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Tiji Festival Trekking 2025

Country

Nepal

Duration

18 Days

Best Season

May

Max Altitude

12467 ft./ 3800 m.

Accommodation

Hotel and Lodge

Group

Private

Transportation

Flight / Private Vehicle

Grade

Moderate
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Overview

“The exotic purification ritual for peace of the region of Mustang as well as world peace and to negotiate with sentient beings.”


Highlights of the Mustang Tiji Festival trekking

  • The naturally isolated area filled with Buddhism principles and practices.
  • Get a glimpse of Tibetan culture and life style.
  • Explore the scenic landscapes, prehistoric caves, century-old classic monasteries, and numerous archeological sites.
  • Enjoy beautiful Himalaya’s views.
  • At Jomsom, try the famous local apples, apple pie, and apple wine (marpha).
  • Travel to Muktinath, a significant Hindu and Buddhist pilgrimage site.
  • Travel through Kaligandaki George, one of the deepest place on earth.

Tiji Festival is purification ritual that takes place at the beginning of every harvest season. The history of Tiji Festival goes many centuries back, but is embellished by myths and legends rather than recorded facts. The word Tiji originates from the word “Ten Che” which means “hope of Buddhism prevailing in the world for peace” and basically celebrates the triumph of God over demon. The 3 days ritual is celebrated by various kinds of dancing ceremonies in order to chase the devil away. It stands on the mythological story of Lo Manthang. Many centuries back a boy named Dorje Jono fights against his demonic father who creates havoc in the Mustang by creating water shortage, a very scarce resource in the region. Ultimately Jono defeats the demon and banishes him away from the arid land.

Permits fees and Duration

Trekking in the Upper Mustang Area requires a special permit. Permits cost $500 for 10 days and an additional $50 for each day after the 10 day permit expires. Remember, its ten days, not nights that start and end in Kagbeni. The precise area of Upper Mustang is a restricted area and is no-go zone and foreigners weren't allowed to enter until after 1992. It’s still no-go-zone without permit. Since the certain areas of Mustang is under ACAP, a permit from ACAP (Annapurna Conservation Area Project) is also required. A no-go zone aka, restricted area permit can only be obtained if two or more people are traveling together. Individuals cannot be licensed.

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Itinerary

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Day
1
Arrival in TIA Kathmandu.
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Altitude

1350 m.
accomodation_icon Accomodation: Hotel
transport_icon Transport: Private Vehicle

Welcome to Nepal !

Activities: Welcome with Flower Garland and a bottle of Water, and drive you to the hotel, just relax for the rest of the day to recover from your long journey.

Highlights: Explore Thamel, restaurants, bars and local shops.

Day
2
Kathmandu Sightseeing (1340m).
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Altitude

1350 m.
accomodation_icon Accomodation: Hotel
meals_icon Meals: Breakfast.
transport_icon Transport: Private Vehicle.

Activities: Pre-briefing with trekking guide, last minute shopping for your trip and Kathmandu valley sightseeing.

Highlights: Pashupatinath Temple, Boudhanath Stupa, Swaymbhunath (Monkey Temple) and Patan Durbar Square, cultural and historical sights of the Kathmandu Valley.

Day
3
Fly/drive to Pokhara (820m).
accomodation_icon Accomodation: Lodge
meals_icon Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
transport_icon Transport: Flight

Fly Hours: 25 minutes

Driving hours: 4 to 5 hours by Private vehicle.

Day
4
Fly from Pokhara to Jomsom (2720m) and trek to Kagbeni.
accomodation_icon Accomodation: Lodge
meals_icon Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Fly Hour to Jomsom: 16 minutes

Hours of walking: 3.5 hours

Difficulty: Easy.

Elevation: 2800m.

Views: Dhaulagiri (8167m) and Tukuche (6920m) in the west, Nilgiri (6940m) and the entire Annapurna massif to the south and southwest.

Highlights: The immensely pretty village of Kagbeni, the old monastery, Buddhist School and local activities.

