Upper Mustang Tiji Festival tour

Upper Mustang Tiji Festival tour 14 Days US$2485

About Upper Mustang Tiji festival tour

Upper Mustang Tiji Festival tour is a unique journey to discover pure Tibetan rituals and cultural celebration in Lo Manthang Nepal. Traditional festival Tiji, also known as Tenchi or Tempa Chirim by the local. It celebrates the triumph of good over evil. Legend tells the story of Dorje Jono, an incarnation of God, who defeated the demon Ma Tam Ru, a malevolent force that threatened the former kingdom of Lo.

There are two Tiji festivals events, celebrates in Lo Manthang. Old Tiji falls on the month of May and organize in the courtyard of royal palace. New Tiji festival celebrate after a month of old Tiji at the courtyard of Chode Monastery. During the festival, the monks of Choedhe Monastery reenact these age-old tales, bringing the legends to life. Explorers get an opportunity to interact with local, learn about their rich cultural heritage, traditions and discover spectacular landscapes of Mustang Nepal.

Tiji festival is a three-day celebration, takes place in wall city of Lo Manthang on the month of May and June annually. Tiji festival is marked by colorful masked dances, music and prayers that are performed by the monks. Tenchi festival attracts both domestic and international tourists. The festival is characterized by colorful masks, dance, music, and rituals that date back to the Bon-Buddhist era. Witness the exclusive Tiji Festival in its full glory, get unique experience and lasting impression.

Trip Fact

Destination

Mustang, Nepal

Duration

14 Days

Difficulty

Easy and comfortable

Group Size

Min 2 to Max 15 Persons

Max altitude

Lo Manthang 3845 Meters

Best time

May for Tiji celebration

Activities

Trekking & Sightseeing

Accommodation

Tea houses / Lodges / Hotels

Meals

3 Meals a day (BLD)

Transportation

Flight, Drive & Hiking

Start from

Kathmandu - Pokhara - Jomsom

End at

Jomsom - Pokhara - Kathmandu

Mustang Tiji festival tour overview

Upper Mustang tiji festival tour is a life time journey to celebrate Tiji festival with local and to explore diverse landscape, live Tibetan culture, ancient caves & monasteries. Tiji is an unusual festival celebrated on the occasion of victory of faith and goodness over evil with deep legendary beliefs. It celebrates for 3 days on the month of May every year at an earthen wall city of Lo Manthang in Upper Mustang Nepal.Upper Mustang, a restricted area known for its unique Tibetan-influenced culture and awe-inspiring landscapes.Mustang tiji festival dates upcoming

Lo Manthang tiji festival tour by jeep along the rough hilly terrain can be best be enjoyed, when you are guided by an experienced travel guide through the journey. Tiji festival tour to Upper Mustang starts from Kathmandu and continue to Lo Manthang all the way through Pokhara, Beni, Jomsom, Kagbeni, Ghiling, Ghami & Tsarang. You reach one day before start the festival it helps you to observe Tiji carnival from the beginning to closing stages.

Nepal Tiji festival tour to Upper Mustang by a jeep is not only celebrate festival but also explore some other fascinating sites of Mustang like Ghar Gumba, Luri Gumba, Chhoser, Caves & Monasteries. The entire route to Upper Mustang is lined up with Buddhist chortens, Mani walls and shrines, the path is totally mountainous. Lo Manthang tiji festival tour an observation of absolutely stunning scenery of the mountains which you never forget.

Is Upper Mustang Tiji Festival tour for you?

Upper Mustang tiji festival tour by jeep to Upper Mustang Nepal is a versatile trip to experience the difference. You need special upper mustang trek permit for upper mustang tiji festival jeep tour. We arrange permit and organize trip based on your schedule and prefer with the support of experience guide to make every step easy and memorable moment.

Lo Manthang has a rich cultural history, it is famous for its annual Tiji festival, which is celebrated by the locals in honor of their patron deity, Dorje Jono. Tiji festival tour is a unique cultural experience that offers visitors the opportunity to witness one of the most vibrant and colorful festivals in Nepal. Luxury tour to Lo Manthang by jeep provides breathtaking scenery, rich culture, and warm hospitality of the Mustang region make it a truly unforgettable journey.

