Mustang Tiji Festival Trek

Nepal Pyramids Trekking & Climbing
Mustang Tiji Festival Trek
At a Glance
  • Duration17 Days
  • Difficulty Level Challenging
  • Places to Visit Upper Mustang
  • Max Altitude 3,800m/12,467ft.
  • Group Size 2-15
  • Starts Jomsom
  • Ends Jomsom
  • Activity Trekking
  • Best Season Spring/Monsoon/Autumn

Mustang Tiji Festival Trek Highlights

  • The scenic drive to Pokhara delivers picturesque views, beautiful landscapes, gorges, and farming terraces along with a glimpse of snow-clad mountains at the backdrop.
  • Pokhara (820 m), the second biggest city also very popularly known as the second home of the tourists is the land of extravagant beauty that triggers excitement despite its 8-hour drive.
  • The beautiful Phewa Lake and the magnificence of the Himalayas mounting at the backdrop create an atmosphere of peace and delight.
  • Flying in a small plane to Jomsom Airport 2720 m is simply phenomenal. Walking on the ancient trail along the Kali Gandaki gorge that dates back to 80 million years old with stunning barren, untouched landscape and getting to an antique settlement of Kagbeni is more than anything else.
  • The region has historical significance, with its ancient trade routes and connections to Tibetan Buddhism. Exploring these aspects adds depth to the trek.
  • With the dramatic backdrop of snow-white Nilgiri, you enter the land of ammonites. With the dramatic setting of the landscape and through the wind-eroded hills you witness thousands of natural caves now used for varied purposes.
  • The colorful landscapes, very primeval house architecture, and the smiling people are simply unique. Tsarang, the land of Chortens is remarkable.
  • The 14th-century walled city of Lo Manthang holds loads of history and legends.
  • The 2000-year-old cave of Chhosar gives you the history of prehistoric human settlements.
  • Visit ancient monasteries and caves, some of which are carved into the cliffs. The architecture and art in these monasteries are fascinating, and they offer a glimpse into the region's rich history.
  • Witnessing the Tiji Festival is another quest to comprehend the culture of Mustang with all the colorful dancing and playing of instruments.
  • The sight of masked dancers, vibrant costumes, and the local community coming together is truly spectacular.
  • Ghar Gompa, the first-ever monastery built by Padmasambhava around the 7th century is mesmerizing, and visiting this monastery is a lifetime opportunity.

Upper Mustang Tiji Festival Trek Overview

The ancient kingdom of Mustang which was opened to the outside world only in 1992 is one of the most astonishing valleys in entire Nepal. This ancient city hides behind the soaring snowy range of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna. The Mustang Tiji Festival Trek takes you into the mystical valleys, something anyone shouldn't miss. A journey to Mustang is a journey of remarkable contrasts with vast and barren Tibetan landscapes and very untouched culture.

Furthermore, the fascinations are century-old cliff-hanging monasteries, cultured settlements with lush rice fields, and timeless traditions. The magical Mustang, a forbidden kingdom and a source to the world's deepest gorge, Kali Gandaki is simply phenomenal.

Moreover, Mustang also gives you ample account of Guru Padmasambhava, the founder of Tibetan Buddhism. "Guru Rimpoche" is what people across the world call Guru Padmasambhava. Besides, people across Tibet, Nepal, Bhutan, and India venerate Guru Rimpoche as the 'Second Buddha'.


The Symbolic Mustang Tiji Festival:

The Mustang Tiji Festival Trek delivers you the most enchanting and highly revered festival called "Tiji festival". The Tiji Festival, “prayer for world peace” usually takes place in the month of May based on the Tibetan calendar. Additionally, It is an annual event of the native that commends and honors their legendary victory over evil.

Consequently, the people of Lo celebrate this three-day religious ceremony basically to strengthen the hope of the people of Lo. Besides, the native has faith in the legends of a deity who would incarnate on that particular day bringing an end to all the evils and suffering. However, to mark this, monks in their colorful costumes and masks dance to the soothing rhythm which is simply magical and very symbolic.

To witness this festival travelers from around the world visit Mustang in the month of May. On this particular day tourists both Local and international gather at Lo - Manthang with much curiosity and excitement. Some, especially with a limited time frame even do a JEEP SAFARI TRIP to celebrate Mustang Tiji Festival.

When is the best time to trek to Upper Mustang?

