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Upper Mustang

Lo Manthang 33100, Nepal
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Mustang Tiji Festival Trekking Lo Manthang  Nepal

Mustang Tiji Festival Trekking

Tiji is a colorful festival celebrated by the people of Upper Mustang. Upper Mustang is locally known as Lho Manthang and the people inhabiting this region are called Lhobas. Upper Mustang Tiji Festival is celebrated with great fanfare by the Lhobas. The festival is celebrated for three days. Tiji Festival 2018 falls on May 12-14 this year. The festival celebrates the myth of a man who had to save the Mustang kingdom from destruction. The word ‘Tiji’ is derived from ‘Tempa Chirim’ which means ‘Prayer for World Peace.’ Many foreign trekkers do the Tiji Festival Upper Mustang Trek so that they reach the place in time to observe this unique festivity in the Upper Mustang region of Nepal.

Lucky for you, this trip coincides with the end of the dry season and thus overlaps with the Tiji Festival, a spring-renewal party that ushers in the monsoons while celebrating the triumph of good over evil in a ritual locals call “the chasing of the demons.” Tiji comes from the words ten che, meaning the “hope of the dharma prevailing in all worlds,” the message Guru Rinpoche carried through this region over a thousand years ago.

Tiji consists of three-day of Tibetan rituals. The Tiji centers around a myth, which tells of a deity named Dorje Jono who must battle against his demon father to save the Kingdom of Mustang from destruction. Tiji comes from the word “ten che” meaning the hope of Buddha Dharma prevailing in all worlds and is effectively a spring renewal festival. The trek to Mustang is a spectacular walk through Himalayan terrain that contrasts wildly with the lush fertile hills and valleys located to the south of the main Himalayan chain. Mustang is a barren landscape with only a few small green fields dotting a lunar landscape, but boasts a remarkable spiritual heritage.

Upper Mustang Tiji Festival Trekking combines through Mustang’s fascinating villages, alongside Buddhist shrines and temples and in the shadows of the Himalayas most iconic mountains, before arriving at the fabled walled city of Lo Manthang for 3 days of dancing at the Tenchi Festival. The terrain is rough and the altitude can be hard going but you will be in the safe hands of Himalayan expert Peregrine Treks and our team of Sherpa. Expect mainly camping (fully supported) with a few lodges and hotels in Kathmandu and Pokhara for good measure.

During the Tiji Festival Trekking, the town square fills with characters clad as demons in flamboyant robes and hideous masks dancing about, slashing at the air with their swords and intoning spells over onlookers. Spend the day steeped in the sights, sounds, and movements of this once-in-a-lifetime cultural marvel. This three-day ceremony is lit up with colorful custom dress, dancing, music, and reenactments from the story of a deity and his demon father.
Date for Tiji Festival 2018 in Lo-Manthang is announced. The Teji festival will be celebrate 12 , 13 and 14 May 2018 in Upper Mustang

Highlights of this trip
Trek in the shadows of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna along the Kali Ghandaki River enroute to Mustang
Pass through white-washed mountain villages, alongside colourful Buddhist shrines and temples
Following 5 days of trekking, reach Lo Manthang, the fabled walled city of Mustang
Spend 3 days in Lo Manthang at the Tije Festival – a vibrant Buddhist celebration with dancing and traditional music

Itinerary of Mustang Tiji festival trekking
Day 01 (May 07, 2018) Kathmandu Arrival

Day 02 (May 08, 2018) Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing and Trek Preparation

Day 03 (May 09, 2018) Drive to Tatopani (10-11 Hours)

Day 04 (May 10, 2018) Drive to Kagbeni 2850 m 4-5 Hours drive

Day 05 (May 11, 2018) Drive to Ghami (3560m) 3-4 hours drive

Day 06 (May 12, 2018) Day 09 (May 12, 2018) Ghami to Lomanthang (3840 m) 3-4 hours drive and Tiji Festival Starts

Day 07 (May 13, 2018) Tiji Festival Second Day

Day 08 (May 14, 2018) Tiji Festival Closing Day

Day 09 (May 15, 2018) Drive back to Muktinath

Day 10 (May 16, 2018) Drive back to Pokhara (7-8 hours)

Day 11 (May 17, 2018) Half day Pokhara sightseeing and drive back to Kathmandu

Day 12 (May 18, 2018) Departure