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Tiji Festival 2018

Lomanthang, Mid-Western Development Region, Nepal

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Tiji Festival, an annual ritual celebrate on shade of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Himalayan range called upper Mustang in center-north Nepal. The upper mustang region is culturally, linguistically and geographically relevant with Tibetan. A twelve-monthly occasion especially celebrated and take a part group of the Buddhist monks and aboriginal people called Lobhas.

International travelers allowed to visit forbidden kingdom from 1992 but Michel Peissel from France had mention in his travel book Mustang “A lost Tibetan kingdom”, he traveled to Upper-Mustang and witnessed elaborate festival in 1964. He said “The scenes I witnessed 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”. 3 day's monks chanting and dancing at back age Lamanthang village is the highlight of the Upper Mustang Tiji festival trek. 3 days ritual where monks will be dressed in a gold, blue, yellow and red brocade gown in which was plaited the image of Mera, the god of death with red and yellow head. The festival is usually marked “Teeji” is the condensed form of a term ‘Tempa chhirim’ which literally means prayer for peace in the world.

Three day's festival in fact, honors the triumph of Buddha’s personification in Dhorji Sonam over an evil spirit named Ma Tam Ru Ta, a Waxman eater. The devil also caused rainstorm and droughts to devastate people’s livestock as well as houses. The dance actually is in the form of play to perform- the birth of Dhorji sonam, the annoyance done by Ma Tam Ru Ta, and effort of Dhorji sonam to get victory over Dhorji sonam and it is organized by chhyode Gumba which is a monastery of sakya-pa cult situated in Lomanthang. The dance performed on the first day is called ‘Tsa Chham’ and ‘Nga Chham is the dance performed on the second day while, one of the monks among three monks has to reside in isolation during winter to enact the character of Dhorji sonam on the third day. The dance performed on the third day is known as ‘Rha Chham’. There is a strong belief that the village gets rid-off evil spirits via the performances.

There will be maximum monks from nearby monasteries including fours sect of Buddhism (Nyingmapa, Kagyupa, Sakyapa and Gelupa). Beyond the annually monk ceremony upper mustang is rich in natural source and ancient autochthonous cultural as well. As we do trek one village to another village visiting interesting places cave and monastery like Chhunsi Kangchung cave, Ghar Gompa, Chhusang valley, Konchog Ling Cave Red cliff in Dhakmar, Chhoser Cave, John cave and Nifu cave and natural hot spring. There are optional way to reach Lomanthang and watch the elaborate Himalayan festival. Our tailored made itinerary will be based on your interest and physically fitness. Thus can choose either by 4-8 hours up and down trekking each day or 5-6 hours jeep drive on off-road or bicycling in the mountainous territory.

2018 Tiji Festival celebrating on 12th-14th May:

Tiji Festival trek is combined journey of nature, culture and religious spot. Each year hundreds of international tourist dragged by charming Himalayan cultural. 470 international tourist and hundreds of local watched Tiji festival in 2017. Finally 2018 Tiji Festival date is published and 3 days ritual festival beginning from 12th May and ending on 14th May at Lomanthang, Upper Mustang. So book your enchanted festival trip with Musical Adventure Trekking on advanced.

Arrival location:

Tribhuvan International Airport Kathmandu

Departure Location:

Tribhuvan International Airport Kathmandu

Included in your experience:

International and Domestic airport pick-up and drop-off service

Accommodation in Kathmandu as per trek itineraries on bed and breakfast plan

Accommodation in Pokhara as per trek itineraries on bed and breakfast plan

All the required ground transportation as mention in the Itinerary

Trekking Permits (Immigration Permit and Annapurna Conservation Area Permits)

Experienced fluent English speaking licensed guide with salary, accommodation, food and Insurance

Experienced high altitude Porter with salary, accommodation, food and Insurance

Three meals a day during the trek (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner with hot drinks)

Seasonal fresh fruits where available

Musical Adventure Trekking complimentary trekking gears likely four seasonal sleeping bag, down Jacket,duffle bag etc (should be returned upon completing the trek),

Kathmandu-Pokhara-Kathmandu by tourist bus

Pokhara - Jomsom - Pokhara flight tickets together with guide

First aid medical kit, oximeters to check pulse, heart rate and oxygen percentage at higher altitude

Farewell dinner

Ground Transportation, Airport transfers, English Speaking Guide, Meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner)

Not included in your experience:

Lunch and dinner at Kathmandu and Pokhara (Breakfast Included)

Travel insurance which should cover any sort of rescues such as Helicopter or Horse

Kathmandu valley sightseeing and entrance fees, transportation and guide

Personal expenses battery charge, hot shower, phone calls, Internet, laundry etc

Gratitude (Tips) to guide and porter

Required Equipment:

Complete Equipment Packing List for Tiji Festival Trek

Tiji festival celebrate 5th month of year which mean end of spring season. Jomsom to Chailse will be bit hot despite windy on the valley. The temperature is quite warm and it will be 15 to 25 degree Celsius during the day and night-morning temperature is +5 degree Celsius. You do not need to make heavy pack for tiji festival trek please see the items listed below.


