The festival of “Tiji”' or 'Teechi or Teeji' is the celebration and affirmation of the myth of Teeji that stands for "The chasing of the Demons". There’s a fascinating story regarding the myth, which tells of a deity named Dorje Jono who must battle against his demon father to save the Kingdom of Mustang from destruction.
The Word Tiji has been derived from the word “ten che” meaning the hope of Buddha Dharma prevailing in all worlds and is effectively a spring renewal festival. This is the most celebrated festival in Upper Mustang that continues for three days in the late spring and early summer. This festival held in Lo-Manthang, capital of Upper Mustang, where thousands of people flock to observe and participate in the festival. Lo-Manthang is also known as “walled city” is a perfect place to visit during the spring season to observe the magnificent beauty of Upper Mustang and distinguish Tibetan Culture.
Tiji Festival Trek combines through Mustang’s fascinating villages, alongside Buddhist shrines and temples and in the shadows of the Himalayas most iconic mountains is a win-win deal for everyone and probably the best time to visit because you can observe much more than you can imagine in a fleeting time.
2 - 7
3810 m/ 12500ft
The Upper Mustang was a restricted demilitarized area until 1992 which makes it one of the most preserved regions in the world, with a majority of the population still speaking traditional Tibetan language.
Upper Mustang is also known as "The Last Forbidden Kingdom" because of the restriction to travel until the 1990s.
Mustang is rich in Buddhist culture similar to the area of the Tibet Autonomous Region of the People's Republic of China.
Teeji Festival is one of the oldest ritual ceremonies which was started 600 years ago.
Teeji is used to be managed by Tsher Monastery lasting for five days (2 days for preparation and 3 days for the festival).
The monks show various different cultural dances and rituals are held which are rare and unique to see.
The major aim of this festival is to celebrate and cultivate peace inside the Mustang and all around the world too.
Why this Trip
This trek is perfect to see the culture of Mustang and grand Tibetan Celebrations.
•We reserve the right to change and that the program may be reversed. Things can happen that make it impossible to meet them as planned. If any meeting or plan would not be feasible, we always try to find an equivalent alternative. In Nepal, you always have a plan B and C!
•What follows is a general flow of events. Expect the unexpected and prepare to be flexible
•A trekking permit is a must to travel to controlled areas. Permit, however, is issued only to groups. Individual trekkers will not be issued trekking permit
Trekking to upper Mustang is restricted to foreigners, so the permit should be granted by Nepal Immigration Board. We will collect your passport and get your permits issued for the trek. In mean time you can make most of the free day to explore the city and to get ready for the trekking and also do some shopping.
After the breakfast we will take brief flight to Pokhara early in the day, so that enough time would be possible to explore the beautiful city of lakes; Pokhara. Pokhara is beautiful city with lots of tranquil lakes and wonderful mountain view,s and adventure activities like; Paragliding, Bunjee Jump ,zipliner etc.
Fight to Jomsom is quite an experience in itself. We will fly Northwest from Pokhara toward the great portal between the snow covered peaks of Annapurna and Daulagiri. You will enjoy the well-raised massifs of more than 8000 meters, and the deepest gorge on this planet. And soon after arriving at Jomsom , we will strat our trek to Kagbeni, which is the entrance gate to the upper Mustang
We start out trek to Tselle after the breakfast, Tselle is a mystical village from where the culture changes from the Manangi culture found in Jomsom to the Tibetan culture of Lo During the trek we will pass through rough and steep trail, and waterless terrain. We pass through small village of Chukshang where you can taste world famous apples straight from the farm. After the gentle walk by crossing the river Kali Gandaki and climbing steeply up a rocky gully we reach Tselle.
The climb continues along steep, treeless, water less terrain, along the side of the spectacular steep canyon to a pass and cairn of rock. This trail is fascinating that has wonderful views of barren cliffs and wind path.After walking for few hours we reach to Samar village. After reaching the Samar Village trail descend into a large gorge, which the trail goes into another valley field, crosses a stream and climbs up to a ridge at 3800 meters. The route climbs over yet another pass, follows a ridge and then descends to Shyangmochen. From there we gently climb to a pass at 3770 meters and descend to Geling Village. Overnight at Geling.
We will enjoy our breakfast in the lodge before start our journey to Charang. The trail Continues to dry trail we will reach Ghami where we will pass through one of the longest Buddhist mani walls of Nepal surrounded by beautiful Himalayas at Ghami. Continuing further will take us to village of Charang for overnight stay
After the breakfastWe will visit monastery in Charang village before we commence our journey to La Manthang. The trail is spectacular together with various Himalayan peaks including Annapurna I, Nilgiring, Tilicho Peak and Bhrikuti. Upon reaching the capital of Mustang, you will get nice lodges to spend the day.
Lo Manthang is a spectacular village with beautiful monasteries and fascinating Tibetan culture. Take this day to explore the Lo Manthang the fullest. We will also visit the infamous cave of Chosar a little far from the capital. Coming to Tiji festival, it last for 3 days makes sure you attend all and enjoy the festival.
On the 10th day we say farewell to amazing Lomanthang and head to Dhakmar, Trails pass through several climbs and descent before we the Ghar where we will have the opportunity to visit 1200 year old monastery. Continuing the trek further will take us to Dhakmar village for overnight.
