Upper Mustang Tiji Festival Jeep Tour - Fixed Departure

Trip Overview
  • Duration 12 Days
  • Difficulty Level Moderate or Grade B (**)
  • DestinationNepal
  • Meals & AccommodationBrekfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Trip Start & EndKathmandu - Kathamdnu
  • Trip TypeJeep Ride and Trek
  • Major AttractionTIJI festival, Lo manathang
  • Maximum Altitude3810 Meters
  • Best TimeAll Year

Join our Mustang Tiji Festival Jeep Tour fixed departure, which lets you partake in the unique Festivity indigenous to Lo-Manthang, Upper Mustang. Attend one of the year's most spectacular and lively celebrations, the Tiji Festal, which only lasts for three days in mid-May every year. Observed in Lo Manthang as per the Tibetan calendar, the Tiji custom 2024 will be held on May 5, 6, and 7

With the Mustang Tiji Festival Jeep Tour fixed departure, wanderers can join local and traditional rites known as Tiji that offer an unrivaled, mesmerizing, colorful cultural attraction. In just a single jeep ride adventure, you reach two main attractions in Upper Mustang and Lo-Manthang with a four-wheel drive jeep.

In order to attend the celebration that falls on May 4, May 6, and May 7, you have to leave a week early. This being said, this Mustang Cultural Tour package with fixed departure will go from Kathmandu and take you to different places for 5 days, i.e., Tatopani, Kagbeni, Jomsom, Muktinath, Kagbeni, Charang, till you reach the main celebration point on May 5. 

Tiji is not an ordinary rite in the region above. It is rooted in a fascinating story that gives it importance. This lively three-day religious event celebrates Tibetan traditions and centers around a legend of a son who saves the Mustang kingdom from destruction. Unique to Lo-Manthang in Upper Mustang, Tiji or "Tempa Chirim," which means 'Prayer for World Peace' celebrates the incarnation of Lord Buddha as Dorjee Sonnu, who defeats the demon Man Tam Ru. This evil creature who feeds on humans and causes hell with rain, storms, and drought is defeated in the story of this rite. Tiji is not only about celebrations; it's a cultural mosaic with history and spirituality.

"Tiji" is derived from the phrase "ten che," which means peace and triumph of goodness over evil in Buddhism, i.e., "hope of Buddhism prevailing in the world for peace." To get rid of the wicked spirits and devils, locals during the three-day feast will perform traditional dances, and this myth was inspired by a story about heroic deeds performed by Dorje Jano when he defeated his evil father in a fight over symbolizing restoration of water reservoir supplying only such regions as Mustang that had been ravished by severe drought. It will take 52 dances to banish the demon. This means you can observe 52 dances on colorful clothes and unique masks for three days. 

With a 12-day Upper Mustang Jeep Exploration with a fixed departure, you can go on an Off-Road Exploration to view extraordinary regions and attend the Tiji Festivity on the exact date, i.e., May 6, 7, and 8, without walking for hours. It's a luxury overland drive to the upper Mustang, a famous and secluded part of Nepal.

Similarly, the exclusion allows you and your fellow travelers to discover the upper Mustang territory's natural and cultural divineness. For those who do not want to thrill themselves with long, exhausting walks, a Jeep ride outing focused on witnessing the Tiji or a religious event can be the best. One can also stop at any point in the private jeep and spend time in a particular location taking photographs.

Jeep Exploration to Upper Mustang also gives a glimpse of the beauty of Lo Manthang, Marpha Jomsom Muktinath, and Kagbeni, with ancient caves, monasteries, and amazing landscapes. It is somewhat practical and comprehensive, but it's suitable only for a quick evaluation of the area. It is pretty efficient and comprehensive, but it's excellent for a fast exploration of the region.

The 12-Day Mustang Tiji Festival Jeep Tour fixed departure begins with a flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara, which is famous for its sites like Phew Lake and World Peace Pagoda. From here, fly to Jomsom, and the real thrill starts in this beautiful village. Adventure Travel in a private jeep, traversing the rugged terrain to visit Muktinath temple via Kagbeni.

Go through Chhusang, Ghiling, and Ghami to Tsarang, after which you can participate in the three-day Tiji, a Tibetan-Buddhist event in Lo-Manthang. After the celebration, fly back to Jomsom for a flight to Pokhara, ending with Kathmandu sightseeing. The jeep transport along the Kali Gandaki River to Upper Mustang is among those routes that leave you with an incredible view of Annapurna, Machhapuchhre, and Dhaulagiri mountain ranges to make your trip memorable.

