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Mustang Tiji Festival Jeep Tour 2022

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  • Country
    CountryNepal
  • Duration
    Duration12 Days
  • Max-altitude
    Max. Altitude3800 M.
  • Best season
    Festival SeasonApril / May
  • walking
    Per Day Driving Hour4-5 Hours
  • accommodation
    AccommodationHotel/Camp
  • Level
    GradeAdventurous
  • Group
    Group Size4 Pax Per Jeep

TIJI festival jeep tour is an outstanding overland tour to Upper Mustang. This tour is based on the exact date of TIJI festival which takes place 3 days in a year. TIJI festival is a major festival of people living around Upper Mustang. Like every other places, there are many ancient stories and fetival of Lomanthang. TIJi festival is an auspicious festival in Upper Mustang performing various dances and rituals with chanting. This festival takes place 3 days a year and is performed in front of the ancient royal Palace of Upper Mustang. According to some ancient stories, A demon used to trouble people of Mustang region with his evil deed. Once he blocked the water sources and spread various type of diseases in Mustang. So, Dorje Jono freed Mustang region by fighting with the demon and defeating it. Hence, TIJI festival is a celebration of victory over evil demon. Everyone including the royal family of Mustang gather together and participate in this sacred dance.

This TIJI festival tour is especially designed for those travelers who want to have close interaction with people and their culture. They get chance to explore the almighty Upper Mustang and its geographical stucture. An amazing overland tour can be experienced during this tour. Travelers will get good opportunity to observe a unique festival with a unique culture of Ancient Tibet and living style. Beside that, they will get chance to explore around the beautiful landscape of Upper Mustang with the Tibetan plateaus and desert-like lands. Amazing view of the mountain ranges can be enjoyed throughout the journey.

TIJI tour starts from the capital city of Nepal, Kathmandu. You will have an amazing sightseeing tour around the UNESCO heritage site of Kathmandu and around Thamel Bazar. From Kathmandu, you will have an amazing flight to Pokhara, also known as Lake city of Nepal. Pokhara is a beautiful city which is the gateway to various trek destination of Annapurna Region. From Pokhara, you will have an adventurous overland tour on a 4WD drive. You will pass Beni, Tatopani, Marpha, Jomsom and Kagbeni. From Kagbeni, you will drive all the way to Muktinath which is a holy sacred place for both Hindu and Buddhist pilgrim. Kagbeni is the last stop before entering Upper Mustang. Special permit for Upper Mustang is checked at the tourist check post here. This is a restricted place for foreign travelers but after 1992, foreigner were allowed to explore around Upper Mustang with special permits. It is also considered as semi-desert of Nepal. Then, you will start your drive to Lomanthang passing Chuksang, Chella, Samar, Syangboche, Ghiling and finally to Ghami village. Lomanthang is regarded as the hidden kingdom of Nepal. This place displays amazing landscapes of tibetan plateaus and desert like structure. You will stay at Lomanthang for TIJI festival, participate with the local people and have close interaction with people there for 3 days until TIJI ends. You will also explore around the ancient mysterious Sky caves, cliffs, monasteries and Tibetan cultures. After that, you will retrace your way up to Jomsom. From Jomsom, you will fly Pokhara and again to Kathmandu.

Celebrated in the courtyard of Royal King’s Palace, Lomanthang, it is performed during the 3rd Tibetan month (falls on May) for the well being of all living beings. As it is a lunar festival, the time may differ yearly. Everyone including the Mustang Royal family, people of Lomanthang, monks from different places and observers gather around to celebrate this festival. Chode monastery organizes this festival and monks from this monastery perform various sacred rituals, dances, chanting and prayers during 3 day TIJI festival. Monks will perform sacred dances showing the destruction of demon in Mustang, Dorje Jono’s birth (the reincarnated) and his defeat over the evil demon.

