Tiji Festival Trek

‘enjoy the adventure within cultural and scenic country and its colorful festival’

  • Destination:Nepal
  • Total Duration:18 days
  • Trekking Duration:13 days
  • Start Point:Kathmandu
  • End Point:Kathmandu
  • Trip Grade:Easy To Moderate
  • Max Elevation:3930m/12894ft on crossing Nyi-La pass.
  • Accommodation:Double/Twin sharing in hotel/lodge
  • Meals:Breakfast basis in city and full board during the trek
  • Transportation:Private Vehicle/Tourist Bus/Flight
  • Max Group Size:2-12
  • Best Time:end April to June as per Tibetan Buddhism calendar.
  • Style:tea house/lodge

Overview

Tiji Festival Trek, Upper Mustang Tiji Festival a great colorful event to observe and experience within high windswept country that leads you to far flung corners of Nepal Western Himalaya, where trail extends to Tibet border through Karo-la pass, as this wild area located on Old Trans Himalaya Salt and Caravan Trade Route of Nepal and Tibet.

One of the most scenic places around Himalaya region which actually an extension of vast and high South West of Tibetan plateau where in past centuries a flourishing trading post which is still active to this day but in smaller scales.

Upper Mustang Tiji Festival trek takes you to enjoy its dramatic beautiful country along with colorful cultures of Mustang people interwoven with Tibetan Buddhism and ancient Bonpa a pre Buddhist sect of religions.

An interesting country to visit apart from its ancient Tenji Festival which is often spelled and pronounced as “Teeji” which was shorten and abbreviated from ‘Tempa Tserim’ which means and translates to “Prayer for World peace” also commemorate victory of Lord Buddha’s incarnation.

Upper Mustang Tiji Festival begins with wonderful scenic short flight from famous touristic city of Pokhara where small aircraft lands at a small airstrip in Jomsom, headquarter and administrative town of Mustang district and home to Thakali people, been on trade with Tibet across the border since ancient times.

From Jomsom walk takes you at old Kagbeni villages where you can witness the start of Mustang culture and traditional farm life from here onward as trek continues towards high areas within eroded canyon and towering cliffs past interesting farm villages and over few passes with stunning views of snow mountains and beautiful landscapes till our route reach at former old walled kingdom of Lo Manthang.

Here enjoy and take part in the colorful Tiji a Festival chasing of demons and evil spirits performed by monks and priests, where head guru of lamas perform old ceremony gripping human skull-tops laced with streamers, lamas chant prayers and perform, nearly completes 50 different religious dances, as well interrupted by masked demons who flail wooden swords at the frightened spectators.

The festival takes place in one of its important monastery courtyard where one can explore its town like villages with narrow stone paved streets and ally witness the local impressive custom of ancient heritage with strong influence of Tibetan traditional custom.

After a great exciting and enjoyable time at Upper Mustang Tiji Festival Trek walk back to Jomsom for scenic flight to reach at picturesque Pokhara by its serene calm Phewa Lake with views of Annapurna and Machhapuchare ‘Fish-Tail’ peaks.

