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Upper Mustang Tiji Festival 2024

Title: A Cultural Extravaganza: Upper Mustang Tiji Festival 2024 Trip Overview Heading: Unveiling the Mystique: An Exhilarating Journey to the Upper Mustang Tiji Festival 2024 The Upper Mustang region of Nepal, tuck away in the majestic Himalayas, renowned for its breathtaking landscapes and rich cultural heritage. Among the many fascinating events that take place in this hidden gem, the Tiji Festival stands out as a vibrant and captivating celebration of ancient traditions. Planning a trip to experience the Upper Mustang Tiji Festival in 2024 also promises an unforgettable adventure that combines awe-inspiring natural beauty with a deep dive into Nepal's…

Title: A Cultural Extravaganza: Upper Mustang Tiji Festival 2024 Trip Overview

Heading: Unveiling the Mystique: An Exhilarating Journey to the Upper Mustang Tiji Festival 2024

The Upper Mustang region of Nepal, tuck away in the majestic Himalayas, renowned for its breathtaking landscapes and rich cultural heritage. Among the many fascinating events that take place in this hidden gem, the Tiji Festival stands out as a vibrant and captivating celebration of ancient traditions. Planning a trip to experience the Upper Mustang Tiji Festival in 2024 also promises an unforgettable adventure that combines awe-inspiring natural beauty with a deep dive into Nepal’s mystical past.

The Tiji Festival, also known as “The Chasing of the Demons,” is a three-day extravaganza celebrated annually in Lo Manthang, the capital of Upper Mustang. This sacred ritual rooted in Tibetan Buddhism and believed to ward off evil spirits and bring good fortune to the region. The festival showcases colorful masked dances, ancient rituals, and religious ceremonies performed by monks dressed in elaborate costumes.

Unique Cultural Experience within Upper Mustang

Embarking on a journey to witness the Tiji Festival in 2024 opens doors to a unique cultural experience. The trip also begins with a scenic flight from Kathmandu to Jomsom, followed by a trek through the dramatic landscapes of the Mustang region. Along the way, trekkers treat it to mesmerizing views of snow-capped peaks, rugged cliffs, and picturesque villages, providing an unparalleled sense of adventure and serenity.

As the festival approaches, the atmosphere becomes charged with anticipation and excitement. The main square of Lo Manthang transforms into a vibrant stage, adorned with colorful prayer flags and intricate art. The rhythmic beats of drums and the hypnotic sound of traditional instruments fill the air as the masked dancers bring ancient legends to life. The vibrant costumes, intricate masks, and dramatic performances also create an immersive spectacle that transports visitors to a world of myth and magic.

Conclusion of Tiji Festival

In conclusion, the Upper Mustang Tiji Festival 2024 trip is a captivating adventure that combines natural beauty, cultural immersion, and spiritual exploration. It presents an opportunity to witness a centuries-old tradition that few have the chance to experience. From the awe-inspiring landscapes to the enchanting rituals, this journey also promises to leave a lasting impression and create memories that can cherish for a lifetime.

Trip Highlights

  • Ritual Dances: The festival features elaborate ritual dances performed by the monks of the local monastery. These dances depict the story of the deity’s battle against the demons and are a visually stunning spectacle. The dancers wear colorful costumes and intricate masks representing different deities and characters from the myth.
  • Cultural Celebrations: The Tiji Festival is a celebration of the cultural heritage of the Mustang region. The local community comes together to participate in traditional music, dance, and other cultural activities. Visitors have the opportunity to witness and engage in these celebrations, gaining insights into the unique traditions and customs of the region.
  • Spiritual Significance: The festival holds great religious significance for the people of Mustang. It is a time for prayer, reflection, and devotion. The rituals performed during the festival are believed to bring blessings and protection to the community. It provides an opportunity to experience the spiritual essence of Tibetan Buddhism in a unique setting.
  • Vibrant Atmosphere: The Tiji Festival creates a vibrant and festive atmosphere in the walled city of Lo Manthang. The streets are adorned with colorful decorations, and the air is filled with the sounds of music and laughter. The lively ambiance adds to the overall experience of the festival, making it a memorable and joyful event.
  • Cultural Exchange: The Tiji Festival attracts visitors from different parts of Nepal and around the world. It offers a chance to interact with the local community and engage in cultural exchange. Visitors can learn about the traditions, beliefs, and way of life of the people of Mustang, fostering a deeper understanding and appreciation of their culture.
  • Scenic Location: The Mustang region itself is known for its breathtaking landscapes and unique topography. Surrounded by snow-capped mountains, ancient monasteries, and picturesque villages, the setting of the Tiji Festival adds to its allure. Visitors can combine their festival experience with exploring the natural beauty and historical sites of Mustang.
  • Attending the Tiji Festival in Mustang provides an immersive cultural experience and a glimpse into the rich heritage of the region. It is a chance to witness ancient rituals, engage with the local community, and create lasting memories of a unique cultural event in a stunning Himalayan setting.

