Tiji festival tour 2019

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. The festival is indigenous to Lo-Manthang, Upper Mustang.

"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 takes place this year 12th.13th and 14th of  May.2019 . 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. 

Trip Duration      9 days trip
Max. Altitude: 3900 m.
Minimum Altitude:  2500 m. 
Grade: Easy
Activities: Tour / Tiji festival celebrating
Accommodation: Lodge / Tea house
Meals: Breakfast, lunch , Dinner with tea/coffee
Transportation: Domestic flight and overland
Tour Departure: 9th.May.2019 
Group Size: 2 persons (minimum) to 30 persons (maximum)
Best season: May
Available Time: May
Per day driving: 5 to 6 hours

Suggested Itinerary

9th.May.2019 Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu 

Your group leader will be there to greet you and transfer you to the hotel on your arrival in Kathmandu airport, please check the Nepal alternative clipboard. Stay overnight at hotel ( Kathmandu garden home ).   B

10th.May.2019 Day 02: 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 which are often enormously packed. B

11th.May.2019 Day 03: Fly to Jomsom and drive to Ghilling

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.  Drive to Ghilling ( 3520 m/ 11548ft) approax. 5 hrs B+L+D

12th.May.2019 Day 04: 2 hrs drive to Lo Manthang / witness the Tiji festival starting in the afternoon

Finally we drive through 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.


13th.May.2019 Day 05: 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. B+L+D

14th.May.2019 Day 06: 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. B+L+D

15th.May.2019 Day 07: Lomanthang- Jomsom

Drive to Jomsom ( 2650 m.) approx. 6 hours then stay overnight at hotel.


16th.May.2019 Day 08: Fly to Pokhara and connection flight 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. Connection flight to Kathmandu ( 22 minutes ) then transfer to hotel ( Kathmandu garden home ) on b/b plan.


17th.May.2019 Day 09: Mustang Tiji tour  ends / airport transportation

Nepal alternative treks make sure to customize the airport transfer as per your flight details.

Note : B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner 






Royalty structure for NMA peaks is highly decreased !



Thank you Tej and Nauser For ever ...


We did the Manaslu circuit and Tsum valley. ...

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