Mustang Tiji Festival Dates (Updated)

Tiji Festival 2025 (24th, 25th and 26th May 2025)

Tiji Festival 2026 (14th, 15th and 16th May 2026)

Tiji Festival 2027 (1st, 2nd and 3rd June 2027)

Tiji Festival 2028 (21st, 22th and 23th May 2028)

The tour typically starts with a scenic flight from Pokhara to Jomsom, which is the gateway to Mustang. From Jomsom, you will head towards the ancient city of Lo Manthang, where the festival is held. You will get to witness the traditional dances and masked performances, accompanied by lively music, that depict the story of Tiji.

This festival tour is a once in a lifetime experience and is a great way to immerse yourself in the culture and traditions of Mustang. It is suitable for travelers who are interested in adventure travel and cultural exploration.
The details of the travel loop have been outlined in the itinerary section above. Please have a look at it and for any necessary changes to it and information on Lo Manthang tiji festival tour 2025, do contact us. We will be pleased to assist you on the question.

Mustang Tiji festival tour highlights

  • Participate in Tiji Festival celebration with local for 3 days in dry land of trans Himalayas.
  • Gain understanding about history, culture, heritage, traditions & life style of Lowa
  • Discover sky caves, stupas, villages, monasteries & Buddhist shrines of Mustang
  • Feel inner peace & spiritual insight visiting Muktinath, monasteries, Maniwall & Chortens
  • Glimpse into the traditional practices, rituals, prayers & beliefs of the people of Mustang.
  • Watch masked dances with traditional music and chants performed by monks dressed in traditional costumes.
  • Tiji festival tour is an opportunity to immerse yourself with local culture of Mustang.
  • Enjoy off road driving to Lo Manthang, incredible views, flora & fauna in Kaligandaki valley

Mustang Tiji festival tour itinerary

Detailed Itinerary

Welcome to Nepal, up on arrival in Kathmandu Airport (TIA), our representative meets you and transfer to hotel by private vehicle. At hotel he/ she will give short briefing about program agreement and day to day plan. Check into hotel, use free time to take rest, relax and explore around Thamel.

Elevation: 1,400 meters / 4593 feet.

The day start with delicious breakfast before embarking on a Kathmandu city tour. Our guide takes you to Swayambhunath stupa, Bouddha, Pashupatinath temple, Patan and Kathmandu durbar square for sightseeing. Kathmandu city has rich cultural and historical heritage for sightseeing and exploration.
Full day Kathmandu tours covers most popular travel spots like famous Temple, stupa, monasteries, people and culture of Nepal. After exploring major sights of Kathmandu, we will drive back to Hotel and brief about upcoming program. Spend rest of the time for gear shopping, packing, exploring streets of Thamel and try local cuisine.

The day begins with scenic drive to Pokhara by private jeep on the Prithvi Highway. It takes 6 to 7 hours to cross 200 kilometers distance in between Kathmandu and Pokhara. Along the way, you will pass through small towns and villages that give you a glimpse into the rural life of Nepal.
Journey from Kathmandu to Pokhara is incredibly scenic, with breathtaking views of Himalayan mountains, waterfalls, picturesque scenery, Trishuli and Marshyangdi River. Once you reach Pokhara, you’ll be greeted with stunning views of Annapurna range, serene Phewa Lake and beautiful Pokhara city.
After checking into hotel you can take a rest or go to explore lakeside, boating and walk around to watch the reflection of mountain and sky in beautiful Phewa Lake. Journey from Kathmandu to Pokhara end but memories last forever.
The main ways to travel from Katmandu to Pokhara are by bus, private car and plane as per the budget, interest and booking deal. If you prefer flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara then it takes about 25 minutes only.

