Expedition Overview

Facts of the trip

  • Destination
  • Arrival On
    25 April 2024
  • Departure From
    Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Accommodation
    2/3 * hotel hotels in Kathmandu and Pokhara, and teahouses during the trek
  • Meals
    Breakfast in Kathmandu and Pokhara, all meals in trekking
  • Best Time
    April - Mayy
  • Transportation
    Private Car / Domestic Flight

The Mustang Tiji Festival Trek offers a unique opportunity to delve into the rich cultural tapestry of Upper Mustang, a region that remained hidden from foreign visitors until 1992. Situated in the rugged terrain of the Tibetan plateau, this remote area boasts breathtaking landscapes and a deeply ingrained cultural heritage. The trek leads travelers to Lo Manthang, the ancient seat of the Mustang Kingdom dating back to the 15th century, where the traditional lifestyle of Bhotias and Lobas, the inhabitants of Upper Mustang and Lo respectively, thrives amid the stark beauty of the high-altitude desert.

At the heart of the Mustang Tiji Festival lies the vibrant celebration known as “The Chasing of the Demons,” a three-day ritual held annually in late winter or early spring. This festival is a re-enactment of the Tiji myth, a tale of the deity Dorje Jono’s battle against his demon father to safeguard Mustang from devastation. The narrative unfolds against the backdrop of Mustang’s arid landscape, where water scarcity poses a grave threat to life. Through mesmerizing ceremonies and colorful pageantry, Tiji symbolizes the triumph of good over evil and serves as a prayer for world peace, known as “Tempa Chhirim” in the local dialect.

For adventurous travelers seeking a glimpse into Mustang’s mystical past and vibrant present, the Tiji Festival Trek offers an immersive cultural experience like no other. From witnessing age-old rituals to exploring the labyrinthine streets of Lo Manthang’s walled city, every moment of the journey resonates with the essence of Mustang’s enduring spirit. As participants join organized groups to traverse this remote terrain, they embark on a transformative odyssey filled with awe-inspiring landscapes, profound encounters, and a profound appreciation for the resilience of Mustang’s people and their timeless traditions.

Here are some highlights of Mustang Tiji Festival Trek in Nepal:

1. Kathmandu Valley Exploration: Begin your journey by exploring the centuries-old heritage sites of the Kathmandu Valley, including ancient temples, palaces, and monasteries that reflect Nepal’s rich cultural and religious history.

2. Tiji Festival Immersion: Immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere of the Tiji Festival, a traditional Tibetan Buddhist event celebrated in the remote Mustang region. Witness colorful masked dances, rituals, and ceremonies that depict the victory of good over evil and bring blessings for the well-being of the community.

3. Cultural Interaction: Experience a taste of mini Tibet as you interact with the friendly Tibetan people, gaining insights into their unique culture, traditions, and way of life. Explore ancient cave dwellings that once served as homes for monks and hermits, providing a glimpse into the region’s fascinating history.

4. Picturesque Landscapes: Journey through picturesque areas adorned with magnificent barren landscapes, towering cliffs, and surreal rock formations. Explore ancient caves, century-old monasteries, and various archaeological sites that offer glimpses into the region’s rich heritage and spiritual significance.

5. Himalayan Panorama: Marvel at breathtaking Himalayan views as you traverse through the region’s pristine wilderness. From snow-capped peaks to rolling hillsides, the panoramic vistas offer a sense of awe and wonder, providing ample opportunities for photography and reflection.

6. Pilgrimage to Muktinath: Pay homage to Muktinath, a sacred pilgrimage site revered by both Hindus and Buddhists. Situated at the foot of the Thorong La mountain pass, Muktinath is believed to be a place of liberation and spiritual enlightenment, drawing pilgrims from far and wide.

7. Journey through Kaligandaki Gorge: Embark on a scenic journey through the Kaligandaki Gorge, the world’s deepest gorge that cuts through the heart of the Himalayas. Traverse rugged terrain, cross suspension bridges, and marvel at the raw beauty of the landscape as you make your way through this natural wonder.

Overall, the Mustang Tiji Festival Trek in 2024 offers a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to immerse yourself in the rich cultural heritage, stunning natural beauty, and spiritual essence of Nepal’s Mustang region.


Check Available Dates
Start Finish Duration Gurop Size Price Status
25/04/2024 11/05/2024 17 02-10

Cost Details

What's Included
  • Airport/Hotel/Airport pick up & drop by private car/van/bus.
  • Standard accommodation in star level hotel in Kathmandu breakfast included (4 nights).
  • Standard accommodation in star level hotel in Pokhara breakfast included (2 nights).
  • Kathmandu and Pokhara City Tours inclusive tour guide, private car/van/bus.
  • Full board meal during camping, prepared by our cook with Tea & coffee.
  • Tented accommodation and equipment during the camping trek. (We will provide two man tents, dinning tents, kitchen gears, toilet tents)
  • A local government license holder Trekking Guide during the trek, a cook the required number of porters, their food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment and a general first aid kit.
  • Boiled and purify drinking water for the trek.
  • Special Trekking Permit US$ 500 per person for 10 days (the above price includes 10 days valid trekking permit from Kagbeni to Muktinath. If you would wish to stay more than 10 days in restricted area, you are subjected to extra charge for extra days (US$
  • per day/per person / minimum 3 days we can buy after 10 days permit).
  • Annapurna conservation permit, and all necessary permits.
  • Flight fare from Pokhara to Jomsom to Pokhara including airport departure taxes in Pokhara and Jomsom.
  • Surface Transfer to and from Kathmandu.
  • All our government taxes.
  • Tourist service charge, vat.
  • Official expanse.
  • Lunch and dinner whilst in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
  • Your travel insurance (compulsory).
  • International airfare and airport departure tax.
  • Nepal entry visa (US$ 40 per person) you obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport Kathmandu for 60 days from date of issue. You will require 2 passport size photos.
  • Items of a personal nature such as alcoholic drinks, cold drinks, laundry.
  • Items of a personal nature such as alcoholic drinks, cold drinks, laundry.
  • Tips for trekking staff and driver. (Tipping is expected.)
  • Any others expenses which are not mentioned on Price Includes section.