Day
5
Trek from Kagbeni to Tsaile.
accomodation_icon Accomodation: Lodge
meals_icon Meals: Breakfast, lunch and Dinner

Walking hours: 5hrs.

Difficulty: Moderate.

Elevation: 3100 M.

Highlights: Entering the restricted areas, Miles of Buckwheat, barley and wheat fields, apple orchards, the scattered white-washed houses of Tangbe, Village of Chhusang, Crossing Kaligandi River by foot.

Day
6
Trek from Tsaile to Ghiling via Chuksi Cave.
accomodation_icon Accomodation: Lodge
meals_icon Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Walking Hours: 5hrs

Difficulty: Moderate.

Elevation: 3570m.

Highlights: The views of beautiful landscape, the colorful village, hand crafted Buddhist chortens and walking amongst groves of poplar trees, Chuksi Cave, Views of Annapurna, Nilgiri and Bharkuti Himala.

Day
7
Trek from Ghiling to Dhakmar.
accomodation_icon Accomodation: Lodge
meals_icon Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Walking hours: 5 hrs.

Difficulty: Moderate.

Elevation: 3450m and 3950m on the pass.


Highlights:
Standing on the pass in an alpine wilderness, Views of Himalayas, explore how local make plantation in Mustang, many Bhuddhist stupa, Tsrang monastery.

Day
8
Trek from Dhakmar to Lo-Manthang (3840m) via Ghar Gompa and Marang-La Pass.
accomodation_icon Accomodation: Lodge
meals_icon Meals: Breakfast, lunch and Dinner

Hours of walking: 7 hrs.

Difficulty: Moderate to difficult.

Elevation: 3850m.

Highlights: Beautiful views of the surrounding Himalayas from Lo-Manthang, Explore Local market of Lo-Mangtang.

Day
9
First day observation of Tenji/Tiji Festival Lo-Manthang (3840)m.
accomodation_icon Accomodation: Lodge
meals_icon Meals: Breakfast, lunch and Dinner

Activities: Morning Visit Namgyal Gompa and then on to Tingkhar. Afternoon after 12 Pm celebrate Teji Festival with Local people. Various dances and sacrifice rituals can be observed.

Day
10
Second day observe Tenji Festival Lo-Manthang.
accomodation_icon Accomodation: Lodge
meals_icon Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Activities: Morning visit Chosar Gumpa and Cave. Afternoon after 12 PM celebrate Teji Festival witl Local people.

Day
11
Final day observation Tenji Festival Lo-Manthang.
accomodation_icon Accomodation: Lodge
meals_icon Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Activities: Visit inside monasteris of Lo-mangthang. fternoon after 12 PM celebrate Teji Festival witl Local people.

(Tiji Festival Ends).

Day
12
Lo-Mangthang to Dhakmar [3810 m/12,500ft]: 6-7 hrs.
accomodation_icon Accomodation: Lodge
meals_icon Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

While returning from Lo-Mangthan, we take a different route than the formers. Trek to Dhakmar via Gyakar with more than 1200 years old Ghar Gompa with Guru Rinpoche as the primary figure. The Gompa is also famous for its rock paintings. According to the legend, anyone who makes one wish at the Ghar Gompa, their wish is fulfilled. While exploring the local area there is high chance of dusty wind, so it is suggested to walk in the morning.

Day
13
Dhakmar to Ghiling [3806m/12,484ft]: 5-6 hrs.
accomodation_icon Accomodation: Lodge
meals_icon Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Today, we get back to Ghiling as our journey for our overnight stay after a long walk of 5-6 hrs. After arrival and lunch enjoy the day exploring the area, but it will be dusty wind in the afternoon, better to walk in evening time.

Day
14
Ghiling to Chhuksang [3050m/10,004ft]: 4-5 hrs.
accomodation_icon Accomodation: Lodge
meals_icon Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

We re-track back to Ghiling for the overnight stop after 5 hrs walk. You will have wonderful scenery during the journey with a Himalayan view. Enjoy your trip and overnight at teahouse.

