Every year in May, Lomanthan is full with tourist to explore the biggest festival in the area. The three day festivals has some of the amazing things that you could encounter in the 4000 meter. The annual festival is celebrated for the victory of Buddha incarnation. The dance performed by the monks was another daunting factor of the festival. The dance is known as TSA CHAAM that is performed on the first day of Tiji festival. On the second day of festival NGA CHAAM dance is performed.
The festival is organized by organized by chhyode Gumba which is monastery of sakyapa sects. There is always a huge flow of tourist to explore this festival. Lo Manthan has several other festivals. However, Tiji is different than other festivals. It is celebrated for 3 days and people sometimes people even stay in tent to witness the festival.
Lo Manthan is the restricted area of Nepal. Traveling to witness tiji festival is not an easy job. You need a special restricted area permit from the authorized travel company of Nepal. To obtain the restricted area permit for Upper Mustang you need to have a guide and porter and 2 people. You can’t trek independently in Upper Mustang region.
There are lots of companies who organize the fixed departure for Tiji festival. It will help you to minimize the cost of your travel. The only cons of this is you have to travel in the group which might be a bit annoying for few people. If you want to trek privately it might be little bit costly. However, it is worth it. You can also go Upper Mustang in a vehicles which is another interesting. After exploring tiji festival for 3 days, you can make a side trip to Damodar Kunda which is another amazing interesting place that is worth a visit.
Well, you can choose how to go to Lo Manthan. You can obviously trek, hire a jeep and shorten your travel time. For adventurous people, bike ride is the best. You need to experienced rider to ride a bike in muddy dusty road. Make sure you are with a right company for this tour.
Tiji festival is celebrated once a year in May. If you are in Nepal in this period of time and have a enough budget, It is the most recommended things to do. You will be able to explore the culture and people that you had never done before.