We set out from Pokhara to Kalopani by jeep via Nayapul, Kusma, Beni, Tatopani and Ghasa villages. This journey takes us through natural hot spring spot, deepest gorge in the world, Rupse waterfall, along Kali Gandaki river of Nepal.
It takes about 6 to 7 hours to reach Lete / Kalapani by jeep. The road condition from Pokhara to Beni is fine. As soon as we cross Beni need to drive in bumpy gravel road until Ghasa. There is fine road from Ghasa to Kalopani again and offers really amazing view of Himalayan peaks, charming hamlets, terraced farmlands and greenery around.
Kalopani is a beautiful village (view point) located in a valley surrounded by mountains in lower mustang. It is one of the best place to take a rest, relax and enjoy the natural diversity of Himalayas.
The warm hospitality of local people, their rich cultural traditions add a unique charm on mustang trip. In the evening, enjoy a traditional Thakali dinner at a local restaurant in Kalapani Nepal.

This morning we take a jeep from Kalapani to go to Kagbeni village. Driving track till Marpha is fine black toped then after need to drive in nice off road. The main tourist attractions of the day are Thakali villages, Jomsom, Thinigaon, Dhumba lake, monastery and the Kaligandaki river valley of Himalayan wonderland.
We drive through unique landscape exploring breathtaking scenery, apple orchard, interacting with friendly local and testing delicious local foods. On the way to Kagbeni we stop at Jomsom to explore around. We drive to Dhumba lake, a small lake located in a valley surrounded by mountains. At the same time visit the old monastery and traditional Thini gaon of mustang too.
Dhumba lake and monastery area is a nice place to see the stunning views of Marpha village, Jomsom valley, Nilgiri, Annapurna, Dhaulagiri and many other peaks of Himalayas. Kalopani to Kagbeni tour is an unparalleled opportunity to witness the beauty of lower mustang and immerse oneself in the rich natural & cultural heritage of Nepal.

Today we take short trip to Muktinath temple, a sacred site for Hindus and Buddhists then drive Ghiling crossing Kagbeni, Tangbe, Chhusang, Chele samar and Syangboche villages. Kagbeni to Ghiling overland trip is a great way to experience the Tibetan influences culture and desert type landscape of Mustang. During this journey you get the great glimpse of Annapurna, Nilgiri, Dhaulagiri and Tukuche peak of Nepal.

Ghiling villages itself is a fascinating destination, with a rich history, ancient monasteries, Chortens, traditional architecture and traditional way of life untouched by the modernity.  We traverse several ridges, passes, farm land, apple orchard, whitewashed villages along the river spotting unique rock formation, high cliff and sky caves of Nepal.

After crossing Kali Gandaki river drive uphill to reach Ghiling village of Mustang  Nepal. Kagbeni to Ghiling off road tour is a breathtaking adventure through the enchanting landscapes where you immerse oneself with natural and cultural wonders of mustang Nepal.

After an early breakfast, we start our overland trip towards Tsarang village via Ghiling, Ghami, Dhakmar and Ghar Gumba. It takes 6 7 hours to cross Ghiling to Tsarang distance exploring all highlights of the day. Along the way we visit a number of ancient monasteries, including Ghar Gumba built in 8th century by Guru Rinpoche on his way to Tibet.
Lo Gekhar monastery is the most important hidden treasures of mustang’s ancient culture and traditions. Ghiling to Tsarang driving journey is one of the best off road adventure in barren remote area of Nepal.
Ghiling to Tsarang tour takes us through serene atmosphere, awe-inspiring landscapes, antique monasteries and traditional Tibetan style villages. Whitewashed houses with narrow alleyways, ancient Chortens, Mani walls, Mani stones, prayer flags fluttering in the wind attract the attention of explorer.
Ghiling to Tsarang tour is an opportunity to learn about the unique culture and traditions of the mustang people, where nature enthusiasts immerse one selves in the raw beauty and local ambiance of Mustang.