Itinerary Expand All

After arrive in Kathmandu International Airport. Nepal Challenge Trek representative welcome/hello is probably the first thing you’ll hear when arriving in the capital of Nepal with its chaotic traffic and busyness of people everywhere. We’ll be staying in Thamel in a beautiful boutique hotel, which feels like a quiet oasis in the middle of all chaos. Thamel is the area where most tourists stay and where sightseeing and shops are in the neighborhood.

Enjoy a sightseeing tour to the UNESCO listed cultural heritage sites in Kathmandu. Visit Kathmandu Durbar Square, Swayambhunath Temple, Boudhanath Stupa and Pasupatinath Temple. Enjoy the artistic palace, art, culture, paintings and history of Nepal.

Shuttle from your hotel in Kathmandu and take a flight to Pokhara. Your guide will accompany you from this day. You have choice to relax in Pokhara or have sightseeing or walk around beautiful Phewa Lake. Overnight in Pokhara.

Today we will take an early morning flight to Jomsom which is famous for its apples, strong winds and the landscape. We begin our trek on an open trail alongside a beautiful valley. We pass through Eaklibatti village before reaching Jomsom which is ideally located at the bank of two rivers. The village is beautiful with flat-roofed houses and also has ruins of an old fortress. Overnight in Kagbeni.

The Tiji Festival Trek today starts with a special permit check onwards to the eastern bank of the Kali Gandaki river. You will then climb over several ridges to the north through the scenic wasteland landscape. Following up and down hills to Tangbe village. The village leads through the complex trails amongst the whitewashed settlement. There are artistically made buckwheat, barley, and wheat fields as well as the apple orchards. After trekking for almost 30 minutes you will reach Chhusang village.

The trek goes along a steep barren land, alongside the copper red canyon. The copper red landscape makes Mustang unique. You will hike downhill till you reach the beautiful village Samar. You can stop for lunch here. On your way out of the village, you will pass by the 4 colored Chortens. The Mustang trek continues with uphills and downhills. You will pass the beautiful and sparsely populated villages, through another pass of Yamada La (4010m).

After a final descent, you will reach Syangbochen. Here, almost all the tea houses look similar with whitewashed walls, flat roofs and wood stacked neatly around the perimeter of the roof. You can also see the doors adorned with colorful curtains and religious symbols.

Today’s trek can push you a little. You will trek through wavy terrains across two different passes. You start your trek with an ascend over the Syangbochen Pass at 3850m. From here, you can view the spectacular landscape of Upper Mustang. You will trek downhill to Gelling. You will pass through different chortens on the way.

From here, you slowly ascent to Jaite and onwards to Nyi La Pass at 4020m. Here you can feel the strong, gusty winds of Mustang along with the fluttering of prayer flags. After this you descent to a trail junction. After a final descent, you reach Ghemi. This is a little village with a small Chorten at its entrance.

The trail descends below the blue, grey, and red cliffs across the valley to a large steel bridge across the river Tangmar Chu. Then you will climb to a plateau and pass the longest and most spectacular Mani walls in Nepal. Towards the end of the wall, the trail heads east to the village of Charang. With a maze of fields, willow trees and houses separated by stone walls at the top of the Charang Chu Canyon.

At the end of the village, there are huge Dzong ( Fortress) and red Gompas. These consists of an excellent collection of statues and Thangkas ( rolling painting).

We begin our trek by descending to a canyon and cross a river before beginning our uphill trek to Lo La pass which at 3950m. From the top of the pass we can admire the beautiful Lo Manthang village. From the pass we descend to Lo Manthang which is a beautiful walled village. From here the views of the Himalayas including Nilgiri, Tilicho and Annapurna I, Bhrikuti Peak as well as Damodar Kunda (pond) is quite good. Overnight in Lo-Manthang.

The festival takes you to the Lo-Manthang Royal Palace, which was built 600 years ago. On the first day of the festival, you will learn about the history of the Tiji festival through various performances done by the monks of Chhode Monastery. At a glance, you will see the large thangka painting depicting the Buddhist relics and Guru Rimpoche hung in the white walls of the Royal Palace. You will also get an opportunity to meet the Monarch of Lo Manthang. The traditional dance performance of Tsa Chham tells one-third part of the story of Tiji. Tiji commemorates the victory of Dorjee Sonam, the reincarnation of Lord Buddha, over a demon who is believed to have bought destruction and havoc to residents. You will be amazed by the profligate hats and vibrant gowns worn by the performers. You can also interact with the locals who have gathered here from surrounding villages to witness the marvel.

