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Tiji Festival Trekking

Tiji Festival lies in May 1st week or 2nd week. Date is mention in the Tibetan calender. Tiji festival in Mustang is a three-day ritual known as "the chasing of the Demons" that centers on the Tiji myth. 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 including 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 harvesting season for Mustang). Tiji comes from the word ten che meaning the hope of Buddha Dharma prevailing in the world and is effectively a spring renewal festival. Mustang is a remote, semi-independent Tibetan kingdom within the territory of Nepal (just north of the Annapurna Region on the Tibetan border), and one of the last bastions of undisturbed Tibetan culture in the world. Buddhist monasteries and nunneries are built into forbidding cliffs and mountain ledges, and the starkly beautiful, windy, arid Tibetan plateau is unbroken for many hours of trekking or riding on horseback. The trek enters Upper Mustang at Kagbeni, a quaint medieval town nestled among apple orchards and encircled by snow mountains.
 

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