The best time to trek to Upper Mustang in Nepal is during the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons. These seasons offer favorable weather conditions, clear skies, and moderate temperatures, making them ideal for trekking.

  • Spring (March to May) is considered the best time to trek in the Upper Mustang due to the pleasant weather and the blooming of rhododendrons and other wildflowers. The temperature during this season ranges from mild to warm, and the trails are vibrant with beautiful flora.
  • Autumn (September to November) is also an excellent time for trekking in Upper Mustang. The weather is generally stable, with clear skies and mild temperatures. The visibility is excellent during this time, offering breathtaking views of the Himalayan peaks.

Both spring and autumn seasons attract a significant number of trekkers to Upper Mustang, so you can expect some crowds on the popular routes. However, the region is less crowded compared to other popular trekking areas like the Everest or Annapurna regions.

  • monsoon season (June to August): It's worth mentioning that Upper Mustang lies in the rain shadow of the Himalayas, so it receives much less rainfall compared to other parts of Nepal. As a result, trekking in the Upper Mustang is very favorable during the monsoon season.
  • However, Winter (December to February) is not the best time to trek in the Upper Mustang due to the harsh weather conditions, extremely cold temperatures, and the possibility of heavy snowfall. The region experiences frigid temperatures and many guesthouses and tea houses may be closed during this time.

Outline Itinerary

  • Day 01:Arrival at Kathmandu (1,400 m/4,593 feet) - the Capital City - Transfer to Hotel
  • Day 02:Half day city tour/ afternoon trek briefing and preparation / welcome dinner.
  • Day 03:Drive to Pokhara (820 m/2,690 feet) - The Lake City
  • Day 04:Fly to Jomsom (2,720 m/8,923 feet) and trek to Kagbeni (2,800 m/9,186 feet)
  • Day 05:Trek to Chele (3,050 m/10,006 feet) small Ancient settlement
  • Day 06:Trek to Syangboche (3,800 m/12,467 feet) small settlement in Deep Valley
  • Day 07:Trek to Ghami (3,520 m/11,548 feet)
  • Day 08:Trek to Tsarang (3,560 m/11,679 feet) - "The Land of Chortens"
  • Day 09:Trek to Lo Manthang (3,800 m/12,467 feet) Witness Opening Ceremony
  • Day 10:Rest day at Lo Manthang + Side excursions to Chhosar - Enjoy rest of Festival
  • Day 11:Witness the Closing Ceremony at Lo Manthang
  • Day 12:Trek to Ghami (3,520 m/11,548 feet) via Ghar Gomp
  • Day 13:Trek to Samar (3,660 m/12,007 feet)
  • Day 14:Trek to Chhuksang Drive to Jomsom and exit the restricted area of Mustang
  • Day 15:Fly to Pokhara and overnight stay
  • Day 16:Domestic Flight to Kathmandu
  • Day 17:Departure Day - Transfer to International Airport.

Mustang Tiji Festival Trek Detailed Itinerary

Soon you land in Kathmandu airport your group leader will be there to greet you and transfer you to the hotel.


  • Pick up from the international airport.
  • It’s quite remarkable to see the lively activities around while driving to the hotel.
  • Transfer to the hotel by your Group Leader.
  • Arriving early gives you ample opportunity to explore the bustling town of Thamel.
  • Altitude: 1,400 m/4,593 feet
  • Accommodation: 3 Star Hotel
  • Distance: 6 km
  • Transport: Airport Pickup

Today in the morning your Trekking Group Leader will introduce you to your City Tour Guide who will guide you to the most pious Hindu and Buddhist religious place that are listed in the world heritage sites and elucidates to you the entire mysticism over its existence.


  • We explore the sights and sounds of world heritage sites in Kathmandu.
  • Witness the traditional cremation at the sacred Hindu temple of Pashupatinath.
  • Visit Boudhanath, one of the largest spherical Stupas in Nepal
  • Trek briefing and equipment distribution in the afternoon.
  • Welcome dinner and getting to know each other.
  • Accommodation: 3 Star hotel
  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Transport: City Tour

We leave the hotel earliest in the morning to get away from the traffic and also because most section of the Kathmandu/Pokhara Highway is under construction. The drive delivers picturesque views, beautiful landscapes, gorges, and farming terraces along with a glimpse of snow-clad mountains in the backdrop.


