Tiji Festival Trek

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Tiji Festival Trek

The word Tiji derived from the word “Ten Che” it means the hope of Buddha religion prevailing in all words. The three day Tiji festival ritually known as “The Chasing of the Demons” based on mythological legends. During the festival, Tiji tells the story of immortal “Dorje Jono” who was responsible to fight against his devil father and saved the kingdom of Mustang – Lo Manthang.


The land Upper Mustang is very dry land and the Demon Father created critical situation by creating water shortage, which made very difficult situation to live. Legend assumes that, Dorje Jono used his supreme power against the devastating devil and banished him from that kingdom which was not possible by any other human beings. The festival celebrated in spring season, generally in the month of May, which is end of dry season. Michele Peissel was the first foreigner who observed Tiji festival in 1964.


The word Tiji derived from the word “Ten Che” it means the hope of Buddha religion prevailing in all words. The three day Tiji festival ritually known as “The Chasing of the Demons” based on mythological legends. During the festival, Tiji tells the story of immortal “Dorje Jono” who was responsible to fight against his devil father and saved the kingdom of Mustang – Lo Manthang.


Key features of Tiji Festival Trek

  • Visit the cultural heritage sites of Pashupatinath Temple, Swayambhunath, or Boudhanath on your free day in Kathmandu.
  • Board on a scenic flight to the commercial hub of Mustang, Jomsom from Pokhara and witness the Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, Annapurna peaks.
  • Get a chance to intermingle with the ethnic Tibetan Buddhists and Thakalis in the villages of Kagbeni, Chele, Tangbe, Chhusang, Syangboche, Tsarang, and Lo Manthang.
  • Cross the passes of Dajori La, Taklam La, Tamda La, Nyi La, Tsarang La, and Lo La throughout the trek in the Upper Mustang.
  • Visit the four prominent monasteries of Lo-Manthang; Jampa Lhakhang, Tubchen Gompa, Chode Gompa, and Choprang Gompa.
  • Witness the Tsa Chham, Nga Chham, and Tha Chham traditional dances in the Tiji festival, which depicts the three-part story of how Buddha’s reincarnation, Dorjee Sonam, got victory over an evil demon wreaking havoc over Mustang as per ancient mythology.
  • Interact with the local people and the villagers who have come from the neighboring villages to witness the Tiji festival celebrated to bring peace and prosperity to the world.
  • Get a chance to witness the display of the large thangka depicting ancient relics and guru Rimpoche, hung on the Royal Palace, and meet the monarch of the Upper Mustang during the festival.
  • Make a stop at the Ghar Gompa, between Lo Manthang and Dhakmar village, which links to the spiritual Leader Guru Rimpoche.
  • Enjoy boating or strolling at the Fewa Lake, the most popular tourist destination in the city of Lakes, Pokhara.


Day 01: Arrival and transfer to Hotel in Kathmandu

Upon arrival in Kathmandu Airport, our airport representative will welcome you and give you short info about Kathmandu and directly drive to the Hotel. Overnight at the hotel.


Day 02: Sightseeing for a full day in Kathmandu Valley.

World heritage sites like Kathmandu Durbar Square, Swayambhu Nath, Boudha Nath, Pasupati Nath, etc. Preparation for the trekking.


Day 03: Kathmandu – Pokhara 975m. drive 6hrs.

Transfer to Pokhara by tourist bus through beautiful sights. The rest of the day is yours to enjoy either doing last minute shopping for the trek or packing your kitty bag for the trek.


Day 04: Pokhara – Jomsom 2720m. - Kagbeni 2900m. trek 3-4 hrs.

Fly to Jomsom and gentle walk to Kagnebi, the checkpoint of entry to Upper Mustang. The Kaligandaki valley here is called the Thakkhola, after the native Thakalis, who are distantly related to the Tibetans.


Day 05: Kagbeni – Chele 3050m trek 6 hrs

After special permit check up and entry registration at the check post, the trail goes onwards following the riverbank of Kaligandaki up stream through some of the scenic picturesque place and sandy / windy trails to reach Chele village. Over Night stay at lodge.


Day 06: Chele - Syanboche 3470m. trek 7 hrs

The trail ascends to Taklam La Pass (3,624m) through plateaus and narrow stretches with views of Tilicho Peak, Yakawa Kang, Nilgiri and Damodar Danda then descends further to Syanboche. Over Night stay at lodge.


Day 07: Syanboche - Ghami 3515m. trek 6 hrs

The trail ascends to the Yamda La (3,850m.) through local villages and chortens. After Nyi Pass (4,010m) the trail descends to the Ghaymi village. Over Night stay at lodge.


Day 08: Ghami - Charang 3510m. trek 5 hrs

The trail climbs up to the plateau beside a long Mani wall crossing the ghaymi khola and reach Charang. Over night stay at lodge.


Day 09: Charang - Lo-Mangthang 3740m. trek 6 hrs

The trail descends to Tsarang Chu then climbs steeply after crossing the river windy pass of Lo, from where you can see the magnificent Lo-Mangthang Valley with its hills on the Tibetan Border. Over night stay at lodge.


