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Dumji Festival Trek

Dumje is an important festival celebrated by the Solu Sherpa Community. Tantric dances, initiations and “Nen-Seg-Phang-sum” i.e. trampling, burning and throwing (the practice to dispel evil spirits) are performed. Dumje is held at different monasteries. The celebration of Dumje festival began in Kyilkhor-Dingma in 1971 , and in Samten-Choeling monastery in 1998. Since 1992, the tantric dance of Guru Tsengye( the eight different aspects of Guru Rimpoche/Padmasambhava) has been performed annually. Its primary objective is to subdue all the evil spirits that harm sentient the demonic forces, hindrances and evil spirits on the one hand and to appease the high gods on the other.

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 and on this trek we observe the festival at KHUMJUNG 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.

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.
Day 02: Sightseeing / Free day in Kathmandu
Day 03: Fly Kathmandu to Lukla (2840 m) and trek to Phakding (2610 m) 3 hrs.
Day 04: Trek to Namche Bazaar. (3440 m), 6 hrs
Day 05: Namche Bazaar- rest day for acclimatization.
Day 06: Trek to Khumjung (3700 m)
Day 07: Observe Dumjee festival at Khumjung monastery
Day 08: Trek to Tengboche (3860 m), 5 hrs
Day 09: Trek to Dingboche (5 hrs)
Day 10: Rest at Dingboche
Day 11: Trek to Lobuche
Day 12: Excursion to Kalapathar & back to Lobuche
Day 13: Trek to Pheriche
Day 14: Trek to Portse
Day 15: Trek to Jorsale
Day 16: Trek to Lukla
Day 17: Fly back to Kathmandu
Day 18: Katmandu Departure

  • First aid kit & others extra charges.
  • Transportation to and from airport in Kathmandu
  • Hotels in Kathmandu
  • Welcome and farewell dinner
  • Flight, round-trip, to Lukla
  • All group camp supplies, such as tents, stoves, etc.
  • All meals while trekking
  • Park fees and trekking permits
  • Sherpa, porters and guides

  • $25 Wire Transfer Fee (If Applicable)
  • International round trip airfare USA-Nepal
  • Meals in Kathmandu (excluding welcome and farewell dinner)
  • Personal gear
  • Excess baggage charges and airport taxes
  • Personal Items (gifts, etc)
  • Alcoholic beverages and bottled drinks
  • Single supplement upon request
  • All expenses incurred in the event of early departure (evac fees, transport, extra hotel nights, etc)
  • Trip cancellation insurance
  • Sherpa, potter and guides bonus
  • All cost not include in cost include
  • Please note that climbers have been delayed in Lukla awaiting return to KTM. At times helicopters can fly when planes cannot.
  • Helicopter cost is approximately $400 paid by the trekker

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