Trip Details

  • Destination: Nepal
  • Trip Difficulty: Moderate
  • Trip Style: Lodge to Lodge Trek
  • Transport: Private Vehicle / Bus / Aeroplane
  • Food: Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner
  • Accommodation: Hotel + Tea-houses
  • Group Size: 2
  • Max Elevation: 4353 m

Highlights

  • Lo-Manthan; Forbidden Kingdom
  • 3 days Tiji Festival
  • World’s Top 10 monk leads the Tiji Festival
  • Classic and Authentic exposure to century-old ceremonies and rituals
  • Panorama View of world’s 7th highest mountain-Dhaulagiri and Gangapurnna, Tukuche, Manaslu, Thorang
  • Kali Gandaki George, World’s Deepest George
  • Muktinath Temple- high value for Buddhists and Hindus
  • Traditional Palaces, Monasteries, and caves formed in high cliffs
  • Ghar Gumba- oldest monasteries
  • Hills with vibrant shades pink, brown, grey and glaciers
  • Desert landscape with spires and cliffs as well as dense green hills and woods
  • Kagbeni - Holy Kaligandaki river valley
  • Diversified culture, tales, and lifestyle of Gurung, Tibetan, Thakali, Managey and like
  • Unique history of Lo-Manathang
  • Tranquil, unexplored and unspoiled trails with few/no settlements

Tiji Festival Trekking is a trekking package to attend a fascinating annual three-day festival consisting of Tibetan rituals that celebrate the myth of a son who had to save the Mustang kingdom from destruction. Tiji festival of 2020 is from 19 May 2020 to 21 May 2020.

The Tiji festival, locals call Tenchi Festival is monk dance festival celebrated every year in Upper Mustang, Lo Manthang. According to Tempa Chhirim, Tenji: commonly pronounced Teeji or Tiji means “ Prayer for World Peace”. Upper Mustang, a place highly influenced by Tibetan- Buddhism and only untouched preserved safe zone for Tibetan Buddhism. According to His highness Dalai Lama “Authentic Tibetan culture survives only in exile in a few places like Mustang, which has had long historical and cultural ties with Tibet.” The main priest of Tiji Festival is one of the Top 10 Buddhists priests of the World.

The festival is only celebrated in indigenous Lo-Manthang, Upper Mustang. Over the Mustang during Tiji festival time, monks dressed in elaborate costumes and masks performing dances and rituals that are supposed to drive away evil spirits. The Tiji festival dances are all organized by the Choedhe Monastery and lead by the monks, which belongs to the Sakya sect of Buddhism. The monastery is headed by a Rimpoche, the Top 10 Buddhists priests of the World. About 65 monks from Lo Manthang, Nhenyul and Chhosyer reside in this monastery. They practice religious and traditional dances for months just to perform in Tiji Festival.

The Tiji Festival begins with the opening of 400 years old banner of the respective Lord who conquered the demons and brought the peace. The Tiji Festival gets held in the town’s main square. On the first day, monks integrate the dances and complex ceremony to lead the world towards peace, evoke God and purify ground for further days of Tiji Festival. The second day is the lit as different dances are performed with drums, masks, attitude, swords and ragging of demons. The king of Lo comes the town’s main square and settle to the throne for the ongoing Tiji Festival. The third day is all about winning over demons and destruction and welcoming peace.

Nepal Adventure Team arranges the fixed departure for Tiji festival trekking as per the customized requirements for the attainment of Tiji festival. The highest altitude you face is 4353metres with windy and chilly weather. Tiji festival of 2020 is from 19 May 2020 to 21 May 2020.

Tiji Festival Upper Mustang Trek Video

Outline Itinerary

  • Day 1Arrival in Kathmandu via respective airlines
  • Day 2Preparation day in Kathmandu
  • Day 3Drive to Pokhara (860 m) 220 km - 08 hours
  • Day 4Morning fly to Jomsom (2,715 m) and trek to Kagbeni (2858 m) - 04 hours
  • Day 5Trek to Chele / Tsele (3,050 m) - 06 hours
  • Day 6Trek to Syangbochen (3,475 m) - 05 hours
  • Day 7Trek to Dhakmar (3810 m) - 05 hours
  • Day 8Trek to Lo - Manthang (3,700 m) - 05 hours
  • Day 9First Day of Tiji Festival
  • Day 10Second Day of Tiji Festival
  • Day 11Third Day of Tiji Festival
  • Day 12Trek to Yara - 5 hours
  • Day 13Trek to Tengbe - 6 hours
  • Day 14Trek to Chuksang/ Tsusang - 12 hours
  • Day 15Trek to Muktinath - 08 hours
  • Day 16Fly to Pokhara and transfer to hotel
  • Day 17Drive back to Kathmandu - 06 hours
  • Day 18International Departure

