Upper Mustang with Tiji festival trek
Explore the forbidden kingdom of Upper Mustang, and indulge in an ancient Buddhist festival.
Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu.
Day 2: Free day in Kathmandu.
Day 3: Bus to Pokhara.
Day 4: Flight to Jomsom and trek to Kagbeni (2850m).
Day 5: Trek to Chele (3050m).
Day 6: Trek to Shyanbochen (3500m) via Ranchun Cave (3800m).
Day 7: Trek to Ghami (3500m) via Ghilling.
Day 8: Trek to Tsarang. (3560m)
Day 9: Trek to Lo Manthang (3850m). First day of Tiji Festival, starts in the afternoon.
Day 10: Tiji festival in Lo Manthang.
Day 11. Tiji festival in Lo Manthang
Day 12. Trek to Ghami (3500m).
Day 13. Trek to Samar (3520m) via Shyanbochen and Beni.
Day 14. Trek to Kagbeni
Day 15. Trek to Jomsom
Day 16. Flight to Pokhara.
Day 17. Bus to Kathmandu
Day 18. Departure.
The former Himalayan kingdom of Mustang is an arid and starkly beautiful land. It has long been protected from mass tourism and a great reputation as the last bastion of traditional Tibetan culture. Lush lower valleys lead up to an dry alpine desert and some of the highest unchanged settlements of the world.
With the words of the 14th Dalai Lama:
` Mustang is one of the few places in the Himalayan region that has been able to retain its traditional Tibetan culture unmolested… authentic Tibetan culture now survives only in exile and a few places like Mustang, which have had long historical and cultural ties with Tibet.`
During this trek you will indulge in the ancient festival of Tiji. This three day long annual festival is celebrated in Lo Manthang in front of the King`s Palace. With masked dances and traditional songs it is a celebration of good over evil.
* Airport transfer upon departure and arrival in Kathmandu;
* Bus drive with tourist bus from Kathmandu to Pokhara and Pokhara to Kathmandu;
* 3 nights standard hotel in Kathmandu, breakfast included;
* 2 domestic flights from Pokhara to Jomsom and Jomsom to Pokhara
* 2 airport transfers in Pokhara
* 2 nights standard hotel in Pokhara, breakfast included;
* Full board during trek (3 meals, no beverages),
* Accommodation in teahouses during trek;
* Fully licensed and experienced English speaking guide and porter: their wage, insurance, accommodation and transport (1 porter for 2 persons/max.25 kg);
* Entry permit (500 USD) for 10 days in Mustang area and entrance permit for Annapurna Conservation Area;
* Everything not explicitly included, is excluded.
In case of bad weather and flight delay, it is possible to do the Jomsom - Pokhara traject by jeep or helicopter, additional costs will be charged, and need to be paid to your guide before departure.
We need a whole day, your passport and 2 passport pictures to prepare your trekking permits.
If you want to do some side trails in Mustang, the permit for an extra day in the area costs you 50$/day.
1995 EUR/ per person on the base of min. 2 person.
Date: from 15 May until 1 June 2017
April or May 2018
April or May 2019
Combine with: a horse ride to the North of Lo Manthang or stay longer in the area. Contact us for possible side trails.
If you want to spend more time in Pokhara, it is possible to book a flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara at additional cost.
Please keep in mind that a trek in the Himalayan Mountains requires a flexible and emphatic mind. During your trek you are lacking some of the basic luxuries like electricity and hot showers. Due to weather conditions, health issues, fitness of group members or sudden natural disasters (like landslides, snow storms, earth quakes, flooding...) we may have to change your itinerary. We try to do our best to follow the outlined itinerary of your booked trek, but your safety and well-being stays our primary concern. In case an amendment of your trek is necessary, it is our group leader or head guide who takes this final decision.
You can fill in your remaining days in Nepal with a wide range of activities. Discover some days the jungle in one of the nationals parks in the South of Nepal, go enjoying the shores of Phewa lake in Pokhara or visit the cultural sites in Kathmandu Valley.