Trip Overview

Mustang Tiji Festival Trek is a beautiful journey into the most enchanted land of Nepal. The ancient kingdom of Upper Mustang is truly a magical Himalayan desert hidden behind the soaring peaks of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri. Tiji Festival Trek is an unforgettable excursion witnessing the annual most significant festival celebration for the people of Lo. This three days Tiji Celebration is basically organized at the courtyard of the Royal Palace of Mustang, in the heart of Lo-Manthang, the capital of Upper Mustang.

What is the true rationale behind the celebration of the Tiji Festival? actually has various interpretations - 

  • It is to celebrate the victory of good over evil. 
  • Prayer for the beginning of the new year with abundance and to adieu of the previous year. 
  • Celebration brings harmony and new hope and drives off all negative energies.
  • A ritual for the well-being of the people and to dispel all the evil spirits and harmful components of Mustang.

However, whatever the interpretation of this three-day Tiji carnival may speak of, but the very lively celebration with all the colors and monk-mask dance is so fascinating that it's worth perceiving. 


  • Drive to the beautiful Lake City of Pokhara, the second home of the tourists, through a narrow roadway with its picturesque view of mountains, gorges, rustic settlements, and farming terraces. 
  • Being at Pokhara (820m), the second biggest city is the land of exceptional beauty that triggers excitement despite its 7 hours drive. 
  • The beautiful Phewa Lake and the magnificence of the Himalayas mounting at the backdrop create an atmosphere of peace and delight. 
  • Flying in a small plane to Jomsom airport 2720m is simply phenomenal.
  • Walking on the ancient trail along the Kali Gandaki gorge that dates back to 80 million years old with the stunning barren, untouched landscape. 
  • Being at the ancient town of Kagbeni is more than anything else.
  • With the dramatic backdrop of snow-white Nilgiri, you enter the land of ammonites.
  • Enchanting walk with the dramatic setting of the landscape through the wind-eroded hills you witness thousands of natural caves now used for varied purposes.
  • The colorful landscapes, very primeval house architecture, and smiling people are simply unique.
  • Being at Tsarang, the land of Chortens is remarkable.
  • The 14th-century walled city of Lo Manthang holds loads of history and legends.
  • The 2000-year-old cave of Chhosar gives you the history of prehistoric human settlements.
  • Witnessing the Tiji Festival is another quest to comprehend the culture of Mustang with all the colorful dancing and playing of instruments.  
  • Ghar Gompa, the first-ever monastery build by Padmasambhava around the 8th century is mesmerizing, and a visit to this monastery is once a lifetime opportunity. 



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While trekking in the region of Upper Mustang, the fabled ancient Kingdom for the Tiji Festival, there is a certain amount of fee established by the committee as an entrance fee to enjoy the ceremony which is charged per day or consecutive 3 days. The fee varies every year, which is always fluctuating and cannot be known beforehand. Travelers are to shoulder the cost of all entrance fees (minimal) while visiting any of the ancient monasteries, ancient palaces, the designated Sky Caves, and while witnessing the Tiji Festival. Travelers are also to bear the cost of any transportation facility used such as jeep or horses for any of the distant side excursion.

Your trekking Group leader will be at Kathmandu international airport to receive and you then transfer you to the hotel. A pick-up facility is provided and it's certainly very exciting to drive along our lively highway which is chaotic but very interesting. In case if you arrive early prior to your trek schedule it will provide you with ample time to explore the lively town of Thamel and around Kathmandu.

Soon Trek briefing and equipment distribution event will be organized where your leader delivers a briefing over essential matters regarding your trek. After the briefing, you will be directed to the most authentic Royal Nepali Traditional Restaurant for the welcome dinner and it’s an appropriate moment to break the silence and get to know each other.

  • Accommodation 3 Star Hotel
  • Meals Welcome Dinner

As we are taking a private vehicle, we can set the departure time as per our convenience. However it is better to start earlier as the traffic condition is better in the morning as well as the weather. The drive is approximately 6 Hrs in a private vehicle including the stops for tea and lunch. Pokhara the most beautiful city and Nepal's second-largest lake city is simply phenomenal. As we leave the capital city, our bus follows the winding road over the valley rim and descends onto the valley where the Trishuli River follows The journey is slow and steady as the road winds through villages passing terraces fields and we soon catch glimpses of the high eye-catching mountain ranges of Ganesh, Manaslu, and Annapurna. Normally, we arrive at Pokhara by mid-afternoon so you have time to explore this pretty lake city. You can even hire a boat to visit the Island of Barahi temple and get some great photos from the middle of Phewa Lake. We will stay at the hotel at Pokhara.