Today is the most exciting day of the trip, as we finally reach Lo Manthang, the ancient walled city of Mustang. The city is home to many age-old monasteries, historic palace, Mani wall, prayer flags, prayer wheels and stupas. The capital city of former Kingdom of Lo is a fascinating place to discover its history, culture, architecture, ancient tradition and lifestyle of the dwellers.
Tsarang to Lo Manthang distance offer stunning view of Mount Dhaulagiri, Annapurna massif and many other surrounding peaks. On the way to Lo Manthang we cross Sungda Chorten, sky caves, prayer flags and incredible moonscape etc. Drive to Lo Manthang 3840 meters / 12598 feet via Sungda la and Lo la
Lo la 3960 meters is the highest point of the day. From the pass explorer gets the first glimpse of medieval wall city of Lo in between wide barren land of Mustang valley. Famous wall city known for their traditional mud-brick houses, narrow alleys and colorful prayer flags waving in the wind. The city is unlike anything we had seen before; isolation of the region helps to preserve its exclusivity which makes Lo a captivating destination. At the Lo Manthang city you feel pure Tibetan culture, rich history, interact with Lowa tribe that provides lifetime experience.

First day of Tiji festival begins with ceremonial lowering of thangka, a large religious tapestry depicting Guru Rinpoche “Padmasambhava”.  Monks play Tibetan horns “Dungchen”, drums and cymbals at the same time. This ritual is believed to purify the town and its inhabitants of evil spirits and misfortunes.  After thangka is lowered, monks recite ancient Buddhist prayers and perform sacred dances, known as “Tsa Chaam”. this dance tells the story of the birth of Dorje Jono and his battle with the demon.
These dances, performs with traditional music and colorful costumes, masks that represent mythical stories of triumph over evil forces and symbolize the victory of good over evil. It is a powerful and dramatic performance that leave a lasting impression for sure.

Second day of Tiji festival is most striking then fist day, it represents the battles between Dorje Jono deity and his demonic enemies. Tiji dance depicts the legendary battles fought by Dorje Jono to save the kingdom of mustang from drought, famine and destruction caused by demons.
The energetic movements and rhythmic beats of drums create an emotional atmosphere that attract audiences to witness ancient legends and mystical traditions.
Monks wear elaborate costumes and masks to preform mask dance representing the role of deities and demon’s, perform intricate dance dramas with precision and vigor. Each masked dancers symbolizing a specific character from the mythological tales.
The second day of festival is known as “Nga Cham” dance. It tells the story of Dorje Jono’s victory over the demon “Man Tam Ru” and his return to heaven. Festival immerse into the age-old traditions, vibrant dances, and mesmerizing rituals of Tibetan Buddhism. Lo Manthang is a small town surrounded by earthen wall,  towering mountains and arid landscapes. It is a fascinating place to explore, rich in history, culture, and natural beauty which make an epic journey into the Himalayas.

Drive to Chhoser 3908 meters / 12821 feet travel around & back Lo Manthang. Today is the day to discover the secret of Lo Manthang area that you’ve been waiting for. Trip start with jeep safari towards chhoser, garphu & kora la border. Chhosar village offers a unique glimpse into the traditional way of life, daily activities that they practice in upper Mustang, Nepal.
Ancient monasteries like Garphu and Niphu monastery, surrounding colorful rock formations and centuries old caves in rock cliff are really impressive to see in Chhoser area. Niphu monastery is an ancient cave monastery carved into the cliffs. Travelers impressed to visiting Jhong cave, Konchok ling cave & Ritseling cave in Chhoser valley Nepal.  It is a part of ancient salt trading route between Nepal and Tibet autonomous region of China. Kora la is known for its stunning mountain views and rugged terrain.
Afternoon we will be back to Lo Manthang to observe final day celebration and spent rest of the day visiting the city’s ancient monasteries, palace, narrow alleys, stupas and the architecture of earthen wall city. Royal palace, three ancient monasteries, Amchi school and the local way of life are the highlights of Lo Manthang exploration.

The third or final day of Tiji festival is known as “Ra Chaam”. Monks perform special ceremonies and local also comes together to offer prayers wearing traditional dress. Monks offer food, drink and other offerings to demon with the hope that he will satisfied, leave the people in peace and never back to mustang.  The atmosphere is filled with spirituality, devotion, rituals continuity and a sense of unity in between. The lowering thangka raised to signifying the conclusion of celebrations.
Mustangi people come together at the square of wall city for a grand procession. They carry thangka, accompanied by music, dance, and joyful celebrations with the belief of drive away evil spirits and bring good luck to the kingdom of lo. As soon as Tiji festival ends the thangka painting placed back in monastery, where it will remain until next Tiji festival. Embark on this journey of a lifetime and its spell upon you.

