Tiji Festival Trek
Tiji festival mustang trek is very famous festival in Buddhism that mainly happens in Lo-manthang. Tenji or Tiji festival is an annual event commonly pronounced also “Teeji” is an abbreviated form of Tempa chhirim which translates to prayer for world peace.
Tenji is celebrating in the victory of Buddha’s incarnation. Dorji Sonam over a demon called MA TAM RU TA, who Waxman eater & who caused storms and droughts to destroy people’s houses and livestock. Teji festival dance performed by the monks of lomanthang chhyode Gumba during these three days festival enact the harassment of the MA TAM TU TA, the birth of Dhorji Sonam the demon’s son and an attempt by Dhorji Sonam to back & the demon to the Buddha realm.
Buddhist Monks perform a dance called” TSA CHHAM “on the first day of the Tenji and “NGA CHHAM”on the second day. Tiji festival or tenji festival in Lo Manthang of upper Mustang trekking is one of the less touristic trails, is a perfect destination to explore ancient Buddhists Monasteries. Mustang has the barren landscape of eroded sandstone pillars and discontinuous moraine terraces, which together present a colorful mosaic made up principally of earthen reds, yellows, and browns.
Lo manthang is the center point of Mustang connected with corola border to Tibet and relatively easy trek along the permitted route under the rain shadow of Himalayas is possibly the last remnant of pristine Tibetan culture. Forbidden & remote rest of the World. Like other trekking routes, mustang trek offers a great view of mount Dhaulagiri at 8167 meters (26,795 ft) and Annapurna I (8091m/26,545 feet). You will be surrounded by more than 35 mountains (over 6000 meters high) during the trek.
Why people choose Tiji festival trek in Nepal?
Tenji festival is celebrated in the victory of Buddha’s incarnation. Tenji or Tiji festival at Lo manthang is a soft adventure trek combines with the great scenery of the tallest Mountains, dry landscapes, ancient caves, and Thakali lifestyles located 2600 meters above sea level. The trail offers comfortable lodge accommodation run by the local inhabitants.
The trek includes all meals, road-head transport, services of English speaking local trekking guide and porters to carry the luggage. You will only need to carry a day-pack and you can walk at your own pace.
The Tiji festival trek highlights
Tenji or Tiji festival is an annual event commonly pronounced also “Teeji” is abbreviated form of Tempa chhirim which translates to prayer for world peace. Tenji is celebrating in the victory of Buddha’s incarnation . Lo-Mangthang city, Saligrams Holy and ancient caves, Amazing Kaligandaki valley hunt fossil called Saligram – Hindus most holy stones.
Lifestyles of Mustang Thakali People, Explore to Corola border to Tibet, great Himalayan panorama including Dhaulagiri family as well as Nilgiri and other hundreds of Border Himalaya.
Mustang Tiji festival trek difficulty
Tiji festival trek is suitable for all age trekkers because it does not require any previous trekking or mountaineering experience and also it is not necessary that you must be super-strong. If you are healthy and can walk 6 to 6:30 hours daily, you can easily complete this trekking. However, daily jugging or walking exercise is useful before you departure. Our program always include rest days and build up gradually, in order to acclimatize to the altitude. On trek, you can go at your own pace, with plenty of stops for resting.
Nepal Tiji festival trek covers
Jomsom windy valley – Kagbeni village – Chaile – Geling – Charang – Lo-Manthang – Tenji or Tiji festival watch – Ghami – Jomsom
The Tiji festival trek season:
The festival held in every May month.
Tiji festival trek outline itinerary
Day 01 : Arrival in Kathmandu
Day 02 : Drive to Pokhara city(800m / 2,616m), 6-7 hours
Day 03 : Fly to Jomsom. Trek to Kagbeni (2800m/9,156 ft), 4 hours
Day 04 : Trek from Kagbeni to Chele (3100m/10,137 ft), 6 hours
Day 05 : Trek from Chele to Gheling (3570m/11,674 ft), 8 hours
Day 06 : Trek from Geling to Tsarang (3560m/11,641 ft), 7 hours
Day 07 : Trek from Tsarang to Lo Manthang (3840m/12,557 ft), 5 hours
Day 08 : Lo-Manthang , day hiking exploring around (Festival watch)
Day 09 : Lo-Manthang explore around & Closing ceremony of Tiji festival.