Mustang Tiji Festival Jeep Tour fixed departure is a hassle-free adventure for anyone interested in traveling to the Upper Mustang and witnessing the Tiji Festivity. It is a guided Himalayan Jeep Expedition that caters to all traveler types, whether one travels alone or with friends or prefers private Explorations. We have already opened bookings with a fixed departure in 2024 at a very competitive rate. With our fixed departure, you will arrive at the Lo Manthang to celebrate the Tiji, a Tibetan-Buddhist event on May 5,6 and 7. Go through our package Itinerary and cost details and contact us for more information. 

Major Highlights of Upper Mustang Tiji Festival Jeep Tour

  • With Mustang Tiji Festival Jeep Tour fixed departure, reach the area where the Tiji celebration takes place on the exact date, i.e., May 5 to May 7
  • A stroll around Pokhara Valley.
  • Visit Jomsom and taste the world-renowned local apples, apple pie, and wine. 
  • Enjoy a ride on a track alongside the world's deepest Kali Gandaki Gorge.
  • Ride through a rough road to Marpha, Jomsom, and Kagbeni.
  • Discover the hidden kingdom of Lo Manthang.
  • Muktinath temple and other significant cultural sites of this region.
  • Enjoy a bath in the hot water spring at Tatopani.
  • Mountain views of Tilicho, Nilgiri mountain ranges, Annapurna I, and Dhaulagiri all along the way. 
  • Opportunity to interact with the indigenous people from Bon and Lobha ethnic groups in Upper Mustang.
  • Explore different gompas and Monasteries Like Sechen Shedrub Ling Monastery School, Champa Khakang, and Namgyal Gompa. 

Fixed Departure Date for Tiji Festival 2024 is Available

Join us on a fantastic jeep trip to the Tiji Festival 2024 in Mustang. Our Fixed Departure Date for the Mustang Tiji Festivity Jeep Tour is April 30. A Restricted Area Permit, valid for about 10 days from Kagbeni, is required for this exciting journey. Since we aim to participate in the Riji rite on May 5, May 6, and May 7, the Exploration begins five days before April 30.

For adventurous tourists who want to explore more of Upper Mustang's beauty, early departures can be arranged on April 28 or 29. Nevertheless, given the permit's validity time limit, all travelers must return to Kagbeni within a week.

Join the Tiji Festival culture and Sacred rituals as you share this experience with other enthusiasts. Secure your spot for the Tiji Festivity 2024 group departure on April 30. 

We have fixed the departure for this trip on April 30. To book this Jeep ride Himalayan Adventure on that date, you can simply type in the number of passengers you will be joining. If you are a solo traveler and want to join a group, we will add more passengers for April 30. Moreover, if you prefer Upper Mustang Trek over Jeep Adventure, we can also arrange that for you. 

The fixed Departure date for the Upper Mustang Tiji Festival Jeep Tour is mentioned below. 

Trip Start

Trip End

Tiji Festival Dates for 2024

Tuesday, April 300, 2024

Friday, May 10, 2024

5th, 6th and 7th May

52 Dances Are Performed for 3 Days on Tiji Festival 

Tiji, a Tibetan-Buddhist event, is an ancient ritual that dates back to Guru Rinpoche. The whole celebration is centered on two critical characters: Dorje Jono, the savior, and his father, who is a demon. Dorje Jono performs 52 magical dances in three days, and the masks and costumes are usually different for each performance. The main character dances to the music made from traditional instruments.

May 5th, 1st Day of the Tiji Festival

The opening day of the Tiji Festivity is when 'Tsa Chaam' begins. This sacred dance tells the story of Dorji Sonam, a reincarnation of Buddha who was born to fight off an evil demon that plagued Mustang's kingdom. The monks represent the pain caused to people by a demon named Man Tam Ru through symbolic movements and show the chaos brought upon the land. 

May 6th, 2nd Day of the Tiji Festival

The energy of the Festivity increases on day two when monks perform the NgaCham dance. In this riveting performance, Dorjee Sonam tries to re-establish balance by sending the demon back into the Buddha realm. The monks show a fight between good and evil through complex choreography, creating an account of spiritual victory over evil.

May 7th, 3rd Day of the Tiji Festival

The third and last day of the Tiji Festivity ends with a spectacular Rha Chham dance. The climax of this ritual is the victory of Dorjee Sonam, who is sent away from Mustang, an evil demon. Killing the demon represented by a barley effigy means this land will be peaceful and prosperous. As the monks go on with each rhythmic movement, they bring hope and harmony into our lives to show that unity is an everlasting message of spiritual resilience.

