Tiji Festival Upper Mustang – 15 DAYS

Overview

Upper Mustang-trekUpper Mustang known as Lo is a remote Himalayan province situated on north of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges which is surrounded by the Tibetan plateau on all sides expect the south which links with Nepal. Due to its proximity to and long association with Tibet, Tibetan Buddhist lifestyle, religion, art and culture remain intact. We can see its magnificent monasteries, palaces and the remains of massive, rambling forts due to its rich and flourishing independent walled kingdom in the 15th and 16th centuries. Mustang became an important salt trade transit between Tibet and India. Most of monasteries in upper Mustang belong to the Sakayapa sect, represented by colored strips of grey, white and red. The People of Lo are highly religious and prayers and festivals such as Tiji form an integral part of their lives. This TIJI festival Mustang trek offer a great opportunity to all the trekkers who want to experience the local Tibetan culure at its best form.

♂ Tiji Festival in Lomonthang, upper Mustang

Tiji is three days long annual festival celebrated at Lo Manthang in front of King’s palace, still the Kingship and walled Kingdom is being practice there. Tiji festival in Lo Manthang is one of the most well-known and revered festival. The festival initially began as a religious ceremony.

Tiji in Mustang

Later it also come to symbolize the hope and strength of the people of Lo which is divided into seven provinces known as Lo Tso Dhun. People in Mustang strongly believed that the Tiji festival bring hope, peace and protect them from evil forces. It base of the myth of a deity Dorje Shunu also called Vajrakila, who took rebirth to subdue the all the evil forces and demons that created hell and suffering on earth.

Tiji Festival

Through the power of Tiji festival dances and the variety of forms he takes, he is able to defeat the demons and thereby bring peace and prosperity to the kingdom. Thus the festival depicts the victory of good over evil. The present king of Mustang, now 25th in the lineage, Jigme Dadul Palbar Bista dressed in their tradition attire witness the special ceremony with public.

Mustang Festival

It is believed that people of Lo Manthang started to celebrate the Jiji festival from 15 century on the time of Lama Lowo Khenchen, one of the greatest Buddhist teacher and son of King Amgon Sangpo. During the three-day masked dance Tiji festival in Lo Monthang, upper Mustang, the chosen monk representing Dorge Shunu reveals his various forms and an ancient Thangka painting of Guru Rimpoche Padmasambhava is being displayed as the beating of drums and chanting fill the air of Lo Manthang.

Monk Dancing in Mustang Festival

In the days approaching Tiji, the trails from the surrounding villages to Lo Manthang are packed with local people and mule caravans to participate and celebrated their most waited annual festival. Thus Mustang Tiji festival trek become a special holiday trip to Nepal Himalayas for trekkers around the world to witness the diverse topography with spellbound festival at its best form, can’t be seen anywhere else in the world.

♂ Itinerary Overview of Tiji Festival

Day 1: Arrival day in Kathmandu (1,350m)
Day 2: Kathmandu half day sightseeing and preparation for Trekking (1,350m)
Day 3: Trip to Pokhara (827m/2713ft) (Hotel)
Day 4: Fly to Jomsom & Trek to Kagbeni (2,810m)
Day 5: Trek to Chele (3,050m)
Day 6: Trek to Syangboche (3,800m)
Day 7: Trek to Ghami (3,520m)
Day 8: Trek to Tsarnag (,3560m)
Day 9: Trek to Lo Manthang / Tiji festival starting on the afternoon (3,730m)
Day 10: Exploration of cave and monastery in morning and afternoon witness the stunning mask dances performed by monks in Tiji festival (3,730m)
Day 11: Explore the Summer palace and monastery in morning and enjoy the last and final celebration of Tiji festival in Lo Manthang in the afternoon (3,730m)
Day 12: Jeep to Jomsom
Day 13: Fly to Pokhara (820m)
Day 14: Drive back to Kathmadnu (1,345m)
Day 15: Departure from Kathmandu

♂ Note: All itineraries can be customized at your request.

Trip Cost: 2,300 US $ PP
Group Size: Min-2, Max-15, Ave 10

♂ Cost Inclusive in Tiji Festival:

1. 3-star hotel accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara with breakfast
2. Teahouse accommodation during the trek
3. All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek
4. All ground transportation on a comfortable private vehicle as per the itinerary
5. Domestic flights (Pokhara-Jomsom-Pokhara)
6. Guided city tour in Kathmandu by private vehicle
7. Entrance fees for sightseeing/monument visits as per the itinerary
8. An experienced, English-speaking and government-licensed trek leader and assistant trek leader
9. Porter service (1 for 2)
10. Staff costs including their salary, insurance, equipment, domestic airfare, food and accommodation
11. Community Trek’s trekking bag/duffel bag
12. All necessary paperwork and trekking permits (National Park Permit, TIMS)
13. All government and local taxes

♂ Cost Exclusive:

1. Nepalese visa fee
2. Excess baggage charge(s)
3. Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
4. Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu and Pokhara (and also in the case of early return from the mountain than the scheduled itinerary)
5. International flights
6. Travel and rescue insurance
7. Personal expenses (phone calls, internet, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottled or boiled water, shower, etc.)

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Trip Facts

  •  Trip Duration:  15 Days
  •  Activities:  Trekking & Festival
  •  Country:  Nepal
  •  Group Size:  Min 2pax
  •  Price:  From 2300 US $ PP.
  •  Trip Style:  Hotel/Lodge/Camp
  •  Diffculty:  Medium
  •  Best Season:  None
  •  Transport:  Flight/Private vehicle

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