Tiji Festival - Upper Mustang Trek

  • Trip duration 19 Days
  • Trip GradeModerate
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Tiji Festival is a three –day ritual celebrated in the parched land of upper Mustang (Lo Manthang). Mustang Tiji festival is well known as “The chasing of the demons” clusters on the Tiji myth 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. Over the Mustang Tenchi/Tiji Festival, time monks dressed in elaborate costumes and masks perform dances and rituals that are supposed to drive away evil spirits. 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.

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 2020:

For the Tiji Festival, 2020 will be celebrating 19th May to 21st May 2020. Apart from strolling along with the stunning and exceptional surroundings of Upper Mustang with the magnificent views of the snow-topped peaks, you can partake in this vibrant and lively festival which will be a lifetime experience.

Trip Highlights

  • Live participant in the whole proceeding of the Tiji festival
  • Explore Lo-Manthang, a historical place well known for a thousand years’ old monasteries
  • Witness spectacular mountain views of Nilgiri, Annapurna, Dhaulagiri & other snow-capped peaks
  • Enjoy a scenic exciting flight of Pokhara to Jomsom to Pokhara 
  • Trek past gushing rivers, green countryside, alpine meadows, valleys, glaciers, etc.

Outline Itinerary

  • Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu Airport
  • Day 02: Full Day Sightseeing and Special Upper Mustang Trekking Permit preparation day
  • Day 03: Drive or fly from Kathmandu to Pokhara (915m/3002ft.)
  • Day 04: Fly from Pokhara to Jomsom(2743m/899ft, 20mins)
  • Day 05: Trek from Kagbeni (2810m/9219ft)
  • Day 06: Trek from Chaile(3050m/10006ft)
  • Day 07: Trek from Shyangboche (3475m/11401ft)
  • Day 08: Trek from Ghami(3520/11549ft)
  • Day 09: Trek from Tsarang(3500m/11483ft) and observe Tiji Festival
  • Day 10: Observe 2nd day of Tiji Festival with Mask Dance
  • Day 11: Last day of Tiji Festival Event
  • Day 12: Trek from Lo Manthang (3700m/12139ft)
  • Day 13: Trek from Tamar (3515m/11532ft)
  • Day 14: Trek from Shyangboche (3475m/11401ft)
  • Day 15: Trek from Tetang (3590m/11778ft)
  • Day 16: Trek from Muktinath (3710m/12172ft)
  • Day 17: Fly from Jomsom(2,743m(8,999ft)
  • Day 18: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu by tourist bus
  • Day 19: Drop to airport for final departure

Cost Includes:

  • Airport-Hotel-Airport transfer via private transportation,
  • Kathmandu & Pokhara accommodations (Bed & Breakfast Basis),
  • Tourist Bus Kathmandu-Pokhara-Kathmandu (Yourself & staffs) or flight in option,
  • Flight Pokhara-Jomsom-Pokhara,
  • Annapurna Conservation Area Entry Permit,
  • Special Upper Mustang Restricted Area Entry Permit,
  • TIMS Permit (Trekker's Information Management System),
  • Teahouse (Lodge) accommodation during the trek,
  • Three meals everyday while on the trek: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner,
  • Experienced English speaking government license holder mountain trekking guide,
  • Experienced & strong mountain trekking porter(s),
  • All program according to itineraries on full board services,
  • Wages, food, transportation, accommodation, equipment, insurance, and other facilities to staffs during the trek,
  • High Spirit Treks company T-shirt (gift) and Duffel bag (refundable)
  • Farewell dinner at typical Nepali cultural restaurant,
  • All kind of rescue arrangements,
  • All kinds of local and government TAX-VAT etc.

Cost Excludes:

  • Meals (Lunch & Dinner) whilst in Pokhara,
  • Your Travel-Trekking insurance,
  • International airfare,
  • Tips for trekking staff and driver (Tipping is expected),
  • All kind of alcoholic & soft drinks,
  • Personal shopping, laundry, trekking equipment, etc.
  • Cost raised by cancellation, landslide, weather, political unrest, illness which are not under our control,
  • Any other expenses which are not mentioned in &"Trip Includes" section etc.

