TiJi Festival in Upper Mustang ( Kingdom of Mustang )
Tiji festival in Upper Mustang (Lo-Manthang)
Amazing Authentic Treks has been organizing a special trip to Lo-Manthang-Upper Mustang every year for Tiji festival. The trip will provide you a cultural/history and scenery experience of the forbidden kingdom- Mustang. It is journey for a lifetime and we assist you from fixing journey date to entire arrangements at an affordable price. There will be allowed only limited numbers of people to visit this wonderful place so if you wan to the trip and experience yourself please reserve your space as early as possible.
An introduction of the Tiji festival
Tiji festival is a three-day ritual as well as “The chasing of the Demons” that centers on the Tiji myth. The myth tells of a deity named Dorje Jono who must battle against his demon father to save the Kingdom of Mustang from destruction. The demon father wreaked havoc on Mustang by bringing a shortage of water (a highly precious resource in this very dry land) and causing many resulting disasters from famine to animal loss. Dorje Jono eventually beats the demon and banishes him from the land. Tiji is a celebration and reaffirmation of this myth and throughout the festival the various scenes of the myth will be enacted. The festical normally helds at the ned of dry winter/spring season effectively a spring renewal festival.and will usher in the wetter monsoon season (the growing season for Mustang).
The Tiji festival is celebrated for three days long in Lo-Manthang.
First day, Lamas horns resounded, announcing the two twelve-foot copper dunchens, with their elephantine blurting, followed by two double-reeled horns, all accompanied by drum and cymbals then an ancient and enormous thanka three stories high is unrolled down the entire south wall of the square. Late afternoon, in high wind and blowing dust, eleven lamas in maroon and gold, wearing high red hats, came from the palace and take their places along the wall beneath the thanka, with Tashi Tenzing on the elevated seat just in the center. The masked dancers starts the portrayal of the Tiji myth then Dorje Jono repels the demon through the power of his magical dancing. As the dances end, Dorje Jono kills the demon, after which his people are relieved of their plague of misfortunes, water becomes plentiful once more, and the balance and harmony of existence are restored.
On the second day, numbers of Loba arrive from the outlying hamlets, and the small square is thronged with wild beautiful people, with all of the women and children, at least, in traditional dress. The King of Mustang, “wears a whole crown of tiny river pearls set off by dozens of large red coralline tones interspersed with matched ornaments of turquoise. The costumes and masks, the twelve-foot horns, the gold cups of wheat, the butter cakes, the snow peaks and wind and dust and sun, the mehti, snow leopard, snow pigeons, saligrams, the dying glacier and the desert ruins, the drunks and rajas and foreigners, the dogs and yaks Tantra.
And on the last, the Tiji festival ends with the ceremonial destruction of the evil remains, represented by some long black yak hair and red torma cakes minced to a dark red furry. The demons red remnants are set out on an old tiger skin, where-upon they are attacked by bow and arrow, slings, and the old guns. The poor devils remains are over- turned upon the ground, each time to a wild cannonade from the old muzzle-loaders and a wave of cheers and smoke. This is how the Tiji festival is celebrated.
Itinerary in Details :
Day 1 Welcome to Nepal – Kathmandu Our company representative will meet you in airport and transfer to pre-booked hotel. Overnight at hotel with Bed & Breakfast basis.
Day 2 Drive to Pokhara by jeep Driving hours: 6 hours by private vehicle -200 KM. After breakfast at hotel you will pick up from hotel and start drive to Pokhara. Enroute we will see more of countryside of Nepal that offers greeneries, rivers, villages, farms and beautiful mountain sceneries. (We can also take a scenic 25 min flight to reach Pokhara.) Pokhara offers magnificent views of Dhaulagiri, Manaslu, Machhapuchhare, five peaks of Annapurna and others. Pokhara is city of lakes and has numerous beautiful lakes. We can explore the most accessible and beautiful, Fewa Lake during the late afternoon -enjoy boating too. Explore, relax and dine by tranquil Lake Fewa.
Day 3 Drive Pokhara to Beni to Tatopani (2600 m Elevation) . Driving hours: 6/7 hours by 4WD Jeep – 110 KM approx. Day highlights: After breakfast at Hotel, we start our journey to Mustang. First we drive west to the town of Beni with the black top road and then follow the Kali Gandaki River. The road after Beni is off-road. The Kali Gandaki valley is the world’s deepest gorge, between Dhaulagiri (8,167 m) and Annapurna I (8,091 m) Himalaya. Tatopani is a small town where you can experience the natural hot spearing and local activities.
