Mustang Tiji Festival Photography Trek will be organized in the second half of May this year (2024). Tiji The Festival is one of the most colorful festivals celebrated in the Upper Mustang Region. The venue of this 3-day festival is the Lo-Manthang, the capital of the ancient Mustang Kingdom.
This is one of the festival treks in Nepal that gives you an opportunity to participate and take photos and videos as many as you like. National and international trekkers gather at Lo-Manthang to be a part of the celebration.
The festive occasion is more beautified by dances made while wearing masks and traditional props. You can capture photos and videos for a lifelong experience of the Festival (Tiji Festival) trekking in Nepal.
Mustang Tiji Festival is celebrated to mark the victory of good over evil. The major attractions of the Tiji or Tenji Festival are traditional Tibetan songs, custom colorful dresses, masks, and sword dance. Buddhist monks play traditional musical instruments such as drums, and horns, and chant the mantras during the celebration.
Upper Mustang Tiji Festival Photography Trek takes you to the District across the Himalayas all the way from Kathmandu. Trekking to Mustang is one of the most popular treks in Nepal. Mustang Trekking gives you a different experience of trekking in Nepal.
The major highlight of Everest Base Camp Trek, Annapurna Base Camp Trek, Annapurna Circuit Trek, Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek, etc. is the stunning views of the Himalayas including 8,000ers. But the Upper Mustang Trek is devoid of the scenery of snowcapped mountains.
Mustang Tiji Festival Photography Trek rewards you with Disney’s World in the Mountain Desert. Upper Mustang takes you through the trans-Himalayan ancient trading caravan route to Tibet from Gandaki Province.
Mustang Trekking begins after exploring the Kathmandu Valley and some of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Nepal. By taking a scenic flight or traveling by road, you reach the Pokhara Valley, the Tourism Capital of Nepal. After the Pokhara City Tour, you fly to Jomsom or take a roadway trip along the Pokhara-Baglung Highway and from Beni alongside Mustang Highway.
Tiji Festival Photography Trek officially starts from Kagbeni, the gateway to Upper Mustang Trek. By following the trekking route along the arid landscapes, you reach Lo Manthang, the walled city of the ancient Mustang Kingdom. Mustang Tiji Festival Photography Trek 2023 has fallen between the 16th, 17th, and 18th of May.
This festival is celebrated for three days in the courtyard of the Mustang Durbar. All three days, monks perform cultural shows and dances in their traditional dance. The festival is observed with respect to Dorje Sonam who chased his own demon father away from the Mustang Kingdom to save people.
On the first day, the Monks of Chode Gompa perform Tsa Chham. This performance reflects the harassment of the demon Ma Tam Ru Ta. In the Buddhist tradition, the monks who perform this dance obtain Vajrakali’s empowerment.
The dance performed by the monks on the second day of the Tiji Festival is called Nga Chham. This dance shows the rebirth of Dorje Sonam. Demon's father watches the performance hiding under a blanket in the middle of the Lo Manthang Durbar Square. The performers show terrifying manifestations to signify the soul the infant meets during rebirth through the Bardo (transition between one’s death and before rebirth).
The dance performed on the third day is called Rha Chham. The performance signifies the victory of Dorje Sonam over the demon and dispelling him from Mustang forever. Now, peace and prosperity are restored in the desert land of Mustang Kingdom.