Day pack up to 50 litre

Down jacket

4 Seasons sleeping bag

Sleeping bag liner

Water bottle

Trekking pole


1 Pair liner gloves thin wool or synthetic

1 Elevation water proof wristwatch

1 Nail cutter

1Pair wind resist gloves

Upper Body – Head/Ears/Eyes

Sun head or Gulf cap

Sun glasses 100% UV protection with side shields and hard-sided storage in case

Headlamp or torch light with at least 1 pair of extra battery

Ear muffs

Sun Lotions/Sun cream

Main Body

1 Cotton t-shirts

1 Synthetic t-shirt

1 Long sleeve polyester or synthetic lightweight for sunny days

1 Soft shell jacket water & wind resist

1 Women swimming dress bathing in Hot spring

Inner cloths as required

Lower Body / Leg

1Piece nylon hiking short paints should have quick drying type not cotton

1 piece cotton paints (loose jeans/khakis)

1 piece soft shell pants – synthetic, full zip from top and bottom preferable

1Piece waterproof/windproof paint

1 Pair inner Thermal for day and night


3 Pair of trekking socks

1 Pairs woolen socks wearing on evening

1 Pair light sport or shoes sneaker

1 pair water proof Trekking boot

Medicines / First Aid

Ibuprofen for general aches and pains

Imodium or Pepto Bismo capsules for upset stomach or diarrhea

Diamox (commonly prescribed as Acetazolamide) 125 or 250mg tablets for altitude sickness. Please talk to with trek leader before taking medicine.

1Small personal sized first-aid kit with blister treatments such as mole skin, band aides

Anti-infection ointments, etc.

Your guides will have more extensive medical gear, but you should have the basics for general use.

