Mustang Tiji Festival

Mustang Tiji Festival

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Mustang Tiji Festival Trekking is a treat for travelers due to the sandy terrain, beautiful yak caravans, stunning mountain views, and old monasteries. And, as traditional clothes, Tibetan culture, and spiritual aspects of the region. The walk includes the most important festival of the walled capital of Lo-Manthang As well as beautiful Mustang villages, Buddhist shrines, and spiritual qualities in the region. This Trek allows you to experience the vibrant Tibetan culture of Lo, the last forbidden kingdom in Tibet.

The Upper Mustang Tiji Festival Trek begins when you arrive at Kathmandu’s Tribhuvan International Airport. After a picturesque flight from Pokhara, the trip will begin in Jomsom. Tiji Festival Mustang not only provides an opportunity to see mighty mountain ranges such as Mt. Dhaulagiri (8167m), Tukuche Peak (6920m), Nilgiri (7061), Tilicho Peak (7134m), Thorong Peak (6144m), Saribung (6328m), Mustang Himal (6187m), Manshail (6235m) but also allows visitors to learn about the fascinating local culture and Himalayan way of life. It’s a journey into a place with a long history and well-preserved culture. The “chasing of the demons” Mustang Tiji Festival recalls the story of Dorje Jono. Who must combat his demon father to save the kingdom of Mustang from annihilation?

Festivals and dances influenced by Tibetan Buddhism can be seen while enjoying the warm hospitality of the people of Lo-Manthang. Every culture aficionado should go on the Mustang Tiji Festival Trek at least once in their lives.

Swiss Family Treks and Expedition’s Mustang Tiji Festival Trek is well-equipped to make your stay comfortable. We ensure that you have a rich experience of the native culture and natural beauty of the region. By providing constant assistance from trek leaders and company personnel. We have consistently outperformed our competition, and we regard our previous clients’ glowing testimonials as important honors. Our fantastic trek packages and high-quality service will ensure that you have the best trekking experience in Nepal. Please be aware that in the event of inclement weather, domestic flights may be delayed.

This cultural tour was created by Trexmount Ventures to observe the Mustang Tiji Festival. As well as to investigate hidden social structures and take in the breathtaking surroundings. On the tour, there are other attractions. Discover a unique and amazing culture, local social structure, breathtaking mountain views, a beautiful river valley, and diverse scenery. Trexmount Ventures offers a customizable itinerary to meet the interests and plans of its clients.

The return journey passes through holy Muktinath in the lower Mustang, which is popular for its 108 spouts of pure natural spring water. Muktinath, which means “liberation,” is a Hindu and Buddhist pilgrimage place. They have a deep belief that bathing in the 108 spouts will liberate them from their life’s sins. We return to Jomsom by descending via the Kaligandaki River’s parched, windswept valley. Enjoy the gorgeous flight back to Pokhara, which features the tranquil Phewa Lake.

Tiji celebrates the victory of Buddha’s incarnation and Dhorji Sonam over a demon known as Ma Tam Ru Ta, who wreaked havoc on people’s livestock by causing storms and droughts.

Join us at the Tiji festival

We hold the Mustang Tiji Festival every year. Trekking to the Himalayan Kingdom of Mustang in search of the Tiji Festival, a three-day event known as “The Chasing of Demons” and one of the region’s most important festivals. Monks clad in extravagant costumes and masks perform dances and rituals to ward off evil spirits during the holiday season. People from all around Mustang assemble in Lo Monthang to celebrate the Tiji Festival, dressed up in their finest. Of course, lodge reservations are in advance.


01 May 23Day

Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.

Our representative will come to the airport for transfer to the Hotel. After some refreshment in the hotel, Our Tour leader will conduct a pre departure meeting in the Hotel or at our office. The meetings will cover trip related information & collection of your Documents (passport copy, 2 passport size photos, Travel insurance).

02 May 24Day

Kathmandu: Free day or City Sightseeing (pay Locally for sightseeing).

After morning breakfast, free day for trek preparation. OR, you can do sightseeing tour in Kathmandu valley  visiting its fascinating heritage and cultural sites. There are few places that are worth to visit such as holy Pashupatinath temple, Bouddhanath, Swayambhunath (Monkey Temple), Durbar Squire ( in Kathmandu, Patan and Bhaktapur), Museum,  monasteries, old historical Palaces and Gardens. Note:  this tour is optional so you can visit with place of your interest & pay locally. (Meals:B)

03 May 25Day

Drive to Pokhara (820 m-2,690 ft) - 06 hrs journey distance 220 k.m.

