Get ready to visit the extraordinary Tiji Festival celebrated by Tibetan Buddhist people once a year for three days at the beginning of the harvest season as per the Tibetian calendar at Lo Manthnag, Mustang district, Nepal. This year, the grand Upper Mustang Tiji festival is happening on the 27th, 28th, and 29th of May. (Friday, Saturday, Sunday).
Tiji festival also known as "Tenchi festival" by locals is full of Ritual chants, music, vibrant colors, and dance by the monks of Lo Manthang's "Choedhe" Monastery in the belief that it will drive away evil spirits from the sacred land. "Tiji" the name is an acronym of the word "Tempa Chirim" which means "Prayer for World Peace".
The Rich History of Tiji Festival
This auspicious Tiji Festival has been celebrated for the last 300 years and still is beautifully maintained by indigenous people as the symbol of Good over Evil as a deity named Dorjo Jono fought against his father, MA TAM TU TA to guard the kingdom of Mustang against destruction. His father was a devil who brought fear to the people by bringing scarcity of water in such a deserted region. Dorjo Jono hence bashed his demon father and took him away from Mustang. Worshiping this legend, who saved the land from evil, Tiji is celebrated to bring peace and wealth to the region.
The Celebration Routine of the Tiji Festival
- First Day, the harassment of demon Ma Tam Ru Ta
- Second Day, the birth of the demon's son
- Third-Day, the attempt to return the demon to Lord Buddha's realm
This is all you can see in the dance forms performed by the monks wearing traditional costumes and masks depicting the story and significance of the Tiji festival 2022.
How To reach Upper Mustang Tiji Festival Trek
- Reach Kathmandu.
- Fly to Pokhara from Kathmandu.
- From Pokhara, take a taxi, bus, or rent a bike.
- Through Prithvi Highway, reach Jomsom (which will take around 6-8 hours)
- Welcome! Jomsom starting point of the Lo Kingdom in Upper Mustang.
Cost and Permissions for Upper MustangTiji Festival Trek 2022
The Upper Mustang was a constrained kingdom and demilitarized area until 1992 which makes it one of the most well-preserved regions in the world. Later it was opened for tourists to witness its beauty and understand Old and untouched Buddhist monasteries and culture.
For foreign visitors, Entry fees in the Upper Mustang region are USD 500. You can get it arranged by any trekking company or agency. USD 500 permit fees for the Upper Mustang are valid only for 10 days. An extra cost of US$ 50 per day will be charged per person after 10 days.
Other Important information about Tiji Festival
A minimum of two and a maximum of thirty trekkers can participate in a trek. Besides the special permit, one must also gain the Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) permit. It costs around USD 30 per individual. Solo trekkers are not allowed to trek in the restricted region.
Before embarking on the Tiji Festival Trek, Trekkers must buy travel insurance. One is free to choose to climb on a horse throughout the trek or take a jeep ride.
Upper Mustang Tiji festival 2022 is once in a lifetime experience to closely learn and enjoy the Hidden Buddhist gems and witness the festival which happens only at Upper Mustang in the whole World. Why wait? Book your tour now and share your experience with Nativeplanet.com via email to email@example.com.