* Rental equipment is availabel, see 'Additional activities' for details
    None Available for this package
  • Day1 - 2
    KATHMANDU ARRIVAL (1,350 m/4,428 Ft) Upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International, you will be received by Musical adventure trekking official representative with fresh garland. After pleasant meeting drive to hotel at Thamel. As soon as arrive at hotel room check in and then take your own time to explore around nearby attraction.
    Kathmandu Garden Home | Breakfast Included
  • Day2 - 3
    UPPER MUSTANG TREK PERMITS ISSUE DAY Musical Adventure Trekking will get your special permit of Mustang, it take at least half day to make it. You can have your own time, if you prefer to see some cultural and heritage site of Kathmandu, your guide will take you there. Like Bouddhanath stupa, the largest 9 storey Buddhist stupa in the valley with decorated by multi-color Tibetan flag. After that visit oldest Hindu temple, Pashupatinath where you can see death cremate in term of Hindu ritual and take a photos with holy man and Sadhus. Then we will have typical Nepalese lunch after that drive onward to Kathmandu durbar square, you will see home of living Hindu goddess, statue of Bhairav and monkey god Hanuman, big bell and Teleju temple. Basantapur is former royal palace, it has beautiful wood carving and sculpture in each corner of durbar square complex. Now walk out from north gate and take straight alley with looking colorful local market throughout Ason to Thamel.
    Kathmandu Garden Home | Breakfast Included
  • Day3 - 4
    8 HOUR DRIVE TO POKHARA (827 m/2,712 Ft) BY DELUXE BUS Your guide will come to pick you up at hotel around 6:20 am then short warm up walk to Kantipath bus station. The scenic bus begins 07:00 hours from here to Pokhara, more or less it takes 8 hrs. The scenery will be changed dramatically along the drive, first drive begins from dense population town with viewing color houses. Once drive cross Nagdunga (snake image stone) beautiful landscape with dotted village appear on the sloppy hill and panoramic Himalayas range see above the green countryside. After that journey meet with Trishuli and Marshyandi River, you can see people doing adventurous white rafting from your bus windows. As soon as arrive at Pokhara, if time allow voyage constant to Tibetan refugee camp, Gupteswor cave and boating at Phewa Lake.
    Hotel Sublime | Breakfast Included
  • Day4 - 5
    20 MINUTE FLIGHT TO JOMSOM THEN 4 HRS TREK TO kAGBENI (2,900 m/9,512 Ft) Usually Pokhara to Jomsom flight operate an early morning unless the weather turn worse. It is complete mountain flight in between Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Himalayan range, fiery sun ray make snow-capped peak more astounding. After landing at Jomsom airport, meet with support crew and escort to hotel and have delicious organic Himalayan breakfast. We make our trail across the Thakali village with crossing suspension bridge. Then we continuous our way wide bank of Kaligandaki River where we often found fossils with different images. A level trail offers widespread of arid setting with crest view of Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri and Tilicho peak. Before reaching to medieval Kagbeni village trek pass apple orchid and tea shop on ghost valley. The get way village of forbidden kingdom has beautiful shakya pa sect monastery where hundreds of young monk are practicing Buddhism. Better to visit monastery in evening or morning where you can witness to see puja. If time allow, you can do side trip to nearby tiri village go and fro takes 2 hrs. Entrance and exit of village has male and female phallic, local believed it is guard of village.
    New Annapurna Guesthouse | Breakfast Included
  • Day5 - 6
    6 HOUR TREK TO TSaAILE/CHAILE (3,100 m/10,168 Ft) We begin trek after hot and delicious breakfast at hotel, as soon as we leave, trek goes through midst of village and check restricted permits before leave village behind us. Now short ascend up present soaring peak and smoky Tibetan village with huge kaligandi valley. The flat trail lead on arid canyon with eyeing beautiful image of mound to small Tengbe. Trek drop down to bank of river then short walk bring us at Chhusang village, a small village separated by Tetang River. We stop here for lunch, now trek continuous north coastline of river with viewing colorful traditional grave, chorten and stupa with favorable local atmosphere. Cross steel bridge over Kaligandaki River where river throughout natural cliff tunnel on ravine. East side of canyon has huge cliff with 16 beautiful cave. The trail upward with climbing on pasture and terrace to Tsaile village, the chaile village located at tiny ridge, it offers amazing sunset on Thorong peak, Tilicho peak and Nilgiri himal.
    Mustang Gate Way Guesthouse | Breakfast Included
  • Day6 - 7
    7 HOUR TREK TO GHILING/GHELING (3,555 m/11,660 Ft) Today you will ascend 900m and descend 450m, our tiji journey begin after breakfast from guesthouse, the trail lead throughout village with ascending on shingle path on plateau and animal pasturing sloppy. As soon as we trek out plateau, the classical upper mustang trekking trail throughout middle of huge cut-off cliff. We keep climbing with looking enormous view of dry valley and desert landscape to Samare village. A small Tibetan style village with guesthouse and tea shop after tea break here trek drop-down to ditch then ascending up on sloppy hilly often pass oak tree to Bhena, often can see sheep and goat pasturing around here. The trail still climbing-up after lunch here to Chungi La summit, the pass presents astonishing view of barren grey-brown landscape with huge canyon and sky-high Himalayan range. Now onward our trip to visit beautiful natural cave of Guru Rinpoche, the native believe Guru Rinpoche had done meditation in the cave while making his way to Tibet in 8th century for preaching Buddhism. After visiting historical cave we resume trek and make tea break at Syangboche, short climb up bring us at a ridge, the colorful lungda and painted chhorten make crest more beautiful. Our level trail continuous on the plateau to Ghiling, often encounter Jackal, deer and fox. A small village with Tibetan cultural influence have some beautiful monastery and large old-era chhorten in middle of village.
    Hotel Ghiling | Breakfast Included
  • Day7 - 8
