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Tiji Festival Trekking

Upper Mustang Tiji (Teechi) festival trekking is one of the colorful and sacred festivals of Nepal celebrated in Lo Manthang, the capital city of Mustang.

Tiji festival trekking is one of the colorful and sacred festivals of Nepal celebrated in Lo Manthang, the capital city of Mustang. Tiji festival is observed annually at the beginning of the spring season. The festival features a three-day ritual known as the ‘chasing of demons’. According to the story, a deity named Dorje Jono who must battle against his demon father to save the Kingdom of Mustang from destruction. His father used to give the problem to the people of Mustang by creating a water shortage whereas Mustang is extremely arid land and water is the most precious life-sustaining resource. Dorje Jono ultimately defeats the demon and banishes him from this area. During the festival, monks wearing masks and colorful costumes enact the story of Dorje Jono. They perform different dances. The major goal of Tiji festival trekking is to view this colorful festival. Apart from it, you get an opportunity to discover a vast dry valley which looks similar to the Tibetan plateau and culture, architecture, traditions exist in this forbidden land. The interesting thing is still 2008, the time prior to Nepal becomes a republic, Mustang had a king. The last king is Jigme Dorjee Palbar Bista. He and his family still stay at the royal palace of Lo Manthang. He is still highly regarded and respected by the locals. Another fact is Upper Mustang was only opened to foreigners in March 1992 for traveling.

Tiji Festival Trekking 2019 ( May 12, 13, 14 )

May 12, 2019: Morning opening ceremony and masked dance by monks.

May 13, 2019: The second day morning start offering and praying to Vajrakila, masked dance more aggressive style typical weapons and animal form and finally doing the act of Dhakey. After throwing the air the evil of the religion the second day is finished.

May 14, 2019: The third day morning also similarly start offering and praying to Vajrakila and monk mask dance and destruction the effigy evil of the religion cut the head and buried in a fort of the Palace’s main entrance. Finally, finish with monk dance.

Trip Fact

Trip Duration: 20 days
Trip Code: HST-AT-14
Trek Start/End: Jomsom
Grade: Moderate/Difficult
Trek start Elevation: 2700m.
Highest Elevation: 3750m.
Group Size: Minimum 2 person
Festival time : May
Mode of Trek: Teahouse / Tent
Trek Duration: 20 days

Tiji Festival Trekking Highlights

  1. Colorful three days Tiji festival
  2. Sightseeing of Lo Manthang, the capital city of Mustang
  3. Ancient monasteries and amazing caves
  4. Lifestyle, culture and tradition of local people
  5. Dry place similar to the Tibetan plateau
  6. Spectacular mountain flight from Pokhara- Jomsom- Pokhara
  7. Seven hour scenic drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara
  8. Sightseeing of World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu valley (Kathmandu Durbar Square, Pashupatinath, Boudhanath)
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Day by Day Itinerary

Day
01
Upon arrival in Kathmandu International airport, meet our representative. Transfer to the hotel. Orientation of the trip. O/n at Kathmandu in hotel.
Day
02
Kathmandu Sightseeing (Kathmandu Durbar Square, Pashupatinath, Boudhanath). Preparation for trekking/n at Kathmandu in hotel.
Day
03
Drive Kathmandu to Pokhara. 7h scenic dive. O /n at hotel in Pokhara.
Day
04
Fly Pokhara to Jomsom (2700m). 20m. Trek to Kagbeni (2800m). 3h walking. O/n at mountain lodge.
Day
05
Kagbeni to Chaile (3050m)). 5h walking. O/n at mountain lodge.
Day
06
Chaile to Ghami(3520m). 5h walking. O/n at mountain lodge.
Day
07
Ghami to Tsarang(3500m). 4h walking. O/n at mountain lodge.
Day
08
Tsarang to Lo-Manthang(3700m). 5h walking. O/n at mountain lodge.
Day
09
Morning explore around Lo-Manthang. Afternoon see Tiji festival, first day. O/n at mountain Lodge.
Day
10
Tiji festival, second day ceremony. O/n at mountain Lodge.
Day
11
Last day of Tiji festival. O/n at mountain Lodge.
Day
12
Lo-Manthang to Dhakmara (3750m). O/n at basic Tea house.
Day
13
Dhakmara to Shyangmochen. O/n at basic Tea house.
Day
14
Shyangmochen to Chusang .O/n at basic Tea house.
Day
15
Chusang to Kagbeni. O/n at basic Tea house.
Day
16
Kagbeni to Jomsom. O/n at basic Tea house.
Day
17
Jomsom to Pokhara by flight. Afternoon free time. O/n at hotel in Pokhara.
Day
18
Drive back to Kathmandu. O/n at hotel in Kathmandu.
Day
19
Free day in Kathmandu. O/n at hotel in Kathmandu.
Day
20
Transfer to the Kathmandu international airport for final departure.

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