Detail Itineraries

  • Day 01Arrival in Kathmandu AirportArrival in Kathmandu Airport and transfer to request category hotel accommodation in Kathmandu (1350M/4430ft).
  • Day 02Full Day Sightseeing and Special Upper Mustang Trekking Permit preparation day Sightseeing covering Kathmandu City, Swyambhunath and Patan. (Officially we need to issue Special upper Mustang and we need the original passport to issue the special permit), (Hotel Accommodation + B),
  • Day 03Drive or fly from Kathmandu to Pokhara (915m/3002ft.)Drive or fly from Kathmandu to Pokhara (915m/3002ft.) which takes about seven hours by bus and 25 minutes by flight. Overnight at request category hotel accommodation in Pokhara.
  • Day 04 Fly from Pokhara to Jomsom(2743m/899ft, 20mins)Fly from Pokhara to Jomsom(2743m/899ft, 20mins) then trek to Kagbeni (2810m/9219ft, 3-4hrs)Tea house/camping accommodation.
  • Day 05Trek from Kagbeni (2810m/9219ft)Trek from Kagbeni(2810m/9219ft) to Chaqile(3050m/10006ft, 05-06hrs) Tea house/Camping accommodation.
  • Day 06 Trek from Chaile(3050m/10006ft)Trek from Chaile(3050m/10006ft) to Shyangboche(3475/11401ft, 05-06hrs) Tea house/Camping accommodation.
  • Day 07 Trek from Shyangboche (3475m/11401ft)Trek from Shyangboche (3475m/11401ft) to Ghami(3520/11549ft, 05-06hrs)Tea house/Camping accommodation.
  • Day 08Trek from Ghami(3520/11549ft)Trek from Ghami(3520/11549ft) to Tsarang(3500m/11483ft, 04-05hrs) Tea house/Camping accommodation.
  • Day 09 Trek from Tsarang(3500m/11483ft) and observe Tiji FestivalTrek from Tsarang(3500m/11483ft) to Lo Manthang (3700m/12139ft, 05-06hrs). Today we will observe the First day of the Tiji Festival, the participant on the opening ceremony of the Tiji festival (starts around 2 pm and end at 5 pm). Tea house/Camping.
  • Day 10Observe 2nd day of Tiji Festival with Mask DanceBreakfast and hike to Jhong Cave (3900m) and monastery (2 Hrs), lunch in the guest house, short rest and ready for the second day of the Tiji Festival 2020, start around 1 pm and end around 6 pm). Tea house/Camping.
  • Day 11Last day of Tiji Festival EventMonk guided tour to 4 important monasteries in wall city, rooftop view from locals house roof and visit Royal Palace. We do participant daily chant on Monastery. Lunch at the hotel and ready for the final day of the Tiji Festival, start around 2 pm and end around 6 pm).
  • Day 12Trek from Lo Manthang (3700m/12139ft)Trek from Lo Manthang(3700m/12139ft) to Tamar (3515m/11532ft, 05-06hrs) Tea house/Camping.
  • Day 13Trek from Tamar (3515m/11532ft)Trek from Tamar (3515m/11532ft)to Shyangboche (3475m/11401ft, 05-06hrs)Tea house/Camping.
  • Day 14Trek from Shyangboche (3475m/11401ft)Trek from Shyangboche (3475m/11401ft), to Tetang (3590m/11778ft, 05-06hrs) Tea house/Camping accommodation.
  • Day 15Trek from Tetang (3590m/11778ft)Trek from Tetang (3590m/11778ft) to Muktinath(3710/12172ft, 05-06hrs) Tea house/Camping.
  • Day 16Trek from Muktinath (3710m/12172ft)Trek from Muktinath(3710m/12172ft) to Jomsom(2,743m/8,999 ft, 04-05hrs)Tea house/Camping.
  • Day 17 Fly from Jomsom(2,743m(8,999ft)Fly from Jomsom(2,743m(8,999ft) to Pokhara(915m/3002ft, 20mins) transfer to request category hotel accommodation.
  • Day 18Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu by tourist busDrive from Pokhara to Kathmandu by tourist bus that takes about seven hours also you can take a flight which takes about 25 minutes, overnight at Hotel.farewell dinner with culture program In the Evening.
  • Day 19Drop to airport for final departureDrop to the airport for final departure, or Join alternative activities.

Trip Note

  • The departure schedule can be changed on any unavoidable circumstances such as weather hazards, festivals, natural changes of walking track, road slides, avalanches, public strikes etc.
  • We have got other additional programs like: Mt. Flight, Bungee jumping, Paragliding, Helicopter tour, Film shooting, Rock climbing, Ultra light, Sightseeing, Jungle safari etc. We can include you these programs on your recent trip on your request.

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