What's Included

  • Airport pick up and drop by private Car / Jeep / Hiace
  • Welcome and farewell dinner at typical Nepali restaurant and cultural dance
  • Three days 3-star hotel in Kathmandu and 2 nights in Pokhara on BB plan basis
  • Kathmandu – Pokhara – Kathmandu by deluxe tourist bus
  • Pokhara – Jomsom, and back to Pokhara by domestic flight
  • 13 Days 12 Nights tea house lodge accommodation during the trek
  • All meal Breakfast, lunch, dinner, tea/coffee in a cup and fruit salad for every day
  • An experienced and expert trekking guide and porter (one for two clients) and their salary, food, accommodation, equipment, and insurance
  • Trekking map, equipment, and first Aid Medical Kits
  • Restricted area permit (It does cost USD 500 dollar for each)
  • ACAP (Annapurna Conservation Area Project) permit
  • TIMS (Trekkers information management system) Cards permit
  • Company T-shirt, duffel bag and appreciation letter
  • All local monument fees and taxes
  • All Nepal Government VAT 13% included
  • Nepal visa fee and international flight
  • Extra drinks; alcoholic and non-alcoholic
  • Personal expenses as phone bill, chocolate, bakery items, battery charge, laundry, hot shower, and extra porter
  • Extra accommodation and meals behind schedule
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Tips to guide and porters

PRICES & DATES

Trip DatesAvailabilityPrice    
11 May, 2020 - 28 May, 2020Group 1US$ 2285Closed
11 May, 2020 - 28 May, 2020Group 2US$ 2285Limited
11 May, 2020 - 28 May, 2020US$ 2285Limited
11 May, 2020 - 28 May, 2020US$ 2285Guaranteed
11 May, 2020 - 28 May, 2020US$ 2285Available
11 May, 2020 - 28 May, 2020US$ 2285Guaranteed
11 May, 2020 - 28 May, 2020US$ 2285Available
11 May, 2020 - 28 May, 2020US$ 2285Guaranteed
11 May, 2020 - 28 May, 2020US$ 2285Guaranteed
11 May, 2020 - 28 May, 2020US$ 2285Guaranteed

Client Reviews

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    Rating Review by: Ivana K., Germany

    my great experience with my guide KISIM and JEEBAN of agency NEPAL ADVENTURE TEAM in Upper Mustang and Annapurna Circuit

    Go to Nepal, go as soon as possible to Nepal!Times are changing, not forever you'll be able to find so much authenticity, so warm and naturally friendly people, such unspoiled nature...Go there and find JEEBAN Thapa Magar and his agency NEPAL ADVENTURE TEAM!! And ask for KISIM!! Perhaps he'll also help you and carry your sleeping bag. And he will go with you, step after step, mostly quiet, sometimes even singing; and he'll care for everything and he will be so very sensitive to feel who you are, what you want, how you want, what and how to eat, where to stay overnight..and he'll find a way even in nowhere, and he'll be with you on your way to the heart of this landscape, to the heart of these people...And he and Jeevan were so flexible to change the route as I wanted it and Kissim walked with me even longer up and down and again up and down in hot sun, by strong dusty wind, in morning coolness.. and in Kathmandu he took me on his scooter and had a good plan to show me all the attractions... and he took me to his so dear family.. And Jeevan let me stay and eat and sleep in his home with his family and he didn't take money for it and he even wanted to give me money back as my flight didn't work and he waited for hours at the airport as my flight had a delay..and I felt like a member of these two families - wow, I'll never, never forget You and Your hospitality!!Yes, go to NEPAL, to JEEBAN and his NEPAL ADVENTURE TEAM and go with KISIM - you'll find friends!!And go the way of ANNAPURNA CIRCUIT, you'll be every day surrounded by ever higher mountains, by kind people living in their ancient houses.. having so little, too less! Go to MUSTANG!! Go to Ghiling and Tsarang, to Lo Manthang, to Yara and Tangge, to Muktinath. It is really very unique experience of nature, shining in all colors and formations, deep canyons, the infinite distances, with scattered white stupas, red golden monasteries... it's a great experience with all these kind people in their way of living, of their traditions, of their religions- and again and again their singing..!!The road through Mustang is in working progress, Jeep-driving tourists will come soon and more and more and it will change a lot!! Go now!!And say hello to Kisim, to Jeeban, to their families, to all these people, to this amazing country Nepal!!

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