Days: 18 / Difficulty: 4 of 5 (Strenuous)
Mustang Tiji Festival Trekking is one of the most popular trekking destinations for the traveler who would like to explore ancient monasteries and caves in a remote area and a beautiful landscape. This is the forbidden kingdom and ancient wall city of Mustang and it is open for trekkers since 1992. Upper Mustang Trek is very enjoyable due to its isolation and beautiful landscape. Mustang is a land where the soul of the man is still considered to be as real as the feet he walks on; a land said to be ‘barren as a dead deer” but where beauty and happiness about in spite of hardships. Mustang is a remote, semi-independent Tibetan kingdom within the territory of Nepal (just north of the Annapurna Region on the Tibetan border), and one of the last bastions of undisturbed Tibetan culture in the world. The king of Mustang still ruling, their people. Massive Buddhist monasteries and nunneries are built into forbidding cliffs and mountain ledges and the starkly beautiful, windy, arid Tibetan plateau is unbroken for many hours of trekking or riding on, horseback. Trek Mustang enters upper Mustang at Kagbeni, a quaint medieval town nestled in apple orchards and encircled by Snow Mountains. It eventually reaches the ancient capitol of Lo- Manthang, a walled city built of whitewashed mud bricks and teeming with Buddhist prayer wheels and Stupas, seeming to arise from the earth itself. There are very few guesthouses and restaurants in the region; so camping is required and most necessities must be carried in. The Mustang, entirely closed to visitors until the early 1990s, upper Mustang treks are still restricted by a set of rules for cultural conservation and require a minimum $500 permit fee for a ten-day trek. (Treks are typically ten days but can be longer). The high winds, altitude and cold add to the challenge of this trek. It is not recommended to do in the winter months and can be strenuous for some people even in the warmer months. Mustang Trek is better to do in summer season. Mustang Region Trek is generally moderate to strenuous as lodge or camping between 2,750m (9,000ft) to 3690m (12,100ft) and hiking to a maximum of 4,207m (13,800ft). Fully supported trek with all meals and equipment led by experienced local guide. All equipment and luggage will be carried by porters. Clients carry day pack only and walk at an easy pace. Enjoy walking with fresh natural air.
Life in Mustang revolves around tourism, animal husbandry and trade. Mustang is also known as "Tibet outside the Tibetan Border" for it survived the Chinese invasion of 1951 and hence fosters much original Tibetan culture, although it is now politically part of Nepal and, except for a nine km portion from Chhuksang to Syangboche (just south of Ghiling as of August 2010, it is bisected by a new road linking it to Tibet to the north and to the rest of Nepal to the south. Here is more information about Upper Mustang.
Join Us on Tiji Festival Trek in Upper Mustang in 2018
We regularly organizes Mustang Tiji Festival Trekking to the Himalayan Kingdom of Mustang targeting TIJI Festival a three days long ritual known as" The chasing of the Demons", one of the most important festival of the region. Over the festive time monks dressed in elaborate costumes and masks perform dances and rituals that are supposed to drive away evil spirits. Dressed in their finery, people from all over Mustang gather in Lo Monthang to celebrate the Tiji Festival. Of course early reservation for lodges is absolutely necessary.
Fact of the Mustang Tiji Festival Trekking:
Trip Region: Upper Mustang Region
Types of Trip: Trekking and Hiking and joining in the festival
Duration: 18 Days
Highest Elevation: 4230m
Mode of Trip: Lodge or Tea-house
Grade: Moderate to Strenuous
Average Biking: 5-6 hours in a day
Trip Start/End: Kathmandu
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: 3 Star Hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara and normal tea-houses/lodges during the biking tour
Best Season: Autumn (Sep-Oct-Nov) and Spring (March-April-May) and Summer (Jun-July-Aug)
Transportation by: Domestic Flight and Private Vehicle
Culture Experience: Majority of Mustangis (Lobas) and their way of life and attending in Tiji Festival
Major Himalayan Sights: Mt. Dhaulagiri 8167m, Tukuche Peak 6920m, Nilgiri 7061, Tilicho Peak 7134m, Thorong Peak 6144m, Saribung 6328m, Mustang Himal 6187m, Manshail 6235m,
Highlights of the Trip: A challenging trekking through arid desert canyons to the walled city of Lo Manthang, a pocket of lost Tibet that boasts spectacular ancients Buddhist monasteries such as Ghar Gompa, Jampa Gompa, Namgyal Gompa, walled villages and remote caves shrines such as Chungsi cave, Dzong Cave, spectacular views of high Himalayan range, scenic mountain flight in and out of Jomsom and Pokhara, meeting local Loba people and their traditional Tibetan culture, passing several Buddhist monuments, explore the formar Himalayan kingdom of Upper Mustang and its beautiful landscapes.
