The Tiji Festival in Mustang is the most promising in Upper Mustang, celebrated by Tibetan Buddhists. The time festival is a famous festival celebrated once a year for three days at the beginning of the harvest season. During this traditional and colorful 3-day festival, local people from miles around come to Lo Manthang to celebrate this festival. The festival is celebrated at Lo Manthang in front of the King's palace. This festival was observed more than 500 years ago in Mustang.
Tiji Festival in Lo-Manthang, Upper Mustang
The Tiji festival is “The chasing of the demons,” centered on the Tiji Myths. The myth behind celebrating the tiji festival is fascinating. Tiji reveals the story of a deity named Dorje Jono, who battled against his demon father to save the kingdom of Mustang from destruction. People mainly celebrate this festival in memory of the victory of good against evil. The father of Dorje Jono was a devil who brought fear among the people by bringing a shortage of water in the land of Mustang, which is extremely arid. Due to this reason, he fought against his demon father and dispersed him away from Mustang. Tiji festival in Mustang is celebrated to pay respect to this historical myth. This festival is celebrated for peace and prosperity. Further, it is also the celebration to pray to god for water and crops.
Tiji festival in Mustang is celebrated for three days continuously, and each day has its significance. On the first day of the time festival, lama announces the start of the festival by blowing the dunce along with the drum and cymbals. Then after an ancient and enormous Thanka, three stories are unrolled down the entire south wall of the square. The 11 lamas who wear the high red hats come around the evening. The people wearing masks and traditional costumes perform the Tiji myth, and Dorje Jono fights against the demon and kills him as the dance completes. On the last day, Monks perform the ‘Rhachham’ dance enchanting the victory of Dorje over demons.
This festival celebrates his victory with prayer chants and colorful dances. During this festival, people pray and chant mantras. Monks dress up traditionally and perform a traditional dance. The multicolored flags and the yellow-red and blue-colored dresses make the entire surrounding colorful and alluring.
Mustang Trekking in Festival
Upper Mustang is one of the most popular trekking destinations in Nepal. Upper Mustang Trek takes you into the Kingdom of Mustang. Trekking to the Upper Mustang offers you spectacular views of mountains and the opportunity to explore the unique arid landscapes of Mustang. Besides, the main attraction of the Upper Mustang is its unique Tibetan Buddhist culture. Trekking to Mustang during the festival season is fantastic. Trekking to The Mustang during the Tiji Festival is, of course, an unforgettable experience one can have in Nepal. After all, Tiji is the most awaited annual festival in Upper Mustang, so the people celebrate this festival full of joy. It will be a pleasure if you trek Upper Mustang during the festival season. Mustang Tiji festival reveals its own distinctive culture and tradition, which is precious and unique. Tiji festival makes the upper Mustang trek an exceptional one. Local Buddhist Choedhe monastery organizes the festival, and over 65 monks perform a sacred dance. It is pleasant to see the traditional and religious dances during the festival. Thus hurry up and book the Upper Mustang Trek package to witness the Tiji Festival in Mustang.
Why is the Tiji Festival celebrated in Upper Mustang?
Mustang Fiji festival is famous among the locals and travelers around the world. Upper Mustang trekking gives you the pleasure of natural beauty. Still, it also offers you an excellent opportunity to explore the monasteries, arts, culture, and traditions of Tibetan Buddhist culture. The exotic cultural beauty of the Upper Mustang is something one should experience in their lifetime.
Upper Mustang Tiji festival provides you with an excellent opportunity to immerse yourself in the age-old Tibetan traditional festival. This festival brings locals and the Royal family of Mustang together, and all of them pray for the peace and prosperity of this region. This colorful festival gives you a glimpse of the traditional and unique culture of the Lo community's inhabitants. Tiji festival Upper Mustang trek leaves all the trekkers with the best chance to experience the local Tibetan culture. Book the Upper Mustang Trekking package to celebrate this colorful festival in Lo Manthang, and spend three days in Lo-Manthang to enjoy a tremendous Buddhist celebration and their traditional and religious dance.
When is the Tiji Festival celebrated in Mustang?
Tiji Festival is a spring renewal festival celebrated for three days in the arid land of Upper Mustang (Lo Manthang). This festival is celebrated annually in May and June. The date to celebrate the Tiji festival is fixed according to the Tibetan Lunar calendar. The date for the Tiji Festival 2020 has been announced. In 2020 the celebration duration for the Tiji festival was from 19th May to 21st May.
Tiji Festival in Mustang Trek Outline Itinerary:
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu
Day 02: Sightseeing and trek preparation.
Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu Valley to Pokhara by tourist bus (6 hours).
Day 04: Fly to Jomsom and trek to Kagbeni (2780m)
Day 05: Trek from Kagbeni to Chele (3050m). The restricted area starts from here.
Day 06: Trek from Chele to Syanboche (3475m).
Day 07: Syanboche to Ghaymi (3520m).
Day 08: Trek from Ghyami to Tcharang (3490m).
Day 09: Trek from Tcharang to Lo Manthang (3730m).
Day 10: Explore Lo Manthang (3700m).
Day 11: Explore the Festival at Lomangthang
Day 12: Explore the Lo-Manthang
Day 13: Drive to Chhuksang by jeep (2920m).
Day 14: Trek to Jomsom (2710m). The restricted area ends up on these days.
Day 15: Flight to Pokhara. Explore at Pokhara and overnight.
Day 16: Drive back to Kathmandu.
Day 17: Final Departure.
Mustang Tiji Festival Trek trip facts:
Trip Duration: 17 days
Maximum Elevation: 4320m
Group size: +2
Accommodation: Hotels and teahouse