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Mustang Tiji Festival Trip

Start from US$ 1936 1549 Group Discount

No. of people Price Per Person
0 - 1 US $2380 US$
2 - 4 US $1549 US$
5 - 8 US $1432
9 - 12 US $1414 US$
13 + US $1399 US$
  • 15 Days
  • Moderate to Strenuous
  • 2 - 4 People

Destination: Nepal

Meals: Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner

Transportation: Car / Tourist Bus / Airplane

Accommodation: Teahouse+Hotel

Max. Altitude: 4,170m

Activities: Trekking, Cultural Tour

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Mustang lays mid western part of Nepal, Tibet border in the north. It is in rain shadow area behind the Himalayas, perhaps Upper Mustang is only one unspoiled Tibetan culture. As this is forbidden and isolated from the rest of the World, it was able to progress its own unique culture and traditional which is so rich and distinctive. Lo-Manthang, the capital is walled city ruled by Amipal Dynasty. The last King Jigme Parbal Bista, is the 25th Raja of the Kingdom of Mustang, and he married with daughter of Ladakh King. Upper Mustang is untouched by modern civilization; life of here has been dragging from centuries in unhurried pace. So, it is an example of live museum.  A trip into the Upper Mustang is an unforgettable experience for everyone. As restricted area of Nepal, who wish to visit Upper Mustang, need special permit and need minimum two people in a group. You obtain permit through the resister trekking agency in Nepal.

The people of Mustang celebrate many festivals such as: Bhadra Mela celebrated in Thini, Kobang and Kunjo, Toranla in Thak Saatsae and Panch Gaon, Lhosar in Bara Gaon etc. Amoung of them Teeji festival is one of the most important festival of Upper Mustang original to Lo-Manthang. The ritual is known as "The chasing of the Demons" and which perform according to Tiji myth. The Tiji festival celebrates for three days inside the fort settlement, memorialize the victory of Dhoyje Sonam with devil. This is story about a deity named Dhoyje Sonam, who fights against his devil father (Ma Tam Ru) to save the Kingdom of Mustang and people from demolition. The demon father wreaks destruction on Mustang by creating a water shortage which, in this extremely arid land, is the most precious life-sustaining resource Dhoyje Sonam eventually defeats the devil and evict him from the land.

Monk who performance as role of Dorje Soman, must stay in seclusion for 3 months prior to the festival to prepare ritual dances. On the last day of the ceremony, he defeats a dummy of the demon in a dance. Teeji falls on third month in the Tibetan calendar which is in late April or early May full moon. The most attraction of this ceremony is Monk dance which reflects the ancient history of the place and culture and dress. Tiji is original from the words “TEN CHE” it means “the hope of Buddha Dharma prevailing in all worlds” and is a spring renewal.

Upper mustang Trekking, can do nine days to above three weeks as well. But for the Tiji festival we would like to recommend you 16 days Trek, which will be enough time discover untouched places around.  During the Tiji festive tour you may combine trip with mysterious Jhong Cave (5 stories with 144 different rooms) at Chhoser village.  We have other several group during this time, so if you like to solo trip, you can do solo trip also just join permit with others. The Tiji festival celebrates three days on May Full moon every year, so this time (2017) going to be celebrate on 22, 23, 24 May.

Trip Highlights

  • Lifetime experience of Tiji festival and antique villages.
  • As an alive museum of people and their culture, medieval Buddhist arts, ancient Monastery.
  • More than thousand years of hundreds ruined cave, colorful stratified rock formations and local tribes.
  • Undisturbed and untouched civilization life goes on as it has for centuries.
  • 6 to 7 hours bus drives Kathmandu to Pokhara and then 15 munities flight Pokhara to Jomsom.

Day to Day Itinerary

Day 01:Arrival at Kathmandu.

Day 02:Trekking preparation and permit paper work day.

Day 03:Drive Kathmandu to Pokhara (950m) - 6 to 7 hours by tourist bus

Day 04:Fly Pokhara to Jomsom (2713m) -25 minutes, Trek Jomsom to Kagbeni (2897m) -3 to 4 hours

Day 05:Trek Kagbeni to Chele (3050m) -5 to 6 hours

Day 06:Trek Chele to Syanbochen (3475m) -6 to 7 hours

Day 07:Trek Syanbochen to Ghaymi (3,850m) -5 to 6 hours

Day 08:Trek Ghaymi to Charang (3,506m) -4 to 5 hours

Day 09:Trek Charang to Lo-Mangthang (3,810m) -5 to 6 hours

Day 10:Explore Lo-Mangthang and Tiji Festival Celebration day.