Mustang Tiji Festival Trekking Itinerary
Day 1; 4th May 2018: Arrival in Kathmandu
Arrival in Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport and you will be met at the airport by our representative who will be waiting with a Swiss Family Treks sign outside the terminal and transfer to Hotel by private car. Welcome drink and after you settle into the hotel there will be a group briefing with your tour leader. He will discuss the trek details and co-ordinate any last minute arrangements. Stay overnight at Hotel.
Day 2; 5th May 2018: Full Day Guided Sightseeing Tour in Kathmandu Valley by private van.
After brekafast in the hotel, Drive to Swayambhunath Stupa which is very close form the centre of Kathmandu. It takes some minutes to be there. This Temple is also known as Monkey Temple which is considered to be self made Stupa. Then visit to Boudhanath Stupa: the biggest stupa in Nepal and one of the bigger stupa in the world. You can basically experience Tibetan Buddhism, culture and way of life in Boudhanath Area. Boudhanath area is the authentic place to buy Tibetan stuffs. Again you will be visit Pashupatinath Temple and it is one of the most sacred temples in the entire Hindu world. It is a sacred place where Hindus come to die and to be cremated. The temple of Pashupatinath is a large double roofed, gilt pagoda, decorated with brass, the gateway is plated with silver. There are images of Shiva along with other statues, shrines and temples dedicated to other deities in the complex. A circuit of the Pashupati area takes visitors past a sixth-century statue of the Buddha, an eight-century statue of Brahma the creator and numerous other temples. There are rows of Shiva shrines and Hindu pilgrims from all over south Asia offering ceremonies to worship Shiva, the Lord of Destruction. Stay overnight at Hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 3; 6th May 2018: Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara 820m/6-7 hours with tourist bus,
Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara at 7 O’clock in the morning by AC tourist bus passing the River side of Trisuli and takes about 7 hours to reach Pokhara. We can visit such as interesting places like Devi’s Fall, Gupteswor Cave, Temple Barahi and boating on Phewa Lake in Pokhara and transfer to Hotel.
Day 4; 7th May 2018: Fly from Pokhara to Jomsom 2720m and trek to Kagbeni 2800m/3-4 hours,
Early in the morning we fly from Pokhara to Jomsom with viewing a scenic and majestic Himalayan Ranges just above the deepest Kaligandaki gorge and after arrival in Jomsom, we meet with our support staffs and will have a breakfast. After breakfast, we prepare our trail goes along the Kaligandaki River passing the Jomsom’s main village. Then, we walk on the wide bank of the Kaligandaki and move on in the wind. We have a short glimpse of Mt. Dhaulagiri and Nilgiri Himal. On this bank ammonite fossils are often found. From the trail on the bank, we make a small ascent and go down again, and then we reach Eklebatti. We will have our lunch there. After lunch, we continue slightly ascends and level trail until reaching Kagbeni Village, which is doorway to upper Mustang. We will visit the peculiar colors and shapes of the Chhorten and Kani in the village and ancient Sakya-Pa Sect Buddhist Monastery. From the top of monastery, we have a great view of Nilgiri Himal, Tilicho Peak and other snow-capped mountains as well as scenic terraced field. Overnight at Lodge.
Day 5; 8th May 2018: Trek from Kagbeni to Tsaile 3100m/5-6 hours,
In the morning after breakfast, we check in our restricted area permit and we are taking first step into Upper Mustang. The route will continue on the left bank of Kaligandaki with small ups and downs along the Kaligandaki River. After a long walk, we cross small stream and climb up on the terraced hill; we will come to Tangbe, the first Mustang village where the village has a medieval atmosphere. We will have our lunch here, and then we continue the trail traversing upward and will reach Chhusang village. From Chhusang, we will go back again to the river shore and move in the upstream direction of the Kaligandaki. When there is an iron bridge where Kaligandaki River runs through a tunnel built in the huge rock that blocks the river shores and just above the bridge, there is 16 small caves. After cross the bridge, we make a steep ascent onto the terrace ahead and we will reach Tsaile from where we can see the zigzagging Kaligandaki and Nilgiri Himal further in the interior. Overnight at Lodge.