  • Pokhara (820 m), the second biggest city also very popularly known as the second home of the tourists is the land of extravagant beauty that triggers excitement despite its 8-hour drive.
  • The beautiful Phewa Lake and the magnificence of the Himalayas mounting at the backdrop create an atmosphere of peace and delight.
  • Being in Pokhara unlike Kathmandu will definitely add more excitement to your anticipation
  • Altitude: 820 m/2,690 feet
  • Accommodation: 3 Star Hotel
  • Walking Hour: 8/9 Hours DRIVE
  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Distance: 200
  • Transport: PRIVATE VEHICLE

The earliest wake-up call is set to catch our earliest morning mountain flight to Jomsom, the district headquarters of Mustang. This short flight takes you through the world's deepest Kali Gandaki Gorge with the glorious view of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri is exceptional.


  • 20 minutes breathtaking flight to the windy valley of Jomsom is unbelievable.
  • Great view with dozens of Himalayan giants poking into the sky.
  • Witness the Kali Gandaki River which dates back to 80 million old flowing from the Tibetan Plateau.
  • After morning tea walk to Kagbeni, the gateway of Upper Mustang through the ancient salt trade trail is unique.
  • Easy walk, lunch at Kagbeni itself – and after lunch excursion around the antique village of Kagbeni which is not to be missed.
  • Altitude: 2,800 m/9,186 feet
  • Accommodation: Local Tea House
  • Walking Hour: 4/5 Hours
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Distance: 12 km

Having completed the permit formalities today we enter the restricted area of Upper Mustang. As said to be the desert of Nepal the valley widens with barren and arid surroundings with green villages in the middle that appears more like a mirage which is simply incredible.


  • Walking on the extended trail with Kagbeni and Nilgiri mountain as the backdrop is dazzling.
  • Witness a different part of the world, the land of ammonites (pre-historic stone) with striking views.
  • The stretch of Kali Gandaki river bed gives u the ancient history of its existence.
  • The dramatic setting of the landscape with canyons and wind-eroded hills is phenomenal.
  • Lunch at Tangbe or Chhusang, another ancient village.
  • Chele is a small beautiful settlement from where u can overlook the valley with its picturesque setting.
  • Altitude: 3,050 m/10,006 feet
  • Accommodation: Local Tea House
  • Walking Hour: 6/7 Hours
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Distance: 16 km

Today's walk is more into undulating trails with a couple of steep climbs and descents. Despite the 6-hour walk, the tremendous canyons with their unusual color that opens out are extraordinary. In this bizarre the farming fields with rich red buckwheat and brilliant green and the south view offering you a panorama of Nilgiri, Annapurna, Tilicho Peak, and YakawaKang add up to its magnificence.


  • The initial steep walk through the hill-cut trail in one of these tremendous canyons is remarkable.
  • You would witness the sky caves which date back more than 3000 years that were used as human settlements, burial chambers, and now lama hermit retreats.
  • Lunch at the small settlement of Bhena which is now a jeep station but with fabulous scenic beauty.
  • Climbing up to the pass before dropping down to Syangboche is remarkable for its unexpected views.
  • Syangboche is a small settlement deep into the valley but has a theatrical setting.
  • Altitude: 3,800 m/12,467 feet
  • Accommodation: Local Tea House
  • Walking Hour: 9/7 Hours
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Distance: 17 km

From Syangboche we climb gently to a small pass of 3800 m/12,467 ft with extraordinary views of mountains and deep valleys into the wind-eroded canyons. Today's walk is effortless with few short climbs in between but the beautiful scenery alongside would hardly allow us to realize the passing away of time and arrive at Ghami for lunch.


  • Endless colorful gullies to the north, east, and west which is outstanding.
  • South is still dominated by the soaring peaks of Nilgiri, Tilicho, and Annapurna.
  • After lunch free afternoon to explore Ghami, the ancient village with a time-honored monastery, Chortens, and Mani (prayer) walls.
  • Altitude: 3,520 m/11,548 feet
  • Accommodation: Local Tea House
  • Walking Hour: 5 Hours
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Distance: 10 km

This short trek to Tsarang takes us into the 'Land of Chortens". This trail marks the history and legend of the Indian saint Padmasambhava (750-810 AD), the founder of Tibetan Buddhism who created a fusion of Buddhism with the original Shamanistic religion of Tibet called Bon – whose influence upon the Indian Buddhism makes Tibetan Buddhism so fascinating.


