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August 4, 2024 August 28, 2024 USD 3,400.00 Book Now Customize

The Shey Gompa festival is a grand and significant celebration that takes place once every 12 years in the remote region of Dolpa, Nepal. This festival holds immense cultural and religious importance for the local people and draws pilgrims and visitors from far and wide.

Dolpo is a secluded and picturesque valley nestled in the Himalayan mountains, known for its rugged terrain, ancient monasteries, and rich Tibetan Buddhist heritage. Shey Gompa, also known as Shey Monastery, is one of the most revered monasteries in the region and serves as the focal point for the festival. The festival is celebrated in honour of The ritual of Kora (circumambulating) the Holy Crystal Mountain was instituted by an ascetic from Tibet by the name of Drupthop  Singhe Yeshi, who, according to mythology, rode a snow lion to triumph over the evil spirits and demons of Crystal Mountain ( Shey-Rivo Drukta). Drupthop Singye Yeshi is believed to have meditated in the caves surrounding Shey Gompa, bestowing blessings and enlightenment upon the land and its people.

Every 12 years of the Tibetan calendar a ceremony is held at Shey. It has been practiced for centuries. It has been a ritual of the Dolpo people. Along with the time now, it is celebrated more as a festival than a ritual. The Tibetan calendar represents 12 years by 12 different animals. Mouse, Bull, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Monkey, Bird, Dog and, Pig.  Every year has its specific pilgrims. For example, Boudhanath Stupa is done in the year of Bird. Mt. Kailash in the year of Horse. And Crystal Mountain in the year of Dragon.

The festival starts on the 18th of August 2024. 18th is the opening ceremony and many pujas and blessing speeches will be delivered by different renowned Lama and Rinpoches. There will be dance, singing, and, drama performances from the other schools of Upper Dolpo. On the 18th there will be a performance of villagers, games, archery and many more.

Similarly, the 19th the full moon is the main day and most auspicious day. On this particular, the people make rounds (Kora) to Crystal Mountain with packed lunch. It will take a whole day to make a round to Crystal Mountain. Some people prefer to make a round barefoot. In Buddhism, there is a belief that doing Kora barefoot will wash your sins. Similarly, people take the crystal from the mountains or stone to their hometown as a blessing or gift from Crystal Mountain. People dance on top of the mountain and enjoy it to the fullest. On the way, you get to visit Tsakhang Gompa one the oldest Gompa in Dolpo. The Gompa is built on the rock wall. Still, Gomchen (Meditator ) stays there and practices Buddhism and prays for world peace.

 Explore Dolpo Trek has come with four different itineraries for the Shey Festival 2024 considering clients’ different schedules and time frames. All four packages are of fixed departure and interested clients can customize and book private trips. We have different options you can choose based on your time frame and budget.

Outline Itinerary

  • Day 01 - Aug 05:Arrival in Kathmandu - 1350m
  • Day 2 - Aug 06:Fly out from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj - 140m (50mins)
  • Day 3 - Aug 07:Fly out from Nepalgunj to Juphal and trek to Dunai - (2150m) 3hrs
  • Day 4- Aug 08:Dunai to Tarakot (2540m)/ 5-6 hrs Trek
  • Day 5 - Aug 09:Tarakot to Laini Odar (3375m)/ 4-5 hrs Trek
  • Day 6 - Aug 10:Laini Odar to Nawarpani
  • Day 7 - Aug 11:Nawarpani to Dho Tarap (3950m)/ 6-7 hrs Trek
  • Day 8 - Aug 12:Dho Tarap to Jyanta la B.C (4542m) 6/7hrs
  • Day 09 - Aug 13:Jyanta la B.C to Yak Kharka (4160m) 5/6hrs
  • Day 10 - Aug 14:Yak Kharka to Cha Gaon (3840m) 5/6hrs
  • Day 11 - Aug 15:Cha Gaon to Saldang (3770m) 3/4hrs
  • Day 12 - Aug 16:Saldang to Namgung Gomba (4360m) 3/4hrs
  • Day 13 - Aug 17:Namgung to Shey Gomba via crossing Sela Pass (4343m) 7/8hrs
  • Day 14 - Aug 18:1st day of Festival (Opening Ceremony)
  • Day 15 - Aug 19:2nd day of Festival - Full Moon ( Crystal Mountain Kora )
  • Day 16 - Aug 20:3rd day of Festival
  • Day 17 - Aug 21:4th Day of Festival
  • Day 18 - Aug 22:Shey Gomba to Nandala H.C (Kangla) via Crossing Nandala Pass (4500m) 6/7hrs
  • Day 19 - Aug 23:Nandala H.C to Sallaghari (3594) 5/6hrs
  • Day 20 - Aug 24:Sallaghari to Phoksundo (3640m) 5/6hrs
  • Day 21 - Aug 25:Phoksundo to Chhepka (2720m) 5/6hrs
  • Day 22 - Aug 26:Chhepka to Juphal (2475m) 5/6hrs
  • Day 23 - Aug 27:Fly from Juphal to Nepalgunj to Kathmandu (13450m)
  • Day 24 - Aug 28:Buffer Day
  • Day 25 - Aug 29:Departure
  • Day 01 - Aug 05: Arrival in Kathmandu - 1350m

