Overview

MUSTANG TIJI FESTIVAL TREK

MUSTANG, THE ANCIENT KINGDOM  –  THE LOST TIBETAN KINGDOM

• Trekking Days:           12 Days.
• Kathmandu Stay:     03 Days.
• Pokhara Stay:            02 Days
• Departure Day:          01 Day.

“Every mountain top is within reach if you just keep climbing.”

The ancient kingdom of Mustang which was open to the outside world only in 1992 is one of the most astonishing valley in entire Nepal. This ancient city hides behind the soaring snowy range of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna. The Mustang Tiji Festival Trek takes you into the mystical valleys, something anyone shouldn’t missed. A journey to Mustang is a journey of remarkable contrasts with vast and barren Tibetan landscapes and very untouched culture. Furthermore, the fascinations are century’s old cliff hanging monasteries, cultured settlements with lush rice fields, and timeless traditions. The magical Mustang, a forbidden kingdom and a source to the world’s deepest gorge, Kali Gandaki is simply phenomenal. Moreover, Mustang also gives you ample account on Guru Padmasambhava, the founder of now Tibetan Buddhism. Guru Padmasambhava,  popularly known as Guru Rimpoche is venerated as ‘Second Buddha’ across Tibet, Nepal, Bhutan and India.

The Tiji festival, “prayer for world peace” usually takes place in the month of May based on the Tibetan calendar. It is an annual event of the native celebrated to honor the victory over evil. Consequently, this three days religious ceremony is fundamentally celebrated to strengthen the hope of the people of Lo. Besides, the native have faith over the legends of a deity being reincarnated and bringing an end to all the evils and suffering. However, to mark this, monks in their colorful costumes and masks dance to the soothing rhythm which is simply magical. To witness this festival travelers from around the world visit Mustang in the month of May. This particular day tourist both Local and international gather at Lo – Manthang with much curiosity and excitement. Some, specially with limited time frame even does a JEEP SAFARI trip to celebrate Mustang Tiji Festival.

MONEY MATTERS:
While trekking in the area of Upper Mustang the legends and ancient history unfolds before you with ample excursions into the ancient monasteries, ancient palaces and the caves that gives you the history of prehistoric settlements or the caves that are now used as burial chamber or a place for enlightenment. However, to explore these mysterious places the Mustang Authorities charges an entrance fee which is to be shouldered by the travelers. Travelers are also to bear the cost of any transportation facility used such as jeep or horses in any of distant side excursion.

Come over and get dissolved into mystical and ancient city of Lo.

Short Itinerary

  • DAY 01: Arrive to Kathmandu (1,400 m/4,593 ft)
  • DAY 02: Half day city tour/ afternoon trek briefing and preparation / welcome dinner.
  • DAY 03: Drive to Pokhara (820 m/2,690 ft) 7 - 8 hours
  • DAY 04: Fly to Jomsom (2,720 m/8,923 ft) and trek to Kagbeni (2,800 m/9,186 ft) 3 - 4 hours
  • DAY 05: Trek to Chele (3,050 m/10,006 ft) 5 - 6 hours
  • DAY 06: Trek to Syangboche (3,800 m/12,467 ft) 6 - 7 hours
  • DAY 07: Trek to Ghami (3,520 m/11,548 ft) 4 - 5 hours
  • DAY 08: Trek to Tsarang (3,560 m/11,679 ft) 4 - 5 hours
  • DAY 09: Trek to Lo Manthang (3,800 m/12,467 ft) 4 - 5 hours
  • DAY 10: Rest day at Lo Manthang + Side excursions to Chhosar
  • DAY 11: Tiji festival at Lo Manthang
  • DAY 12: Trek to Ghami (3,520 m/11,548 ft) via Ghar Gompa 7 - 8 hours
  • DAY 13: Trek to Samar (3,660 m/12,007 ft) 6 - 7 hours
  • DAY 14: Trek to Chhuksang Drive to Kagbeni (2,810 m/ 9,219 ft). and exit the restricted area of Mustang
  • DAY 15: Trek to Jomsom (2,720 m/8,923 ft) 3 - 4 hours
  • DAY 16: Fly to Pokhara and overnight stay
  • DAY 17: Drive or Fly to Kathmandu (as preferred)
  • DAY 18: Transfer to International Airport.