  • On beautiful location within windswept terrain of high cliffs and canyons
  • A country of photogenic landscapes and extension of vast Tibetan plateau
  • Scenic views on daily walks to former walled kingdom of Lo-Manthang
  • Enjoy interesting colorful and impressive Tenji Festival of Upper Mustang
  • An adventure of great combination with lovely scenery and age-old culture
  • Sweeping scenic flight to and from beautiful Pokhara a renowned touristic spot
  • Following Old Trans Himalaya Salt and Caravan Trail of Nepal and Tibet
  • 22 May 2019: Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu 1,350 m / 4,430 ft and transfer to Hotel.
  • 23 May 2019: Day 02: In Kathmandu with sightseeing tour at places of interest.
  • 24 May 2019: Day 03: Drive or fly to scenic Pokhara 860 m - 06 hrs and transfer to hotel.
  • 25 May 2019: Day 04: Flight to Jomsom 2,700 m and trek to Kagbeni 2,830 m - 04 hrs.
  • 26 May 2019: Day 05: Trek to Cheler / Tsele 3,050 m - 06 hrs.
  • 27 May 2019: Day 06: Trek to Geling 3,540 m - 05 hrs.
  • 28 May 2019: Day 07:  Trek to Charang / Tsarang 3,560 m - 06 hrs.
  • 29 May 2019: Day 08: Trek to Lo-Manthang 3,700 m - 04 hrs.
  • 30 May 2019, 31 May 2019 and 01 June 2019: Day 09- 10-11: Observe Tenji Festival for three days of great interest.
  • 02 Jun 2019: Day 12: Trek to Ghami 3,440 m - 06 hrs.
  • 03 Jun 2019: Day 13: Trek to Samar 3,150 m -05 hrs.
  • 04 Jun 2019: Day 14: Trek to Kagbeni -05 hrs and transfer to lodge.
  • 05 Jun 2019: Day 15: Trek to Jomsom 2, 715 m - 04 hours.
  • 06 Jun 2019: Day 16: Morning short drive to Jomsom airport 2,715 m and fly to Pokhara.
  • 07 Jun 2019: Day 17: Drive / Fly to Kathmandu - 06 hrs journey (30 mins via air)
  • 08 Jun 2019: Day 18: Final International departure from Nepal.
  • All airport Pick up drop by private vehicle (Both for Domestic and International flight)
  • Welcome dinner in Authentic Restaurant
  • 03-night deluxe accommodation on BB in Kathmandu
  • Guided sightseeing tours with private vehicle in Kathmandu (Entrance fees extra)
  • Kathmandu to Pokhara to Kathmandu by tourist bus
  • 02 night deluxe accommodation on BB in Pokhara
  • Pokhara to Jomsom to Pokhara by flight
  • ACAP Permit and Special permit for upper mustang trek
  • Accommodation in the mountain during the trekking
  • Three meals a day; breakfast, Lunch and Dinner during the trekking
  • A highly experience, helpful, knowledgeable, friendly , English speaking well trained, Government license holder guide with all his salary, food, drinks, accommodation, Transport and insurance.
  • 02 guest=01 porter with their Insurance, Salary, Food, accommodation and equipment Luggage per porter carries about 20kg).
  • We provide assistant guide his salary, food, drinks, accommodation, Transport and insurance walking with group to support where necessary as per the group size
  • Arrangement of emergency evacuation service (should have insurance for emergency evacuation and will be paid by your travel insurance company)
  • First add kid box
  • Trekking Planner’s sleeping bag, down jackets, Ti-shirt, Cap, duffle bags, city and trekking route maps – if necessary.
  • Oxymeter to check your pulse and oxygen saturation and heart rate twice daily during the trekking (Very useful to check Altitude Mountain Sickness(AMS) symptoms) Which will ensure you trek is in the safest hands possible
  • All applicable government and local taxes as per the itinerary

 

  • Your Nepal Visa fees (should bring small accurate fees in USD and 02 passport size photos)
  • All the International air fare from and to Kathmandu (no need to pay departure tax for international flight)
  • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu and in Pokhara
  • All necessary entrance fees for the guided sightseeing tours in city
  • Personal travel and health Insurance, Insurance for helicopter evacuation
  • In case of extra more nights’ accommodation, lunch and dinner in city due to early arrival and late departure as well as early back/return from mountain/trekking (due to any reason) than the given time period of itinerary
  • Your Personal expenses such as ( laundry, baggage charge, phone calls, battery recharge, bar and beverage bill, boiled or bottle water, hot and cold shower, extra porter.. etc)
  • The Tips to the trekking crews and drive
  • Extra expenses due to flight delays, strikes, weather condition or any event out of our control
  • Anything not included in service includes column

Detail Itinerary

"Ready-Made itinerary presented in a website can be operated for individuals, couples and small groups on a private tailor-made basis, starting on a date of your choice. An itinerary is on the basis of tea-house trekking but it can be operated as Camp Trek. Please contact Trekking Planner to discuss your tour plan."

On arrival at Kathmandu international airport, received by our office staff and guide and then a short drive to your hotels in the hub of Kathmandu city.