Day 6; 9th May 2018: Trek from Tsaile to Ghiling 3570m/6-7 hours via Ranchung Cave Monastery,
Morning after breakfast, we leave the village and climb up the unstable pebble road and will come to a plateau. We keep climbing the gentle slope and enter an area with the big canyons. We follow the trail that cut out of the cliff and after passing the canyons we will reach a small pass. Then, we move to a gentle mountain flank and continue the slightly descent and will reach Samar village surrounded by a poplar grove. We will have our lunch here. After lunch, we descend steeply to a stream, then climb up and descend steeply to another stream, then climb up to a plateau. We keep climbing up the right fork to the Chungsi-La and countering through the amazing canyons until reaching Ranchung Cave whose large stalactites resemble Rangchung (self-arisen; ie not man-made) chhorten. The Buddhist saint Guru Rinpoche is said to have meditated here in 8th century during his traveling in Mustang. Himalayan griffons nest in the surrounding cliffs. After visiting the cave, we climb gradually past pasture to Syangmochen. Again we climb up to a small pass where there is a colorfully painted square chhorten. We will see a large valley of Ghiling spreading out in front of us. We continue descending to the right towards Ghiling, cross a stream and move on along the stone walls in the farm fields. Here is two ancient monasteries and big huge chhortens and we will visit in the evening. Overnight at Lodge.
Day 7; 10th May 2018: Trek from Ghiling to Drakmar 3450m/5-6 hours,
In the morning after breakfast, we walk through the big village and climb up the gentle slope with shrubberies and will join in mail trail. From here, a long ascent continues to Nyi-La. When we cross over this pass, we will enter the center of the Mustang, which used to be called the Lo Region. We descend the gentle slope and go around the valley ahead towards the left. We will be overlooking Ghami village and we descend steep zigzag slope and will reach the village. We will have our lunch here. After lunch, we leave the village and cross a river using the suspension bridge. We climb onto the terrace and pass along the longest Mani Wall in Mustang. The effect of the erosion on the cliff ahead attracts attention by its strange forms and the varieties of colors such as red, blue, white, etc. it is like a Mandala painted on the cliff. We keep going in level trail passing the big chhortens and cross a stream. Then, we keep walking along the upstream through the terraced fields until reaching Drakmar. Overnight at Lodge.
Day 8; 11th May 2018: Trek from Drakmar to Lo-Manthang 3840m/7-8 hours via Ghar Gompa and Marang-La Pass,
Today after breakfast, we leave the village and ascend a steep eroded gully overshadowed and the route cross some alpine meadows. Now will come to a plateau and then, across a valley to a cairn. We climb to a ridge and keep descending until Ghar Gompa. It is also known as Lo Gyaker which means ‘Pure virtue of Lo’. Ghar Gompa means ‘house temple’ and is affiliated with the Nyingma Lineage. This is one of the oldest Gompa in Mustang. After visiting Gompa, the trail steep descends to a wooden bridge and climb up to a plateau. We keep walking along a grassy valley and come to a ridge. We will make our lunch break here. Then, we continue the level trail until reaching Marang-La Pass. This is a high pass in this course. Then, we keep descending a large cairn and come to a small ridge from where first view of Lo-Manthang City. Again we continue crisscrossed with herder’s trail until reaching Lo-Manthang, a medieval ancient Wall City of Mustang. Overnight at Lodge.
Day 9; 12th May 2018 Tenji Festival. Overnight at Lodge.
Day 10; 13th May 2018: Tenji Festival. Overnight at Lodge.
Day 11; 14th May 2018: Tenji Festival. Overnight at Lodge.
Day 12; 15th May 2018: Trek from Lo-Manthang to Tsarang 3560m/3-4 hours,
In the morning after breakfast, we leave the castle village of Lo-Manthang and cross a small stream. Then, we gradually climbing steep sandy slope until Lo-La Pass from where we see the last view of ancient wall city of Lo-Manthang. We keep walking across the wide plain ahead with viewing the numerous caves on the terrace’s rock face. We continue the trail passing the big isolated chhorten that marks the boundary between Lo-Manthang and Tsarang till Tsarang Khola. We cross by an iron bridge and climb up until reaching Tsarang Village. We will have our lunch. After lunch, we visit the huge five-storey white Tsarang Palace (fortified palace) and the 14th century Gompa are perched on the edge of Kaligandaki gorgr at the eastern end of the village. Overnight at Lodge.
