Mustang-Tiji Festival Trekking

Tiji Festival Trek 2025

The Tiji festival is an annual tradition celebrated in Nepal's Upper Mustang region. It combines myth and history and revolves around the legendary saga of "the chasing of the demons." The festival centers on Dorje Jono, a celestial deity who defeated demonic forces, bringing peace and prosperity to the land. The festival is a prayer for global peace and harmony, with the community offering incantations and supplications. The festival bridges the gap between myth and reality and honors the resilient spirit of the people who are bound together by tradition and faith. The festival's vibrant celebrations and solemn rituals reflect the timeless allure of Nepal's cultural heritage as well as the people's unwavering resilience.

The Tiji festival is a three-day celebration in Nepal that features dance routines called "Tsa Chham," "Nga Chham," and "Rha Chham." The festival begins with monks in resplendent attire reminiscing about the ancient traditions and spiritual heritage of the Mustang Kingdom. The festival's first day features the ethereal beauty of "Tsa Chham," a graceful choreography weaving intricate patterns against the backdrop of mountains and azure skies. The second day's "Nga Chham" evokes spiritual fervor, with dancers channeling divine energies. The final day's "Rha Chham" showcases the cosmic significance of the Mustang Kingdom. The festival is held in April or May, coinciding with the transition from the dry season to the monsoon rains. The festival, which the monks of the Sakyapa sect organized, represents spiritual fervor and cultural resiliency while showcasing Nepal's rich cultural heritage and close ties between its people and the environment.

The Tiji Festival Trek in Nepal's Upper Mustang provides an unforgettable adventure and cultural experience. The festival, which begins in the historic capital of Lo-Manthang, is a celebration of tradition and mystique. The trek leads trekkers through Mustang's rugged terrain, where they can discover hidden treasures and desert landscapes. Ancient monasteries, adorned with Buddhist monks, stand as silent sentinels, demonstrating centuries of spiritual devotion. The journey also captivates the soul with its colorful tapestry of culture and tradition. Travelers are enveloped in the warmth of local customs and the warmth of the Mustang people, forming bonds that cross languages and borders. The Tiji Festival Trek is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to dive into Mustang's rich heritage and discover new chapters in Nepal's history. The Tiji Festival Trek, scheduled for 2025, invites adventurers to embark on a once-in-a-lifetime journey where the Himalayas meet the allure of cultural exploration.

The Tiji Festival is an important cultural and religious event in the region, celebrating the Mustang Kingdom's ancient heritage. It is a vibrant celebration of Tibetan culture and spiritual devotion, with revered monks performing ritualistic dances and intricate gestures to invoke the divine. The festival goes beyond the earthly realm, transporting attendees into a world of myth and mysticism. The symbolic burning of effigies in the center of the festival represents the triumph of righteousness and the abolition of darkness. The festival also serves as a living testament to the community's resilience and fortitude, providing a beacon of hope in the face of adversity. It also highlights the rich heritage of Tibetan Buddhism, a spiritual tradition that has flourished in the Himalayas for centuries. The Tiji Festival is more than just a spectacle; it represents the essence of Tibetan culture and spirituality, and it serves as a reminder of faith's enduring power.

Tiji Festival Trek 2025 Highlights and Overviews


  • Tiji Festival Delight: Spend three days in Lo Manthang participating in the fascinating Tiji Festival, an age-old Tibetan custom. Watch as monks dressed in elaborate costumes perform traditional dances from the fifteenth century.
  • Ceremonial Masked Dances: Take in the captivating performances of the Tiji Festival, which include intricate masked dances. See the symbolic play out of the old myth of Tiji, which depicts the triumph of good over evil.
  • Historical Buddhist Monasteries: Take a tour of these ornately painted and historically significant Buddhist monasteries, like Lo Manthang. Talking with local monks will give you an understanding of the area's rich religious history.
  • Lo-Manthang Marvels: Discover the hidden kingdom of Lo-Manthang, a walled city from the Middle Ages with monasteries, caves, and vibrant Tibetan culture. Talk to the people to find out more about their customs.
  • Mustangi Architecture: Admire the distinctive architecture of Mustangi, which combines elements of Tibetan and Nepalese design. It features whitewashed houses and colorful window frames.
  • Make Nomadic Connections: Engage with hardy nomadic groups in the trans-Himalayan area to learn about their way of life, methods of herding, and difficulties amidst the harsh climate.
  • Scenic Beauty: Trek through the magnificent scenery of the Mustang region, which is made up of deep gorges, high desert plateaus, and charming villages. Breathtaking views of the Dhaulagiri and Annapurna mountain ranges await you.
  • Immersion in Culture and Spiritual Awakening: Feel the spirit of the Tiji Festival and establish a connection with the long-standing customs and ceremonies of the Mustang people. Learn more about Buddhism and how it affects people's day-to-day lives in the area.