    6 HOUR TREK TO TSARANG (3,560 m/11,677 Ft) Today we do two passes with height of 4,000 m, we make our way after breakfast with gentle uphill through shrubs and grain-farm with viewing Annapurna range to main-stream trail of Upper Mustang. The main trail lead with ascending to Nyi-La pass above Nyi-La pass to Lo-manthang called center of Upper Mustang. The trail drop-descend at valley of Nyi-La and Chu-La to Ghami, we make lunch break at Ghami, short descend and cross the suspension bridge then gentle climbing trail goes aside of longest mani wall of Nepal. Our trail onward uphill to surpass of small crest then descend on the plateau to Tsarang village. We trek under the one of the grey and red painted stupa before reaching to old-age Charang village.
    Hotel Lumbini | Breakfast Included
  • Day8 - 9
    5 HOUR TREK TO LO-MANTHANG (3,850 m/12,631 Ft) After breakfast trek begins from Tsarang it is a more or less 4 to 5 hours trek from Tsarang to Lo-manthang, in the beginning classical trade trail cross through puzzling alley of ancient village to canyon. Then cross the river which follow descend from Ghar Gumba (house monastery), we slightly climb on gorge with looking Tsarang village and ravine to Tholung Lo-La. A summit offer best view of walled city of Nepal, the king live in midst of walled city with white and grey painted palace with 2472 feet peripheral long and 26 feet tall which was built in 1380 AD. The cluster mud housed village is surrounded by brown mound with cultivate trim images. Now we trek down from hilltop on arid plateau and then crossing stream at bottom. A gradual-up on grassy meadow bring us at accident village, the village used to be trade center between indo-Tibet salt trade. After lunch onward journey to Jhampa Lhakang monastery, huge image of future Buddha maître and gold water painted tantric mandala with outstanding enigma art. The 4th floor monastery has roof as well, the roof offers great view of plateau.
    Lotus Guesthouse | Breakfast Included
  • Day9 - 10
    INAUGURATION DAY OF TIJI FESTIVAL First day of Tiji Festival called “Tsa Chham” start early morning from Chhyoden Gompa then short walk to Thubchen monastery, ritual begins by group of monks on big hall. After that decorative costumes wearer monks make short walk to Gyalbo palace with permission of mustang king. Monk start colorful tiji festival around 2 pm on square of palace. While sitting on the ground you will be greeted by women’s groups in fabulous traditional attires and jewelry. Only monks from Chhyoden gompa is performer of the festival but all the four Buddhist sect come to watch the annual Himalayan ceremony.
    Lotus Guesthouse | Breakfast Included
  • Day10 - 11
    SECOND DAY OF TIJI FESTIVAL 2nd Day of Tenjee festival is one of the important ritual day along the three days festival, the courtyard will occupied by native and international visitor. The local colorful dressed-up with different old-style jewelry make the ceremony more vivid and worth it. Better to make your way to square as early as possible, there will be hives of people to observe cultural show. The fantastic Himalayan festival will continuous with performance of Buddhism monks on rhythm of Buddhist chant, the yellow and red hat wear monk with play cymbals, various dungchen, human thighbone flutes etc. whatever monks and native done, it means to chase away the evil spirit from the lost Buddhist kingdom.
    Lotus Guesthouse | Breakfast Included
  • Day11 - 12
    FINISHING DAY OF TIJI FESTIVAL Today is the final day of festival, Tiji ends with the ceremonial demolition of the evil remains, represented by some long black yak hair and red torma (barley cakes). The demons red remnants are set out on an old tiger skin, where-upon they are attacked by bow and arrow, slings, and the old guns. The poor devils remains are over- turned upon the ground, each time to a wild cannonade from the old muzzle-loaders and a wave of cheers and smoke.
    Lotus Guesthouse | Breakfast Included
  • Day12 - 13
    7 HOUR TREK TO DHAKMAR (3,800 m/12,467 Ft) From today we are turning back with taking upper highland way, the highlander route presenting dramatic views of Himalayan range and highland.The zigzag trail leading up on the sloppy meadow to tiny summit at height of 4,220 m. then gentle trail leading to Ghar Gomba. The legendary monastery set at 3845 m and believed to construct in 8th century by Padmasambhava before reaching Samye monastery in Tibet. One monk always here and even can prepare light meals and drink for visitors. Entrance of gompa has beautiful painting of different god images and big statue of Guru Ringpoche and other followers inside the Ghar Gompa. It cost 200 Rs to get inside the monastery even can see panoramic landscapes view from the old Ghar Gompa monastery. After spending some time at monastery trek descend to Dhakmar, huge red cliff will appear right side of the village.
    Buddha Lodge | Breakfast Included
  • Day13 - 14
    7 HOUR TREK TO CHAILE (3,100 m/10,168 Ft) Short descend to Ghami river after crossing suspension bridge ascend up and passing Ghami village then Nyi La Pass and descend to Jhaite and syangboche. Again descending Bhena, Samar then finally arrive at Tsaile
    Mustang Gateway Guesthouse | Breakfast Included
  • Day14 - 15
    7 HOUR TREK TO JOMSOM (2,800 m/9,186 Ft) From chaile gentle trek continuous along Kaligandaki river and passing villages Chhusang, Tangbe, Kagbenia and finally arrive at Jomsom.
    Hotel Tilicho | Breakfast Included
  • Day15 - 16
    20 MINUTE FLIGHT TO POKHARA THEN POKHARA SIGHTSEEING The short flight will bring us at Pokhara then you will do boating at Phewa lake, visit Gupteshwor Mahadev cave and Bat cave.
    Hotel Sublime | Breakfast Included
  • Day16 - 17
    8 HOUR DRIVE TO KATHMANDU BY DELUXE TOURIST BUS A 8 hours bus journey will will offers great view of Himalayas, landscapes, country side. The bus will make break on way for breakfast, lunch and toilet
    Kathmandu Garden Home | Breakfast Included
  • Day17
    Departure Here we come to the end of our memorable a Himalayan trip. We transferred to international airport according to your flight schedule then onward journey to home.
    No Accommodation | Breakfast Included
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Lomanthang, Mid-Western Development Region, Nepal

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