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Upper Mustang-Tiji Festival

The festival of “Tiji”' or 'Teechi or Teeji' is the celebration and affirmation of the myth of Tiji that stands for "The chasing of the Demons", trekkers get to be a part of this fascinating festival while on the Upper Mustang Tiji festival trek. 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.

Upper Mustang Tiji Festival Trek combines through Mustang’s fascinating villages, alongside Buddhist shrines and temples and in the shadows of the Himalaya's most iconic mountains making it a win-win deal for everyone. One can observe much more than what they imagine in the amazing Upper Mustang Tiji trek in a fleeting time.

Trip Code

UMF22

Starts

Jomsom

Finishes

Jomsom

Duration

18 Days

Difficulty

Hard

Group-Size

2 - 7

Age

Minimum 16

Seasons

May

Elevation

3810 m/ 12500ft

Trip View

4790

Activities

Trekking

Spiritual Journey

Travel Style

Comfortable

Trip popularity

Special Discount

5 %

TRIP FACTS

 

  • Upper Mustang, a restricted area until 1992, is highly influenced by Buddhist and Tibetan culture and is best for exploration of ancient caves that are centuries old and hold great historical significance.

  • Upper mustang was previously called “Kingdom of Lo”.

  • 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.

Trip Notes

  • •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

Brief Itinerary

Our team will welcome you to Nepal with warm hearts at the Tribhuvan International Airport. Getting to know eachother in our private vehicle; you will be taken to a hotel, where you will be given short detail of the trek. The day ends with a warm Nepali dinner.

Meal:

  • Dinner

Accommodation:

  • Hotel

Activities:

  • Airport Pick Up Services
  • Guided Thamel Tour
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.

Meal:

  • Breakfast

Accommodation:

  • Hotel

Activities:

  • Guided Bhaktapur tour
  • Delicious Momo
  • Bouddhanath Stupa.Monkey Temple tour
  • Food and wine tour (Optional)
This day we take an early morning flight to Pokhara. After arriving at Pokhara, you get to explore beautiful lakes, temples, and snow-capped mountains. During the night, we roam around the lakeside with the breeze refreshing our minds.

Meal:

  • Breakfast

Accommodation:

  • Hotel

Activities:

  • Flight to Pokhara
  • Guided City Tour
You fly above the stunning view of Annapurna mountain and Dhaulagiri mountain, terrific massifs that elevates above 8000 m / 26246.72 ft, and the deepest gorge in the world to be at Jomsom. After arriving at Jomsom, we march forward to Kagbeni ( one of the most famous religious sites for Hindu pilgrims) and accommodate there in a guesthouse.

Meal:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Accommodation:

  • Guesthouse

Activities:

  • Flight to Jomsom
Tsele gives you exposure to fascinating Tibetan culture. The trail to Tselle from Jomsom is quite rough and steep. First, we walk through Chuksang village, then cross the beautiful Kali Gandaki river and finally climb a rocky gully with caution. Then we eat a warm dinner and settle in a guesthouse for the night.

Meal:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Accommodation:

  • Guesthouse

Activities:

First, we head to Samar village, trekking through steep and waterless terrain, accompanied by a terrific canyon and cairn of rock, views of barren cliffs, and scenic views. Then you will trek towards Shyangmochen crossing a gorge followed by the valley that gets us to a ridge located at the height of 3800 m / 12467.19 ft). Before being at the ridge, we need to cross another pass that elevates at 3770 m / 12368.77 ft., then arrive at Geling village.

Meal:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Accommodation:

  • Guesthouse

Activities:

Today’s trek takes us to Charang, which lies in the Mustang district.In order to reach Charang, we walk through a dry trail, pass Ghami village, colorful mani walls, and majestic snow-capped mountains. From Ghami short trek further takes us to our destination for the day, Charang.

Meal:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Accommodation:

  • Guesthouse

Activities:

Firstly, we visit the stunning monastery of Charang, then walk through one of the most scenic trails of the Upper Mustang trek flaunting astonishing views of mountains, namely Annapurna I (8091m), Nilgiri (2637 m), Tilicho (7134 m) and Bhrikuti (6460m). For the night your accommodation will be a lodge.

Meal:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Accommodation:

  • Guesthouse

Activities:

Here is the day that gives you a chance to be part of Teeji festival, which is 3 days long. Besides being part of Teeji festival, you will be exploring the beautiful Lo Manthang, getting a closer look at the amusing monasteries, Tibetan culture, and traditions, then visit Chosar cave. By night, we will be settled in a guesthouse.

Meal:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Accommodation:

  • Guesthouse

Activities:

The entire day is for you to enjoy the Teeji festival to the fullest and then return back to our guesthouse to rest overnight.

Meal:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Accommodation:

  • Guesthouse

Activities:

Yet another day dedicated to Teeji festival.