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Trip Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu

Upon arrival in Kathmandu, you will be greeted by a representative from Manaslu Tours who will transfer you to your hotel. To start your journey on a high note, we will be hosted for a welcome dinner in the evening, featuring authentic Nepalese cuisine and a warm welcome drink.

Day 02: Full day City Tour in Kathmandu Valley

  • SWOYAMBHUNATH, also known as the monkey temple, is climbed by a long set of steps and has great views of Kathmandu.
  • BOUDHANATH STUPA has many traditional Gompas hung with strings of multicolored prayer flags; it attracts many Sherpas and Tibetans for the circumambulations of the stupa (koras)
  • PASHUPATINATH is a Hindu temple with burning Ghats on the banks of the Bagmati River.
  • KATHMANDU DURBAR SQUARE, which is one of the old capitals of the Kathmandu valley, has a blend of Hindu and Buddhist temples

Day 03: By Private Vehicle: Kathmandu to Pokhara (6hrs) and Transfer to Hotel in Pokhara.

Early in the morning, you will embark on a scenic 6-hour drive to Pokhara, a beautiful city in Nepal renowned for its picturesque mountain views, tranquil lakes, and exciting adventure activities. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel for check-in. In the evening, you can unwind and relax by either taking a boat ride on the Fewa Lake, where you can marvel at the breathtaking reflections of the Machhapuchhre and Annapurna mountain ranges on the tranquil waters. Overnight, you will be staying at a hotel in Pokhara.

Day 04: By Domestic Plane: Pokhara to Jomsom. Trek to Kagbeni (2800m, 3h).

You will take an approximately 20-minute flight to Jomsom (2720m), a beautiful town situated in the Kali Gandaki valley and the foothills of Nilgiri (7061m). Please note that flights to Jomsom may be subject to changes due to weather conditions. After landing, you will proceed to Kagbeni, a picturesque village renowned for its striking Tibetan architecture. Enjoy the beautiful scenery and unique atmosphere of the village upon arrival.

Day 05: Kagbeni to Chele (3075m, 7h).

We will ascend the Kali Gandaki valley, traversing through arid landscapes to reach Thangbe, a large fortified village adorned with painted Chortens and dominated by its ancient ruins. Continuing our journey, we will further climb this high desert valley, passing through towering cliffs eroded by wind and adorned with caves. Afterward, we will pass through the scenic village of Chusang (2980m), and follow the river to reach the village of Chele. The final climb towards the village of Chele promises to be a remarkable experience, offering picturesque views of the surrounding landscape.

Day 06: Chele to Syangboche (3800m, 7hrs).

We leave the Kali Gandaki River by climbing through a deep canyon until we reach Chele La (3600m), which offers a beautiful view of the village of Gyakar (3562m) dominated by its "rock Sphinx." We then descend slowly to the village of Samar (3660m) before ascending to the Bhen La pass (3830m), which provides a stunning view of the Damodhar Himal to the east. Continuing our journey, we climb to the Yamda La pass (3870m), descend to the village of Syangmochen (3800m), and after crossing one last pass, begin the long descent to the village of Gelling. This village is distinguished by its fort, palace, and two monasteries, which dominate the area.

Day 07: Syangboche to Dhakmar (3800m, 6hrs).

Continuing up the valley, we reach the village of Chungkhar (3750m) and its beautiful "Stupa". We then embark on a steep climb to the Nya La pass (3990m), and after crossing a second small pass, the Ghami pass (3770m), we arrive at Ghami (3510m), a charming village situated amidst a verdant oasis. Along the way, we pass a massive stone wall engraved with "mani" before entering another desert valley to the north, marked by stunning eroded cliffs. Our path leads us past several "stupas" before we finally reach the village of Dhakmar (3800m).

Day 08: Dhakmar to Tsarang (3,570m, 6hrs).

We ascend to the Mui La pass (4145m) and then descend to one of the oldest Tibetan monasteries in Nepal, the Ghar Gompa of the "Nyingma" sect (unreformed). The monastery, also known as the "Red School," is named after the color of the caps worn by its members. It was founded at the same time as the oldest Tibetan monastery, Samye. We marvel at the statues and frescoes before embarking on a long descent through the villages of Lo Gekar (home to an eleventh-century monastery) and Marang, finally arriving at Tsarang amidst fields of mustard, barley, or buckwheat. We visit Mustang's second city, where the palace and monastery are backed by a precipice.

