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Upper Mustang Tiji Festival Jeep Tour - 11 Days

Upper Mustang Tiji Festival Jeep Tour

Overview

Trip Standard

Hotels / Lodge basis

Trip Grade

Easy

Total Duration

11 Days

Best Season

May

Highest Spot

Lo Manthang (3,840 m)

Upper Mustang Tiji Festival Jeep Tour Highlights

  • Witness the sacred 3-day Tiji Festival in historic Lo Manthang, with elaborate costume dances and rituals
  • Explore ancient Buddhist temples and monasteries in the walled city of Lo Manthang
  • Drive through incredible mountain scenery along the Kali Gandaki River Valley
  • Stop at Muktinath Temple, a pilgrimage site with 108 stone spouts channeling sacred water
  • Learn about Tibetan cultures little changed for centuries in Upper Mustang
  • Meet the local Loba people in their vibrant traditional dress during festival celebrations
  • Visit reddish-hued cliff caves decorated with ancient cave paintings and used for rituals
  • Travel in 4WD jeeps to remote villages lost in time like Samar, Chhusang, and Ghami
  • Enjoy teahouse lodging and traditional foods each night of the adventure

    Upper Mustang Tiji Festival Jeep Tour Overviews

Join our Upper Mustang Tiji Festival Jeep Tour to Nepal's dramatic Upper Mustang region to witness its vibrant annual Tiji Festival, a sacred three-day celebration of Buddhist culture in the former forbidden Kingdom of Lo. 

Our exhilarating jeep tour escorts you deep into this isolated trans-Himalayan area bordering Tibet. The region is a hidden world of red cliff-lined valleys dotted with whitewashed villages, ancient monasteries, and medieval walled cities barely touched by modernity.

Before starting the journey to Upper Mustang, we'll explore Kathmandu's heritage sites. The trip begins with a flight viewing mountain vistas from Pokhara. Then we'll fly north to Jomsom village, the gateway between the mountain region.  

Our journey upstream along the mighty Kali Gandaki River truly begins as the landscape turns increasingly arid and starkly Beautiful. Pausing to explore hillside caves and towns lost in time along the way, we'll overnight in local teahouses. 

During the period, we can interact with an otherworldly mix of peoples following Tibetan Buddhism, and Bon shamanistic traditions largely vanished elsewhere.

The stunning centerpiece of the Upper Mustang region is Lo Manthang, an astonishing medieval walled city that was once the capital of the Kingdom of Lo. It largely still retains that regal atmosphere today. 

Founded in 1380, this remote outpost looks like a film set with its towering clay walls, arched gateways, monasteries, and twisted streets that transport you back centuries in time. 

One of the last remnants of historic Tibetan culture left in the world, here you'll see crimson-clad monks, hearty yaks, and proud local traditions. 

As honored guests, we'll celebrate the Tiji Festival in its full glory, through dances and centuries-old ceremonies intended to conquer negativity across the land. 

Itinerary Detail Expand All Close All

Day 1 : Welcome to Nepal - Kathmandu -1400 M .

Welcome to Nepal! When you land at the airport in Kathmandu, one of our friendly team members will be there waiting to greet you. We'll drive you to your hotel in the lively Thamel neighborhood so you can check in, freshen up after your long flight, and settle in. Later, our knowledgeable guide will meet with you to give a briefing about the trip and answer any questions you have.

After that, you'll have free time to explore Thamel. Shop for any last-minute trekking gear or souvenirs, sample delicious food at the area's top-notch restaurants, and stroll the captivating streets to experience the sights and sounds of this bustling district. It's the perfect first day to get acquainted with magical Nepal!
 

Accomodation
Hotel
Day 2 : Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing & Trip Preparation -1400 M .

We'll see a few of the Kathmandu Valley's historic sites today. After having a hearty breakfast, we head towards the Kathmandu Durbar Square close to Thamel. The Durbar Square exposes you to historic temples, architectural structures, courtyards, and much more. 

The significant Hindu temple Pashupatinath on the Bagmati River will be our next stop. Here, you can see fascinating religious rituals and take in the spiritual atmosphere.

After that, it's on to the massive Buddhist stupa of Boudhanath, one of the largest in the world. We'll walk around the stupa with pilgrims spinning prayer wheels to soak in the peaceful vibes.

Our last stop is Swayambhunath, also known as the Monkey Temple, where we can take in panoramic valley views and see monkeys and shrines up close.
 

Food
Breakfast
Accomodation
Hotel
Elevation
1400
Day 3 : Early Morning Flight to Pokhara -820 M .

We'll start the day early with a morning flight to Pokhara. From the plane, you'll get stunning aerial views of the countryside. Upon arrival, we'll transfer to the hotel.

After checking in, you'll have free time to relax by the lakeside. Stroll along the peaceful shore, gaze at the unspoiled Annapurna mountain range reflecting on the crystal clear waters, and just soak in the serenity. Pokhara is called the "City of Lakes and Mountains" for good reason!
 