After checking in your rooms getting refreshed join with other members of the group for briefing on Upper Mustang Tenji Festival, provides you with useful information regarding treks and other details for your enjoyable stay in Nepal with us, includes welcome dinner in an authentic Nepalese restaurant with Folk Culture program.

Morning, depart from the hotel for exciting tour at places of great interest within Kathmandu city, steeped with historical and religious monuments temples, monasteries as listed in World Heritage Sites, after an interesting tour afternoon at leisure for Upper Mustang Tenji Festival trek preparation.

Morning depart from the hotel for interesting overland journey on Nepal Western highway, offers you with exciting views as drive leads past farm villages and towns on Nepal's main highway to reach at Pokhara city.

On reaching Pokhara after six hours of exciting drive, one of the most scenic and beautiful spot in all Himalaya, blessed with natural beauty of mountains and lakes facing views of Annapurna and towering Machhapuchare Himal ‘Fish Tail’.

Morning transfer to Pokhara airport for super scenic flight to land at Jomsom airport, situated above Kali-Gandaki River.

At Jomsom refreshing break to get organize where our other trekking staff and porters will load you baggage on mules, Jomsom headquarter and administrative town of Mustang district.

After a rest and getting organized, starting our first day walk heading towards wide Kali-Gandaki River valley following a river bed all the way to reach at Kagbeni village.

Kagbeni, located on the entrance to Upper Mustang and beyond to Tibet border on this old Trans Himalayan Salt Trade Route of Nepal and Tibet.

After a wonderful overnight at Kagbeni and exploring around this exciting village, morning walk starts heading with short uphill and into an open areas within towering colorful canyon and high eroded cliffs to reach at Tiri-Gaon village with well cultivated farm fields.

Walking within beautiful landscapes with short up and downs and on winding path to reach at Tshele village, pronounced as Chele, a village of moderate size here from onward into more Buddhism culture and custom similar to Tibet across the border.

From this nice village of Chele or Tsele, walk starts with short climb to reach at Gyakar village, and then into windswept terrain within dry and arid country, as walk slowly reach at Samar village, one of the attractive looking villages.

With time at Samar village walk continues to reach a small place of Bhena and then a steep climb leads to a ridge on top Yamda La at 3,860 m small pass, offering stunning views of Upper Mustang landscapes with high snow capped peaks of Mt. Dhaulagiri and Mustang Himal range.

Enjoying great scenery descend to Syangboche village another interesting village, as walk finally ends at Geling for overnight stop in this lovely traditional village.

After a pleasant and wonderful stop at Charang / Tsarang, morning with time to visit village old monastery here observe Buddhist prayer wheels propelled by fast flowing streams of water, after an interesting tour of the Gompa / monastery, walk continues to Ghami village.

As walk proceeds to cross over Ghaymi Khola (stream) and then leading to long rows of Mani walls (holy prayer stones), and then from here walk past Dhakmar village, and then finally reaching our overnight stop at Tsarang village, an impressive place surrounded by vast fields of buck wheat’s and barley.

Here with time to visit its old monastery of great interest enriched with ancient religious relics and painting on walls and ceiling with great statue of Buddha.

From Chrang our journey heading to our final goal and highlight of the adventure reaching at former walled city of Lo-Manthang, actually a large village inside the fort known as Dzong that guards Lo-Manthang from outside invaders in early days.

A few hours of good walk takes you into Lo Manthang, a former kingdom where great Raja (king) of Mustang ruled the whole kingdom of Lo known as Mustang.

As walk progress crossing a strong steel bridge to Marang village, from here climb to a ridge top, past chhorten and Mani stones prayer walls in between Tsarang and Lo Manthang.

Walk with scenic views of Nilgiri’s, Tilicho and Bhrikuti peaks, and then up to Lo La pass above 3,950 m high offering grand scenery looking down towards Lo Manthang walled village and a fortress, from here descend to the base of a pass then on nice path to reach at Lo Manthang for  overnight stops.