Day 09: Tsarang to Lo-Manthang (3750m, 5hrs).

We will hike through the great valley to reach Tholung Lo La pass (3945m), adorned with tens of prayer flags, and offering spectacular views of the "capital" of Mustang and its surroundings. After a short descent to Lo-Manthang (3820m), we will spend the afternoon exploring the walled city through its maze of alleys. We will visit the main sites and monuments of Lo-Manthang, including the Jhampa Lhakang, which houses a massive Buddha statue and huge mandalas, and the monasteries of Thubchen Chodey. If the "Raja" is in residence, we may also have the opportunity to visit the Grand Palace.

Day 10: 1st Day of Tiji festival Celebration in LO-MANTHANG.

Today marks the beginning of the Tiji Festival, and we will spend the day observing the lively dances and celebrations. The major attractions of the festival are the horse racing and the giant tug-of-war. The vibrant atmosphere is enhanced by the colorful traditional clothing and jewelry worn by Tibetan women, as well as the robes of the monks and the elaborate costumes of the dancers. It is an unforgettable experience to witness such a vivid and vibrant celebration.

Day 11: 2nd Day Tiji festival Celebration in LO-MANTHANG.

We have the opportunity to witness a vibrant ceremony accompanied by an unusual dance performed by Tibetan lamas. This ritual is meant to drive away any hungry or evil spirits from the village, and we can expect to see a multitude of people from the region participating in this purification and renewal ceremony. After the ceremony, we can explore the charming alleyways and courtyards of the city or even rent a horse to visit some of the nearby villages.

Day 12: Last Day of the Tiji Festival celebration.

Today, we walked to Namgyal Gompa, a monastery situated on a hilltop. This important monastery serves as a local court for the community. After visiting the monastery, we continued our tour to Tingkhar, which is the last village to the northwest of Lomanthang. In the evening, we returned to Lomanthang to continue celebrating the Tiji festival.

Day 13: Lo Manthang to Yara (3580m, 6hrs).

We walked on dry ridges and then descended steeply to reach the river. We found ourselves in a narrow ravine before arriving at the village of Dhi (3400m), which is dominated by a beautiful, albeit ruined fort. After lunch, we crossed the Kali Gandaki River and continued through a gorge with immense, spectacular cliffs - a series of organ pipes pierced by a Nabatean city with seventeen floors. Finally, we reached the village of Yara (3400m) where we set up camp for the night.

Day 14: Excursion to Lori Gompa (4hrs).

We will hike to Lori Gompa, a monastery carved into the fairy chimneys, where we can view beautiful frescoes and visit the stunning "stupa." In the afternoon, we will rest at the camp.

Day 15: Yara to Tanggye (3320m, 7hrs).

After a long climb to a pass at 3,700m, we make a steep descent to the Dhi Khola river which we must cross. Though the scenery here may seem desert-like, there is always a grandiose sense of being in a world far removed from our daily lives. We then embark on a second ascent, reaching a pass at 3,900m before starting a gentle downhill descent. Although the initial descent is steep, we eventually reach the village of "Hidden" Tangye (3320m).

Day 16: Tanggye to Chhuksang (8hrs).

This is the longest and most beautiful day of the circuit! The stage is long due to the need to search for water along the way. We start with a long climb to a pass at 4100m, where we are treated to exceptional views of the Mustang region, set against a stunning red landscape that includes the Annapurna (8091m) and Dhaulagiri (8167m) peaks. After a short descent to Pa Ha, we pause for lunch. The terrain then slows us down with ridges, followed by a steeper but shorter descent that leads us to the villages of Chusang, where the houses tower high like fortresses.

Day 17: Chhuksang to Muktinath (3800m, 7hrs)

We began our journey by climbing through the gorge of a river, which led us to Gyu La (4050m). After reaching the top, we descended toward the village of Muktinath, where we witnessed the convergence of Hindu and Buddhist shrines. The pagoda temple of Vishnu and a sacred spring with a natural gas flame were particularly awe-inspiring. The breathtaking views of Dhaulagiri (8,167m, the 7th highest summit in the world), Nilgiri (7,061m), and Tilicho Peak (7,134m) added to the charm of the place. It's worth mentioning that the name Dhaulagiri comes from the Sanskrit words "Dhaula Giri," which means "White Mountain."