Is This Upper Mustang Tiji Festival Jeep Tour  Right For You?

Yes, the Upper Mustang Tiji Festival Jeep excursion is right for you if you desire to participate in the unique three-day Tibetan-Buddhist event of Upper Mustang. 

  • During this jeep trip, you gain in-depth knowledge about Tibetan culture, traditional practices, and norms.
  • While at Lo Manthang during the Tiji Fiesta, you can witness Dorje Jono perform 52 magical dances over three days. He generally illustrates each dance wearing different masks and costumes.
  • You enjoy long rides through remote areas, making this tour a perfect fit.
  • Accessing the restricted area of Upper Mustang via roadways is easy with this Jeep Exploration.
  • You prefer a mix of luxury and adventure, with stays in luxurious hotels in Kathmandu and Pokhara and the best tea houses along the journey.
  • This jeep excursion offers a Himalayan adventure into the lesser-known routes of the old Buddhist kingdom, perfect for those seeking something off the beaten path.
  • You value the expertise of licensed tour guides who can enrich your Tiji Festivity experience with their knowledge.
  • Exploring the rich Tibetan culture and deep-rooted Buddhist religious practices appeals to you, with opportunities to uncover historical and cultural treasures.
  • You desire to share the unique experience of the annual Tiji Fiesta with your children, family, and friends.

What Preparations Should Be Made For The Upper Mustang Tiji Festival Jeep Tour?

This Exploration takes you to the restricted area of the upper Mustang region on the fixed departure dates. Here are some of the preparations for upper mustang travel you must make to make your journey successful.

Planning Your Schedule

Before anything else, mark your calendar for the fixed departure date: April 30. This is the only departure date for the Upper Mustang Tiji Festival Jeep Tour for the year 2024. The trip starts from Kathmandu, and you need to be prepared for this date so as not to miss the Tiji Festivity on May 5th, 6th, and 7th. Reschedule your calendar to fit in this fixed departure date. If you miss this departure date, you must wait a year to attend the Tiji Fiesta. 

Acquire the Required Permits 

Securing the permits is one of the significant issues that must be addressed before going on a Tiji Festival Upper Mustang Jeep Tour. The Upper Mustang region is restricted, and travelers need special permits. The issuance of these permits is usually done through trekking agencies and tour operators that have been certified by the government. The permit application process should start early since processing and approval of permits may take several weeks to a few months.

Pack Appropriately

Mustang's weather is very unpredictable, so people should pack their clothes for all types of weather. Wear warm and waterproof clothing or boots and a hat or head cover to prevent such conditions. Don't forget to take prescribed medicines and enough cash for emergencies and other personal needs.

Be Respectful

On a trip to such a far and culturally endowed place, the visitor should tread that path with reverence. Pay attention to the local traditions, customs, and lifestyles; be wary of your behavior to avoid offending.

Understand the Risks

Acknowledge the peculiarities of a long journey to a remote place, such as Mustang. Consider road conditions, erratic weather patterns, and the absence of health centers. Choose comprehensive travel insurance and notify relatives of the destination.

Prepare for Altitude

Acclimatize slowly as the Mustang is at a high altitude. Drink adequate water, and watch for signs of altitude sickness – discomfort or headache are examples.

Mustang Tiji Festival Jeep Tour fixed departure Tour Cost

The updated Mustang Tiji Festival Jeep Tour fixed departure Exploration Cost ranged from USD 1950 to USD 2150 per person. The Upper Mustang Jeep Adventure Package includes all the necessary services and logistics for a successful journey. Please note that you should be in a group of at least two as a restricted permit is not granted for one traveler. We also provide the group prices as below. 

2-2 pax ---------------------------  US $ 2150

3-6 pax ---------------------------- US $ 2000

7-12 pax ----------------------------US $ 1950

Note: Please ensure you meet the minimum group size requirement to obtain the necessary permit for the journey.

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Airport to Hotel: 20-30 minutes

Accommodations: Hotels

As soon as you arrive at Kathmandu airport, one of our representatives will be waiting for you in the arrival terminal, holding a nameplate with your name. They will welcome you with open arms and arrange to move your luggage from the airport in Kathmandu. Upon arrival at the hotel, our representative will provide an overview of what is in store for you next on this itinerary. After the long journey, relax and enjoy a comfortable hotel on your first night in Kathmandu. Similarly, you can also spend some time and explore nearby areas by yourself. 

