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23 Days
Availability : During Tiji Festivals/ All year
Tribhuvan International Airport
Tribhuvan International Airport
Min Age : 18+
Max People : 25+
Tour Details

The Upper Mustang Trek including Tiji festival is a fascinating and remote place in the Mustang region, which used to be off-limits to outsiders. It’s like a hidden Buddhist kingdom surrounded by huge mountains, like Annapurna and Dhaulagiri, both exceeding 8000 meters in height. Stringent regulations for tourists in this area have played a crucial role in preserving age-old traditions. Until 1992, the Upper Mustang Trek was classified as a restricted demilitarized zone, making it one of the world’s most well-preserved regions due to its isolation from the external world. The majority of the population still communicates in traditional Tibetan languages. The name “Mustang” is derived from the Tibetan term meaning the “Plain of Aspiration.” Foreigners gained access to the Upper Mustang trek only in 1992, and this region has since become a popular trekking destination, attracting visitors year-round, regardless of the season.

The highlights of the Upper Mustang Trek include:
  • Untouched natural beauty in the mountainous terrain.
  • Stunning Himalayan vistas
  • Exploration of the unique landscapes of Upper Mustang
  • Savoring authentic Thakali cuisine
  • Immersion in Sherpa and Gurung cultures

Began on a timeless and breathtaking journey through the Kingdom of Lo. Until recently, this off-the-beaten-path region remained a hidden Tibetan Buddhist enclave, off-limits to foreigners. Along the trail, anticipate breathtaking sights such as sculpted canyons with extraordinary rock formations, deep gorges, medieval villages, ancient fortresses, palaces, and enigmatic cave hermitages dating back centuries. You’ll also encounter Tibetan Buddhist gompas and towering snow-covered peaks that define this remarkable region, resembling a “thumb” extending from Nepal into the Tibetan plateau.

Accessing the Upper Mustang can be done through various modes of transportation, with the 4WD Jeep tour being the most popular choice. Due to road conditions, jeeps, boleros, and land cruisers offer the most reliable and comfortable means of travel. Bikers are also drawn to this trek. Additionally, this specially crafted Upper Mustang Trek itinerary has been designed by the Asian Heritage team to introduce you to one of Nepal’s most pristine and otherworldly destinations. If you would like to discuss any aspects of this trip further or have specific preferences, please do not hesitate to reach out, and we will be delighted to customize the program to meet your unique needs.

Price Includes

  • All land transportation by private vehicle with the driver based on the above-mentioned program.
  • 7-nights hotel accommodation on Hotel Yatri Suites & Spa or Similar at Thamel on Breakfast Basis.
  • 1-night hotel accommodation on Old inn or Similar at Bandipur on Breakfast Basis.
  • 2-nights hotel accommodation on Sakya guest House or Similar at Lumbini on Breakfast Basis.
  • 4-nights hotel accommodation on Hotel Crystal palace or Similar at Pokhara on Breakfast Basis.
  • 8-night hotel accommodation on available local lodge (during the mountain) on Full board basis (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner).
  • As mentioned the hotel accommodations are a twin-sharing basic.
  • An experienced, English-speaking and government-licensed holder guide entire your trip
  • Staff costs including their salary, insurance, equipment, food, and accommodation.
  • Restricted Area Permit for Upper Mustang & other required permits and park fees.
  • All government and local taxes.

Price Excludes

  • Additional food during the mountain.
  • Drinks/Beverage for all places.
  • Your personal expenses.
  • Tipping (Tips for guide, drivers and supporters)
  • International/ Domestic Flights.
  • Extra costs for upgrading rooms and services at hotels.
  • Entrance fee for UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
  • Donation in temples, schools, monasteries, etc.
  • Visa fee for Nepal visa
  • Travel insurance of any kind.
  • Emergency Rescue evacuation.
  • Any other items not specified in the includes section.
Itinerary

Day 1Arrival in Kathmandu

After arriving at the Tribhuvan International Airport, a representative from Asian Heritage Treks and Expeditions will be there to welcome you and provide transportation to hotel. Upon reaching the hotel, we will proceed with the check-in process, freshen up, and take a well-deserved rest.
Including: Overnight hotel accommodation at Yatri Suites And Spa or similar in Thamel with Breakfast basis, Private Transport.