We have been organizing Upper Mustang TIJI tour since a very long time. We provide quality services at very reasonable price. Comfortable vehicle will be provided for the 4WD overland tour with very friendly drivers. Beside that, we accommodate you in good hotels with warm hospitality. Our guest are friendly with happy faces. We also focus on our client’s satisfaction and preferences.

Festival Dates

27, 28 and 29 May 2022

Type of Jeeps

4WD Toyota Landcruiser or Mahendra Scorpio 

Useful Information !

Flight delay in Pokhara and Jomsom
For Upper Mustang Tiji Festival Trekking often twin Otter is the primary mode of transport form Pokhara to Jomsom and Jomsom to Pokhara. The flight is depend on the weather. Sometime flight (to and from Jomsom ) may be canceled due to the bad weather condition of Mountain or technical problems. In such case Global Holidays Adventure organize alternative available road transportation to ensure your international flight.

The cost of rode transportation will manage from the cancellation of flight ticket. Please note that there will be no refund of the flight from Jomsom to Pokhara, if The alternative road transportation is used.

Helicopter Rescue
While traveling in the Himalaya you may suffer for the various health problems, injuries and even the altitude sickness. Hence you have to prepare before upcoming destination is this mountain land. Make sure that the policy of your insurance company provides should cover the process of giving you the service of Helicopter rescue from the mountains in case of Altitude Sickness or other accidents during your trip.

About 4WD Jeep
We use 4X4 Toyota Land Curser for our Upper mustang jeep tour. Regarding the drivers they are very experience for off road driving. Until now they have 100% safety records.

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Itinerary

Day 01

21st May 2022: Arrival at Kathmandu.

To start this amazing TIJI jeep tour, firstly you have to arrive at Kathmandu. During your arrival at Kathmandu airport, our office representative will welcome you at the airport entrance. A private vehicle will be sent for your hotel transfer. It will take around 25 minutes to reach your hotel which will be reserved around Thamel Bazar.

Reaching the hotel, rooms will be assigned as per the reservation. We will meet you at the hotel for follow up and short meeting. Remaining part of the day is free to rest at the hotel or explore around Thamel.
In the evening, we will enjoy welcome dinner together at a typical Nepali restaurant with some cultural programs.
Accommodation: Hotel with Breakfast.

Day 02

22nd May 2022: Kathmandu Sightseeing tour.

Early morning, you will have your breakfast at the hotel. This day, you will have an amazing sightseeing tour around Kathmandu valley. You will visit the heritage sites of Kathmandu which are enlisted in UNESCO world's heritage site due to its historical, cultural and archeological importance. For this amazing sightseeing tour, our city guide will meet you at the hotel. A private vehicle will be sent for the sightseeing tour. Our city guide will help you with all your queries and concerns.

After the sightseeing tour, you will return back to the hotel. You can simply rest at the hotel or enjoy the ambience of Thamel Bazar as it is a popular tourist hub of Kathmandu city.

Accommodation: Hotel with Breakfast.

Day 03

23rd May 2022: Fly Pokhara, Half-day sightseeing at Pokhara.

After having your breakfast at the hotel, our private vehicle will transfer you to the domestic terminal of Tribhuwan International Airport. This day, you will fly from Kathmandu to Pokhara. It will a scenic flight of 25 minutes. You will enjoy amazing aerial view of Kathmandu, Pokhara along with the hills and terraces. At Pokhara airport, our office representative will be waiting for your hotel transfer. You will check-in at the hotel, rest for sometime and then get ready for Pokhara sightseeing tour. Our city guide will meet you at the hotel who will take you around Pokhara city.

After the sightseeing tour, you will return back to the hotel. During the evening, it is highly recommended to enjoy the nightlife ambience of Pokhara lakeside.

Accommodation: Hotel with Breakfast.

Day 04

24th May 2022: Pokhara-Jomsom flight, Drive to Kagbeni.