Important Note

The above itinerary is simply a guideline and is subject to alteration as per the circumstances. Your Group Leader is solely liable to bring about changes in the best interest of the group.

FAQ's

Upper Mustang is a restricted area for which trekkers need to be associated with a local company – Permits required for this restricted area are: A Special permits that cost $500 per trekker for 10 days which is a minimum permit validation Days authentication and extra $50 per trekker per day will be charged for additional days extension, ACAP (Annapurna Conservation Area Project) permit and TIMS (Trekking Information Management System) permit. However, all these will be prearranged before your arrival in Kathmandu.
The Tiji festival, “prayer for world peace” which usually takes place in the month of May is an annual event of the native to honor the victory over evil. This three days religious ceremony is fundamentally celebrated to strengthen the hope of the people of Lo. The native have faith over the legends of a deity being reincarnated and bringing an end to all the evils and suffering – to mark this, monks in their colorful costumes and masks dance to the soothing rhythm which is simply magical.
Mustang Tiji Festival Trek is earnestly busy since this being one of the principal festivals of Mustang the flow of tourists both local and international will be in enormous volumes. Furthermore, Mustang has very limited lodges since it was opened to outside world only in 1992 and the Tea-House accommodation started very recently so the probability of these tea-houses being absolutely occupied can be potential. However, depending on the earliest booking we give our best to do advance booking where possible and we always have cozy tents for backups in case of emergency.
Jomsom happens to be the 'Windy Valley' of Nepal to which our air aviation is quite strict about flying small planes to this remote mountain airstrips. Secondly, there are flight delays and sometimes cancellation under various weather circumstances . However, this isn't an everyday story and there is an alternative of driving to and from Jomsom in-case of flight cancellation. Though driving may be very long (9/10 hrs.) in comparison to 20 minutes flight yet the fun of driving through the worlds deepest gorge has a different charm.
Upper Mustang, though a moderate trek it is quite challenging, due to the variation of undulating trial that swings with diverse altitude. It’s a desert of Nepal with tons of river valleys where our trail literally runs through making it remarkably a walk with amount of up and down climb. However, anyone with sensible fitness can join Upper Mustang trek as Nepal Pyramids itinerary is very well designed with slow pacing making every step more tranquil than exhausting. It's indeed a heaven for keen walkers.

NOTE: Anyone with weak ankle/knee, Heart/Lungs or any Pre-Medical history need to seek the consent of their doctors which is mandatory.
To get to Jomsom one has to fly to Pokhara first, the second biggest city of Nepal - this literally means there isn't a direct flight to Jomsom. But, visiting and staying overnight in Pokhara and to catch the early morning flight to Jomsom is something not to be missed.
The charging facility is not possible in all the settlements of Mustang as they still lack the Hydroelectricity facility and people still rely on their solar panels. Further the villages with electricity facility usually have a power-cut during day time to stabilize the supply which is already very low. It is always wise to carry some extra batteries or the fully charged power bank batteries to charge your devices - besides, your batteries run out pretty quick in the cold.
Over trivial cost all tea houses provide you with basic hot showers that includes solar shower, gas shower or the Bucket shower.

Once we enter into the restricted area of Mustang the Wi-Fi facility is more like zero, Lo-Manthang provides you with Pre-Paid Wi-Fi connection over some charges but not always reliable.
Upper Mustang trek which was opened to outside world only in 1992 started off as a camping trek where tea house trekking started very recently. The tea houses that we see now in this region is nothing but the extension of their own houses which is quite basic that delivers twin bed sharing rooms with hygienic COMMON toilet and bathrooms. During Tiji Festival time which normally falls on the month of May these tea houses will be houseful and most trekkers uses tents or home stay facility to witness this incredible festival.