Day 10 : Descend from Lo-Manthang to Dhakmar (3520m/11,510 ft), 9 hours via Ghar Gompa.
Day 11 : Trek descend from Dhakmar to Samar (3540m/11,576 ft) , 6 hours
Day 12 : Trek from Samar to Kagbeni (2800m/9,156 ft) , 5:30 hours
Day 13 : Hike to Muktinath (3800m), excursion around. Descend to Jomsom (2720m/8,894 ft), 4 hours
Day 14 : Fly out to Pokhara (25 minutes) & Pokhara city sightseeing
Day 15 : Pokhara to Kathmandu 6 hours by Road
Day 16 : Depart Kathmandu
The Tiji festival trek itinerary detail
Our Tiji / Tenji festival upper Mustang trek is classical with a short, itinerary compared to most walks in this region. The particular route is designed for a world explorer who wishes to hike to upper mustang but is restricted time-wise. For travelers who wish to reach the upper mustang in a more relaxed manner can try this appropriate choice. However, email us if you need a customized itinerary.
Day 01 : Arrived at Kathmandu valley
Upon arrival in Kathmandu, Tribhuvan International Airport, we will receive you with private vehicle and transfer to hotel in Kathmandu bed with a breakfast plan. Our representative will give you brief information about Tiji festival trek programs.
Day 02 : Drive to Pokhara city (900m/2,943 feet), 6 hours.
Drive to Pokhara by tourist bus. Between on the way we will see the natural beauty like Trisuli river which is most popular in Nepal for rafting and we will follow the way almost bank of the Trisuli and Marsyandi River when we arrive in Pokhara transfer to hotel.
Day 03 : Fly to Jomsom. Trek to Kagbeni (2800m/9,156 feet), 4 hours
Early flight to Jomsom located an altitude of 2720m / 8,894 ft. You will be land on the District headquarters of Mustang and will start trek to Kagbeni, the starting point of the Upper Mustang, where you can make your eyes busy for The spectacular views of Nilgiri, Dhaulagiri, Tukuche peak and Dhampus. Kagbeni is the most interesting typical Tibetan village and the entry point of the upper Mustang for an overnight stop. Overnight camping at Kagbeni.
Day 04 : Trek from Kagbeni to Chele (3100m/10,137 feet), 6 hours
The trail leads up toward the east bank of the Kaligandaki that climbs over many ridges as it heads north and reaches Tangbe Village. It has whitewashed houses, fields of buckwheat, barley, wheat and apple orchards. The Nilgiri peaks dominate the southern skyline of Kagbeni. Continue to loom massively at the foot of the valley. Reaching Chhusang Village and crosses the river, continue to walk to the forming a tunnel through which the Kaligandaki follows. The trek now leaves the Kaligandaki valley and climb steeply up a rocky gully to Chele at 3030 meters.
Day 05 : Trek from Chele to Gheling (3570m/11,674 feet), 8 hours
The climb continues along step, treeless, waterless terrain, along the side of the spectacular steep canyon to pass and cairn of rock at 3540m. Then the trail makes a long gradual descent to some chortens on a ridge, and then the trail descends further on a pleasant trail to Samar. The Annapurna, still dominated by Nilgiri, is visible far to the south. Climb above Samar to a ridge, then descend into a large gorge and the trail goes into another valley field, crosses a stream and climbs up to a ridge at 3800m. The route climbs sharply up and down over a series of high passes before the final descent to Geiling.
