Mustang Tiji Festival Trek, Mustang Tiji festival date May 16, 17 and 18 - 2023, Tiji Festival Date 2023. Three days annual event, Tiji Festival held always third Tibetan month of May 16,17 and 18 - 2023. Mustang Tiji Festival date is announced for 2023, Tiji festival is celebrating month of May 16, 17 and 18 in Upper Mustang (Lo -Manthang) 2023. Tiji festival is becoming more popular every year because it is a unique Buddhist festival celebrate only (Upper Mustang) walled city of Lo Manthang.
When is Tiji Festival in Mustang 2023?
Mustang Tiji Festival Date 2023 - May 16,17 and 18 - 2023.
Year of 2023 Tiji Festival is Start from May 16 and ends May 18 - 2023. Visit Himalaya Treks organized Mustang Tiji festival trek each year with departure guaranteed. Mustang Tiji Festival is celebrating the annual Tiji Festival in Upper Mustang Lo Manthang. Tiji Festival is a three days event, always held in third Tibetan Month (Month of May)
Mustang Tiji festival Trek Highlights.
Mustang Tiji Festival is celebrating the annual Tiji Festival in Upper Mustang Lo Manthang. Tiji Festival is a three days event, always held in third Tibetan Month (Month of May). In 2023, Tiji Festival will be celebrate on May 16, 17 and 18 - 2023. It is performed in the square in front of the (Mustang King’s Palace) Tashi Gephel Palace, within the walled city of Lo Manthang, Mustang. Mustang Tiji Festival Trek allows one to witness, celebrate and take part in this significant festival of people of Mustang.
Mustang Tiji festival is one of the most well known and revered festival in Upper Mustang. It is a time of celebration and religious pilgrimage for the people of Mustang. The festival initially began as a religious ceremony, to ward off obstacles and suffering that might befall the country. Later it has also come to symbolize the hope and strength of the people of Mustang. Mustang lies in the rain shadows of the Himalayas and has environmental difficulties, yet its situation along the main salt trade route made it a highly prized location regularly invaded by neighboring states. So, Tiji Festival is a fervent prayer by the King and Queen for peace and stability in Mustang. You can also read our blog about Histrory of Tiji festival. Mustang Tiji festival trek provide such a great opportunity to involve with local peoples, see their culture, tradition in this historical land.
How to celebrate Tiji (Tinji) festival in Upper Mustang?
Mustang Tiji Festival first day:
The morning begins with the assembly of monks and offerings of Vajrakila prayers in Chode Gompa. The afternoon sees a flurry of activity in the square. Amidst the blare of traditional long copper horns or dungchen and the beating of drums and cymbals, an enormous scroll painting or thanka depicting Padmasambhava is unfurled on the south wall of the square. This thangka is said to be more than 400 years old, and hand embroidered with an image of Padmasambhava and two dakinis. After having offered incense ngagpas or tantric practitioners, from Lo-Manthang offer six bowls of grain and torma on a wooden altar. This is followed by the arrival of monks in red pointed hats who take a seat beneath the unfurled thangka. The Khempo or abbot of the Chode Gompa is seated on a slightly higher dias in the centre flanked at the far end by monks blowing the dungchen.
Amidst the chanting of hymns and offering of prayers the masked dances begin. This is eagerly watched by the people gathered in the square on Palace. The masked dancers start the dance from the Mustang royal palace with a private audience for the King in his private room. The Tsowo who can be recognized by the most elaborate headgear, makes offerings and thus starts the ceremony. Together they then gradually leave the palace and move down the square where the public and travelers eagerly waits. Over a period of about 2 hours the Tsacham is performed; a gentle and slow masked dance featuring graceful movements and turns. The Tsowo dances in the centre flanked all around by the other dancers in the form of a Mandala. A total of about 52 different forms of steps are performed. The masked dances represent the preparation or invoking of the gods and the purification and preparation of the soil on which the dances are performed. The Tsowo guides his fellow dancers in to each form by signaling each change by a verbal command. To the untrained eye such subtle changes and steps are seamless.
Mustang Tiji Festival second day:
The morning of the second day begins again with offerings of prayers to Vajrakila and an assemble in the monastery. The afternoon starts with the unfurling of another large thangka a near replica of the earlier one. The Masked dances on the second day are more active and are executed in a more aggressive style. Weapons and animal forms are seen in the dance sequence on this day, representing the various means used to drive away evil. The final act is the slaying of the demon. This is depicted by the piercing of the straw effigy by Tsowo with the religious dagger. This symbolizes the evil demon being slayed by the deity Dorje Shunu. The straw effigy is then thrown into the air.
