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Mustang Tiji Festival Trek - 18 Days

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Trip Highlights

  • Wayfaring through the coast of Kaligandaki river. 
  • Outmoded hamlets of Kagbeni will surely sweep off your feet.
  • Snow capped Mt:Dhaulagiri and Nilgiri hold your attention of curiosity.
  • Every wanderers mecca Tiji festival at Lo-Mangthang.
  • Story of divinity that ball up the devil.
  • Chant by monk,melodrama by child and false face dancing is carry out.
  • Presence of Mustang king is pomp and circumstances of the festival.  
  • Tiji will surely judge the intact trekkers composure.

Mustang Tiji Festival Trek - Often referred as the ‘The Last Forbidden Kingdom’, this trans-Himalayan region of Mustang is closely passes as a desert set in the Himalayas. The high desert region of the Tibetan influence, Kaligandaki, from the Tibetan border south to Kagbeni is generally called Upper Mustang. Our trek to Upper Mustang starts from Jomsom to Kagbeni, the entry point of upper Mustang Region, Following through the banks of Kaligandaki River upstream, we get to Lo-Mangthang, the capital of the upper Mustang.

Apart from the eternal natural beauty ‘Mustang’ has also been luring many of tourists to experience its unique ‘Tiji’ festival.

The Tiji festival is a three-day ritual known as "The chasing of the Demons" and it is centered on the Tiji myth. Tijitells the story of a deity named Dorje Jono who must battle against his demon father to save the Kingdom of Mustang from destruction. The demon father wreaks havoc on Mustang by creating a water shortage which, in this extremely arid land, is the most precious life-sustaining resource. Dorje Jono eventually defeats the demon and banishes him from the land. Tiji is a celebration and reaffirmation of this myth. Throughout the festival the events and story of the myth are re-enacted. The festival is timed to coincide with the end of the dry season (late winter/spring) and ushers in the wetter monsoon season.

This festival was first experienced by Michel Peissel in 1964 making him the very first outsider westerner to see the Tiji festival. At this time, the Mustang region was still completely closed off to foreigners and he had to get special permission from the government of Nepal to enter the region. Despite his arrival on the last day of the celebration (he was unaware of the observance of Tiji, the experience left a lasting impression on him. "The scenes I saw were so extraordinary and so unexpected that I dared not believe my eyes and even today I have some trouble in believing in the reality of what I saw that day).

18 Days Itinerary Package for 2018

May 14th Arrival at Tribhuban International Airport pick up by our private car and than transfer to the hotel.

May 15th Full day guided sightseeing in Pashupatinath, Boudhanath and Patan Durbar Square (B)

May 16th Kathmandu to Pokhara 7 hrs by drive or 30 minutes flight and check in Hotel (B)

May 17th Pokhara to Jomsom 30 minutes flight and commence trek to Kagbeni (2810m) 2 ½ hrs (B.L.D)

Enter the Restricted Area

May 18th Kagbeni - Chele 3200m. - 5.5 hours approx. Overnight in Lodge (Tea house) (B.L.D)

May 19th Chele - Gilling 3500m, - 5.5 hours approx. Overnight in Lodge (Tea house) (B.L.D)

May 20th Gilling - Tsarang 3550m via Ghami 3500m. - 7 hours approx Overnight in Lodge (Tea house) (B.L.D)

May 21st Tsarang - Lo-Manthang 3800m. - 5.5 hours Overnight in Lodge (Tea house) (B.L.D)

Tiji Festival Starts

May 22nd Start Tiji Festival in Lo-Manthang. Overnight in Lodge (Tea house) (B.L.D)

May 23rd  Continue Tiji Festival in Lo-Manthang. Overnight in Lodge (Tea house) (B.L.D)

May 24th Tiji Festival end. Overnight in Lodge (Tea house) (B.L.D)

Tiji Festival Ends

May 25th Lo-manthang - Ghami 3500m. - 6 hours approx. Overnight in Lodge (Tea house) (B.L.D)

May 26th Ghami - Samar 3400m. - 5 hours Overnight in Lodge (Tea house) (B.L.D)

May 27th Samar - Chhusang 3000m. - 5 hours approx. Overnight in Lodge (Tea house) (B.L.D)

May 28th Chhusang - Jomsom 2700m via Kagbeni 2810m - 7hours approx. Overnight in Lodge (Tea house) (B.L.D)

Exit Restricted Area

May 29th Jomsom to Pokhara 25 minutes by flight and transfer to the Hotel (B)