  • Accommodation 3 Star Hotel
  • Meals Breakfast
  • Time 7 Hours

Since Jomsom flight takes off really early in the morning owing to the high winds in the deep valley of Kali-Gandaki. Since the wind in Jomsom picks up very early in the morning the flights start taking off when the aviation finds a better window for flying opportunity. Eventually, the 20 minutes spectacular flight gets us to Jomsom, the Windy Valley of Mustang, and the district headquarters. This short flight takes you through the world's deepest Kali Gandaki Gorge with the magnificent view of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri. The Nilgiri range dominates the entire valley. After a short break, we head out to Kagbeni. The walk to Kagbeni is 4 hours through the ancient salt trade route. You would be amazed to see the stretch of Kali-Gandaki riverbed where we occasionally walk. It’s an effortless first-day trek to the ancient town of Kagbeni, we will get there by lunch. After lunch, we will explore the ancient town that holds ample history and legends.  

  • Accommodation Local Lodge
  • Meals B/L/D
  • Time 20 minutes / 4 Hours

Today we enter the restricted area of Upper Mustang. As we leave Kagbeni, to the end of the town we come to the Check Post where we are to complete our permit formalities with few necessary registrations. We take the roadway to the arid Tibet like region; many have related Upper Mustang to the Grand Canyon. Don’t miss to look back to observe Kagbeni that stands like the ancient medieval town aptly situated at the base of the glaring Nilgiri Mountain that dominates the entire valley. This delightful walk through the dry, sandy region with amazing scenes around leads us to the huge plateau of Apple Orchard. We walk the undulating trail to the old village of Tangbe for lunch. Do not expect too much as the Mustang started tea-house trekking just a few years back. After lunch, we walk further to the beautiful village of Chhusang. From Chhusang we walk the riverbed trail and cross Kali Gandaki and ascent short steep trail to Chele, a small ancient town where we stay overnight. It is remarkable to observe wind eroded hills and sky caves along the way.  

  • Accommodation Tea-house
  • Meals B/L/D
  • Time 5 - 6 Hours
Leaving the old structured village of Chele we start with a gradual ascent. Soon we ascend through the delightful hill cut trail in of these marvelous sunbaked canyons. As you walk up this interesting trail, do not miss to look back at the deep open valleys that hide beneath the soaring peaks of Annapurna, Nilgiri, and Tilicho. Today's walk is through the undulating trails with infrequent steep climb and downhills. From Samar going over the Bhena-La pass, we get to the very small Lunch stop of Bhena. Bhena being a place with a solitary lodge, it may take a while to organize your lunch so be prepared to relax and enjoy the region of Mustang. It is surprising to witness ample jeeps lining up at Bhena either for lunch stop of for a short break. As we continue further, it’s quite remarkable to see the Sky Caves high up in these dry but amazing canyons. These caves hold a lot of history and mystery. We climb up to a small pass and descend all the way down to Syanboche (Shyanbochen), a small settlement deep into the valley but has a theatrical setting.
  • Accommodation Basic Tea-House
  • Meals B/L/D
  • Time 6 - 7 Hours

From Syanboche we climb gently to a small Syanboche pass of 3800m/12,467ft. We stop for a Kodak moment here as this tiny pass delivers a marvelous panoramic mountain view and the expansion of Mustang valleys. As we descend down the view of the prosperous village of Ghiling is on sight. The village in the dryland with Willow trees and vegetation of color contrast makes it more like a mirage. During May, June, or October any villages in the Upper Mustang region appear very dramatic with varied colors. It gives the idea of some very celebrated modern art painted in the hub of nature with passion. We descend further down and explore the most stunning and very cultured village of Ghiling. Visiting the Monastery at the high up ridge, which is very ancient and has legends, it is indeed very fascinating. Gradually we walk up Jhaite for Lunch. After lunch we ascend to the pass of Nyi-La – from the pass as you look back you see the south still being lighted up by soaring peaks of Nilgiri, Tilicho, and Annapurna. After the Pass, we further descend to another mirage of Ghami. Explore the village in the afternoon. 

  • Accommodation Local Tea-House
  • Meals B/L/D
  • Time 5- 6 Hours

 After breakfast, leaving Ghami we walk downhill to cross a bridge at Naktang Khola (river) and a short climb leads u to the Longest Mani (prayer) wall of Mustang. To your left is the high range of Red Cliff – both Mani wall and the Red Cliff gives you the mythical fight between the monster and Guru Padmasambhava (Guru Rinpoche) (750-810 AD), the founder of Tibetan Buddhism who created a fusion of Buddhism with the original Shamanistic religion of Tibet called Bon. We walk and effortless trail and eventually leads us to the most fascinating village of Tsarang (Charang), the land of Ancient Chorents - a Buddhist shrine, typically a saint's tomb or a monument to the Buddha. After lunch, we will explore the maze-like Tsarang its Monastery, their heritage, and the first-ever built palace of Tsarang that dates back to the 15th century.

