The intriguing and colorful Tiji festival best known as “The chasing of the Demons” is celebrated in the Mustang district in the name of deity Dorje Jono who is said to battle his demon father to save the forbidden kingdom of Mustang. Starting at the end of May, Tiji festival lasts for three days.
After entering the Buddhist Kingdom of Mustang which is often regarded as the Mini Tibet of Nepal, one can observe the medieval and unique ways of life of the Upper mustang people. The Tiji festival is best experienced in Lo Manthang (upper Mustang). The main event of the Tiji festival is celebrated by masked people who reenact the legendary tale of how Dorje Jono saves Mustang from his demon father who has brought a drought upon the village. After days of costume dancing, religious music and feast, the Tiji festival ends on the third day. This trek also offers a view of the awe-inspiring Dhaulagiri and Annapurna ranges as well as the majestic Kali Gandaki river valley. A loosely drafted itinerary offers flexibility for the traveller who wishes to experience the Tiji festival and the Buddhist Kingdom of Mustang.