You may have variety of choices for the food but most tea houses still need to improvise in their making of western food so please expect least of what comes to the table as per your order - So far with Nepal Pyramids absolute contentment prevails in regards to meals and Local Tea-House.
Nepal Pyramids provides a very warm sleeping bag with fleece liner and wind-stopper duvet jackets with attach hood. We also provide you with complimentary Nepal Pyramids duffel bag , our T-Shirt and specific Trip Map. Comprehensive medical kit that ranges from painkillers to antibiotics, Oxygen cylinders and rain poncho during monsoon season.
It is always very wise to have an all-inclusive travel insurance policy covering all the aspects of your adventure that includes trip delays, cancellation, loss of property, sickness, or air evacuation. Though your leaders are highly trained to cope with any emergency situation yet sometimes even after the best of our precautions things happens. It is very essential that you have the right travel insurance to cover yourself from everyday trekking injuries like sprained ankles to life-threatening conditions and natural disasters.

Highlights

⭐ The early drive to Pokhara through the unfamiliar slender highway is special with its picturesque view, beautiful landscape, gorges, and farming terraces along with a glimpse of snow-clad mountains at the backdrop.

⭐ Pokhara (820 m), the second biggest city also very popularly known as the second home of the tourists is the land of extravagant beauty that triggers excitement despite its 6 hours drive.

⭐ The beautiful Phewa Lake and the magnificence of the Himalayas mounting at the backdrop create an atmosphere of peace and delight.

⭐ Flying in a small plane to Jomsom airport 2720 m is simply phenomenal. Walking on the ancient trail along the Kali Gandaki gorge that dates back to 80 million years old with stunning barren, untouched landscape and getting to antique settlement of Kagbeni is more than anything else.

⭐ With the dramatic backdrop of snow white Nilgiri you enter the land of ammonites. With the dramatic setting of the landscape and through the wind eroded hills you witness thousands of natural caves now used for varied purpose.

⭐ The colorful landscapes, very primeval house architecture, and the smiling people are simply unique. Tsarang, the land of Chortens is remarkable. The 14th century walled city of Lo Manthang holds loads of history and legends. The 2000 year old cave of Chhosar gives you the history of prehistoric human settlements.

⭐ Witnessing the Tiji Festival is another quest to comprehend the culture of Mustang with all the colorful dancing and playing of instruments.

⭐ Ghar Gompa, the first ever monastery build by Padmasambhava around 7th century is mesmerizing and visit to this monastery is once a lifetime opportunity.

Detailed Itinerary

“THE ANCIENT TRADING ROUTE BETWEEN NEPAL AND TIBET”

Soon you land in Kathmandu airport your group leader will be there to greet you and transfer you to the hotel.

Highlights:
• Pick up from the international airport.
• It’s quite remarkable to see the lively activities around while driving to the hotel.
• Transfer to the hotel by your Group Leader.
• Arriving early gives you ample opportunity to explore the bustling town of Thamel.

Today would be the most exhilarating day where your leader introduces you to our city tour expert who guides you to the most pious Hindu and Buddhist religious place that are listed in the world heritage sites and elucidates you the entire mysticism over its existence.

Highlights:
• We explore the sights and sounds of world heritage sites in Kathmandu.
• Witness the traditional cremation at sacred Hindu temple of Pashupatinath.
• Visit Boudhanath, one of the largest spherical Stupas in Nepal
• Trek briefing and equipment distribution in the afternoon.
• Welcome dinner and getting to know each other.

The early drive to Pokhara through the unfamiliar slender highway is special with its picturesque view, beautiful landscape, gorges, and farming terraces along with a glimpse of snow-clad mountains at the backdrop.

Highlights:
• Pokhara (820 m), the second biggest city also very popularly known as the second home of the tourists is the land of extravagant beauty that triggers excitement despite its 6 hours drive.
• The beautiful Phewa Lake and the magnificence of the Himalayas mounting at the backdrop create an atmosphere of peace and delight.
• Being in Pokhara unlike Kathmandu will definitely add more excitement to your anticipation

We wake up quite early this morning to catch a flight to Jomsom, the district headquarters of Mustang. This short flight takes you through the world’s deepest Kali Gandaki Gorge with the glorious view of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri is exceptional.

Highlights:
• 20 minutes breathtaking flight to the windy valley of Jomsom is unbelievable.
• Great view with dozens of Himalayan giants poking into the sky.
• Witness the Kali Gandaki river which dates back to 80 million old flowing from Tibetan Plateau.
• After morning tea walk to Kagbeni, the gateway of Upper Mustang through the ancient salt trade trail is unique.
• Easy walk, lunch at Kagbeni itself – and after lunch excursion around the antique village of Kagbeni which is not to be missed.