  • Accommodation Local Lodge
  • Meals B/L/D
  • Time 4 - 5 Hours
Much like yesterday today is a short walk too. After breakfast, we walk to the end of the village and descend to cross the Tsarang Khola (river). We make a short ascend and then walk the wide jeep-able trail that gradually leads u to an enormous gorgeous Solitary ancient Chorten – the Stupa right in the middle of the trail. It's indeed very thrilling to stop by to take a break and some pictures. Finally, we get to the ridge of the pass, Lo-La 3950m, from where the view of Lo Monthang, ‘The Capital city’ of Mustang looks incredibly stunning. The fabled walled city of Lo appears very dramatic in an extensive colorful valley, it definitely looks like a paradise. After lunch, we will explore the palace area and witness the opening ceremony in the late afternoon.

The entrance fee may apply as per the organizer's rules and regulations.

  • Accommodation Local Lodge
  • Meals B/L/D
  • Time 4 - 5 Hours

Tiji Ceremony is usually in the late afternoon or evening time, depending on the time schedule provided by the Monastery. Accordingly, we hire a jeep for an exceptional excursion to the valley of Choser to visit the 2500 years old Jhong Sky Cave with 44 compartments and 14th Century Nyphu Cave monastery built into the canyon. Both the cave and the monastery have a beautiful legend that will be explained by your group leader. After lunch back at the hotel in Lo-Manthang, we will have a free afternoon. In addition, around evening time we will get back to the palace to witness the 2nd day of the Tiji Ceremony

  • Accommodation Local Lodge
  • Meals B/L/D

Today your group leader will walk you inside the palace area to visit the 3 most spiritual and historical monasteries of Lo-Manthang. These are the heritage of the Lo that dates back to the same time as the Royal Palace (14th century) – due to snow and not proper roofing the paintings inside the monastery has been partly washed for which a lot of restoration is going one. In today’s excursion, we will visit Dragkar-Thegchen Ling Gompa, Chode Gompa, Jampa Monastery, and the Monastic Museum. These monasteries hold beautiful paintings that are valuable and gives you the history, culture, and craftsmanship. After lunch, we have a free afternoon and soon we will witness the closing ceremony of the Tiji Festival.

  • Accommodation Local Lodge
  • Meals B/L/D

We wave goodbye to the most enchanting Lo-Manthang and take a different, less trodden valley of the Nomads. As the name suggests “The Valley of the Nomads” you will see ample tents, shades, and livestock of the nomads who migrated from Tibet during the China invasion of Tibet. This Nomad valley delivers you the phenomenal view and the walk is interestingly incredible. There is a short but steep ascent until the ridge before Ghar Gumba (monastery), the 8th Century monastery built by the Indian saint Guru Padmasambhava (Guru Rinpoche). This ridge delivers you the most stunning view. After the ridge, we descend steeply from Chogo-La Pass - 4280m to Ghar Gumba - 3950m, the first-ever built Oldest Tibetan Buddhism Monastery in the world. Your staff will organize a quick lunch in the monastery. By the time your lunch is organized, you can visit the oldest Tibetan Buddhism monastery. We continue with a different valley and climb over a pass and walk to the Red Cliffed Dhakmar descending from high above the canyons and eroded hills. we walk further to the village of Ghami – we will most probably stay at the same lodge.

  • Accommodation Local Tea-House
  • Meals B/L/D
  • Time 7 - 8 Hours

We retrace our trail back via Syanboche and stay overnight in a different village of Samar. Samar is a hill high above Chele, our first overnight stay in the restricted area of Upper Mustang.

  • Accommodation Local Tea House
  • Meals B/L/D
  • Time 6 - 7 Hours

We start early today to catch our bus to Jomsom. Leaving Samar we steeply descend to Chele and further descend to Kali Gandaki river where we cross the bridge and walk to Chhusang. From Chhusang we will take the bus to Jomsom. This drive depends on the availability of transportation. Enjoy the ride and the views. 

Being it the last night its time to have fun followed by dancing, singing, and Tipping your Staff. 

  • Accommodation Local Tea-House
  • Meals B/L/D
  • Time 3 Hours Trek 2 Hours Drive

An early wake-up call will be set - we will take the earliest flight from Jomsom to Pokhara. This 18 minutes flight cruises through the Kali Gandaki, the Deepest Gorge of the world that delivers you the most stunning view of Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, and the awesome valley. Being at Pokhara, The Lake City is another highlight of this trip. At Pokhara, you can do various activities like boat ride, paragliding, bungee jumping, ultralight aircraft, etc. Your Group Leader will assist you over organizing any of these activities. 

