TIJI FESTIVAL TREK | UPPER MUSTANG |, Alpinist Club

TIJI FESTIVAL TREK

Group Size

5-15 person

meal

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

accomodation

hotel, lodge

arrival on

kathmandu

departure from

kathmandu

trip level

Easy

max. altitude

4000m

Best season

Autumn, spring

trip highlights

  • Tibetan villages and Buddhist monasteries
  • Unique mineral landscape, Lori Gompa caves
  • 3 days at the Tiji Festival
  • An uncrowded region with geology that defies the imagination

trip introduction

A Tiji Festival trek in the Upper Mustang region of Nepal still remains authentic. lets thanks to its geographical location in true trekking in the Himalayas. with the bonus of the Tiji Festival is the perfect trip for your holiday. The history of the Mustang merges with Tibet. which was for centuries one of the kingdoms before attaching to Nepal. Our hike takes us to a maximum altitude of 4,100 meters. We discover fascinating mineral landscapes, tinged with ocher, brown, and red.

The Tiji festival celebrated for 3 days in Lo Manthang, the capital of Mustang. It is the most famous and most revered ceremony of Lo manthang. The party takes place in front of the fortified royal palace where still sits the royalty today. Legend has it that the inhabitants of Lo Manthang have been celebrating the Tiji festival since the 15th century.  For 3 days, the LO MONTHAN  comes alive with the rhythm of masked dances and traditional instruments.

Tiji Festival trek upper mustang Itinerary, The days before Tiji, the paths leading to the place of celebration filled with caravans and pilgrims come to celebrate the long-awaited festival. We spend three whole days in Lo Manthang for a festival, one of which is totally devoted to the magnificent hike to the Konchok Ling cave discovered in 2007. The return is via the caves of Tashi Kabum and Lori Gompa then the high passes. 

what is the best season to visit the upper mustang?

 

AUTUMN, During the months of October and November, the sky is normally a deep blue and the sun is often bright. Mountain views are mostly crystalline and daytime temperatures pleasant. SPRING, From March to May, the days are sunny and the temperatures increasingly mild. The view of the mountains worsens as the monsoon approaches. But it is also the time of flowering for the magnificent rhododendrons, especially in the Annapurna region and Manaslu region. SUMMER In June and July, the humid air masses of the Bay of Bengal collide and rise on the Himalayas. Moisture in the air cools and falls as rain — the monsoon. Its effects are uneven across Nepal, and some regions are less affected. The monsoon loses its intensity as it moves from the southeast to the northwest; north of the Annapurna in the areas of Manang, Naar, Phu, Dolpo, and Mustang the effect of the monsoon is minor. 

Itinerary

Arrival in Kathmandu. you are greeted at the airport by our team and then transferred to our hotel. Evening briefing from your guide.

approximately 15 hours of driving to the hotel
Final altitude: approximately 13,50 m
Meals:  dinner
Accommodation: night in the hotel

We reserve this day for sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley and to prepare for trekking. After having a warm breakfast, we will leave the hotel in a private vehicle with an experienced tour guide. We will visit several UNESCO-listed world heritage sites in Kathmandu valley and the famous sacred Hindu temple, the Pashupatinath temple, Swayambhunath stupa, and Boudhanath stupa. These places are famous to have inherited ancient religious practices, architecture, and culture.

Tour: full-day tour
Final altitude: approximately 13,50 m
Meals: breakfast 
Accommodation: night in the hotel

we Departure by vehicle for Pokhara. first, The road offers magnificent views of the Trisuli river valley, then we cross superb tropical landscapes, before reach to Pokhara. we will see the super view of the Annapurna massif and the Machhapuchhare. Free time in Pokhara

Transport: by private vehicle or group transport if less than 4 participants
Duration of transport: approximately 7 h
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: Overnight at the hotel

Early flight to Jomsom, the official capital of the mustang region, then we drive along the Kali Gandaki river to reach Kagbeni, the gate of Mustang, a small oasis of greenery, at the junction of the Jhong Khola and Kali Gandaki rivers. Free time and acclimatization in Kagbeni.

