Dumje festival at Junbesi monastery including Lower Everest trek 11 Days
Duration: 11 days
Trip level: easy (info?)
Maximum altitude: 4065 m
Season: 15th April – 25th April 2020
About the festival:
Dumje festival is a typical Sherpa festival which celebrates the birth of Guru Rinpoche on a lotus flower. It takes place exactly two months after Losar (Buddhist new year) dark moon day of the Tibetan lunar calendar. This is at the end of spring season which is also the time when livestock are taken up to higher pastures. It lasts four days and during the Dumje festival masked lama’s perform dances, prayers and rituals. After each festival day it is time for gathering of the local Sherpa villagers to have a merry time with Sherpa dance, singing, talking and good drinks.
With Sherpa Heritage Trails you will have the rare opportunity to join the typical Sherpa festival of Dumje. We take you to the heart of Sherpa land in lower Everest region. In the authentic Sherpa village of Junbesi you can join us with the Dumje festival celebrations, and get a glimpse of Sherpa culture
Before you join Dumje festival you will hike the Lower Everest trek. A remote and cultural trek through the Solukhumbu. The trail goes along mountain paths through authentic villages, and pine & rhododendron forests. During this trek you will enjoy local Sherpa culture and beautiful scenery of the Nepal Himalaya. As the Dumje festival takes place in spring time, you will also enjoy the last rhododendron flowers which is the national flower of Nepal. One of the highlights of this trek is a stunning sunrise from the Pikey Peak summit. On a clear day you can see the snowcapped mountains from Kanchenjunga all the way to Mustang. Even Sir Edmund Hillary stated that the best view for Everest is from this peak. It is a slow descent towards Junbesi valley where you will join the Dumje festival celebrations at the local monastery. The last day of Dumje festival you will trek to Phaplu, and onwards an easy drive to Okhaldunga. Next day a jeep will bring you back to Kathmandu.
April 15th 2020 Drive Kathmandu to Pattale (2625 m – 7 hrs.)
April 16th 2020 Trek to Japre (2820 m – 6 hrs.)
April 17th 2020 Trek to Pikey Peak high camp (3615 m – 6 hrs.)
April 18th 2020 Climb to Pikey Peak (4065 m) and trek to Bhanjang (2875m – 6 hrs.)
April 19th 2020 Trek to Junbesi (2700m – 5hrs.)
April 20th 2020 Start of Dumje festival at Junbesi monastery; overnight at Junbesi
April 21st 2020 Second day of Dumje festival at Junbesi monastery; overnight at Junbesi
April 22nd 2020 Third day of Dumje festival at Junbesi monastery; overnight at Junbesi
April 23rd 2020 Final day of Dumje festival at Junbesi monastery; overnight at Junbesi
April 24th 2020 Trek to Phaplu (2470m – 3 hrs.) and drive to Okhaldunga (2,5 hrs.)
April 25th 2020 Drive to Kathmandu (6 hrs.)
During the trekking season prices may rise. The final price depends on the trekking season, group size and, if applicable, the cost of the local transfers.
Please inquire about the price.
We have noticed the ways of travelling and booking are changing rapidly. Many customers book a hotel or a guesthouse themselves prior to their journey. However, we would happily like to arrange accommodation for you. We have excellent contacts with various hotels and guesthouses and will be able to offer a good price rate for any budget.
When you arrive at the International Airport we will pick you up and bring you to your accommodation. Here we will give you a short briefing about the trek. In addition, we will give you advice about hygienic food, customs, and sightseeing in Kathmandu.
-Pick up and drop off from Kathmandu International Airport to hotel
-Return drive Kathmandu to start and from end trek
-Certificate of CO2- emission free return drive Kathmandu to start and end trek
-Teahouse room during trek. Shared room for 2 persons
-During trek 3 meals a day: breakfast/ lunch/ diner
-Licensed and certified mountain guide. Well experienced and English speaking
-Porter service for carrying luggage. One porter for two persons, max. luggage 10 kg. per person
-Salary, food, accommodation and insurance for the mountain guide and porter(s)
-Free use of waterproof bag only for your luggage
-TIMS card and local taxes
-Support of the Sherpa Heritage Trails head office in Kathmandu
-International flight to Kathmandu
-Nepal entrance visa
-Accommodation and all meals in Kathmandu
-All beverage bills, hot shower, internet services, laundry and battery charge during trek
-Personal travel insurance
-Rescue operation charge in case of an emergency
-Any cost that arises due to a change of itinerary like flight delay, natural calamities, etc.
-Gratitude and tips for mountain guide and porter(s)