  • Accommodation 3 Star Hotel
  • Meals Breakfast
  • Time 20 Minutes

We will take the short but very scenic flight back to Kathmandu. We Normally book the flight around 10 AM so that we are back in Kathmandu for lunch. The remainder of the day is at leisure.

  • Accommodation 3 Star Hotel
  • Meals Breakfast
  • Time 30 minutes

As per your flight schedule transportation will be provided and your Group leader will accompany you. The reporting time is 3 hours prior to your flight. 

  • Meals Breakfast
  • Time 25 minutes
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Trip inclusion

  • National park entry fees, conservation fees, trekking permit, TIMS permit.
  • Mustang special permit.
  • Airport pickups and drops facility on both Domestic and International flights.
  • Three-star twin bed sharing hotel Accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara on Bed / Breakfast basis.
  • Welcome dinner in a typical traditional Nepali restaurant.
  • All Government and Local tax.
  • Flight Kathmandu/Pokhara and Pokhara/Kathmandu
  • Flight Pokhara/Jomsom and Jomsom/Pokhara.
  • All Standard Meals (B/L/D) along with choice of hot beverage During the Trek.
  • Boiled or Filtered Water for drinking during the trek.
  • Fundamental trekking gears like a sleeping bag, down jacket fleece liner, etc.
  • Tea-house accommodation on twin sharing basis during the trek.
  • An accomplished trekking Group Leader and assistant guides.
  • Oxygen cylinders and an all-inclusive medical kit on all trips.
  • Take away Himalayan Dynasty duffel bag, and trekking Map.
  • All ground Staff, their allowances, and insurance.
  • The fee levied on a Nepali visa.
  • International flight fares.
  • Meals in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
  • Cold Drinks, Alcoholic Beverages, Bottled Water, Chocolate Bars, Snacks etc.
  • All entrance fees in Lo Manthang eg. monasteries or museum and Jeep/Horse used for side excursions.
  • A medical examination or emergency rescues.
  • Donations and Entry Fee to Monasteries, Temples, Museums, Schools etc.
  • Staff Tipping.
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu OR in Pokhara on early arrival or late departure.
  • Travel or medical insurance.
  • Optional tours and sightseeing or any activities during free time.
  • Other personal expenses – laundry, battery charges, shower, Wifi etc.

Useful Information


All of our treks in Nepal start with at least one day in Kathmandu. On arrival, you should proceed through Customs / Immigration.  Once you have passed through Immigration please collect your baggage and proceed through the exit point where you will meet HIMALAYAN DYNASTY representative with the company’s’ CLIP / SIGN BOARD to welcome and transfer you to the designated hotel in Kathmandu.

The hotel accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara will be on a twin bed sharing room in a 3-star hotel on bed and breakfast basis. Trek briefing will be organized in Kathmandu by your Group leader making sure all of the trekkers have proper gears and are prepared for their long-awaited adventure holiday. Should you have any queries feel free to ask your group leader or the hotel reception who are always pleased to assist you. Single supplements would be provided as per the requirement on a trivial additional cost. The evening will be highlighted by a traditional Royal Nepali food in a typical Nepal restaurant which would be a perfect event to get along with your group and break the silence. 

Since we don’t consider drinking water straight from the tap to be safe, we request you to use boiled water or the mineral water provided in your rooms. 


Since Nepal has only been open to the outside world since 1951 and despite in the midst of great social transformation, Nepal still thrives as a very spiritual and conventional country. Though Nepali people consider foreigners as special guest yet they are expected to respect and respond to the Nepalese customs, social norms, and beliefs sensitively. Nudity and presenting of an intimate relationship are totally unacceptable. Typically, they greet with a ‘Namaste’ "Nah-mah-stay", it’s a gesture of greeting which is performed by placing our hands together to our heart and slightly bow our head. Namaste literally means "I bow to the divine in you".

Respect holy places – preserve what you have come to see, never touch or remove religious objects. When entering any Nepalese home, temples, and monasteries, always remove your shoes. When taking photographs, respect privacy – ask for permission and use restraint. Many Hindu temples may not be open to non-Hindus. Always ask permission before entering.

While giving or taking anything Nepalese use two hands which is a symbol of respect rather than doing it with just one hand. However, offering things to the begging children is highly discouraged because it only encourages begging. If you would like to donate to any school or charity organization, your group leader will always be there to guide you to do it in an appropriate method.