Breakfast will be provided at the hotel in Pokhara. After that, you will get ready for Pokhara-Jomsom flight. Our private vehicle will transfer you to Pokhara airport. It will be an amazing flight of around 15 minutes enjoying the sceneries of the Himalayas and its landscape. Reaching Jomsom airport, our 4WD jeep will be waiting for you for amazing overland drive to Kagbeni. Our local guide will be there for you. Jomsom is a popular town of Mustang district displaying perfect mountain views of Nilgiri, Dhaulagiri and Annapurna ranges. You will first drive to Muktinath temple. Muktinath is a sacred holy place for Hindu and Buddhist pilgrims located at an altitude of 3800 m. A large number of pilgrims from different part of the world come to visit Muktinath due to its religious value.

It will be a total of 4 hours drive from Jomsom to Muktinath and back to Kagbeni. You will return back to Kagbeni after visiting Muktinath where rooms will be assigned as per the reservation.

Accommodation: Guesthouse with Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Day 05

25th May 2022: Drive Kagbeni to Ghami.

Early morning, you will visit monastery and gumbas of Kagbeni and explore around Kagbeni village. Breakfast will be provided at the hotel. This day, you will head towards Ghami village from Kagbeni. After crossing Kagbeni, you will enter the mighty landscape of Upper Mustang. Lower Mustang is considered up to Kagbeni. You will drive along the amazing villages like Chukksang, Chella, Samar, Syangboche, Ghiling and finally to Ghami village. The drive will be around 5-6 hours with occassional crossing of Kali Gandaki River. Reaching Ghami, rooms will be assigned and remaining part of the day is free to explore around the village.

Accommodation: Guesthouse with Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Day 06

26th May 2022: Drive Ghami to Lomanthang.

At Ghami, early morning you will explore around the local monasteries around the village. There are some historical monuments in Ghami which will be visiting this day. The amazing deserted landscape of Upper Mustang can be enjoyed. Breakfast will be provided at the hotel. After that, you will start your drive to Lomanthang, the ultimate destination of this overland tour. It will take around 2.5 hours to reach Lomanthang from Ghami. At Charang, you will visit some monasteries and gumbas. From there, you will head towards Lo Ghyakar Ghar Gumba, one of the oldest gumbas of Upper Mustang. This ancient gumba is located at an altitude of 3939 m. Then, you will continue your drive to Lomanthang. After reaching there, rooms will be assigned as per the reservation. Rest of the day is free to explore around Lomanthang village.

Accommodation: Guesthouse with Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Day 07

27th May 2022: TIJI Festival celebration (TIJI FESTIVAL START)

This day is the starting day of TIJI festival. Early morning breakfast will be provided at the hotel. Then, you will explore the ancient kingdom of Lomanthang. You will explore some monasteries and Tibetan Buddhist school. After that, you will return back to the hotel for your lunch.

TIJI festival will start after 12 PM. So, you will have plenty of time in the morning for exploration and site visit. After lunch, you will head towards the festival area to celebrate the festival with local people. Different dance and ritual are performed during the 1st day of TIJI. You will observed the rituals and dances performed by the monks. After the festival, you will return back to the hotel.

Accommodation: Guesthouse with Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Day 08

28th May 2022: 2nd Day Tiji festival Festival.

This will be 2nd day of TIJI festival. Early morning, you will have your breakfast at the hotel. The festival starts from 12 pm so we have plenty of time to explore around Lomanthang. You will drive up to Chhoser village to explore Shija Jhong Cave, Lo Nyiphug monastery and then return back to Lomanthang for your lunch.

Then, you will head towards the festival venue to enjoy and observe the 2nd day of TIJI festival. Like the other day, this day also certain dances and acts are performed which reflects the story of ancient Lomanthang. You will spend some quality time with the locals and the monks. Then, you will return back to the hotel after enjoying the festival.