  • Half an hour walk from Ghami we see the Longest ancient Mani wall of Mustang.
  • The soaring red cliffs to the west that tell you the legends of Padmasambhava are intriguing.
  • 4 hour's walk brings you to the fascinating big village of Tsarang just looks dramatic.
  • After lunch visit the ancient Monastery and the white palace of Tsarang which is their heritage.
  • Self-exploration around a maze-like Tsarang is worth it.
  • Altitude: 3,560 m/11,679 feet
  • Accommodation: Local Tea House
  • Walking Hour: 5 Hours
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Distance: 10.7 km

Finally, we get to the plateau of Lo Monthang, ‘The Capital city’ of Mustang. The fabled walled city of Lo. Lo Manthang the capital city of Mustang contains about 150 houses and has some of the largest and finest Tibetan Buddhism gompas in Nepal. The city itself is absolutely fascinating place with four major ancient Monasteries which are impressive and an enormous 14th-century palace imposing 4-storey building in the center of the city.


  • Fascinating solitary ancient chorten in the middle of the road after an hour and a half walk from Tsarang.
  • The spectacular view of Lo Manthang, the valley of Thinkar, and Chhosar from the 4000 m pass of Lo-La.
  • View of varied historical ruined forts on the high hills is one of the highlights.
  • After lunch exploration into the legendary walled city of Lo.
  • Witness the opening ceremony of the Tiji Festival.
  • Altitude: 3,800 m/12,467 feet
  • Accommodation: Local Tea House
  • Walking Hour: 5 Hours
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Distance: 13 km

Today we would do a jeep excursion to the ancient cave that has about 44 compartments and gives you the history of prehistoric human settlements. The Next attraction is the Nyphu cave monastery built in the high cliff wall that dates back to the 14th century

Highlights and Excursions:

  • After breakfast, your leader will organize a jeep for the Chhosar excursion.

What u see in Chhosar:

  • Nyphu Cave monastery was built into the side of a soaring cliff.
  • 2500 years Jhong Sky Cave has more than 44 compartments and gives us the prehistoric settlement of humans.
  • Free afternoon to enjoy more of the Tiji Festival
  • Accommodation: Local Tea House
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Transport: PRIVATE JEEP

After breakfast, your group leader will organize an excursion to the four major ancient monasteries inside the walled city that were built at the same time the palace was built in the 14th century. These monasteries hold exquisite paintings that are their legacies for which the restoration has been going on for ages to repair the washed-off paintings.


  • Excursion to the four major ancient masteries inside the walled city.
  • Witness the closing ceremony.
  • Accommodation: Local Tea House
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Today we will walk different west terrain which offers you the most beautiful view despite a few steep downhill trials. We visit the world's oldest Tibetan monastery Ghar Gompa built around the 7th century by the incarnated monk Padmasambhava where we will have lunch. We continue to a different valley with a magnificent view of red cliffs to Dhakmar and to the village of Ghami.


  • We take a different trail that leads us to the world's oldest monastery, Ghar Gompa.
  • The views of the landscape and the mountain in the south are mesmerizing.
  • Lunch at a 7th-century monastery is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
  • The walk to Dhakmar is thrilling with different trails high above the canyons and eroded hills.
  • Dhakmar, a land of red cliffs is one of its kind where a break is worth.
  • We walk further to Lo Ghami
  • Altitude: 3,520 m/11,548 feet
  • Accommodation: Local Tea House
  • Walking Hour: 8/9 Hours
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

We trace back to the village of Syanboche for lunch where on the way back you have ample opportunity to look back into the missed out views. We will climb the pass and go to the village of Samar and stay overnight.

  • Altitude: 3,660 m/12,007 feet
  • Accommodation: Local Tea House
  • Walking Hour: 7/8 Hours
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

We again trace back our trail towards the south. From Chhusang we will Drive to Jomsom.


  • Descending down to the Chhusang with a great view of Nilgiri and a wide stretch of Kali Gandaki is significant.
  • Chhusang is another pretty old village with an apple orchard, there are too many Nepali and Tibetan songs sung portraying the beauty of Chhusang.
  • Drive in a Reserve Jeep or local bus to Kagbeni is another adventurous quest.
  • We exit from the restricted area of Mustang and Drive further to Jomsom in available transportation.
  • Being it a last night fun activities follows with dancing, eating, drinking, and tipping the local staff.
  • Accommodation: Local Tea House
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Transport: Reserve Vehicle

We take an early morning flight from Jomsom to Pokhara. We fly right into the deepest gorge in the world, Kali Gandaki with a striking view of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges. Overnight stay in the lake city of Pokhara. Your group leader will assist with the side excursion, if any, as per your requirements.


