The Tiji festival is one of the most famous annual events of the upper Mustang region and celebrated in Lо – manthang (the Lo – kingdom). This festival is celebrating to mark the beginning of a new season and always held in the spring season. Mustang Tiji festival dates will release according to the Tibetan calendar. Mustang Tiji festival 2020 dates revealed and will start from May 19th and end the 21st of May. This festival is celebrated to chase away the demon spirits, bring prosperity and happiness into the kingdom. Besides that, there is a massive gathering of monks and people of Mustang on this auspicious occasion is held annually. Furthermore, various dances act, religious events, rituals ceremonies carried out during the three-day celebration of the Tiji festival. The Mustang Tiji Festival Trek can conclude both eastern and western routes depends on the duration of the holiday.
The myths are still re-enacting throughout the Tiji festival. The historical legend all about Mustang Tiji festival starts with a deity named Dorje Jono. He battles with his demon father to save the kingdom of Mustang. Although the demon creates the water shortage in the country, which affects the lives of the people, finally, Dorje Jono defeats his demon father and brings prosper to the nation.
Moreover, the festival is the representation and portrayal of the story through dancing and many rituals. The same ceremony is enacting until now. Another reason, this rare, untouched heritage, and culture of the people of Mustang is a beautiful and unforgettable sight to observe.
Mustang Tiji Festival: The three days rituals events
On the 1st day of the Mustang Tiji Festival: The Tiji Festival begins with worshiping ceremony and assembly of the monks that offering the Vajrasatwa in the Chhode monastery. Then the monks are gathering 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 with a great treat wearing the traditional costume. It made more attractive with the masked dances and rendered more aggressively.
On the 3rd day of the Mustang Tiji Festival: The third day is the final day of the festival and starts with the ceremonial destruction of the remains of demons. The Mustang Tiji festival ends with cheering since the people burn down the dummy of the devil. The Tiji festival gains its mythical value because it has at a time lost and regained its worth what the mysterious hidden behind. All over the world are fascinating in observing the Tiji festival. So, the residents of the Upper Mustang region devoted to saving the cultures and traditions of the Tiji festival. Hence, Mustang Tiji Festival Trek is favorite as a festive event in Upper Mustang.
Highlight of Mustang Tiji Festival Trek
Tiji Festival Trek – 2020 itinerary
Kathmandu – Pokhara – Jomsom – Kagbeni – Chele – Geling – Tsarang – Lomangthang – Ghami – Samar – Kagbeni – Jomsom – Pokhara – Kathmandu.
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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