Departs on 3 May 2019
Tiji Festival Trek is a well crafted trek for those who would like to enjoy the colorful landscapes of Upper Mustang and become an important part of the Tiji Festival, which is observed by the peoples of Upper Mustang as one of the most important festivals.
Tiji Festival, a three-day long Tibetan ritual, is observed by the peoples of Upper Mustang inside the inner courtyard of one of the monasteries of Lo Manthang. “Tiji” derives from the words “Ten Che”, meaning the hope of the Buddha Dharma prevailing in all worlds, the message Guru Rimpoche carried through this region over a thousand years ago.
The Tiji centers around a myth of a deity named Dorje Jono who must battle against his own demon father to save the kingdom of Upper Mustang from destruction.
During the Tiji Festival, the town square fills with characters clad as demons in flamboyant robes and hideous masks dancing about, slashing at the air with their swords and intoning spells over onlookers. Spend the day steeped in the sights, sounds, and movements of this once-in-a-lifetime cultural marvel. This three-day ceremony is lit up with colorful custom dress, dancing, music, and reenactments from the story of a deity and his demon father.