As for exchanging the foreign currency, you can either do it from the Banks or from any of the registered Money Exchange counters that we have in the Thamel area. However, we don’t persuade carrying too much cash due to the high probability of it being lost or stolen. Withdrawing money from the ATM is very preferable though the cash you receive from the ATM is always Nepali Rupees. ATMs can be the most convenient way to get at your money, again the downside is - they are not always a good value. There might be a certain amount of transaction fees you may have to face when using an ATM in Nepal.

There are normally no exchange facilities on the trek so your trek leader will be giving you necessary guidelines as to how much approximately you are to carry. 


The equivalent of USD15 per day per trekker is generally sufficient for personal expenses like Shower, Battery Charging, Ocassional Laundry and Drinks. We recommend you to carry about USD 300 additional as Emergency backup.  The amount required in Kathmandu and Pokhara for meals, short exploration and transport would normally be covered by about US$ 40 per day. Shopping will vary greatly from person to person.


While in Kathmandu and Pokhara please do not leave your room unlocked. If you are out on a short stroll or on any appointments, make sure to accommodate and secure your valuables – that can either be in your locked luggage or hotel safety deposit box. 

Before we depart for our incredible adventure your leader will organize a safety store facility for your left luggage and the safety deposit box for your valuables that you wish to leave behind. However, please follow the hotel safety guideline over the loss of key to your deposit box.  While trekking never leave your valuables unattained. It’s always safe to carry them on your daypack. Make sure to lock your Tea-House rooms while going out even if it’s for a short time period.  In case of loss or theft please report it to the nearest police check post where you need to obtain a written report. In any such situation, your group leader would be the best person to talk to.  


20 Kilograms / 40 Pounds is the weight limitation for your Annapurna Trekking that includes your overall baggage weight (daypack and your luggage). You may bring more than specified extra luggage which can always be left behind at the Hotel safety store in Kathmandu or Pokhara. However, it doesn’t sincerely require to be an exact figure, 1 or 2 Kg extras per person wouldn’t make a much difference. Significantly, the porter luggage weight limitation is 30 kg / 66 pounds as one porter will be dealing with 2 duffel bags. So it’s always best to minimize your weight limitations. However, regarding what you need to bring carry with you is given in detail at our Trip Information page.


Driving from Kathmandu to Pokhara is one of the most remarkable experiences that you would perform while doing Annapurna treks with us in Nepal. We Normally start after breakfast around 8:00 in the morning from your hotel.You Group leader along will be accompanying on this sensational drive to the most beautiful lake city of Pokhara. Unlike Local or Public buses in Nepal, we will have the privillage of going with our own pace andstopping at desired places. The Drive is around 6 hours through beautiful countryside and we will take tea breaks and lunch breaks in the local restaurants along the way.


Accommodation on Upper Mustang Trek Trekking area is essentially in the tea-house that will be basic on twin bed sharing room with common toilets. Rooms with attached toilets and the single supplement will be provided depending on the availability as not all destinations in the Annapurna region offer a single supplement due to the limitation of tea-houses over the restrictions and obligations of National park rules and regulations.


In Kathmandu breakfast is included beside the welcome dinner in a Typical Nepali restaurant that would serve Traditional Royal Food. In the Mustang region, you have the option to choose your breakfast, lunch, and dinner with hot beverages from the menu that has multiple selections. However, your leader would recommend food variation depending on the availability as much as possible that is good for your health in the mountains, nutritious, plentiful, and tasty. In our entire trip, we will eat all the meals in the local Tea-houses including our lunch and our staff will make sure that your food is prepared with hygiene. We can also cater for specific dietary needs if you advise in advance besides our delicious mixture of Nepalese, Indian, Chinese, and continental food. 


For Drinking, Himalayan Dynasty will provide you Boiled or Filtered water. The refilling will be done every morning at breakfast and every evening at dinner time. If you have about two waterbottles, it is generally enough. You may carry more if you feel like you need more. For environmental concern, we discourage our clients to use disposable plastic mineral water bottles on any of our adventure trips to Nepal. 


Tipping is an entirely personal matter. - It is also an indication of your satisfaction with the service delivered by our local trekking crew. As they work really hard to make your holiday the most memorable one, tipping is more like a token of gratitude of saying THANK YOU to your local crew. As a guideline average tipping is around 10% of your trip cost per trekker. Many people also like to donate various items of equipment to the porters and trek staff who would very warmly receive these items. Your Group Leader will make arrangements for a fair distribution of your gratitude and the used items (possibly by raffle) amongst the trek crew. We recommend you to make separate tipping for your trekking Group Leader.