Tiji Festival, an annual ritual celebrate on shade of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Himalayan range called upper Mustang in center-north Nepal. The upper mustang region is culturally, linguistically and geographically relevant with Tibetan. A twelve-monthly occasion especially celebrated and take a part group of the Buddhist monks and aboriginal people called Lobhas.
International travelers allowed to visit forbidden kingdom from 1992 but Michel Peissel from France had mention in his travel book Mustang “A lost Tibetan kingdom”, he traveled to Upper-Mustang and witnessed elaborate festival in 1964. He said “The scenes I witnessed were so extraordinary and so unexpected that I dared not believe my eyes and even today I have some trouble in believing in the reality of what I saw that day”. 3 day's monks chanting and dancing at back age Lamanthang village is the highlight of the Upper Mustang Tiji festival trek. 3 days ritual where monks will be dressed in a gold, blue, yellow and red brocade gown in which was plaited the image of Mera, the god of death with red and yellow head. The festival is usually marked “Teeji” is the condensed form of a term ‘Tempa chhirim’ which literally means prayer for peace in the world.
Three day's festival in fact, honors the triumph of Buddha’s personification in Dhorji Sonam over an evil spirit named Ma Tam Ru Ta, a Waxman eater. The devil also caused rainstorm and droughts to devastate people’s livestock as well as houses. The dance actually is in the form of play to perform- the birth of Dhorji sonam, the annoyance done by Ma Tam Ru Ta, and effort of Dhorji sonam to get victory over Dhorji sonam and it is organized by chhyode Gumba which is a monastery of sakya-pa cult situated in Lomanthang. The dance performed on the first day is called ‘Tsa Chham’ and ‘Nga Chham is the dance performed on the second day while, one of the monks among three monks has to reside in isolation during winter to enact the character of Dhorji sonam on the third day. The dance performed on the third day is known as ‘Rha Chham’. There is a strong belief that the village gets rid-off evil spirits via the performances.
There will be maximum monks from nearby monasteries including fours sect of Buddhism (Nyingmapa, Kagyupa, Sakyapa and Gelupa). Beyond the annually monk ceremony upper mustang is rich in natural source and ancient autochthonous cultural as well. As we do trek one village to another village visiting interesting places cave and monastery like Chhunsi Kangchung cave, Ghar Gompa, Chhusang valley, Konchog Ling Cave Red cliff in Dhakmar, Chhoser Cave, John cave and Nifu cave and natural hot spring. There are optional way to reach Lomanthang and watch the elaborate Himalayan festival. Our tailored made itinerary will be based on your interest and physically fitness. Thus can choose either by 4-8 hours up and down trekking each day or 5-6 hours jeep drive on off-road or bicycling in the mountainous territory.
2018 Tiji Festival celebrating on 12th-14th May:
Tiji Festival trek is combined journey of nature, culture and religious spot. Each year hundreds of international tourist dragged by charming Himalayan cultural. 470 international tourist and hundreds of local watched Tiji festival in 2017. Finally 2018 Tiji Festival date is published and 3 days ritual festival beginning from 12th May and ending on 14th May at Lomanthang, Upper Mustang. So book your enchanted festival trip with Musical Adventure Trekking on advanced.
International and Domestic airport pick-up and drop-off service
Accommodation in Kathmandu as per trek itineraries on bed and breakfast plan
Accommodation in Pokhara as per trek itineraries on bed and breakfast plan
All the required ground transportation as mention in the Itinerary
Trekking Permits (Immigration Permit and Annapurna Conservation Area Permits)
Experienced fluent English speaking licensed guide with salary, accommodation, food and Insurance
Experienced high altitude Porter with salary, accommodation, food and Insurance
Three meals a day during the trek (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner with hot drinks)
Seasonal fresh fruits where available
Musical Adventure Trekking complimentary trekking gears likely four seasonal sleeping bag, down Jacket,duffle bag etc (should be returned upon completing the trek),
Kathmandu-Pokhara-Kathmandu by tourist bus
Pokhara - Jomsom - Pokhara flight tickets together with guide
First aid medical kit, oximeters to check pulse, heart rate and oxygen percentage at higher altitude
Lunch and dinner at Kathmandu and Pokhara (Breakfast Included)
Travel insurance which should cover any sort of rescues such as Helicopter or Horse
Kathmandu valley sightseeing and entrance fees, transportation and guide
Personal expenses battery charge, hot shower, phone calls, Internet, laundry etc
Gratitude (Tips) to guide and porter
Complete Equipment Packing List for Tiji Festival Trek
Tiji festival celebrate 5th month of year which mean end of spring season. Jomsom to Chailse will be bit hot despite windy on the valley. The temperature is quite warm and it will be 15 to 25 degree Celsius during the day and night-morning temperature is +5 degree Celsius. You do not need to make heavy pack for tiji festival trek please see the items listed below.
Day pack up to 50 litre
4 Seasons sleeping bag
Sleeping bag liner
1 Pair liner gloves thin wool or synthetic
1 Elevation water proof wristwatch
1 Nail cutter
1Pair wind resist gloves
Upper Body – Head/Ears/Eyes
Sun head or Gulf cap
Sun glasses 100% UV protection with side shields and hard-sided storage in case
Headlamp or torch light with at least 1 pair of extra battery
Sun Lotions/Sun cream
1 Cotton t-shirts
1 Synthetic t-shirt
1 Long sleeve polyester or synthetic lightweight for sunny days
1 Soft shell jacket water & wind resist
1 Women swimming dress bathing in Hot spring
Inner cloths as required
Lower Body / Leg
1Piece nylon hiking short paints should have quick drying type not cotton
1 piece cotton paints (loose jeans/khakis)
1 piece soft shell pants – synthetic, full zip from top and bottom preferable
1Piece waterproof/windproof paint
1 Pair inner Thermal for day and night
3 Pair of trekking socks
1 Pairs woolen socks wearing on evening
1 Pair light sport or shoes sneaker
1 pair water proof Trekking boot
Medicines / First Aid
Ibuprofen for general aches and pains
Imodium or Pepto Bismo capsules for upset stomach or diarrhea
Diamox (commonly prescribed as Acetazolamide) 125 or 250mg tablets for altitude sickness. Please talk to with trek leader before taking medicine.
1Small personal sized first-aid kit with blister treatments such as mole skin, band aides
Anti-infection ointments, etc.
Your guides will have more extensive medical gear, but you should have the basics for general use.
Tiji Festival 2018
Lomanthang, Mid-Western Development Region, Nepal
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