Today we set out on the return journey from Lo Manthang to Marpha village exploring incredible landscape, snow covered mountains and traditional villages settled in between barren desert of Mustang Nepal. It takes about 6 to 7 hours to cross Lo Manthang to Marpha road distance by jeep with stop at view points for sightseeing. After leaving wall city of Lo Manthang road ascent to cross Lo la pass 3960 meters then descent towards Charang, Ghami and Ghiling, chhuksangm kagbeni, Jomsom villages progressively.

During this journey we cross Lo la 3960m, Tsarang la 3870m, Ghami la 3765m, Nyi la 4025 m pass Syangboche La to reach Marpha. Lo manthang to Marpha journey by luxurious jeep covers vast topography from the barren high desert to the fertile land of lower Mustang Nepal. Mostly downhill driving offers some amazing views of surrounding landscape, towering cliffs, rugged terrain of Mustang valley Nepal. As we reach Marpha, conclude our wonderful journey guide manage the room for night rest and relax. Enjoy traditional dinner and warm hospitality in Thakali restaurant. The stunning views of mountains, rich culture, history of Thakali people and traditional way of life of mustang make this trip memorable forever.

Today is the day to say goodbye to Mustang, early in the morning, we will take a jeep drive to Pokhara. Road passes through a world deepest gorge between Annapurna and Dhaulagiri, offers stunning view of snow-capped mountains and green valleys. Marpha to Pokhara travel by jeep is a great way to explore the beautiful scenery, countryside, waterfalls, people and culture of Nepal, the memories will remain forever.
Once you arrive in Pokhara, there are plenty of places to see and things to do. You can spend rest of the day in leisure or walk around the streets of lake city, souvenir shopping, boating in Phewa lake and experience nightlife in Pokhara etc.
If you prefer Jomsom Pokhara flight instead of driving, we will arrange accordingly (flight is not recommended for safety reason) The weather of Jomsom change in no time that affect Pokhara flight frequently. We request you to plan some buffer time for this possibility and be flexible to use alternative ways of transportation like jeep or helicopter.

The journey from Pokhara to Kathmandu is in one of the most scenic and breathtaking routes of Nepal. The distance between the two cities is approximately 200 kilometers/ 124 miles, and the travel time is around 6-7 hours by road and 25 minute by flight. Keep in mind that the actual travel time may vary depending on the mode of transportation, traffic conditions and your personal preferences.
As soon as reach Kathmandu you will check into hotel, take a rest, spend evening time to explore city for souvenirs shopping. Enjoy farewell dinner at evening to celebrate the successful excursion.

Today is the final day of Nepal trip! Our representative will transfer you to airport three hours before schedule flight. “Wishing you a safe journey! We look forward to our paths crossing again someday.”

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What are included in this package?

  • Airports pick up on your arrival day by private vehicle
  • 3-night hotel accommodation in Kathmandu BB basic
  • All transportation Kathmandu to Kathmandu by luxurious jeep
  • Two nights hotel accommodation in Pokhara BB basic
  • All meals (Breakfast, Lunch & dinner) 4 cups of hot drink each day on choice
  • Best accommodation at tea houses during Mustang festival tour period
  • Professional English speaking guide service trained by government of Nepal
  • All necessary paperwork, special permits and local taxes
  • Airport transfer by private vehicle to depart Kathmandu, Nepal

Excludes

  • Visa fees / international airfare to and from Kathmandu
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
  • Personal expenses phone calls, mineral water, bar bills, hot shower, battery recharge, extra porters & gears etc
  • Tips for guides, drivers (Tipping are expected but not mandatory)
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Mustang Tiji festival trek after road construction?