Food
Breakfast
Accomodation
Hotel
Elevation
820
Day 4 : Fly (20 minutes) to Jomsom & Drive (3-4 hours) to Kagbeni via Muktinath -2800 M .

Take a 20-minute scenic flight to Jomsom to start the day. Following a leisurely breakfast, we will travel to Kagbeni for three to four hours, making a stop at the Buddhist and Hindu pilgrimage site, Muktinath Temple. 

Hindu pilgrims take baths beneath the 108 stone spouts of Muktinath, which channel holy water. After visiting the temple, we'll continue driving towards Kagbeni by nightfall. 
 

Food
Breakfast /lunch/dinner
Accomodation
lodge
Elevation
2800
Day 5 : Drive (6 hours) to Ghami Village -3560 M .

Following breakfast, we will see the historic Kagbeni town and its monastery. Next, our guide will obtain the necessary permits to allow us to access the Upper Mustang. 

After that, we'll travel for six hours to reach Ghami village while taking in the breathtaking views. We will make stops along the route to see the striking red cliffs and charming communities such as Chhusang, Samar, Chelle, Syangboche, and Ghiling. 
 

Food
Breakfast /lunch/dinner
Accomodation
lodge
Elevation
3560
Day 6 : Drive (3 hours) to Lo-Manthang and Enjoy the First Day of the Tiji Festival -3840 M .

We'll travel three hours to get to the walled city of Lo Manthang, an old Tibetan village established in 1380, after a filling breakfast. 

We'll take a tour of Mustang's culturally vibrant capital, which is home to recognizable palaces and monasteries. 

We will have the honor of seeing the opening day of the three-day religious rite known as the Tiji festival in the afternoon.
 

Food
Breakfast /lunch/dinner
Accomodation
lodge
Elevation
3840
Day 7 : Explore Lo-Manthang & Chhoser Cave and Enjoy the Second Day of the Tiji Festival -3840 M .

We'll travel to the revered Chhosar cave today to see the neighboring Tibetan monastery and enjoy the Himalayan views. If we're lucky, we might see blue sheep and other local fauna. 

We'll head back to Lo Manthang so we can continue seeing this historic walled city and take in its famous monasteries and palaces. 

We will continue to have the honor of seeing this revered Buddhist event throughout our visit when we attend the second day of the amazing Tiji festival in the afternoon. 
 

Food
Breakfast /lunch/dinner
Accomodation
lodge
Elevation
3840
Day 8 : Explore Lo-Manthang and Enjoy the Last Day of the Tiji Festival -3840 M .

On our last day, we'll immerse ourselves in the local culture of Lo Manthang, touring Buddhist monasteries and schools to learn about this historic capital's ancient kingdom. 

We'll wander narrow lanes to view iconic architecture before joining villagers to celebrate the Tiji festival's grand finale around noon. We'll interact with locals, watch vibrant dances, and attend the concluding ceremonies of this special 3-day religious event.
 

Accomodation
lodge
Elevation
3839
Day 9 : Early Morning Drive (7 hours) to Jomsom-2700 M .

After an early breakfast, we'll get on the 7-hour drive back to Jomsom. Along the way, we'll stop for lunch in Chhusang village and continue passing the lovely villages of Tsarang, Ghami, Ghiling, and Samar. 

We'll again admire the red cliff terrain before arriving in Jomsom, with time to visit tranquil Dhumba Lake, which is located close to town. 
 

Food
Breakfast /lunch/dinner
Accomodation
lodge
Elevation
2700
Day 10 : Early Morning Flight to Pokhara and then Fly to Kathmandu -1400 M .

On our final day, we'll catch an early morning flight to Pokhara. From there, we'll fly back to Kathmandu, concluding our incredible 4WD adventure through the forbidden kingdom of Mustang in the remote Trans-Himalayan valleys of Nepal.
 

Food
Breakfast /lunch/dinner
Accomodation
Hotel
Elevation
1400
Day 11 : Final departure

On departure day, enjoy a leisurely final breakfast at your Kathmandu hotel before checking out. Our representative will then transfer you to the airport, bidding you farewell as the Upper Mustang Tiji festival tour comes to an end. 

We hope you treasured the journey through this remote Trans-Himalayan region and trust you'll bring home incredible memories from the ancient walled city of Lo Manthang.
 

Food
Breakfast

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This represents our standard and highly recommended itinerary. Should this itinerary or date not align with your preferences, we are more than willing to tailor your vacation to meet your specific requirements. The following are our established departure dates. These dates and prices are applicable for joining a group. Allow our travel experts to assist you in personalizing this journey according to your individual interests.

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What Is Included ?

