Eco Holiday Asia

Upper Mustang
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$93.00

Duration

15 days

Max People

10

Min Age

10

About This Tour

Embark on a captivating journey with Eco Holiday Asia to witness the mystical Tiji Festival in the enchanting Upper Mustang of Nepal. This unique trek offers a perfect blend of cultural immersion, breathtaking landscapes, and the vibrant Tiji Festival, celebrated annually by the Mustangi people.

As you trek through arid landscapes, ancient cave dwellings, and traditional villages, Eco Holiday Asia ensures a sustainable and responsible travel experience. Our carefully crafted itinerary leads you to the ancient walled city of Lo Manthang, where the Tiji Festival unfolds with its colorful ceremonies, traditional dances, and ancient rituals.

Our local guides provide insights into the rich cultural heritage of Upper Mustang, and our commitment to eco-friendly practices ensures that your journey leaves a positive impact on both the environment and local communities. Immerse yourself in the warmth of Mustangi hospitality, stay in traditional teahouses, and capture the essence of this extraordinary festival against the backdrop of the majestic Himalayas.

Experience the Tiji Festival Trekking with Eco Holiday Asia for an unforgettable adventure that combines cultural authenticity, responsible tourism, and the awe-inspiring beauty of the Himalayas.

Highlights

  • Witness the vibrant Tiji Festival, a three-day ancient ritual celebrated by the Mustangi people with colorful dances, rituals, and ceremonies.
  • Indulge in local Mustangi cuisine, experiencing traditional flavors and specialties.
  • Tiji Festival Trek is best undertaken during the spring season (April to June) for favorable weather and clear views.
  • Practice responsible tourism by respecting local customs, minimizing environmental impact, and supporting the local economy.
  • Capture breathtaking moments of the Tiji Festival, unique landscapes, and the ancient cultural heritage of Upper Mustang.
  • Tiji Festival Trek is considered moderate, suitable for trekkers with a basic level of fitness.

What’s Included

  • Special permits for Upper Mustang to attend the Tiji Festival are included.
  • Accommodations in teahouses along the trek are included, providing a comfortable and authentic experience.
  • Daily meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) are provided during the trek, offering a taste of local cuisine.
  • Knowledgeable local guides and porters are included to enhance your trekking experience and provide cultural insights.
  • Flights from Kathmandu to Jomsom and back, as well as ground transportation to the trek starting point, are typically included.
  • Participation in cultural activities, village tours, and festival-related events are part of the itinerary.
  • Emergency support and evacuation arrangements are included in case of unforeseen circumstances.
  • International Flights: Flights to and from Nepal are not typically included in the trek package.
  • Personal Expenses: Expenses for personal items, additional meals, snacks, and beverages beyond the provided meals are not included.
  • Trekking Gear: Personal trekking gear such as boots, jackets, and other equipment are not included but can be rented or purchased.
  • Tips and Gratuities: Tips for guides, porters, and other support staff are not included but are customary and appreciated.

Arrival in Kathmandu (28 April 2024)

  • Highlights:
    • Begin your Tiji Festival adventure with a warm welcome at Tribhuban International Airport.
    • Private transfer to the comfortable Hotel Shanker or equivalent for a relaxing stay.
  • Accommodation: Hotel Shanker or similar
  • Altitude: Kathmandu (Approx. 1,400m)
  • Meals: [B] (Breakfast)

Arrive in the bustling capital, where the blend of ancient traditions and vibrant energy sets the tone for your upcoming cultural exploration.

Kathmandu Cultural Tour and Permit Finalization (29 April 2024)

  • Highlights:
    • Immerse yourself in the rich cultural tapestry of Kathmandu with a private guided tour.
    • Dedicate the day to finalizing your permits for the Upper Mustang region.
  • Accommodation: Hotel in Kathmandu
  • Altitude: Kathmandu (Approx. 1,400m)
  • Meals: [B]

Explore the UNESCO World Heritage Sites, absorbing the historical and spiritual essence of the Kathmandu Valley.

Transfer to Pokhara (30 April 2024)

  • Highlights:
    • Choose between a scenic private vehicle transfer or a convenient flight to reach the enchanting city of Pokhara.
  • Accommodation: Hotel in Pokhara
  • Altitude: Pokhara (Approx. 820m)
  • Meals: [B]

Embark on a journey to Pokhara, a picturesque city nestled beside the serene Phewa Lake, offering breathtaking views of the Annapurna range.