Day 11:Tiji Festival Celebration day.

Day 12:Tiji Festival Celebration Third day with Explore in Jhong Cave at Choser village.

Day 13:Drive Lo-Mangthang to Jomsom - 8 to 9 hours by Jeep

Day 14:Fly Jomsom to Pokhara (950m) -25 minutes, relaxing Day

Day 15:Drive back to Kathmandu early in the morning by Tourist Bus - 6 to 7 hours

Day 16:Your own destination.


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Cost Include

  • Free Airport picks up and drops all transportation (airport to Hotel to airport).
  • Star level 3+2 nights Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara twin bed sharing basic.
  • Upper Mustang Restricted Area special Permit, ACAP (Annapurna Conservation Area Project), TIMS (Trekkers Information System) Cards.
  • Air tickets from Pokhara to Jomsom to Pokhara by plane (Weight limit: 10 kg main baggage and 5 kg hand per passenger/flight) and Trek ending point to Pokhara hotel by private car or Taxi.
  • Transportation from Kathmandu to Pokhara to Kathmandu by comfort tourist bus.
  • Trekking equipments (worm down jackets, sleeping bag & Duffle Bag) during the trekking if you needed.
  • Nepal Mother House T-shirt /Cap and Appreciation Card of Trip (after trip end).
  • Three times meals (breakfast, Lunch, Dinner), tea coffee in a cup each meal during trek.
  • Soft & comfort private accommodation entire Mountain twin bed sharing with share toilet.
  • Government license holder English Speaking experienced Local Guide with their food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipments.
  • A porter (between every 2 person basic) carries max.20-25 kg. Plus their food, accommodation, wage, insurance, all transportation.
  • One Sherpa (assistance guide) if group size more than 6 people. Plus their food, accommodation, salary, insurance and equipments.
  • Guide & porters insurance for their happy journey.
  • A Trekking Map of Annapurna Trip for a Group.
  • Supplementary snacks (cookies, fresh fruits) on the trek.
  • First Aid medical kit during trip & welcome and Fare well program.
  • Tourist service charge, vat, Governments Tax and official expanse if necessary.

Cost Exclude

  • All kind of beverage including mineral water, Chocolate, Cookies, desert, Phone calls, laundry, hot shower during Trek.
  • Clients travel Insurance and evacuation (compulsory).
  • If incase, flight cancel and charter helicopter or plane.
  • Tipping for Guide & porter, yours meals at Kathmandu & Pokhara.
  • Personal expenses like Shopping, souvenirs or gift & monastery entrance fee.
  • Optional trips and sightseeing if extend.
  • International airfare, airport departure tax and Visa fee.
  • Things which not mention above our services.
  • Visa fee, you obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport Kathmandu.

Trip Note

If you do not need porter for the trip, the trekking cost will be reducing from the original price. Nepal Mother House gives you some clue to make less cost for the Solo traveler also. Please contact us in our email for more details with your requirements. 

If you wish to stay longer, we can offer plenty of suggestions: Bungee Jumping, mountain biking in the Kathmandu valley, white water Rafting, Jeep Flyer, Paragliding, Rock climbing, Jungle Safari tour, Skydiving, Mt. Everest view flight, Bhaktapur and Patan Durbar square, the Kathmandu valley's other historic cities Sightseeing, or a night at the Fort Hotel in Nagarkot for a bit of luxury and some worth able sunset and sunrise mountain panoramas. We help to arrange any of these excursions for you. Namaste and see you during your next trip to the Nepal Himalayas!

Some time we could face problem of internal flights to/from Jomsom delayed by few hours or cancelled for a day because of bad weather. It is happen very rarely, but it could even in best trekking season also as you know how climate change is effecting our globe. Therefore, we always recommend you to add one supplement night in Kathmandu after your base camp trek if possible (just for incase). If everything runs smoothly, you can enjoy other activities like sightseeing, rafting, shopping, as you wish in those additional day overnight at hotel.

Day 01 : Arrival at Kathmandu.Upon arrival at international airport, our waiting support team will meet and greet you at the airport assist and transfer to the Hotel.