Day 06 : Trek from Geling to Tsarang (3560m/11,641 ft), 7 hours
From Geling, the trail climbs gently to the interesting pass on our trek NYILA and descends below the blue, gray, and red cliffs. After crossing a steel bridge of the Tangmar chu (river), we will arrive at a MANI (Prayer WALL) perhaps the longest and most spectacular stretch and main wall in Nepal. Climbing over another pass at 3600m the route makes a long gentle descent to Charang. The huge five-story white Dzong and red Gompa is an interesting visit to observe collections of statues and Thankas as well as many large paintings of seated Buddha.
Day 07 : Trek from Tsarang to Lo Manthang (3840m/12,557 feet), 5 hours
The trail descends about 100 meters down from Charang, crosses the Charang – Chu and climbs steeply up a rocky trail to a cairn on a ridge and continues to climb. Finally, from a ridge at 3850m. There is a view of the walled city of LO. After a short descent, cross a stream then climb up into the plateau of Lo- Manthang. After a good lunch, we participant on the opening ceremony of Tiji festival (start at 3 pm and end at 5 pm) Overnight at Lo-manthang guest House.
Day 08 : Lo-Manthang , day hiking exploring around
Another day in Lo – Manthang gives you the chance to explore its many sights; the Tall Champa Lakhang (God house,) the red Thugchen Gompa, Chyodi Gompa and the Raja’s Palace; as well as to gaze at the surrounding panoramic views of the Tibetan Plateau and the Himalaya. Besides Lo-Manthang there are two other interesting valleys worth visiting. The western valley Tingkhar, the sight of Raja’s summer palace, Kimling and Phuwa as well as the Namgyal Gompa is the newest and most active Gompa in Lo. In the eastern valley lies the village of Chosar, also rich in gompas and the valley is the main trading route to Lhasa. After Lunch, we need to be ready to watch stunning mask dances performed by monks in Tiji festival start at 2 pm and end around 6 pm). Overnight at Hotel.
Day 09 : Festival day – Final celebration day.
Explore the Royal palace and monastery in morning and enjoy the last and final celebration of Tiji festival in Lo Manthang in the afternoon.
Day 10 : Descend from Lo-Manthang to Dhakmar (3520m/11,510 feet), 9 hours via Ghar Gompa.
This is an opportunity to visit two other villages on your return trek. The trail climbs steadily to the pass marked by a cairn, offering a last glimpse of Lo-Manthang. We cross the highest pass this trek and arrive in Ghar Gompa (3920 Meters). This monastery is very old and older than Samye monastery in Tibet, supposed to be built around 730AD. After crossing the pass around 4100m than we descend down to the way in Dhakmar (3520m) where we fix our campsite for stay overnight.
Day 11 : Trek descend from Dhakmar to Samar (3540m/11,576 feet) , 6 hours
From Dhakmar the way goes down to until Ghami (3460m) the huge greenery village in Mustang where we can see the ancient monastery and stupas with. You can see the local houses here like a cave. Then after the trail goes ascend until Nyi La pass and descend to Samar through the same route. We fix our camp for stay overnight here.
Day 12 : Trek from Samar to Kagbeni (2800m/9,156 feet) , 5:30 hours
Today, we trek descend downhill to Chhusang. The trail offers panoramic red stone cliffs. After Chhusang we will climb little more than arrive in Tangbe village and finally, we will be in Kagbeni.
Day 13 : Hike to Muktinath Temple, excursion. Descend downhill to Jomsom (2720m/8,894 feet), 7 hours
After Breakfast, we hike to Muktinath without backpacks. Visiting the temple and surrounding there, we descend downhill to Jomsom via Kaligandaki River banks. Kali Gandaki valley is also commonly called windy valley where every day big wind blowing and overnight in Jomsom. Re-confirm the flights for next morning.