  • Private vehicle pickups and drops at airports.
  • Three nights in a twin-sharing hotel in Kathmandu.
  • One night at a twin-sharing hotel in Pokhara.
  • Private tourist vehicle sightseeing tour in Kathmandu for the entire day.
  • One experienced tour guide speaking in English for sightseeing in Kathmandu.
  • all of the scheduled meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) while traveling.
  • Jomsom-upper Mustang - Jomsom 4wd jeep.
  • Kathmandu -Pokhara - Kathmandu and Pokhara -Jomsom-pokhara flight ticket.
  • The best lodge or guesthouse which is available for the trip.
  • The English-speaking guide has a license for the duration of the trip.
  • Provision of food, lodging, wages, equipment, and insurance for all employees.
  • Fees for required entrance permits and TIMS cards for visitors.
  • The duffel bag and sleeping bag provided by the company have to be returned after the trip is over.
  • Permit charge for Upper Mustang Restricted Area.
  • Pay, Transportation, Lodging, and Guide Insurance.
  • all local and governmental taxes.

What Is Excluded?

  • Flying internationally along with necessary airport fees.
  • Currently, entry visa fees to Nepal are $25 for 15 days, $40 for 30 days, and $100 for three months.
  • Lunch and dinner in Pokhara and Kathmandu.
  • An additional night's lodging in Kathmandu due to an early departure from the mountain or a late departure.
  • Fees for entering temples and monasteries while touring Kathmandu and Pokhara.
  • travel insurance that includes evacuation and emergency rescue.
  • All personal and bar expenditures both during the trek and in Pokhara and Kathmandu.
  • Tips for the driver and guide (tips are expected).
  • Personal expenses include calls, laundry, battery replacement, boiling water in a bottle, taking a shower, and any other expenses that are not mentioned above.

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FAQs

When is the best time to visit Upper Mustang for the Tiji Festival?

The optimal time to visit the Upper Mustang for the Tiji Festival is in the spring, which is the middle of May. This coincides with the annual Tiji Festival. The festival occurs once a year, based on the Tibetan calendar. The festival features elaborate ritual masked dances performed by Buddhist monks in Lo Manthang and other villages.
 

What type of accommodations are available on the tour?

Accommodations on the Upper Mustang Tour range from basic guesthouses run by local families to simple teahouses. Luxury hotels are not available due to the remote location. Expect shared bathrooms and dorm-style lodging. However, the accommodations offer an authentic cultural experience.
 

Is it safe to travel to Upper Mustang?

Upper Mustang is considered very safe for tourists and has seen very few travel-related incidents. Nepali people are friendly, honest, and hospitable. However, basic precautions regarding your belongings are always advised during travel. It's best to travel with a guide who can help communicate with locals.
 

What food is served on the tour? Can you accommodate dietary needs?

Traditional Nepali food is served throughout the tour, including dal bhat (lentils and rice), momos (dumplings), chapati bread, potatoes, and vegetables. Besides, some cuisines are continental as well as Tibetan. 

Meals are simple but satisfy hunger after a day of activities. Dietary restrictions can be accommodated by notifying your tour organizer in advance. Be advised that specialty foods may not be available at remote guesthouses.
 

Are permits required to visit Upper Mustang?

Yes, government permits are required for foreign travelers to enter Upper Mustang, with costs of $500 per person. Tour agencies will acquire the permits for you, but be sure to provide a copy of your passport well in advance of the trip. Solo travelers can join existing tour groups to obtain permits.
 

Is the Jeep Tour suitable for all ages?

The Jeep Tour is appropriate for most age groups since it does not involve long days of strenuous hiking. However, very young children under five years old may have some difficulties due to the basic demands of traveling in the region. 

Older children and healthy seniors are certainly able to manage the tour comfortably. Jeep transportation makes it more accessible for a wider range of ages than trekking. But travelers should be prepared for full days of activity and some rough jeep rides on rough terrain. As long as you are in reasonable condition, age is not a limiting factor.
 

What is the best way to get Nepali Rupees for the trip?

The best way to get Nepali Rupees is to use ATMs once you arrive in Nepal, especially in cities like Kathmandu and Pokhara. This will provide you with the current exchange rate. 

Only use ATMs inside banks or reputable locations. Exchanging cash is also an option, but rates may vary. 
 

How much spending money should I budget for the tour?

Excluding the tour cost, around $30-35 USD per day is sufficient for meals, drinks, souvenirs, and tips for local guides. There are few big expenses, but many small costs add up. Bring extras if you want to purchase local crafts or stay longer in Kathmandu. Make sure to have cash in small bills and coins since change is limited in rural Nepal.
 

Is wifi or internet access available on the tour?

Wifi and internet access is very limited in the Upper Mustang region due to the remoteness. Some guesthouses may have wifi, but it is unreliable. Getting a complete digital detox can be enjoyable, but bring books or games as alternative entertainment. Let your family know not to expect frequent contact.

Additional Information

The optimal time for our Upper Mustang Tiji Festival jeep adventure is mid-May when the sacred three-day Tiji Festival is held in Lo Manthang. The dates for 2024 are May 16th to 18th. This colorful Buddhist celebration falls during spring, the most stunning season to travel in Nepal. 

As winter snow melts, new plant growth emerges, blanketing the Trans-Himalayan mountain valleys in wildflowers. The comfortable weather also makes travel and outdoor exploration ideal. 

Crisp, sunny days with refreshing temperatures transition to cool, clear nights perfect for stargazing at quaint village guesthouses along our route. 

