- Duration 16 Nights / 17 Days.
- Indian Price Call Us
- Best Time Any
- Difficulty Level Moderate
|Region||Himalayan Ranges in Nepal|
|Tour Activity Type:||Group Adventure|
|Group Size:||Not Described|
|Duration:||16 Nights / 17 Days.|
|Best time to travel||Not Described|
|Approx Trekking Km||Not Described|
|Trip Begins and Ends at||Kathmandu/Kathmandu|
|Maximum Altitude Gain||3,890 meters / 12,762 feet|
|Type of Accommodation||Tent/Guest House|
The Tiji festival trek in Upper Mustang or the Lo region of Nepal is a great way to witness the authentic Tibetan Culture, traditions, and practices. Upper Mustang is a remote Himalayan region located on the northern side of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri and greatly demonstrates the art and culture of the Tibetans. The journey takes the trekkers through the old and beautiful Monasteries, Palaces, and remains o the Forts. The best time to be in this region is during the beautiful Tiji festival. A three-day affair with great celebrations, vibrant colors, magnificent setting, and traditional “Masked” dancers is a great way to witness the Festive side of Nepal.
While there are numerous ways through which one can enjoy the blissful experience, trekking is the most loved of all. Trekking to high mountains through deep valleys and gorges, rivers, forests, and rural villages lets you experience thrill and adventure at its very best. The strenuous walks reward you with the most amazing views to cherish forever.
Tiji festival trek in Upper Mustang region of Nepal takes leaves you with an experience that is going to be etched in your heart and soul forever. The Upper Mustang region is also called ‘Lo’, situated in the remote Himalayan province close to Tibet. The culture, lifestyle, religious practices, and the people reflect upon a close resemblance to Tibetan villages. The trek lets you enjoy the famous Tiji festival which is running since the 15th century. It also lets you have an insight into the lifestyle of the locals in the region and offers you with bewildering views of vivid landscapes, Annapurna range, and Dhaulagiri. Enjoy the 16 days itinerary through the popular religious destination of Nepal.
What does it include
- Airport pick-up and drop-offs to the international terminal.
- Domestic airport transfers.
- All meals during the trek (Vegetarian).
- Accommodation in Kathmandu (2 nights).
- Local transports.
- Accommodation during the trekking period.
- Domestic return flights (If applicable).
- Certified guide.
- Trek completion certificate by Nepal Govt.
- Porter service (2 trekkers: 1 porter).
- The porter will carry only one luggage per person.
- All necessary permits.
- Staff costs including their salary, insurance, equipment, domestic airfare, food, and accommodation.
- Medical kit (carried by your trek leader)
Please Note: For single trekker we provide porter cum guide.
What it does not include?
- Travel expenses to reach and return from Kathmandu.
- Drinking water throughout the trip.
- Soft-drinks / Beverages / Alcohols / Snacks / Chocolates Etc.
- Additional accommodation and food expenses if trek gets delayed due to weather, flight cancellation, health or any other reason.
- Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc.)
- Nepalese visa fee. (For Non-Indian and Non-Nepali customers)
- Health Insurance, Personal Insurance, and other travel insurance.
- Expenses for evacuation and rescue operations due to natural calamity, mishaps, injury or any health problem.
- Tips for guide(s), porter(s).
Items to bring with you
- Trekking Bag.
- UV Protected Sun Glasses.
- Best Quality Hiking Shoes (Preferably Water Proof).
- Trekking Poles.
- Crocs Shoes/sandal.
- Water disinfection Drops / Tablets.
- Knapsack / Backpack / Rucksack.
- Good jacket to protect from cold.
- Sleeping Bag.
- Thermals – Top and Bottom.
- Poncho (for rain).
- Knee Cap 1 Pair.
- 1 quick drying towel.
- Sunblocks (SPF 50 and above) and Lip Salve with Sunblocks.
- Toilet Paper.
- Wet-Tissue Papers/ Baby Wipes.
- Headlamp, Torch with spare batteries.
- Trekking Socks.
- Gaiters for hiking in winter.
- Basic First Aid Kit.
- 2 lightweight trekking pants.
- 3 lightweight trekking T-Shirt.
- 4 pairs trekking socks.
- Dry Fruits and Chocolates.
- Small, basic first aid kit(a cough and/or cold medicine, headache pills etc.).
Day 1: Arrival at Kathmandu
The capital of the country, Kathmandu will be your first stop on the long journey. Kathmandu is a paradise where nature’s beauty congregates rich culture and heritage. Enjoy the UNESCO World Heritage sights like the Monkey temple, the Hindu temple, and the Buddhist Shrine. Stroll the market areas of Kathmandu, enjoy the vivid colors of the city, the exotic views in the background, and the warm heart locals. Kathmandu is an ideal place to mingle with the Nepalese culture and the best place to try the finest and most authentic Nepalese cuisines. Make your day a happening one in the capital, spend the night in Kathmandu.
Day 2: Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara.
Pokhara is also called the ‘Lake City’ owing to the vast and beautiful lakes in the region. Today you will be enjoying an 8 hours drive to Pokhara on the mountain roads through terraced farmlands, small villages, and exhilarating views of the vivid landscapes all around.
Spend the day in Pokhara strolling on the lake shores of the vast and calm lake. The calmness of the lakes injects a sense of optimism in your heart and raises your spirits to the highest. You can also enjoy a sumptuous boating in the lake. Spend the night in Pokhara.