  • Hotel
  • Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • Free Day
  • 1400m

Flight Duration: 25-30 minutes

Accommodation: Hotels

The Upper Mustang Tiji Jeep Tour begins when you leave the city to go towards Pokhara. After waking up, you have breakfast and wait for your guide. They will pick you up from the hotel and drop you off at the airport. You board the plane at a domestic Airport terminal and fly into the air towards Pokhara. Wherever you look, there will be green hills and stunning natural scenery that is almost hypnotic. The peaks will astound you in their beauty. You finally reach Pokhara after a 25m- 30m You flight. You can walk around the city and visit the lakeside to refresh your mind. Having enjoyed yourself, you return to your hotel room at night. 

  • Hotel
  • Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • 25-30 minutes
  • 1400m, 822m

Drive Duration: 5-6 hours

Accommodation: Tea Houses

After breakfast in the hotel from Pokhara, we began a four-wheeled Jeep ride towards Tatopani. The trip will take us close to 5- 6 hours. From this day, our official Jeep ride journey starts as we move towards the Himalayan region of Nepal. The road trip will offer you different mountain scenery and a glimpse of the culturally rich Himalayan villages. The road trip will offer you different mountain scenery and a glimpse of the culturally rich Himalayan villages. In a few hours, we will get to Beni. It will take us a few hours to travel from Beni and Tatopani. As the name indicates, Tatopani is famous for its natural hot spring. We spent the night at one of Tatopani's tea houses. 

  • Tea House
  • Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • 5-6 hours
  • 1190 m

Drive Duration: 5-6 hours

Accommodation: Tea Houses

After breakfast in Tatopani, travelling again starts with a four-wheel jeep ride to Kagbeni. On the way to Kagbeni, we can see a scene of a panoramic view of the landscape. We take a short break at Marpha village, Jomsom market, and Muktinath temple before reaching Kagbeni. Muktinath Temple is a sacred temple for both Hindus and Buddhists. After exploring the temple, you will resume your drive towards Kagbeni. Eventually, sometime later, we will reach Kagbeni. Kagbeni is a charming village on the bank of the Kali Gandaki River and has become famous as a gateway for Mustang. Likewise, we may roam the village and go to Red Monastery. Overnight, we will be at one of the local tea houses of  Kagbeni. 

  • Tea House
  • Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • 5-6 hours
  • 2,804 m, 2,760 m, 3,710 m

Drive Duration: 5-6 hours

Accommodation: Tea Houses

After breakfast, the Tiji Festivity Jeep Tour will start from Muktinath with a fixed departure. In Kagbeni, you are required to show your restricted permit. This permit allows you to enter the restricted upper Mustang area premises. 

You will then proceed to Ghami. The mud and stone houses of Ghami are commonly regarded as whitewashed. Try to interact with the locals and learn about their beliefs and how they live as you walk through those narrow lanes on either side of the road. To reach Ghiling, you must cross the Kali Gandaki River and pass Chhusang, Chelle, Samar, and Syanboche. You will find several Mani walls in Ghiling. As you reach the Charang village, an enormous mountain range welcomes you. Overnight will be at one of Charing's tea houses. 

  • Tea House
  • Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • 5-6 hours
  • 3560m

Accommodation: Tea Houses

After having a traditional Tibetan breakfast, you will continue with the Upper Mustang Exploration to participate in the Tiji Fiesta from Charan to Lo-Manthang. As you progress, the more magnificent sightings of Annapurna I, Tilicho, and Nilgiri ranges will unfold before your eyes. As you travel towards the fabled walled city, Upper Mustang’s long mani walls will be on your path. You will see some Tibetan plateaus, cliffs, and sky caves on your way. 

A desert ambiance will captivate you. Now you reach the capital of the Upper Mustang Kingdom, i.e., Lo-Manthang. You will be greeted by lovely old white-washed houses on dry land here. After lunch, you will move to the King Place Lo-manthang, where the Tiji Fiesta is held this year. You will understand that Tibetan monks from various corners of the globe dance and undertake different rituals. After you have witnessed the 1st day of the Tiji Merriment celebration, you return to the tea houses. 