Meal:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Accommodation:

  • Guesthouse

Activities:

After enjoying the Teeji festival for three days at Lo Manthang, the trek continues to move forward. To begin with, we ascend and descend on our trail to arrive at Ghar village ( here, you will witness the astonishing monastery that is 1200 years old). Then walk for a while to be at Dhakmar village of Mustang where we settle for the night.

Meal:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Accommodation:

  • Guesthouse

Activities:

We start our day with a warm breakfast, then trek through fascinating caves, cross the Ghami village then walk past two terrific passes alongside a picturesque view to arrive at Syangboche, which is a small Sherpa village. For the night, you will rest in a guesthouse.

Meal:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Accommodation:

  • Guesthouse

Activities:

After breakfast, we retrace our way back to Tsele village, admiring the nature surrounding us. By the end of the day, you will be accommodated in a guesthouse in the village of Tsele.

Meal:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Accommodation:

  • Guesthouse

Activities:

Today is our last day at Mustang. We trek back to the place where our trek actually began, Kagbeni. After arriving at Kagbeni village, you will drive to beautiful Jomsom by our private Jeep. At Jomsom, you will enjoy a warm dinner and then rest overnight in a guesthouse.

Meal:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Accommodation:

  • Guesthouse

Activities:

  • Drive to Jomsom
We take a flight to “ the city of lakes”, Pokhara. Then we store our belongings in a hotel and explore Pokhara for the rest of the day, which includes visiting Phew lake, Rara lake, the mountains, Temples, caves, etc. Then you will be escorted back to the hotel to spend the night.

Meal:

  • Breakfast

Accommodation:

  • Hotel

Activities:

  • Flight to Pokhara
  • Guided city tour
Depending on what you want and what we can offer at that moment, you will either drive or take a flight to the capital, Kathmandu. How the remaining day will be spent is your decision to make ( either explore around Kathmandu or just relax in the hotel).

Meal:

  • Breakfast

Accommodation:

  • Hotel

Activities:

  • Flight or drive to Kathmandu
  • Sightseeing.Herbal massage
  • Shopping
We will bid you a warm goodbye with typical Nepali cuisine, prepare for your departure and escort you to the airport. Until next time!

Meal:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

Accommodation:

Activities:

  • Airport Departure Service

FAQS

Yes, our representative will be there to greet you at the airport. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel by a private car/jeep.
Yes, there is going to be a small orientation/briefing program before we embark on our adventure by the tour manager, leader/guide.
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, traveling in the upper Mustang Teeji festival is very safe for women as all the locals are very respectful and humble and treat female tourists as their own daughters and sisters.
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.
While you are in the city, any sort of food you want will be easily available. However, while trekking in lower-end teahouses and guesthouses, you will be served a typical Nepali meal that comprises rice, lentils, spinach, vegetables, and pickles. Most of your food at higher altitudes will be vegetarian only to prevent food poisoning.
Yes, even though it might look and feel unsafe for you to refill your water bottles from open taps used by locals, these water resources are examined and marked safe for consumption by higher authorities.
If the trek requires us to drive, we go for our private vehicle( jeep/van/car), which is very safe and comfortable, and for flights, our team only chooses the safest and most experienced airlines.
Rather than any season, Upper Mustang-Teeji Festival Trek can be done only on 22nd, 23rd and 24th of May.
In case of misfortunate events where you might need emergency services, our guides and porters will be right by your side, giving you first aid, providing you with the basic medicines needed, and, if required, evacuate by helicopter as soon as possible.
For beginning days, you should bring light and comfortable trekking trousers and t-shirts, and for higher altitudes where the temperature is really cold, make sure to have good trekking boots to protect you from cold and swampy trails, a thick trekking jacket that has fur inside and warm trekking trousers that protects from severe cold.
We customize the trip according to your preference but if you need to change plan during the trek, consult the guide.
Yes, no need to be worried about that, as we ask our guides or porters to book rooms in the guesthouse, teahouse, hotel, and lodge way ahead of our arrival at that place.
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.
While trekking in higher lands, you need to pay for charging the electronics upon request to the guesthouse owner. The best idea is to bring your own power bank with you. It is easier and cheaper.
Using communication services at a lower altitude where a cell phone network is available won’t be a problem. While trekking where there are no cell phone services, you need to pay a small amount to the owner of the place you stay at to use the communication services offered by them ( their cell phone or WiFi ); you can also use the guide’s phone but only with their permission.
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.
Trekking hours for every day of the trek are not the same; it varies every day. However, on average the trekking hours per day range from 7 hours to 9 hours.
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.
While trekking in higher altitudes and remote areas, it is not possible for you to use your credit cards for monetary transactions; they can be used in major cities only, like Kathmandu and Pokhara.
You can carry your handbags with supplies that will be needed throughout the day, your heavy luggage will be carried by porters or animals like horses and yaks ( not to forget there is a weight limit of the luggage, 15 kg).

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