Day 14 : Fly out from Jomsom to Pokhara, 25 minutes. Sightseeing
Early morning we fly to Pokhara with thrilling spectacular Mountain View including Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, Annapurna South, Annapurna I and Machhapuchre during the flight. Transfer to the hotel to check-in for a hot shower and relax. In the afternoon, the guide will assist you for your sightseeing visiting Devis falls, Gupteswor cave, and Boating in Fewa Lake to visit Tal Barahi Temple. Walk back to the hotel.
Day 15 : Drive to Kathmandu
Morning we’ll drive back through the scenic countryside and during the route will stop for breakfast & lunch. It takes 7 hours back to Kathmandu. On arrival at Kathmandu, a guide will transfer to the hotel and rest of the day relax or explore the surrounding areas and overnight at the hotel.
Day 16 : Final departure day
Drop you in Kathmandu International Airport onward your final destination and our trip ends. Wish you your wonderful journey!!!
How much does Tiji festival trek cost?
Our Tiji festival trekking price will vary according to group size. Pokhara – Jomsom – Pokhara round-trip flight is included in the price, however, taking flights from Kathmandu – Pokhara – Kathmandu saves your time and riding bus reduces the trip expenses. For the deluxe and luxury trekking tour plan, we add Kathmandu – Pokhara – Kathmandu round trip airfare, 3 stars category hotel deluxe air-conditioned room in Kathmandu (BB PLAN) and 2 star hotel standard accommodation in Pokhara (BB plan) with attached bathroom while on trekking on possible places, so let us know. AND WE ARE OPEN TO CUSTOMIZE YOUR TOUR AND PACKAGES PRICE AS PER YOUR REQUIREMENTS. International tour leaders are highly encouraged to get discount and attractive complimentary.
Mustang tiji festival trek cost includes:
- Kathmandu international airport transfer by private vehicles.
- 2 nights twin sharing on tourist standard accommodation in Kathmandu.
- 2 night Tourist standard accommodation in Pokhara within Bed with Breakfast Plan
- Meals on full board: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner each day during the trekking days
- Domestic flight: Pokhara – Jomsom – Pokhara as a round trip airfare with airport tax.
- Tourist Bus transfer from Kathmandu – Pokhara – Kathmandu as a round trip.
- Fully escorted trek with fluent English speaking license holder local guide and each 2 guest (12.5 kg + 12.5 kg) = 1 Porter basis.
- Annapurna Conservation Area permits and their fees
- Upper Mustang special permits cost USD 500 for each guest for each 10 days.
- Pokhara city sightseeing (Devi’s fall and Gupteswor Mahadev cave) transfer by private vehicle.
- All land transportation as per written on above itinerary.
- Food and accommodation and salary of Nepali trekking staffs.
- Insurance of guide and porters.
- Nepal Government Tax, VAT and as well as Company service charge.
Cost Exclude :
- Nepal entry visa fee cost US$ 40.
- Lunch and Dinner during the staying in Kathmandu and Pokhara city.
- Any kinds of battery charges, laundry service, phone calls and hot shower during the trekking.
- Personal trekking equipment and Clothing.
- Personal nature expenses, any drinks and bar bills.
- Your travel insurance (it is mandatory in case of emergency).
- Any donation and monuments entrance fees.
- Tips for the crew (Note : TIPS is not compulsory but expected)
- Any other things which are not mentioned above
We can organize group join mustang trek starting at any date but we can also run this private trip if that works for you. Please contact us for more information.
Freequently Asked Questions
Question: Is pick up service available on my arrival day in Kathmandu?
Answer: Yes sure. Provide us your flight’s details. Our representative will come to pick up you on Kathmandu international airport.
Question: Do I need experience for express Tiji festival trek ?
Answer: Actually for Tiji festival trek is suitable for keen trekkers/walkers who are able to walk around 4 or 5 hours in a day, with a lightweight day pack. For this trekking – yes, you need to have experience in high altitude – somehow about 3000M above sea level.
Question: What kind of accommodation can I expect on Upper Mustang teji festival trek guide & permits?