  • Tea House
  • Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • Free Day
  • 3810m

The Festivity of Tiji usually begins at 12 pm, so after breakfast, explore Lo Manthang. You will see a lot of significant monasteries and temples. Lo Manthang remains a true reflection of the fantastic Tibetan Buddhist culture and practices. These great monasteries and temples built amid barren land have hidden areas best explored through hiking or a short drive. Furthermore, you can also go to the village of Chhoser, a short drive away for an hour from Lo Manthang. If you are lucky, you can see Blue sheep and other animals. You will visit the village Buddhist school and visit the sky cave of Chhoser. You will return to Lo-Manthang for the Tiji festival at around 12 pm. After witnessing different religious practices and NgaCham dance, you return to the tea houses for dinner. 

  • Tea House
  • Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • Free Day
  • 3810m

Accommodation: Tea Houses

According to the Mustang Tiji Festival Jeep Tour Itinerary, this is day three and the last day of the Tiji Jamboree celebration. You will tour monasteries and Buddhist schools in Lo Manthang and see the Tibetan village's surrounding scenery. The population that inhabits this area is mainly from Lhoba and Bon tribes. These locals primarily practice Buddhism. Before participating in the final day's Tiji Merriment celebration, visit the nearby villages and learn more about the ancient kingdom. 

You can also go to the Champa Lhakang – a vast Buddhist temple featuring an enormous statue of Buddha and Mandala paintings on its walls. You can then take a few steps to the Namgyal Gompa, another courthouse that also acts as a place of worship. On the last day, after 12 PM, join locals to celebrate TIJI and watch the final dance, the Rha Chham. After the end of the Tiji Fiesta, return to your tea houses and enjoy the local delicacies. 

  • Tea House
  • Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • Free Day
  • 3810m

Drive Duration: 6-7 hours

Accommodation: Tea Houses

Following an energizing breakfast, your Tiji Festivity Jeep Tour in the Upper Mustang will return to Jomsom. You will return in the 4WD Jeep to Jomsom. En route, you will find the beautiful villages of Tsarang, Ghami Ghiling Samar, and Kagbeni. Once again, your special permit will be checked at Kagbeni. After the checking process, We will then return to Jomsom. At Jomsom, rooms will be allotted. Where you can unpack and take much-needed rest. Moreover, You are free to wander around the market part of Jomsom till dinner.

  • Tea House
  • Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • 6-7 hours
  • 3810m

Drive Duration: 6-7 hours

Accommodation: Tea Houses

After breakfast, we will continue our trip from the present place to Pokhara. We go the same way that brought us to Jomsom. En route, we may meet with any interesting sightseeing places or landmarks that drew our attention while traveling. The return route is convenient as we can stop anywhere to photograph areas that interest us. You reach Pokhara after a 7- 8 hours drive and check in to the hotels your guests have booked for you. 

  • Tea House
  • Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • 6-7 hours

Drive Duration: 6-8 hours

Accommodation: Tea Houses

After enjoying Pokhara's delicious breakfast, we prepare for your long drive in a Tourist Deluxe Bus towards Kathmandu. From Pokhara, the road to Kathmandu follows the Marsyangdi River and Trishuli. The road from Pokhara to Kathmandu passes through some of the most beautiful bazaars, Damauli Bazar, Dumre Bazar Mugling, and others. The trip also offers spectacular sceneries of hills, rivers, and snow-capped mountains. Upon arrival at the Kathmandu Valley, one of our staff will receive you and take you to your accommodation. After freshening up, proceed with shopping or touring Thamel, successfully ending the Mustang Tiji Fiesta 2024 trip.

  • Hotel
  • Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • 6-8 hours

We book an airport shuttle service 2-3 hours before your departure time. If you have spare time, we can also arrange some side trips for you, or you can just explore independently.

  • Hotel
  • Breakfast
  • 1400m

We are pleased to offer the flexibility of tailoring your journey to your desired duration and places, whether extended or shortened, as our proficient team of locals-cum-guides, porters, and accompanying staff have an in-depth understanding of every location traveled.

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Cost Details


  • Airport Pick up and drop off service by Private Coach.
  • Two nights' accommodation with breakfast at a standard hotel in Kathmandu.
  • Two nights' accommodation with breakfast at a deluxe hotel in Pokhara.
  • Three times meals a food in a day (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) while trekking.
  • Tea House accommodation during the trek.
  • Jeep Transportation 
  • Bothway Flight ticket from Pokhara - Jomsom - Pokhara.
  • Professional English-speaking trekking guide (trained by Ministry of Tourism) his food, housing, salary, insurance, equipment, etc.
  • Deluxe Tourist Bus Ticket to Pokhara, then Pokhara to Kathmandu.
  • Annapurna conservation permits & TIMS Permits
  • Tourist service charge, VAT.


