Mustang Tiji Festival Trek- 20 Days

Mustang Tiji Festival Trek is an exceptional trip a remote part of Nepal high in the Himalayan desert, where a Tibetan King and his subjects are celebrating the victory of  good triumphing over evil.  The people of Mustang believe that similar to the ancient Tibetan-Buddhist myth, the Tiji festival brings hope and peace and wards off evil forces and suffering. The Tiji festival coincides with the end of the dry winter season and the beginning of the wetter monsoon season, the harvesting season for Mustang.

Tiji is a three-day festival known as "the chasing of the Demons".  Tiji is based on the myth of a deity named Dorje Jono who fought against his demonic father who was cursing Lo Manthang with famine (Mustang is a very dry place). Dorje Jono eventually triumphed over the demon and banished him from the land, saving the Kingdom of Mustang from destruction. Throughout the Tiji festival the story of the myth is re-enacted. Tiji comes from the word ten che meaning ‘the hope of Buddha Dharma prevailing in the world'.

In Lo Manthang, ancient lifestyle, traditions and art and culture are still intact.  The people of Lo have many religious festivals, but the yearly Tiji is the most important festival of the year and they have been celebrating since the 15th century.  In the days prior to the Tiji Festival, the trails from the surrounding villages to Lo Manthang are packed with local people arriving in mule caravans arriving to celebrate their annual festival.

During the three-day Tiji festival, a chosen monk representing Dorge Shunu performs masked dances to the beating of drums while chanting fills the air. Through the power of Tiji festival dances, he is able to defeat the demons and thereby bring peace and prosperity to the kingdom. The present king of Mustang, now 25th in the lineage, Jigme Dadul Palbar Bista, also attends the festival dressed in traditional attire.

Upper Mustang covers about 2600 sq km of rugged dry land in the rain shadow north of the Himalayan range (Annapurna and Dhaulagiri) and is a home to a mere 6000 people.  The kingdom of Lo Manthang remains semi-independent and still has a king.  It is one of the last strongholds of authentic Tibetan culture in the world.  The medieval capital of Lo Manthang is a walled city of palaces of local nobilities and magnificent monasteries. The remains of massive, rambling forts are reminders of the time when Lo Manthang was a rich walled kingdom; during the salt trade of the15th and 16th centuries Lo Munthang flourished as an important link between Tibet and India.

The trek enters Upper Mustang at Kagbeni, a quaint medieval town nestled among apple orchards and encircled by snowy mountains. Every village in Mustang has a monastery. Buddhist monasteries and nunneries are built into the forbidding cliffs and mountain ledges of this starkly beautiful arid Tibetan plateau.


Trip Highlights


  • starkly beautiful arid Tibetan plateau
  • medieval kingdom; walled city of palacesand magnificent monasteries built into the forbidding cliffs and mountain ledges
  • one of the last strongholds of authentic Tibetan culture in the world 
  • centuries old festival reveals ancient Buddhist myth


Day 1 : Arrival in Kathmandu. Transfer to hotel

Day 2 : Preparation Day in Kathmandu

Day 3 : Drive to Pokhara, 6hrs, Evening is free at Pokhara's lakeside.

Day 4 : Fly to Jomsom and Trek to Kagbeni, 3-4 hrs, 2897m. Overnight at guesthouse

Day 5 : Trek to Chele, 6 hrs, 3050m. Overnight stay at guesthouse

Day 6 : Trek to Syanbochens, 3475m, 6-7 hr. Overnight stay at guesthouse

Day 7 : Trek to Ghaymi, 3520m, 5-6 hrs. Overnight stay at guesthouse

Day 8 : Trek to Tsarang 3500m, 4-5 hrs. Overnight stay at guesthouse

Day 9 : Trek to Lo Manthang, 3730m, via Lho-Gekar and Ghar Gompa.

Day 10 : Tiji Festival Day 1

Day 11 : Tiji Festival Day 2

Day 12 : Tiji Festival Day 3

Day 13 : Trek to Drakmar, 3810m, 6 hrs. Overnight stay at guesthouse

Day 14 : Trek to Ghiling, 3806m, 5-6hrs. Overnight stay at guesthouse

Day 15 : Trek to Chhusangs, 3050m, 6 hr. Overnight stay at guesthouse

Day 16 : Trek to Jomsom, 2700m, 6 hr. Overnight stay at guesthouse

Day 17 : Fly to Pokhara and relax the rest of the day

Day 18 : Drive to Kathmandu 1300m: 7-8 hrs

Day 19 : Free Day in Kathmandu

Day 20 : Departure from Kathmandu

Cost Include(s)

