Tiji Festival Trekking 2019 in Mustang

Tiji is a fascinating annual three-day festival consisting of Tibetan rituals that celebrate the myth of a son who had to save the Mustang kingdom from destruction. There are two different meanings as local people believe:

“Tiji” comes from the words ten che, meaning the “hope of the dharma prevailing in all worlds,” the message Guru Rinpoche carried through this region over a thousand years ago. "Tiji" the name is an abbreviation of the word "Tempa Chirim" which means "Prayer for World Peace". This festival commemorates the victory of Lord Buddha's incarnation Dorjee Sonnu over a demon called Man Tam Ru a vicious creature feeding on human beings and causing storms and droughts.

The Tiji festival usually takes place around mid May and lasts for 3 days. This year is determined to be on 12th.13th and 14th of May 2018 as Lunar calendar. The monks of Lo Manthang's "Choedhe" monastery perform ritual dances during the celebration. The harassment of Ma Tam Ru Ta (in a dance called "Tsa Chham" on the first day), the birth of Dorjee Sonnu as the demon's son (on the second day called "Nga Chham") and the attempt to return the demon to Lord Buddha's realm (on the third and final day) are enacted during the performances.

The Tiji festival dances are all organized by the Choedhe Monastery, which belongs to the Sakya sect of Buddhism. The monastery is headed by a Rimpoche. About 65 monks from Lo Manthang, Nhenyul and Chhosyer reside in this monastery. 

FACT OF THIS TRIP
Trip Duration      13 days trip
Max. Altitude: 3900 m.
Minimum Altitude:  2500 m. 
Grade: Easy
Activities: Trekking/ Tiji festival celebrating
Accommodation: Lodge 
Meals: Breakfast
Transportation: Plane and Tourist bus
Trek Departure: 5th.May.2019 
Group Size: 2 persons (minimum) to 30 persons (maximum)
Best season: May
Available Time: May
Per day hiking: 5 to 6 hours

Tiji festival Trekking 2019 in Mustang

Suggested Itinerary 

6th.May.2019 Day 1: Drive to Pokhara / explore the lake city / stay at hotel

This morning we take drive to Pokhara, the second biggest city of Nepal, as per your requirement is very entertaining giving you ample opportunity to know how locals live up to drive through these winding roads in tourist bus . Transfer to hotel ( Mount View ) with breakfast.

7th.May.2019 Day 2: Fly to Jomsom and start 3 hrs trek to Kagbeni to start the upper Mustang TIJI trek

A short morning flight to Jomsom, the district headquarters of Mustang, through the world’s deepest Kali Gandaki Gorge with the glorious view of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri is exceptional.  Stay overnight at lodge with breakfast. 

8th.May.2019 Day 3: Trek to Chele (3050m/ 10,006ft) around 5 hrs.

Today we enter the restricted area of Upper Mustang . As said to be the desert of Nepal the valley widens with barren and arid surroundings with green villages in the middle that appears more like a mirage which is simply incredible. Stay overnight at lodge with breakfast. 

9th.May.2019 Day 4: Trek to Syangboche (3800m/ 12467ft) walk 6 hrs. (3800m/ 12467ft) 5-6 hrs. 

Today’s walk is more into undulating trails with couple of steep climb and descents. Despite 6 hour walk the tremendous canyons with its unusual colour that opens out is extraordinary. In this bizarre the farming fields with rich red buckwheat and brilliant green and the south view offering you a panorama of Nilgiri, Annapurna, Tilicho Peak, and YakawaKang adds up to its magnificence. Stay overnight at lodge with breakfast. 

10th.May.2019 Day 5: Trek to Ghami (3520m/ 11548ft) walk approx.. 5 hrs.

From Syangboche we climb gently to a small pass of 3800m/12,467ft with extraordinary views of mountains and deep valleys into the wind eroded canyons. Today’s walk is effortless with few short climbs in between but beautiful scenery alongside would hardly allow us to realize the passing away of time and arrive at Ghami for lunch. Stay overnight at lodge with breakfast. 

11th.May.2019 Day 6: Trek to Tsarang (3560m/11679ft) 4 hrs. 

This short trek to Tsarang takes us into the ‘Land of Chortens”. This trail marks the history and legend of the Indian saint Padmasambhava (750-810 AD), the founder of Tibetan Buddhism who created a fusion of Buddhism with the original Shamanistic religion of Tibet called Bon – whose influence upon the Indian Buddhism makes Tibetan Buddhism so fascinating. Stay overnight at lodge with breakfast. 

12th.May.2019 Day 7: Trek to Lo Manthang / witness the Tiji festival starting in the afternoon (3900m./12870ft.  ) 5 hrs. 

Finally we get to the plateau of Lo Monthang, ‘The Capital city and the Plain of Aspiration’ of Mustang. The fabled walled city of Lo, the kingdom with a single entrance is a welcome sight! The king, “Lo Gyelbu”, named Jigme Palbar Bista, still resides at his four-storied palace inside the walled city of Lo Manthang. Stay overnight at lodge with brekfast. 

NOTE: ENTRANCE FEE MAY BE INCURRED TO SEE THE FESTIVAL FOR 3 CONSUCATIVE DAYS. B+L+D

13th.May.2019 Day 8: Exploration of cave and monastery in morning and afternoon witness the stunning mask dances performed by monks in Tiji festival

Lo Manthang the capital city of Mustang contains about 150 houses and has some of the largest and finest Tibetan Buddhism gompas in Nepal. The city itself is absolutely fascinating place with four major ancient Monasteries which are impressive and an enormous 14th century palace imposing 4-storey building in the center of the city. Stay overnight at lodge with breakfast. 

14th.May.2019 Day 9: Explore the Summer palace and monastery in morning and enjoy the last and final celebration of Tiji festival in Lo Manthang in the afternoon.

Today we will walk to Thinkar for morning excursion to see the summer palace. Though summer palace is abandoned and not anymore in use yet its worth hiking around.  Alternatively we can climb up the view point hill just north of Lo Monthang for the stunning view of all around the valle. Rest of our day, afternoon and night we will be in the palace witnessing the Tiji Festival, the last day of festival which normally takes on open area outside of the palace. Stay overnight at lodge with breakfast. 

15th.May.2019 Day 10: Lo-Mangthang-Tsarang-Ghami

Trek to Ghami and stay overnight at lodge. Stay overnight at lodge with breakfast. 

16th.May.2019 Day 11: Ghami- Ghiling –Chusang

Trek to Chusang and stay overnight there at lodge. Stay overnight at lodge with breakfast. 

17th.May.2019 Day 12: Chusang –Jomsom

Trek to Jomsom and stay overnight at lodge. Stay overnight at lodge with breakfast. 

18th.May.2019 Day 13: Fly to Pokhara and drive to Kathmandu

We take an early morning flight from Jomsom to Pokhara – a fantastic way to round off the trek, flying right along the Kali Gandaki Gorge between the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges. Drive to Kathmandu . 

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