Overnight stay at teahouse/guesthouse in Lo Manthang.

We can enjoy a colorful ceremony accompanied by an unusual dance of Tibetan lamas. It is done to chase away all the hungry and evil spirits from the village. We can see many people across the region participating in this ritual of purification and renewal. After the observation, we can explore the intimate alleyways and courtyards of the city or simply rent a horse and visit some of the other villages in the area.

Lo- Manthang is an outstanding historical and cultural center. Namgyal gompa serves as an important monastery of the local community and also a local court. You will then hike to Tingkhar, a village consisting of around 40 houses which is also the last main village to the northwest of Lo- Manthang. In the eastern valley rests the village of Chosar. This village is also rich in Gompas and is the valley that leads the main trading route to Lhasa.

Here you can visit the tall Champa Lhakhang ‘God house’ and the red Thungchen Gomba. Chyodi Gompa and the entrance hall are also some of the major attraction of this small town. To enhance the architectural beauty of the place, there is a magnificent four-storied building of the Royal Palace. Here the Mustang king offer you Tibetan tea as his hospitality.

After breakfast, start the trek leaving the village and keeping up gently ascending until the trail reaches Day-La after an hour. This location is the last point from where Lo-Manthang can be spotted. The village of Dhi is reached after 3 hours of hike then descend for about an hour down to have a lunch break. After lunch, you will pass a small river and make a short steep climb to Yara village which take about 1 & half hour. Spot the innumerable caves at the stonewalls.

After our breakfast we start to do our hiking up to Luri Gumpa (4060 m) from Yara (3 550 m) , the east of Yara is looking like an eagles host in the peaks of some rough rocks. The cave chorten is overlooking the riverbed of the Puyung Khola. The sanctuary of Luri, the cave of the white chorten on the Naga hill has an open courtyard from which one will enter an empty entrance room where we explore ancient paintings of Padmasabhava and Buddha Sakyamuni. Most interesting are the unique murals of the dome, showing the eight Mahasiddhas. Its believed, that the chorten of Luri, same as that one of Tashi Kabum, dates back to the 13th or 14th century, a period which is older than the reign of Amepal. As well as the Mentsi Lhakang of Chhusang and the different cave sanctuaries northeast of Lo Manthang. Also we visit Luri nunnery which is the bottom of Luri Gompa, there is its female counterpart (mother goddess!).

After breakfast, get up and ready for trek, first few hours through River bank then after crossing River, the trail climbs up till the pass of 3850m then trail lead through grassless, bare hills, Tangge is small village but most of the house are attached each other, on the roof tops can see piles of fry woods, which also reflect the prosperity in their society.

Today will along descend to Chhuksang which takes approx. 9 hrs walk. We start off early leaving the village and crossing a suspension bridge, following a short river route. We then cross the river and steeply climb up passing small passes along the way we reach the hill top. Further, descend down until reaching the village of Chhuksang.

Today we descend down to Muktinath which takes approx. 6 hrs walk. We descend down through the Tetang village. After a steep climb, we come to a view point from where we can have a panoramic view of Mt. Dhaulagiri, Annapurna and Tukuche Himalayan range. Then we descend down crossing a small stream by a suspension bridge to the village of Chhyongar. We then follow the level trail until reaching Muktinath.

Today we leave Muktinath and descend down to Jharkot village where we visit the ancient Sakyamuni Buddhist Monastery and Traditional Medical Center and then to Ekalbhatte and to Jomsom.

Morning walk to Jomsom airport for short scenic flight to reach at picturesque Pokhara valley, during air amazing views of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna Himalayan peaks, as the plane land at scenic Pokhara.

A popular and main touristic destinations of Nepal, overlooking massive Annapurna Mountains with serene Phewa Lake where our hotels located, afternoon free for individual activities and souvenir shopping or just relax and enjoy the views.

After breakfast, we will drive to the Pokhara Airport and fly back to Kathmandu. After checking in Hotel. You will have free time in the afternoon, and in the evening, Nepal Challenge Trek will treat you to a farewell dinner in a traditional Nepalese restaurant whilst enjoying a cultural dance.

You may have time to take care of any last minute shopping or sightseeing, as time permits. We hope that you have enjoyed your journey!. Nepal Challenge Trek representative will transfer you to the airport approximately 3 hours ahead of your flight time. We bid you farewell and hope to see you in Nepal again soon!

