About Upper Mustang Tiji Festival Trek
Mustang Tiji Festival Trekking allows travelers to take part and to enjoy age-old religious events that exist in few parts of Himalaya range including Tibet and Bhutan, where Tiji festival mostly celebrated within high country of Upper Mustang.
An amazing festival to witness where lama (priest and monks) are dressed in colorful attire with various expression masks wading evils from the region or from this planet earth, an interesting events and activities to observe that few foreign visitors often gets this great opportunity to be in this exciting Tije Festival.
Started by ‘His Eminence, Late Chogye Trichen Rinpoche’ (1919 – 2007), in Upper Mustang this ancient artistic festival that was almost extinct in Tibet and around Upper Mustang region, where Head of Tsharpa branch of the Sakyapa tradition of Tibetan Buddhism, has graced many Tiji celebrations with his holy presence, and has played a major role in keeping alive the Sakyapa religious sects of Buddhism tradition in Lo-Manthang.
Mustang Tiji Festival Trekking starts from lovely Pokhara a city full of charm and beauty blessed with high snow capped peaks of Annapurna that includes famous Machhapuchare ‘Fish-Tail’ peak with calm lakes, taking a short flight to land at Jomsom, headquarter town of whole Mustang area.
From Jomsom heading further west past the main entrance of Kagbeni to reach arid and desolate country but very beautiful surrounded by high eroded cliffs and canyon that changes colors along with sunlight that makes a wonderful picture to catch.
As walk progress heading into nice villages of Chele, Syangbochen, Ghami and Charang to reach our main highlight and destination at Lo-Manthang the old capital of Lo or Mustang area and a former walled kingdom of Lo-Manthang once you enter takes you back into medvial time period with age-old heritage and narrow neat alley and closely knitted houses with a former fort palace.
At Lo-Manthang walk into monasteries where the great event Tiji Festival held with enough days to cover all the festival events as well exploring around time forgotten village of Lo-Manthang, where return walk leads you back at Jomsom for pleasant short scenic flight to beautiful Pokhara, after a glorious time and experience on Mustang Tiji Festival with great services of Himalaya Lungta Treks and Expedition.