Upper Mustang region is famous for artistically decorated natural landscapes, superb views of numerous beautiful snowy peaks, Tibetan Buddhist culture, festivals, traditions, customs, rituals, and ceremonies, and numerous ancient monasteries and Gompas.
Tiji festival in Mustang trek. The Upper Mustang region is the most mysterious region of Nepal because it is untouched by modern civilization, life in the Upper Mustang region goes on as it has for centuries at an unhurried pace. There is a separate kingdom in Lo Mangthang, after paying a certain fee visitors can meet with the King of Lo-Mangthang.
The landscape of the Upper Mustang region is a barren moonscape of eroded sandstone pillars and discontinuous moraine terraces which together present a colorful variety of landscapes. The trekking to Upper Mustang is through the treeless barren landscape. The Upper Mustang trek lies in the rain shadow of the Himalayas where strong winds generally howl in the afternoon.
The Teji festival is related to the Teji myth of the Tibetan Buddhist people of the Upper Mustang region. According to this myth, Dorje Jono ancient king of the Mustang region fought against the demon father and saved the kingdom of Mustang.
So, the Teji festival is the celebration and reaffirmation of this myth. Teji festival is celebrated for three days. The first day of this festival is concerned with Lamas’ chanting, Dorje Jono’s dancing, and the killing of the demon father.
On the second day of this festival, people of all the people of the Upper Mustang region gathered in front of the royal palace in traditional dress. The king also wears a whole crown with other matched ornaments.
This is the best opportunity to observe the rich cultural aspects of the Tibetan Buddhist people of the Upper Mustang region. The final day of the Teji festival ends with the destruction of the evil remains. Teji festival usually falls in May month.
After making the short and scenic flight from Pokhara to Jomsom, the Upper Mustang Teji festival trek starts from Jomsom. The route follows the Kaligandaki River from Jomsom up to Kagbeni. From Kagbeni trek and ascend to Lo Mangthang with the adventurous journey of beautiful places such as Chele, Gelling, and Charang.
On the way, visitors will see numerous ancient Gompas and monasteries. The Upper Mustang region is listed in restricted trekking areas of Nepal so a special trekking permit should be required before trekking this region. As a government-registered trekking agency, we will manage trek permits for the Upper Mustang Teji Festival trek.
Highlights of the Trek: Highlights of the trek: Teji festival, Kingdom of Lo Mangthang Tibetan Buddhist culture, Kaligandaki valley, exciting views of beautiful peaks such as Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Machhapuchhre, Nilgiri, Himchuli, and Damodar Himal, Numerous ancient monasteries and Gompas.
Nepal Unique Treks staff will welcome you to Nepal and then transfers you to the hotel by private Vehicle. The vehicle will drop you at the hotel. The hotel will be assigned a welcome drink. Overnight Stay at Hotel.
After breakfast introduce a city tour guide. Tour Guide will bring you to explore Nepal Heritage sites, Temple, Historical monuments, Buddhist Stupa, and tourist famous cities like Bouddhanath Stupa, Monkey Temple, Pashupatinath Hindu Temple, Basantapur Durbar squire or Patan Darbarsquire. Earlier afternoon back to the hotel to meet with the trekking guide who leading your Upper Mustang Trek. Discuss with the guide and preparation trekking gear. Overnight Stay at Hotel.
Early in the morning, you will fly from Kathmandu to Pokhara Our guide will pick you up from the airport and transfer you to the hotel. After check-in Hotel you will relax and freshen up then your guide will bring you to the International Mountain Museum, David falls, Gupteswar Mahadev Cave, and the world peace stupa then return to the hotel. Enjoy dinner yourself in Lakeside Pokhara. Overnight stay at Pokhara.
After the sunshine, you will have breakfast at Hotel. Then pack your bag and drive to Pokhara airport. Fly from Pokhara to Jomsom it will take 25 m. The altitude of Jomsom is 2,743 m from the sea level. Our driver will be waiting for you at the airport with a 4WD jeep. you will drive to Muktinath, explore there and after lunch return to Kagbeni Overnight stay at Kagbeni.
Early in the morning you will visit Monastery and surrounding Kagbeni. Back to the hotel take breakfast then pack your bag and drive to Tsarang Village. At Kagbeni, we will check our special permit after that, we will head towards Ghami. You will cross the Kali Gandaki River, pass Chuksang, Chella, Samar, Syangboche, Bhina, Ghiling, and Ghami and then reach Tsarang. It is situated at an elevation of 3,570 m. Overnight stay at Tsrang.
Early in the morning, your guide will take you to visit the village and monastery then back to Hotel and take breakfast. Your day will start to explore Nepal's oldest monastery Lo-Ghar gompa and then continue your journey to Lomanthang Village. It is situated at an altitude of 3,840m from sea level. You will witness various Tibetan plateaus, cliffs, and sky caves along the way. The landscape like a desert will surely mesmerize your eyes.
After check-in guesthouse, you will take your hot meal then you will visit the king’s palace to celebrate the TIJI festival. You will witness the rituals and dancing of Tibetan monks from different parts of the world. After the TIJI festival, return to the hotel for dinner and an overnight stay at Lomanthang.
Early in the morning after breakfast, we will head towards Chhoser village. One hour's drive from Lomanthang to Chooser Village. If we have a great time with lucky then you will have a glimpse of Blue sheep and other wildlife surrounding there. At Chooser village, you will explore sky caves and Buddhist schools, and monasteries. After visiting Chhoser village you will return back to Lomanthang to celebrate the TIJI festival. The festival will start usually at 12pm so in the morning, After TIJI, you will return to the hotel for dinner and an overnight stay at Lomanthang.
Inside the wall of the Lomanthang king's palace, we have 4 main historical old monasteries, during the sightseeing you will feel peace of mind and purify your soul and receive a blessing from a monk. You will enjoy the view from the rooftop of the monastery. Back to the hotel have breakfast and hike to the Namgyal Monastery. If you like to explore other villages hike continue to the Thinggar village and more. Today you have a chance to know the local culture, religion, and regional and Upper Mustang people's lifestyle. You will have good sightseeing around the village. After 12 pm, you will join the locals to celebrate the final day of TIJI. Interact with the locals and observe the rituals and dances. After the celebration, return to the hotel for dinner and an overnight stay in Lomanthang.
Today your mind doesn't want to leave the Upper Mustang but we have to. After breakfast, you will drive back to Jomsom retracing the trail. You will pass the same village of Tsarang, Ghami, Ghiling, and Samar and reach Kagbeni. Where you had already a friendship with locals. Your guide will check the Special permit to exit from Kagbeni. Then, we will drive back to Jomsom. After reaching Jomsom, You can explore the market area of Jomsom until dinner. Overnight stay at Jomsom.
Early in the morning you will go to the airport and fly back to Pokhara from Jomsom Airport. Before starting the trip, you should know about the weather in Jomsom. The Pokhara and Jomsom Weather is unproductive so sometimes we have to wait for a flight or if there is no flight due to bad weather we drive to Pokhara through Beni.
After breakfast, your day will start with a beautiful highway, during driving you will explore green landscapes, white water rafting rivers, and local villages. It takes 7/8 hrs to reach Kathmandu. Today you will invite by Nepal Unique Treks Family to join us for a farewell dinner. We will share our experience and knowledge. Nepal Unique Treks will give you Congratulations achievement certificate. Overnight stay in Thamel Kathmandu.
Today is your time for shopping and packing until your final departure. Our office representative will drop you at the airport in a private vehicle for your final departure Namaste.