Tenji or Teji festival an annual event indigenous only to Lo-Manthang within Upper Mustang, where in ancient time a high priest Dhorje Sonam waded demon called Ma Tam Ru Ta, known as man eater and caused storms and droughts to destroy people's houses and livestock.

The dances performed by the monks of Lomanthang Chhyode Gumba during these three days festival enact the harassment of the Ma Tam Ru Ta, the birth of Dhorje Sonam the demon’s son and attempt by Dhorje Sonam to return the demon to the BUDDHA realm. The monks perform a dance called “Tsa Chham” on the first day of the Tenji and “Nga Chham” on the second day, one monk has to stay in seclusion for three monks during the winter preparing for the role of Dhorje Sonam. One the third day, in a ceremony called “Rha chham” this monk in the role of Dhorje Sonam throws the effigy and Tsamppa representation of Ma Tam Ru Ta. It is believed that the village is purified of evil spirits at this time.

The Tenji festival sometimes takes place in 27th till 29th days of third month of Tibetan calendar (April and Jun every year).

It is organized by Chhyode Gumba which is monastery of Sakyapa sect located in Lomanthang, Upper MUSTANG. The monasteries abbot is Khempo Tashi Tenjin Rinpochhe and there is close to 35 other from Lomanthang, Nenyol and Chhoser in the monastery. Villagers from all over “Lho Tshu Dhyun” (the ancient kingdom of Lo) come to watch the dance and to participate in the accompanying festivities the villager of Lo also contribute firewood and necessary material to undertake the festival.

After an enjoyable and fascinating time at Lo-Manthang observing Tenji Festival, walk back towards lower areas to reach Jomsom with few short climb to reach at Ghami for overnight stop, one of the important village of Upper Mustang region.

Morning walk leads on same trail with a climb up to Nyi La pass, and then contour upwards to reach the path coming from Tsarang village, from ridge top descend to Geling Valley. Walk continues past Geling to reach an isolated Tea House and then with slow downhill reaching at Tama Gung.

With steep switchbacks as our route to a climb coming across a large painted chhorten and then on straightforward route to our overnight stop at Samar village.

Enjoying time at Upper Mustang country and its interesting villages with super views, slowly our journey leads back to Kagbeni on downhill trail as walk leads on the same route past Chele village to reach at Mustang Khola, from here on gradual path between towering canyons and eroded high cliffs to reach at Kagbeni after a great time on Upper Mustang Tenji Festival.

From Kagbeni rest of the trek is much easier on gradual and downhill walks reaching around Kaligandaki river valley, from the valley floor on windswept Kaligandaki river valley to reach at Jomsom, a headquarter town of Mustang district with a small an airstrip on the shelf of Kaligandaki River.

Jomsom and Kaligandaki areas, famous for delicious apple and fine products cider, brandy and juice an interesting town of Thakali people to explore around, located on old Trans Himalaya Salt / Caravan route of Nepal and Tibet beyond Upper Mustang.

Morning from the lodge at Jomsom, transfer to Jomsom airport for scenic short flight to land at Pokhara, one of the most beautiful city, blessed with verdant valley, high mountains and serene lakes, free afternoon with optional sightseeing tour of Pokhara on request.

From Pokhara overland drive leads on the same route back to Kathmandu with amazing and wonderful time on Upper Mustang Trekking, on reaching Kathmandu transfer to your respective hotels with free afternoon for individual activities.

(Flying options of half hour on air to Kathmandu with sweeping panorama of mountains)

Your last day in Nepal, country of Himalayan wonders and as per your international flight time depart for homeward bound or to next respective connecting destinations.

Our staff and guide transfer you to Kathmandu airport after a mesmerizing memory and great time on Upper Mustang Tiji Festival.

"Trekking Planner will try to keep day-to-day schedule as per the detailed itinerary but there might be some flexibility due to other factors beyond our control. A variety of factors, including adverse weather conditions, natural disasters, difficulty with transportation and politics can lead to enforced changes. So, it is not possible to guarantee as per the itinerary. In the case, a trip leader will manage it to minimize your inconvenience." We wish you have a wonderful time with us!

