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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 honor 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 16th of September in 2024. 16th 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 17th there will be a performance of villagers, games, archery and many more.
Similarly, the 18th 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-wise.
- Day 1 - Aug 07:Arrival Day-Kathmandu 1400m
- Day 2 - Aug 08:Kathmandu – Nepalgunj by flight (150m)
- Day 3 - Aug 09:Nepalgunj – Juphal – Dunai (2140m)
- Day 4 - Aug 10:Dunai – Chhepka (2720m) 5/6hrs
- Day 5 - Aug 11:Chhepka – Chunuwar (3110m) 6hrs
- Day 6 - Aug 12:Chunuwar – Rigmo Village ( Lake side village) (3640m) 5hrs
- Day 7 - Aug 13:Exploration Day (3640m)
- Day 8 - Aug 14:Rigmo – Sallaghari (3594m) 5/6 hrs
- Day 9 - Aug 15:Sallaghari – Nangdala H.C ( Kangla ) (4500m) 6hrs
- Day 10 - Aug 16:Nangdala H.C – Shey Gompa ( crossing Nangdala pass (4343m) 7hrs 5350m)
- Day 11 - Aug 17:1st day of festival ( opening ceremony) (4343m)
- Day 12 - Aug 18:2nd Day of festival (4343m)
- Day 13 - Aug 19:3rd Day of festival-Full moon (Kora) 4343m
- Day 14 - Aug 20:4th Day of festival (4343m)
- Day 15 - Aug 21:Shey Gompa – Namgung (4360m) 6hrs
- Day 16 - Aug 22:Namgung to Saldang (3770m) 6hrs
- Day 17 - Aug 23:Saldang – Chagaon (3840m) 7hrs
- Day 18 - Aug 24:Chagaon – Jyanta La H.C (4700m) 8 hrs
- Day 19 - Aug 25:Jyanta La H.C – Dho Tarap ( By crossing the Jyanta La pass ) (3944m) 7hrs
- Day 20 - Aug 26:Dho Tarap – Nawarpani (3780m) 6hrs
- Day 21 - Aug 27:Nawarpani – Laini Ordar (3370m) 5hrs
- Day 22 - Aug 28:Laini Ordar – Tarakot ( 2344m) 6 hrs
- Day 23 - Aug 29:Tarakot – Dunai – drive to Jhupal (2475m)
- Day 24 - Aug 30:Jhupal – Nepalgunj – Kathmandu by connecting flight
- Day 25 - Aug 31:Departure from Kathmandu
Day 1 - Aug 07: Arrival Day-Kathmandu 1400m
As you fly in Kathmandu through the stunning view of high and fully snow covered mountain welcoming you. As soon as you landed our representative will be waiting outside to receive you. He will take you to the designated hotel with personal car or taxi and will be helping you for the check in at Hotel. He / She will take briefing about the trek. He will collect the passport for the permit.
Day 2 - Aug 08: Kathmandu – Nepalgunj by flight (150m)
Starting the day relax and slow morning and prepare for the trek. Our agent will get the official permit for the national park and TIMS at morning. Lunch at hotel and our driver will pick up you from the hotel at afternoon and drive to airport to departure from Kathmandu. The flight will take approximately 1 hour and by the time you land, there will be our driver waiting for you to take you to the hotel. And we will accord you in the best hotel at Nepalgunj. Dinner at hotel and free time in evening.
Day 3 - Aug 09: Nepalgunj – Juphal – Dunai (2140m)
Receptionist will make a morning call at 4:30 AM and check out at 5:00 AM. We will have the packed breakfast. Our driver will drive us to the airport. Quick security check in and have breakfast at airport cafe with last machine coffee. After the boarding, the flight timing will be approximately 35 minutes to Jhupal. You will have stunning view of mountains and Beri river below.
While we landed our local team will be waiting outside to sustain and our guide will do the procedure to provide all the necessary documents to the concern authorities. The elevation of Jhupal is 2660m approximately.
Begin the trek from Jhupal in the morning, ensuring that you have all the necessary supplies for the day. It’s 3hour and 45 minutes’ walk and approximately 11km. The trail will leads you through the beautiful landscape, with stunning view of surrounding hills and valleys. As you continue trek, arrive Dunai and have your lunch with scenic view surrounding you. Rest bit and after explore the village and interact with the local people to learn about the cultural and tradition in mountainous region.
Explore the monastery, and find the peaceful spot to have remind the day you have. Return to the camp and free time afterward and overnight there.
Day 4 - Aug 10: Dunai – Chhepka (2720m) 5/6hrs
Begin the trek from Dunai bazar and crossing the bridge to the north direction. Make sure you have all the necessary supplies for the day. The walking hour will be approximately 6 hours and approximately 15km. It will be long day as we have to go through the sub topical forest and trek will be gradual ascending and descending. Well, we go thought the National park check point. Our guide will provide all the necessary documents and you have to provide your passport to him there to confirmed. The trail will leads through the beautiful landscape, with stunning surrounding hills, meadow and forest.