Mustang Tiji Festival Third day:
On the third and final day the morning begins again with offerings of prayers to Vajrakila by the monks in the monastery. In the afternoon, Tsowo offers ritualistic offerings of nectar as an appeal for help from all the gods. Before and after the effigy is cut, there are again dances by monks wearing masks depicting animals. Finally the dances come to an end with the formation of raucous procession led by the masked dancers and followed by the King and members of the royal family, representatives of the village development committees and the local people. In the Mustang King’s Palace the final celebrations are made by offering prayers. There is much rejoicing with the offering of Tsampa to the gods amidst a whirl of white on the rooftop of the palace. Finally there is an exchange of greeting between the King and Khempo and other monks. The peoples of Mustang express their great luck and fortune at being able to witness yet another Tiji Festival and they pray that many more good years follow.
Tiji Festival 2023 date and Itinerary,
May 06 - 2023: Arrive in Kathmandu. (1338 meters).
May 07 - 2023: Sightseeing and Trek Preparation.
May 08 - 2023: Drive to Pokhara. (900 meters).
May 09 - 2023: Fly to Jomsom and trek to Kagbeni. (2800 meters).
May 10 - 2023: Trek to Chele. (3050 meters).
May 11 - 2023: Trek to Syangmochen. (3800 meters).
May 12 - 2023: Trek to Dhakmar. (3500 meters).
May 13 - 2023: Trek to Charang. (3600 meters).
May 14 - 2023: Trek to Lo-Manthang. (3720 meters
May 15 - 2023: Explore around Lo-Manthang.
May 16 - 2023: Tiji Festival (1st day). Tiji Festival Starts. (1st day)
May 17 - 2023: Tiji Festival (2nd day). Tiji Festival continues. (2nd day)
May 18- 2023 Tiji Festival (3rd day). Tiji Festival Ends (3rd day)
May 19 - 2023: Trek to Ghami. (3510 meters).
May 20 - 2023: Trek to Samar. (3620 meters).
May 21 - 2023: Trek to Chhusang. (2980 meters
May 22 - 2023: Trek to Muktinath. (3700 meters).
May 23 - 2023: Trek to Jomsom. (2720 meters).
May 24 - 2023: Fly back to Kathmandu via Pokhara.
May 25 - 2023: Free day at Kathmandu.
May 26 - 2023: Departure.
A representative from Visit Himalaya Treks with the company’s display board will greet you outside the arrival terminal and transfer you to your Hotel.
A full day guided tour to several of historical and spiritual attractions enlisted under the World Heritage Sites. The trek leader will meet the group for a meeting and provide a detailed briefing on the trek. All the required information regarding the trek would be provided.
We drive to Pokhara through Prithivi Highway on a private vehicle. Pokhara is the lake city of the country and is less polluted and crowded compared to Kathmandu. Views of Annapurna range and the dominating figure of Machapuchhre (also known as Fishtail) (6997 meters) dominates both the sky and the beautiful Phewa Lake with its reflection in it. Afternoon can be enjoyed by the lake, as the hotel is located near to the lake. (5-6 hours drive)
An early morning scenic flight to Jomsom (25 minutes) is followed by a leisurely breakfast at Jomsom. We meet up with our crew and after a brief introduction and a quick sorting of our daypack and the main bags, we start our trek. The trek heads into the Kali Gandaki Valley, following the Kali Gandaki River. Most part of the trekking is on newly built secondary road. The trail closely follows the river the whole day on the road and passes through Ekle Bhatti. The day ends at Kagbeni, one of the big settlements of the region. The restricted area starts after the village of Kagbeni. (3 hours)
The trek continues on the road and moves further up in the valley with a good uphill climb and a brief drop near Tangbe Village. The medieval looking village also marks the trek’s entry into Upper Mustang region. Leaving the village, the trail continues to follow the river and passes through the village of Chhusang. The trek gets off the road and a brief steep ascent at the end of the day ends at Chele. (6 hours)
A short climb starts the day and the trail gradually climbs through a narrow and deep gully. At the end of the gully, the trek gets back on to the road at Dajong La (3660 meters) and an easy walk leads through a small village of Samar. The trail once again leaves the road and drops into a small stream. After the stream, a steep uphill climb continues to the Bhena La (3830 meters) and once again meets the road. The trek continues on the road, passes through small teashops at Bhena, and continues to gradually ascend once again. The ascend ends at Syangmochen La (3800 meters) and the views of the valleys of the whole region opens up at the Syangmochen La. A steep drop finally ends at Syangmochen. (7 hours)
The trek gets back on the road and after a brief climb in the morning; the trail again starts to descend. The trail continues to descend and heads towards Tamagaon instead of dropping to the villages of Ghiling. The trail undulates until the village of Jhaite and a zigzag climb leads to the top of Nyi La (4020 meters). Once again, fantastic views can be enjoyed from the top of the pass. Another descent lead to the Ghami village and the descent continues leaving the road to the bottom of the village. A steep climb followed by a brief downhill ends the day at Dhakmar. (7 hours)
A climb continues the trek and leads to the top of the Muila Bhanjyang (4170 meters) and a downhill leads to the Ghar Gomba, the oldest monastery of the region. The trail now gets of the regular trail and descends down to Marang and then onto the village of Charang. (7 hours)
A quick drop to the river is followed by a short climb. At the end of the climb, the trail gets back on the road and continues to be on the road for the most of the day. The trek gets off the road near Lo-Manthang and quickly undulates for a brief period and enters the capital of the Mustang, Lo-Manthang (the walled city). (5 hours)
The day can be used to explore the interesting nearby villages of Chossar, Kimalang and Thinggar. There are centuries old caves at Chossar and similarly old monasteries in the villages of Kimalang and Chossar. The day could also be used to take a jeep ride to the Tibet border which boasts stunning views of the valleys of Mustang.