Most Common FAQs

A festival that takes place only at Lo-Manthang the old kingdom of Lo or Upper Mustang, a religious event that continues for three days wading of evil spirits performed by Buddhist monks and priests along with prayer ceremony, which is very different to other festivals of Nepal and Himalaya countries.

Upper Mustang at present can be reached by overland drive all the way from Pokhara city after Kathmandu, to make the journey easier and smooth a short flight in a small aircraft reaches you at Jomsom town, from here one can trek or drive and even hire horse (a breed of horse known as Tibetan pony).

Buddhist religions of Tibetan origin with similar culture and custom as well practice ancient Bon sect of pre Buddhism worshipping natural spirits and mountains.

From Jomsom to Kagbeni one can find standard lodge with attached / private bathrooms and toilets, but as journey leads highest overnight in simple basic lodge and guest-houses with common bathrooms and toilets, as this place falls within cold and harsh climate where proper facilities is hard to maintain.

All rooms and dining halls are of standard as well warm and cozy, the meals served as per the menu with seasonal vegetables and meat items.

Dal Bhat the popular Nepalese main diets served nearly everywhere which is best and quick boiled or steam rice with lentil soups varies from green-yellow followed by well cooked vegetable mild curry with hot / sour sauce to add.

Food varies from one destination to another with Continental-Oriental-Indian-Nepalese to Tibetans as Mustang people normal diets.

Fair and fine weather during the month of April to May or first week of June however cooler morning and night time, can get very windy during afternoon time where one needs to get well equipped with proper head-wear, masks, scarf and wind-jackets.

Every lodge and guest-houses provides showers or bathe at extra cost, normally a shower or bathe supplied with buckets of hot water for you to refresh, where electricity line is nearly in all main major villages where you can charge your gadgets at extra cost.

Cost and Dates

To provide you a reasonable price, we need some number of persons into a group to minimize your cost on hotel, transportation and any other alternation in your itinerary. Departure dates available for online booking are as below where price given is per person and international flight is not included. If given date is not appropriate for you, Please CONTACT US so that Trekking Planner will happily manage your trip on dates favorable for you.

Trekking Planner also organizes various trips on small groups that can suit for you. We recommend you to reserve a seat for you by booking with us right away for a wonderful experience with us. Hurry up! Adventure is waiting for you.

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Reviews

Time of my life.

What an experience. I booked this solo, and had many concerns when I started (about the cold, about being vegan and a solo female traveller) and Dipak(organiser), Anil (yogi) and Ram (guide) where unbelieveably kind and provided for my every need. They are some of the kindest people I have met and really genuinely care for you. When I arrived, 6 days early for the trek, Dipak helped me to organise a mini trip to Pokhara to go paraglising and a sunrise tour of Sarangkot which was breathtaking (althought very cold!) and the taxi-driver we liked so much we hired him for the day to take us to various locations. (I met another girl who i travelled with). Chitwan was the enxt stop and that was fabulous too, although probabaly not the best time of hte year to go, we did not see that much, but it was still a real nice break from Kathmandu and amazing drive through valleys.As for the yoga trek itself I thought that it was excellent. It is 70 to 80 percent about trekking, and the yoga we did every morning and night. The issue was it was like minus 20 degrees so actually doing the yoga was unpleasantly cold. So if you are doing this trek to get better at yoga, i think that it is more about trekking. However i knew it would be cold booking and I don't regret anything. From tengboche onwards, we did breathing excercises instead of yoga and at altititude I found this benefical. I would recommend travellers to book early dec, late nov not late dec just because of the cold and also make the most of off-season prices. The group was just the 4 of us, originally 5 but one turned back due to the cold and personal reasons. Our sherpa guide Ram was AMAZING and not only walked one girl namche to lukla, but then returned tot he group walking over 50k in one day and he cared for us so much on the trip and was really good fun. The tea houses on the whole were good, the best was tengboche Trekking lodge as it was cosy, but you don't sleep well in the alitude and cold. Food is all vegetarian (trust me once you see the steaks hacked and carried you don't want to eat meat) so my vegan needs were well covered. dal bhat 24 hour power! I would recommend that if you go at the same time of year as me (21 dec to 4th jan) you start the day hiking WHEN THE SUN COMES UP. before it is honestly miserable. But this trek was one of the best things I have ever done and i thank all our sherpas, guides, yogi-Anil and Dipak for such a wonderful well put together trip. I met great friends and had a wonderful time. Oh and the complimentary massage at the end- AMAZING THANK YOU! Would 100% book again, next time ANNAPURNA!

