Mustang Tiji Festival 2023 | Tiji Festival Itinerary Cost & Details

Mustang Tiji Festival Trek 2024 | Tiji Festival Trek Itinerary and cost details

Upper Mustang is barren land on the lap of the two world’s highest peaks Mt. Annapurna and Mt. Dhaulagiri. Where unique cultures and preserving traditions are alive. Among those various cultural traditions, the Mustang Tiji Festival is the most popular one. It’s an annual celebration, that takes place in the walled City of Lomanthang, Upper Mustang. Hike there called the Upper Mustang Trek, which can be combined with this festival and it will be an amazing experience in Nepal.


The Tiji Festival is one of the most auspicious and ancient festivals that is celebrated for three days. About the celebration, there is an old legend, the victory of good over bad. It is believed that in the ancient period, the Mustang region was in trouble and was about to get destroyed by a demon. Spreading deadly diseases and creating water problems in the whole Upper Mustang region.


And then a fighter (or Holy) man called Dorje Jono, who fought against the lousy evil and he (Dorje Jono) won the battle. Since then people of the Mustang region started to celebrate Tiji Festival each year to remember the great Dorje Jono. During this festival, monks will dress in traditional costumes and perform for three days. Also, the Monks will chant the mantras and blow out the different types of Lama equipment during the festival.


During this festival, locals from all over the Mustang and some parts of the Manang will visit Lomanthang to enjoy this historical celebration. Therefore it might be difficult to get accommodation during the festival time. So that it will be better to bring your own tent for 3 nights. If you have a long holiday and want to explore more Himalayas, behind the cultural celebration.  You can trek to the Luri Gumba and trek down to Chhusang via Tangbe. And even you can do the Annapurna Circuit Trek via Thorong La Pass 5416m for more adventure.


Tiji Festival Trek highlights 

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The final day and the last celebration of the Tiji Festival
  • Breathtaking vistas of the Annapurna massif, Nilgiri, and Dhaulagiri range
  • Fly between the two world’s highest mountain peaks Mt. Annapurna first(The tenth highest peak in the world) and Mt. Dhaulagiri (The seventh highest peak in the world) 
  • You will explore the two biggest cities of Nepal Kathmandu and Pokhara before and after the trek. 
  • An opportunity to visit ancient monasteries, stupas, caves, and other Buddhist shrines. 
  • A great time to observe both the nature and culture of the Upper Mustang Region. 
  • You will walk the dry land, (desert of Nepal) and typical mountain villages surrounding the Trans-Himalayan region. 
  • You will witness the proceeder of the whole 3-day Tiji Festival celebration. 

Three days of celebration of the Tiji Festival in Lomathang

The first day of the Tiji Festival 

On day one of the Mustang Tiji Festival, the monks will perform the dance called Tso Chham. It is all about the harassment of the demon, MA TAM RU TA, and the birth of his son. This sacred dance is a part of the meditation practice based on the Tantra. The first day of the festival is all about the starting of the festival and local people will gather there to witness the celebration. 

The second day of the celebration. 

The dance performed on the second day of the Tiji Festival is called NA CHAM. During this dance form, there are chances to see various types of dance, some of them look very terrifying too. Although it performs to purify the whole region 

Last and the final day of the Mustang Tiji Festival 

The final day of the festival is all about the take away the bad spirit from the town. So that, on this day will gather many people from the whole Mustang region. Even the king of the Mustang will be there to observe the festival and other VIP people will join the festival. 

How to get in the Mustang for the Tiji Festival? 

Mustang has two parts Upper Mustang and Lower Mustang and the Tiji Festival will celebrate the Upper part of the Mustang. So that to get into Mustang there are two ways, the first one is to fly in Jomsom. The second option is to take a bus or Jeep to any part of the lower Mustang like Marpha, Jomsom, Kagbeni, or Muktinath. However, there is a good read all the way to Lomanthnag and the border with Tibet. 

If you want to fly first you need to drive or fly to Pokhara. Because there is no direct flight from Kathmandu to Jomsom. Normally there will be flights in the morning time so that as long as you get the earliest flight there are chances to fly Jomsom. Because of the weather in Jomsom is always very difficult. 

On the other hand, if you want to drive from Kathmandu, You can take the local bus to Jomsom or Muktinath from the New bus park in Kathmandu. Or you can hire a jeep from Kathmandu to your preferred place in Mustang. Normally people will start their trek to Mustang from Jomsom or Kagbeni. 

