Dumji Festival Trek

Dumji Festival Tour with Guide in HimalayaView from KalaPattarDumji Festival Trek with Guide in Himalaya

It is celebrated in all the Sherpaa settlements in the month of July. The Sherpas of Kathmandu and Helambu regions participate in dancing on this day. Generally, there are no such major festivals in this month. Being the rainy season, this month is the peak time for harvesting crops.This is a very special festival in the Khumbu area celebrated in the month of July every year. There is much dancing and merry making in addition to the more serious rituals and dances performed by the monks.

The Dumji Festival celebrates and honors the anniversary of Guru Rinpoche birth on the lotus flower. Lama Sangwa Dorji is the founder of the earliest monastery of Khumbu and he was the first to start the Dumji festival in Pangboche about 360 years ago in order to coincide with the birth anniversary of Guru Rinpoche.The festival serves as a religious and community duty to help bring the villagers together. Every 13 years it falls upon three families to provide food and drink for the entire village for the duration of celebrations, which lasts for 4 days.

Dumji festival is performed by the Tengboche Monks in Tengboche, Namche Bazar, Khumjung and Pangboche of Khumbu, and Junbesi of Solu. The festival in Namche is the most interesting and popular one amongst them all. These dates may vary by one or more days as the Tengboche Rinpoche, abbot of Tengboche Monastery. We, Wilderness Excursion Pvt. Ltd operates Sherpa Culture Tour and treks in highly competitive package cost and develops itinerary per your interest.

Outline Itinerary:
Day 01: Fly to Lukla/2800m and Trek to Phakding/2610m. Stay overnight in lodge.
Day 02: Phakding - Namche Bazaar/3440m; 3 hours walk. Stay overnight in lodge.
Day 03: Acclimatization and rest day at Namche Bazaar. Stay overnight in lodge.
Day 04: Namche - Tengboche3870m; 5 hours. Stay overnight in lodge.
Day 05: Observe the Dumji Festival in Tengboche and explore. Stay overnight in lodge.
Day 06: Tengboche - Dingboche 4410m; 5-6 hours walk. Stay overnight in lodge.
Day 06: Observe the Dumji Festival in Tengboche and explore. Stay overnight in lodge.
Day 07: Dingboche - Lobuche 4910m/5-6 hours walk. Stay overnight in lodge.
Day 08: Lobuche - Gorakshep/5160m; 2/3 hours walk. Stay overnight in lodge.
Day 09: Hike up to Kalapathr/5545m and trek to Pheriche 5-6hours walk. Overnight in lodge.
Day 10: Tengboche - Namche Bazar 3440m; 5 hours walk. Stay overnight in lodge.
Day 11: Namche - Lukla/2800m, 6/7 hours walk. Stay overnight in lodge.
Day 12: Lukla – Kathmandu/1300m, 35 minutes flight. Stay overnight in Hotel.
Day 13: Fly back to home country. See off in airport by our staff.
A Short Note: This trip can be personalized as per your requirements that meet your time frame. The trip price will be according to Deluxe, Standard, Budget and group size so please kindly provide us your details for tailor made program.

Day 01: Fly to Lukla from Kathmandu take a short trek to Phakding
We fly from Kathmandu to the tiny airstrip at Lukla/2800m, built by Sir Edmund Hillary and the Sherpas. The flight itself is awe inspiring. Once landed, we have lunch while our equipment is sorted and loaded. We then take a walk to Phakding and camp.

Day 02: Trek to Namche3440m
A fine day walks along the Dudh Kosi Valley crossing several suspension bridges and small lodges. Arrive at Namche, at 3440m. This is an important village in this region with distinctly a Sherpa flavor.

Day 03: Acclimatization
We enjoy a rest day here watch to Dumji Festival and allow for maximum acclimatization on our way to Everest Base Camp. A pleasant day can be spent exploring the incredible scenery and Sherpa culture.

Day 04: Trek to Tengboche
Descend through the valley, continuously passing picturesque Mani walls and Chortens before ascending along Dudh Kosi. You could see several water driven prayer wheels. Ascending gradually towards Phunkitenga untill you reach Tengboche at 3870m. Tengboche is reputed to be one of the most beautiful spot in the Himalayas with an outstanding monastery and a spectacular panorama of Everest, Lhotse (8616m, world´s 4th highest)

Day 05: Observe the Dumji Festival in Tengboche and explore.

Day 06: Trek to Dingboche
We move up to the Imja Khola valley to Pangboche (3,830m). We stop here for lunch and to visit the Monastery and look at the Yeti scalp. In the afternoon we continue on to the summer village of Dingboche. The scenery is this part of the trek is supeb all day. Another day for acclimatization which should give everybody an excellent chance of ascending Kala Pattar. From this yak herder’s village there are various interesting side excursions. A two hours walk to the huts at Chhukhung (4,750m) will take you to the glacier flowing off Nuptse and Lhotse.

Day 07: Trek to Lobuche

We walk up a small ridge and then tour round the Base of the Khumbu Glacier and have lunch at Dughla (4,628m). From here, we have a short steep climb to the terminal moraine of the glacier from where the views are stunning. Stay there overnight.

Day 08: Visit Kalapathar - Trek down to Lobuche
We walk slowly over several moraines before a hard ascend to Kalapatar (5545m), Lingtren (6,329m) and Khumbutse (6,127m) from the Tibetan boarder: glaciers surround us: and Mount Everest dominates all. This is the roof of the world. After spending half hour we come down to Labuche. Stay there overnight.

Day 09: Trek to Panboche
Retracing our steps down to Pheriche for lunch. Here is located the Himalayas Rescue Associations a small high-altitude experimental medical station, well worth a visit.

Day 10: Trek to Namche
We pass through Tengboche for a quick cup of tea, before descending again to Dudh Koshi and the trail to Namche Bazar.

Day 11: Trek to Lukla
We follow the trail back to Lukla and have a small farewell party to thank our trekking crew.

Day 12: After hot breakfast fly back to Kathmandu at around 08:00AM.

Day 13: Fly back to home country. See off in airport by our staff.

Trip Cost Includes

  • Free airport – hotel - airport pick and drop by private car/van
  • 3 nights deluxe room in peace, clean and standard hotels in Kathmandu with breakfast.
  • Government registered, well experienced, fluent English speaking local guide.
  • All meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner during the trek.
  • Tea, coffee, cookies and fresh fruits during the trek.
  • Kathmandu – Lukla – Kathmandu Flight and airport taxes.
  • Sagarmatha National Park Entrance Permit to trek and TIMS Card.
  • Office service charge, government taxes and vat etc.
  • Food, accommodation and salary of your guide and porters.
  • Insurance and trekking gear for guide and porters.

Trip Cost Excludes

  • All bar bills, beverages such as coke, fanta, mineral water
  • Hot shower, hot water, internet and personal nature expenses.
  • Personal travel insurance, internet, phone calls and wifi services.  
  • Rescue operation charge in case of emergency (we arrange rescue on request).
  • Gratitude and tips for guide and porter.

Fixed Departure Dates

We are local tour and trekking operator based in Kathmandu so we guaranty small private group departures any dates that suits your date and time. Please kindly contact us for your customized departure date, itinerary and the price. Thank you and Namaste!

Trip Facts

Total Duration:
13 Days
Trek Duration:
11 Days
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