  • International airfare and Nepal Visa Fees.
  • Nepal Travel insurance.
  • Food in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
  • Travel/Medical insurance and Emergency evacuation cost if needed.
  • Personal expenses include phone calls, drinks, donations, souvenirs, etc.
  • Expenses occurred due to unavoidable Events, i.e., road wrecks, flight delays, etc.
  • Tips for guide, porter (expected).

Dates & Price

Upcoming Departure

Few Seats AvailableStarts: TuesdayApr 30, 2024
Ends: SaturdayMay 11, 2024
Status: GuaranteedUS$1950

Essential Info

When is the Appropriate Time for the Mustang Tiji Festival Jeep Tour Fixed Departure?

The best time for the Mustang Tiji Festival Jeep Tour fixed departure coincides with the Fiesta dates set on May 5th, 6th, and 7th of 2024. Usually, departure takes place about five days before these dates if one wants to be completely immersed in the Tiji Jamboree experience. May is the epitome of beauty in Mustang, so this trip should be undertaken during that month. 

The newly nurtured plant buds and blooms flourish the landscape, turning it more picturesque. The Chode Monastery holds the Tiji Festivity, which allows visitors to witness traditional rituals and enjoy performances of colourful dances. May is the best time to visit Mustang as it involves participating in a  Cultural Festival Tour and offers an opportunity to witness its beautiful landscapes during spring. May is also the last month of spring, offering a chance to enjoy what makes this seasonal transition so attractive. May is when nature comes alive again, together with the rich natural and cultural heritage Mustang can boast.

Tea House Accommodation Service on Mustang Tiji Festival Jeep Tour

On the Upper Mustang Tiji Festival Jeep Tour, a local guide organizes accommodation in good hotels in Kathmandu, Pokhara, and tea houses during your stay within Mustangs' territory. In most of the teahouses, Twin-sharing rooms are generally available. However, for those who prefer more privacy, single rooms can also be provided on request for an extra cost.

Remember that while single rooms are easy to manage in Kathmandu and other regions below the altitude, it could be hard to find one above. The accommodation is excellent till Kagbeni. After Kagbeni, there are still common teahouses, but private washrooms may not be provided. Similarly, almost all tea shops provide Wi-Fi accessibility. There are warm dining halls with a warmer to get cozy in the cold.

Three Meals a Day Service on Mustang Tiji Festival Jeep Tour

Our Mustang Tiji Festival Jeep tour involves having three meals a day service.

Starting with an early breakfast between 7:30 and 8:30 in the guesthouse of Upper Mustang, there may be various options, like toast and omelet, boiled eggs, Tibetan bread, tea, coffee, etc. 

Lunch will typically be served from 1 to 2 PM and will include various options chosen by your guide, such as simple snacks, Tibetan bread with jam, soup steak sandwiches, momos, local dishes, and garlic soups. 

Dinner is served at the trekking lodge where you'll spend the night, usually between 6 to 7 PM. The cuisine served highlights the sheer cultural diversity of Upper Mustang. You can enjoy Thai, Continental, Indian, or Nepalese cuisine; however, we highly recommend a Nepalese Dish, "Dal Bhat,"- a thriving staple of rice vegetables with lentil soup.

Even the food options available during the Tiji Fiesta Jeep outing in Lo-Manthang are very tempting. Lunch includes Tibetan bread, chapati French toast, eggs of different varieties, pancakes, and porridge. The incredible menu of meals that follows lunch and dinner comprises Thukpa, momos, chapati plates, et cetera; spaghetti steak sandwiches, rice fried curry yak Steak dessert course, and hot or cold beverages.

What Types of Permits and Documents do I need for the Mustang Tiji Festival Jeep Tour?

To attain the Tiji Fiesta and enter the Upper Mustang premises, you must have two types of Permits: ACAP and RAP permits. 

Entry Permit for Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP)

  • Requirement: Every individual entering the ACAP area.
  • Cost: $20 per person for a single entry, valid for the duration of the trek.
  • Additional Information: No restriction on the length of stay within the ACAP area.

Restricted Area Permit (RAP) for Upper Mustang

  • Requirement: Travellers entering Upper Mustang from Kagbeni onwards.
  • Cost: $500 per person for 10 days; additional $50 per day for longer stays.
  • TIMS Card Not Required: RAP serves as sufficient documentation; there is no need for a Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS) card.

