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Tiji Festival Trek in Upper Mustang

15 days
Max. Elevation
Group size
Min 2+
Drive & Flight
Best Season
Autumn: SEP-OCT-NOV Spring: MAR-APR-MAY Monsoon: JUN-JUL-AUG
2-3 Star Accommodation in Kathmandu. Lodge Accommodation during Trek. Standard Hotel Accommodation in Pokhara
All meals 3 times a day (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
Starts at/ Ends at
Kathmandu / Kathmandu
Trip Route
Kathmandu - Pokhara - Jomsom - Kagbeni - Chuksang - Samar - Gelin - Ghami - Tsarang- Lo Manthang (Mustang) - Ghami - Samar - Kagbeni - Jomsom - Pokhara - Kathmandu



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. 

Important Note

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.

Trip Itinerary

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.

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    • 2 night hotel accommodation with breakfast at 3 star standards hotel in Pokhara
    • One trekking guide (if there are 10 or more participants, we will provide 2 trekking guides)
    • One porter for every 2 trekking participants (1 porter carries 25 kilograms of luggage)
    • All meals three times a day (breakfast, lunch & dinner)
    • Accommodation in teahouses (lodges) during the trek
    • Sleeping bags, down jackets, duffle bags and trekking poles, if needed
    • Special trekking permit for Upper Mustang
    • Entry Permit for Annapurna conservation Area (ACAP)
    • Trekkers' Information Management system (TIMS) card
    • Flight tickets: Pokhara - Jomsom – Pokhara as per the itinerary
    • All land transportation: Kathmandu – Pokhara – Kathmandu by a/c deluxe tourist bus
    • Insurance and equipment for all guides and porters
    • First aid kit
    • Tax, VAT and our service charge
    • Rescue assistance (In case of emergency, we will organize prompt and professional rescue services. To arrange timely evacuation/rescue by helicopter, you must have insurance from a reliable travel insurance company that covers both helicopter evacuation and medical treatment cost.)

Doesn't Include

    • Personal nature expenses (Telephone calls, internet, toiletries, battery recharge, hot shower, laundry, soft drinks, beers and any alcoholic beverages)
    • Travel insurance
    • Tips for involved staffs
    • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara
    • Entrance fees while sightseeing in Kathmandu
    • Extra nights’ accommodation in Kathmandu or Pokhara owing to early arrival or late departure or early return from trekking due to any unforeseen or personal reason outside the scheduled itinerary)

Equipment List

Below is a list of equipment and clothing required for trekking. The necessity of these items depends on the type, altitude, timing and destination of trekking. Appropriate trekking gears are not only required for the comfort/pleasure of your trek but also to improve safety factor.  Please have a look over these items in order to fully prepare and thoroughly enjoy the trekking.

General Items

Daypack, Rucksack, Sleeping bag, Duffel bag, Walking Poles, walking boots, sandals, Toiletries (Soaps, Toilet papers, Sanitizers, toothpaste, tooth brush, etc.)

Clothing Items

Thermal underwear, Down jacket, Shorts, Trekking trousers, Towels, Woolen gloves, Gaiters, Fleece jacket or Pullover, Wind/water proof jacket, Raincoat, Warm socks, buff  

Sun-worn Items

Sun hat, Sunglasses, Snow goggles, Sunscreen, Lip balm


Headlamp, Flash light, Binoculars, Cameras (chargers and batteries), 


Water bottle/bladder, Water purification Iodine tablets, Energy bars and snacks

Medical Essentials

First Aid Kit


Altimeter, Compass, Binoculars, Books/magazines, GPS, Pocket knife, Candles (for lodges), Notebook with pencil/pen, etc

Additional items for camping trek

Tent, Stove and fuel, Utensils for cooking, eating and drinking, sleeping mattresses

Note: We can also provide sleeping bag, down jacket, duffel bag, walking poles, and First Aid Kit in case if you don’t have one. These items are inclusive of total package price.

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