NB: flight not guaranteed and subject to the vagaries of weather conditions and places available. Since 2017, only Tara Airlines has operated these flights and this poses problems of seat availability. The flight can be replaced by a long driving day (8-10 hours) on an uncomfortable track.

Transport: by private vehicle and regular flight
Duration of transport: around 1 hour
Final altitude: around 2,810 m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: Overnight in lodge

We nearly approach the real Mustang, with its dry landscapes of great beauty. where the gusts of wind rush between Annapurna range and Dhaulagiri range and erodes the huge cliffs pierced by caves, and Discovery at the passage of the remains of the tower of Thangbe with its painted chortens. Always along the Kali Gandaki passage to the fortified village of Chusang (2980 m). last, after a small climb, we arrive at the village of Chele (3075 m).

Approximately 6hours  of walking
Final altitude: approximately 3,075 m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in the lodge

After leaving Chele and Kali Gandaki river, we climb to a small plateau by a deep canyon. The balcony trail overlooks the entire gorge and Passage Chele pass La (3600 m). The landscapes are absolutely grandiose and very beautiful views of the Damodar Himal range and the  Gyakar village  (3562 m). Then, we walk down the valley to the typical village of Samar (3600 m), and continuation by the ” Pilgrims’ Way and pass to Bhena La Pass (3830 m) to cross the  Bhena village. Then climb to the pass of Yamda La (3870 m). we visit the passage of the cave sacred and venerated by locals. then we Descent to the village of Shyangmochen (3800 m).  then, after the last pass, we descent  to the typical  Gheling village, which is dominated by two monasteries,

Approximately 6hours  of walking
Final altitude: approximately 3,560 m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in the lodge

we will visit  Gehling Monastery considered as the Gate of the  Lo monthlong. Rise of the valley and enter to the  Chunkar village (3750 m). by a steep, we climb to Nya La pass (3990 m) then to the Ghami La pass (3770 m). we Arrival in the Ghami village(3510 m), built-in a green setting. we  Crossing a grandiose desert valley surrounded by huge red cliffs lined with several stupas and walls of engraved stones (mani) and finally arrived at the village of Dhakmar (3800 m).

Approximately 6hours  of walking
Final altitude: approximately 3,800 m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in the lodge

Today we start with a climb between beautiful rock towers and After a pass, we arrive at the beautiful monastery of Lo Gekar (the pure virtue of Lo), which dates from the 11th century and houses beautiful paintings and sculptures. The peace that emanates from these places invites meditation or a small nap. then we pass two passes, one culminating at 4,070 m, before finally, we will seeing Lo Manthang and Namgyal monastery and the white ramparts surrounded by fields of wheat, mustard, and buckwheat, in which we enter only by the North-east.

Approximately 6hours  of walking
Final altitude: approximately 3,809 m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in the lodge

These 3 days are devoted to the discovery of the capital of the “Kingdom of Lo” (Mustang) and its surroundings. We discover monasteries and villages, in fabulous landscapes where the ruins of ancient fortresses remain. We also discover the Champa Lhakang Palace, where it is sometimes possible to ask an audience of the king of Mustang, Jigme Dorje Wangchuk. During the Tiji Festival, mornings will be devoted to visits and afternoons to monastic dances. The Festival of Tiji unfolds in front of the fortified royal palace where still sits the royalty today. Legend has it that the inhabitants of Lo Manthang have been celebrating the Tiji festival since the 15th century, when Lama Lowo Khenchen, one of the greatest teachers of Buddhist precepts and son of King Amgon Sangpo, reigned. For 3 days, the capital comes alive with the rhythm of masked dances and traditional instruments. The days before Tiji, the paths leading to the place of celebration fill with caravans and pilgrims, come to celebrate the long-awaited festival. The hike to the Mustang for this annual festival has even become a must-see trek for Himalayan lovers.