Since the Tiji Festival happens only once annually in May, joining our tour during this season is mesmerizing. It allows you to experience Upper Mustang at its most beautiful and culturally vibrant while attending a landmark religious event unavailable any other time of year.
 

During our Jeep tour through the remote mountain region of Upper Mustang, each village and town offered traditional teahouses and restaurants. Those accommodations offer hearty meals to fuel our Himalayan adventure. 

We can try authentic Nepali and Tibetan cuisine like dal bhat - lentil soup served over steamed rice - as well as thick noodle soup called thukpa, juicy yak steaks, and steaming Sherpa stew with potatoes and vegetables. 

For breakfast, most places serve staples like Tibetan bread or chapati, French toast, cornflakes, potatoes, eggs made to order, and porridge, along with caffeinated coffee and tea to perk up early risers. 

Lunches tend to feature items like dumplings called momos, macaroni, sandwiches, spring rolls, and even pizza! 

Dinners offer all of the above plus local dishes like rice with curry. Desserts in these mountain communities are often traditional Tibetan sweet breads or cakes. 

Going to bed nourished after meals overlooking the Himalayas is another magical memory from the journey!
 

Our tour provides comfortable lodging throughout our journey to Mustang and back. We'll overnight in quality three-star hotels when we kick off the trip in Kathmandu and while exploring Pokhara. 

Once our 4WD vehicles reach the Mustang region, we will switch to traditional teahouses, which offer basic but cozy rooms with twin beds and shared bathrooms. Some feature outdoor courtyards where we can relax among the mountains. 

Guests have the option to request single supplement private rooms for an additional charge. Though rustic, these family-run Mustang lodges allow us to enjoy views of nearby peaks or red cliffs dotted with ancient cave dwellings. 

After bidding the lost horizon of Upper Mustang goodbye, we'll conclude by spending our final nights back in finer Nepali hotels before departure.
 

The Upper Mustang jeep tour is considered an easy trip that most travelers can accomplish. You won't have to walk very much on the tour since a jeep will transport you to most of the attractions and sites. This makes it convenient for covering longer distances in the region comfortably.

While lengthy hiking isn't required, you should still be in decent physical health and condition to fully participate in the tour activities. You'll need enough fitness and endurance for some light walking, exploring villages, taking photographs, and handling the basic rigors of traveling. Though the tour isn't extremely challenging, you'll get more enjoyment if you have reasonable mobility and stamina.

The tour does not involve any technically difficult activities that require special skills. For example, you won't have to climb mountains or tackle tough terrain. Any obstacles faced, such as rough jeep rides or walking uphill, can be overcome with some determination and effort. No prior experience with adventurous activities is necessary.
 

When traveling through high mountain regions like the Himalayas, altitude sickness is always a possibility as our bodies adjust to less oxygen in the air.

On this jeep tour, we will reach elevations around 3,840 m. Symptoms can include headaches, nausea, or dizziness. To help acclimatize and prevent problems, we will take the journey slowly - spending several nights sleeping at lower elevations first before proceeding higher up each day.

Be sure to rest properly, stay hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids, avoid overexertion, and don't drink alcohol.

If symptoms seem severe, medicines called Diamox may be recommended. But pacing ourselves appropriately should mean altitude has minimal impact on tour activities.

Exploring ancient sites and enjoying the Tiji Festival open-air dances and ceremonies in Upper Mustang's crisp, high-desert air can be less harmful. Just take it easy and notify guides if you need extra assistance!

When going on the Upper Mustang jeep tour, it's important to get travel insurance. Travel insurance protects you in case something unexpected happens on your trip. It can cover costs for things like:

  • Canceling your trip - If you get sick or there's an emergency at home, travel insurance can refund you for the cost of the tour if you have to cancel.
  • Medical expenses - If you get hurt or sick while on the tour, insurance helps pay for doctors, hospitals, and medicines.
  • Evacuation - If you are somewhere remote like Upper Mustang and need an emergency helicopter rescue, insurance can cover this expensive cost.
  • Lost luggage - If the airline loses your bags, insurance can pay to replace your belongings.
  • Theft - If someone steals your camera, jewelry, etc, you can claim to get money to replace them.

Getting travel insurance for the Upper Mustang tour gives you peace of mind. But to be sure you understand exactly what is and isn't covered, make sure you read the policy terms. You can relax and enjoy your Upper Mustang experience when you have insurance!
 

Upper Mustang is a special region that was closed to visitors until 1992. This means it is one of the most preserved and traditional areas in the world. To protect the culture and environment, tourists need to get a special permit to enter Upper Mustang.
Upper Mustang is a special region that was closed to visitors until 1992. This means it is one of the most preserved and traditional areas in the world. To protect the culture and environment, tourists need to get a special permit to enter Upper Mustang.
The rules for the permit are:

  • You must be in a group of at least 2 people. Solo travelers can join a group through a tour company.
  • The permit costs $500 per person. This allows you to travel from Kagbeni to Upper Mustang and back.
  • Rs 3000 Annapurna conservation area.
  • You need to provide your original passport and a photo to get the permit.

