The Tiji festival is a well known annual celebration that takes place at Lo Manthang. The three-day event (known as "The chasing of the Demons”) is an important occasion for the people of Upper Mustang region. It is centred on the Tiji legend, which tells the story of a deity by the name of Dorje Jono (Dorje Shunu) battling against her 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 dry land), causing crops to fail and livestock to die. According to the story, Dorje Jono eventually defeated the demon and banished him from the land.
The festival is believed to have started around the time of Lama Lowo Khenchen (1456-1532). It is thus one of the oldest festivals in Lo Manthang. As part of the celebrations, the people pray that god will ensure the good fortune and well-being of the entire valley. During the festival, the entire villagers gather in Lo Manthang, and the monks dress up in traditional colorful dress (including masks), and perform a dance to drive the evil spirits away.
Upper Mustang was opened to foreigners in 1992, and has been strictly regulated ever since. Trekkers are not common here, which is why this trek provides such a rare and up close look at a society that has remained unaffected by change for centuries. Unfortunately, access to the region is quite expensive. (A permit costs US$500 per person for 10 days.
The Upper Mustang Tiji Festival trek starts from Jomsom, which you can reach by plane or four-wheel drive from Pokhara. Trekking in Mustang, and especially during the Tiji Festival, is truly one of the most rewarding experiences in all Nepal.
|Starting Date||Trip Duration||Single Suplementary||Cost Per Person||Trip Deposit||Availability|
|2018-05-02||18 days||$ 150 each||$2140 each||$400||Book Now|
|01||2-May-2018: Arriving in KTM and transfer to Hotel (1300 m)|
|02||3-May-2018: Preparation Day|
|03||4-May-2018: Fly to Pokhara (820 m)|
|04||5-May-2018: Fly early morning to Jomsom (2729 m) and Trek to Kagbeni (2810 m.) Time 3-4 Hours|
|05||6-May-2018: Trek to Chhuksang (3550 m.) Time 6-7 Hours|
|06||7-May-2018: Trek to Tamagaon/Ghiling (3710 m.) Time 7-8 Hours|
|07||8-May-2018: Trek to Dhakmar (3840 m.) Time 5-6 Hours|
|08||9-May-2018: Trek to Lo-gekar (3900 m.) Time 5-6 Hours|
|09||10-May-2018: Trek to Lo-manthan (3755 m.) Time 5-6 Hours|
|10-12||11/14 May-2018: Rest day ( Visit some of the most oldest and religiously important monastery nearest villages of Lo-Manthang) including Tiji festival|
|13||15-May-2018: Drive to Jomsom (2729 m.)|
|14||16-May-2018: Fly back to Pokhara and Rest (820 m.)|
|15||17-May-2018: Sightseeing around Pokhara|
|16||18-May-2018: Fly to Kathmandu (1300 m.)|
|17||19-May-2018: Sightseeing around Kathmandu|
|18||20-May-2018: Departure to Home|