Tiji Festival is one of the auspicious festivals celebrated by the people of the Upper Mustang region of Nepal. The festival celebrates the mark of victory of good over evil. There is great folklore behind the celebration of this festival which is states that the deity named Dorje Jono, also known as Dorje Phurba, Vajrakila, or Vajrakumar, saved the village which is now called Mustang from a grave demon that was spreading the diseases and took away all water. His victory is celebrated with colorful dances and prayer chants.
The celebration of the Tiji festival however did not start until the 17th century when the then King of Mustang King Samdup Rabten invited Sakya Trizin Ngawang Kunga Sonam to Lo Manthang. He stayed in the Chhode Monastry in Lo Manthang. He performed the special Vajrakila rituals to eliminate the negativity from Mustang and for the wellbeing of the entire being. Since then the monks of Chhode Monastry perform this festival every year for three days in the Mustang Royal Palace courtyard. It is performed in the third Tibetan month, May. As the Tiji festival is the lunar festival every year the dates vary.
The colorful dresses and masks are worn by the monks as they swirl on the rhythm of the traditional horns, drums, and prayer chants for the three-day performance. The ritual is all about re-enacting the battle fought between Dorje Jono and the demon that was terrorizing the villager with drought and diseases.
Upper Mustang is the tucked-away remote area of Nepal which is very close to the Tibetan border. Mustang was once the independent kingdom and its language and culture are quite similar to that of Tibet's. It was annexed by Nepal at the end of the 18th century and it became part of the Kingdom of Nepal.
The religious ceremony of the Tiji Festival is said to bring peace and lucks to its observers. The Tiji festival is a symbol of hope, strength, and peace. Many pilgrimages start their journey before the festival to the Lo Manthang. The explosion of muskets marks the end of the rough dry winter and welcomes the spring and concludes the celebration. The Tiji festival depicts the rich culture and tradition of this Forbidden Kingdom which was hidden for a long period.
Attending the colorful and culturally rich festival
Exploring the long forbidden kingdom of Mustang
Visiting the Chhosar cave
Visiting Nepal's old monasteries and Ghar Ghomba
Exploring the unique culture and tradition of Mustang
Chance to witness the great ritual
Trekking through the stunning high altitude landscapes
The magnificent beauty of the Himalayan range on the trails
Great escape for tranquility and peace
Explore Nepal Tibet border
Region: Lo Manthang
Max people: 2-30 People
Transportation: Domestic flights and tourist bus
Min altitude: 884m
Max altitude: 4230m
Duration: 17 days
Trek hours: 5-7 hours each day
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NECESSARY TREKKING GEARS
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