Day 02 : Trekking preparation and permit paper work day. Trekking preparation and permit organize day. Please, check your insurance details and have a copy of your travel medical insurance policy with you.

Day 03 : Drive Kathmandu to Pokhara (950m) - 6 to 7 hours by tourist bus Our trekking guide will come to the hotel in the morning at six o’clock to pick you with private transport. We’ll drive to Pokhara (200 km) which will take us about 6 to 7 hours on a very scenic route. Along the journey you will witness some stunning scenery of snow capped mountains, green hills, rivers in rafting, and villages. Pokhara is a beautiful valley with panoramic views of Annapurna, Machapuchare (shape of fish tail), Dhaulagiri, Lamjung Himal and Manaslu. The town of Pokhara is set on the banks of the Phewa Lake. It is smaller and much less hectic than Kathmandu providing the perfect starting point for our trek. Stay overnight at hotel.

Day 04 : Fly Pokhara to Jomsom (2713m) -25 minutes, Trek Jomsom to Kagbeni (2897m) -3 to 4 hours Early in the morning we will fly to Jomsom. The flight is 25 minutes on a scenic flight view of Spectaculars Mountains. We start the first day trekking from Jomsom (2713m) to Kagbeni (2897m) after breakfast. The trail follows the wide valley of the Kali Gandaki. Here the wind generally picks up after about midday but will at least be blowing at our backs as you head up to ancient village Kagbeni in the morning time. The rest of the day we will explore around the village, people, and culture.

Day 05 : Trek Kagbeni to Chele (3050m) -5 to 6 hours Our journey begins with a special permit check up and onwards to the riverbank of Kaligandaki River up to the valley. During today’s walk, the trail leads us through the picturesque deserted and windswept valleys. This trail continues up and downhill until we reach the Tangbe village. From here we trek onwards to Chhusang and after a 1½ hour walk we cross a river heading up to the huge red chunk of conglomerate that has fallen from the cliff above. The trail continues heading on to small ridges until we reach the Chele village (3050m) after 18 kilometers. Here we will stay overnight at a local tea house.

Day 06 : Trek Chele to Syanbochen (3475m) -6 to 7 hours Today, we start our trek again after breakfast and walk further to Ekle Bhatti then climb to Taklam La Pass (3,624m) through a narrow stretch of plateau with views of Tilicho Peak, Yakawa Kang, Nilgiri and Damodar Danda. After lunch in Samar, we walk further for about three hours until Syanbochen (3475m). The trail today is 8 kilometers long. The rest of the day explores surrounding ancient unique village area. We stay again at a teahouse overnight.

Day 07 : Trek Syanbochen to Ghaymi (3,850m) -5 to 6 hours The trail lead us uphill to the Syangboche La (3,860m) and passing a few teahouses, Chortens (Tibetan Stupa), and local villages with Tibetan style houses. We then cross over a few other paths. After lunch, we have a longer climb to the Nyi Pass (4,010m) and Ghami La (3,765m) with wonderful landscape view. Then we descend to Ghaymi (3,520m) for the overnight stay at tea house, after 12 kilometers of walking.

Day 08 : Trek Ghaymi to Charang (3,506m) -4 to 5 hours After breakfast, we start our trek on a pleasant and easy trail which we’ll walk for about 4 to 5 hours up to Charang (3,560m). Then after crossing Ghaymi Khola, the trail climbs to a plateau and passes beside a very long Mani wall (Mantra inscribed stone walls) which heads east to Tsarang. After about 11 kilometers up and down the trail get us to the teahouse in Charang, where we will stay overnight. We will enjoy exploring around the ancient village for the rest of the day.

Day 09 : Trek Charang to Lo-Mangthang (3,810m) -5 to 6 hoursThe trail leads us to Lo-Mangthang with a majestic view of Nilgiri, Tilicho, Annapurna I, and Bhrikuti. The landscape scenery is absolutely fascinating. At first, the trail descends to Tsarang Chu Canyon and then climbs steeply up after crossing the river. Then the trail further ascends gently to the windy pass of Lo La (3,950m) , from where you can see the Lo-Mangthang valley (3,810m) while views of the walled city appear magnificently amongst its hills. All of this takes places right next to the Tibetan boarder. We will stay overnight at a local hotel. The rest of the time can be spent exploring around the surrounding areas which are almost identical to Tibet and Tibetan culture.

