra cave, Bat cave, Talbarahi temple, Pame, Peace Pagoda, and Lakeside of the Pokhara.

Overnight at a Hotel.

Day 17 Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu.

Since it’s a long day, we start the day early in the morning. After breakfast at the hotel, we drove back to Kathmandu on the same route which we took previously. After around 7 hrs, we reach the hotel and then check in and relax.

 Or if you fly back to Kathmandu it will take less time to reach there and you also get a chance to explore Kathmandu valley. If you are flying, you will take a morning flight at 7:45 am and by 10 am you will check-in in at the hotel. So you will have enough time to do shopping or explore the valley or you can relax the whole day, it’s your choice.

 We will have a farewell dinner with the trekking crew a guide and other staff. Enjoy the farewell dinner, and then have a sound sleep at the hotel of Kathmandu.

Overnight at a Hotel.

Day 18 Departure Day.

Himalayan Marvel Adventure delegate will drop you at the airport before 3 hrs and return to the respective places. Or you can choose the following program for the next adventurous journey.

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Price Includes

  • Airport pickups and drops in a private vehicle
  • A three-star hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Room in the best available lodge and all meals (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner) during Mustang Tiji Festival Trekking
  • Welcome and farewell dinners.
  • All ground transportation in private vehicle as per itinerary
  • Pokhara – Jomsom and Jomsom – Pokhara flight ticket
  • Kathmandu and Pokhara guided sightseeing in private vehicle
  • All entrance fees during sightseeing
  • An experienced English or other Language speaking guide and one assistance guide for more than five trekkers
  • Mustang Tiji Festival Trekking special permit
  • Guide, porter, and necessary staff salaries, insurance, accommodation and food, and airfares if necessary
  • sleeping bag (to be returned after trip completion) and tent if necessary Duffel bags, t-shirts, achievement certificates, and trekking maps are accessible services from the company.
  • Annapurna Conservation Area Project Permit, Special Permit of Upper Mustang (Cost
  • USD 500) and TIMS
  • First Aid Medical kit or essential medicine
  • Seasonal fruits during the trek
  • Rescue arrangements in the worst case
  • All applicable government and local taxes

Price Excludes

  • Nepalese visa fee and international airfares
  • Hotel accommodation, Lunch, and Dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara because of an early arrival in Nepal or late departure from Nepal, early return from Mustang Tiji Festival Trekking because of any reason than the scheduled itinerary
  • Travel and rescue insurance for trekkers only
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, soft or hard beverages, recharge the battery, bottled/boiled water, extra porters, hot shower, a pot of tea, etc.) during trekking
  • Tips and gratuities for guide(s), porter(s) and driver(s)


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