The rules are in place to control tourist numbers and protect Upper Mustang's distinctive culture and towns. With the permit, you can explore this unique territory while simultaneously contributing to its conservation.
 

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Upper Mustang Tiji Festival Jeep Tour

Overview And Highlights

Trip Standard

Hotels / Lodge basis

Trip Grade

Easy

Total Duration

11 Days

Best Season

May

Highest Spot

Lo Manthang (3,840 m)

Upper Mustang Tiji Festival Jeep Tour Highlights

  • Witness the sacred 3-day Tiji Festival in historic Lo Manthang, with elaborate costume dances and rituals
  • Explore ancient Buddhist temples and monasteries in the walled city of Lo Manthang
  • Drive through incredible mountain scenery along the Kali Gandaki River Valley
  • Stop at Muktinath Temple, a pilgrimage site with 108 stone spouts channeling sacred water
  • Learn about Tibetan cultures little changed for centuries in Upper Mustang
  • Meet the local Loba people in their vibrant traditional dress during festival celebrations
  • Visit reddish-hued cliff caves decorated with ancient cave paintings and used for rituals
  • Travel in 4WD jeeps to remote villages lost in time like Samar, Chhusang, and Ghami
  • Enjoy teahouse lodging and traditional foods each night of the adventure

    Upper Mustang Tiji Festival Jeep Tour Overviews

Join our Upper Mustang Tiji Festival Jeep Tour to Nepal's dramatic Upper Mustang region to witness its vibrant annual Tiji Festival, a sacred three-day celebration of Buddhist culture in the former forbidden Kingdom of Lo. 

Our exhilarating jeep tour escorts you deep into this isolated trans-Himalayan area bordering Tibet. The region is a hidden world of red cliff-lined valleys dotted with whitewashed villages, ancient monasteries, and medieval walled cities barely touched by modernity.

Before starting the journey to Upper Mustang, we'll explore Kathmandu's heritage sites. The trip begins with a flight viewing mountain vistas from Pokhara. Then we'll fly north to Jomsom village, the gateway between the mountain region.  

Our journey upstream along the mighty Kali Gandaki River truly begins as the landscape turns increasingly arid and starkly Beautiful. Pausing to explore hillside caves and towns lost in time along the way, we'll overnight in local teahouses. 

During the period, we can interact with an otherworldly mix of peoples following Tibetan Buddhism, and Bon shamanistic traditions largely vanished elsewhere.

The stunning centerpiece of the Upper Mustang region is Lo Manthang, an astonishing medieval walled city that was once the capital of the Kingdom of Lo. It largely still retains that regal atmosphere today. 

Founded in 1380, this remote outpost looks like a film set with its towering clay walls, arched gateways, monasteries, and twisted streets that transport you back centuries in time. 

One of the last remnants of historic Tibetan culture left in the world, here you'll see crimson-clad monks, hearty yaks, and proud local traditions. 

As honored guests, we'll celebrate the Tiji Festival in its full glory, through dances and centuries-old ceremonies intended to conquer negativity across the land. 

Itinerary Detail

Day 1 : Welcome to Nepal - Kathmandu -1400 M .

Welcome to Nepal! When you land at the airport in Kathmandu, one of our friendly team members will be there waiting to greet you. We'll drive you to your hotel in the lively Thamel neighborhood so you can check in, freshen up after your long flight, and settle in. Later, our knowledgeable guide will meet with you to give a briefing about the trip and answer any questions you have.

After that, you'll have free time to explore Thamel. Shop for any last-minute trekking gear or souvenirs, sample delicious food at the area's top-notch restaurants, and stroll the captivating streets to experience the sights and sounds of this bustling district. It's the perfect first day to get acquainted with magical Nepal!
 

Accomodation
Hotel
Day 2 : Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing & Trip Preparation -1400 M .

We'll see a few of the Kathmandu Valley's historic sites today. After having a hearty breakfast, we head towards the Kathmandu Durbar Square close to Thamel. The Durbar Square exposes you to historic temples, architectural structures, courtyards, and much more. 

The significant Hindu temple Pashupatinath on the Bagmati River will be our next stop. Here, you can see fascinating religious rituals and take in the spiritual atmosphere.

After that, it's on to the massive Buddhist stupa of Boudhanath, one of the largest in the world. We'll walk around the stupa with pilgrims spinning prayer wheels to soak in the peaceful vibes.

Our last stop is Swayambhunath, also known as the Monkey Temple, where we can take in panoramic valley views and see monkeys and shrines up close.
 

Food
Breakfast
Accomodation
Hotel
Elevation
1400
Day 3 : Early Morning Flight to Pokhara -820 M .

We'll start the day early with a morning flight to Pokhara. From the plane, you'll get stunning aerial views of the countryside. Upon arrival, we'll transfer to the hotel.

After checking in, you'll have free time to relax by the lakeside. Stroll along the peaceful shore, gaze at the unspoiled Annapurna mountain range reflecting on the crystal clear waters, and just soak in the serenity. Pokhara is called the "City of Lakes and Mountains" for good reason!
 

