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9 Days
Pokhara, Nepal.
Lo-Manthang
Tour Details

The TIJI festival, also known as (TEN CHI) is a vibrant and culturally significant celebration observed in Lo Manthang, a remote town in the Upper Mustang of Nepal. Lo Manthang, situated in the Himalayas, is a culturally rich area with a history deeply rooted in Tibetan Buddhism and ancient Tibetan culture.

The TIJI festival spans three days. Typically occurs in May or early June symbolizing the victory of good, over evil. It is an occasion embraced with excitement by both the residents and tourists hailing from different regions of Nepal and beyond who gather to experience this special cultural event.

The festival revolves around showcasing Tibetan Buddhist customs, dances, and performances. A key attraction of the event is the “Tsa Chham” or “Mask Dance,” featuring dressed monks engaging in dances portraying different gods, demons, and fantastical beings. These performances are thought to protect against forces and bestow blessings upon the community.

The TIJI festival also includes a tradition known as the “Ritual of Destruction of the Demon ” which signifies the victory of Buddhism, over powers. In this ritual, monks reveal a thangka ( painting) depicting the demon only to destroy it afterward symbolizing the triumph of righteousness, over malevolence.

During the festival, the town of Lo Manthang buzzes with hues, melodies, and the scent of Tibetan dishes. Residents don their garments as prayer flags flutter and vibrant decorations line the streets.

The TIJI festival not only serves as a religious and cultural event but also plays a crucial role in preserving and promoting the unique heritage of the Upper Mustang region. It offers visitors a rare opportunity to immerse themselves in the rich tapestry of Tibetan Buddhist culture and witness centuries-old traditions come to life in a breathtaking Himalayan setting.

Departure & Return Location

Pokhara, Nepal. 

Departure Time

1 Hour Before departure Time

Price Includes

  • 2 nights’ accommodation in Pokhara on a twin-sharing basis on the BB plan.
  • Accommodation on sharing basis at guesthouse/ lodge. While on tour.
  • Meals: (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner) while on the trip as mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Entrance Fees: Upper Mustang Control Area Special Permit, ACAP (Annapurna Conservation Area Entry Permit), and TIMS (Trekkers Information Management System Card).
  • All transportation in destination location by 4WD SUV (Sport Utility Vehicle)
  • Salary, food, drinks, accommodation, transportation, and insurance for the official crew.
  • Drinking water purify pills
  • Medical supplies (first aid kit).
  • All government and local taxes.

Price Excludes

  • Meals in Pokhara other than breakfast.
  • Personal travel insurance.
  • Any Private Expenses
  • If you use a Pony, all donations, Camera Fees during the festival.
  • Personal equipment.
  • Supporter (Porter) service if needed
  • Tips for guide, porters, driver.

Complementaries

  • Umbrella
  • T-Shirt
  • Entrance Fees
What to Expect

The Tiji (Ten Chi) Festival is the most auspicious festival in the Upper Mustang region of Nepal. Ancient mythology relates how the Tiji is celebrating to mark the victory of good over evil.

  • Tiji is most auspicious Festival in the upper Mustang of Nepal.
  • Tiji Festival is celebrated for the victory of good over evil.
  • Tiji festival traditional meditation practice.
  • A most auspicious festival began to celebrate since 17th centuries in spreading Buddhism.
  • Tiji Festival, which bears historical and cultural important.
  • It is a sign the victory of good against bad forces
Itinerary

Day 1Drive from Pokhara to Marpha (2880 m.) 8 Hrs.

It almost brushes the sides of the mighty Kali Gandaki river gorge and the massive Dhaulagiri mountain along the way up. As you go up, the landscape changes from the lush greenery of the Pokhara area to the barren, rocky terrain of Mustang. Your road follows the Kali Gandaki. Stay overnight at the Lodge.

Day 2Drive from Marpha to Ghiling (3650 m.) 5 Hrs.

After breakfast drive to Ghiling via Jomsom & Kagbeni while we reach Kagbeni stop for formality to enter Upper Mustang. And drive onward to Ghiling and stay overnight at the Lodge.

Day 3Drive Ghiling to Lo-Manthang (3840 m.) 4 Hrs.

Drive from Ghiling to Lo-Mangthan and enjoy the view of the Mountain. Stay overnight at the Lodge.

Day 4Observe the Tiji Festival in Lo -Manthang

First Day of (5th, May 2024) Tiji (Ten Chi) After breakfast towards the walled city of Lo-Manthang through the beautiful Stupa, a magnificent landscape, and after some rest at the hotel participate in the opening ceremony of the Tiji festival at late noon.

Day 5Observe the Tiji Festival in Lo-Manthang.

Second Day of TIJI (Ten Chi) (6th, May 2024) festival celebration.
After breakfast and a Pony ride to Chooser Cave (3900 m.) and monastery, some rest after lunch in the hotel, ready for the second day of the Tiji Festival starting around 1 pm and ending around 6 pm).

Day 6Observe the Tiji Festival in Lo-Mangthang.

On the last day observe the Tiji Festival (7th, May-2024). Stay overnight at the Lodge.
Before observing the Tiji Festival, we participated in a daily chant on Monastry and visited the Royal Palace and Monastery in wall city. This day is highly recommended to the visitors to spend in Lo-Manthang observing the festival as this day will solve the mystery of the festival as well as its overall value.

Day 7Drive from Lo-Manthang to Chhuksang (2900 m.) 5 Hrs.

Chhuksang is one of the oldest settlements that lies in between the way which is fascinating and worth doing sightseeing around the village. Dinner and Overnight at the guest house in Chhuksang.

Day 8Drive from Chhuksang to Jomsom (3310 m.) via Muktinath (3760 m.) 5 Hrs.

After breakfast drive to Muktinath, which is one of the highest temples in the World. It’s also the most important pilgrimage site in Nepal for both Hindus and Buddhists. After visit Muktinath drive to Jomsom. Stay overnight at Jomsom.

Day 9Drive from Jomsom to Pokhara 6 Hours.

After breakfast drive to Pokhara on the way enjoy the view deepest Gorge in the world and the hot spring. End tour.

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