Flight to Jomsom and Trek to Kagbeni (01 May 2024)

  • Highlights:
    • Experience an early morning flight to Jomsom, introducing you to the unique landscape of the region.
    • Begin your trek to Kagbeni along the Kaligandaki River, with visits to the Red Monastery and exploration of Kagbeni.
  • Accommodation: Shangri-la Hotel, Kagbeni
  • Altitude: Kagbeni (Approx. 2,810m)
  • Meals: [B, L, D]

Embark on your trek, tracing the ancient trade route along the riverbanks, and delve into the cultural richness of Kagbeni.

Kagbeni to Tsaile Village (02 May 2024)

  • Highlights:
    • Trek to Tsaile Village, marking the beginning of your journey into the restricted zone.
    • Pass through Tangbe, Tetang, and Chuksang villages, savoring the unique local culture.
  • Accommodation: Mustang Gate Guest House in Tsaile village
  • Altitude: Tsaile Village (Approx. 3,050m)
  • Meals: [B, L, D]

Enter the restricted zone, where the landscape transforms, and the traditional villages beckon with their timeless charm.

Tsaile Village to Shenmoche (03 May 2024)

  • Highlights:
    • Embark on a challenging trek towards Shenmoche village, encountering steep ascents and captivating views.
    • Pass through Samar, Vena Pass, and Gheling villages, absorbing the diverse landscapes.
  • Accommodation: Nilgiri view Hotel in Shenmoche
  • Altitude: Shenmoche (Approx. 3,400m)
  • Meals: [B, L, D]

Challenge yourself with a steep ascent while being rewarded with panoramic views and an authentic Himalayan trekking experience.

Shenmoche to Tsarang Village (04 May 2024)

  • Highlights:
    • Trek to Tsarang (Charang) village via Gheling, Nyi La, and Lo-Ghemi Village.
    • Enjoy an evening monk-guided village tour, exploring monasteries, the Old Palace, and the Museum.
  • Accommodation: Hotel Monalisa in Tsarang village
  • Altitude: Tsarang Village (Approx. 3,645m)
  • Meals: [B, L, D]

Enter Tsarang, one of the largest villages in Upper Mustang, where history unfolds in the form of ancient monasteries and architecture.

Tsarang to Lo-manthang and Tiji Festival Opening (05 May 2024)

  • Highlights:
    • Trek to Lo-manthang, a leisurely 3-hour walk offering beautiful Stupas and landscapes.
    • Participate in the opening ceremony of the Tiji Festival, commencing around 2 pm.
  • Accommodation: Lo-manthang guest House
  • Altitude: Lo-manthang (Approx. 3,800m)
  • Meals: [B, L, D]

Arrive at the walled city of Lo-manthang, where the vibrant Tiji Festival begins with an enchanting opening ceremony.

Pony Ride and Second Day of Tiji Festival (06 May 2024)

  • Highlights:
    • Enjoy a pony ride to Chosser Cave and monastery.
    • Immerse yourself in the festivities of the second day of the Tiji Festival.
  • Accommodation: Lo-manthang guest House
  • Altitude: Lo-manthang (Approx. 3,800m)
  • Meals: [B, L, D]

Explore the unique landscapes on a pony ride, adding a touch of adventure to your cultural experience.

Monastery Tour and Final Day of Festival (07 May 2024)

  • Highlights:
    • Embark on a monk-guided tour to four important monasteries within the walled city.
    • Explore rooftops for local views and visit the Royal Palace.
    • Participate in the final day of the Tiji Festival.
  • Accommodation: Lo-manthang guest House
  • Altitude: Lo-manthang (Approx. 3,800m)
  • Meals: [B, L, D]

Immerse yourself in the spiritual heritage with a monastery tour and conclude your Tiji Festival experience.

Trek to Ghemi Village (08 May 2024)

  • Highlights:
    • Trek back to Ghemi Village via Drakmar and Ghar Gompa.
  • Accommodation: Lo-Ghemi guest House
  • Altitude: Ghemi Village (Approx. 3,500m)
  • Meals: [B, L, D]

Embark on the return journey, retracing your steps through picturesque villages and serene landscapes.

Jeep Drive to Muktinath (09 May 2024)

  • Highlights:
    • Experience a 4WD Jeep drive to Muktinath village, a unique adventure.
  • Accommodation: Hotel in Muktinath
  • Altitude: Muktinath (Approx. 3,710m)
  • Meals: [B, L, D]

Transition from trekking to a thrilling Jeep adventure, offering a different perspective of the Mustang region.

Trek to Jomsom (10 May 2024)

  • Highlights:
    • Trek down to Jomsom via Jharkot village.
  • Accommodation: Hotel Majesty in Jomsom
  • Altitude: Jomsom (Approx. 2,743m)
  • Meals: [B, L, D]

Descend to the lower elevations, passing through charming villages and enjoying the changing scenery.

