Tiji Festival Trek 2020 - 17 Days

Tiji Festival Trek 2020 Highlights

  • You will be a live participant in the whole proceeding of the festival.Tiji Festival Trek 2020 1
  • You get to dance and sing traditional music which has a great influence on Tibetan Buddhism.
  • You will traverse through many ridges, walkthrough boulders and cross different boulders to reach Upper Mustang.
  • You will get to explore the historical palaces, its courtyard, and the alleys of Upper Mustang during the festival.
  • You can walk in the dry, arid surrounding on the trans-Himalayan Tibetan border.

May is possibly the best time to trek in the Upper Mustang which was closed to foreigners until 1992. Isolated from the world for centuries it is perhaps one of the last truly untouched examples of Tibetan culture and is known as “The Last Forbidden Kingdom.”

At the end of the dry season, there is an ancient, three-day festival celebrated annually in the walled city of Lo Manthang. It tells the story of the deity Dorje Jono who had to battle his father to save the Kingdom of Mustang from destruction. Dorje’s father created a water shortage that wreaked havoc on the region.

Being in the shadow of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Massif region means water in the Mustang is the most precious of commodities.

Dorje defeated his father and banished him from the land. This “Chasing of the Demons” is the Tiji festival, a celebration and reaffirmation of the myth through dances and religious ceremonies.

The first westerner to witness the Tiji festival was Michel Peissel in 1964 who described it thus; “The scenes I witnessed were so extraordinary and so unexpected that I dared not believe my eyes and even today I have some trouble in believing in the reality of what I saw that day.”

The Tiji festival 2020 starts from 19th May 2020 and ends on 21st May 2020

The date of the festival is based on the Tibetan calendar and changes every year but usually occurs in May. To experience Tiji is to step back in time. You are immersed in the sights and sounds of rituals that explode in vibrant colour and extraordinary sounds at this unique and amazing festival depicting the battle of good over evil.

Even getting to the trailhead takes two flights. The first from Kathmandu to Pokhara and then a second from Pokhara to Jomsom. Trekking is moderate though with good teahouse options over the 10 days it takes to get to Lo Manthang.

Permits are expensive as you need a restricted area permit (currently 500USD) as well as an Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (20 USD). But Tiji is unique and every person who experiences it can only agree with Michel Peisell’s quote.

In 2019 Magical Nepal will be arranging a special Tiji festival trek. If you are after an unforgettable experience, please contact us for more details.

Day 1Kathmandu to Pokhara(Drive)830 m6 - 7 hr
Day 2Pokhara to Jomsom (Flight) to Kagbeni2800 m3 hr
Day 3Kagbeni to Chele3050 m7 hr
Day 4Chele to Syangmoche3475 m6 hr
Day 5Syangmoche to Ghaymi3500 m5 hr
Day 6Ghami to Charang3560 m4 hr
Day 7Charang to Lo Manthang3770 m5 hr
Day 8Lo Manthang3770 m3 hr
Day 9Lo Manthang3770 m5 hr
Day 10Lo Manthang to Drakmar3800 m6 - 7 hr
Day 11Drakmar to Ghiling3860 m5 - 6 hr
Day 12Ghiling to Chuksang3050 m5 - 6 hr
Day 13Chuksang to Jomsom2715 m5 - 6 hr
Day 14Jomsom to Pokhara (Flight)830 m30 min
Day 15Pokhara to Kathmandu (Drive)1380 m6 - 7 hr


  • Local transfers for your international flight x 2 (arrival/ departure)
  • Local transfers for your domestic flights x 4
  • Kathmandu-Pokhara- Kathmandu Drive
  • Pokhara-Jomsom- Pokhara Flight
  • ACAP, Upper Mustang Restricted Permit, and TIMS permit
  • Guide for 15 days
  • Porter for 15 days
  • Four nights accommodation in a Kathmandu hotel (Hotel Holy Himalaya or similar)
  • 14 night accommodation in mountain teahouses
  • 15 x set breakfast, 15 x set lunch and 14 x set dinner while on trek. Please note if you wish to order out with the set menu items as indicated by your guide, the cost of these will borne by yourself
  • Farewell dinner in Kathmandu
  • Staff insurance and necessary ground transport for support staff


  • International flight ticket and Nepal Entry Visa
  • Personal travel insurance (Which should include coverage for trekking)
  • Lunches and dinners in Kathmandu, except the farewell dinner
  • Personal gear for trekking (Including any your may wish to hire in Kathmandu), any personal expenses (i.e. soft and alcoholic drinks, snacks etc.)