Day
15
Chhuksang to Muktinath [3,800m/12,480ft]: 6-7 hrs.
accomodation_icon Accomodation: Lodge
meals_icon Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

The trail from Chhuksang is all the way up that you are climbing over then 1,100m and through the very small track way inside the bushes and you will have a magnificient view of Himalaya Parbat dominated by Mt. Dhaulagiri (8,167m). Muktinath is a holy temple for Hindus where so many Neplai and Indian pilgrimage will come to show their devotion to hindu Gods, above that, the temple shows the co-operation between Hindusm and Buddhisum.

Day
16
Muktinath to Jomsom,( 2,713m/9,000ft).
accomodation_icon Accomodation: Lodge
meals_icon Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

The trail is all the way flat down through the very beautiful landscape and view of Mt. Dhaulagiri(8,167m), most of the way through the bank of Kaligandaki river, we walk through windy air but is a ralxing walk.

 

Day
17
Fly from Jomsom to Pokhara 820m and Pokhara to Kathmandu.
accomodation_icon Accomodation: Hotel
meals_icon Meals: Breakfast.
transport_icon Transport: Flight and Private Vehicle

 

 

Day
18
Final departure from Kathmandu.
meals_icon Meals: Breakfast.
transport_icon Transport: Private vehicle.

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Inclusions

  • International & domestic airport transfers as per the itinerary.
  • 3 nights hotel accommodation in Kathmandu on twin sharing basis on BB plan.
  • 1 nights hotel accommodation in Pokhara on twin sharing basis on BB plan.
  • Kathmandu Sightseeing by professional english speaking tour guide. 
  • Kathmandu - Pokhara transportation by private car.
  • Pokhara -Jomsom - Pokhara flight cost.
  • Pokhara - Kathmandu Flight.
  • 3 meals a day during the trip (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner) as mention in itinerary.
  • Accommodation while trekking in twin sharing basis in guesthouses.
  • Annapurna conservation area permit and TIMS card.
  • Upper Mustang Restricated area permit fee ($500 Each Person).
  • Professional government lisence holder English speaking trekking guide.
  • Salary, Food, Drinks, Accommodation, Transportation and Insurance for the Guide and driver.
  • Sleeping bag and duffel bag during the trek. (Refundable after finish the trip)
  • Medical supplies (first aid kit will be available).
  • All government and local taxes.
  • Cost Exclude.
Excludes
  • International air fare to/ from Nepal.
  • Entry Visa fees - at present $30 for 15 day, US$ 50 for 30 day, and US$ 125 for three month visa on entry into Nepal.
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu, Pokhara.
  • Insurance which covers, medical, emergency evacuation, lost, etc.
  • Beverages, alcoholic drinks, mineral water, boiled water during the trekking.
  • All food and beverages other than on the itinerary. 
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, and early return from the mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary.
  • Personal gear and expenses.
  • Tips and gratitude provided to staff.
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Faqs

When is the confirm date of Tiji Festival 2024?
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The 3 days ritual Tiji festival is going to celebrate 5th May 2024 to 7th May 2024.

What is the Physical requirement for Upper Mustang Trekking?
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Upper Mustang Trekking is suitable for all kind of people who are moderately fit, not any previous adventures experience is required. Some physical fitness activities such as running, swimming and walking are recommended before your Mustang trek. Persons suffering from a pre-existing medical flaws must seek medical advice before considering the trek. Whilst on the trek, it is common to experience some discomfort before being fully acclimatized.

Will somebody come to pick up me at the Airport upon my arrival?
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Yes, Global Holidays Adventure representative will be there to greet you outside of Terminal Hall. He will be displaying Global Holidays Adventure name card with your name on it. After that you will be transferred to pre-chosen Hotel.

