About Tiji Festival
Tiji is a fascinating annual three-day festival consisting of Tibetan rituals that celebrate the myth of a son who had to save the Mustang kingdom from destruction. The festival is indigenous to Lo-Manthang, Upper Mustang. "Tiji" the name is an abbreviation of the word "Tempa Chirim" which means "Prayer for World Peace". This festival commemorates the victory of Lord Buddha's incarnation Dorjee Sonnu over a demon called Man Tam Ru a vicious creature feeding on human beings and causing storms and droughts.
The Tiji Festival usually takes place around mid May and lasts for 3 days. The monks of Lo Manthang's "Choedhe" monastery perform ritual dances during the celebration. The harassment of Ma Tam Ru Ta (in a dance called "Tsa Chham" on the first day), the birth of Dorjee Sonnu as the demon's son (on the second day called "Nga Chham") and the attempt to return the demon to Lord Buddha's realm (on the third and final day) are enacted during the performances.
The Tiji festival dances are all organized by the Choedhe Monastery, which belongs to the Sakya sect of Buddhism. The monastery is headed by a Rimpoche. About 65 monks from Lo Manthang, Nhenyul and Chhosyer reside in this monastery.
In the days approaching Tiji, the trails from the surrounding villages to Lo Manthang, Upper Mustang are packed with local people and mule caravans and some driving on Jeep now a days to participate and celebrated their most waited annual festival. Thus Mustang Tiji festival trek become a special holiday trip to Nepal Himalayas for trekkers around the world to witness the diverse topography with spellbound festival at its best form, no where else can be seen. Mustang Trekking is regularly organising this special Upper Mustang Tiji Festival Trek each year. Every Year we delivered the large number of groups to Upper Mustang. We had a long hisory with Mustang and it's areas. Who can beat to out guides, service and reviews. We have a 2 different programs for the tiji festival. You can do the trek either you have a limited time then you may choose jeep drive option from Jomsom to Lo Manthnag and Lo manthang to Jomsom.
Note: Officialy the tiji festival date for 2019: will be celebrate 30 May, 31 May and 01 June 2019 in Upper Mustang