Upper Mustang with Tiji festival – 17 days
Upper Mustang is a beautiful region in Nepal that attracts trekkers from all around the world. The region is known for its unique landscape, ancient culture, and vibrant festivals. One of the most famous festivals in Upper Mustang is the Tiji festival.
The Tiji festival is a three-day festival celebrated by the people of Lo Manthang, the capital of Upper Mustang. The festival is celebrated on the 5th, 6th, and 7th days of the Tibetan Lunar calendar, usually in May. The festival is believed to have originated in the 15th century and is a commemoration of the victory of good over evil.
During the festival, the people of Lo Manthang dress up in colorful traditional attire and perform dances and rituals. The highlight of the festival is the performance of the Tiji dance, which is a depiction of the myth of the battle between the demon and the deity. The dance is accompanied by the sound of drums, cymbals, and horns, which add to the festival’s vibrancy and energy.
Apart from the festival, Upper Mustang has many other attractions for trekkers. The region is home to some of the oldest Buddhist monasteries in Nepal, such as the Lo Gekar Monastery and the Chhoser Cave Monastery. The landscape of Upper Mustang is also unique, with its red cliffs, desert-like terrain, and the snow-capped peaks of the Himalayas in the distance.
To trek in Upper Mustang and attend the Tiji festival, you need a special permit from the Nepal government. The permit is issued for a minimum of 10 days and costs USD 500 per person.
- A unique insight into 'Old Tibet', Medieval, colorful Mustang villages.
- Trek through rugged mountain landscape and rich cultural legacy
- Visit the ancient walled city of Lo Manthang
- You will see Tibetan nomads, cave gompas with exquisite murals, fortresses, palaces & cave hermitages
- Visit Tibetan Buddhist monasteries along the incredible sculpted valleys and wild rock formations
- Enjoy classic scenery of the high Tibetan plateau along the Kali Gandaki gorge
Fly to Jomsom. You follow the trail above Kali Gandaki -river towards north to the villages of Chhusang and Chaile. This section has easy trail. After Chaile make steep ascend to a small settlement at Samar. Continue to walk the gradual up and down trail to Syangboche (3800m). Next day descend to Ghilling (3510m). The trail from Ghilling gradually ascends up to a pass Nyi La (3960m) and descends to Tsarang. The trail continues to Lo Manthang. There are three major groups of villages with historic gompas and caves around Mustang. The fresco painting of thousand Buddhas, hanging thankas (painting), antique ceiling and, library and other sacred objects are landmark of its rich history. The cave of Rongbyung Chorten hidden deep in the valley has carving of many deities on the stonewall.About Teeji Festival - festival of a life time
This festival commemorates the victory of Lord Buddhas incarnation -Dorjee Sonnu- over a demon called Man Tam Ru a vicious creature which ate human flesh and caused storms and droughts. The Teeji festival usually takes place in May and June and lasts for 3 days. Dances are performed by the lamas of Lo Manthang choedhe monastery during the celebration. About 65 monks from Lo Manthang, Namgyal and Chhoser live in the monastery. The first day marks the harassment of Man Tam Ru in a dance called Tsa Chham, on the second day a dance called Nga Chham takes place commemorating the birth of Dorjee Sonnu as the demons son. The attempt to return the demon to lord Buddhas realm takes place on the third and final day. The lamas chant prayers while performing almost 50 separate religious dances to chase demons from Lo Manthang. They are followed by masked demons who flail wooden swords at the frightened spectators.On the final day, in a nearby field, courtiers fire ancient muskets as a high lama shoots an arrow at a red demon effigy laid on a ragged tiger skin. He tosses five more demons into the sand to signify the exorcising of the city. Fireworks are also let off to celebrate the occasion.
Cost: US$ 1925 per person
- All meals and standard accommodation in lodge during the trek
- Service of trek guide and Sharpe assistant for bigger group above 6 person
- Porters to carry personal baggage (each 15 kg.)
- Accident insurance for staffs and porters
- Flight Jomsom/Pokhara/Jomsom, Pokhara to Kathmandu
- Greenline Deluxe bus from Kathmandu to Pokhara
- Mustang special trek permit and ACAP permit and TIMS
- Arrival and departure transfers.
- Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara using best located hotel on BB as per programme
- Free use of trekking equipments like sleeping bag,,duffle bag, first aid kit
- All airport transfers
- Personal clothing and sleeping bag (US$ 40)
- Personal accident and health insurance
- Emergency evacuation and medical expense
- Alcoholic and bottled beverage, mineral water, laundry, and tips
- Any other services and expenses that are not specifically mentioned
- Expenses due to flight delay, sickness other contingencies