What is the Visa procedure and Visa cost? Should we apply for the visa from our home country or will get it in Nepalese Airport? What essential documents should I bring with me?
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You can get the visa at Tribhuwan International Airport after landing, furthermore it will be easier if you fill up the visa form by online (http://online.nepalimmigration.gov.np/tourist-visa) before taking the flight to Nepal. Entry Visa fees- at present is $ 30 for 15 day, $ 50 for 30 days and $ 125 for three month visa on entry to Nepal. You should bring following essential documents in the trip: Valid Passport: must be valid for up to 6 months. Travel insurance: you need to provide a copy of insurance paper to Global Holidays Adventure before you start the trek. Flight Tickets. Emergency contact numbers for T/C's bank, insurance, family contacts.

What sort of accommodation can I expect in Kathmandu and during the trek?
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All types of Hotels from a budget to Luxurious including five star services are available in Kathmandu. Normally, Global Holidays Adventure offers three hotel services in our outline itinerary. We can also accommodate according to your choice. During Trekking: You will have teahouse/Lodges generally provide basic clean facilities with a mattress and a quit blanket. We can also offer Global Holidays Adventure's sleeping baggage if needed (which needs to be returned after the trip) but it’s always better to have a personal sleeping bag. We usually provide you single and double rooms as well as the occasional dormitory. During the peak season it is quite difficult to manage single room therefore double rooms are preferred in our outline itinerary.

How is the toilet facilities in the Higher Himalayan region?
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Normally there are common toilet facilities in teahouses and lodges, which are usually neat and clean. Nowadays, some small number of teahouses and lodges offer attached restroom. We will provide you the best option as far as possible in this regard.

How is the shower facilities during the trek?
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Normally there are hot water shower services in various teahouses and lodges. In the absence of such facility, the teahouse/lodges will provide you hot water bucket. The payment for the shower has to be made by yourself and the cost varies with the places.

Are there porters or yaks carrying the luggage or should we carry it on our own?
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Whilst on the trek, our porters who are honest and experienced, will take care of your luggage. All you need to carry is your small day bag for your personal belongings like camera, water bottle, sun cream, money etc. Normally, we assign one porters to carry the luggage of two trekkers.

What kind of foods can I expect during the trek?
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Most of Teahouse cook a delicious range of mostly vegetarian fare Pasta, Tuna Bakes, Noodles, Potatoes, Eggs, Dal-bhat, Bread, Soups, Fresh Vegetable ( variety depends on the season) and even some desserts like Apple Pies, Pancakes and some interesting attempts at Custard. You will find a lot of garlic items on the menu, eat some every day because it assists with acclimatization. In many larger villages you may find some meat on the menu. You can always get hot chocolate, tea, coffee, hot lemon as well as soft drinks. Each day dinner and breakfast are used to take in the same lodge you spend the night. Lunch will be taken on the way to destination.

What short of transportation facilities are available in the whole trip?
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During the airport pick-drop and Kathmandu sightseeing we use private tourist vehicles of various categories such as cars, vans, micro, bus etc. according to size of the group. We take a domestic flight for Kathmandu-Pokhara-Kathmandu.

What is the best season for this trekking?
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Upper Mustang is rain shadow area where you can go from august to mid December and February to May.

What is the likely temperature and weather during the trek?
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Weather in the mountains is notoriously difficult to predict. Generally, nights are chillingly cold, whereas, the days are warmer. Winter (January and February) will be a bit colder but the days can be quite beautiful and warm if the sun is out. There will be a bit of snow during the month of January, February and December. The temperature inside the teahouses/lodges are fairly maintained. You can always sit beside a fire to keep yourself warmer. The temperature could be as high as 20 degree c to 15 degree c low during the day time.

Can I charge my camera and mobile batteries on my Trip?
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These facilities will be available in most of the places in your Hotel reception by paying some service charges. Don’t forget to bring your adapters!!

How is the communication facilities during the trek?
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There are telephone services in most of the hotels/lodges from where you can make international calls. There are mobile network services available in most of the places. Above that, Global Holidays Adventure offers satellite phone services in every trekking packages.

Can I use ATM and credit cards during the trip?
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ATM and credit card facilities can be used in Kathmandu, Pokhara andJomsom. Above that, you need cash payments for various service you need.