Upper mustang Tiji festival trek is an adventure to observe the enlightening and spiritual celebration of Tiji festival of Mustang. Explorers from around the world attend the tiji festival in Lo Manthang city to experience the fantastic insight of art, culture and Tibetan music.

Mustang tiji festival trek is not only a hike but also a cultural immersion. It is an opportunity to see a centuries-old tradition, dramatic landscapes of the Himalayas. Hikers traverse through high pass, charming villages, stunning moonscape and connect with the warm spirit of local.

Traditional Tibetan songs; custom colorful dress, swords dance are the major attractions of Tenchi festival trek. Lama plays drums, horns, chant mantras, show mask dance with mythical story during the celebration. Folks from different villages come to celebrate festival with their traditional dress. It gives you the exciting experience similar to the earliest time of Tibet.

Tiji festival carry religious and cultural significance for the local people. It is one of the most remarkable three-day’s events that takes place annually in ancient city of Lo Manthang. Tiji celebration is a mixture of dance, music, and ritual to dispel evil forces and to bring peace and prosperity to the land.

The ancient salt trading route or trekking trail destroyed badly after road construction in mustang. Popularity of jeep tour increasing and number of hikers decreasing day by day. we organize tiji festival trek and tours as per guest requirements.

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FAQs

What is Tiji festival that celebrates in Mustang region Nepal?

Tiji Festival is the most popular festival of Upper Mustang Nepal. it is also known as the “Tenchi” festival. The name “Tiji” is a shortened form of Tibetan phrase “Tenpa Chhirim,” which means “prayer for world peace.” It is three-day long festival begins with a series of rituals and prayers. it is dedicated to Lord Dorje Jono, who is believed to have fought against demons to save the kingdom from drought and famine. It commemorates the victory of Lord Buddha’s incarnation Dorjee Sonnu over a demon called Man Tam Ru a cruel creature feeding on human beings and causing storms and droughts. Mustang festival tour provides you an opportunity to know all detail “what is tiji festival”.

Why is the Tiji Festival Celebrated?

Tenchi Festival holds great significance, deeply rooted in religious and cultural heritage of Upper Mustang area. The Festival is celebrated to commemorate the triumph of good over evil, to ward off obstacles and misfortunes. It is believed to cleanse the region of negativities and purify the souls of the people, ensuring peace, prosperity, and well-being.

Tiji is a charming annual festival celebrates in Upper Mustang at Lo-Mustang according to the Tibetan rituals. Tiji “Tenpa Chirim” is the short version of prayer for the World Peace.  Prayers, chanting, and rituals are performed to invoke the divine blessings and protection against negative forces.

What are the highlights of the Tiji festival?

Tiji Festival is the most popular festival celebrated in Upper Mustang and is also known as the “Tenchi” festival. It is a vibrant and colorful celebration that represents the rich cultural heritage of the people of Mustang. It is a festival that is steeped in tradition and symbolism. it is an opportunity to come together for locals and tourists to celebrate life, community and culture.

Travelers can get beautiful views of Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, mountain villages, Buddhist shrines, Chhortens and Kalighandaki River from the way to Tenpa Chirim-festival tour route. The terrain is hard, dry and rough, but you can gather unforgettable moments. The most interesting observations during the festival is the display of colors. People dress up in multi colored festive dresses and act as legendary characters while dancing. This makes the Buddhist festival a really picturesque sight.

What is the Story of Tiji Festival? & How They Fixed Celebration Dates?

The Tiji Festival revolves around a mythological tale from Tibetan Buddhism. According to the legend, there was once a deity named Dorje Jono who resided in the former kingdom of Lo. A demon named Ma Tam Ru Ta brought havoc, negativity, causing storms, droughts and destruction of crops, leading to severe hardships for local. In response, Dorje Jono’s fought against the demon to restore harmony, protect the Buddhist kingdom and its inhabitants. Tiji Festival tell the story of the struggle, victory, and the eventual banishment of demon.

Tiji festival celebration dates fixed as per Tibetan lunar calendar, usually held on the month of May. The festival is a time for prayer and ritual where local come together to celebrate culture and faith to bring blessings and protection to the community.