Day 10 : Explore Lo-Mangthang and Tiji Festival Celebration day. Today is your special day to explore around Lo-Mangthan and Tiji Fastival. You first explore the surrounding Namgyal Gomba monastery situated on a hilltop, which serves as an important monastery of the local community and also as a local court. After visiting Namgyal Gompa (3,910m) continue the hike to Tingkhar (4,025m), which is a village of around 40 houses, the last main village to the northwest of Lo-Mangthang. After finishing your visit stroll back to the hotel. You have another option to visit the Chamjung and Lhaktung Gumba, the red Thugchen monastery, Chyodi Gomba are in the entrance hall which are the main attractions of Lo Mangthang. Besides this you may visit the four story building of the Raja's Darabar (Royal Place) as well as the surrounding panoramic views of the Himalaya, where the Lo Mangthang Ex: King -Jigme Prabal Bista (25th King of the Upper Mustang Kingdom) offers you Tibetan tea as a sigh of his hospitality.

Lo Manthang is known as walled city also, it is believed to be built in 1380 AD by the first King of Lo ‘Ame Pal’. The wall which is 2422 feet (725m) long and 26 feet (about 8 m) high has a series of 14 towers along its border. The towers rise 40 feet (12m) high, 6 feet (2m) wide at the base and 3 feet (1m) wide at the top. During the regimes of the Mustangi King, the towers were guarded by armed guards to defend the town from the enemies. The ceremony start early in the afternoon, some of Lama blow the horns making with echo sound before announcing the two twelve-foot copper Dunchens, with their elephantine blurting, followed by two double-reeled horns, all accompanied by drum and cymbals. Then an ancient Tanka unrolled down from three stories high entire south wall of the Monastery. This Thanka is re-preventative of great saint Padma Sambhava who is well known as Guru Rimpoche , he introduced this ceremony to Tibet in the 8th century. At mid day, the 11 Lamas (Monks) in maroon and gold, wearing high red hats, will came from the palace and take their places along the wall beneath the Thanka, with Tashi Tenzing on the elevated seat just in the center. While they are chanting, twelve more monks come from the palace in maroon and royal blue and glittering gold brocade, with cymbal-shaped hats decked with upright peacock plumes. After that flock of Lama with masked start the portrayals of the Tiji myth by dance. The story of dance performance is about demon and god. Dorje Jono repels the demon through the power of his magical dancing – he dances fifty-two separate dances, one of them in ten different bodies, each with a different head. At the end of dance Dorje Jono kills the demon after which his people are relieved of their plague of misfortunes, water becomes plentiful once more, and the balance and harmony of existence are restored.

Day 11 : Tiji Festival Celebration day.This is special day of celebration. People around the villages come to this ceremony with their traditional dress; the outlying hamlets and the small square will be thronged with wild beautiful people, with all of the women and children, at least. The King of Mustang also used to present the festival as main guest wearing a whole crown of tiny river pearls set off by dozens of large red coralline tones interspersed with matched ornaments of turquoise. Now, Nepal become of state of federal democracy Republic, we do not have any more King accordingly constitution. Even, the local greet Ex –Royal family like previously. The theatre of the festival then becomes a blur of costumes and masks, the twelve-foot horns, gold cups of wheat, butter cakes, snow peaks and wind and dust and sun, rajas and foreigners, dogs and yaks. This is enjoyable day with different performance.

Day 12 : Tiji Festival Celebration Third day with Explore in Jhong Cave at Choser village.Tiji Festival ends with the ceremonial destruction of the evil remains, represented by some long black yak hair and red Torma (made by barley flour) cakes minced to a dark red gurry. The demons red remnants are set out on an old tiger skin, where-upon they are attacked by bow and arrow, slings, and the old guns. The poor devils remains are over- turned upon the ground, each time to a wild cannonade from the old muzzle-loaders and a wave of cheers and smoke. This day you may visit to the Namgyal ‘The Monastery of Victory’, Tinker ‘summer palace of Mustangies King’, Choser Valley ‘famous for cave culture’ and Luri Gumba ‘built inside the rock’ are other major attraction of Upper Mustang. Choser Cave is spectacular multi storied cave building with 42 rooms, which is an example of ancient human civilization and their tradition and to get in cave Gumba it takes about 1 ½ to 2 hour walk away from Lo Manthang or you have option pony trek or hire motorbike or any Vehicles. There are other many hidden treasure around the Choser Village where you may explore as well if not too tired.