Having completed the permit formalities today we enter the restricted area of Upper Mustang. As said to be the desert of Nepal the valley widens with barren and arid surroundings with green villages in the middle that appears more like a mirage which is simply incredible.

Highlights:
• Walking on the extended trail with Kagbeni and Nilgiri mountain at the backdrop is dazzling.
• Witness the different part of the world, the land of ammonites (pre historic stone) with striking views.
• The stretch of Kali Gandaki river bed gives u the ancient history of its existence.
• The dramatic setting of the landscape with canyons and wind eroded hills is phenomenal.
• Lunch at Tangbe or Chhusang, another ancient village.
• Chele is a small beautiful settlement from where u can overlook the valley with its picturesque setting.

Today’s walk is more into undulating trails with couple of steep climb and descents. Despite 6 hour walk the tremendous canyons with its unusual color that opens out is extraordinary. In this bizarre the farming fields with rich red buckwheat and brilliant green and the south view offering you a panorama of Nilgiri, Annapurna, Tilicho Peak, and YakawaKang adds up to its magnificence.

Highlights:
• The initial steep walk through the hill cut trail in one of these tremendous canyons is remarkable.
• You would witness the sky caves which date back more than 3000 years that were used as human settlement, burial chambers and now lama hermit retreats.
• Lunch at the small settlement of Bhena which is now a jeep station but with fabulous scenic beauty.
• Climb up to the pass before dropping down to Syangboche is remarkable for its unexpected views.
• Syangboche is small settlement deep into the valley but has a theatrical setting.

From Syangboche we climb gently to a small pass of 3800 m/12,467 ft with extraordinary views of mountains and deep valleys into the wind eroded canyons. Today’s walk is effortless with few short climbs in between but beautiful scenery alongside would hardly allow us to realize the passing away of time and arrive at Ghami for lunch.

Highlights:
• Endless colourful gullies to the north, east and west which is outstanding.
• South is still dominated by the soaring peak of Nilgiri, Tilicho and Annapurna.
• After lunch free afternoon to explore Ghami, the ancient village with time honored monastery, Chortens and Mani (prayer) walls.

This short trek to Tsarang takes us into the ‘Land of Chortens”. This trail marks the history and legend of the Indian saint Padmasambhava (750-810 AD), the founder of Tibetan Buddhism who created a fusion of Buddhism with the original Shamanistic religion of Tibet called Bon – whose influence upon the Indian Buddhism makes Tibetan Buddhism so fascinating.

Highlights:
• Half an hour walk from Ghami we see the Longest ancient Mani wall of Mustang.
• The soaring red cliffs to the west that tells you the legends of Padmasambhaba is intriguing.
• 4 hours walk brings you to the fascinating big village of Tsarang that just looks dramatic.
• After lunch visit to the ancient Monastery and the white palace of Tsarang which is their heritage.
• Self exploration around maze like Tsarang is worth it.

Finally we get to the plateau of Lo Monthang, ‘The Capital city’ of Mustang. The fabled walled city of Lo. Lo Manthang the capital city of Mustang contains about 150 houses and has some of the largest and finest Tibetan Buddhism gompas in Nepal. The city itself is absolutely fascinating place with four major ancient Monasteries which are impressive and an enormous 14th century palace imposing 4-storey building in the center of the city.

Highlights:
• Fascinating solitary ancient chorten in the middle of the road after hour and a half walk from Tsarang.
• The spectacular view of Lo Manthang, valley of Thinkar and Chhosar from 4000 m pass of Lo-La.
• View of varied historical ruined forts on the high hills is one of the highlights.
• After lunch exploration into the legendary walled city of Lo.
• Witness the opening ceremony of Tiji Festival.