At time set by our guide who accompanies you throughout this trip, depart from the hotel for an interesting drive on the busy road towards scenic Pokhara. Drive through the Himalayan foothills and green valleys. Arrive Pokhara  for overnight stop in the comfort of an excellent hotel situated by the Lake Phewa. There is now time for walks around the lake side. (For people with flying option 30 minutes of scenic flight to Pokhara). (Meals:B)

04 May 26Day

Fly to Jomsom (2,713 m-8,901 ft), trek to Kagbeni (2,810 m9,219 ft) -04 hrs.

After early breakfast depart for a short drive to Pokhara airport for one of the most mind blowing of flights. See vistas of towering snow capped peaks such as Annapurna, Nilgiris, Manaslu and the Dhaulagiri range. Arrive Jomsom in less than an hour. Jomsom is a large town and district headquarters of the Mustang area. It is situated on a shelf above the Kaligandaki River. The environment and houses are similar to Tibetean culture and traditions. The residents are mostly Thakali people, a prosperous tribe that deals with hotels and lodges and have been trading with Tibet for hundreds of years.

From Jomsom walk through the windswept river valley to Kagbeni. Pass the small place of Eklaibhatti towards North West. The trail meanders winding further towards Kagbeni for the overnight. Kagbeni is an interesting place and a gateway to Upper Mustang. In the afternoon explore this Tibetan like village. (Meals:B,L,D)

05 May 27Day

Trek to Tshele (Chele) (3,050 m-10,06 ft) - 06 hrs.

From Kagbeni, walk uphill towards the Upper Mustang. Walk past few shepard’s shelters and a small scattered village  Cross icy streams that open up into broken red colored canyons of ruined castle walls atop the high impressive cliffs.  Reach Chusang on the other side of the river. View the spectacular red eroded cliffs and inaccessible high caves. Cross  a small bridge followed by an uphill walk for an hour.  Arrive at Tshele for overnight stop in a nice and simple lodge with homely comfort and services. (Meals:B,L,D)

06 May 28Day

Trek to Geling (3,540 m-11,614 ft) - 06 hrs.

From Tshele village, climb for an hour to a ridge at 3,130 m-10,269 ft. See splendid views of Gyagar village across a huge canyon. Walk continues with a slow descend to Samar. Make a short climb above Samar village to a ridge that leads downhill to a large gorge past a red, black, yellow and white – all the colored chortens (a prayer monument) built from rocks. Walk continues to another valley with few juniper trees. Crossing a stream as the path follows uphill to a ridge at 3,800 m-12,467 ft. Climb  to a small ridge pass.  From here descend to Shyangmochen, a small village with few shops and inns at 3,710 m-12,172 ft.

Having a short rest here, walk continues with a gradual climb to a pass at 3,770 m-12,369 ft. Reaching a wide valley. Proceed on a downhill trail towards Geling with its large fields of barley for an overnight in a local nice homely lodge. (Meals:B,L,D)

07 May 29Day

Trek to Tsarang (Charang) (3,560 m-11,680 ft) - 06 hrs.

For the morning walk from quaint Geling, make a slow climb into large fields in the center of a huge wind swept valley. See below Tamagaon village. Climbing to the top of Nyi La pass at 3,950 m-12,959 ft, the highest point of this wonderful trip.This pass is on the southern boundary of Lo area. Walk downhill mid-way to a junction, the right trail leads direct to Tsarang, while the left, to Ghami village, one  major village of Lo region.

Walk continues with a drop below the blue, grey and red cliffs. Walk across a valley and over a steel bridge over the Tangmarchu River.  Encounter a long climb with a wonderful and impressive stretch of Mani wall, probably one of the longest in Nepal. After a short break make the  last final climb to reach the (3, 600 m-11,811 ft) ridge top.  Take a gentle downhill walk to Tsarang for an overnight stay. Tsarang is an interesting village with crops fields of maze, barley, buck wheat. The only trees surviving in this arid terrain and cold climate are willow and poplars trees,. Near  the village is a huge five story white Dzong and a red Gompa (monastery) standing on the edge of Kali Gandaki gorge, Tsarang village has its own electricity system. (Meals:B,L,D)

08 May 30Day

Trek to Lo-Manthang (3,700 m-12,139 ft) - 05 hrs.