Food
Breakfast
Accomodation
Hotel
Elevation
820
Day 4 : Fly (20 minutes) to Jomsom & Drive (3-4 hours) to Kagbeni via Muktinath -2800 M .

Take a 20-minute scenic flight to Jomsom to start the day. Following a leisurely breakfast, we will travel to Kagbeni for three to four hours, making a stop at the Buddhist and Hindu pilgrimage site, Muktinath Temple. 

Hindu pilgrims take baths beneath the 108 stone spouts of Muktinath, which channel holy water. After visiting the temple, we'll continue driving towards Kagbeni by nightfall. 
 

Food
Breakfast /lunch/dinner
Accomodation
lodge
Elevation
2800
Day 5 : Drive (6 hours) to Ghami Village -3560 M .

Following breakfast, we will see the historic Kagbeni town and its monastery. Next, our guide will obtain the necessary permits to allow us to access the Upper Mustang. 

After that, we'll travel for six hours to reach Ghami village while taking in the breathtaking views. We will make stops along the route to see the striking red cliffs and charming communities such as Chhusang, Samar, Chelle, Syangboche, and Ghiling. 
 

Food
Breakfast /lunch/dinner
Accomodation
lodge
Elevation
3560
Day 6 : Drive (3 hours) to Lo-Manthang and Enjoy the First Day of the Tiji Festival -3840 M .

We'll travel three hours to get to the walled city of Lo Manthang, an old Tibetan village established in 1380, after a filling breakfast. 

We'll take a tour of Mustang's culturally vibrant capital, which is home to recognizable palaces and monasteries. 

We will have the honor of seeing the opening day of the three-day religious rite known as the Tiji festival in the afternoon.
 

Food
Breakfast /lunch/dinner
Accomodation
lodge
Elevation
3840
Day 7 : Explore Lo-Manthang & Chhoser Cave and Enjoy the Second Day of the Tiji Festival -3840 M .

We'll travel to the revered Chhosar cave today to see the neighboring Tibetan monastery and enjoy the Himalayan views. If we're lucky, we might see blue sheep and other local fauna. 

We'll head back to Lo Manthang so we can continue seeing this historic walled city and take in its famous monasteries and palaces. 

We will continue to have the honor of seeing this revered Buddhist event throughout our visit when we attend the second day of the amazing Tiji festival in the afternoon. 
 

Food
Breakfast /lunch/dinner
Accomodation
lodge
Elevation
3840
Day 8 : Explore Lo-Manthang and Enjoy the Last Day of the Tiji Festival -3840 M .

On our last day, we'll immerse ourselves in the local culture of Lo Manthang, touring Buddhist monasteries and schools to learn about this historic capital's ancient kingdom. 

We'll wander narrow lanes to view iconic architecture before joining villagers to celebrate the Tiji festival's grand finale around noon. We'll interact with locals, watch vibrant dances, and attend the concluding ceremonies of this special 3-day religious event.
 

Accomodation
lodge
Elevation
3839
Day 9 : Early Morning Drive (7 hours) to Jomsom-2700 M .

After an early breakfast, we'll get on the 7-hour drive back to Jomsom. Along the way, we'll stop for lunch in Chhusang village and continue passing the lovely villages of Tsarang, Ghami, Ghiling, and Samar. 

We'll again admire the red cliff terrain before arriving in Jomsom, with time to visit tranquil Dhumba Lake, which is located close to town. 
 

Food
Breakfast /lunch/dinner
Accomodation
lodge
Elevation
2700
Day 10 : Early Morning Flight to Pokhara and then Fly to Kathmandu -1400 M .

On our final day, we'll catch an early morning flight to Pokhara. From there, we'll fly back to Kathmandu, concluding our incredible 4WD adventure through the forbidden kingdom of Mustang in the remote Trans-Himalayan valleys of Nepal.
 

Food
Breakfast /lunch/dinner
Accomodation
Hotel
Elevation
1400
Day 11 : Final departure

On departure day, enjoy a leisurely final breakfast at your Kathmandu hotel before checking out. Our representative will then transfer you to the airport, bidding you farewell as the Upper Mustang Tiji festival tour comes to an end. 

We hope you treasured the journey through this remote Trans-Himalayan region and trust you'll bring home incredible memories from the ancient walled city of Lo Manthang.
 

Food
Breakfast

What Is Included ?

  • Private vehicle pickups and drops at airports.
  • Three nights in a twin-sharing hotel in Kathmandu.
  • One night at a twin-sharing hotel in Pokhara.
  • Private tourist vehicle sightseeing tour in Kathmandu for the entire day.
  • One experienced tour guide speaking in English for sightseeing in Kathmandu.
  • all of the scheduled meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) while traveling.
  • Jomsom-upper Mustang - Jomsom 4wd jeep.
  • Kathmandu -Pokhara - Kathmandu and Pokhara -Jomsom-pokhara flight ticket.
  • The best lodge or guesthouse which is available for the trip.
  • The English-speaking guide has a license for the duration of the trip.
  • Provision of food, lodging, wages, equipment, and insurance for all employees.
  • Fees for required entrance permits and TIMS cards for visitors.
  • The duffel bag and sleeping bag provided by the company have to be returned after the trip is over.
  • Permit charge for Upper Mustang Restricted Area.
  • Pay, Transportation, Lodging, and Guide Insurance.
  • all local and governmental taxes.