  • We say final goodbye to our local trekking crew who will be driving to Kathmandu.
  • 20-minute flight to stunning Pokhara, and in Pokhara the beautiful Phewa Lake and the magnificence of the Himalayas mounting at the backdrop create an atmosphere of peace and delight.
  • As per preference, your leader will assist you in your Pokhara activities which may include: lake exploration and hike to Peace Pagoda, paragliding, zip lining, etc. or it’s entirely up to your choice if you want to stay back and explore Pokhara for shopping.
  • Accommodation: 3 Star Hotel
  • Walking Hour: 18 min FLIGHT
  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Transport: Domestic Flight

Today we will fly to Kathmandu with the beautiful panoramic Mountain View to your left.

  • Accommodation: 3 Star Hotel
  • Walking Hour: 25 min Flight
  • Meals: Brakfast
  • Transport: Mountain Flight

Depending on your flight schedule airport transportation will be provided.

    The above itinerary is simply a guideline and is subject to alteration as per the circumstances. Your group leader is solely liable to bring about changes in the best interest of the group.

    What's Included
    • PERMITS: All Essential permits + SPECIAL PERMIT required to trek in the region.
    • PICKUP AND DROPS: Airport pickup and drop facilities on both Domestic and International flights are included.
    • ACCOMMODATION: Three-star twin bed sharing hotel Accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara on a Bed / Breakfast basis.
    • WELCOME DINNER: Welcome dinner in a typical traditional Nepali restaurant.
    • SIGHTSEEING: Half-day guided city sightseeing to two most sacred World Heritage Sites with a paid entrance fee.
    • TAXES: All Government and Local tax.
    • GROUND TRANSPORTATION: All Ground transportation to and from the preferred destination as per the itinerary – PRIVATE VEHICLE.
    • STAFF TRANSPORTATION: All ground transportation for all staff as required.
    • DOMESTIC FLIGHTS: Flight from Pokhara/ Jomsom, Jomsom/Pokhara, and Pokhara to Kathmandu.
    • EQUIPMENT: Fundamental trekking gear like a sleeping bag with fleece liners, Primaloft jacket, Rain Poncho, Yak-Track, Trekking Poles etc.
    • LODGING: Local Tea-house accommodation on a twin-sharing basis – A single supplement is provided on request OVER MINIMAL COST, however depends solely over the availability.
    • DRINKING WATER: Properly boiled hot water for drinking is provided every evening and morning – so it’s wise to have bottles equivalent to 3 liters or bottles along with Rehydration Bag (camel bag).
    • GLORIOUS FOOD: All Meals (Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast with hot beverages) during the trek.
    • TREK LEADER: An accomplished Trekking Group Leader (Legitimate Guiding License Holder) and assistant guide.
    • STAFF INSURANCE & ALLOWANCES: All Ground Staff and their Allowances + their insurance.
    • SAFETY CONCERNS: Oxygen cylinders and an all-inclusive comprehensive medical kit on all trips.
    • COMPLIMENTARY TAKE AWAY: Take away the Nepal Pyramids duffel bag, T-shirt, Buff (multi-functional head-wear), and trekking Map.
    What's Excluded
    • NEPAL VISA: A fee of $50 that is levied on a 30-day Nepali visa.
    • INTERNATIONAL AIRFARE: The cost of all international flights.
    • PERSONAL EXPENSES: All personal expenses that may include Nepalese SIM card, internet, battery charging, hot shower, laundry, fizzy drinks, Alcohol, etc.
    • EMERGENCY: A medical examination of any kind, High Altitude Evacuation over any circumstances, Air Evacuation and Rescues.
    • DONATIONS: Donations of any kind.
    • STAFF TIPPING: Tipping is entirely a personal matter, however, it’s a trekking culture.
    • EXTRA NIGHTS: Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu on early arrival or Late departure.
    • SANCTIONS: Permits or the letter of Authorization that is required for special Filming, big Drones, and Filming Cameras.
    • INSURANCE: All-inclusive Travel or medical insurance is a must.
    • EXTRA PORTER: Over request Extra Porter or Assistant is provided that may include the cost of $25 per day.
    • OPTIONAL TOURS: Optional tours and sightseeing or any activities during free time.
    Essential Trip Information


    The formidable kingdom of Lo, The Upper Mustang is a restricted area, located in the remote Himalayan region of Nepal. It was only in 1992 that Upper Mustang was open to the outside world. Only a small number of treks are permitted each year which makes it a very exclusive trekking destination.

