Tiji Festival Upper Mustang 18 Days
Duration: 18 days
Trip level: moderate (info?)
Maximum altitude: 3950 m
Season: around April/ May
Mustang is a remote former kingdom, north of the Annapurna massif. The area has an inimitable mysticism and is unique in Nepal. Mustang is ,geographically, the extension of the Tibetan plateau and lies in the shadow of the Annapurna Mountains. The surrealistic landscapes are formed by drought and wind. Tibetan Buddhism still lives heavily among the population. During your trek you will visit a number of monasteries and visit the authentic villages. During the trip you will also be treated to panoramic views of the Annapurna massif and the Dhaulagiri summit.
About the Tiji Festival:
The Tiji festival is also known as Tenchi festival and is an abbreviation of the word “Tempa Chirim” which means “Prayer for world peace”. The festival celebrates the myth of a son who had to save the Mustang Kingdom from destruction. It is the most popular festival in Upper Mustang and is celebrated each year for three days on the fifth month of the Tibetan calendar. The monks and lama’s of Lo Manthang’s monastery perform ritual dances and celebrations wearing various kinds of masks and ancient traditional costumes. The indigenous people also were traditional clothing and jewelry. In Lo Manthang are horse races being held or you can just wander through the alleyways of the ancient city. The festival is an impressive reflection of the inspiring and vibrant Buddhist culture of Upper Mustang.
From Kathmandu you travel to Pokhara by bus. From Pokhara you can see all the mighty peaks of the Annapurna region. It’s the gateway to the world-famous treks in and around the Annapurna range and beyond. But a walk along the shores of Phewa Lake is very pleasant as well. From Pokhara you travel by plane to Jomsom. From Jomsom you trek to Kagbeni, the beginning and end of Upper Mustang. The first days there is a lot of climbing along some villages. The area receives little rain and the color landscapes are therefore particularly photogenic. Eventually you walk in the walled town of Lo Manthang. The king of the small kingdom of Mustang passed away in 2016. There are many temples and the monks live scattered throughout the town. During the three day festival you will also have time to explore the surrounding area. An exploration by foot or horse to the ancient caves nearby the capital will impress you. Also a visit to the authentic Buddhist village of Tingkar and the Namgyal Gompa monastery will add more sparkle to the vibrant festival. After the festival you will hike back to Jomsom. From Lo Manthang, the hiking trip follows a different hiking trail. From Jomsom you return to the green lush valley of Pokhara and the calming Phewa Lake. It is possible to extend your stay in Pokhara for more leisure and relaxing. From Pokhara you drive back by tourist bus to Kathmandu.
Note: It is best to book Tiji festival at least 3 months in advance due to reservations in Lo Manthang.
23rd May Arrival Kathmandu; pick up International Airport Kathmandu
24th May Sightseeing Kathmandu
25th May Drive Kathmandu to Pokhara, flight is optional (6 hrs.)
26th May Flight to Jomsom, and trek to Kagbeni (2800 m – 4 hrs.)
27th May Trek to Chele (3050 m – 6 hrs.)
28th May Trek to Shyammochen (3500 m – 6 hrs.)
29th May Trek to Tsarang (3560 m – 8 hrs.)
30th May Trek to Lo Manthang (3700 m – 5 hrs.)
31st May Tiji Festival starting day
01st June Tiji Festival
02ndJune Tiji Festival final day
03rd June Trek to Dhakmar (3810 m – 6 hrs.)
04th June Trek to Shyammochen (3500 m – 6 hrs.)
05th June Trek to Chusang (2980 m – 6 hrs.)
06th June Trek to Jomsom (2720 m – 6 hrs.)
07th June Morning flight to Pokhara, and drive to hotel
08th June Drive Pokhara to Kathmandu, flight is optional (6 hrs.)
09th June Departure; drop off International Airport Kathmandu
Sherpa Heritage Trails shows you a starting price. During the trekking season prices may rise. The final price depends on the group size and cost of local flight.
The starting price for Upper Mustang Tiji Festival 18 days is:
€1345,00 per person (party of 3 or 4 persons)
€1505,00 per person (party of 2 persons)
A minimum of 2 persons is required for Upper Mustang
When you arrive at the International Airport we will pick you up and bring you to your accommodation. Here we will give you a short briefing about the trek & the Tiji Festival. In addition we will give you advice about hygienic food, customs, and sightseeing in Kathmandu.
-Pick up and drop off from Kathmandu International Airport to hotel
-3 nights private room in 3* star hotel including breakfast in Kathmandu
-One night in guesthouse including breakfast in Pokhara before and after trek
-Return drive Kathmandu to Pokhara by tourist bus; return flight Pokhara to Jomsom and transfer to and from domestic airport
-Certificate of CO2- emission free for all transport in Nepal
-Licensed and certified mountain guide. Well experienced and English speaking
-Porter service for carrying luggage. One porter for two persons, max. luggage 12 kg. per person
-Free use of waterproof bag for your luggage
-Salary, food, accommodation and insurance for the mountain guide and porters
-Upper Mustang special permit for 10 days ($500,00) , Upper Mustang extra days permit, ACAP fee, TIMS card and local taxes
-Support of the Sherpa Heritage Trails head office in Kathmandu
-International flight to Kathmandu
-Nepal entrance visa
-Lunch and dinners in Kathmandu and Pokhara
-Lodging and food during trek
-All beverage bills, hot shower, internet services, laundry and battery charge during trek
-Kathmandu city guide for sightseeing
-Personal travel insurance
-Rescue operation charge in case of an emergency
-Any cost that arise due to change of itinerary like flight delay, natural calamities, etc.
-Gratitude and tips for mountain guide (and porter)