What's Included

  • Airport Pick-up and Drop Off,
  • Licensed and trained trekking guides,
  • potters for carrying goods and supplies,
  • Meal on full board (breakfast, lunch, dinner) basis during the trek
  • 3 Nights Accommodation in the 3 Star Hotel in Kathmandu with B & B. (Bed & Breakfast) on Twin Sharing Basis.
  • All accommodation during the trek on sharing Basis.
  • All meals and hot beverages during the trek.
  • Transportation to and from trail head by Private and Sharing Transport from Kathmandu to Muktinath to Kathmandu to Muktinath)
  • All necessary documents and permits for trekking (where applicable)
  • National Park/Conservation Area entry Permit, Insurance, and
    equipment for the staffs.
  • Coordination of quick Rescue service (Costs covered by your Insurance Plan)
  • Trekking staffs wages etc.
  • Welcome dinner in a Nepali Cultural Dance restaurant in Kathmandu.
  • Trekking Map, T-shirt, and Trekking certificate.
  • Exclusive of Medical Kit Bag
  • All Government and local Taxes
  • International Flight ticket re-confirmation.
  • Meals will be Start when your Trek starts.
  • Domestic Flights from Kathmandu to Lukla to Kathmandu
  • Domestic Flights for Trekking Guide.
  • Trekking Staff Insurance of $10,000 Per Person.

What's Excluded

  • International Airfares,
  • Travel/Trekking Insurance,
  • Excess baggage charges More than 16kg and hand bag more than 5 kg in domestic flights.
  • Visa fees.
  • Airport Departure Taxes.
  • Drinks (Cold and Alcoholic) Rescue charge.
  • Tips for The staffs.
  • Expenses of Personnel nature and Permit and Liaison officer fee (where Applicable.
  • Meals during stay in the Kathmandu
  • Extra Domestic Ticket  of Jomsom, Pokhara etc.
  • Extra Hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara.

Trip Information

The Rituals and The Festival

The Tenchi festival as a whole celebrates the victory of God over Demon and Good over Evil. During the three days, dance performances by the local monks of Chode monastery take place.

On the 1st day, the monks perform a dance called ‘Tsa Chaam’. This tells the story of the birth of ‘Dorji Sonam’- a reincarnated Buddha to a demon. This demon harassed the kingdom of Mustang and brought in havoc to the country. You can witness the monks enacting the harassment of the said demon on the people of Mustang.

On the 2nd day, the monks perform ‘NgaCham’. During this performance, Dorjee Sonam tries to return the demon to the Buddha realm.

On the 3rd and final day of the festival, the ‘Rha Chham’ dance takes place. On this ceremony, Dorjee Sonam triumphs over the evil demon and banishes him from Mustang.

The monk who plays the role of Dorjee Sonam does this by throwing an effigy. This effigy made from Tsampa (barley) represents the demon ‘Ma Tam Ru Ta’.

This defeat brings peace and prosperity to the land of Mustang. Every year Tiji festival takes place in the hope of spreading peace throughout the world.

Tiji Festival Permit:

Normally Upper Mustang Trekking Permits costs US $ 500 per person for 10 days. But during the Tiji festival we need to take 2 more extra days. 2 extra days will charge extra US $ 50 per day. In order to obtain the permit you need to have at least two members in a group. That means single permit won’t be allowed from the immigration. If you are single traveler, let us know, we can provide permits by joining you with other travelers group. We need your original passport copy to obtain the restricted area permits.

Tiji Festival 2022 Date:

For the Tiji Festival 2024 will be celebrate 27th, 28th & 29th May 2024. Apart from strolling along the stunning and exceptional surroundings of Upper Mustang with the magnificent views of the snow-topped peaks, you can partake on this vibrant and lively festival which will be a lifetime experience.

During the Tiji Festival, monks from the local monastery perform religious dances and rituals in the main square of Lo Manthang. The dances depict the story of the deity’s battle against the demons and are accompanied by traditional music and colorful costumes. The monks wear elaborate masks representing different deities and characters from the myth.

The festival is not only a religious event but also a time for the local community to come together and celebrate their culture and heritage. Visitors from different parts of Nepal and around the world also gather to witness the festivities. The atmosphere is lively, with traditional music, dance, and vibrant decorations throughout the city.

The Tiji Festival offers a unique opportunity to experience the rich cultural traditions of the Mustang region and witness an ancient ritual that has been passed down through generations. It is advisable to check with local authorities or travel agencies for the specific dates and any updates regarding the festival, as they can vary from year to year.

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Trip Facts

Duration 20 Day(s)
Activities Festival Trekking Tour
Group Size 1 to 20
Best Season May to August
Start/End Point Kathmandu / Kathmandu
Difficulty Level Moderate
Max Altitude 4000M

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