Accommodation: Guesthouse with Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Day 09

29th May 2022: Final day of Tiji Festival. (END TIJI FESTIVAL)

You will have your breakfast at the hotel. This is the final day of TIJI festival. Before the festival, you will explore around the monasteries and gumbas of Lomanthang. You will enjoy the beautiful Tibetan plateaus and landscape of Upper Mustang. After 12 PM, you will head towards the kings palace to observe the final day of TIJI festival. As this is the last day, various scared rituals, ceremony and dances will be performed with the presence of the monks and local people. After the TIJI celebration, you will return back to the hotel.

Accommodation: Guesthouse with Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Day 10

30th May 2022: Drive back to Jomsom.

This day, you will return back to Jomsom from Lomanthang as the festival ends after the 3rd day. Early morning breakfast will be provided at the hotel. After that, you will retrace the trail up to Jomsom which will take around 5-6 hours. You will drive back passing Charang, Ghami, Ghiling, Samar, Syangboche, Kagbeni and finally reach Jomsom.

Reaching Jomsom, rooms will be assigned and rest of the day is free to explore around Jomsom.

Accommodation: Guesthouse with Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Day 11

31st May 2022: Fly to Pokhara, fly to KTM.

Early morning breakfast will be served at the hotel. After having breakfast, you will head towards Jomsom Airport for the amazing Jomsom Pokhara flight. Reaching Pokhara airport, you will wait for your next flight. This day, you will return back to Kathmandu. You will fly all the way from Pokhara to Kathmandu.
At Kathmandu, our office representative will pick you up from the airport and transfer you to the hotel. As this is the last day at Kathmandu, you can explore around and do some shopping around Thamel Bazar. In the evening, we will celebrate your successful TIJI trip with a farewell dinner together.

Accommodation: Hotel with Breakfast,

Day 12

01st June 2022: Final Departure.

Breakfast will be provided at the hotel. You will be transferred to the airport 3 hrs before your airport schedule. You are free to do shopping and explore around Kathmandu until your final transfer to the airport for final departure. 

Services Include
  • International & domestic airport transport as per the itinerary.
  • 3 star twin sharing hotel accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara as per the program.
  • Guided city tour in Kathmandu by private vehicle.
  • Kathmandu-Pokhara- Jomsom – Pokhara – Kathmandu flight ticket.
  • 4WD Jeep form Jomsom – Lo-manthang – Jomsom. (Each Jeep 4 Pax)
  • All standard 3 meals (breakfast, lunch & dinner) during the trip.
  • Best available accommodation during the tour.
  • English speaking trekking guide.
  • Food, accommodation, salary, equipment, medicine and insurance for all staff.
  • Necessary entry permit fees & traveler TIMS card.
  • Upper Mustang special trekking permit (US $ 500 for 10 days).
  • Global Holidays Adventure sleeping baggage and duffel baggage, (refundable )
  • All necessary surface transport from Kathmandu to Kathmandu.
  • Welcome & farewell dinner in typical Nepali restaurant with cultural dance show (complementary)
  • All government taxes and official expenses.
Services Not Include
  • International airfare and necessary airport taxes.
  • Nepal entry visa fees (bring accurate USD cash and two Passport photographs).
  • Lunch & Dinner in Kathmandu.
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early return form mountain or late departure.
  • Temple & monasteries entry fees in Kathmandu and trekking.
  • Travel insurance which covers emergency rescue and evacuation.
  • All personal & bar expenses in Kathmandu and during the trek.
  • Tips for trekking staff and driver ( tipping is expected ).
  • Personal necessary trekking equipment ( see the trekking equipment page.)
  • Any others expenses which are not mentioned above.
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FAQ

WHAT IS THE PHYSICAL REQUIREMENT FOR UPPER MUSTANG JEEP TOUR ?

Upper Mustang jeep tour is designed for those travelers who are physically or timely unable to do trekking in Mustang. It is suitable for all kind of people child to elder.

WHAT KIND OF JEEPS WILL BE PROVIDED ?

We use 4X4 Toyota Land Curser for our Upper mustang jeep tour. Regarding the drivers they are very experience for off road driving. Until now they have 100% safety records.