Is it safe to drink the water in Tiji Festival Trek?

No. You cannot drink the water from the tap or streams in Annapurna Circuit Trek. Mineral water is not available on the trail. It is expensive to buy (perhaps 10 times more than in Kathmandu). You can use a water purifier or SteriPen.

Am I likely to get altitude sickness on my trek?

Be aware. Elevation on this trek will exceed 3,500m. The possibilities of getting altitude sickness generally start at this elevation. But in order to avoid this, as much as possible, we have designed the itinerary in such a way that it will give you enough time to acclimatize.

Am I at risk and how can I avoid altitude sickness?

There is no knowing who will suffer from altitude sickness. It does not follow that the younger and fitter people will not get altitude sickness where the older and less fit will. It is not related to (general) fitness or age. Talk to your doctor at home. There are prescription medications which help avoid the onset of altitude sickness. But above all, go slowly, listen to your body, be aware of any changes, and listen to your guide if he feels you are showing symptoms (which you might not notice).

What happens if there is need for emergency evacuation while I am trekking?

We will collect your travel insurance policies and details before the trek so that in case of an emergency we can coordinate with your insurance company and the helicopter providers for evacuation.

What about simple medical treatment on the trek?

First aid. On every trek we will carry a first aid kit. We also recommend you carry your own. Here is a checklist recommended by Karen Anderson of things you should bring. Vaccinations are not compulsory in Nepal but to be on the safe side we recommend you comply, where possible, with this list provided by again by Karen Anderson (medical doctor in New Zealand and friend and client of Magical Nepal).

Do I need to buy travel insurance before I come to Nepal?

Yes. Magical Nepal only provides insurance for our own staff. We recommend you buy insurance in your country. Note: Insurance should cover you for the altitudes you are trekking at (not all do). We recommend World Nomads.

Will I need to bring my own sleeping bag or not?

Yes, bring your own or you can rent it or buy it in Kathmandu. Renting a sleeping bag in Kathmandu will cost you $1 or $2 per day. To buy a new sleeping bag in Kathmandu expect to pay around $150 to $200 for one of medium quality.

Will I need to use crampons on this trek?

No. The trails are well marked. Unless you go in mid-winter you will not need crampons. Instead of crampons, carry micro spikes which are not technical, lightweight to carry, cheaper and fit any shoe size.

What happens if I forget to bring something with me from home?

If you forget something it might be extremely hard to find here. Please check here for an exhaustive packing list for (general)trekking in Nepal. If you are not a frequent hiker, you can rent most of the trekking gear in Nepal when you arrive.

Will we be using tents and mattresses on the trek?

No. There are teahouses along the trek. We will not need tents or mattresses.

Where can I leave stuff in Kathmandu when I am trekking?

Anything you don’t want to take on the trek with you can be stored at your hotel or in our office. We suggest you ensure your bag is lockable.

Who will be my guide?

We use local guides. On each trek our guides have been to the relevant areas numerous times. All are experienced, knowledgeable, flexible and authorized licensed guides with the Government of Nepal.

Will I need a porter for my trek?

Preferable. If you use a porter it has double benefit: you can fully enjoy your trek without carrying a heavy bag, and its improves the income of the local community.

How much can a porter carry?

20kg. On average a porter can carry 22kg including their own backpack. So, they can carry up to 18kg of your gear and equipment. We provide backpacks for porters.

Are your staff insured in case of accidents etc.?

Yes. At Magical Nepal we make sure all our staff are well insured.

I hear incidents when porters do not have proper shoes etc. Is this true?

At Magical Nepal we ensure all our guides and porters have proper gear, are well equipped and protected. This is for their own wellbeing and for the wellbeing of our clients.

You can send your enquiry via the form below.

Tiji Festival Trek 2020

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Trip Facts

  • 5140 m
  • Jomsom/Jomsom
  • Demanding