What to Expect


We will be staying at 2/3 star hotel in Kathmandu, and in tea-houses during the trek. All rooms are on twin-shared basis. Single bedroom will be arranged on request and will cost additional. Fourteen Summit will arrange rooms with attached washrooms; however, tea-houses at most places only have shared washing and toilet facilities. While trekking through remote area and during climbing we will arrange tented basis accommodation as well as shower tent, bathroom tent, kitchen tent and dining tent.


All meals will be provided during trekking (On demand, we can arrange only breakfast during the trek and trekkers can order lunch and dinner individually from the tea-house menu). In Kathmandu, breakfast will be available . There will also be welcome and farewell dinners taking place for guests. While on trek, we have breakfast and dinner in the tea-houses/lodges where we spend the night and lunch on our way to next destination. Authentic Nepalese, Tibetan, continental meals and Indian cuisine are common choices in the menu.

Physical Condition & Experience Requirements:

Mustang Tiji Festival Trek is a moderate trek. Travelers who can walk up to 6-7 hours a day on an uphill and downhill trail will consider this trip fulfilling and enjoyable. It is a good idea to prepare for the Annapurna circuit trek by jogging and exercising regularly at least for a month prior to the start. Trekking to Upper Mustang should be relatively easy for those who have experience in walking/trekking in high altitudes. Determination, good physical health, positive attitude and average physical fitness are good preconditions for a successful accomplishment of the trek. Past hiking experience would be an asset but no technical skills are required for this trip. Participants with pre-existing medical conditions such as heart, lung, and blood diseases should inform Himalayan Glacier before booking the trek.

Best Time to Travel:

The best time for trekking to Upper Mustang Tiji Festival trek is in May, which will be held from 13 may to 15 May 2018 . The temperature is moderate and guarantees amazing views throughout the trip.

Equipment List

Fourteen Summit has compiled a list of necessary equipment, personal medical supplies and symptoms of medical condition likely to face during trekking / peak climbing. Also, please do understand that items listed below should be considered as an essential summary.
We highly recommend you to be familiar with all of your equipment and basic understanding of medical Conditions related to high elevation.

Your document to travel to Nepal:
Valid passport, airline tickets
Separate photocopies of passport, visa form (easily obtained at Kathmandu airport)
Dollars in cash for purchasing Nepalese visa at Kathmandu airport
Credit cards, bank/ATM/cash machine cards for withdrawing funds from cash machines

Sleeping bag rated to zero degrees F
Headlamp with spare bulbs and batteries
Small pad or combination lock-to-lock trek bag
Basic First Aid Kit (see Health and Medicinal)
Large plastic bags – for keeping items dry inside trek bag
Daypack (approximately 2500 to 3000 cubic inches)
Water bottles
Small wash towel
Rain coat

Personal Clothing items
Sun hat or scarf
Light balaclava or warm fleece hat
Sunglasses with UV protection

Upper Body:
Weight thermal tops
Fleece jacket or pullover
Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional)
Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket
Down vest and/or jacket (optional)

Lightweight gloves
Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof shell outer

Lower Body:
Hiking shorts
Lightweight cotton long pants
Light and expedition weight thermal bottoms
Fleece or wool pants
Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell pants

Thick, warm wool hiking socks
Hiking boots with spare laces
Camp shoes (sneakers and/or sandals)

Personal Hygiene:
Personal hygiene supplies;
Two tubes lip sun cream, at least 1 large tube regular sun cream (min. factor 30), some after-sun lotion in case you do get a sunburn
One toothpaste/brush set;
One hand sanitizer gel
1 (fast drying) synthetic towel

Medical Supplies:
Personal prescription medications; Please let your leader know about any medical issues before the climb.
Small personal first-aid kit; (Simple and Light): first-aid tape, plasters (Band-Aids),alcohol-free wipes for cuts, personal medications, etc. (The leaders will have more extensive first-aid kits)
One skin blister repair kit
Anti-diarrhea pills (Imodium) (one regular package)
Anti-headache medication (Aspirin or Ibuprofen) (one regular package)
One small bottle cough and/or cold medicine.
One course antibiotics for chest infection, available locally at chemist shop or pharmacy with no doctor’s prescription.
One course antibiotics for stomach infection, available locally at chemist shop or pharmacy with no doctor’s prescription.
One small bottle anti-altitude sickness medication: Diamox (Acetylzolamide), available locally, for more about this medication, please contact us or your doctor
One small bottle of water purification tablets (needs to contain silver-ions AND chlorine) or a water filter or UV sterilizer.
Extra prescription glasses/contact lens. Contact lens wearers, please bring glasses in case of emergency.

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