Walk downhill to cross Charangchu River. Walk up a steep uphill unto a ridge to reach at Tholung valley. From this desolate wide valley, walk north with a gradual climb as the valley floor rises to a a large chorten (prayer monument) that marks the boundary of Tsarang and Lo area. Walk to a stream and reach the ridge top at 3,850 m-12,631 ft with super views of walled village of Lo Manthang.

With the fabulous views descend to a stream, outlining the walled village of Lo Manthang and then make a short climb over the plateau reaching towards the southern wall of classic Lo Manthang.

Finally after several days of interesting scenic trekking, today reach our main highlight and destination, Lo Manthang. (Meals:B,L,D)

09-10-11 May 31- June 1-2Day

In Lo-Manthang to observe the festival.

At Lo Manthang which is a large village / almost a town, our guide will take you to attend and witness the Teji Festival during these two days. In early days Lo Manthang was walled city. Herein find about 150 closely attached houses plus residences for lamas and priests. The palace and monasteries are located in bottom portion in a vertical section of L shaped houses.

The school, health post, police post and several important chortens are found outside the walls of north and east gate with monastic part of this large village. Despite its old looking houses of Lo Manthang, it is a prosperous village maintaining strong sense of community. The people here are known as Lobas, who are from Lo area with much similarity to Tibetans and follow a practical culture economy. In the early days a strong salt and wool trade with Tibet on the Kali Gandaki passed through Lo Manthang, thus making this village one of the wealthy of Mustang region.

The Mustang Raja’s (king) palace stands as an impressive 4 story building in the hub of Lo Mantahng. The ancient and present home of king / raja, Jigme Parbal Bista, and rani (queen) are from a noble family of Shigatse (second largest city of Tibet after Lhasa and seat of Panchen Lama). (Meals:B,L,D)

12 June 3Day

Trek to Yara (3,550 m-11,646 ft) - 05 hrs.

After an interesting and most fascinating time in historical, cultural Lo Manthang, walk on the same route for few hours. Then head eastward on an alternative path to reach Jomsom, starting with a steep descend to the small village of Dhi by Phuyung Khola bank.

Crossing a small wooden bridge over Phuyung Khola. Climb for few hours with views along the walk. Ending the day at Yara, a small village with Buddhist player flags welcoming its visitors. Yara is a nice interesting area to explore afternoon time with great views of snow capped peaks and surrounding picturesque landscapes. (Meals:B,L,D)

13 June 4Day

Trek to Luri Gompa (3,900 m-12,795 ft) - 03 hrs.

Morning at leisure. Walk for about 3 hours to Luri Gompa, a small settlement, sparsely populated. Upon reaching this mystical and fascinating area, with time tospare, visit Luri Gompa, the last cave monastery of Lo and Tibet.

History of this place with no trace or written record of Luri Gompa constructions, this monastery linked with Kagyu sects of Buddhism. The approach and art of painting proves they were done by Nepalese (Newari) artists working for Tibetan patrons.

The cave shrine dates from 13th – 14th century, the central chamber of the Gompa is carved out of the rock creating a domed ceiling on which are painted a series of Mahasidha, Sakyamuni Buddha and Chenrez figures etc, which are excellent masterpieces.

Lining the walls, fresco with series of 14th century painting, which depict India Mahasidas, a great an interesting place of Luri Gompa with afternoon free at leisure to marvel the surrounding beauty. (Meals:B,L,D)

14 June 5Day

Trek to Tange (3,250 m-10,663 ft) - 06 hrs.

After an interesting and fascinating time in Luri with its historical impressive phenomenal monastery, start morning walk on a high trail through grass-less and barren, arid terrain. Here experience just bare red eroded hills weathered by strong winds and snows. Walk slowly encountering a small ridge top to head downhill to Tange village at 3,370 m 11,056 ft. Tange is a moderate size village of about 30 closely attached houses. On the rooftops find piles of dry big logs and wood stored for many years as status, which reflects prosperity of the society. This is a common tradition in this arid areas of Mustang and in Tibet where wood is very scarce. (Meals:B,L,D)

15 June 6Day

Trek to Tsusang (Chusang) (2,920 m-9,580 ft) - 06 hrs.