The Permits to enter the Upper Mustang Area

To be in Upper Mustang need to issue a special permit (restricted area trekking permit) from the authorized trekking agencies from Kathmandu and Pokhara. And also, requires the Annapurna Conservation Area permit because Upper Mustang is inside the ACAP. Upper Mustang Trek Permit is very expensive need to pay USD 500 for a special permit and USD 30 for an ACAP permit. To see the festival celebration need to pay USD 10 as an entrance fee which you can use to visit other monasteries in the Lomanthnag. And also need to pay some amount for photography and videography of the Tiji Festival

When Upper Mustang Tiji Festival be celebrated? 

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This festival will be celebrated as the Tibetan Lunar calendar. Therefore the dates of this festival will be between May and June. It will celebrate during the summer season so that it can be the best summer season trek in Nepal. During the summer season, in Nepal, there will be rain, and not good to trek in other popular trekking destinations. So the Upper Mustang and Dolpa regions are the best for the summer season.

The upcoming dates of the Tiji Festival are 

The 2024 Tiji Festival Dates are the 5th, 6th, and 7th of May 

The 2025 Tiji Festival Dates are the 24th, 25th, and 26th of May 


If you are planning to observe the Tiji Festival and do the Upper Mustang Trek at the same time then the Mustang Tiji Festival Trek is the best. Because it will give a glimpse of the both festival and other natural beauties of the Mustang region.


Food and Drinks in the Upper Mustang Trekking Region

Upper Mustang is no longer a remote place in Nepal. Nowadays there is a good road and easy to transfer the needed things. When you do Upper Mustang Trek or Upper Mustang Tiji Festival Trek you can have good food and good drinking options. Every Hotel has a food menu from where you can choose whatever you like to eat. Dal Bhat to Burgers, Pizza, Spaghetti, Pasta, and many more.

If you are worried about drinking water, at every house you can buy a bottle of mineral water. And if you don’t want to buy you can purify the water by using water purifying tablets. Because nowadays there are water taps in every place and hotels. Even you can drink beers, whiskey, Coca-Cola, and other drinks as you want. Also, good coffee and Bakery items are available in most of the hotels in Lomanthang village.


Final Words.

JRN Treks is a local and one of the leading trekking companies that provides the best trekking experience in the Himalayas of Nepal. We are always there for you for the best holiday in Nepal, we can design your holiday in Nepal as you want. Just send us your wish plan we will create a great adventure in Nepal for you. The Mustang Tiji Festival is a cultural celebration that takes place in the Lomanthang. Our guides are well experienced in this tour so doing a Tiji Festival Trek with us means you are in the right place for the amazing trip.


Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu 1300m

Day 02: Trek preparation.

Day 03: Drive or flight to Pokhara/800m (2624ft)

Day 04: Pokhara to Jomsom 2720m flight and trek to Kagbeni 2810m

Day 05: Kagbeni –Chaile (10004ft. 3050m)

Day 06: Chele – Syangbochen (11709ft. 38500m)

Day 07: Syangbochen – Charang (11677 ft. 3560m).

Day 08: Charang – Lo Manthang and Explore day 1 of Tiji Festival (12,238 ft. 3,730m)

Day 09: Observe the second day of the Tiji Festival

Day 10: Observe the third day of the Tiji Festival

Day 11: Lo-Manthang – Dhakmar (3,460m/11,352ft) Via Ghar Gumba

Day 12: Dhakmar  – Syangbochen

Day 13: Syangbochen to Chhusang

Day 14: Chhusang to Jomsom

Day 15: Jomsom – Pokhara fly or drive back

Day 16: Pokhara – Kathmandu fly or drive back

Day 17: Drop you off at the international airport.

Detail Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive at Kathmandu

After your arrival in Kathmandu, our representative will welcome you and manage you to transfer to the hotel. In the evening you will meet with the guides and Guide will brief them about our trip to Upper Mustang.


Day 02: Trek preparation.

This will be the free day for you to permit the document for the preparation day so that you can visit the world UNESCO sites. If you need, then you can buy the things which you need for the trek


Day 03: Drive or Fly to Pokhara/800m (2624ft)

After breakfast in the hotel, you will head to the Tourist Bus station for the drive of 200km to Pokhara and it will take around 7 hours from Kathmandu. It will be an exciting and quite a long drive, although we can enjoy the beautiful scenic view of terraced farmland, dramatic landscape, Trisuli and Marsyangdi rivers, and spectacular panoramic view of Ganesh Himal, Manaslu, Lamjung Himal -and most of Annapurna Himalayan Range if the weather is clear

If you fly it will just take 30 minutes and you can enjoy the Pokhara rest of the day.