WHERE IS NEPAL ?

Nepal is located in South Asia and is bordered by China to the North and India to the East, West and South. Nepal is also country of World highest peak Mt. Everest.

HOW CAN I ENTER NEPAL ?

Nepal is a popular tourist destination in south Asia. Several airlines have direct and non-stop flights from Middle East and Asia to Kathmandu, Capital of Nepal.

There are direct flights from London, Paris, Frankfurt, Doha, Osaka, Shanghi, Mascow, Bangkok, Singapore, Hongkong, Karachi, Bombay, Delhi, Culcutta, Paro, Dhaka, Lhasa & Varanasi.

Visa Info: Entry Visa fees- at present US$ 25 for 15 days, US$ 40 for 30 days and US$ 100 for three month visa on entry to Nepal. You can take visa after landing Nepal in Tribhuwan International Airport.

IS SOMEONE GOING TO METT ME AT THE AIRPORT ?

Our airport representative will come to the airport to pick up. We will be displaying a play card Global Holidays Adventure with your name on it. You need a visa to Nepal. You can easily get a visa upon your arrival in TIA airport, Kathmandu on paying US$. 40 for a month US$. 100 for three months.

DO I HAVE PRE_DEPARTURE MEETING ?

Yes, at first, our staff will receive you at the airport and transfer to the Hotel and our tour leader will brief regarding about the trip. The briefing will cover the itinerary and introduced your tour leader.

While briefing, please bring passport, 3 copies of passport size photos, travel insurance, writing pen and notepad.

HOW DO I PAY TO GLOBAL HOLIDAYS ADVENTURE ?

After the trip confirmation you will send around 25% advance deposited by wire transfer to GHA Bank Account and remaining you can pay after your arrival by Cash or Credit Card but to pay by credit card there will be extra 4% bank service charge. Now Traveler Cheque is not acceptable as per the rule & regulation of Nepal Rastra Bank. We accept visa card, master card & National Card.

WHAT SORT OF ACCOMMODATION CAN EXPECT IN KATHMANDU AND IN MUSTANG?

In Kathmandu: Here are all kind of Hotel simple to 5* hotel. It’s depends on your demand but normally in our trekking package we use standard rooms from 3* or 4* on BB Basis.

During the trip: You will have teahouse/lodges generally provide basic clean facilities with a mattress and a quit blanket. We can offer GHA sleeping baggage if needed but it’s good idea to bring your own always. We usually provide you single and double rooms as well as the occasional dormitory. And you will have twin sharing tent with matters in camping trek.

Toilet Facilities During Mustang: On, Trek common toilet facilities are available at tea house. Now some teahouse have attached bathroom.

Shower Facilities: You will have hot shower in all teahouse but some place there isn’t hot shower, we will provide you hot water in bucket for shower.

WHAT IS THE WEATHER AND TEMPERATURE LIKE IN MUSTANG ?

Weather in the mountains is notoriously difficult to predict. At night it is generally cooler the days are generally warm. Winter ( January and February ) will be bit colder but the days can be quite beautiful and warm if the sun is out. There will be bit of snow during the month of January, February and December. It is also important to makes sure that you can stay warm and dry in just about any condition. Expert the unexpected! The temperature could be as high as 20 degree c to 15 degree c low during day time.

WHAT HAPPENS IF THERE IS AN EMERGENCY ?

All of our guides are trained in basic first aid and can deal with the basic ailments that may occur on trip. In the event of an emergency Global Holidays Adventure will cover initial expenses of any rescue operation. It is a condition of booking that you are adequately insured for such an events as these expenses will need to be recovered from your insurance company. In the most frequented regions there are health posts, which have been established by foreign doctors and many are staffed by overseas personnel.

IS GLOBAL HOLIDAYS ADVENTURE'S STAF INSURED ?

Yes, GHA insures all our trekking staff including guide, cook, Sherpa and porters.