The Tiji festival is one of the most well-known annual events in the upper Mustang region, which takes place in Lо – manthang. This festival is often held in May to celebrate the start of a new season. The Mustang Tiji festival dates will be announced according to the Tibetan calendar. Mustang Tiji festival 2023 dates have been revealed, and it will be held from the 16th to the 18th of May this year. We offer the group tour for Tiji Festival Trek too.
Many traditions and rituals take place during the Mustang Tiji Festival Trek, including dances using masks and costumes. There are even Tibetan Buddhist Monks that reside in the Mustang District and hold celebrations on this day. The three-day celebration of the Mustang Tiji Festival Trek can involve east and west routes. The itinerary may vary depending on the duration of the holiday.
The myths are still re-enacting during the Tiji festival. The historical legend about the Mustang Tiji festival starts with a deity named Dorje Jono. He battles with his demon father to save the kingdom of Mustang. The Demon creates a water shortage in the country. It affects the lives of the people. Finally, Dorje Jono defeated his demon father and brought prosperity to the nation.
The festival is consequently a reflection and portrayal of the story via dance and rituals. Until now, the same ceremony has been carried out. This unique, unspoiled heritage and culture of the Mustang is another factor why it is a beautiful and unforgettable experience.
What Do You Expect in The Mustang Tiji Festival Trek?
Brief Itinerary with Tiji Festival 2022 Dates
|Days||Dates||Itinerary||Altitude in Meters||Distance|
|1.||18th May||Arrival in Kathmandu||1350|
|2.||19th May||Trek Preparation|
|3.||20th May||Drive to Pokhara||920||6h00|
|4.||22nd May||Fly to Jomsom, then trek to Kagbeni||2870||at 3h00|
|5.||23rd May||Trek to Chele||3050||6h00|
|9.||27th May||Tiji Festival in Lo-mangthang (1st day)|
|10.||28th May||Tiji Festival in Lo-mangthang (2nd day)|
|11.||29th May||Tiji Festival in Lo-mangthang (3rd day)|
|12||30th May||Trek to Ghami||3520||6h00|
|15.||2nd June||Trek to Jomsom||2800||3h00|
|16.||3rd June||Fly to Pokhara|
|17.||4th June||Drive to Kathmandu|
|18.||5th June||Rest day!|
|19.||6th June||Final Departure|
The three days rituals events
On the 1st day of the Mustang Tiji Festival: The Tiji Festival begins with the worshiping ceremony and assembly of the monks that offer the Vajrasatwa in the Tsode monastery. Then the monks gathered to blow drums, cymbals, and horns to announce the beginning of the festival. Afterward, rolling out of an enormous Thangka in the south wall of the square, masked dancers dance with full vigor to chase away the demons.
On the 2nd day of the Mustang Tiji festival: The King and the residents of the Lo kingdom gather together for a great treat wearing the traditional costume. As a result, it made more attractive with the masked dances more aggressive.
On the 3rd day of the Mustang Tiji Festival: The final day of the festival is the most important day of the three-day festival. On this day, all the demons and spirits are gathered together and destroyed. The Mustang Tiji festival Trek ends with cheering since the people burn down the dummy of the devil. The Tiji festival gains its mythological value because it has lost and regained its worth what the mysterious hidden behind. So, the residents of the Upper Mustang region are devoted to saving the cultures and traditions of the Tiji festival.
Mustang Tiji Festival Trek is a famous festival in Upper Mustang. The festival is celebrated on the full moon of May month. People visit the place to participate in religious ceremonies. All over the world are fascinated to observe the Tiji festival. Likewise, The Tiji Festival ends with the above activities.
Day 1: Arrival day (1,300 m)
Day 2: Free day and trek preparation.
Day 3: Kathmandu – Pokhara (920 m) 6h00 drive.
Day 4: Pokhara – Jomsom – Kagbeni (2870 m) 20 min. by plane 3h00 walk.
Day 5: Kagbeni – Chele (3050 m) 6h00 walk.
Day 6: Chele – Geling (3806 m) 6h00 walk.
Day 7: Geling – Charang (3,500 m) 6h00 walk
Day 8: Charang – Lomangthang (3,700 m) 5h00 walk.
Day 9: Tiji Festival in Lo-mang thang (1st day).
Day 10: Tiji Festival in Lo-mang thang (2nd day)
Day 11: Tiji Festival in Lo-mang thang (3rd day)
Day 12: Lo – Mangthang – Ghami (3,520 m) 6h00 walk.
Day 13: Ghami – Samar (3,150 m) 6h00 walk
Day 14: Samar – Kagbeni (2870 m)
Day 15: Kagbeni – Jomsom (2800 m) 3h00 walk.
Day 16: Jomsom – Pokhara
Day 17: Pokhara – Kathmandu
Day 18: Free day in Kathmandu
Day 19: Final departure
|DEPARTURE/RETURN||Tribhuwan International Airport, Kathmandu|
|DEPARTURE TIME||Please report at least 2 hours before the flight.|
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