Day 13; 16th May 2018: Trek from Tsarang to Syangmochen 3500m/6-7 hours,
Morning after breakfast, we start our trek from our camp site and exit from the village passing huge chhorten. The trail goes a long gentle ascent until reaching to a ridge and after traverse the route down a rocky gully until reaching in Ghami passing again spectacular Mani Wall in Nepal. We will have our lunch here. After lunch, the trails continue steep up till Ghami-La and again a long gentle ascent brings to us on Nyi-La. Then, we climb down to Tamagaon and continue a steep set of switchbacks down a rocky canyon leads to a stream, then the trail climbs to a huge painted chhorten before rejoining the Ghiling trail near the ridge. We cross the small pass and descend to a Syangmochen. Overnight at Lodge.
Day 14; 17th May 2018: Trek from Syangmochen to Chhusang 2980m/5-6 hours,
In the morning after breakfast, we walk short level trail and steep climb up until reaching Yamdo-La. Then, we slightly climb down to Bhena. After passing the hamlets, namely Yamdo and Bhena, a long descent start to Samar crossing small streams. We will have our lunch here. After lunch, we continue the trail passing the big canyons and we reach in Tsaile. After that, we steep descend to the Kaligandaki River and cross by an iron bridge, then continue the trail along the Kaligandaki River until reaching Chhusang. Overnight at Lodge.
Day 15; 18th May 2018: Trek from Chhusang to Jomsom 2720m/6-7 hours,
In the morning after breakfast, we leave the village and gradually climb up a rocky trail until reaching Tangbe. Then, we continue our trail after passing the picturesque village of Tangbe and crossing small stream and steep climb up, we arrive to a plateau. We keep walking a long slope and again we continue to walking along the river bank of Kaligandaki until reaching Kagbeni. We will have our lunch here. After lunch, we continue the wind trail along the wide river bank of Kaligandaki until reaching Jomsom. Overnight at Lodge.
Day 16; 19th May 2018 Fly from Jomsom to Pokhara 820m and Half day Sightseeing in Pokhara with Guide.
Early in the morning after breakfast, we fly from Jomsom to Pokhara and check in our Hotel. We make a rest and will have a lunch. After lunch, we visit the some interesting places around the Pokhara Valley. We will have our dinner in quite and beautiful environment with culture dance show. Overnight in Hotel.
Day 17; 20th May 2018: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu 1340m/6-7 hours with Tourist Bus passing the scenic river of Trisuli and transfer to Hotel.
Day 18; 21st May 2018: Final Departure from Kathmandu
Your trip will come to an end today after breakfast. Your leader will be on hand to advise and assist with your onward travel arrangements and transfer to Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport by our private van around 3 hours before your flight schedule and flight back to your home/other travel destination.
Our Trek Package Cost includes;
How to Book
* Airport/Hotel/Airport pick up and transfer by private car/van.
* 5 nights deluxe accommodation in twin bed sharing basis with breakfast at 3* hotel in Kathmandu and standard hotel in Pokhara.
* Sightseeing tour with guide as per above mentioned itinerary and all entrance fees.
* Round Trip Flight Ticket from PKR-JOMSOM-PKR and airport tax.
* Meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) with Tea & coffee and hot/cold filter water during the lodge trek.
* Lodge to lodge accommodation during the trek.
* 1 experienced, helpful and friendly guide, porters (1 porter for 2 peoples), their food & accommodation, salary, equipments & insurance.
* All transportation by private vehicle and tourist bus.
* Upper Mustang Restrcited Area Permit.
* Annapurna Conservation Area Permit.
* All necessary permits.
* First Aid Medical Kit box.
* Office Service charge
* All Government Tax.
Our Trek Package Cost doesn't include;
* Any meals (Lunch and Dinner) in Kathmandu and Pokhara other than breakfast.
* Travel insurance (if you want us to arrange your travel insurance, we would greatly be happy to assist).
* International air fare to and from Nepal.
* Nepal Tourist Visa fee.
* Items and expenses of personal nature.
* Any kind of alcoholic drinks, cold drinks, laundry, phone call, internet.
* Personal Trekking Equipments like sleeping bags, jackets (can all be hired in KTM)
* Emergency Evacuation (Helicopter Rescue).
* Any costs which arise due to a change of the itinerary, because of landslides, domestic flight delays, political disturbance, and strikes etc.
* Any other costs whatsoever, that is not mentioned in the cost included.
* Horse renting and additional porters due to natural calamities during the trek.
* Tips for guide, porters, driver...
Tipping is expected but it is not mandatory.
Customize your Mustang Tiji Festival Trekking: The package can be redesigned or redeveloped as per your taste. For more information please e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Note: In case of emergency during the trip, Helicopter will be arranged by Swiss Family Treks & Expedition GmbH. The charges must be paid by the clients themselves.