After the breakfast we will continue our trekking to Syanboche. Our trail will comprise of several caves on the way to Ghami from where we will have great views of the pass Furthermore, crossing two beautiful passes will take us to Syanboche for overnight stay.
We leave the villege of tselle behind and head to the Kagbeni from where we actually started the trek. After reaching to Kagbeni we will take a jeep to the Jomsom. This your final day of at Mustang, make the most of it.
Driving or flying back to Kathmandu, after checking in at the hotel, we can either join the evening prayer at Pashupatinath or for those who are not willing to go can have their own time to do the necessary shopping and herbal massage as well.
For nights in cities, we use standard/superior standard/deluxe rooms whereas, during the trek, we use lodges/tea houses/guesthouses/home stay for our clients, and whatever is available and accessible. We also arrange sleeping bags for our clients, on their request.
We believe in operating small intimate group to provide personal attention and services to our guests. Small groups can enjoy the trek hassle free and enjoy the customized trip according to their need and suitability. We do not incorporate more than 14 People in a group, unless we get special requests from our clients.
Upper Mustang-Teeji festival is an unforgettable experience that is celebrated to chase the demons. Teeji Festival Trek combines through Mustang’s fascinating village alongside Buddhist shrines and temples. This trek is perfect to see the culture of Mustang and grand Tibetan celebration.
Yes, Nepal can proudly boast as one of the safest countries in South Asia for women, you will find people very friendly and respectful especially towards women. Locals are very respectful and welcoming toward women and tourist in general and our guides will make sure you are comfortable and safe while trekking in remote areas.
We make sure to take security measures during trek to make your trip delightful. We hire experienced and license holding guides to safeguard your life in mountains. We suggest you to follow the guide’s instruction carefully and take responsibility for personal belongings. Always keep your valued belongings near you and lock the door from inside during the night.
Upper Mustang Teeji Festival Trek is one of the trekking routes of Nepal and mostly we spend our night at Guesthouse. In Guesthouse, you can get pasta, noodles, bread, soup etc. Dal Bhat (Rice, Lentils and Vegetables) are great way to gain energy for the strenuous trek. As you trek higher, it is better to avoid meat because non-vegetarian is heavy meals which may cause food poisoning so we avoid it.
There are plenty of water stations on each stop on the route. You can easily fill up the bottle from the open taps. We recommend that you bring water purifier tablets with you or at least get it from Kathmandu before you depart for trekking. You can also buy mineral waters but we usually recommend tap water which is pure and it helps us not promoting plastic bottled water.
We use private transportation for sightseeing inside the Kathmandu Valley and fly to Pokhara and Jomsom. We also drop and pick up from the starting and ending point of trek on private car or Jeep depending on the number of travellers.
Before coming to Nepal, make sure that you are covered by insurance policy for the altitude of 5500 meters. In the case of an emergency like altitude sickness, dehydration or any medical conditions ask your tour leader/guide to contact us as soon as possible so that we can manage/arrange helicopter for the rescue. Then you will be transferred to hospital for the treatment.
Trekking in Upper Mustang-Teeji Festival is a little bit hard and tiresome activity that requires a lot of physical movement. So, pack your active wears and trekking pants for at lower altitudes. Weather at high altitude is unpredictable so carry a light weight waterproof jacket along with thick down jacket, pant and thermal inner wear to escape severe cold. Needless to say, good shoe is very important for trekking in rough and snowy terrain. So invest on good quality shoes or rent it from us in a minimum price. As you are trekking in remote village, try to wear modest clothes to quickly gel up with the local people without hesitation.
We contact the lodge/guesthouse owner for reservation of the room before trekking on a particular day. On other days, porters reach the destination on advance and book the rooms for you. But there are always going to be exceptions but even in those cases, we may have to be flexible about very basic sleeping arrangements. We always try to make sure that we have everything well arranged.
All our guides are trekking experts holding license from Nepal Tourism Board, Nepal Government. They are the most valuable assets of the company. Guides know the trekking route like the back of their hand and use their expertise in ensuring your safety in the mountains.
In some villages, you can make local and international calls from telephone provided by the guesthouse owner after paying the price directly. Our guide is also provided with a mobile phone. In case of emergency, you can use his mobile and make a call.
If you need extra day to complete the trekking, you'll need to inform the guide in advance and the guide will let the company know. Adding a day to trekking can result in many changes in other arrangements such as transportation, guide’s schedule, flight details, hotel bookings and all, so we really don't recommend this to our clients unless there is an emergency case. But it is true that those changes could be made but it will cost extra. The best way to do it is to inform the agent company about it.
Before coming to Nepal, make sure you are covered for diphtheria & TB, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, malaria, typhoid, polio and tetanus. Make sure you are in best shape to complete the trekking without any complication.
To confirm your booking, a deposit of 15% of total trip amount is required if you are booking at least a year in advance before trip departure date. If booking is made between 100-364 days before the trip departure, you'll need to pay 20% to confirm the trip. If payment is made between 99-60 days, 25% of the total trip amount will need to be paid and if booked between 59-30 days, 50% of the total trip amount needs to be paid and finally, if you are booking 29 days prior to trip departure, then 100% payment should be made. The payments can be easily made by the bank transfer. The due balance is payable on arrival in Kathmandu with cash (preferably USD/EURO) or card on POS/credit card machine. Please note that non refundable fee is 10% or $200 whichever is greater.