Day 4: Pokhara to Jomsom 2720m flight and trek to Kagbeni 2810m

We will fly to Jomson on the morning flight & meet with the supportive staff at the Jomsom. After a short preparation, the trek starts along the bank of Kaligandaki River to Kagbeni which is North of Jomsom.


Day 05: Kagbeni –Chaile (10004ft. 3050m 

Register special permit checking will happen at the ACAP Permit Check Post at Kagbeni Village. The trail continues on the east bank of the Kaligandaki on the motor road during the walk you can see Gompa, stupas, and caves along the way. The amazing views of Nilgiri Peak and Dhaulagiri Peaks. Chhuksang village is about an hour and a half beyond Tangbe Village. Continue north; whether wading the river or climbing. The trek now leaves the Kaligandaki Valley and climbs steeply up a rocky gully to Chele at 3030m.


Day 06: Chele – Syangbochen 

The climb from Chele is up to Samar Village 3290m. Here there is a view of the village of Gyagar across a huge canyon. You will see some Buddhist Chortens on a ridge. Samar is the place where we are going to have lunch and then hike up to Bhena. From Bhena we will continue to walk on the road to Syangbohcen. The Annapurna Himal, still dominated by Nilgiri, is visible far to the south.


Day 07: Syanghochen – Charang (11677ft. 3560m).

From Geling, the trail climbs gently through fields up the center of the valley, passing below the settlement of Tama Gung and Chorten. Climb across the head of the valley to the Nyi La pass at 3950m, the highest point reached on the trek. The descent from the Nyi La is gentle to reach in Ghami village then climbs through perhaps the longest mani wall in Nepal. Climbing over another pass at 3600m, the route makes the long gentle descent to Charang at 3520m.


Day 08: Charang – Lo Manthang (12,238ft. 3,730m) First day of the Tiji Festival

The trail descends about 100m from Charang and a short steep climb up and then most of the Nepali flat. On the way encounter beautiful Buddhist stupas and caves. The view from the top of the Lo Manthang valley is just a panorama. We will enjoy the first day of the Tiji festival in the afternoon upon arrival.


Day 09: Observe the second day of the Tiji Festival

Day 10: Observe the third day of the Tiji Festival


Day 11: Lo-Manthang – Dhakmar (3,460m/11,352ft)

The trails to the back are two-way one from the same way and another via Ghar Gompa; Ghar Gomba is one of the oldest monasteries in the Upper Mustang region. We will follow the trail to Ghar Gompa. And today we are going to the highest place of this trip Choku La 4295M pass before getting into the Ghar Ghumba. After reach in Ghar Gumba we will visit the Ghar Gumba and eat something there as lunch and then continue our journey to Dhakmar.

From Ghar Gompa, the trail will ascend to and descend to one more pass before descending to the Dhakmar Village. While descending we can enjoy the amazing mud cliff with different colors. On the lap of this colorful hill is Dhakmar Village.


Day 12: Dhakmar to Synagbochen

We will follow the trail to Ghami first and from Ghami we will continue to walk in the same way which we took to go to Lomanthang. The first part is a Nepali flat and we can enjoy the spectacular views of the surroundings and from the top we can see the whole of Ghami Village. We will descend and ascend to reach Ghami before a long climb.

We will have lunch at Chitre and then continue to walk to Syangbochen. Of course, we need to do ups and downs to reach Syangbohcen.


Day 13: Syangbochen  to Chhusang

From Syangbochen we will follow the trail to Chunsi Cave. A beautiful Buddhist cave that offers an amazing history of the Buddhist religion. And then follow the trail to Samar Village, where we are going to have lunch again at the same hotel. After lunch, we have to follow the trail to Chaile to reach Chhusang. The trail will be mostly down to reach Chhusang.


Day 14 Chhusang to Jomsom. 

Today is the final day of this trek, we will walk together with porters. And this is the last day of the trio so that we will have the dinner party with porter. We have to follow the same trail as we walked when we walk from Kagbeni to Chaile when we started our this trip. At Kagbeni we will have lunch and exit the Upper Mustang special permit as well. And after the lunch it will take another 3 hours to reach Jomsom.


Day 15: Jomsom – Pokhara

Fly to Pokhara from Jomsom. We will fly to Pokhara early in the morning and after reaching Pokhara we will relax and enjoy in Lake Side of Pokhara.


