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Tiji Festival Mustang

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:-

  1. Upper Mustang trek in May or
  2. 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

DateActivityElevation (m/ft)Duration
April 27Arrival at Kathmandu1400m/4600ft
April 28Drive to Pokhara by Tourist Bus827m/2713ft
April 29Flight to Jomsom, trek to Kagbeni2810m/9219ft4 hrs
April 30Kagbeni to Chele3050m/10007ft5 hrs
May 1Chele to Syanboche3800m/12467ft6 hrs
May 2Syanboche to Ghami3520m/11548ft5 hrs
May 3Ghami to Tsarang3560m/11680ft5 hrs
May 4Tsarang to Lo-Manthan2980m/9777ft5 hrs
May 5Tiji Festival in Lo-Manthan
May 6Explore Tiji Festival in Lo-Manthan
May 7Enjoy Tiji Festival in Lo-Manthan
May 8Lo-Manthan to Yara3350m/10990ft5 hrs
May 9Yara to Tannge3340m/10958ft6 hrs
May 10Tannge to Chhuksang2980m/9777ft8 hrs
May 11Chhuksang to Muktinath3760m/12336ft6 hrs
May 12Muktinath to Jomsom2720m/8924ft5 hrs
May 13Flight to Pokhara827m/2713ft 25 min
May 14Pokhara to Kathmandu1400m/4600ft30 min
May 15Departure 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 2Drive to Beni10 hrs
May 3Drive to Kagbeni7 hrs
May 4Drive to Lo Manthang7 hrs
May 5Enjoy Tiji festival
May 6Enjoy Tiji festival
May 7Enjoy Tiji festival
May 8Drive Back to Jomsom7 hrs
May 9Drive back to Pokhara6 hrs
May 10Drive back to Kathmandu6 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

  1. Submit your details online through the Nepal Immigration website.
  2. 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.
  3. Arrange the necessary amount of cash in USD and record the serial numbers of the bills on your company’s official letterhead.
  4. 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.

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