What Is Excluded?

  • Flying internationally along with necessary airport fees.
  • Currently, entry visa fees to Nepal are $25 for 15 days, $40 for 30 days, and $100 for three months.
  • Lunch and dinner in Pokhara and Kathmandu.
  • An additional night's lodging in Kathmandu due to an early departure from the mountain or a late departure.
  • Fees for entering temples and monasteries while touring Kathmandu and Pokhara.
  • travel insurance that includes evacuation and emergency rescue.
  • All personal and bar expenditures both during the trek and in Pokhara and Kathmandu.
  • Tips for the driver and guide (tips are expected).
  • Personal expenses include calls, laundry, battery replacement, boiling water in a bottle, taking a shower, and any other expenses that are not mentioned above.

FAQs

When is the best time to visit Upper Mustang for the Tiji Festival?

The optimal time to visit the Upper Mustang for the Tiji Festival is in the spring, which is the middle of May. This coincides with the annual Tiji Festival. The festival occurs once a year, based on the Tibetan calendar. The festival features elaborate ritual masked dances performed by Buddhist monks in Lo Manthang and other villages.
 

What type of accommodations are available on the tour?

Accommodations on the Upper Mustang Tour range from basic guesthouses run by local families to simple teahouses. Luxury hotels are not available due to the remote location. Expect shared bathrooms and dorm-style lodging. However, the accommodations offer an authentic cultural experience.
 

Is it safe to travel to Upper Mustang?

Upper Mustang is considered very safe for tourists and has seen very few travel-related incidents. Nepali people are friendly, honest, and hospitable. However, basic precautions regarding your belongings are always advised during travel. It's best to travel with a guide who can help communicate with locals.
 

What food is served on the tour? Can you accommodate dietary needs?

Traditional Nepali food is served throughout the tour, including dal bhat (lentils and rice), momos (dumplings), chapati bread, potatoes, and vegetables. Besides, some cuisines are continental as well as Tibetan. 

Meals are simple but satisfy hunger after a day of activities. Dietary restrictions can be accommodated by notifying your tour organizer in advance. Be advised that specialty foods may not be available at remote guesthouses.
 

Are permits required to visit Upper Mustang?

Yes, government permits are required for foreign travelers to enter Upper Mustang, with costs of $500 per person. Tour agencies will acquire the permits for you, but be sure to provide a copy of your passport well in advance of the trip. Solo travelers can join existing tour groups to obtain permits.
 

Is the Jeep Tour suitable for all ages?

The Jeep Tour is appropriate for most age groups since it does not involve long days of strenuous hiking. However, very young children under five years old may have some difficulties due to the basic demands of traveling in the region. 

Older children and healthy seniors are certainly able to manage the tour comfortably. Jeep transportation makes it more accessible for a wider range of ages than trekking. But travelers should be prepared for full days of activity and some rough jeep rides on rough terrain. As long as you are in reasonable condition, age is not a limiting factor.
 

What is the best way to get Nepali Rupees for the trip?

The best way to get Nepali Rupees is to use ATMs once you arrive in Nepal, especially in cities like Kathmandu and Pokhara. This will provide you with the current exchange rate. 

Only use ATMs inside banks or reputable locations. Exchanging cash is also an option, but rates may vary. 
 

How much spending money should I budget for the tour?

Excluding the tour cost, around $30-35 USD per day is sufficient for meals, drinks, souvenirs, and tips for local guides. There are few big expenses, but many small costs add up. Bring extras if you want to purchase local crafts or stay longer in Kathmandu. Make sure to have cash in small bills and coins since change is limited in rural Nepal.
 

Is wifi or internet access available on the tour?

Wifi and internet access is very limited in the Upper Mustang region due to the remoteness. Some guesthouses may have wifi, but it is unreliable. Getting a complete digital detox can be enjoyable, but bring books or games as alternative entertainment. Let your family know not to expect frequent contact.

Additional Information

The optimal time for our Upper Mustang Tiji Festival jeep adventure is mid-May when the sacred three-day Tiji Festival is held in Lo Manthang. The dates for 2024 are May 16th to 18th. This colorful Buddhist celebration falls during spring, the most stunning season to travel in Nepal. 

As winter snow melts, new plant growth emerges, blanketing the Trans-Himalayan mountain valleys in wildflowers. The comfortable weather also makes travel and outdoor exploration ideal. 

Crisp, sunny days with refreshing temperatures transition to cool, clear nights perfect for stargazing at quaint village guesthouses along our route. 

Since the Tiji Festival happens only once annually in May, joining our tour during this season is mesmerizing. It allows you to experience Upper Mustang at its most beautiful and culturally vibrant while attending a landmark religious event unavailable any other time of year.
 