Approximately 5 hours  of walking 
Final altitude: approximately 3,809 m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in the lodge

Today, this morning we finish our visit to Lo Manthang, before leaving for Yara. We drive on the eastern flank of Kali Gandaki on trails as little known as traveled. The reason is simple: the rather difficult path crosses a very arid massif to the scattered villages. This path avoids a return trip and allows to be in the remote valleys of the kingdom of Lo. We start with a steep descent to Dhi, before reaching the village of Yara, after crossing many colorful canyons and spectacular landscapes.

Approximately 6 hours  of walking 
Final altitude: approximately 3,640 m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in the lodge

Today we hike to the foot of a troglodyte city seventeen stories high and arrived at Luri Gompa, a monastery dug into the fairy chimneys. Discovery of its 15th-century Buddhist frescoes and the magnificent “stupa”. Back to the village of Yara.

Approximately 6 hours  of walking 
Final altitude: approximately 3,640 m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in the lodge

In the morning, we start our trek that will be accompanied today by the Kali Gandaki River, to the village of Tangge, located along the Tangye Khola River. We progress on a plateau, the colorful landscape is beautiful, the views of the Dhaulagiri too. Descent to the river Disvhang Khola we cross a ford. Climb to a pass at 4000 m before descending to the village of Tangge.

Approximately 6 hours  of walking 
Final altitude: approximately 3,440 m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in the lodge

Today we leave for a long day of walking. We start with a long climb to the Mustang Pass at an altitude of 4,200 m, then a series of ascent and descent before a long descent into the screes and canyons. Beautiful path of ridges with many colorful cliffs.

Approximately 6 hours  of walking 
Final altitude: approximately 2,970 m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in the lodge

We Climb to Gyu La pass (4050 m), along a river crowned by high cliffs, then down to Muktinath (3810 m) crossing Buddhist shrines, temples, pagodas, and sacred springs where a natural gas flame burns! Great views of the peaks of Dhaulagiri (8167 m), Tilicho Peak (7134 m), and Nilgiri (7061m).

Approximately 9 hours  of walking 
Final altitude: approximately 3,760 m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in the lodge

Today, we reach Jomsom by avoiding the track and passing through a pass (magnificent view of the Dhaulagiri) and the village of Lupra, the only village of the pre-Buddhist Bon religion in the area. Continuation of the descent through the villages of Jharkot (3560 m), Lupra (3000 m), Ekle Bhatti (2740 m), Jomoson (2720 m).

Approximately 6 hours  of walking 
Final altitude: approximately 2,720 m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in the lodge

We reach Pokhara then Kathmandu by plane and free time in the capital.

NB: flight not guaranteed and subject to the vagaries of weather conditions and places available. Since 2017, only Tara Airlines has operated these flights and this poses problems of seat availability. The flight can be replaced by a long driving day (8-10 hours) on an uncomfortable track.

Transport: by private vehicle
Meals: breakfast – free lunch (not included) – free dinner (not included)
Accommodation: Night at the hotel

free time depending on the departure time of your flight and our representative will drop you at the airport, ending your journey in Nepal. We hope to be of service to you again. Thank you and safe travels.

approximately 20 minutes of drive
Final altitude: approximately 1,350 m
Meals: breakfast 

Best Time to Visit

WHEN TO GO NEPAL

 AUTUMN

During October and November, the sky is normally a deep blue, the sun often bright, and the view of the mountains mostly crystalline, the temperature during the day is rather pleasant. It is an excellent time for tourism and trekking, although temperatures can be cold, especially at night in the Everest region.

WINTER

Heavy snowfall sometimes makes several high-altitude passes impassable. Trekking is still possible, but at altitudes below 4000m because of the cold. The weather is very clear and the visibility of the mountains is excellent.

SPRING

From March to May, the days are sunny and the temperatures increasingly mild. The view of the mountains gets worse and worse as the monsoon approaches, but it is also the flowering period of the rhododendrons, absolutely magnificent, especially in the Annapurna region.