Documents to Submit

  • The validity of the passport must be at least six months.
  • An original passport and current visa will be needed when applying for the permits.
  • The scanned passport of the photograph is required.
  • For an ACAP permit, one printed passport-sized photograph is required. 
  • A minimum of two trekkers in the group.Travel insurance papers (includes helicopter evacuation)

Obtaining Permits

  • The TIMS and ACAP trekkers' permits are available at the Nepal Tourism Board, Kathmandu, or Pokhara's tourist office.
  • RAP permits cannot be secured individually. A registered trekking company in Nepal must enter the premises of the Upper Mustang. 

Note: Individual trekkers or guides cannot procure RAP permits. You must go through a registered trekking company for this restricted permit.

How to Reach the Upper Mustang for the Tiji Festival?

We use three transportation services to reach the upper Mustang and attend the Tiji Festivity on May 5th, 6th, and 7th. 

Flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara

The Himalayan Adventure begins with a beautiful flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara. This is a short 25 to 30-minute flight that takes you over Annapurna Massif, Dhaulagiri, and many other grand mountain ranges. To board the flight, you will be transported by private car from your hotels in Kathmandu to the Kathmandu domestic terminal. 

Sharing Jeep Ride from Pokhara to Lo Manthang and Back

Our Himalayan adventure to Lo Manthang Road starts upon reaching Pokhara, where we travel by shared jeep. As we journey to our destination, i.e., Lo Manthang, we pass notable landmarks while taking in nature's beauty. Following the three days of the Tiji Fiesta (5th, 6th, and 7th May), we returned to Pokhara in the jeep.

Tourist Deluxe Bus from Pokhara to Kathmandu

After exploring Pokhara, we will return to Kathmandu via a tourist deluxe bus. This bus offers standard comforts such as air-conditioning and Wi-Fi, ensuring a pleasant journey back to our starting point.

Altitude Sickness Chances On Mustang Tiji Festival Jeep Tour

Following our Mustang Tiji Festival Jeep Tour fixed departure Itinerary, you reach the highest point of the trip at Lo Manthang, which is only 3,900m. Since the elevation is not so great, the chances of getting altitude sickness are generally low. 

It is comforting to know that your Excursion lasts most of its duration below the 4,00-metre mark, where altitude sickness is not as prevalent. Nevertheless, it should be noted that altitude sickness can also differ from person to person, and some may get affected even at lower elevations.

No travelers know where they may or may not be affected by altitude sickness; therefore, being prepared beforehand is everything. This being said medications such as Diamox are also efficient in preventing and treating symptoms of altitude festival sickness. Furthermore, keeping one hydrated and avoiding alcoholic beverages at gradually increasing altitudes can help minimize the possibility of encountering problems due to high altitudes.

Having guides or team leaders who are well-conversed with the environment is priceless. They can advise on the right acclimatization practices and identify altitude sickness early. However, in case of symptoms, their only solution is to descend to a lower altitude.

Mustang Tiji Festival Jeep Tour Fixed Departure 2024 Packing List

One should have suitable gear and equipment to complete the Tiji Festival Jeep Tour. You must also ensure that you have all the necessary documents to enter the Mustang region. Here's a recommended packing list for the Upper Mustang Tiji Jamboree Jeep Excursion.


  • Duffel or Rucksack bag
  • Day pack (Approximately 20-22 Litre)
  • Down Jacket (Complimentary, return after trek)
  • 4 Seasons Sleeping bag (Complimentary, return after trek)


  • Sun hat or scarf
  • Light balaclava or warm fleece hat
  • Sunglasses with UV protection


  • Thin, lightweight inner socks
  • Thick, warm wool hiking socks
  • Hiking boots
  • Camp shoes (sneakers and sandals)
  • Gaiters for hiking in winter


  • Lightweight gloves
  • Heavyweight gloves or mittens

Lower Body:

  • Undergarments
  • Hiking shorts
  • Lightweight cotton long pants
  • Light and expedition-weight thermal bottoms
  • Fleece pants (seasonal)
  • Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell pants

Upper Body

  • T-shirts
  • Light and expedition-weight thermal tops
  • Fleece Jacket
  • Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (Optional)
  • Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket


  • Headlamp with spare bulbs and batteries
  • Basic First Aid Kit
  • Large plastic bags (for keeping items dry)
  • Trekking Poles
  • Water bottles
  • Toiletries (Small wash towels, toilet paper, etc.)
  • Toiletries
  • Toothbrush/paste
  • Multipurpose soap
  • Nail cutter
  • Small mirror
  • Personal Hygiene:

Wet Wipes (baby wipes)

  • Tissue/toilet roll
  • Anti-bacterial hand wash

Here is a more in detailed packing list for any trek or tour in Nepal

Mustang Tiji Festival Jeep Tour Fixed Departure Safety and Tips 

The safety of our clients is our number one priority at Mountain Rock Treks. We achieve this by offering you guides and drivers who perform exceptionally well in their line of duty. Here are some safety measures we adopt and tips to ensure a smooth journey. 