How much additional money do I need per day?
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In Kathmandu, you can allocate $ 10-15 for lunch and dinner. It all depends on your spending habits. $. 15- 20 a day will be enough to buy bottles of water, chocolate and few drinks in Trekking.

Do I need to tip my guide and porters? How much would that be?
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Well it totally depends upon you. There is trend of tipping the guide and porters in trekking. Tipping is a good way to acknowledge their works and thank them in a better way, something they would cherish and support their daily lives.

How is the drinking water facility during the trek? Should I bring water purifiers?$qa#
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In most places bottled water is readily available. If you wish to drink normal water, you need to use purifying aid, better if you have some for yourself.

What are the facilities available in case of emergencies during the trek?
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In case you suffer from altitude sickness or any other problems, we will offer you the doctor’s prescribed medicines according to the type of problem facing you. We will descend you and incase of extreme cases, you will get rescued by the helicopter.

Why is the travel insurance compulsory?
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In case of any casualties, travel insurance will be a boon to recover the incurred expenses. In case of helicopter rescue, the helicopter charge, which is little expensive, can also be recovered by your insurance. So it a good act to check you insurance validity and policy, whether it recovers the rescue charges or not.

Are Global Holidays Adventure's staffs insured?
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Yes, all the staffs of Global Holidays Adventure including guides and porters are insured to recover any kinds of casualties.

Can I add extra days to my Trekking Trip?
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Yes, it is absolutely possible to add some more days to the trip. Along your trek we can add days at your request with additional costs to cover guides, porters, accommodation and food.

I would like to extend my holidays, any recommendations?
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Yes, there are many options and choices to extend your holidays before or after your main trip. You can visit our other touring trips to add to the main event.

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GUL FATMA

Turkey

Thank you Samsher and entire team for an amazing trip in Nepal

I recently completed Tiji festival tour in Mustang with my friend. The tour was well organized by Samsher and Surya of Global Holidays Adventure. At the beginning I got a video of Mustang Tiji Festival in YouTube where I got the contact address of Global Holidays and book this trip from online. We did Kathmandu pokhara and Jomsom all the way by flight and take a Jeep to lomanthang. They provided us a luxury and comfortable land cruiser and excellent English speaking guide for our tour in Mustang. The place was over crowded because of the festival but our guide managed us very good tea house accommodation and foods. The festival was awesome which I have never seen before. Our guide take us to different monasteries and caves which were really beautiful and full of cultural attributes. Thank you Samsher and entire team for an amazing trip in Nepal.

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Paolo

Brussels, Belgium

UPPER MUSTANG TREK & TIJI FESTIVAL

In June we came back from our unforgettable trip to Nepal. It was my second trek in this amazing country. Our trek was organized by Global Holidays Adventure. We found them through google search and from the very first email exchange with Samsher we were convinced that we picked the right company. We always had very fast answer to all our multiple questions and all organizational problems have been solved brilliantly. The Trek was quite hard, very well organized and everything was perfect, also the weather . Special Thanks to our 2 brothers Sherpas, Dorchi and Chopel , always smiling and very collaborative: they also gave us a lot of information about the places, the monasteries and Buddhism in general. Thank you all. We will turn to Global Holidays Adventure again for an upcoming trek in Nepal !

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Paolo

Brussels, Belgium

UPPER MUSTANG TREK & TIJI FESTIVAL

In June we came back from our unforgettable trip to Nepal. It was my second trek in this amazing country. Our trek was organized by Global Holidays Adventure. We found them through google search and from the very first email exchange with Samsher we were convinced that we picked the right company. We always had very fast answer to all our multiple questions and all organizational problems have been solved brilliantly. The Trek was quite hard, very well organized and everything was perfect, also the weather . Special Thanks to our 2 brothers Sherpas, Dorchi and Chopel , always smiling and very collaborative: they also gave us a lot of information about the places, the monasteries and Buddhism in general. Thank you all. We will turn to Global Holidays Adventure again for an upcoming trek in Nepal !

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