Day 18: Muktinath to Jomsom

Today, you will descend to the old fortified town of Jarkhot, a world of natural beauty with sculpted cliffs and cave dwellings. The trail continues on wilderness trails lined with groves of rosehips towards the village of Lupra, which is predominantly inhabited by the Thakali community and features a Bon monastery. The geological formations that you will witness on the way are truly spectacular. Along the way, children may offer to sell you black fossils called "Salligrams". Finally, you will arrive at the bustling village of Jomsom.

Day 19: By Domestic Plane: Jomsom to Pokhara. Transfer to Hotel in Pokhara.

Early in the morning, we will take a short picturesque flight to Pokhara. The stunning view of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountains, as well as the world's deepest gorge, Kali Gandaki, will leave you spellbound. After arriving, you can spend the day relaxing at the hotel or wander around Lake Side, enjoying the fascinating mountain panorama view and the charming nature. Don't miss the opportunity to explore various interesting places in the area, such as the Mahendra Cave, David's fall, and the various lakes that surround the city.

Day 20: By private vehicle: Pokhara to Kathmandu and transfer to Hotel in Kathmandu.

After a delightful breakfast in the beautiful lake city of Pokhara, we will begin our journey toward Kathmandu. The drive will take us through scenic routes with picturesque landscapes and cultural highlights. We will make a few stops along the way to admire the stunning views of the Himalayan range and experience the local way of life. Upon reaching Kathmandu, we will have the rest of the day off to rest, relax or explore the vibrant city on our own. You may want to consider visiting the local markets and indulging in some souvenir shopping or simply enjoying the fascinating cultural and historical heritage of the city.

Day 21: Free day in Kathmandu for self-shopping

Today, we have a free day to explore the vibrant city of Kathmandu on our own. You may want to spend the day indulging in some souvenir shopping, wandering around the colorful streets and bazaars, or enjoying the local cuisine. You could also visit some of the popular tourist attractions in the city, such as the Bhaktapur, or Patan which showcase Nepal's rich cultural and historical heritage. Alternatively, you could engage in other activities like hiking, biking, or adventure sports, or simply relax and rejuvenate in one of the city's many spas and wellness centers. Whatever you choose to do, make sure to soak up the unique sights, sounds, and flavors of this wonderful city.

Day 22: Transfer to Kathmandu International airport for departure

Today, we will transfer to Kathmandu International Airport for our departure. After enjoying a hearty breakfast at the hotel, we will gather our belongings and make our way to the airport. We will ensure that we reach the airport well in time to complete all the necessary formalities and board our flight. Before we bid adieu to this enchanting country, take one last look at the breathtaking views of the Himalayas and take a moment to appreciate the warm hospitality and kindness of the Nepalese people. This marks the end of our tour, and we hope you had a memorable and enjoyable time in Nepal.

Cost & Dates

Mustang Tiji Festival Trek 2025 cost on the website applies to groups of 6–12 people. However, private trips for groups of two or more can be organized upon request. A group booking of 12 or more people can avail of a maximum discount with one free trip. Clients' travel date preferences can be accommodated, but the trek cost depends on factors such as group size, duration, accommodation type, and additional activities or services.

  • Group Size: The cost of the trip will depend on the size of the group.
  • Hotel Accommodation Category and Client's Budget: The cost may also vary based on the accommodation category and budget preference of the client.
  • Itinerary Modification: Our trekking itinerary can be modified according to your time and requirements, and the cost will be adjusted accordingly.
  • Additional Services: If you require additional services, the cost will be adjusted accordingly based on mutual understanding.
  • Trekking Staff: The cost is also affected by the number of Trekking Guides, Assistant Guides, and extra porters required for the trip.
Please feel free to reach out to us with any questions or to book your trek.

Trip Dates Trip Cost Status Inquiry
15 May - 05 May 2025 USD USD 2,350.00 Per Person Available Inquiry

Cost Includes:

  • Airport pick up and drop services in private transportation before and after the trek.
  • 4 Nights 3-Star accommodation in Kathmandu at twin sharing a room on BB plan.
  • Full day city Cultural Tour in Kathmandu with City Tour Guide and all the entrance and monument fees.
  • Land Transportation: Kathmandu – Pokhara and Pokhara - Kathmandu on private transportation.
  • 4 Nights 3-Star accommodation in Kathmandu at twin sharing a room on BB plan.
  • Domestic plane tickets: Pohara – Jomsom and Jomsom – Pokhara.
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner during Mustang Trek.
  • Best available twin-sharing room for accommodation during the trek.
  • Experienced English-speaking, Assistant Guide for, a group of over 6 people and Porters (2:1) including their daily allowance, meal and accommodation.
  • Assisted by Porters with their lodging, food, and their salary, and insurance for all staff.
  • Accidental and medical insurance for Nepalese team.
  • Special permit of Mustang and Annapurna Conservation Are Project (ACAP) Entry Permit fee.
  • Necessary documentation, all government taxes, and agency service charge.

