19 days
Trip Level
Min 2 person
Group Size
3800 m

The Tiji festival is one of the most well-known annual events in the upper Mustang region which takes place in Lо – manthang. This festival is often held in the spring season to celebrate the start of a new season. The Mustang Tiji festival dates will be announced, according to the Tibetan calendar. Mustang Tiji festival 2023 dates have been revealed, and it will be held from 16th to 18th of May this year. We offer the group tour for Tiji Festival Trek too.

The reason for celebrating this festival is to chase away the demon spirits and bring prosperity and happiness into the kingdom. In addition, a huge assembly of monks and Mustang locals is held annually on this auspicious occasion. Various dance acts, religious activities, and ritual ceremonies are also held during the three-day celebration of the Tiji festival. The Mustang Tiji Festival Trek can involve both eastern and western routes depending on the duration of the holiday.

The myths are still re-enacting during the Tiji festival. The historical legend all about the Mustang Tiji festival starts with a deity named Dorje Jono. He battles with his demon father to save the kingdom of Mustang. Although the demon creates a water shortage in the country, which affects the lives of the people, finally, Dorje Jono defeated his demon father and brings prosperity to the nation.

The festival is consequently a reflection and portrayal of the story via dance and a variety of rituals. Until now, the same ceremony has been carried out. This unique, unspoiled heritage and culture of the Mustang is another factor why it is a beautiful and unforgettable experience.

What Do You Expect in The Mustang Tiji Festival Trek?

Observing three-day vibrant ritual Buddhist Tiji Festival
Explore the former forbidden Kingdom of Mustang

Spectacular scenery, really admirable but a lifetime experience
Explore ancient Buddhist monasteries and caves

Brief Itinerary with Tiji Festival 2022 Dates

Days Dates Itinerary Altitude in Meters Distance
1. 18th May Arrival in Kathmandu 1350
2. 19th May Trek Preparation
3. 20th May Drive to Pokhara 920 6h00
4. 22nd May Fly to Jomsom then trek to Kagbeni 2870 3h00
5. 23rd May Trek to Chele 3050 6h00
6. 24th May Gheling 3805 6h30
7. 25th May Tsarang 3500 6h00
8. 26th May Lo-mangthang 3800 4h30
9. 27th May Tiji Festival in Lo-mangthang (1st day)
10. 28th May Tiji Festival in Lo-mangthang (2nd day)
11. 29th May Tiji Festival in Lo-mangthang (3rd day)
12 30th May Trek to Ghami 3520 6h00
13. 31th May Samar 3150 5h30
14. 1st June Kagbeni 2870 7h00
15. 2nd June Trek to Jomsom 2800 3h00
16. 3rd June Fly to Pokhara
17. 4th June Drive to Kathmandu
18. 5th June Rest day!
19. 6th June Final Departure
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The three days rituals events

On the 1st day of the Mustang Tiji Festival: The Tiji Festival begins with the worshiping ceremony and assembly of the monks that offer the Vajrasatwa in the Tsode monastery. Then the monks are gathering to blow drums, cymbals, and horns to announce the beginning of the festival. Afterward, rolling out of an enormous Thangka in the south wall of the square masked dancers, dance with full vigor to chase away the demons.

On the 2nd day of the Mustang Tiji festival: The King and the residents of the Lo kingdom gather together for a great treat wearing the traditional costume. As a result, it makes more attractive with the masked dances and rendered more aggressively.

On the 3rd day of the Mustang Tiji Festival: The third day is the final day of the festival and starts with the ceremonial destruction of the remains of demons. The Mustang Tiji festival Trek ends with cheering since the people burn down the dummy of the devil. The Tiji festival gains its mythical value because it has at a time lost and regained its worth what the mysterious hidden behind. So, the residents of the Upper Mustang region are devoted to saving the cultures and traditions of the Tiji festival. Mustang Tiji Festival Trek is, therefore, a popular festival in Upper Mustang. All over the world are fascinated to observe the Tiji festival. Likewise, The Tiji Festival ends with the above activities.


Day 1: Arrival day (1,300 m)

Upon arrival at Kathmandu, you will greet and welcome by our agency’s representative in front of the Arrival gate with a Display board of Himalayan Exploration Treks then transfer to your Hotel.

Day 2: Free day and trek preparation.

During the free day in Kathmandu, you may have a chance to visit the heritage site of Kathmandu valley, followed by a pre-trip departure meeting regarding upcoming trekking peak climbing where you meet the trek guide and other team members. They will brief you about the team formation, equipment and nature of peak climbing and other necessary information

Day 3: Kathmandu – Pokhara (920 m) 6h00 drive.

This is the picturesque drive to Pokhara from Kathmandu traversing several beautiful villages, forests, rivers, and as well as mountain scenery. Finally, get to Pokhara in the afternoon.

Day 4: Pokhara – Jomsom – Kagbeni (2870 m) 20 min. by plane 3h00 walk.