Day 4 Drive from Tatopani to Kagbeni (2900m. Elevation) and visit Muktinath Temple (3800 m. Elevation). Driving hours: 5/6 hours by 4WD Jeep – 95 KM approx. Day highlights: After breakfast you will drive through local villages of Kalopani, Ghasa and explore the apple farming of Marpha Village and Jomsom local market. Then you will cross Kagbeni village and visit holy temple complex of Muktinath and 108 taps dedicated to lord Vishnun. Also you will visit Jal Devi where you can see the fire lighting itself (Natural gas), the local town of Muktinath, Buddhist monastery in Jharkot with incredible views of Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri and Tukuche Peak and and drive to Kagbeni for overnight stay.
Day 5 After official formalities of Special permit we drive to Ghami Village (3520 m. Elevation) Via Syngboche Pass (4200 m. Elevation). Driving hours: 6 hours by 4WD Jeep – 32 KM approx. Day highlights: During the morning after breakfast you will visit Kagbeni Monastery and Buddhist School. Before living Kagbeni your guide will check in your special Upper Msutang permit and start your journey to Upper Mustang. At the first you will cross Kaligandaki river near Chhusang village by Jeep and climb up to Chella Village, Samar Village, Syangboche village, Bhina, Ghiling and arrive at Ghami village.
Today you will have amazing landscape during the day from Syngboche and other places. This is your private trip so you can stop your Jeep anywhere and enjoy with the pictures. Also you will see the local farmer houses with Yak and houses caravan, Tibetan culture and local activities during the day.
Day 6 Drive to Lo-Mangthang (3840 m. Elevation). Driving hours: 3 hours by 4WD Jeep – 17 KM approx. Day highlights: Today you will visit monastery of Mustang Lo Gager Ghar Gompa which is very important monastery in Mustang, Vist Charang monastery, visit Lo-mangthang city, “Jampa Gompa” the oldest monastery , built in the early 15th century and also known as the “God house”, “Thubchen Gompa” a huge, red assembly hall and gompa built in the late 15th century, “Chodey Gompa”, now the main city gompa and Monastic Museum. Also you will observe domestic Yaks and cattle caravans, Wonder mountain views and landscape from the passes, Buddhist school, arts, king palace and local activities in Lo-manthang.
Day 7 Exploration in Lo-Manthang and Chhosar Highlights: Today after breakfast you will explore Namgyal gompa, sky caves of Chhoser and the SHIJA JHONG cave of Mustang dating back to over 3,000 years have been subject of excavation for archaeologists from around the world. There are other several caves near Chhoser have been used for burial, meditation and also for living. Also till now SKY BURIAL is used in Upper Mustang which is in Chhoser and nearby villages. After finished the sightseeing of local areas you will drive back to guesthouse by jeep.
Day 8 Drive back to Jomsom (2743 m . Elevation). Driving hours: 6/7 hours by 4WD Jeep – 50 KM approx. Highlights: Today you will drive all the way to Jomsom Crossing several local village, Kaligandaki river, Buddhist stupas and monasteries on the way. Evening you will have time to explore local market of Jomsom.
Day 9 Morning drive to Pokhara sightseeing. You will visit the hightlights spots of Pokhara.
Day 10 Drive back to Kathmandu. Driving: 6 hrs by private transport
Tims Card Trekking permit.
Conservation / National park Permit fee ( Special Permit if Necessary Document. )
2 Night’s hotel accommodation in Kathmandu at Bed & Breakfast basis.
Meal: All meal during the trek best available restaurant .
One experience trekking guide/Climbing Guide & necessary porters.
Transportation from Kathmandu to Kathmandu or flight as itinerary area wise
Insurance for Guide & Porters
All accommodation during the trek best available hotel/guesthouses
Airport -Hotel-Airport transfer
Company service charge.
PERSONAL equipment for Trekking
Personal Insurance for travel to Nepal
Lunch & dinner in Kathmandu
Emergency Rescue evacuation
Trekking Sleeping bag
Bar bills, Mineral water
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