    Being a restricted area there are few restrictions and limitations for Foreign Trekkers.

    • First, Foreign Trekkers are forbidden to trek alone, and Nepal immigration doesn’t issue special permits for just one traveler. The minimum number of foreign travelers must be at least 2.
    • Second, all foreign trekkers must be affiliated with a local travel company to visit Upper Mustang. If you book through any of the local travel agencies, they will arrange everything for you.
    • Finally, the SPECIAL PERMITS.

    Permits required for the Upper Mustang trek include:

    All trekkers require a Special Permit which costs $500 per trekker and is issued by the Nepal Immigration office. The most crucial thing to know is, that special permits are only issued for a minimum of 10 days of permit validity. However, you can further extend the number of days but you can't lessen the minimum number of days.

    This literally means, that even if you travel to Upper Mustang for 5 days you will still need a 10-day validity permit that costs you $500. If by any chance you wish to extend your days in Upper Mustang past 10 days then an additional $50 per day per trekker will be charged.

    Additional permits are ACAP (Annapurna Conservation Area Project) and TIMS permits. Since Upper Mustang falls on Annapurna Conservation Area you would require a national park permit. Next is the TIMS (Trekking Information ManagementSystem) permit. ACAP and TIMS will cost you an extra $50 per trekker. The number of days for these permits is not restricted to the limited number of days like Special permits. All of this, however, will be organized by Nepal Pyramids prior to your arrival in Kathmandu.

    However, the cost of ACAP and TIMS permits for trekkers from the SAARC ( South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation) countries is around NPR. 1300 per trekker, this price guideline is

    More About Mustang Tiji Festival 

    The Mustang Tiji Festival, held in the mystical heart of the Upper Mustang region, is a dazzling spectacle that weaves together the tapestry of ancient traditions and breathtaking landscapes. This annual celebration, spanning three enchanting days, is a radiant ode to the triumph of good over evil. Amidst the arid and surreal landscapes, masked dancers adorned in vibrant, intricate costumes perform their sacred rituals with an air of mystique that transports you to a realm where time stands still.

    As the mesmerizing dances unfold against the backdrop of the towering Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountains, one is swept away by the grandeur of a culture steeped in history and spirituality. The Tiji Festival, with its vibrant colors, ancient monasteries, and timeless traditions, is a symphony of sights and sounds that leaves an indelible mark on the soul, beckoning travelers to partake in a world where the boundaries of reality and myth blur in the most wondrous way.


    Upper Mustang Korala or Kora La Highway impact on Trekking:

    Here we try our best to reflect on the changing landscape of trekking in the stunning Upper Mustang region due to the construction of the Kora La Highway.  It is a highway that connects Lo Manthang to the Tibetan border. 

    The name is titled after the high mountain pass Kora La which is at an elevation of 4621 m / 15,160 feet. Korala is one of the oldest routes between the two regions. It was historically used for salt trade between Tibet and Nepalese kingdoms

    However, this new Highway has certainly impacted the essence of trekking in Upper Mustang.  While development is often seen as a positive change, it has, unfortunately, altered the charm of trekking in this once pristine and secluded destination.

    The construction of the Kora La Highway, while providing greater accessibility to Upper Mustang, has notably transformed the character of trekking in this once-remote and mystical region.

    The construction of the highway has introduced increased accessibility to the Upper Mustang region. The once isolated and tranquil trails are now crowded diminishing the feeling of solitude that once defined this region.

    The delicate ecosystem of Upper Mustang has been disrupted, and the serenity of the natural surroundings has been compromised. Increased traffic has also caused dust pollution, impacting the landscape and the health of local residents.
    The authenticity and unique charm of the region's culture are slowly fading as tourism grows.

    While some may argue that infrastructure development is beneficial, it has led to the construction of lodges and guesthouses that cater to mass tourism. The traditional teahouses that once added to the authenticity of the trekking experience have been replaced by more commercialized options.

    Upper Mustang's treks have been compromised, as the arrival of tourists and vehicles along the highway has led to crowded trails, environmental degradation, and a shift towards more commercialized infrastructure.