Day 3: Drive from Pokhara to Jomsom
From Pokhara, today you will be traveling to the busy area of Jomsom. Jomsom is well populated with people of different ethnicity and you can enjoy your day strolling in the marketplaces of the region. Enjoy the drive from Pokhara through the mountainous landscapes and twisting roads to finally reach Jomsom, spend the night in Jomsom.
Day 4: Jomsom to Kagbeni (2,800 meters/9,186 feet).
The walking journey starts today with Kagbeni as your first destination from Jomsom. The trek today will take around 4 hours to reach Kagbeni village. The walk runs on an easy trail, and you will get to enjoy the walk through the Rhododendron and pine forests with the vivid landscapes always in your sight to finally reach the village of Kagbeni where you will be staying the night.
Day 5: Kagbeni (2,800 meters/9,186 feet) to Chele (3,060 meters/10,039 feet).
As you head out for today’s journey, you will be entering the Upper Mustang region instantly. To enter this region you need to acquire a special permit that grants you the permission to enter. Follow the trail along the eastern banks of the Kaligandaki river that climbs on a number of ridges and head towards the Tangbe village in the north direction. The trail further from Tangbe leaves the Kaligandaki valley and climbs up steeply to reach the Chele village. Stay the night in Chele.
Day 6: Chele (3,060 meters/10,039 feet) to Syangbochen (3,500 meters/11,482 feet).
The first part of the trail runs to a pass at 3540m on a steep, rocky, and treeless terrain. From here the trail descends gradually through the stupas on ridges by a pleasant walk to reach Samar. Follow the trail from here to cross a stream and rising uphill to a ridge before finally walking on a descending trail to reach Synagbochen village. Spend the night here.
Day 7: Syangbochen (3,500 meters/11,482 feet) to Charang (3,620 meters/11,876 feet).
The trail to Charang village will be an adventurous walk as you will have to cross a couple of passes to reach your destination. Along with your walk, you will get the chance to amaze at the incredible red Gompa and the five-story white Dzonga. Explore the Gompa, the beautiful statues and Thankas inside the Gompa, and the beautiful paintings of Buddha. Enjoy the walk to Charang and spend the night there.
Day 8: Charang (3,620 meters/11,876 feet) to Lo Manthang (3,890 meters/12,762 feet).
Today you will be traveling to the city of Lo in the upper Mustang region. Lo Manthang is completely surrounded by Mani walls on all sides and it is a really amazing place to be in. Follow the trail from Charang to cross a stream on your way and finally reach the plateau of Lo Manthang. Enjoy a quaint night in the beautiful Lo village.
Day 9, 10, and 11: Enjoy Tiji festival at Lo Manthang.
You have reached the destination you have set out for, Lo Manthang and the Tiji Festival. Spend days exploring the beautiful town rich in culture and heritage. The town has several attractions and special places that you will be visiting. The primary attractions in Lo Manthang are the Red Thugchen Gompa, the tall Champa Lakhang, Chyodi Gompa, and the entrance hall to the palace. You can also spend the time visiting the Phuwa, Kimling, and the Gompa of Nangyals.
The Gompa of Nangyals is a relatively new monastery and it is also called as the ‘monastery of victory’. Travel in the eastern direction to experience the rich culture of the region in the Chosar, Garphu, and Nyphu Gompa. The days in here will be spent in great fun, enjoy the vivid colors of the festival, the traditional dances, the beautiful rituals and sink in the true religious practices of the locals of the region. You should also spend your 3 days in here blending with the locals and learning more and more about their life.
Day 12: Lo Manthang (3,890 meters/12,762 feet) to Ghami (3,490 meters/11,450 feet).
After the 3 days stay in Lo Manthang today you will be traveling to Ghami through the Lo- Gekar Gompa. Start the day on a long rocky terrain and follow the descend to reach one of the oldest Gompa of the country, Lo Gekar Gompa. The Lo – Gekar is even older than the famous Samye Gompa in Tibet. The walk from here is on a descending trail through village sand Mani walls to Dhakmar before finally reaching Ghami. Spen the night in Ghami.
Day 13: Ghami (3,490 meters/11,450 feet) to Chhusang village (2,920 meters/9,580 feet).
From today you will be retracing your steps back towards the completion of the trek. Walk on the trail through the Nyi La to reach the Chhusang village where you will be spending the night.
Day 14: to Chhusang village (2,920 meters/9,580 feet) to Jomsom
The trail today is long and today you will be traveling back to Jomsom and put an end to the walking journey. Spend the day exploring the city and spending time with locals of the Sherpa culture. Spend the night in Jomsom.
Day 15: Jomsom to Pokhara
Today you will be enjoying a journey on wheels back to Pokhara. Pokhara is an ideal place to put an end to the journey. Spend the remaining day in the city of vast lakes and enjoy the night filled with prosperity and serenity in the beautiful Pokhara.
Day 16: Pokhara to Kathmandu
The journey comes to an end as you finally follow the road to reach back to the capital, Kathmandu. The time in Kathmandu will remind you of the amazing journey you have just completed. Spend the day strolling the marketplaces and doing souvenir shopping for your loved ones back home. Enjoy the final night in Kathmandu.
Day 17: Final departureIt is time for you to travel back home and resume your daily chores.
Cherish the beautiful memories of the incredible trek you have experienced. Plan your next trip in the adventurous country of Nepal for yet another thrilling experience.