Upper Mustang Tiji Festival

Trip length: MAX 15 Days
Grade: Moderate to fairly challenging
Activity: Sightseeing and Trekking
Starts in: Kathmandu
Ends in: Kathmandu
Accommodation: Hotel & Guest House
Trek Type: Teahouse Base Treks / Meals & Accommodation during trek
Transportation: PRIVATE JEEP
Maximum altitude: 3840m (Nyi La)

Mustang is a very popular trekking route in Nepal since government was announced the opening of restricted area in 1991. However, there is strict control over obtaining special permit from the Department of Immigration, in order to protect local traditions from outside influence as well as to protect their environment. The region of the Kaligandaki from the Tibetan border south to Kagbeni is generally referred to at Upper Mustang. The Trek to Lo Manthang passes through an almost tree less barren landscapes. During Upper Mustang trekking, we explore the steep rocky trail up and down hill with panoramic views of Nilgiri, Annapurna, Dhaulagiri and several other peaks makes a truly memorable trek

Upper Mustang is a remote region in the north of Nepal, bordering Tibet. The festival is celebrated in Lo Manthang, the capital of Upper Mustang.

The Tiji Festival is a three-day annual event celebrated by the local Tibetan Buddhist community in Upper Mustang. It commemorates the victory of good over evil and is also a prayer for world peace. The festival is based on the myth of Dorje Jono, a deity who battles against his demon father to save the kingdom from destruction.

The Tiji Festival usually takes place in May, according to the Tibetan lunar calendar. The dates vary each year, so it's essential to check the specific schedule for the year you plan to attend. Festival Date on 5/6/7 May 2024

Masked Dances: The festival features colorful masked dances performed by monks dressed in traditional costumes. These dances depict various aspects of the mythological story of Dorje Jono and are accompanied by ceremonial music and chanting.

Cultural Performances: In addition to the masked dances, the Tiji Festival includes other cultural performances, rituals, and ceremonies conducted by monks and local villagers. These activities offer insights into the rich Tibetan Buddhist heritage and traditions of Upper Mustang.

Thangka Unfurling: A large thangka (religious painting) depicting Dorje Jono is unfurled during the festival. This sacred thangka is considered a powerful symbol of protection and is displayed for the community to receive blessings.

Community Gathering: The Tiji Festival is a significant social and religious event that brings together the entire community of Upper Mustang. It's a time for locals to come together, exchange greetings, and celebrate their shared cultural identity.

Visiting Upper Mustang during Tiji Festival:
Permits: Travelers need a special permit called the Upper Mustang Restricted Area Permit to visit Upper Mustang, regardless of whether it's during the Tiji Festival or not. Additionally, it's advisable to check the current travel restrictions and permit requirements before planning your trip.

Accommodation: Accommodation options in Lo Manthang and surrounding areas may be limited during the festival due to high demand. It's recommended to book accommodations well in advance.

Respect Local Customs: Visitors should respect the religious and cultural significance of the Tiji Festival by observing local customs, following dress codes, and seeking permission before taking photographs.

Upper MustangUpper Mustang OUTLINED ITINERARY:
DAY 01: Arrival in Kathmandu: O/N Hotel
DAY 02: Kathmandu City Tour / Issue Mustang Restriced Permit & ACAP. O/N Hotel.
DAY 03: Drive to Pokhara (7 hrs.) O/N Pokhara.
DAY 04: Drive to JOMSOM – (8 hours ) 158 Km.
DAY 05: Drive Dumba Lake & Kagbeni & Visit Muktinath. (Drive 1 hours / Around 10 kms.)

ENTER Restricted area:
DAY 06: Drive to Charang. (7 hours 40 km)
DAY 07: Drive to Lomanthang:
(JOIN Tiji Festival)
DAY 08: Celebrate 1st day TIJI Festival O/N Tea house
DAY 09: 2nd day TIJI Festival

Exit restricted area:
DAY 11: Drive back Jomsom. (Drive 8 hrs / around 70 kms).
DAY 12: Drive back to Pokhara. (7/8 hours – 158 Km).
DAY 13: Fly / Drive back to Kathmandu. (25 min/200Km - 6 hours).
DAY 15: Final Departure.

All airport/hotel transfers
A full day sightseeing tour in Kathmandu valley including tour guide
Hotel Accommodation / Food / Entrance Fee etc throughout trip
Domestic flights (Kathmandu-Pokhara-Jomsom-Pokhara-Kathmandu) and airport departure taxes
An experienced English-speaking trek leader (trekking guide), including his day wages salary, insurance, flight, food and lodging
All necessary paper work and permits (ACAP and Upper Mustang special trekking permit)

Nepal Visa fee and two passport photographs
International airfare to and from Kathmandu .
Excess baggage charges / Travel and rescue insurance
Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower etc)
Tips for guides and porters

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