Who organize the Tiji festival @ Lo Manthang?

“Choedhe Monastery” belongs to the Sakya sect of Buddhism organizes the Tiji festival at Lo Manthang. The monks of “Choedhe” monastery perform ritual dances during the celebration. It is quite pleasant to see the religious dances during the festival.

You can enjoy ‘Tsa Chham’ on the first day; it refers the harassment of the demon and birth of the demon’s son. It is pleasing to see energetic dances and performance during the third day of celebration. Tibetan Buddhist celebrates a legend of a son who has saved the kingdom of Mustang from the destructive force.

What Festivals Are Celebrated in Mustang?

Upper Mustang is known for its rich cultural heritage and vibrant festivals in Nepal. Tiji, Yartung and Lhosar Festival are the main festivals of mustang. Different villages and community (Thakali, Gurung and Lo Pa) have their own local festivals, culture and traditions. Most of the festivals of mustang start with religious rituals, prayers, traditional dances, local music, and cultural performances to reenactments of ancient myths and legends.

What is the Main Festival of Lo Manthang, Nepal?

“Tiji” or “Tenchi” festival is the main festival of Lo Manthang, Nepal. Tiji is a three-day annual event that holds vast cultural and religious significance in Upper Mustang area of Himalayas. Lo Manthang is a remote and ancient walled city in Mustang District of Nepal. Tiji is also associated with the protection of the region from natural disasters and other negative forces.

What Occurs on 3 Days’ Event of Tiji Festival in Upper Mustang?

The Tiji Festival is a significant cultural event of Upper Mustang Nepal. During the 3 days Tiji festival celebration, the people of Lo Manthang engage in vibrant and colorful ceremonies, including social gatherings, masked dances, ritual performances and chanting of prayers. The Tiji Festival is an elaborate display of Tibetan Buddhist rituals, dances, and performances, aimed at defeat of evil spirits, bring prosperity, restore of balance and harmony in former kingdom of Lo.

When is Upper Mustang Tiji Festival Celebrate?

Tiji Festival celebrate in spring season, on the months of May or June. Tiji celebration dates vary each year because it conforms as per Tibetan lunar calendar by monks and spans for three days. Consult with local travel agency to book tiji festival tour package in exact date.

How to Participate on Mustang Tiji Festival Tour?

Travelers need to book tiji festival tour package that suits your preferences, budget and festival dates. Tiji Festival is a unique opportunity to experience the traditional way of life, art, and spirituality of the people of Mustang. Participating in Mustang Tiji Festival tour in Lo Manthang can be a memorable, naturally and culturally inspiring experience.

How to Reach Upper Mustang to Observe Tiji Festival?

Tiji Festival is an exciting cultural celebration held in Lo Manthang, the capital of Upper Mustang Nepal. There are two alternative methods either trek or tour to reach Upper Mustang to observe the famous Tiji festival. After road construction Tiji festival tour quite popular between travelers. It is easy and comfortable way to reach Mustang.

How to Get to Lo Manthang Nepal

Lo Manthang is a remote village located in restricted area of Upper Mustang region Nepal. The main ways to get to Lo Manthang are by road, flight or trek. Lo Manthang journey usually starts with flight or drive from Pokhara to Kagbeni via Jomsom. Then you can trek, ride horse or drive to Lo Manthang Nepal. This trip takes you through picturesque landscapes, ancient villages and unique Tibetan-influenced culture. No matter which ways you prefer, t is important to ascend slowly and drink plenty of fluids to minimize the risk of altitude sickness.

When is the Best Time to Visit Upper Mustang?

Tiji festival falls on the month of May to beginning of June. This time is really nice time to visit high land because the weather is pleasant, temperature is mild, landscape comes alive with blooming flowers and visibility of Himalayas an excellent. In this way May is the best time to visit Upper mustang to celebrate the Tiji festival in Lo Manthang Nepal.

What are the highlights of the Tiji festival?

Tiji Festival is the most popular festival celebrated in Upper Mustang and is also known as the “Tenchi” festival. It is a three-day long festival that is celebrated in May and is dedicated to Lord Dorje Jono, who is believed to have fought against demons to save the kingdom from drought and famine.