During our Jeep tour through the remote mountain region of Upper Mustang, each village and town offered traditional teahouses and restaurants. Those accommodations offer hearty meals to fuel our Himalayan adventure. 

We can try authentic Nepali and Tibetan cuisine like dal bhat - lentil soup served over steamed rice - as well as thick noodle soup called thukpa, juicy yak steaks, and steaming Sherpa stew with potatoes and vegetables. 

For breakfast, most places serve staples like Tibetan bread or chapati, French toast, cornflakes, potatoes, eggs made to order, and porridge, along with caffeinated coffee and tea to perk up early risers. 

Lunches tend to feature items like dumplings called momos, macaroni, sandwiches, spring rolls, and even pizza! 

Dinners offer all of the above plus local dishes like rice with curry. Desserts in these mountain communities are often traditional Tibetan sweet breads or cakes. 

Going to bed nourished after meals overlooking the Himalayas is another magical memory from the journey!
 

Our tour provides comfortable lodging throughout our journey to Mustang and back. We'll overnight in quality three-star hotels when we kick off the trip in Kathmandu and while exploring Pokhara. 

Once our 4WD vehicles reach the Mustang region, we will switch to traditional teahouses, which offer basic but cozy rooms with twin beds and shared bathrooms. Some feature outdoor courtyards where we can relax among the mountains. 

Guests have the option to request single supplement private rooms for an additional charge. Though rustic, these family-run Mustang lodges allow us to enjoy views of nearby peaks or red cliffs dotted with ancient cave dwellings. 

After bidding the lost horizon of Upper Mustang goodbye, we'll conclude by spending our final nights back in finer Nepali hotels before departure.
 

The Upper Mustang jeep tour is considered an easy trip that most travelers can accomplish. You won't have to walk very much on the tour since a jeep will transport you to most of the attractions and sites. This makes it convenient for covering longer distances in the region comfortably.

While lengthy hiking isn't required, you should still be in decent physical health and condition to fully participate in the tour activities. You'll need enough fitness and endurance for some light walking, exploring villages, taking photographs, and handling the basic rigors of traveling. Though the tour isn't extremely challenging, you'll get more enjoyment if you have reasonable mobility and stamina.

The tour does not involve any technically difficult activities that require special skills. For example, you won't have to climb mountains or tackle tough terrain. Any obstacles faced, such as rough jeep rides or walking uphill, can be overcome with some determination and effort. No prior experience with adventurous activities is necessary.
 

When traveling through high mountain regions like the Himalayas, altitude sickness is always a possibility as our bodies adjust to less oxygen in the air.

On this jeep tour, we will reach elevations around 3,840 m. Symptoms can include headaches, nausea, or dizziness. To help acclimatize and prevent problems, we will take the journey slowly - spending several nights sleeping at lower elevations first before proceeding higher up each day.

Be sure to rest properly, stay hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids, avoid overexertion, and don't drink alcohol.

If symptoms seem severe, medicines called Diamox may be recommended. But pacing ourselves appropriately should mean altitude has minimal impact on tour activities.

Exploring ancient sites and enjoying the Tiji Festival open-air dances and ceremonies in Upper Mustang's crisp, high-desert air can be less harmful. Just take it easy and notify guides if you need extra assistance!

When going on the Upper Mustang jeep tour, it's important to get travel insurance. Travel insurance protects you in case something unexpected happens on your trip. It can cover costs for things like:

  • Canceling your trip - If you get sick or there's an emergency at home, travel insurance can refund you for the cost of the tour if you have to cancel.
  • Medical expenses - If you get hurt or sick while on the tour, insurance helps pay for doctors, hospitals, and medicines.
  • Evacuation - If you are somewhere remote like Upper Mustang and need an emergency helicopter rescue, insurance can cover this expensive cost.
  • Lost luggage - If the airline loses your bags, insurance can pay to replace your belongings.
  • Theft - If someone steals your camera, jewelry, etc, you can claim to get money to replace them.

Getting travel insurance for the Upper Mustang tour gives you peace of mind. But to be sure you understand exactly what is and isn't covered, make sure you read the policy terms. You can relax and enjoy your Upper Mustang experience when you have insurance!
 

Upper Mustang is a special region that was closed to visitors until 1992. This means it is one of the most preserved and traditional areas in the world. To protect the culture and environment, tourists need to get a special permit to enter Upper Mustang.
Upper Mustang is a special region that was closed to visitors until 1992. This means it is one of the most preserved and traditional areas in the world. To protect the culture and environment, tourists need to get a special permit to enter Upper Mustang.
The rules for the permit are:

  • You must be in a group of at least 2 people. Solo travelers can join a group through a tour company.
  • The permit costs $500 per person. This allows you to travel from Kagbeni to Upper Mustang and back.
  • Rs 3000 Annapurna conservation area.
  • You need to provide your original passport and a photo to get the permit.

The rules are in place to control tourist numbers and protect Upper Mustang's distinctive culture and towns. With the permit, you can explore this unique territory while simultaneously contributing to its conservation.
 

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