Mustang Tiji Festival Trek is a special festival trek to observe and Experience of a three-day ritual known as "The chasing of the Demons" that centers on the Tiji myth. This holy festival trek is fixed date trek normally starts in end of April and early May. Tiji festival trekking in mustang is yearly celebrated ancient festival trek in headquaters of Mustang District Lo-manthang in month of may. The myth tells of a deity named Dorje Jono who must battle against his demon father to save the Kingdom of Mustang from destruction. The demon father wreaked havoc on Mustang by bringing a shortage of water (a highly precious resource in this very dry land) and causing many resulting disasters from famine to animal loss. Dorje Jono eventually beats the demon and banishes him from the land. Tiji is a celebration and reaffirmation of this myth and throughout the festival the various scenes of the myth will be enacted. It is of course timed to coincide with the end of the dry winter/spring season and will usher in the wetter monsoon season (the growing season for Mustang). Tiji comes from the word "ten che" meaning ‘the hope of Buddha Dharma prevailing in all worlds and is effectively a spring renewal festival.
First day of Mustang Tiji Festival Trek
Early in the afternoon, horns resounded, announcing the two twelve-foot copper dunchens, with their elephantine blurting, followed by two double-reeled horns, all accompanied by drum and cymbals.
Next, an ancient and enormous tanka three stories high was unrolled down the entire south wall of the square. The thanka portrayed Padma Sambhava or (Guru Rimpoche) who brought this ceremony to Tibet in the 8th century."
At mid-afternoon, in high wind and blowing dust, eleven lamas in maroon and gold, wearing high red hats, came from the palace and took their places along the wall beneath the thanka, with Tashi Tenzing on the elevated seat just in the center.
As the monks and lamas commence chanting, twelve more monks come from the palace in maroon and royal blue and glittering gold brocade, with cymbal-shaped hats decked with upright peacock plumes. Soon they withdraw, to be replaced by the masked dancers who" start the portrayal of the Tiji myth.
Dorje Jono repels the demon through the power of his magical dancing — he dances fifty-two separate dances, one of them in ten different bodies, each with a different head. As the dances end, Dorje Jono kills the demon, after which his people are relieved of their plague of misfortunes, water becomes plentiful once more, and the balance and harmony of existence are restored.
Second day of Mustang Tiji Festival Trek?
On the second day of Tiji, numbers of Loba have arrived from the outlying hamlets, and the small square is thronged with wild beautiful people, with all of the women and children, at least, in traditional dress.
The King of Mustang "wears a whole crown of tiny river pearls set off by dozens of large red coralline tones interspersed with matched ornaments of turquoise.
The costumes and masks, the twelve-foot horns, the gold cups of wheat, the butter cakes, the snow peaks and wind and dust and sun, the mehti, snow leopard, snow pigeons, saligrams, the dying glacier and the desert ruins, the drunks and rajas and foreigners, the dogs and yaks. Tantra!
Third day of Mustang Tiji Festival Trek?
On the third day, Tiji ends with the ceremonial destruction of the evil remains, represented by some long black yak hair and red torma cakes minced to a dark red gurry. The demons red remnants are set out on an old tiger skin, where-upon they are attacked by bow and arrow, slings, and the old guns. The poor devils remains are over- turned upon the ground, each time to a wild cannonade from the old muzzle-loaders and a wave of cheers and smoke.
Nepal Trekking Tourism & Adventure has been regularly organizes Tiji Festival Trek in mustang in ancient forbidden kingdom of Nepal,the mustang, district located behind Mountains.
Day 01:Arrival Day in Kathmandu, transfer to hotel - Hotel--Hotel
Day 02:Half Day sightseeing of Kathmandu city & Fly to Pokhara--Hotel (B/B)
Day 03:Trek to Chele (3100m) - Taklam La (3624m) - Dajong la (3660m) - Samer (3620m)
Day 04:Trek to Tangbe (3060m)-Chhusang (2980m) -
Day 05:Trek to Chele (3100m) - Taklam La (3624m) - Dajong la (3660m) - Samer (3620m)
Day 06:Trek to Ranchung Cave Monastery- Syangmochen (3800m) - Geling (3570m)
Day 07:Trek to Ghami (3510m) - Dhakmar (3820m)6 hrs3820m
Day 08:Trek to Ghar Gomba (3920m) - Lo- Manthang (3840m)
Day 09:Easy day at Lomanthang, visit monasteries and enjoy 1st day of Tiji Festival
Day 10:Hike or Horse ride to Chosar Valley (visit monasteries & Jhong Cave), enjoy 2nd day of Tiji Festival
Day 11:Visit Namgyal & old Royal palace in the morning, afternoon enjoy 3rd day of Tiji Festival
Day 12:Private/shared Jeep drive to Charang-Ghami-Geling-Syangbochen-Bhena &Trek to Samer
Day 13:Trek to Chhusang (3 hrs) & Private/shared Jeep drive to Jomsom – 2 hrs
Day 14:Fly to Pokhara and half day tour in Pokhara
Day 15:Afternoon Fly to Kathmandu
Day 16:Drive to Airport and departure (B)
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