Tiji Festival in Lomonthang, upper Mustang, It is believed that people of Lo Manthang started to celebrate the Tiji festival from 15 century on the time of Lama Lowo Khenchen, one of the greatest Buddhist teacher and son of King Amgon Sangpo. a Three-day ritual known as the ‘chasing of the demons’, held here during the summer. Centered on the Tiji myth, which tells the story of a deity named Dorje Jono. He battles against his demon father to save the Kingdom of Mustang from destruction. Loba villagers converge on the capital to participate in masked dances, offering prayers and celebrating a new season. These three days long annual festival celebrated at Lo Manthang in front of King’s palace, which is one of the most well-known and revered festivals in the whole Mustang region. as a religious ceremony, to ward off obstacles and suffering that might befall the region. Later it also came to symbolize the hope and strength of the people of Lo which is divided into seven provinces known as Lo Tso Dhun. Mustangi people strongly believed that the Tiji festival bring the hope and peace and protect them from evil forces. It base of the myth of a deity Dorje Shunu also called Vajrakila, who took rebirth to subdue all the evil forces and demons that created hell and suffering on earth. Through the power of Tiji festival dances and the variety of forms he takes, The deity defeats the demons and thereby bring peace and prosperity to the kingdom. Thus the festival depicts the victory of good over evil. During the three-day masked dance Tiji festival in Lo Manthang, upper Mustang, the chosen monk representing Dorge Shunu reveals his various forms and an ancient Thangka painting of Guru Rinpoche Padmasambhava is being displayed Image not found or type unknown as the beating of drums and chanting fills the air of Lo Manthang. In the days approaching Tiji, the trails from the surrounding villages to Lo Manthang are packed with local people and mule caravans and some driving on Jeep now a days to participate and celebrated their most awaited annual festival. Thus Mustang Tiji festival trek become a special holiday trip to Nepal Himalayas for trekkers around the world to witness the diverse topography with spellbound festival at its best form, no where else can be seen. Royal Himalayan Safari Tours is regularly organising this special Upper Mustang Tiji festival trek each year and the booking for 2021 trip is already open, seats are limited. Thus hurry up and reserve your place to witness this Tiji festival in Lo Manthang upper Mustang.
Day 1: 2nd May 2021: Pre-trip meeting in Kathmandu
Day 2: 3rd May 2021: Fly to Pokhara and afternoon sightseeing. Overnight in Pokhara
Day 3: 4th May 2021: Fly to Jomsom and 4WD drive to Kagbeni via Muktinath. Overnight in Kagbeni
Day 4: 5th May 2021: After official formalities of Special permit we drive to Ghami Village. Overnight in Ghami Village
Day 5: 6th May 2021: Drive to Lo-Mangthang.
Day 6: 7th May 2021: Overnight in Lo-Manthang
Day 7: 8th May 2021 : (Tiji Festival Start) First day observation of Tenji/Tiji Festival Lo-Manthang (3840 m).
Activities: Morning Visit Namgyal Gompa and then on to Tingkhar. Afternoon after 12 Pm celebrate Tiji Festival with Local people. Various dances and sacrifice rituals can be observed.
Day 8: 9th May 2021: Second day observe Tenji Festival Lo-Manthang.
Activities: Morning visit Chosar Gumpa and Cave. Afternoon after 12 PM celebrate Teji Festival with Local people.
Day 9: 10th May 2021: Final day observation Tiji Festival Lo-Manthang.
Activities: Visit inside monasteries of Lo-mangthang. afternoon after 12 PM celebrate Teji Festival with Local people. (Tiji Festival Ends)
Day 10: 11th May 2021: Drive back to Jomsom.
Day 11: 12 May 2021: Fly to Pokhara then fly to Kathmandu
Day 12 : 13th May 2021 : Final Departure