19 days | Dates: May 07- May 25 for 2015 | Min. 2 persons. | Max altitude: 3,730m | Moderate trekking
In 2014 this festival was held May 25 - 27.
Tiji festival in Mustang is a three-day ritual known as "the chasing of the Demons" that centers on the Tiji myth. The myth tells of a deity named Dorje Jono who must battle against his demon father to save the Kingdom of Mustang from destruction. The demon father wreaked havoc on Mustang by bringing a shortage of water (a highly precious resource in this very dry land) and causing many resulting disasters from famine including animal loss. Dorje Jono eventually beats the demon and banishes him from the land.
Tiji is a celebration and reaffirmation of this myth and throughout the festival the various scenes of the myth will be enacted. It is of course timed to coincide with the end of the dry winter/spring season and will usher in the wetter monsoon season (the harvesting season for Mustang). Tiji comes from the word ten che meaning ‘the hope of Buddha Dharma prevailing in the world' and is effectively a spring renewal festival. Mustang is a remote, semi-independent Tibetan kingdom within the territory of Nepal (just north of the Annapurna Region on the Tibetan border), and one of the last bastions of undisturbed Tibetan culture in the world. Buddhist monasteries and nunneries are built into forbidding cliffs and mountain ledges, and the starkly beautiful, windy, arid Tibetan plateau is unbroken for many hours of trekking or riding on horseback. The trek enters Upper Mustang at Kagbeni, a quaint medieval town nestled among apple orchards and encircled by snow mountains.
GLIMPSE OF MUSTANG TIJI FESTIVAL
May 07: Arrival in Kathmandu. Transfer to hotel.
May 08: A full-day guided sightseeing tour of Kathmandu city. Visit to Kathmandu Durbar Square, Swayambhunath and Boudhanath.
May 09: Drive to Pokhara roughly 5 hours. Evening is free for visiting Pokhara's lakeside.
May 10: Fly to Jomsom and trek to Kagbeni (2,780m). Overnight in hotel.
May 11: Trek to Chele (3,050m)
May 12: Trek to Geling (3,440m)
May 13: Trek to Charang (3,490m)
May 14: Trek to Lo Manthang (3,730m) via Lho-Gekar and Ghar Gompa.
May 15: Tiji festival day 1
May 16: Tiji festival day 2
May 17: Tiji festival day 3
May 18: Trek to Ghami (3,460m)
May 19: Trek to Samar (3,290m)
May 20: Trek to Chhuksang (2,920m)
May 21: Trek to Jomsom (2,710m)
May 22: Fly to Pokhara. Transfer to hotel. Rest of the day is free for relaxation or shopping.
May 23: Drive to Kathmandu. Transfer to your hotel.
May 24: Free day in Kathmandu.
May 25: Transfer to airport. Trip concludes!