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Tiji Festival Trek in Upper Mustang (15 days)

Trip Code:NET-FT-TJ1

  • Trip Type Lodge/Teahouse
  • Duration 15 days
  • Grade Strenuous
  • Max.Altitude 3795 m.
  • Group Size 2+
  • Travel Mode Land/Flight
Tiji festival in Mustang

Tiji festival in Mustang

Tiji Festival trek gives you an opportunity to observe one of the biggest and most popular festivals held in Lomangthang of Upper Mustang region. The festival is an annual event held for three days during the month of May though the dates may vary from year to year. 
 
Upper Mustang, once an ancient kingdom and a trade route between Tibet (China) and Nepal, is a sensitive protected area. The landscape here reminds one of Tibetan plateau, dry and barren, and sparsely inhabited. The region is culturally and geographically attached to Tibet. It is still a controlled area visiting which requires special permits for trekkers with a minimum of two persons in a group. Upper Mustang is often visited during Tiji Festival when Buddhist Mustang people participate with much fanfare.
 
Derived from the phrase ‘Tempa Chirrim’, which means ‘world peace’, Tiji Festival is observed by the Mustang people to promote and disseminate the message of world peace. The highlights of the festival include special dance performance called “Tsa Chham” by the monks of nearby Gumbas. The festival centers around the tale of a demon called Ma Tum Tu Ta who was subdued by Dhorji Sonam, a reincarnation of Buddha. Hence the theme of the festival is the ultimate victory of good over evil. 
 
Since Upper Mustang falls in the trans Himalayan region (rain shadow zone) trekking in the area is possible throughout the year including monsoon. Here the trek could be of shorter or longer duration because of flight and road accessibility. For example, you can fly from Pokhara to Jomsom or trek/directly drive from Pokhara to Jomsom/Kagbeni or trek from Besisahar via Annapurna circuit. Most trekkers fly from Pokhara to Jomsom and start the trek.
 
Our company Nepal Environmental Treks & Expedition has been organizing this trek since its inception. Many trekkers from various countries have successfully completed the trek under our professional guidance and logistical arrangements. 
 

 Trip code: NET-FT-TJ1
  Region Mustang Region
 Trip Rating
 Trip Duration 15 days
 Trip Type: Lodge/Teahouse
 Trip Grade: Strenuous
 Min. Group Size 2+
 Max Altitude: 3795 m.
 Trip Start: Kathmandu
 Trip Ends: Kathmandu
 Best Season: Autumn: SEP-OCT-NOV
Spring: MAR-APR-MAY
Monsoon: JUN-JUL-AUG
 Transportaion: Land/Flight
 Meals: All meals 3 times a day (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
 Acommodation: 3 Star hotel accommodation in Kathmandu
Standard hotel accommodation in Pokhara
Lodge (Tea house) accommodation during the trek

Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara (914m.) takes about seven hours. This drive will take most of the morning, leaving much of the afternoon to explore the various sites of Pokhara.

Pokhara is tourist's paradise with full of natural as well as cultural heritage sites such as lakes, caves, temples of Buddhist and Hindus along with mountains. You can observe views to the north across the hills and Phewa Tal (lake) to the white peaks of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges. Stay overnight at hotel.

Fly from Pokhara to Jomsom (2700m.) takes about 25 minutes and trek from Jomsom to Kagbeni (2810 m.) takes another four hours. You take the spectacular early morning flight to Jomsom. The trail is quite barren with craggy rocks and sand and is mostly flat, which makes it very easy going. It is also very picturesque, with views of big peaks all around such as Dhaulagiri, Tukuche and Nilgiri, whilst to the south can be seen the entire Annapurna Massif. Stay overnight at lodge.

Trek from Kagbeni to Chuksang (2900m.) takes about five hours. You trek right up to the river valley, but you use a combination of the high trail and the riverbank pathways. The trail then widens significantly revealing an endless stretch of sand. Chusang village is only about a 2hrs walk beyond Tangbe at the confluence of the Narshing Khola and the Kali Gandaki. Stay overnight at lodge.

Trek from Chuksang to Samar (3150m.) takes about three and half hours. The trek now leaves the valley and climbs steeply up a rocky alley to the village of Chele. From Chele you climb a steep spur and then continue ascending along the side of a spectacular steep canyon to a pass. Beyond the pass you descend on a pleasant trail to Samar, situated in a grove of poplar trees. Stay overnight at lodge.

Trek from Samar to Geling (3510 m.) takes about five hours. You climb above Samar to a ridge and then descend into a large gorge past a chorten before entering another valley filled with juniper trees. You then cross a stream and after climbing to a pass, you descend along a ridge to Shyangmochen a tiny settlement with a few tea shops. The trail climbs gently from Shyangmochen and you enter another huge valley before descending to Geling with its extensive fields of barley. Stay overnight at lodge.