SUMMER

In June and July, the humid air masses of the Bay of Bengal collide with the Himalayan range. As they rise, they cool and condense to fall in the form of rain: it is the monsoon. Its effects are very uneven across the country. It gradually loses its intensity as it moves from the southeast to the northwest. Some regions are therefore less affected by the monsoon: the north of the Annapurna area (Manang, Naar, Phu), Dolpo, and Mustang. where else, the paths are sometimes slippery and often infested with leeches …

inclusion

what's included

  •  Domestic flights described in the program.
  • Accommodation as described in the paragraph “On-site organization”.
  • Meals as indicated in the “Day to day” program.
  • Dinner on the last evening in Kathmandu (except for drinks).
  • Supervision by an English-speaking Nepalese guide throughout the trip.
  • The assistance of a local team during the trekking (sirdar, porters, cooks).
  • The special permit for this region of Nepal.
  • Tims, ACAP permit

what's not included

The price does not include

  • Cancellation/interruption of stay/loss of luggage insurance and assistance.
  • All that is not indicated in the section “The price includes”.

 Your expenses on site

  • Visa fees on arrival.
  • Lunches and dinners in Kathmandu and Nepalganj
  • Any additional luggage on domestic flights.
  • The drinks.
  • Tips

TIPS

Tips are an integral part of the country’s culture. This gesture of thanks, which varies according to the itinerary and the duration, has become an obligation. A prize pool is created, given at the end of the trip to the members of the team.

However, it is important that the tip remains a gratuity, as our teams are also very well paid. We invite you to distribute tips only if the service has met your expectations and to reduce this sum if the services were not sufficient, explaining why in order to consolidate our educational work.

 

Accomodation & meal

ACCOMMODATION

In a standard category hotel (base: double room) in Kathmandu and Pokhara, during the rest of the trip in a tent (3-person tents for 2 people) or a lodge depending on the trip. The lodges in Nepal are very comfortable random. In general, conditions are quite good around the Annapurnas and the Everest region. On the other hand, in Mustang, in the Manaslu,  Tsum valley, and the region of Kangchanjung or Makalu, they can be very rudimentary to the point of being a dormitory sometimes even a kitchen. lodges can look like a refuge or sometimes a bed and breakfast from home. Most of the time it is a family house with double, triple, or dormitory rooms. Toilets and showers are always separate. It is essential to check that the water is not heated with wood, as this contributes to deforestation. Most of the time, the water is heated with solar energy.

SARIBUNG TREK: accommodation in tents in total autonomy, with sleeping material, Dinningtents with tables, table, and chair seats, kitchen tent, toilet tent. One foam mattress per participant is provided. Three-person “dome” type tents for two people

MEAL

In the cities, many restaurants allow us to discover the typical local cuisine. Meat is scarce in the high mountain, the Nepalese are generally vegetarians. The basic ingredients are rice, pasta, lentils, potatoes, vegetables. Snacks are included during the trek (cereal bars, dried fruits, etc.).

For camping trek accommodation: during the trek, breakfasts and evening meals are prepared by the kitchen team. They are taken under the mess tent. Depending on the profile of the stages (length of the day’s walk and/or presence of water), midday snacks will be served hot or cold in the form of picnics.

For tea house trek accommodation: meals are prepared by the cooks of the lodge and are taken in the dining room. Here is a typical one-day menu:

  • breakfast: eggs, toast or chapati, or Tibetan bread or pancakes, or pancakes, butter/jam, tea or coffee
  • lunch: the main course, tea or coffee.
  • dinner: soup, main course, fruit (fresh or canned), tea or coffee

NB: Hindus and Buddhists are most often vegetarians. We, therefore, eat very little meat or fish. The dishes are pasta, rice, potatoes, lentils, etc.

 DRINKS: during the trek, tea is served with meals (two cups of tea per meal). Additional cups of tea and other beverages, including mineral water, are the responsibility of the participants. You can fill your gourds with water in the lodges, but it is essential to treat them with purifying tablets. Avoid buying plastic bottles, which must then be recycled. You can buy already treated water (safe drinking water) in the villages, which limits the problem of bottles.

 

 

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