Tiji festival in Upper Mustang (Lo-Manthang):

Festival date 31 May - 2 Jun 2019

Holiday Mountain Treks has been organizing a special trip to Lo-Manthang / Upper Mustang every year for Tiji festival. The trip will provide you a cultural/history and scenery experience of the forbidden kingdom- Mustang. It is a journey for a lifetime and we assist you from fixing journey date to entire arrangements at an affordable price. There will be allowed only limited numbers of people to visit this wonderful place so if you want to the trip and experience yourself please reserve your space as early as possible.

An introduction of the Tiji festival

Tiji festival is a three-day ritual as well as “The chasing of the Demons” that centers on the Tiji myth. The myth tells of a deity named Dorje Jono who must battle against his demon father to save the Kingdom of Mustang from destruction. The demon father wreaked havoc on Mustang by bringing a shortage of water (a highly precious resource in this very dry land) and causing many resulting disasters from famine to animal loss. Dorje Jono eventually beats the demon and banishes him from the land. Tiji is a celebration and reaffirmation of this myth and throughout the festival, the various scenes of the myth will be enacted. The festival normally held at the end of dry winter/spring season effectively a spring renewal festival.and will usher in the wetter monsoon season (the growing season for Mustang).

The Tiji festival is celebrated for three days long in Lo-Manthang.

First day, Lamas horns resounded, announcing the two twelve-foot copper bunches, with their elephantine blurting, followed by two double-reeled horns, all accompanied by drum and cymbals then an ancient and enormous thanka three stories high is unrolled down the entire south wall of the square. Late afternoon, in high wind and blowing dust, eleven lamas in maroon and gold, wearing high red hats, came from the palace and take their places along the wall beneath the thanka, with Tashi Tenzing on the elevated seat just in the center. The masked dancers start the portrayal of the Tiji myth then Dorje Jono repels the demon through the power of his magical dancing. As the dances end, Dorje Jono kills the demon, after which his people are relieved of their plague of misfortunes, water becomes plentiful once more, and the balance and harmony of existence are restored.

On the second day, numbers of Loba arrive from the outlying hamlets, and the small square is thronged with wild beautiful people, with all of the women and children, at least, in traditional dress. The King of Mustang “wears a whole crown of tiny river pearls set off by dozens of large red coralline tones interspersed with matched ornaments of turquoise. The costumes and masks, the twelve-foot horns, the gold cups of wheat, the butter cakes, the snow peaks and wind and dust and sun, the mehti, snow leopard, snow pigeons, saligrams, the dying glacier and the desert ruins, the drunks and rajas and foreigners, the dogs and yaks Tantra.

And on the last, the Tiji festival ends with the ceremonial destruction of the evil remains, represented by some long black yak hair and red torma cakes minced to a dark red furry. The demons red remnants are set out on an old tiger skin, whereupon they are attacked by bow and arrow, slings, and the old guns. The poor devil's remains are over- turned upon the ground, each time to a wild cannonade from the old muzzle-loaders and a wave of cheers and smoke. This is how the Tiji festival is celebrated.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 01/ May 24: Welcome to Kathmandu 1300m.

Arrive Kathmandu airport; welcome and transfer to hotel.

Day 02/ May 25: Kathmandu Sightseeing.

Sightseeing tour of the interesting surrounding sights of Kathmandu valley.

Day 03/ May 26: Kathmandu – Pokhara 975m. drive 6hrs.

Transfer to Pokhara by tourist bus through beautiful sights. The rest of the day is yours to enjoy either doing last minute shopping for the trek or packing your kitty bag for the trek.

Day 04/ May 27: Pokhara – Jomsom 2720m. - Kagbeni 2900m. trek 3-4 hrs.

Fly to Jomsom then a gentle walk to Kagbeni, the checkpoint of entry to Upper Mustang. The Kaligandaki valley here is called the Thakkhola, after the native Thakalis, who are instantly related to the Tibetans.

Day 05/ May 28: From Kagbeni trek to Chele 3200m. 6hrs.

Day 06/ May 29: From Chele trek to Geling 3510m. 6hrs.

Day 07/May 30: From Gelling trek to Charing 3650m. 5-6hrs.

Day 08/ May 31: From Charang trek to Lo - Manthang 3910m. 5hrs.

Day 09/Jun 01: Attend the Tiji effectively a spring renewal festival in the courtyard gathered a crowd of Lamas, locals and tourists.

Day 10/ Jun 02: A full day for Tiji festival activities.

Day 11/Jun 03: If you wish, may attend the last day of Tiji Festival or make a great loop walk through the unique villages and Gompas around Lo Manthang.

Day 12/Jun 04: Return trek from Lo a Manthang to Surkhan 3460m. 5-6hrs.

Day 13/ Jun 05: Trek from Surkhan - Tange 2640m. 6-7hrs.

Day 14 Jun 06: Trek from Tange - Tetang 3160m. 5-6hrs.

Day 15/ Jun 07: Trek from Tetang- Muktinath 3750m. 6hrs.

Day 16/ Jun 08: Trek from Muktinath – Jomsom 2720m. 5hrs.

Day 17/ Jun 09: Fly back from Jomsom-Pokhara. Rest of the day is free for own activities.

Day 18/ Jun 10: Drive Back to Kathmandu.

Day 19/ Jun 11: Kathmandu.

Rest day at leisure or final souvenir shopping. Join the farewell dinner in the evening with a lively cultural program hosted by Holiday Mountain Treks.

Day 20/ Jun 12: Departure transfer to airport for return flight to home.

Cost Details

  •  Full board basis lodge to lodge trekking.
  • hot drinks.
  • ground transportation.
  • guide.
  • porter.
  • staff insurance.
  • equipment and other facilities for the staff's.
  • arrival/departure transfer.
  • taxes and other logistic support etc.
  • Personal wears & gears.
  • personal nature expenses.
  • emergency rescue cost.
  • cold beverage.
  • mineral water.
  • alcoholic drinks, tips etc.



Departure Dates

No fixed departures.

Trip Review

Jolyon Nagele

Dear Abir This was the trip of lifetime. Thanks in large part to the experience, imaginativeness and creating of our guide and chief Ganesh who took fantastic care of us throughout the trek, taking care of all our needs and special interests into account, ensuring that we saw and experienced considerably more than after trekking parties we encountered along the way. The Lo-Manthang itself and an interesting colorful religious Tiji festival at courtyard of the Palace with crowed of locals and tourists was special attraction of the trip. Thanks to our porters for their honesty and hard work and to you Abir for putting such a great team together. Best wishes and good luck for your business!

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