Flight Back to Pokhara/Kathmandu (11 May 2024)

  • Highlights:
    • Take an early morning flight to Pokhara, providing aerial views of the mountainous landscape.
    • Connection to Kathmandu or a scenic drive back.
    • Farewell dinner with a traditional cultural show.
  • Accommodation: Hotel in Kathmandu
  • Altitude: Kathmandu (Approx. 1,400m)
  • Meals: [B]

Conclude your trek with a scenic flight, a cultural evening, and reflections on the unforgettable Tiji Festival adventure.

Departure (12 May 2024)

Highlights:

  • Transfer to the airport as per your schedule.
  • Bid farewell to the Himalayas as your trip concludes.

Factsheet

Tiji Festival 2024 Fixed Departure

Fixed Departure for Tiji Festival 2024 Trekking

Complete program download here

Price Per Person

Upper Mustang Tiji Trekking:

  • Private: Fixed Departure from Kathmandu 22 May 2024 - US$2060
  • Group Joining: Fixed Departure from Kathmandu 22 May 2024 - US$1960

Upper Mustang Tiji Horse Riding Tour (18 Days):

4WD Tour (14 Days):

Upper Mustang 4WD Tour 9 Days:

Looking Only for permit Buddy for Upper Mustang?

  • Permit Join: Kindly send your interest on booking(@)ecoholidayasia.com
    • If you are looking for an Upper Mustang Permit buddy, you can join with us, and we will obtain the permit for you.

All Above Costs are based on a minimum of 2 persons. For Solo Trekkers, please write to us; we can arrange for you.


For booking inquiries and further details, please contact us at booking(@)ecoholidayasia.com or visit our contact page.

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Questions & Answers

Do I need a visa to enter Nepal?

Yes, most travelers require a visa to enter Nepal. You can obtain a visa on arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu or at border entry points.

What is the best time to visit Nepal?

The best time to visit Nepal is during the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons when the weather is generally favorable for trekking and touring.

What currency is used in Nepal?

The official currency of Nepal is the Nepalese Rupee (NPR). It’s advisable to carry local currency for transactions.

Is it safe to travel in Nepal?

Nepal is generally a safe destination for tourists. However, like any other destination, it’s essential to stay aware of your surroundings and take necessary precautions.

What trekking permits do I need in Nepal?

The permits required depend on the trekking region. The Annapurna and Langtang regions generally require the TIMS (Trekkers’ Information Management System) card, while restricted areas like Upper Mustang and Manaslu require special permits.

Can I use my credit card in Nepal?

While credit cards are accepted in major cities and tourist areas, it’s advisable to carry cash, especially in rural areas where card facilities may be limited.

Why is a special permit required for Upper Mustang trekking?

Upper Mustang is a restricted area, and special permits are required to preserve its cultural and environmental significance. The permits help control the number of visitors and protect the region’s unique heritage.

How do I obtain the special permits for Upper Mustang?

You can obtain the permits through a registered trekking agency in Nepal. Your agency will assist you in acquiring the necessary permits from the Department of Immigration in Kathmandu.

What is the best time for Upper Mustang trekking?

The best time for Upper Mustang trekking is during the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons when the weather is stable. The region is rain-shadowed, making it suitable for trekking during the monsoon season as well.

Is it possible to trek independently in Upper Mustang?

No, trekking independently in Upper Mustang is not allowed. You must hire a registered guide, and the trek must be organized through a licensed trekking agency.

What is the duration of the Upper Mustang trek?

The trek typically takes around 10 to 14 days, depending on the specific itinerary and starting point. The duration can be customized based on your preferences and acclimatization needs.

What is the level of difficulty for the Upper Mustang trek?

The Upper Mustang trek is considered a moderate trek. However, the high altitude and the duration of the trek may pose challenges. It’s recommended for trekkers with some prior trekking experience.

Are there teahouses and lodges in Upper Mustang?

Yes, there are teahouses and lodges along the Upper Mustang trekking route. Accommodations are basic, and it’s advisable to book in advance during peak trekking seasons.

What is the maximum altitude reached during the Upper Mustang trek?

The highest point of the trek is Lo Manthang, which stands at an altitude of approximately 3,840 meters (12,600 feet).

Are there any cultural considerations or restrictions in Upper Mustang?

Yes, visitors are expected to respect local customs and traditions. Certain monasteries and religious sites may have specific guidelines, and it’s important to follow them.

What is the transportation mode to reach the starting point of the Upper Mustang trek?

The trek usually begins with a flight from Pokhara to Jomsom, and from there, the trekking journey commences. Jomsom is accessible by both domestic flights and road transportation.

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