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.
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.
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.
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.
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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
We pass through Tengboche for a quick cup of tea, before descending again to Dudh Koshi and the trail to Namche Bazar.
We follow the trail back to Lukla and have a small farewell party to thank our trekking crew.
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