Kathmandu Airport

Day 2Sightseeing in Kathmandu

As Your focus on Buddhist studies, trip begins with a visit to Swayambhunath Stupa, a renowned Buddhist stupa situated atop a hill. From the top, you’ll be rewarded with panoramic views of the city below. In the afternoon, you’ll explore Kathmandu Durbar Square, a historic complex filled with ancient temples, royal palaces, and courtyards. Marvel at the intricate wood carvings, pagoda-style architecture, and the towering figure of Kala Bhairava, a fearsome deity. The square reflects the rich history and artistic heritage of Nepal’s ancient kings.
Including: Overnight hotel accommodation at Yatri Suites And Spa or similar in Thamel with Breakfast basis, Private Transport, English speaking local tour guide.

Day 3Visit Bouddhanath and Kapan Monastery

Today our representative will facilitate you and transport will drive you to Boudhanath. Full-day guided sightseeing in Bouddhanath stupas and nearby. Boudhanath Stupa is listed as a World Heritage site by UNESCO. The Boudhanath stupa is known to be the holiest temple grounds in Kathmandu. Boudhanath temple is decorated with water, fire, colors, and the uniformity of the monks and servants, these acts as a symbol for the religion. After visited the Bouddhanath stupa you will visit Kapan Monastery located near Boudhanath it is famous for Tibetan Buddhism. Kapan Monastery is beautifully decorated and there are many nice garden areas, stupas, and inspirational sayings dotted around the monastery.
Including: Overnight hotel accommodation at Yatri Suites And Spa or similar in Thamel with Breakfast basis, Private Transport, English speaking local tour guide.

boudhanath

Day 4Visit Pharping Monastery

After having your breakfast you will drive to Pharping, and you will visit monastery (Neydo Tashi Choeling Monastery) which is a Tibetan Buddhist monastery near by Kathmandu valley. Here you can closely experience the daily lives of monks and nuns. After spend couple of hour at monastery then drive to Kathmandu.
Including: Overnight hotel accommodation at Yatri Suites And Spa or similar in Thamel with Breakfast basis, Private Transport, English speaking local tour guide.

pharping monastery

Day 5Kathmandu to Namobuddha

Our representative will facilitate you and transport will drive you to Namobuddha. Namobuddha is one of the important Buddhist sites also known as ‘Takmo Lu Jin’ i.e. tigress body generosity by Tibetans. Constructed in 1976 there is a Tranghu Tashe Yangste monastery on the side of the hill which attracts lots of visitors. Visit Thranghu Tashe Yangche Monastery at the top of the hill. After spend couple of hour at monastery then drive to Kathmandu
Including: Overnight hotel accommodation at Yatri Suites And Spa or similar in Thamel with Breakfast basis, Private Transport, English speaking local tour guide.

Namo Buddha
Image: Namobuddha (Source: Internet)

Day 6Kathmandu to Bandipur (Drive duration: 5/6 hours.)

Today, you head towards Bandipur, located in the west of Kathmandu. This charming village is approximately 150 kilometers away from the capital city. En route, you can enjoy the lush vegetation of Nepal, with the picturesque Trishuli River accompanying you on your journey to Bandipur. Upon arrival in this scenic village, embark on a guided sightseeing tour to explore its beauty. Once you’ve completed your sightseeing adventure, return to the hotel and take a well-deserved rest.
Including: Overnight hotel accommodation at Old inn Bandipur or similar with Breakfast basis, Private Transport.

Day 7Bandipur to Lumbini (Drive duration: 5/6 hours.)

Today we drive towards Lumbini. Lumbini is one of the holiest places of one of the world’s great religions, and its remains contain important evidence about the nature of Buddhist pilgrimage centers from as early as the 3rd century BC.
Including: Overnight hotel accommodation at Sakya Guest House or similar with Breakfast basis, Private Transport.

Lumbini

Day 8Visit Tilaurakot and Lumbini sightseeing

Today, after having your breakfast we will be heading toward Tilaurakot. It is a place where Buddha spent 29 years of his life on the banks of the Banganga River. After explore tilaurakot you will drive back to Lumbini and visit the highlight places of Lumbini such as different Monastic zones: German Monastery, Chinese Monastery, Thai Monastery, International nuns, and Golden Temple. The Peaceful Monastic zone flourishes the teachings of lord Buddha. Learn about the different cultures in different monastic zones of Lumbini. Then after, we will wander the Maya Devi temple to conclude your day.
Including: Overnight hotel accommodation at Sakya Guest House or similar with Breakfast basis, Private Transport, English speaking local tour guide.