  • Our Qualified and licensed guides guarantee comfort and safety on the Mustang Tiji Festival Jeep Tour Fixed Departure trip. 
  • These licensed guides are well-trained and must complete wilderness first aid Training. 
  • Our guide will assist you if you experience altitude sickness.
  • Ensure you have all the mandatory documents with you at every point, including identification and travel insurance.
  • Stay hydrated by drinking lots of water during the jeep transport. Excursion to avoid altitude sickness.
  • In the Tiji Festival Upper Mustang Jeep Tour, obey and listen to what your travel leader and guides tell you because they are experts at what they do. 
  • Inform your guide of health issues or medical conditions to ensure comfort and safety.
  • Leave no trace by not littering plastics or any waste on the trail; ask your guide to point you in the right direction of proper disposal.
  • Keep in contact with your group and inform the guide of concerns or issues as soon as they arise.
  • Be aware of local rules and requirements to avoid trespassing in any prohibited areas or restrictions.
  • You can expect changes in the weather patterns, so it is always better to carry waterproof clothing and gear.


  • Q1. When is the Tiji festival?

    The Tiji festival is typically held annually in Upper Mustang during May. In 2024, it will take place on the 5th, 6th, and 7th of May.

  • You will ride in a shared jeep to Upper Mustang. The trip may be characterized by gravel roads, off-road paths, and flat surfaces that are smooth or bumpy.

  • The drive duration to Upper Mustang can vary depending on road conditions and weather. On average, expect to spend approximately 4 to 6 hours per day travelling from Pokhara to reach Upper Mustang.

  • The Tiji festival, also known as the Tenchi festival, celebrates the myth of a son who saved the Mustang Kingdom from destruction. It's a prayer for world peace and is deeply rooted in the cultural and religious heritage of Upper Mustang.

  • Previously, there was a monarchy system in Mustang. However, it ceased to exist on October 7, 2008, by order of the Government of Nepal. The last official king was Jigme Dorje Palbar Bista.

  • Lo Manthang is the capital of Upper Mustang and is primarily inhabited by the Loba people, who are of Tibetan descent.

  • The Tiji trip typically spans 12 days, allowing travelers to fully immerse themselves in the festival and explore the beautiful landscapes of the Upper Mustang.

  • Yes, you can see Tibet during the Mustang Jeep tour. The distance from Lo Manthang to Kora La (Tibetan border) is approximately 20 kilometers or 12 miles.

  • The Tiji Festival Jeep Tour in Nepal is undoubtedly a safe tour to participate in.

  • Yes, Tibetan people are among the inhabitants of Upper Mustang, along with Thakalis and Gurungs. The region has a diverse cultural heritage, with Tibetan influence being prominent.

Client Reviews

  • Unforgettable Cultural Journey

    The 2023 Upper Mustang Tiji Festival Jeep Tour that took place between May 16 and 18 was an experience I will never forget. The decision to travel by Jeep instead of walking allowed me to enjoy Nepal's nature without ever feeling tired. Though a jeep ride might be easy, precaution is required, and it's important to pick up a reliable tour operator like Mountain Rock Treks. Their professionalism guaranteed travelers a safe and pleasant trip. I strongly suggest you try Mountain Rock Treks services to reach the Tiji Festival celebration on time. 

    Sara O'BrienAustraliaMay 20, 2023
  • Captivating Traditions

    The Upper Mustang Tiji Festival Jeep Tour was an enriching experience to attend. The mesmerising traditional dances enhanced the cultural experience. Although I faced the problem of altitude sickness, professional guides helped me immediately and kept me safe throughout my travels. The pleasant jeep tour provided a relaxing ride, and the nice driver further added to its appeal. I'll never forget exploring the mystical terrain of Upper Mustang and seeing people in their revelry during the Tiji Festival. I Highly recommend this Tiji festival-focused Jeep tour for its cultural wealth, attentive guides, and comfortable means of transport.

    Leonard O'donnellCosta RicaMarch 22, 2023
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