  • Day 2 - Aug 06: Fly out from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj - 140m (50mins)

  • Day 3 - Aug 07: Fly out from Nepalgunj to Juphal and trek to Dunai - (2150m) 3hrs

  • Day 4- Aug 08: Dunai to Tarakot (2540m)/ 5-6 hrs Trek

  • Day 5 - Aug 09: Tarakot to Laini Odar (3375m)/ 4-5 hrs Trek

  • Day 6 - Aug 10: Laini Odar to Nawarpani

  • Day 7 - Aug 11: Nawarpani to Dho Tarap (3950m)/ 6-7 hrs Trek

  • Day 8 - Aug 12: Dho Tarap to Jyanta la B.C (4542m) 6/7hrs

  • Day 09 - Aug 13: Jyanta la B.C to Yak Kharka (4160m) 5/6hrs

  • Day 10 - Aug 14: Yak Kharka to Cha Gaon (3840m) 5/6hrs

  • Day 11 - Aug 15: Cha Gaon to Saldang (3770m) 3/4hrs

  • Day 12 - Aug 16: Saldang to Namgung Gomba (4360m) 3/4hrs

  • Day 13 - Aug 17: Namgung to Shey Gomba via crossing Sela Pass (4343m) 7/8hrs

  • Day 14 - Aug 18: 1st day of Festival (Opening Ceremony)

  • Day 15 - Aug 19: 2nd day of Festival - Full Moon ( Crystal Mountain Kora )

  • Day 16 - Aug 20: 3rd day of Festival

  • Day 17 - Aug 21: 4th Day of Festival

  • Day 18 - Aug 22: Shey Gomba to Nandala H.C (Kangla) via Crossing Nandala Pass (4500m) 6/7hrs

  • Day 19 - Aug 23: Nandala H.C to Sallaghari (3594) 5/6hrs

  • Day 20 - Aug 24: Sallaghari to Phoksundo (3640m) 5/6hrs

  • Day 21 - Aug 25: Phoksundo to Chhepka (2720m) 5/6hrs

  • Day 22 - Aug 26: Chhepka to Juphal (2475m) 5/6hrs

  • Day 23 - Aug 27: Fly from Juphal to Nepalgunj to Kathmandu (13450m)

  • Day 24 - Aug 28: Buffer Day

  • Day 25 - Aug 29: Departure

Price Includes

services provided during the trek. Trekking guide, Cook, Kitchen Boys, mule rider, Staff Insurance
  • Transportation:
Porters or Mules
  • Trekking equipment:
member tents, mattresses,  Kitchen tents, Toilet tents, Bedding Bags,  and other necessary equipment.
  • Food: Three times meals ( Breakfast, lunch, and Dinner)type of different items
  • Drink: Tea, Coffee, hot chocolate, and Tang juice with light snacks biscuits cookies, etc.
  • Domestic flights: KTM- KEP- DOP, DOP- KEP-KTM 
  • Trekking permits: Lower Dolpo, Upper Dolpo, and, National Park

Price Excludes

  • Nepalese visa fee and International flight
  • Meals in Kathmandu and Nepalgnuj
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • It doesn’t include a pillow and sleeping bag
  • Personal gears
  • Payment for extra weights at the airport (more than 15 kg)
  • Additional nights at Nepalgunj and Kathmandu
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters,
  • Tips for guide(s), porter(s) and driver(s)
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