Day 9Lumbini to Pokhara, (Drive duration: 7/8 hours)

You will head towards Pokhara, situated to the northwest of Lumbini and approximately 210 kilometres away. Upon reaching Pokhara, check in at the hotel and take a moment to rest. Later in the afternoon, you can explore the charming lakeside streets and the scenic shoreline of Phewa Lake.
Including: Overnight hotel accommodation at Hotel Crystal Palace or similar in Pokhara with Breakfast basis, Private Transport.

Day 10Sightseeing In Pokhara

Today, you will start with an early drive to Sarangkot to capture the tranquil and magical view of the city before sunrise. You will view the first rays of sunlight hitting the mountains in the background. Sarangkot offers panoramic views of the Annapurna, Fishtail, Dhaulagiri, and other mountains. After Sarangkot, you will return to the hotel for some rest and will set off for a full-day sightseeing in this beautiful lakeside town. You will be visiting the World Peace Stupa which is almost an hour far away from Pokhara and lies on the top of the hill. After reaching over there, you will get to see the spectacular panoramic views of the mountains to your north and west. Annapurna, Nilgiri, Glacier Dome, Fishtail Mountain, and the Dhaulagiri mountain ranges can be seen from this place. Enjoy the boating to have a sightseeing excursion to the Barahi Temple, which is situated at the center of Phewa Lake. Then you will visit Devi’s Fall, Gupteswor Cave, Seti George, Mahendra Cave, and Mountain Museum. After completing your sightseeing get back to the hotel and have a rest.
Including: Overnight hotel accommodation at Hotel Crystal Palace or similar in Pokhara with Breakfast basis, Private Transport, English speaking local guide.

Day 11Drive from Pokhara to Tatopani (Driving Duration 5 Hours)

In the morning, having your Breakfast and begin your drive, heading to Tatopani following the Kali Gandaki River, the trail is rough and barren but is mostly flat. You will enjoy lovely views of mountains such as Dhaulagiri and the Annapurna’s.
Including: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Overnight hotel accommodation at available local lodge, Private Transport, English speaking local guide.

Tatopani

Day 12Drive to Kagbeni via Muktinath. (Driving Duration 5 Hours)

Early morning pick up from hotel and drive to Kagbeni. A medieval looking town, Kagbeni, which lies at the bank of two rivers, is an interesting windswept village which is situated on the main age-old Trans Himalayan salt trade route to Tibet via Upper Mustang area. The Mustang district has the oldest monastery which houses secrets which have still yet to be unveiled. Along the way we visit Marpha village, local market of Jomsom and Muktinath Temple. Muktinath happens to be religious place for both Hindu and Buddhist communities with reflects religious harmony amongst the people of Nepal and Indian. After exploring the places we return to Kagbeni which is at an elevation of 2,804 m.
Including: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Overnight hotel accommodation at available local lodge, Private Transport, English speaking local guide.

Day 13Drive to Charang (Driving Duration 6 Hours)

Our trip today will start by finishing some formalities of permit checking at Kagbeni. We then will move ahead exploring the monasteries and a school for monks where they gain knowledge of prayers as well as basic. Along the way passing some places and villages like Chelle, Samar, Ghiling etc. we finally reach Charang.
Including: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Overnight hotel accommodation at available local lodge, Private Transport, English speaking local guide.

Day 14Tsarang to Lo-Manthang and Explore Lo-Mangthang ( Driving Duration 1 hours

Today you will be exploring chhoser, garphu & kora la border. Chhosar village offers a unique glimpse into the traditional way of life, daily activities that the practice in upper mustang. Ancient monasteries like Garphu and Niphu monastery, surrounding colorful rock formations and century’s old caves in rock cliff are really impressive to see in Chhoser area. Niphu monastery is an ancient cave monastery carved into the cliffs. Travelers impressed to visiting Jhong cave, Konchok ling cave &Ritseling cave in Chhoser valley Nepal. Lo Manthang is a small town surrounded by towering mountains and arid landscapes.
Including: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Overnight hotel accommodation at available local lodge, Private Transport, English speaking local guide.