  • Transfer from Airport – Hotel – Airport: Car, Van, Hi-ace or Coaster in a private vehicle.
  • Authentic Nepali welcome dinner with Live Nepalese Cultural Program.
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu, four nights on Twin share Bed and Breakfast Basis.
  • Accommodation in Pokhara, two nights on Twin share Bed and Breakfast Basis.
  • Accommodation during Trek ; local lodges 13 nights (Full board meals with twin-share rooms ,beds with comfortable foam mattress and pillows)
  • English speaking experienced Sherpa guide (Govt. Trained/License Holder).
  • One Sherpa guide-assistant if group size is more than 4 Trekkers.
  • Porters: One porter for 2 Trekkers basis.
  • Trek Staff costs including their salary, insurance, equipment, food and accommodation.
  • Personal insurance for Nepalese staff.
  • Annapurna Foothill’s Duffle bag for Trekking.
  • Annapurna Foothill’s Tshirt.
  • Energy Supplies ( Snickers, Mars, Bounty) and Fresh Fruits on the Trek 
  • First aid medicine kit.
  • Special Permit Fee, TIMS permits & all required permits or Official Documentation.
  • All ground transfers.
  • All government and local taxes.

Cost Exclude(s)

  • Your Personal Travel Insurance.
  • Nepal Entry Visa Fee.
  • Lunch & Dinner in cities - allow $ 10 to 14 for per meal in Tourist restaurants.
  • Beverages (soft drinks, mineral water,boiled water and beer)
  • Tips for guide, porters and driver (customary).
  • Any personal expenses not mentioned in above services.
  • Additional night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early return from Trek (due to any reason) than the planned itinerary.

Tiji Festival Trek is a Tea House/Lodge Trek

Accommodation is included in the cost of your package. Annapurna Foothills Treks takes great care to arrange the most comfortable accommodation possible throughout your stay.

In Kathmandu, our clients enjoy four nights in Hotel Holy Himalaya before and after heading into the remote regions.

Until recently you could only come to Upper Mustang with a fully organized camping trek. However, nowadays some villagers have opened up small guesthouses with plenty of character and good food. The family run lodges are a great place to get to know the Mustang culture. In Tibetan culture, the kitchen is the center of the house, and functions more like a living room. You will be made very welcome into their kitchens where you can learn a lot about their lifestyle.


Spending Money per Day

Although it depends on your spending habits, you should allocate US$ 10 - 15 per meal in Kathmandu. On the trek, your meals are included, but you may wish to purchase extras which are not included in your package, such as chocolate bars, Coca Cola or a beer. US$10 - 15 a day should be enough, but keep in mind the cost of all items increases proportionately with the distance from the trail head.


Drinking Water

While trekking, it is important to keep hydrated; you should drink at least 3 liters of water each day. In some places there are Euro-guard filters, so all you need is your own water bottle and you can refill it easily. We suggest you bring a supply of water purification tablets in case Euro-guard water is not available. We request that you avoid using bottled mineral water, as the bottles are not easily disposed of.



If you have a reasonable level of fitness, this trek should be more than manageable. The altitude becomes more noticeable the higher we go, so we walk at a slow pace and take plenty of breaks to rest and acclimatize.



When travelling in remote mountain regions, uncertainties such as weather, health problems and natural disasters require a certain amount of flexibility. While our goal is to follow the itinerary, that is not our first priority;your safety is always our first priority. Annapurna Foothills Treks and Expeditions request your cooperation to accept the decisions and advice of our trusted and experienced guides if they deem it necessary to change or cancel any part of the itinerary due to safety concerns.


Travel Insurance

It is strongly recommended to be sufficiently protected when you go into remote areas. You need specialized travel insurance that covers emergency evacuation, injury, lost baggage, liability and medical treatment. Make sure the insurance covers all the activities that you will be undertaking during your stay in Nepal. Annapurna Foothills Treks and Expeditions Pvt. Ltd. can organize the appropriate medical response based on your policy.

Trip Facts

Destination : Nepal

Duration : 20 Days

Price : US $2450 p/p

Trip Grade : Moderate

Maximum Height:3810m

Minimum Height:900m

Minimum Group Size:2 Trekkers

Maximum Group size:12 Trekkers

Activities:Trekking, Sightseeing, Hiking

Transport By:Private Vehicle, Domestic Flights



Best Season:March- May and September- November

Permits:Special Permit

Hotel in Kathmandu:4 nights on B&B plan (Bed & Breakfast)

Hotel in Pokhara:2 nights on B&B plan (Bed & Breakfast)

Accommodation during Trek:Local lodges 13 nights

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