Trip FAQ

Q: What is the Mustang Tiji Festival 2024?

A: The Mustang Tiji Festival 2024 is a vibrant and colorful festival celebrated in Nepal’s ancient Kingdom of Mustang. The festival marks the victory of good over evil and is a three-day-long celebration that takes place in May.


Q: When is the Mustang Tiji Festival in 2024?

A: The Mustang Tiji Festival 2023 is expected to take place in May. Closer to the festival, the local authorities will confirm the exact dates.


Q: Where is the Mustang Tiji Festival 2024 held?

A: The Mustang Tiji Festival 2024 is held in the ancient walled city of Lo Manthang on May 5-7, 2024, located in Nepal’s remote Upper Mustang region.


Q: What happens during the Mustang Tiji Festival?

A: The Mustang Tiji Festival is a colorful and vibrant celebration that includes various cultural and religious events. The locals perform traditional ceremonies such as masked dances, music performances, horse races, and other events during the festival.


Q: How can I attend the Mustang Tiji Festival in 2024?

A: To attend the Mustang Tiji Festival 2024, you need to book a tour package with a licensed tour operator that includes transportation, accommodation, and other logistics. The tour operator will take care of all the arrangements for you to attend the festival.


Q: What is the cost of attending the Mustang Tiji Festival in 2024?

A: The cost of attending the Mustang Tiji Festival 2024 varies depending on the tour operator and the type of tour package you choose. However, the cost generally includes transportation, accommodation, meals, and other expenses associated with attending the festival.


Q: What is the weather like during the Mustang Tiji Festival 2024?

A: The weather during the Mustang Tiji Festival 2024 is generally mild and dry. However, temperatures can vary depending on the time of day and altitude. It is recommended to bring warm clothing and rain gear as the weather can be unpredictable.

Q: How difficult is the Mustang Trek?

A: The Upper Mustang Trek is considered to be of moderate difficulty, requiring a reasonable level of physical fitness and endurance. It involves traversing rugged terrain, steep ascents, and descents, as well as walking for extended periods of time. The trail often passes through rocky paths, narrow gorges, and high mountain passes, which can pose challenges to trekkers. Additionally, the region's high altitude adds another layer of difficulty, as the trek reaches heights above 4,000 meters (13,000 feet). Acclimatization to the altitude is crucial to minimizing the risk of altitude sickness. Despite these challenges, the Upper Mustang Trek offers breathtaking landscapes, unique cultural experiences, and the opportunity to explore ancient Buddhist monasteries and remote villages, making it a rewarding adventure for those seeking an unforgettable trekking experience.


Q: Do I need trekking permits for the Mustang Tiji Festival Trek?

A: Trekking in the Upper Mustang requires obtaining several permits due to its restricted and remote location. The permits that are typically required for the Upper Mustang Trek are as follows:

Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP): This permit is mandatory for all trekkers entering the Annapurna Conservation Area, which includes Upper Mustang. The ACAP aims to conserve the natural and cultural heritage of the region.

Restricted Area Permit: As the Upper Mustang is considered a restricted area, a special permit called the Restricted Area Permit (RAP) is required. The RAP is only valid for ten days and for a limited amount of US$500 per person, according to the Kathmandu Department of Immigration. US $50 per day if the trek is longer than 10 days (within the Upper Mustang area proper)

TIMS Card: The Trekker's Information Management System (TIMS) card is necessary for all trekkers in Nepal. There are two types of TIMS cards: one for independent trekkers and another for trekkers associated with a registered trekking agency. The TIMS card helps to ensure the safety and security of trekkers.

It is important to note that trekking permits and regulations are subject to change, and it is advisable to check with a reliable trekking agency or the Department of Immigration in Nepal for the most up-to-date information regarding permits and procedures. Additionally, it is recommended to hire a licensed trekking guide who can assist in obtaining the necessary permits and provide valuable support throughout the trek.

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