Walk in a barren wilderness of red earth landscapes. The path is gentle for few hours with views of distant snow capped peaks. Head downhill to Tsusang village for overnight stop. (Meals:B,L,D)

16 June 7Day

Trek to Muktinath (3,800 m-12,067 ft) - 06 hrs.

Walk from Tsusang to Muktinath, Upper to Lower Mustang will be a last long day before Jomsom. In the morning walk on a gradual winding trail that ends in a junction where there are two routes, one to holy Muktinath, while the other to Kagbeni. Our direction takes the north east trail, passing several temporary huts and shelters of Yak herders. This high path delivers super views of Nilgiri’s peaks and Dhaulagiri range. The trail winds onto the gradual with much wider trail to Muktinath for overnight stop with an afternoon visit the holy Muktinath temple and its premises.

Muktinath, a sacred pilgrimage area where people from Nepal and India visits here to offer prayer and to find liberatation from their bad deeds. Mukti means to be free.  Natural elements are displayed in miraculous form-flickering blue flames of natural methane gas burning on water. A stone and earth offering is said to have been first lighted by Brahma, the Hindu creator. This natural wonder has awed man from the beginning. Muktinath sanctity goes back into antiquity of 2,300 years ago.

This area is equally holy for Hindu and Buddhist. Around Kaligandaki and Muktinath pilgrims search for black shiny fossils called shaligram (ammonite), found in abundance around this area. (Meals:B,L,D)

17 June 8Day

Trek to Jomsom (2, 715 m-8,901 ft)- 04 hours.

After a long walk of previous day, today, the last day of trekking leading on a pleasant trek on a downhill path.  Pass by Jharkot village.   Walk down with a drop of (1,200 m-3,937 ft)  to Kaligandaki river bed. Upon reaching the wide Kaligandaki River valley at a small place of Ekale bhatti, continue walking on the flat wide valley for few hours reaching Jomsom.  Near-by is an airstrip above Kaligandaki River (planes operates daily morning schedule flight to and from Pokhara). At Jomsom enjoy the afternoon exploring the town and having the best of apple products as Mustang area is famous apples. (Meals:B,L,D)

18 June 9Day

Fly from Jomsom to Pokhara (820 m-2,690 ft).

Morning transfer to Jomsom airport for the sweeping flight to Pokhara with alluring views of Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri’s, Annapurna and Machhapuchare. This wonderful flight takes less than half hour to reach Pokhara, transfer to hotel with afternoon free at your leisure. (Meals:B)

19 June 10Day


Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu through the countryside, it is 210km and takes 6 hours. (Meals: B,D)

20 June 11Day

Departure for home ward bound.

We will Transfer to Tribhuvan International Airport to next port of your destination. (Meals:B)


What is Included?

  • Airport Pick up and drop transfer by car, van or bus depend on group size
  • Private Ground transportation as per itinerary.
  • all accommodations (Twin Share)
  • Meals: 17 Breakfasts, 14 Lunches, 15 Dinners with cup of Tea, coffee in each meals
  • Annapurna conservation entry permits.
  • Special Mustang Permit.
  • An experience guide and required number of porters (one porter in between two pax), their food, accommodation, transportation, salary, insurance, and equipment.
  • Warm sleeping bag, warm down jacket and walking stick, if necessary.
  • Trek bag.
  • Award Certificate of Trip Completion

Whats not Included

  • Meals as Mention in the details itinerary.
  • Single Supplement for single using rooms
  • Tips to staff or any donations.
  • Temple and monastery entry fee, & entry fees while sightseeing in Kathmandu & Pokhara.
  • Your travel insurance, Medical and emergency evacuation (Just in case).
  • All types of drinks (such as Hot & cold drinks, Mineral water and alcoholic drinks).
  • All personal expenses which is not mention into the price inclusion.

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Trip Info

Exploring traditional old villages, Monasteries, eroded hills, arid and colorful windswept landscapes and mountains are the main attraction and highlights of this trip, views of world’s 7th highest Mt. Dhaulagiri 8,167 m, trekking around Annapurna and Dhaulagiri massive mountain range, dramatic variation from alpine to arctic climate temperature, an extension of Tibetan plateau, scenic flight with amazing views of world’s three highest mountains Annapurna-Dhaulagiri & Manaslu, fascinating traditional mid hills Mustang and Thakali villagers, Thakali, super mountain panorama observing breathtaking Teji Festival and its ancient walled fortress worth visiting.