Day 10: First Day of Tiji Festival at Lo-Mangthang

Attend the Tiji effectively a spring renewal festival in the courtyard gathered a crowd of Lamas, locals and tourists.


Day 11: Second Day of Tiji Festival at Lo-Mangthang.


Day 12: Last Day of Tiji Festival at Lo-Mangthang

If you wish, may attend a last day of Tiji Festival or make a great loop walk through the unique villages and Gompas around Lo Manthang.


Day 13: Lo-Mangthang - Drakmar 3810m. trek 6-7 hrs

Trek to Drakmar via Gyakar with more than 1200 years old Ghar Gompa with Guru Rinpoche as the primary figure. Over night stay at lodge.


Day 14: Drakmar – Ghiling 3806m trek 5-6 hrs

Trek from Dhakmar to Ghiling. Over night stay at lodge.


Day 15: Ghiling – Chhuksang 3050m trek 5-6 hrs

Trek from Ghiling to Chhuksang. Over night stay at lodge.


Day 16: Chhuksang – Jomsom 2700m trek 6-7 hrs

The trail descends to kagbeni and further to Jomsom following the kaligandaki river. Over night stay at lodge.


Day 17: Jomsom to Pokhara

Fly back from Jomsom-Pokhara. Rest of the day is free for own activities.


Day 18: Drive to Kathmandu

Morning; drive back by tourist bus through the lowland scenic countryside and arrive in Kathmandu afternoon. Enjoy farewell dinner with live cultural program at one of typical Nepalese restaurant hosted by the company. Over night at hotel.


Day 19: Departure (Farewell)

Today is the end of your trek. You will be dropped at the International airport 3 hours before your flight time by our representative. We hope you had a great time with us. Thank you, and have a safe journey.



Note: This itinerary is meant only as a guideline and is subject to change to suit the local conditions. Walking hours are based on an average walking pace and may change as per individual pace.

Free airport transfer on arrival and departures by private vehicles.

4 Nights hotel in Kathmandu with bed and breakfast basis.

2 Nights hotel in Pokhara with bed and breakfast basis.

All necessary paper works and conservation entry permits.

12 days valid Special Trekking Permit from Kagbeni to Kagbeni.

more than 12 days in restricted area, you are subjected to extra charge for extra days (US$ 50 per day / per person).

Annapurna conservation fee

Pokhara – Jomsom – Pokhara flight fare.

Kathmandu – Pokhara – Kathmandu by Flight OR Bus

Meals on a full-board basis (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner/ the main course) during the trek in the mountain.

Trekking lodges (Tea House) throughout the trek.

Adventure High Mountain experienced, government-licensed, English-speaking trekking guide.

Compressive first aid box (Guide will carry it throughout the trek).

All salary, food, drinks, accommodation, transport, and insurance for the guide.

All government, Local taxes, and official Expenses.

Kathmandu Sightseeing by Private Car/Van/Bus.

Farewell Dinner at a typical Nepalese restaurant with traditional music and dance.

International airfare.

Nepal entry visa and airport fees.

Personal equipment and clothing.

Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, room service, extra hotel nights, extra meals, shopping, hot shower, hot and cold drinks, alcohols, snacks, water, Wi-Fi, battery re-charge, heater charge, etc.)

Personal porter.

Alcoholic and bottled beverages.

Travel insurance with trip cancellation, medical and evacuation policy.

All expenses associated with non-scheduled departure.

Guide Gratuity - Tip­ping is always a per­son­al choice, but is greatly appreciated by your guides.

The following booking terms and conditions represent the contract between the customer and Adventure High Mountain. Adventure High Mountain is a government registered tour and trek company based in Kathmandu, Nepal, established with an aim to provide quality travel services.


At the time of booking, you are expected to read all the terms and conditions carefully. The booking confirmation will be given, thinking that you have read all the terms and conditions entitled by the core values of this company. After the booking process, you are completely obliged by the conditions mentioned below.

These booking conditions are only applied to the bookings you have made with this company.


The following terms and conditions apply, however the circumstances and regulations, contractual obligations to suppliers and affairs related to locations, and product type may slightly vary depending upon the situation.


Payment Schedule

$700 deposit at time of registration, which includes a $300 non-refundable registration fee.

Balance due 60 days prior to departure.

Payment must be paid in full prior to the beginning of the trek.


Payment Procedure:



Account Number : 13201100003230

Swift Code: NIBLNPKT

Bank Address: Thamel, Saraswati Sadan - 29, Kathmandu Nepal.


We strongly recommend the purchase of travel cancellation insurance to protect you from the unexpected. You aren’t likely to think of it now, but people do get ill, break a bone, have a family emergency or get assigned to a last minute business trip. If you are in remote areas, please note that emergency rescue & evacuation can be very expensive.


We also strongly urge you to consider rescue and evacuation insurance if your own policy does not provide the coverage need­ed. Services available may include, but are not limited to, helicopter evacuation, medical care, etc.


If you choose not to purchase insurance, you assume full responsibility.

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