Lo Manthang

Day 15Tiji Festival in Lo-Mangthang (1st day)

You will explore Nepal’s oldest monastery Lo-Ghargumpa and then continue your journey to Lomanthang. You will witness various Tibetan plateaus, cliffs and sky caves along the way. The desert like landscape will surely mesmerize your eyes. First you will take your lunch then; you will go to the king’s palace to celebrate TIJI festival. You will witness the rituals and dancing of the Tibetan monks from different part of the world.
Including: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Overnight hotel accommodation at available local lodge, Private Transport, English speaking local guide.

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Day 16Tiji Festival in Lo-Mangthang (2nd day)

The festival will start usually from 12pm so in the morning, we will head towards Chhoser village. It is a short drive of 1 hour from Lomanthang. If you are lucky, you will have a glimpse of Blue sheep and other wildlife too. At Chhoser, you will explore sky cave and Buddhist school of the village. After exploring Chhoser, you will return to Lomanthang for the TIJI celebration.
Including: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Overnight hotel accommodation at available local lodge, Private Transport, English speaking local guide.

Tiji Festival

Day 17Tiji Festival in Lo-Mangthang (3rd day)

This is the last and final day of TIJI festival. You will explore the monasteries and Buddhist school of Lomanthang. You will have a good sightseeing around the village. After 12 pm, join the local to celebrate the final day of TIJI. Interact with the local and observe the rituals and dance.
Including: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Overnight hotel accommodation at available local lodge, Private Transport, English speaking local guide.

Day 18Drive back Marpha (Driving Duration 5/6 hours)

You will drive back to Marpha retracing the trail. You will pass the same beautiful village of Tsarang, Ghami, Ghiling, Samar and reach Kagbeni. Special permit check out at Kagbeni. Then, we will drive back to Marpha
Including: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Overnight hotel accommodation at available local lodge, Private Transport, English speaking local guide.

Day 19Drive Back to Pokhara (Driving duration-7/8 hours)

After breakfast at Marpha you will drive back to Pokhara. We will follow the same route that we used in order to reach Jomsom. The best part of returning via same route is that if any places you would like to see or stop by again you can do it easily.
Including: Breakfast, Lunch, overnight hotel accommodation at Hotel Crystal Palace or similar in Pokhara, Private Transport, English speaking local guide.

pokhara

Day 20Pokhara Monastery visit

Visit Pokhara Shanti Stupa. World Peace Pagoda located at Pumdi village is a symbol of Buddhist culture. It is 115ft tall and displays the statues of Gautam Buddha. Mattaponi Ghumba established in the 1960s is 5 km east of downtown and carries the religious importance of Buddha. You can enjoy the eye-catching view of the valley.
Including: Breakfast, Lunch, overnight hotel accommodation at Hotel Crystal Palace or similar in Pokhara, Private Transport, English speaking local guide.

Pokhara World Peace Pogoda

Day 21Drive back to Kathmandu

On this day you will have a scenic drive back to Kathmandu, starting from Pokhara after breakfast. Upon arrival at Kathmandu, you will be transferred to hotel and have a rest. In the evening, you can stroll around the downtown area in Thamel.
Including: Breakfast, overnight hotel accommodation at Hotel Yatri Suites and spa or similar in Thamel, Private Transport.

Day 22Enjoy in Kathmandu or Free day in Kathmandu

It is a free day for you to explore Kathmandu at your leisure. You can have an option to revisit favourite spots, or venture into Kathmandu to explore areas you may have missed earlier. Perhaps you can explore the vibrant streets of Thamel for some shopping and local cuisine or visit one of the many art galleries or museums in the city.

Optional Activities you can do in your free day:

  • Everest Mountain flight by Helicopter (360 degree views) (3 Hours)
  • Everest Mountain flight by airplane (1Hour).
  • Nepali food cooking workshop (Approximately 3 hours)
  • Momo cooking workshop (Approximately 3 hours)
  • Handicraft tour (Approximately 6 hours)
  • Yoga Meditation program

(Note: Extra cost apply for optional activities
Including: Breakfast, overnight hotel accommodation at Hotel Yatri Suites and spa or similar in Thamel

Kathmandu Durbar Square

Day 23Departure

Your mustang trip including Tiji Festival will come to an end today. You will be advised and assisted with your onward travel arrangements and transfer to Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport by private transport around 3 hours before your flight schedule and flight back to your home/other destination.
Transportation: Private Transport

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