    The construction of the Kora La Highway has introduced a fascinating contrast into the enchanting realm of trekking in the Upper Mustang. As this winding road winds its way through the region's captivating landscapes, it has brought forth a delicate blend of transformation and tradition. 

    The once-remote and hidden treasures of this area are now more accessible, allowing trekkers to witness the mesmerizing beauty of Upper Mustang without the difficult trials of the past. 

    The road's presence has breathed new life into the local communities, providing economic opportunities, while still preserving the essence of a region known for its mystique. 

    It has become a tapestry of exploration, offering travelers a chance to explore the rich tapestry of Upper Mustang's culture, architecture, and traditions, while also enjoying a more comfortable and convenient trekking experience. 

    The highway invites adventurers to traverse landscapes that are both timeless and evolving, making it a unique and memorable journey that blends the old with the new, where the charm of Upper Mustang continues to captivate the souls of those who seek its enigmatic beauty.

    Mustang Tiji Festival Trek FAQs

    • Upper Mustang is a region in the Himalayas of Nepal, situated in the north-central part of the country. It is known for its unique Tibetan culture and stunning landscapes.

    • To get to Jomsom one has to fly to Pokhara first, the second biggest city of Nepal - this literally means there isn't any direct flight to Jomsom form Kathmandu straight. But, visiting and staying overnight in Pokhara and catching the early morning flight to Jomsom is something not to be missed. 

    • The trek is considered moderate in terms of difficulty. The trails can be rough and challenging at times, and you will be walking at higher altitudes, so acclimatization is important.

      However with the building of the Kora-La Highway most of the trekking trail has been taken away which literally means you will be walking on jeepable roadway most of the time.


    • Yes, as of now there are cozy teahouses and lodges available along the Upper Mustang Trek route, making it a teahouse trek. You can find basic to luxury accommodation in a few places. However, cozy accommodation and meals is everywhere, but it's a good idea to carry some side snacks and bottled water with you.

    • You should pack warm clothing, sturdy trekking boots, a good backpack, a sleeping bag, and other essentials. Since the valley of Mustang is deep the wind is pretty strong. As you go higher the wind chill gets more stronger so be well equipped. With the raising dust along the way it's a good idea to save just a pair for trekking and more for change once you get to your guest house. Be sure to check the weather and temperature conditions before your trip.

    • The highest sleeping elevation while doing Mustang Tiji Festival trek is (3,800 m/12,467 ft). Though we go over some high passes but eventually we drop down to lower height for sleeping. Besides other mild mountain ailments like food poisoning or diarrhea there is no record of altitude sickness issues while doing Upper Mustang trek. However, we provide medically trained Group leaders with medications and oxygen cylinders to deal with any altitude sickness and other common mountain ailments.

    • Mustang Tiji Festival Trek is earnestly busy since this being one of the principal festivals of Mustang the flow of tourists both local and international will be in enormous volumes. Furthermore, Mustang has very limited lodges since it was opened to outside world only in 1992 and the Tea-House accommodation started very recently so the probability of these tea-houses being absolutely occupied can be potential.  However, depending on the earliest booking we give our best to do advance booking where possible and we always have cozy tents for backups in case of emergency. 


    • The Tiji festival, “prayer for world peace” which usually takes place in the month of May is an annual event of the native to honor the victory over evil. This three days religious ceremony is fundamentally celebrated to strengthen the hope of the people of Lo. The native have faith over the legends of a deity being reincarnated and bringing an end to all the evils and suffering – to mark this, monks in their colorful costumes and masks dance to the soothing rhythm which is simply magical.

    • Upper Mustang, though a moderate trek it is quite challenging, due to the variation of undulating trial that swings with diverse altitude. It’s a desert of Nepal with tons of river valleys where our trail literally runs through making it remarkably a walk with an amount of up and down climb. However, anyone with sensible fitness can join the Upper Mustang trek as the Nepal Pyramids itinerary is very well designed with slow pacing making every step more tranquil than exhausting. It's indeed a heaven for keen walkers.

      NOTE: Anyone with a weak ankle/knee, Heart/Lungs or any Pre-Medical history needs to seek the consent of their doctors which is mandatory.