May 30th Pokhara to Kathmandu 7 hrs by drive or 25 minutes flight and check in Hotel and rest of the time for shopping (B)

May 31st Final departure to the airport by our private vehicle (B)

Cost Includes

  • Airport pick up and drop off by our private car
  • Kathmandu/Pokhara Hotel room on twin sharing bed and breakfast (B) basis
  • Fluent english speaking license holder sightseeing tour guide
  • Sightseeing tour guide fees
  • Sightseeing entrance fees
  • Transportation from Kathmandu-Pokhara-Kathmandu by tourist bus
  • Domestic Flight: Pokhara to Jomsom to Pokhara
  • Upper Mustang Special Trekking Permit fees for 10 days per person US$ 500 only.
  • Annapurna Conservation Area Project (A.C.A.P) entry permit fees
  • Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS) permit fee
  • Accommodation and 3 meals a day Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner (B, L, D) while on the trek in lodge (Tea House)
  • English speaking licensed holder local expert trekking Guide and 1porter for each 2 persons
  • All program according to itineraries on full board.
  • All land transfer as per above itinerary
  • Wages, equipment, insurance and other facilities to guide and a porter 

Cost Exclude:

  • Nepal entry visa fee
  • Kathmandu/Pokhara Hotel Lunch and Dinner (L, D)
  • Personal spending money and all bar bill, ie. Soft/hard drinks, tips for Nepalese staff's etc.
  • Domestic flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara or Pokhara to Kathmandu per person US$ 114 only (If you required)
  • Travel Insurance and medical evacuation in case of emergency

Where is Nepal?

Nepal, a sovereign Independent Kingdom, lies between 80 degree 12' east longitude and 26 degree 22' and 30 degree 27' north latitude. It is bounded on the north by the Tibet Autonomous Region of the People's Republic of China; on the east by Sikkim and West Bengal of the Indian Union on the south by Indian States of Bihar and Uttar Pradesh and on the west by Uttar Pradesh of Indian Union. The length of the Kingdom is 885 kilometers east-west and its breath varies from 145 to 241 kilometers north-south. Climatically, it lies in the temperate zone with the added advantage of altitude.

Why is Nepal such a fascinating country for many people?

The Himalayan kingdom of Nepal is a land of scenic mountains, time-worn temples and some of the best walking trails on Earth. It's a small country, but it's rich in scenic splendor and exotic cultures. The people of Nepal are as diverse as their country and represent distinct cultures and races.

Though they speak a variety of tongues and practice different religions, they are the friendliest people that you would ever meet. The kingdom has long exerted a pull on the Western imagination and it's a difficult place to dislodge from your memory once you return. So, wait until you're actually here in Nepal.

As a traveler, there is endless number of surprises Nepal has to offer you. Kathmandu Valley with its thousands of Hindu temples, Buddhist stupas, stunning architecture and rich pageantry can be quite beyond words. If you are careful enough not to get entangled in the superficial facade of a flatly "modernizing" capital city, Kathmandu probably offers you as exotic and urban experience as you can get.

Beyond Kathmandu, it’s another world altogether. Most travelers to Nepal want to check out the truly spectacular Himalayas along with the higher hills. A few go there to scale the high mountains, but many are nature lovers who trek along landscapes filled with deep valleys, lush forests, snow trails, terraced fields, and above all, the most hospitable people.

Travelers to Nepal also love making a safari trip to one of the National Parks in Nepal. The most popular one is the Chitwan National Park in the southern plains which hosts a diverse wildlife reserves including the rare Asian one-horn rhino.

Do I need a visa to travel to Nepal?

All foreign nationals, except Indian Citizens, need visas to enter Nepal.

What do I need to get my visa? 

You need a valid passport, two passport size photos and US$ in cash.

Where do I apply to get my visa?

The best way to apply for visa is from the Nepalese diplomatic missions in your home country. The other choice is to get it from Immigration office upon your arrival day at the entry points of Nepal.

What if I decided to stay more than 60 days in Nepal? Where and what should I do to extend my Tourist Visa?

There's no problem in it. The Immigration Department of Kathmandu or Pokhara can extend the visa for another 30 days and the charge for this is US$ 50. Indeed the visa can be extended for a total of 120 days, an additional 30 days visa may be granted on reasonable grounds from the Immigration Office. Nevertheless, a tourist cannot stay in Nepal under tourist-visa for more than 150 cumulative days.

How to Enter Nepal?

