Want to explore Tiji Festival Mustang? Visit the best place in Nepal to explore both natural and cultural beauty. The driest part of Nepal located behind the Mountain offers Tiji Festival Mustang in May.
Origin of Tiji Festival
Tiji festival is the greatest festival in Mustang Nepal. Upper Mustang is the origin point of the Tiji festival started by King Samdup Rabten in the 17th century. Tiji also known as the Tenji festival was established to celebrate the victory of Dorji Sonam over the demon called Ma Tum Ru Ta who created storms and droughts to destroy the life in Mustang. Dorji Sonam was believed to be an incarnation of Lord Buddha.
Tiji Festival history:
Tiji festival Mustang had a history of celebration since the 17th century. This festival was celebrated by inviting King Sakya Trizin Ngawang Kunga Sinam to Chhode monastery of Lo Manthang. The King stays in the monastery and shows the very special Vajrakila rituals to diminish the negative energy from Mustang. Vajrakila rituals include the Chaam dance with the meditation of Vajrakila. Since then the Tiji festival is celebrated by performing Vajrakila rituals, Chaam dance, and meditation by monks of Choode Monastery.
How to celebrate Tiji Festival Mustang?
To celebrate Tiji Festival Mustang you should plan the following trips:-
- Upper Mustang trek in May or
- Upper Mustang tour in Jeep.
Upper Mustang trek in May 2024
The Mustang Tiji Festival trek should be planned in May because the Tiji Festival falls every year on the 5th 6th and 7th of May 2024. To reach Lo Manthang for Tiji Festival you should follow the following itinerary.
Tiji Festival trek itinerary
|April 27||Arrival at Kathmandu||1400m/4600ft|
|April 28||Drive to Pokhara by Tourist Bus||827m/2713ft|
|April 29||Flight to Jomsom, trek to Kagbeni||2810m/9219ft||4 hrs|
|April 30||Kagbeni to Chele||3050m/10007ft||5 hrs|
|May 1||Chele to Syanboche||3800m/12467ft||6 hrs|
|May 2||Syanboche to Ghami||3520m/11548ft||5 hrs|
|May 3||Ghami to Tsarang||3560m/11680ft||5 hrs|
|May 4||Tsarang to Lo-Manthan||2980m/9777ft||5 hrs|
|May 5||Tiji Festival in Lo-Manthan||–|
|May 6||Explore Tiji Festival in Lo-Manthan||–|
|May 7||Enjoy Tiji Festival in Lo-Manthan||–|
|May 8||Lo-Manthan to Yara||3350m/10990ft||5 hrs|
|May 9||Yara to Tannge||3340m/10958ft||6 hrs|
|May 10||Tannge to Chhuksang||2980m/9777ft||8 hrs|
|May 11||Chhuksang to Muktinath||3760m/12336ft||6 hrs|
|May 12||Muktinath to Jomsom||2720m/8924ft||5 hrs|
|May 13||Flight to Pokhara||827m/2713ft||25 min|
|May 14||Pokhara to Kathmandu||1400m/4600ft||30 min|
|May 15||Departure from Tribhuvan International Airport||–|
The Tiji festival trek itinerary begins on May 15 and completes on June 3. You can customize the trek and make decisions either by seeing the whole Tiji festival (3 days) or partial Tiji festival (1 day or 2 days).
Upper Mustang Tour in Jeep 2024
The Upper Mustang tour in a jeep is the best option for Tiji Festival Mustang. You can reach Lo Manthang in three days via jeep.
Upper Mustang tour in Jeep itinerary
|May 2||Drive to Beni||10 hrs|
|May 3||Drive to Kagbeni||7 hrs|
|May 4||Drive to Lo Manthang||7 hrs|
|May 5||Enjoy Tiji festival|
|May 6||Enjoy Tiji festival|
|May 7||Enjoy Tiji festival|
|May 8||Drive Back to Jomsom||7 hrs|
|May 9||Drive back to Pokhara||6 hrs|
|May 10||Drive back to Kathmandu||6 hrs|
The best time to visit Upper Mustang
The best time to visit Upper Mustang is March, April, May, June, July, August, September, and October. You can get pleasant weather, moderate temperature, clear sky, and the best view of mountains, villages, orchards, and naked hills of Mustang in spring, summer, and autumn. No rainfall occurs in Mustang so you can enjoy trekking in Mustang in three seasons of the year except winter.
Permits for Upper Mustang trek
Restricted area Special permit is required for the Tiji Festival Mustang trek since Lo Manthang is a restricted area.
Process of gaining Permit for Upper Mustang trek
- Submit your details online through the Nepal Immigration website.
- Prepare a file containing the following documents:
- Application form from your company.
- Photocopies of all legal documents of the company.
- Travel plan for the trek.
- Staff insurance documents.
- Photocopy of the original passport.
- Arrange the necessary amount of cash in USD and record the serial numbers of the bills on your company’s official letterhead.
- Visit the Nepal Immigration office and go to the designated room for permit issuance. It may take around 2-3 rooms for the entire process.