Day 16: Pokhara – Kathmandu

Drive to Kathmandu 200km from Pokhara.  Or we fly to Kathmandu for 30 minutes but it all depends on what you choose when you book your trip with us. And then the Guide will transfer to the hotel in Kathmandu.


Day 17: Drop you off at the international airport.

Cost Includes

√ Airport pick and drop by private car/van/jeep depending on group size

3 Nights sharing twin/double deluxe room in Kathmandu with breakfast.

2 Nights sharing twin/double deluxe room in Pokhara with breakfast.

Experienced, government registered, fluent English speaking and friendly trip guide.

1 Sharing porter for 2 travellers to carry your trekking stuffs.

3 times meal: lunch, breakfast and dinner during the trip.

Tea, coffee, cookies and seasonal fresh fruits during the trek.

Food, accommodation, salary, transportation, and insurance of your guide and porters.

Sharing twin/double bed room during the trek

Special trekking permit USD 500 per person for Upper Mustang

ACAP Permit NPR 3000 (USD 30) per person and airport taxes.

Kathmandu – Pokhara – Kathmandu by tourist coach.

Pokhara – Jomsom – Pokhara by flight.

Group first aid kit and water purifier tablets during the trek. If you need.

Upper Mustang Trekking Map carried by Guide.

Government tax, vat, airport taxes and office service charge etc.

Farewell dinner in one of authentic Nepalese Restaurant with Live culture show

This inclusive are in our full board package also we offer Jeep tour, guide service, porter guide service, B/B service. Contact us at, Whatsapp/Viber: +9779813914320

Cost Excludes

× All bar bills, such as coke, fanta, mineral water, beer and other drinks

× Hot shower and hot water, laundry and toiletries.

 × Personal travel insurance, internet, phone calls and wifi services.

× Rescue operation charge in case of emergency.

× Gratitude and tips for your guide, porter, and driver.

Equipments list

The Equipment list.

Here is a recommended Equipment list for this Upper Mustang Tiji Festival Trip. You could bring the ones you already have and rest can be bought even hired in Kathmandu and Pokhara.

  • Lightweight trekking boots with spare laces
  • A pair of track shoes. To wear in the camp at night or when the boot is wet
  • 4-season sleeping bag
  • Warm jacket (Fibber or down)
  • A rainproof jacket with hood or a rain poncho.
  • Woolen shirts and thick sweaters or fleece.
  • A pair of lightweight/ heavyweight windproof/ waterproof trousers.
  • Thermal underwears.
  • A tracksuit useful for wearing in Lodge in evening.
  • 2 pair of loose fitting long shorts/ skirts
  • 1 lightweight long sleeved –shirt is particularly suitable for avoiding sunburn.
  • A woolen hat to wear in the morning and at night and a sunhat with a wide brim to cover the face and neck.
  • A pair of gloves.
  • 1 pair of sandals to wear in the cities and in camp.
  • 2 pairs of thin and 2 pairs of thick woolen socks.
  • Mask or other dust protective items (Upper Mustang area is the dry area so a little wind can make difficult during the walk.
  • Duffle bag to gear while trekking.
  • Daypack/ rucksack to carry the personal requirement for the day e.g. toilet items, camera, film towel, soap, a boot etc.
  • Water bottle.
  • Snow glasses and sunglasses
  • Polyethene plastic bags to separate clean clothes from dirty ones.
  • Toiletries with large and small towels.
  • Small headlamp/ torchlight with spare batteries
  • Snow gaiters essential during winter and all treks going over at other times.
  • Reading materials, camera, game items (optional), notebook, rubber band, pen and pencil, envelopes, a diary, a calendar, a pocket knife, binoculars (optional), a small pillow or headrest (optional).

We advise travel insurance to all travelers are interested in trekking in Nepal. Trekking in Nepal is walking on the trail (path) of mountains. In mountain areas, health treatment facilities are not standard. There are less available of good hospitals and doctors. So if in case the trekker suffers from severe sickness, he should bring to Kathmandu by helicopter for better treatment. And the helicopter charter fare is expensive in Nepal. If you have already travel insurance, your money will be saved.

When selecting a travel insurance policy we require that at a minimum you are covered for medical expenses including emergency repatriation. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects. We JRN Treks shall have no liability for loss, theft of or damage to baggage or personal effects.

We also let you know that Nepalese Insurance Company does not have travel insurance policy for foreign nationals. They have this policy only for Nepalese citizens. So we advise you do your travel insurance with Insurance Company in your own place.

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