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Mustang Tiji Festival Trek

Tiji Festival

Mustang the “forbidden kingdom of Himalaya” was opened to the outside world in 1992 and allow limited numbers of tourist each year to visit the stunning valley of  the Himalayas. Now, for the first time in recent history, foreign passport holders are able to visit Lo Manthang, the seat of an ancient kingdom dating back to the 15th century. Untouched by modern civilization, life in Mustang goes on as it has for centuries in unhurried pace. A trek into the kingdom of Mustang is an unforgettable experience. Upper Mustang is a restricted area of Nepal. Who wish to visit Mustang, Have to pay special permit fee and apply for permit any Gov. Resister trekking agency in Nepal.

The Tiji festival is a three-day ritual known as “The chasing of the Demons” and it is a centered on the Tiji myth. Tiji tells the story of a deity named Dorje Jono who must battle against his demon father to save the Kingdom of Mustang from destruction. The demon father wreaks havoc on Mustang by creating a water shortage which, in this extremely arid land, is the most precious life-sustaining resource. Dorje Jono eventually defeats the demon and banishes him from the land.

Tiji is a celebration and reaffirmation of this myth. Throughout the festival the events and story of the myth are re-enacted. The festival is timed to coincide with the end of the dry season (late winter/spring) and ushers in the wetter monsoon season. Tiji comes from the words “ten che” meaning “the hope of Buddha Dharma prevailing in all worlds” and is a spring renewal festival that also celebrates the triumph of good over evil. In 1964 Michel Peissel was the first westerner to observe the Tiji festival. At this time, the Mustang region was still completely closed off to foreigners and he had to obtain special permission from the government of Nepal in order to enter the region.

The Festivals 2014 finished 25,26 and 27 May 2014 in Lo-manthang, Upper Mustang,Nepal. We Open the booking for Tiji festival 2015, date will be published shortly.

Day 01:  Arrival at Tribhuban International Airport and pick up you by our private vehicle and transfer to the Hotel
Day 02: Full day guided sightseeing around the Kathmandu valley. (B)
Day 03: 7 hrs drive or 30 min fly to Pokhara and check in hotel. (B)
Day 04: 25 minutes fly to Jomsom and commence trek to Kagbeni (2800m) 3 hrs (B.L.D).
Day 05: Kagbeni to Chaile. (3050m) 7 hrs (B.L.D).
Day 06: Chaile to Geling. (3500m) 6hr (B.L.D).
Day 07: Geling to Ghami. (3645m) 6 hrs (B.L.D).
Day 08: Ghami to Tsarang (3550m) 6 hrs (B.L.D)
Day 09: Tsarang to Lomangthang. (3800m) 6 hrs (B.L.D).
Day 10: Start Teji Festival. (B.L.D).
Day 11: Continue Teji Festival with Mask Dance. (B.L.D).
Day 12: Teji Festival end. (B.L.D).
Day 13: Lomangthang to Ghami (3645m) 6 hrs (B.L.D).
Day 14: Ghami to Samar. 6 hrs (B.L.D).
Day 15: Samar to Chhusang (2920) 6 hrs (B.L.D).
Day 16: Chhusang to Muktinath 4 hrs (B.L.D).
Day 17: Muktinath to Jomsom. 5 hrs (B.L.D).
Day 18: Jomsom to Pokhara by flight. (B).
Day 19: 7 hrs drive or 30 min fly to Kathmandu. (B).
Day 20: Transfer to airport. Trip concludes.


2 comments on “Mustang Tiji Festival Trek
  1. Daniel Schmidt says:

    Which Festivals can you visit in Nepal in the months from November to December?
    And how about Festivals in Tibet, Bhutan or India?

    This tourplan looks interesting! A lot to see! :D

  2. setohimal says:

    Well, Daniel as your interest about the biggest festival in Nepal, here we are writing a few lines on those festivals which falls in October & November. Please click the link to know more about system and festivals of Nepal.

    Dashain: The Dasain festival takes place around Sept-Oct and is celebrated by most communities in Nepal. This, like Christmas is the time when family members come together regardless of where they are. The festival lasts for ten days and each day is marked with some ritual ceremony. During the course of Dasain many animals are sacrificed and unique to Nepal, there is even a military parade, which is attended by the King and Queen. Many people pass their time gambling, drinking, feasting and merry-making in general. The most important day is the tenth and last day when the elders of the family bless their juniors by applying tika on their foreheads. All are dressed in new clothes for the occasion and feasting follows the tika ceremony. Tika however, is not restricted to this day as it is not possible to visit all relative in one day. The tika ceremony can be conducted until the full moon.

    Tihar: This festival of lights that falls between October/November is the second biggest festival after Dashain. This festival lasts for five days and people worship Laxmi – the Goddess of Wealth. All the houses are cleaned and decorated with the belief that Goddess Laxmi will enter the house that is the cleanest and people lit candles, oil lamps and other lights and the whole place looks illuminating. During the five days, crows, dogs and cows are worshipped and honored with vermilion, garland and delicious food for what they have done in the lives of humans. Crows are regarded as the messenger that brought news even during the times when there were no postmen and no postal services. Dogs are the most obedient animals and they guard our house as true guardians. Cow is also a symbol of wealth in Hinduism and she is also the national animal of Nepal. During Tihar, the Newari community in Nepal also observes Mha Puja – a ritual of worshipping one’s own body and life. On this very day, the Newari New Year which is also known as Nepal Sambat begins. The festival ends with Bhai Tika – brothers’ day when his sisters worship him for his long and healthy life to safeguard the lives of his sisters. This is also a gambling time in Nepal as gambling is not illegal during this festival.

    Daniel, we are updating festivals of India, Bhutan & Tibet, so we would like to request you and keep watching on our site even you can subscribe to know the latest update. Thanks a lot for your query’s.

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