Tiji Festival is a vibrant and colorful celebration that represents the rich cultural heritage of the people of Mustang. It is a festival that is steeped in tradition and symbolism. it is an opportunity to come together for locals and tourists to celebrate life, community and culture.

What is the Culture of Upper Mustang?

The culture of Upper Mustang is influenced by its geographical isolation, historical connections to Tibet, and its unique blend of Tibetan Buddhism. Local practice pure form of Tibetan Buddhism, rituals, prayers and festivals in Upper mustang. The traditional way of life in Upper Mustang involves nomadic herding of yaks, sheep, and goats. This pastoral lifestyle has influenced cultural practices, food, and clothing. The unique architecture of Upper Mustang is characterized by white-washed mud-brick houses, narrow alleyways, and fortress-like structures. The ancient walled city of Lo Manthang, the capital of Lo, is a prime example of this architectural style.

What is the Kathmandu to Upper Mustang Distance?

Kathmandu to Upper Mustang distance 462 kilometers / 287 miles. Actual takes time can vary based on road condition, side trips and your preferences.

Who are the People of Mustang Nepal?

Loba, lowa or Lo pa are the local people of Upper mustang. Thakali and gurung are the local of lower mustang area. Mustang is a remote and historically significant region located in the northern part of Nepal, bordering Tibet (China). The people of Mustang are known for their traditional practices, art, architecture, culture, language and religious rituals. The traditional way of life in Mustang has been undergoing changes due to modernization and increased tourism.

Is Tiji Festival Jeep Tour Suitable for Couple and Family with Kids?

Tiji Festival jeep tour suitable for couple, family with kids and seniors as well. Luxury jeep takes them to observe vibrant tiji festival, rugged terrain, exclusive rock formation, surrounding scenery in comfortable way. Tiji Festival Jeep tour is one of the wonderful and culturally inspiring experience for couples and families with children or teenagers and Seniors too. We are Mustang region specialize company happy to organize trip for you, write us to get the cheap and best quote.

How Long Does It Take for Upper Mustang Tiji Festival Tour?

Tiji is an annual event with 3 days of celebration in Lo Manthang. However, it takes minimum 10 to maximum 16 days to complete whole trip from Kathmandu or Pokhara. Tenchi festival is a vibrant and colorful display of traditional Tibetan culture, featuring masked dances, rituals and performances. This is general outline exact duration depends on the itinerary, side trips, weather conditions, transportation and travel arrangements etc.

When to Book Upper Mustang Tiji Festival Tour for Next Year

Make a research about Tiji festival of mustang first then write us, we will send you celebration date, trip quote and organize trip as per your preferences. Tiji Festival typically takes place in spring season on the month of May. Need to book in advance to make necessary arrangements that enhance your understanding and enjoyment.

Is Guide Essential for Upper Mustang Tiji Festival Tour?

Yes, Upper mustang is a restricted area, it requires guide, special permits and need to organize trip by local trekking agency of Nepal. Local guide will explain about rituals, valuable insights into the cultural significance, history of Tiji Festival and Upper Mustang as well. Guide run journey according to the weather condition, takes you to explore highlights of mustang safely and ensure pleasant experience.

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Andrei Gorbachev

August 22, 2023

Mustang tiji festival tour a once-in-a-lifetime experience

Our trip starts in Kathmandu with the support of guide and driver. Road condition till Beni was nice (black toped) then gravel (off road) driving takes us to the wall city Lo Manthang Nepal. We get an opportunity to learn about the rich history, culture, celebrate and observe Tiji Festival a centuries-old Buddhist festival with local in isolated Upper Mustang region in Himalayas. Along the way we enjoy beautiful scenery, high mountains, sky caves, unique rock formation, and desert types landscape of upper mustang. Amazing scenery, Unique culture, fascinating festival, Experienced guides, Comfortable accommodation and luxury vehicle made Upper Mustang tiji festival tour really nice and once-in-a-lifetime experience. Thank you very much for the best arrangements.

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