Planning to trek in Upper Mustang? During Tiji Festival will be added advantage for you to explore mustang during colorful festival. You can experience trekking comes festival vibes during that time. Tiji festival 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. Over the Mustang Tenchi 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.
Tiji Festival and The Rituals
The festival is celebrating as the victory of God over Demon and Good over Evil. In this three days, local monks perform dance.
First day dance: 1st day dance is called ‘Tsa Chaam’, which is about 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.
Second Day dance: 2nd day dance is called ‘NgaCham’. During this performance, Dorjee Sonam tries to return the demon to the Buddha realm.
Third Day Dance: 3rd day dance is called ‘Rha Chham’. This is final dance and which is also called as ceremony dance. During this time, 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.
How is Tiji Festival Permit?
Generally, the permit cost for upper mustang trekking US $ 500 per person for 10 days. But during the Tiji festival we have to add 2 extra days that costs $50 per day. To take permit we need to have at least 2 persons in group. If you are single we can arrange one person for you form another group.
When is Tiji Festival in 2020?
For the Tiji Festival 2020 will be celebrate 19th May to 21st May 2020. 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.
Day 01 - 11 May 2020: Arrival at Kathmandu Airport, meet our representative and transfer to hotel.
Day 02 - 12 May 2020: Kathmandu sightseeing tour, world heritage site
Day 03 - 13 May 2020: Early morning drive to Pokhara.
Day 04 - 14 May 2020: Early morning fly to Jomsom and trek to Kagbeni ( 2900m ) ( 3-4 hours).
Day 05 - 15 May 2020: Trek to Chuksang (3,000 m) , 5-6 hours of walking.
Day 06 - 16 May 2020: Chuksang (3,000 m) to Syangboche (3610 m) ( 5-6 hourse).
Day 07 - 17 May 2020: Trek to Charang (3560 m) (6-7 hourse).
Day 08 - 18 May 2020: Trek from Charang to Lo-Manthang 3840m/6-7 hours via Ghar Gompa.
Day 09 - 19 May 2020: First day observe Tenji Festival Lo-Manthang 3840m.
Day 10 - 20 May 2020: Second day observe Tenji Festival Lo-Manthang 3840m.
Day 11 - 21 May 2020: Final observe Tenji Festival Lo-Manthang 3840m.
Day 12 - 22 May 2020: Trek Lo Manthang (3750m) to Yara (3580m). 5-6 hours.
Day 13 - 23 May 2020: Rest Day at Yara visit Luri Gompa.
Day 14 - 24 May 2020: Trek Yara to Tange (3320).5-6 hours.
Day 15 - 25 May 2020: Trek Tange (3320) to Chhuksang (3310m).
Day 16 - 26 May 2020: Trek from Chhusang to Muktinath 3,710 m / 6-7 hours.
Day 17 - 27 May 2020: Trek Muktinath to Jomsom 2720m/5 hours.
Day 18 - 28 May 2020: Fly from Jomsom to Pokhara 820m and rest time at Pokhara.
Day 19 - 29 May 2020: Drive back Pokhara to Kathmandu 1340m/5-6 hours.
Day 20 - 30 May 2020: Final departure from Kathmandu.
What is Included?
Kathmandu airport pickup and drop
3 nights hotel accomodation in tourist standard hotel in kathmandu with breakfast.
Kathmandu sightseeing with well trained city tour guide (Pashupatinath, Syambhunath, Baudanath, Patan city)
Kathmandu-Pokhara-kathmandu AC toruist bus transportation
Airfare from Pokhara to Jomsom and Jomsom to Pokhara for guest
2 nights hotel accommodation in tourist standard hotel in Pokhara with breakfast
A well trained and experienced, English speaking, trekking guide (his food, accomodation, insurance, salary, round trip airfare Pokhara - jomsom).
Two guest = 1 porter (his food, accomodation, insurance, salary) included .
All meals during trekking (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner).
Annapurna conservation area permit (ACAP).
Government permit (Trekkers information management system (TIMS) permit.
Upper Mustang restricted area special permit (1 week)
Accomodation during trekking (tea house/lodges/hotel).
Trekking equipments (sleeping bag and down jacket).
Trek completion certificate as award
First Aid Kit.
All Government and local taxes.
1. If you would like to reduce any service included in package like, airport pick up drop, hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara, poter, Kathmandu sightseeing, the cost will be reduced accrdingly.
2. If you would like to add any service which is not included in the package such as Kathmanu to Pokhara by flight or private car, Luxurious star hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara, white water rafting, Paragliding, Pokhara tour we will arrange accordingly and that is subjected to extra cost.
What is Excluded?
Your personal nature expenses and travel insurance.
Food during your stay in Kathmandu and Pohara
Drinks (tea, coffee, coke, beer), beverage, hot shower and heater charge during trekking.
Entry permit for temple and stupa during Kathmandu sightseeing
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