Tiji Festival Starts. (1st day) (Overnight at Tea House) Attending to Tiji Festival first day.
Tiji Festival continues. (2nd day) (Overnight at Tea House)
Tiji Festival Ends (3rd day) (Overnight at Tea House)
The return trek starts and follows the previously trekked route. The trek passes through Charang village and crosses the Charang La. At the bottom of the Charang La, the trek heads into a different route and gradually descends passing the longest Mani Wall (555 meters) of the country. The downhill becomes a bit steeper as the trail drops into the river and again climbs up to the village of Ghami. (7 hours)
The trek continues to return via the same route taken before. (6 hours)
The trek continues to return via the same route taken before. (3 hours)
The trek leaves the previously travelled route and starts to ascend to Gyu La (4077 meters). The top of Gyu La offers stunning views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Ranges. The trail drops to the village of Chyanggur and gradually continues to go downhill to Muktinath. Muktinath is one of the most sacred sites to the Hindu people and attracts thousands of people each year. (7 hours)
The trek again gets back on the road and slowly continues to go downhill. The road keeps losing height and meets the previously trekked route at Ekle Bhatti. Another easy walk finally ends the trek at Jomsom. (5 hours)
An early morning flight to Pokhara is followed by another flight to Kathmandu and free day at Kathmandu.
A leisure day in Kathmandu which can used for an early morning mountain flights to Everest or can extended into further more tours to Chitwan, Lumbini etc. Further adventure activities like rock climbing, hiking, biking around the Kathmandu valley with bungee jumping, rafting near the valleys can be done on this free day. (This is also spare day in case of cancellation of flights)
A representative from Visit Himalaya Treks Pvt. Ltd. will check your flight tickets and transfer you to the airport before two hours from your flight with a hope of seeing you again in the future.
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Namaste Himal and Team, I just wanted to say what a memorable time I had on the Mustang Valley - Tiji Festival Trek that I have just returned from. The whole cultural experience of attending this annual Buddhist festival was amazing. The absolutely stunning views of such a dry and unusual landscape with the snow capped Himalayan Range as a backdrop, meant that at every turn there was a jaw dropping sight – making every step (and the wind) worth it! I could not speak highly enough of our guide and porter, Rajan and Krishan. They definitely made our trip the best, with their attentiveness, attention to detail, advice, and sense of humour, card games and conversation. At all times our comfort and needs were of the highest importance and we had absolute trust in their abilities. As there was only myself, and my friend on the trek we were able to be flexible with some of our itinerary. The accommodation was great in the teahouse trek. We were often surprised with our own bathroom! The food was amazing throughout the trip. We were able to order all meals off the menus at the teahouses and it was all included in our trip cost. There were a variety of meals, from Nepalese to Mexican food. Never once over the 3 weeks did I have any problems with anything that I ate. We were spoilt each morning with our choice of ‘wake up’ tea or coffee brought to our room by Krishan. It was reassuring to be met at Kathmandu airport by Himlal and Rajan. Other local transportation was always well organized. From our first emails, through the whole booking process and throughout the trek, I had the utmost confidence in your company. Thank you so much! I have recommended you to so many people already. I wish you all a very happy and successful trekking season ahead and hope that I will be able to join you again sometime in your beautiful country – Nepal! Kind Regards, Sandra Osborne Wallabi Point. NSW Australia.
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