    • Upper Mustang, though a moderate trek it is quite challenging, due to the variation of undulating trial that swings with diverse altitude. It’s a desert of Nepal with tons of river valleys where our trail literally runs through making it remarkably a walk with an amount of up and down climb. However, anyone with sensible fitness can join the Upper Mustang trek as the Nepal Pyramids itinerary is very well designed with slow pacing making every step more tranquil than exhausting. It's indeed a heaven for keen walkers.
      NOTE: Anyone with a weak ankle/knee, Heart/Lungs, or any Pre-Medical history needs to seek the consent of their doctors which is mandatory.
    • Mustang trip is earnestly busy during the Tiji Festival that falls around the month of May. This being one of the principal festivals of Mustang the flow of tourists both local and international will be in enormous volumes. However, for the rest of the years apart from winter Mustang will be pretty unoccupied.

      We don’t recommend the Mustang trek during winter due to the closure of lodges, inaccessibility due to heavy snow, and utter chill weather circumstances.


    • The best time to trek in Upper Mustang is during the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November).

      Winter (December to February) is not recommended for Upper Mustang Trek

    • Upper Mustang is a restricted area for which trekkers need to be associated with a local company – Permits required for this restricted area are: Special permits that cost $500 per trekker for 10 days which is a minimum permit validation Days authentication and extra $50 per trekker per day will be charged for additional days extension, ACAP (Annapurna Conservation Area Project) permit and TIMS (Trekking Information Management System) permit. However, all these will be prearranged before your arrival in Kathmandu.

    • Jomsom happens to be the 'Windy Valley' of Nepal and our air aviation is quite strict about flying small planes to these remote mountain airstrips. Secondly,  there are flight delays and sometimes cancellations under various weather circumstances.  However, this isn't an everyday story and there is an alternative of driving to and from Jomsom in case of flight cancellation. Though driving may be very long (9/10 hrs) in comparison to flying yet the fun of driving through the world's deepest gorge has a different charm. 

    • All our itineraries are intended to make the altitude variation appropriate for ample acclimatization, though the chances of getting AMS in Mustang are zero as we ascend very progressively. Furthermore, the highest point we sleep at is not more than 3,800 m / 12,467 feet. Moreover, we provide medically professional leaders who are certified and skilled at dealing with altitude-related ailments. Since the Mustang trek starts off with a very gradual ascent we don’t recommend taking Diamox or any altitude-related medication.

    • Upper Mustang trek which was opened to the outside world only in 1992 started off as a camping trek where tea house trekking started very recently. The tea houses that we see now in this region is nothing but the extension of their own houses which is quite basic and delivers twin bed sharing rooms with hygienic  COMMON toilet and bathrooms. During the Tiji Festival time which normally falls on the month of May these tea houses will be houseful and most trekkers use tents or homestay facility to witness this incredible festival. 

      You may have a variety of choices for the food but most tea houses still need to improvise in their making of Western food so please expect the least of what comes to the table as per your order - So far with Nepal Pyramids absolute contentment prevails in regards to meals and Local Tea-House.

    • It is always very wise to have an all-inclusive travel insurance policy covering all the aspects of your adventure including trip delays, cancellation, loss of property, sickness, or air evacuation. Though your leaders are highly trained to cope with any emergency situation sometimes even after the best of our precautions things happen. It is essential that you have the right travel insurance to cover yourself from everyday trekking injuries like sprained ankles to life-threatening conditions and natural disasters.

    • Mineral water is rampant in the Upper Mustang region yet Nepal Pyramids, for the environmental concern we are opposed to the use of disposable plastic bottles on any of our trips to Nepal Himalayas. With no additional cost, our staff will supply you with appropriately boiled water every morning and evening for which at least 2 metal or plastic Nalgene bottles are recommended. In case you run out of the delivered water you can always buy boiled and filtered water from the tea houses along the way at minimal charges.

    • The charging facility is not possible in all the settlements of Mustang as they still lack the Hydroelectricity facility and people still rely on their solar panels. Further, the villages with electricity facilities usually have a power cut during day time to stabilize the supply which is already very low. It is always wise to carry some extra batteries or fully charged power bank batteries to charge your devices - besides, your batteries run out pretty quickly in the cold. 

      Over trivial cost, all tea houses provide you with basic hot showers that include solar showers, gas showers,s or Bucket showers.
      Once we enter into the restricted area of Mustang the Wi-Fi facility is more like zero, Lo-Manthang provides you with a Pre-Paid Wi-Fi connection over some charges but not always reliable.

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