Answer: We provide you tourist standard accommodation in Kathmandu and during the trekking routes. the rooms along the routes are clean with a cozy bed with a nice mattress and blankets. However we recommend you to take your own sleeping bags if you have one with you otherwise, you may rent it while you are in Kathmandu.
Question: What kind of food can I expect in upper mustang tiji festival trek?
Answer: All the guest houses/lodges in the trekking they have attached restaurant and they cook a delicious range of mostly vegetarian such as Pasta, tuna bakes, noodles, potatoes, eggs, dhal bhat, bread, soups, fresh vegetables (variety depends on the season)
The dinner and breakfast are provided in the same lodge you spend the night every day and Lunch will be provided on the way to next place where you are going.
Question: How do I get drinking water on Tiji festival upper Mustang lodge trek?
Answer: During the trekking route there are all places hotels and shops where you can able to buy mineral water and you can buy it for drinking but however we advise against buying mineral water in plastic bottles, as currently there are no provisions for disposing of these. Instead, we provide you boiled water or bringing chlorine tablets to purify the normal water as the normal water is available in campsite/along the way in the camping trekking.
Question: Can I charge my digital camera or other batteries on my trip?
Answer: During the Tea house trekking there will be more chances to charge the battery. We recommend you bring an extra pair for in case. Remember to bring your own adapters!
Question: Is there any communication facilities on express Tiji festival trek?
Answer: Tiji festival trekking route you can get telephone services as well as internet services as well.
Question: Can I use credit cards in Trekking?
Answer: Not yet ! So, for the trekking routes, you need to have cash Nepali rupees because credit cards work only in the bigger city tours/city areas.
Question: When should I book my trip and what is the payments terms?
Answer: Because our trips book up months in advance, we recommend booking early to avoid any kind of misunderstanding. We will, of course, make every effort to accommodate last minute bookings.
And regarding the deposit, we prefer 20% advance deposit of the total price of the trip in order to confirm your reservation before you arrive in Nepal. And rest of the payment can be made after your arrival in Kathmandu.
Question: Who will carry my luggage on Tiji festival trekking in Lo Manthang?
Answer: We provide porters to transfer your luggage. As we are a responsible trekking tour operator agency, our every porter carry maximum 25 kilos of your backpack which means 2 guests (12.5 kg luggage of each guest): 1 porter basis.
Question: How much distance do I walk each day?
Answer: When walking/trekking in the mountains, the distance you cover each day can vary greatly due to a gradient, terrain, and altitude. As such it is very hard to give specific distances each day, however, you have to be prepared to walk roughly about 5 hours each day.
Question: Do I need walking polls for mustang Trekking?
Answer: Walking pools are recommended but not compulsory.
Question: How much additional money do I need per day?
Answer: You can allocate US$ 08 – 10 for a lunch/dinner in Kathmandu and it depends on your spending habits. US$ 7 to 10 US$ each day will be enough to buy bottles of water, chocolates, tea coffee, and some drinks while you are on trek.
Tiji festival trek note:
As the information stated above is just a guide and standard template what we provide you, however, the trip can be customized at your request to accommodate your specific requirements. Local politics, landslides, cancellation of local flights, weather, transport or a multitude of other factors that are beyond our control can result in a change of itinerary during on trip.
It is, however, very unlikely that the itinerary would be substantially altered. If alterations are necessary the leader will decide the best alternative option, taking into consideration the best interests of the whole group. Where a change does occur, we do everything we can to minimize its effect, but we cannot be responsible for the results of changes or delays.
“What makes Tiji festival trek special?”
Opportunities for challenging trekking or hiking and pleasant strolls are scattered all over this planet; you just need to know where to find them. We at Gokyo Treks and Expedition believe in quality services. Your safety and satisfaction is our concern. We are a team of professional, experienced, well trained, and licensed local guides who knows the destination much better than others. Not only this but also we give benefits to the local communities and helps to conserve natural resources which reduced costs and consumption.