Today we would do a jeep excursion to the ancient cave that has about 44 compartments and gives you the history of prehistoric human settlements. Next attraction is Nyphu cave monastery built in the high cliff wall that dates back to 14th century

Highlights and Excursions:
After breakfast your leader will organize a jeep for Chhosar excursion.
What u see in Chhosar:
• Nyphu Cave monastery built into the side of a soaring cliff.
• 2500 years old Jhong Sky Cave that has more than 44 compartments and gives u the prehistoric settlement of humans.
• Free afternoon to enjoy more of Tiji Festival

After breakfast your group leader will organize excursion to the four major ancient monastery inside the walled city that were built at the same time the palace was built in 14th century. These monasteries hold exquisite paintings that are their legacies for which the restoration is going on since ages to repair the washed off paintings.

Highlights:
• Excursion to the four major ancient masteries inside the walled city.
• Witness the closing ceremony.

Today we will walk different west terrain which offers you the most beautiful view despite few steep down hill trials. We visit the world’s oldest Tibetan monastery Ghar Gompa built around 7th century by the incarnated monk Padmasambhava where we will have lunch. We continue a different valley with magnificent view of red cliffs to Dhakmar and to the village of Ghami.

Highlights:
• We take a different trail that leads us to the world’s oldest monastery, Ghar Gompa.
• The views of landscape and the mountain in the south is mesmerizing.
• Lunch at 7th century monastery is a once in a lifetime opportunity.
• Walk to Dhakmar is thrilling with different trail high above the canyons and eroded hills.
• Dhakmar, a land of red cliffs is one of its kind where a break is worth.

We trace back to the village of Syanboche for lunch where on the way back you have ample opportunity to look back into the missed out views. We climb the pass and had to the village of Samar and stay overnight.

We again trace back our trail towards south.

Highlights:
• Descending down to the Chhusang with a great view of Nilgiri and a wide stretch of Kali Gandaki is significant.
• Chhusang is another pretty old village with apple orchard, there are too many Nepali and Tibetan songs sung portraying the beauty of Chhusang.
• Drive in a local bus to Kagbeni is another adventurous quest.
• We exit from the restricted area of Mustang and stay overnight in Kagbeni

This morning we start early to avoid the tough Mustang wind that usually triggers early. We trace back the same trail.

• Being it a last night fun activities follows with dancing, eating, drinking and tipping the local staff.

We take an early morning flight from Jomsom to Pokhara. We fly right into the deepest gorge in the world, Kali Gandaki with striking view of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges. Overnight stay in the lake city of Pokhara. Your group leader will assist with the side excursion, if any, as per your requirements.

Highlights:
• We say final goodbye to our local trekking crew who would be driving to Kathmandu.

Today we will fly to Kathmandu with the beautiful panoramic Mountain View to your left.

Depending on your flight schedule airport transportation will be provided.

Dates & Cost

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Inclusive

Cost Includes

✅ National park entry fees, conservation fees, trekking permit, TIMS permit.
✅ Mustang special permit.
✅ Airport pickups and drops facility on both Domestic and International flights.
✅ Three star twin bed sharing hotel Accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara on Bed / Breakfast basis.
✅ Welcome dinner in a typical traditional Nepali restaurant.
✅ Half day guided city sightseeing with paid entrance fee.
✅ All Government and Local tax.
✅ Fundamental trekking gears like sleeping bag, down jacket fleece liner etc.
✅ All Ground transportation to and from preferred destination as per the itinerary.
✅ Tea-house accommodation or tented camp as per the trek.
✅ Properly boiled hot water for drinking every morning and evening.
✅ Meals (Lunch, dinner, breakfast with hot beverages) during trek.
✅ An accomplished trekking Group Leader and assistant guides.
✅ Oxygen cylinders and an all-inclusive medical kit on all trips.
✅ Take away Nepal Pyramids duffel bag, T-shirt and trekking Map.
✅ Local staff insurance.
✅ Porter service.
✅ Porters’ Clothing.

Cost Excludes

❌ Fee levied on Nepali visa.
❌ All entrance fee in Upper Mustang and Jeep/Horse used for side excursions.
❌ All personal expenses including Food while in Kathmandu/Pokhara.
❌ International flight fares.
❌ Medical examination or emergency rescues.
❌ Donations.
❌ Staff Tipping.
❌ Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu on early arrival.
❌ Travel or medical insurance.
❌ Optional tours and sightseeing or any activities during free time.
❌ Other personal expenses – laundry, battery charges, shower etc.