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A short description of the Tiji festival :

“…Tiji consists of three-day of Tibetan rituals. The Tiji centers around a myth, which tells of a deity named Dorje Jono who must battle against his demon father to save the Kingdom of Mustang from destruction…. Tiji comes from the word “ten che” meaning the hope of Buddha Dharma prevailing in all worlds and is effectively a spring renewal festival.”

It’s a spring renewal festival, which shows you just how late spring reaches these trans-himlayan parts.

The Tiji festival, otherwise known as the ”the chasing of the Demons” festival is a great and colourful spectacle and consequently extremely popular. Not many more than a thousand tourists visit Lo Manthang in a year, and a large proportion of them visit for this festival. The four hotels and accompanying campsites in Lo Manthang are overrun! Ram Bahadur told me earlier this year that he manages to lodge in many local people’s homes – ‘homestay’ is the fashionable term – so that everybody has a place to sleep for the three nights. He was concerned about lack of western toilets for guests as, “some people are not used to it,” he commented. From a favourite book by Michel Peissel,

“Although affording little comfort, they are both clean and hygenic. The toilet room is a small square cubicle sited above a deep, narrow, walled-in shaft. In Mustang, one measures the status and the wealth of its owner by its height. At the centre of this cubicle is a small rectangular hole, while at ground level the shaft opens to the outside of the house by a small door. Through this each day hay and leaves that cut out all odours are thrown. When the manure thus created has accumulated sufficiently, it is carried out by menials into the fields. Thus Lo Manthang, despite of the crowded houses, it is quite a clean place…”

Thus you need not worry about toilets.

The dates for Tiji festival are decided by Lamas which makes it a little difficult for people trying to book a trekking vacation. Still, it’s announced now so there’s plenty of time to make plans – and read up on Mustang. Again from Michel Peissel who witnessed the festival in the 1960s:

“As I stood looking at the ceremony, I heard a shriek, then suddenly the crowd parted and there appeared three demons in flamboyant robes and hideous masks who danced into the centre of the square slashing at the air with their swords and intoning spells over the people. Twice, three times, four times they danced around the square, then another loud shriek rang out, and all at once, the crowd rushed for the city gate, scattering my yaks as they went….”

Lo-Manthang’s culture is deep rooted in the religious sentiments of its people. The township abound with many choortens , mahne-walls and monasteries. Prayer glags flutter above all the houses – conveying mantras to all corner of the world. There is three major Gompas in Lo-Manthang Jhampa Gompa , Ghupchen Gompa and Chooede Gompa . Chooede houses beautiful Thanka and images, including the Sacred Thanka of Mahakala and Dorje Sonnu. Mahakala is a wrathful manifestation of Avalokiteshowara and Dorje Sonnu is the main Deity of the Tiji Festival.

Tiji is the most popular festival of Lo-Manthan and is celebrated over three days to mark a killing of a demon by Dorje Sonnu, the demon’s son . The festival is celebrated on the fifth month of the Tibetan calendar, which is in May. Two huge Thankas are displayed during the occasion. 

We have very special package program for the lovers of Mustang, its festival and the people of Mustang: 

SPECIAL PACAKGE FOR UPPER MUSTANG ( TIJI FESTIVAL 2014 )

Days

Program

Walking Hours

01

Arrival in  Katmandu transfer to the hotel

 

02

Drive Kathmandu – Pokhara and transfer to the hotel

 

03

Fly to Jomsom (2700m) and trek to Kagbeni (2800m)

3h

04

Trek Kagbeni - Chhuksang (2950m)

4h30

05

Trek Chhusang - Samar (3450m)

4h

06

Trek Samar - Geling (3520m ) Option Sacred Cave

4h / 6h

07

Trek Geling - Tsarang (3580m)

6h

08

Trek Tsarang - Lo Manthang (3750m)

5h

09

Visit Lo-Manthang village , monasteries

 

10

Observe Tiji Festival 

 

11

Observe Tiji Festival

 

12

Trek Lo Manthang - Yara (3580m)

6h

13

Trek Yara - Tanggye (3320m)

7h

14

Trek Tanggye - Chhuksang (2950m)

8h

15

Trek Chhuksang - Jomsom (2700m )

7h

16

Flight  Jomsom – Pokhara – Kathmandu

7h

Other information:
Altitude and Health: The average altitude of 3600-3800m so it is unlikely that serious effects of altitude sickness will be met. Although the highest point in this area is above 4000m, there will be effects of altitude for some people, which is not necessarily determined by age, physical condition or previous experiences.           
Difficulties: The Mustang Trek is medium difficulty. Hikers must be of healthy enough and able to walk / horse riding for about 5 to 7 hours per day. Horse is available for the serious health problem and difficulties.
Carrier: donkeys or mules are used for camping equipment.
Permits and rules: Hikers must pay U.S. $ 50 per day (start and end point of Upper Mustang Kagbeni).
Accommodation: For a small group of less than 4 people, it can be done in local houses otherwise camping trek is suggested.
Good Season: April to October


Recommended books:  

  1. Mustang- The forbidden Kingdom by Michel PEISSEL 
  2. Nepal – Tony HAGEN 

For more information and travel budget contact: Krishna Hari KHATRI ( apsaratreks@gmail.com )