Yogitravellerzizzie,
TripAdvisor

Goes the extra mile!

I did two treks with trekking planner and they were great! I ended up getting sick on my second trek and they called my insurance and took care of my changes in accommodation, my updated flight back, and everything! I would highly recommend them for additional peace of mind!

Jrd K,
TripAdvisor

Wonderful EBC experience

Four of us booked a 10 days EBC trekking tour with Trekking Planner. We booked very late and had quite specific requests. Dipak, the owner of the company, did everything he could to accommodate us. the entire arrangement was smooth and well planned. Even when the flight was cancelled due to the local weather and we had to switch to Heli, Dipak was able to find a local guide and porters for us at the last minute request. and we loved our guide and porters. We remain friends via facebook!

When you travel aboard for activities like this, reliability of your tour company is the key! and Trekking Planner is nothing short of that. Thank you Trekking Planner and Dipak for our wonderful experience.

maomao2018-SH,
TripAdvisor

Walking among the clouds. Trekking Manaslu, Tsum Valley.

From the very first moment walking into the Trekking Planner office, we felt very comfortable and knew that we’d made a good choice. Dipak sat with us and we discussed what we had intended to arrange. He was very knowledgeable due to his extensive experience guiding all over Nepal. We were doing this as part of a world trip, so due to our long term travelling, and not wanting to take unneeded items, Dipak kindly allowed us to leave our excess baggage in the office for safekeeping.

We planned to do the Manaslu circuit and link up to the Annapurna circuit directly after. The plan was recommended to do the Tsum valley on the Manaslu trek to assist in acclimatisation prior to attempting the high passes. It was a fantastic recommendation as was far less busy than other sections and the scenery was magnificent from the top of the valley. We arranged to have our guide with us for the Manaslu trek (18 days) and then when we finished and prepared to leave from Dharapani for the Annapurna, we planned to continue on our own. 

Our guide, Ramesh, met us at the office on the morning we left for the beginning of the trek. Ramesh was such an awesome young guide. Always cheerful, smiling and singing along the way, he was very knowledgeable on the mountain ranges and always happy to answer any questions we had. Having spent some time trekking the Tsum valley before attempting the the Larke Pass (5106m) definitely helped with our acclimatisation. The company takes this all very seriously as we were one of the few groups that had their guide monitoring the oxygen absorption and pulse of an evening to ensure we were in good physical condition to continue higher the next day. 

We arranged to have the accomodation and food as a package and it worked very well for us. There wasn’t any issues with limiting food options from the menu, as we’d heard some other guides had imposed. Our food and drink orders were made well within reason, though we had some allowances made for us on occasion. Everything was very well organised and explained what the trekking plan would be for the following day.

Even though we had planned for Ramesh to return to Kathmandu as we continued on our own, he was ever helpful in giving us some fantastic information and assisting us before we parted. He has a lot of experience in his years of guiding and it was such a pleasure having him along with us, that we intend on having him guide us again when we return to Nepal to do some more trekking in the future. 

Based on our personal experience, and the reviews of many other satisfied clients, we would highly recommend Dipak at Trekking Planner, and also Ramesh to guide you, to assist you in tailoring your trekking requirements in Nepal. 

Shrek011,
TripAdvisor Brisbane, Australia

Great experience

We had a great time on our trek. Everything was well planned. Our guide Gyeljan and porter Ngawang was really sweet and did an excellent job. They were super funny so even the hardest part of the trek felt alright. 

I warmly recommend everyone this company and especially these guys. 

Thank you so much.

idarasmusson,
TripAdvisor Malmo, Sweden

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