19 days
Trip Level
Min 2 person
Group Size
3800 m

Mustang Tiji festival is one of the largest festivals of the upper Mustang region and celebrated in Lо – mаng thаng (the Lо – kingdom). Thіѕ festival is celebrating to mark the beginning of a new season and always held in May. Mustang Tiji festival dates will release according to the Tibetan calendar. The Mustang Tiji Festival Trek dates for 2019 in May. Thіѕ festival is celebrated to chase away the demon spirits, bring prosperity and happiness into the kingdom. Besides that, there is a huge gathering of monks and people of Mustang on this auspicious occasion that is held annually. Furthermore, various dances act, religious events, rituals, and ceremonies are held during the three-day ceremony of Tiji festival. Mustang Tiji festival 2019 dates reveal and start from May 31 and end the 2nd of June.

The myths are still re-enacting throughout the Tiji festival. The historical myth 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 the water shortage in the kingdom which affecting the lives of the people in this dry and barren land. Finally, Dorje Jоnо defeats his demon father and brings prosper to the land. Moreover, the festival is the representation and portrayal of the story through dancing and many rituals. The same ritual is enacting until now. Another reason, this rare, untouched heritage, and culture of the people of Mustang is a beautiful and unforgettable sight to observe.

Mustang Tiji Festival: The three days rituals events are as follows

On the first day of the Mustang Tiji Festival: The Tiji Festival begins with worshiping ceremony and assembly of the monks that offering the Vajrasatwa in the Chhode 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 second day of the Mustang Tiji festival: The King and the residents of the Lo kingdom gather together with a great treat wearing the traditional costume. It makes more attractive with the masked dances and rendered in a more aggressive way.

On the third 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 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. All over the world are fascinating in observing the Upper Mustang Tiji Festival Trek. So, the residents of the Upper Mustang region devoted to saving the cultures and traditions of the Tiji festival. Hence, Mustang Tiji Festival Trek is favorite as a festive event in Upper Mustang.

Highlight of Mustang Tiji Festival Trek

Observing three-day 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


Tiji Festival Trek – 2019 itinerary 

Kathmandu – Pokhara – Jomsom – Kagbeni – Chele – Geling – Tsarang – Lomangthang – Ghami – Samar – Kagbeni – Jomsom – Pokhara – Kathmandu.


Day 1: Arrival day (1,300 m)

Upon arrival at Kathmandu, you will greet and welcome by our agency’s representative in front of Arrival gate with 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 heritage site of Kathmandu valley, followed by pre-trip departure meeting regarding upcoming trekking peak climbing where you meet trek guide and others team members. They will brief you about the team formation, equipment and nature of peak climbing and others necessary information

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

This is the picturesque drive to Pokhara from Kathmandu traversing by 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 the plane wonderful Himalayan scenery of giant Himalayas of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri. You will meet other staffs there and arrange all the backpack then trek to Kagbeni.

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

The trail goes through the east bank of 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 way among the white painted houses; cultivated land and once crossing over the Kali Gandaki River that head to Small ridges get Chele.

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

The trail goes gradually ascend up through barren land, picturesque mountain scenery to a pass then making long descend 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 takes another valley. Then ascends up 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 as other days, the trail goes little descend and cross a bridge ascends steep with a rocky trail to get a ridge and further continue climbs to reach region of Lo, King Ame Pal established as a kingdom in the 1380’s, with wall city of Lomanthang as the capital and the people of these areas called Lobas. Finally a short descend 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 trek has been finished just descend back through some villages ancient monasteries and offering the last glimpse of Lomangthang and walk down to Ghami.

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

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

Day 14: Samar – Kagbeni (2870 m)

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

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

Today is last day trek to Jomsom also easy walk along the bank of Kali Gandaki River. Jomsom is a busty place due to an administrative quarter of 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 giant Himalayas Annapurna and Dhaulagiri massif can see from the plane.

Day 17: Pokhara – Kathmandu

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

Day 18: Free day in Kathmandu

You will free all the 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

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