Day 13 : Drive Lo-Mangthang to Jomsom - 8 to 9 hours by Jeep We will drive back by Jeep Lo-Mangthang to Jomsom through the amazing landscape and unique villages review. During this drive you may need to change Jeep few places. Which is depends on road condition and jeep management rule and regulation by locals.

Day 14 : Fly Jomsom to Pokhara (950m) -25 minutes, relaxing Day Early in the morning we fly to Pokhara by small aircraft while enjoying the majestic mountain views above the world’s deepest gorge. The rest of the day can be spent relaxing in the Pokhara hotel. If you are up for it, feel free to wander around the Lake Side city with its fascinating mountains panorama views and charming nature.

Day 15 : Drive back to Kathmandu early in the morning by Tourist Bus - 6 to 7 hours We should be ready by 6:00 in morning in hotel lobby in order to have breakfast or seek advice from your trekking guide. We will drive back to Kathmandu through on the main road passing terraces, streams, rivers, local settlements, and high hills. It takes about 7 hours (conditional) to reach your hotel in Kathmandu. If you are interested to fly from Pokhara to Katmandu (bear in mind the extra cost of the plane tickets) please request Nepal Mother House Trekking to book your flight ticket in advance. It takes about 30 minutes flying time with spectacular views of the Himalayas, high hills, terraces, local settlements, and forests. This can indeed make it worth flying.

Day 16 : Your own destination. In this pleasant day you may have full day at leisure either relax at hotel or explore the around Thamel. Today is day of ending your journey, so we would like offer you farewell dinner in Nepali typical Restaurant and hand over you Trip Certificate, Trekking Permit and TIMS Card for memory of Nepal trip. Today is free or last minute shopping for souvenirs or gift to your family, friends or relatives for you until departure flight/drive. Our assist will be transfer to the International Airport for your departure flight to your onwards destination, taking with you the memory of a life time.

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Except fixed departure date, we have every day departure according to your requirements.

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Few things are worth arranging while you are at home. Please note down these list details before your departure, this tips will help to make your trip enjoyable:

  • Read travel advice, inform yourself before travelling and get advice locally when you arrive.
  • Make sure your passport valid date during your travel and consult about visa processing.
  • Estimate your budget and fixed holiday period then chose suitable destination.
  • Note down travel check list before leave home and preparer accordingly.
  • Inform your friend and family about your trip and itinerary details.
  • Make copies of your important documents as a backup in case you lose the originals.
  • Buy Guide book and study about Nepal’s general information (culture, custom, political, people, geography, weather, festival, religion, rule and regulation).
  • Buy insurance which will cover all overseas medical, emergency evacuation costs.
  • Batter to know at list few Nepali words while traveling in Nepal.
  • Make reservations with advance payment, especially during peak season, for trip, accommodations and local guides.
  • Call your bank for debit- and credit-card to let them know about fees and your travel destination. Get your bank’s emergency phone number if you have a problem.
  • Visit the doctor for your health report and take medicine and vaccine accordingly.
  • Remember, the local laws apply to you as a visitor and it is your responsibility to follow them.
  • Be sensitive to local customs, traditions and practices as your behavior may be seen as improper, hostile or even illegal.
  • Never step over anyone feet/legs, and pull in your own legs when somebody wants to pass.
  • Never touch anybody with your feet, also never point in a direction using your feet. The feet are considered the most impure parts of the body.
  • When entering a house, somebody's kitchen, temple or monastery take off your shoes.
  • As a woman you should always be dressed avoiding provocation, so keep shoulders and legs covered.
  • It is very polite to give and accept with your right hand, and even more so when you use your left hand for supporting the elbow of your right hand.
  • When in doubt how to behave in certain situations; keep a low profile, do not shout and keep your dignity.
  • It is better not to touch offerings or persons when they are on way to shrines.
  • Beef is prohibited among both the Hindus and Buddhists. No female animal is killed for food.
  • You may not be allowed entry to the inner sanctuaries of temples and Stupas.
  • You may be interested to take snaps of temples, Stupas and monuments. Generally temples, Stupas and monuments are permitted to be photographed, but it is better to have permission before using your cameras.  

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