Trek from Geling to Ghami (3490 m.) via Ghami La (3520m.) takes about five hours. From Geling the trail climbs gently through fields, up to the center of the valley, passing above the settlement of Tama Gun and an imposing chorten. You then begin a taxing climb across the head of the valley to the Nyi La [3840m]. The descent from the pass is quite gentle and about half an hour further on we come to a trail junction; the right trail is the direct route to Charang, the left trail leads to Ghami. Ghami is a large white-washed village sheltered by overhanging cliffs. Stay overnight at lodge.

Trek from Ghami to Tsarang (36200 m.) takes about five hours. Today's walk is perhaps through the driest part of Mustang. Finally, you come to Charang, a large spread-out village at the top of the Charang Chu canyon. At the eastern end of the village are a huge dzong [fortress] and a red Gompa which houses an excellent collection of statues and thangkas. Stay overnight at lodge.

Trek from Tsarang to Lo-Manthang [Mustang] (3730m.) takes about three hours. You will spend part of the morning exploring the interesting village of Charang and its large monastery, before setting out for Lo Manthang. You climb gently above the valley to a large isolated chorten that marks the boundary between Charang and Lo. The trail then broadens and eventually you get your first view of the walled city of Lo Manthang. The city has only one entrance so you circumambulate the wall to the gate on the north east corner. Stay overnight at lodge.

Rest at Lo-Manthang. Stay overnight at lodge.

Trek from Lo-Manthang to Ghami (3490 m.) takes about six hours. You continue your journey on the highland route, crossing alpine meadows before dropping down a steep eroded alley to Dhakmar for lunch. After lunch, you walk through the pretty valley, climb to a ridge and descend from there back to Ghami. Stay overnight at lodge.

Trek from Ghami to Samar takes about six hours. Leaving Ghami you begin to follow narrow winding path until you reach Geling crossing a small stream. Samar is a small village with terraces, Tibetan style houses, Mani walls, monastery, and prayer flags and here you find people following Tibetan life styles and traditions. Stay overnight at lodge.

Trek from Samar to Kagbeni takes about seven hours. Following a descending path you reach Chuksang crossing a suspension bridge over Kali Gandaki. You walk along the bank of Kali Gandaki with views of natural vegetation and apple orchards. Stay overnight at lodge.

Trek from Kagbeni to Jomsom (2713m.) takes about three hours. Your trail passes through the bank of Kali Gandaki passing through Ekle Bhatti. Jomsom is the headquarters of Mustang. From here you can have access to the internet and banking facilities. Stay overnight at hotel.

Fly from Jomsom to Pokhara takes about 35 minutes. Stay overnight at hotel in Pokhara.

Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu takes about seven hours. While driving from Pokhara to Kathmandu, you head up to Damauli, Dumre, Muglin and Kurintar where Nepal's first cable car is operated to reach to Manakamana Temple. From Naubishe you climb up to Thankot, the gateway to capital city, Kathmandu. 


The Trip includes following services:
  • The price includes the following services:
  • Airport pick-up and drop-off services by private A/C car or Van
  • Special Trekking Permit
  • Entry Permit for Annapurna conservation Area
  • Trekkers' Information Management system (TIMS) card
  • Trekking guide/s
  • Porter/s (1 porter carries 25 kilograms of luggage)
  • All meals three times a day (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek
  • Accommodation in teahouses (lodges) during the trek
  • Sleeping bags, down jackets, duffle bags and trekking sticks etc.
  • Flight ticket from Pokhara - Jomsom and Jomsom - Pokhara
  • All land transportation wherever applicable
  • 2 nights hotel accommodation with breakfast in Pokhara
  • Insurance and equipments for the trekking staffs
  • First aid kit
  • Rescue assistance (Should any emergency arise during your trek, we will provide prompt and professional rescue and medical services. For this, it would be better to have your own travel insurance that can cover helicopter evacuation and medical treatment cost incase required.)
  • One farewell dinner in Kathmandu with live cultural performance at authentic Nepali restaurant on the last evening
  • Souvenir (t-shirt, mug, pen, bag, etc.) 
     
The Trip does not include:
  • Personal nature expenses
  • Drinks, beverages, hot shower, etc.
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips
  • Lunch and dinner in Pokhara
  • Meals and hotel accommodation in Kathmandu 

Note:  There are different categories of Hotels in Kathmandu ranging from budget to 5 star hotels. We are happy to arrange your hotel accommodation in Kathmandu as per your interest and budget. Please inform us in advance about the type or category or price range of hotel that you would like to stay in.
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