Mustang Tiji Festival Trek is one of the distinct treks that should be pre-planned early. A little long time for the decision means you miss the date for the year. Unlike other treks in Nepal, Mustang Tiji Festival Trek is a guaranteed trip with fixed departure dates. We cannot arrange the Tiji trek twice or thrice a year because the festival waits for none.
As the name unfolds, Mustang Tiji Festival Trek is a rewarding trip to Nepal’s Mustang region with the Tiji festival celebration. It allows you to wander around the alluring landscapes of Upper Mustang and be a part of the Tiji Festival, which is one of the most important festivals celebrated in the region. With the dry & arid terrain, yak caravans, wild mountains, and picturesque landscapes, the Upper Mustang region of Nepal is a phenomenon.
The capital city of the region–Lo Manthang, is an ancient city that treasures some ancient caves, monasteries, and Buddha statues. Walking through the region is the best way to experience traditional Tibetan culture, Buddhism, religion, and people’s traditional lifestyle.
Mustang Tiji Festival Trek is an extraordinary experience where you have time to be a part of the grand Tiji festival celebration. The name–Tiji is derived from the word Tempa Chhirim that refers to prayer for world peace. Celebrated in the kingdom of Lo Manthang, the festival marks the victory of good over bad.
As per mythology, the festival is celebrated to mark the victory of Dorji Jono (an incarnation of Lord Buddha) over a demon named Ma Tam Ruta. The demon brought trouble to the kingdom in the disease’s form, storm, drought, etc. Also, the demon ate human flesh, livestock and destroyed houses. Dorji Jono fought against the demon and freed people from trouble.
People in mustang celebrate the Tiji festival for three days in Chheode Gumba. On these three days, people chant prayers, and monks perform mask dances. Likewise, people enjoy archery, horse riding, traditional songs, dances, and many more. They perform various rituals, and people enjoy delicious food by offering food to the needy ones.
Besides, being a part of the festival, you will have time to applaud the mind-blowing glory of Upper Mustang. The trek takes you to the remote Trans Himalayan section of Upper Mustang. The peculiar arid landscape, artistic rock formations, and deep ravines in beautiful Himalayas’ shadows enhance the place.
The long walled city of Lo Manthang is a city of marvel that preserves the fantastic melange of history, myth, and culture. The city holds a history of the 8th century. People believe that the Tibetan poet Milarepa had visited this place during 1040-1123. The rolling hills, land that resembles the Tibetan plateaus, red fluted cliffs, and mountains’ wilderness give the place a classic outlook. The place’s spectacular scenery has left many travelers enthralled, and many travelers refer to this place as–out worldly.
Heaven Himalaya organizes Mustang Tiji Festival each year. The festival falls either in May or June, the month of the year. We couldn’t conduct the festival in 2020 because of the onset of pandemic COVD-19. But we are all set to rock the journey in 2021. So, if you are interested in Mustang Tiji Festival Trek, book the dates early. Mustang Tiji Festival Trek will probably be one of the best journeys with natural fantasies and cultural values. Just in case that your excursion time doesn’t coordinate the festival celebration time, or miss the dates then you can opt-out for other mustang visits like Upper Mustang Jeep Tour-10 days, Upper Mustang Trek-17 days, and Jomsom to Muktinath Trek-14 days.
Upper Mustang was a restricted region until 1992. Though open, the Government of Nepal still regulates tourism in the area. And a visitor requires a special permit to visit the place. Therefore, let us know early about your Tiji Festival trekking decision. We are always at your service!
Start Dates are your arrival date in Nepal and End Dates are the returning date from Nepal.
The set departure dates listed are specially quoted and specified for group joining option. Let us know if the set departure dates are not suitable for you- another dates which are suitable for you can certainly be added by us.