In order to fly directly to Nepal from your home country, Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) in Kathmandu is the only international airport in Nepal. TIA has direct air link with Osaka, Shanghai, London, Frankfurt, Hongkong, Singapore, Bangkok, Delhi, Dubai, Bombay and Calcutta. Lufthansa, Nepal Airlines (NAC), Air India, Singapore Airlines, Thai are the airlines that carry most of the foreign travelers into Kathmandu; and if you buy tickets from any other airlines, you will probably connect with one of these airlines for the final leg of your flight. Alternatively, if you have time and enthusiasm, traveling overland to Nepal via India is an option.

When is the best time to travel in Nepal? 

The weather is probably the best guide for deciding when to plan your trip to Nepal. The best time to visit Nepal is between September to November and March to May.

What is the national language of Nepal?

Nepal's national language is called Nepali. It is written in Devnagri Script. This script is the same as the one used in Hindi language - the national language of India. There are more than 72 different spoken languages in Nepal. It is also official language of Nepal.

What's the common form of greeting in Nepal?

It is called Namaste or Namaskar. You can say the greeting in words as well as do it using a gesture. Join your palms together and bring them close to your chest and about 5 to 7 inches below your chin. The word Namaste has many meanings such as Hello, How are you? I am glad to see you, nice to meet you, good morning, etc.

What are some basic Nepali customs that I should know about?

  • Take off your shoes before entering a temple or one's home
  • Ask for permission before entering a Hindu temple
  • Taking photographs inside the most temples are considered illegal
  • Ask for permission before taking photographs of objects, and including Nepali people.
  • Nepali people are friendly by nature. Have a genuine interest in them. Talk to them. Be friendly as you travel

What time is it now in Nepal and what’s the phone code?

Nepali time is GMT/UTC plus 5 Hours 45 minutes. Area code for dialing to Nepal: Country Code: 977 Kathmandu City Code: 1 (e.g. 977 1 4212737 First three digits is the country code, second is the area code, the last digits are telephone numbers.

What is the currency of Nepal?

Nepalese currency is spelled as Nepalese Rupees or Rupee (Rs) or Nepali Rupee, and in short it is written NRS or RS. 100 Paisa equals 1 Rs. Currently Notes of the following denominations are used: 1000, 500, 100, 50, 25, 10, 5, 2, and 1 rupees. Coin hasn't been popular in Nepal and hence is almost always ignored in business. The coins of the following denominations can be found: 1 paisa, 5 paisa, 10 paisa, 50 paisa and 1 Rs, 2 Rs, and 5 Rs. It is recommended that you travel with smaller notes in less populated areas, while large notes are easily accepted elsewhere.

Are there ATM facilities in Nepal?

Yes, in Kathmandu and Pokhara. International credit cards (Master Card, Visa Card etc) are also accepted in all leading hotels, shopping centers, bars and restaurants in Nepal.

Will my Cell phone (mobile phone) work in Nepal?

Please, Contact your service provider and check if Nepal country is included in their `Global roaming' package. Please note, not all parts of Nepal are covered by the GSM Network in Nepal.

What are health requirements to visit Nepal? 

Nepal does not require any specific immunization for visitors. It is however best to have vaccine before coming to Nepal. Your doctors can advice you on the type of vaccine to be taken to travel to third world countries like Nepal.

What about getting to Nepal from Tibet?

The crossing between Nepal and Tibet via Kodari is only open to organized groups but not to individual travelers heading north. Be prepared with alternative plans if you're thinking about using this route, because landslides regularly make it impassable during the monsoon.

Excellent Service from an outstanding Skyline team


We had a wonderful time at upper mustang Teji festival trek in Nepal my wife and I had a remarkable trip in May 2013 with Madhav and his trekking and touring company Skyline treks. We wish to praise him for his remarkable organized pertaining to our Mustang trek. What a galvanizing and prompt service through Madhav, which we experienced. Airport pick up to hotel shift, sightseeing to trek and the final departure at airport that all was just praise to the skies and we cannot express in words. 

Mustang Tiji Festival Trekking


We agree with a previous review (March 11, 2014) that the best contact was with Skyline Treks. The owner, Madhav Prasad Pandey, responded to inquiries immediately, was efficient, and welcomed us when we arrived in Kathmandu. 

He was friendly, attentive and and made us feel like family. Extraordinary views along Kali Gandaki River, and peaks of Dhaulagiri and Machhapuchhre enroute to Tiji Festival in Upper Mustang. 

Lasting friendships with guide, Binod Silwal, and porter Sanjay Chapagai. In Tibet, Skyline arranged for guide and driver, both kind and generous Tibetans, for overland travel Lhasa to Kathmandu, visiting several monasteries and Everest Base Camp.

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