Dumji Festival Trek (At Junbeshi Monastery)

Dumji is one of the great festivals in the Solukhumbu region among Sherpa communities. It is held every year in the month of May or June. Sherpa communities from nooks and corners participate in the festival. Lama Sangwa Dorjee was the first monk to start the Dumji festival in Pangboche around 360 years ago in honor of the birth anniversary of Guru Rimpoche. The first few days are rather subdued with just local families visiting each other for food and entertainment. Therefore, there is much dancing, drinking and merry making during the festival in the monastery along with Sherpa rituals performed by the monks.

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Trip Facts

Duration: 14 Days    |    Trip Grade: Moderate    |    Maximum Altitude: 4065 m    |    Starting Point: Phaplu    |    End Point: Phaplu    |    Mode of Travel: Fly In / Out    |    Number of Pax: 2+    |    Style of Trek: Teahouse / Camping

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Dumji is one of the great festivals in the Solukhumbu region among Sherpa communities. It is held every year in the month of May or June. Sherpa communities from nooks and corners participate in the festival. Lama Sangwa Dorjee was the first monk to start the Dumji festival in Pangboche around 360 years ago in honor of the birth anniversary of Guru Rimpoche. The first few days are rather subdued with just local families visiting each other for food and entertainment. Therefore, there is much dancing, drinking and merry making during the festival in the monastery along with Sherpa rituals performed by the monks.

This festival is celebrated at the monasteries of Namche, Khumjung, Pangboche, Rimjung and Junbeshi but our planned trip is to observe the festival at JUNBESHI MONASTERY. The exact dates of the festival may vary from place to place by one or more days earlier or later as the head monk of monastery decide the schedule of the local event. The ceremonies are presided over by the head lama of the respective monastery and include hilarious lama dances and traditional Sherpa dances.

This festival trip is combined with Pike Peak Trek observing the festivals at Junbeshi Monastery. Pike peak at an altitude 4,056 m. is the best vantage point which offers the most spectacular view of the entire Himalayan range, from Dhaulagiri in the west to Kanchanjunga in the east and of course Mt. Everest. 

 

Dumjee Festival Trek Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel

Day 02: Sightseeing / Free day in Kathmandu

Day 03: Fly to Phaplu. Afternoon hike to Jyalsa (Tibetan refugee camp) & back to Phalu

Day 04: Trek to Ringmu

Day 05: Trek to Junbeshi

Day 06: Hike to Thupten Chholing and Fungmuche and back to Junbeshi
Day 07: Observe Dumjee festival at Junbeshi monastery

Day 08: Trek to Taktok
Day 09: Trek to Pike Base Camp
Day 10: Climb Pike Peak (4065 m.) and back to Pike Khop

Day 11: Trek to Phaplu
Day 12: Fly back to Kathmandu

Day 13: Free day for shopping
Day 14: Transfer to airport for journey back home

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