Early morning get to prepare for the flight to Jomsom by plane with wonderful Himalayan scenery of giant Himalayas of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri. You will meet other staff there and arrange all the backpacks then trek to Kagbeni.

Day 5: Kagbeni – Chele (3050 m) 6h00 walk.

The trail goes through the east bank of the Kali Gandaki River after checking all formality in Kagbeni. There are several climbs over many ridges. We have wonderful mountain scenery and walk along the sandy and windy trails. Many ups and downs lead you through the small villages with narrow ways among the white-painted houses; cultivated land and once crossing over the Kali Gandaki River that heads to Small ridges get Chele.

Day 6: Chele – Geling (3806 m) 6h00 walk.

The trail goes gradually ascends through barren land, and picturesque mountain scenery to a pass then makes a long descent passing by some chhortens, on the ridge. Then further pretty descend to Samar village where the stunning scenery of Annapurna and Nilgiri. The trail goes into a gorge and crosses a stream and takes another valley. Then ascends to a hill (3,800 m) taking on ridges and pretty descend to Geling.

Day 7: Geling – Charang (3,500 m) 6h00 walk

Start the trek after the breakfast, the trail leads a pretty interesting pass Nyi – La and longer descends beneath colorful cliffs through the valley and across a stream then head on another pass at 3,600 m and long downhill to Charang.

Day 8: Charang – Lomangthang (3,700 m) 5h00 walk.

As usual, on other days, the trail goes a little descent and crosses a bridge ascends steeply with a rocky trail to get to a ridge, and further continues climbing to reach the region of Lo, which King Ame Pal established as a kingdom in the 1380s, with wall city of Lomanthang as the capital and the people of these areas called Lobas. Finally a short descent and cross a stream then climb up to enter the plateau of Lomanthang.

Day 9: Tiji Festival in Lo-mang thang (1st day).

The celebration of Tiji festival begins with first day activities

Day 10: Tiji Festival in Lo-mang thang (2nd day)

Tiji festival 2nd day activities.

Day 11: Tiji Festival in Lo-mang thang (3rd day)

Tiji festival 3rd-day activities and closing ceremony.

Day 12: Lo – Mangthang – Ghami (3,520 m) 6h00 walk.

The climax of the trek has been finished descending back through some village’s ancient monasteries and offering the last glimpse of Lomangthang and walking down to Ghami.

Day 13: Ghami – Samar (3,150 m) 6h00 walk

This is the same route we take while heading to Lomangthang bypassing Nyi-La and descending to Samar with beautiful scenery of Annapurna range.

Day 14: Samar – Kagbeni (2870 m)

Trek to Kagbeni is easy to walk passing through a narrow path among white painted houses, cultivated fields, and the beautiful scenery of Annapurna and Nilgiri are in front. Finally, get to Kagbeni. There is an opportunity to visit a monastery that beliefs to build in the 15th century.

Day 15: Kagbeni – Jomsom (2800 m) 3h00 walk.

Today is the last day trek to Jomsom also an easy walk along the bank of Kali Gandaki River. Jomsom is a busty place due to an administrative quarter of the Mustang district. There is an opportunity to explore ancient Thakli tradition, culture flora, and fauna in the Eco-cultural museum in Jomsom.

Day 16: Jomsom – Pokhara

Early morning get to prepare all the baggage flight to Pokhara by plane. The wonderful Himalayan scenery of the giant Himalayas Annapurna and Dhaulagiri massif can see from the plane.

Day 17: Pokhara – Kathmandu

You will transfer to the airport to fly to Kathmandu by plane with magnificent views of mountains. Arriving in Kathmandu, you will be free all day.

Day 18: Free day in Kathmandu

You will be free all day and may have a chance to visit once in the heritage site. Or this day can be occupied as security day in case of flight interruption due to weather.

Day 19: Final departure

You will be transfer to airport 3 hours before your scheduled flight to your home country


DEPARTURE/RETURN  Tribhuwan International Airport, Kathmandu
DEPARTURE TIME Please report at least 2 hours before the flight.
All domestic flight, Hotel/Airport transfer
Accommodations in Kathmandu with breakfast
All accommodations in tents and all meals during the treks
All necessary documentation and permits
All ground transportation (as per mention in itinerary)
Professional guide and porters
A First Aid Kits
Applicable Government Taxes
International Airfare
Nepal Visa fee (advice to take accurate amount)
Meals in Kathmandu (except breakfast)
Personal Expenses e.g. phone calls, laundry, bar bills & extra porters
Travel Insurance
Guide and Porter gratuity

Rates are quoted in US$ and payable in other currency also. All prices published on our website are set as low as possible. The prices may vary at any time subject to currency fluctuation, fuel prices, and unforeseen circumstances. Nevertheless, we guarantee our prices which have already signed up for your tour. Please custom quote if not suitable for you.

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