Through the way you will encounter several settlement of Bon Buddhist, take a time to explore and interact with local to understand the cultural and tradition of there. Boundless beauty of the blue river from shey Phoksundo will really force you to walk further more. Our guide will have spot briefing and lead you to the Chhepka village. Chhepka is small Bon Buddhist village, the people are so frank and they are more enough happy to welcome you to there village. Overnight there and rest well. The elevation of Chhepka village is 2770m approximately.
Day 5 - Aug 11: Chhepka – Chunuwar (3110m) 6hrs
Before the sunshine, will have delicious breakfast and prepared our day bag. We have to fill up the water bottle for a day. Walking hour is as usual and will be doing 14km approximately so we gradually gain bit of elevation and go toward the Chunuwar village by crossing Rechi village. Lunch at Rechi and then keep on going through the wonderful view of Phoksundo River. The walking hour will be approximately 6 hours and overnight at Chunuwar. The elevation will be 3150m. Our guide will tour you to the Amchi Hospital and you can do checkup if you are willing to have traditional treatment.
Day 6 - Aug 12: Chunuwar – Rigmo Village ( Lake side village) (3640m) 5hrs
Today, it will be bit tough but wonderful trial where you have stunning view of waterfall and Rike village. Walking 5 hours and will be doing approximately 5.6km and will climb more and from the view point it’s gradual upward and decent down to Rigmo village. The more we are close to Rigmo it will be much more fun and enjoyable as traditional old stupas will really touch your heart. Try the traditional butter tea and then have some meal. Short walk to the lake and enjoy the sunset at lake side and overnight there.
Day 7 - Aug 13: Exploration Day (3640m)
7. In the morning have breakfast and enjoy the tea or coffee. Later on our guide will arrange the tour to 600years old Bon monastery. The lama’s or guru will explain you about the Bon religion and about the lake. From the monastery you will have an amazing view of lake. You can really enjoy the peace there and could meditate for couple of hours if you like and enjoy the photogenic view and capture the moment if you want. There you will find the photo point where many tourist make memories photo with lake. Lunch at hotel and free afternoon or self-exploring time where you can walk through village and meet the local people.
Day 8 - Aug 14: Rigmo – Sallaghari (3594m) 5/6 hrs
Early breakfast and ready for the wonderful trekking day. Begin the trek from the Rigmo village towards Sallaghari, ensuring that you have all the necessary supplies for the day. The trial leads you through the spectaculars view of snowcapped mountains. keep walking as you have wonderful view of lake, monastery and Rigmo village. Its 2 hours and half to climbing and then smooth down towards the Cholophu ( Phoksundo camp) which is also the endage of the lake. Lunch at Cholophu and Enjoy the last part of lake and continue the walk towards Sallaghari. The walk will be much easier no need of climb or decent. The walking hour for the day is 5/6 hours and will be doing approximately 10km. When we reached there, our team will pitch the tent for you and start the cooking for the dinner. The elevation will be 3600m+. Have dinner and early sleep as next day is much more fun and climb.
Day 9 - Aug 15: Sallaghari – Nangdala H.C ( Kangla ) (4500m) 6hrs
Early morning breakfast and packed the day bag and carry the packed lunch. Trekking to the hidden narrow valley, 2 natural rock which looks like gate will really surprise you. Though the way you will have a wonderful view of mount Kanjiroba 6883m. Deep and narrow valley, so you will have to walk though river. You may see the blue sheep as most of our guest have sported blue sheep on way and if you are lucky than Himalayan wolf and snow leopards as well. Lunch at wonderful spot of cave nearby river after lunch resume the trek towards Nangdala high camp. You will trek 6 hours and you will covered 7km approximately. Arrive the high camp, enjoy the picturesque view from the camp. The elevation of camp will be 4500m+. Our team will pitch the tent and start making tea and coffee. Settle all your luggage in tent and sit for the refreshing snack. From the campsite you will have scenic view of beautiful landscapes, with stunning valleys, surrounding fully capped snow mountains. Later on our kitchen team will prepare dinner and have dinner and sleep early.
Day 10 - Aug 16: Nangdala H.C – Shey Gompa ( crossing Nangdala pass (4343m) 7hrs 5350m)
Early morning breakfast, fill up the water bottle and prepare the day bag and carry the packed lunch. Start the climbing slow walk till the pass as we have long day to get Shey Gompa. The trial will definitely make you feel tired but when you are at the top of pass, you will have wonderful panoramic view of snow mountains on both side. Decent down to the wonderful valley and have some nuts and keep walking to the Shey. The walking hour will be 7 hours and approximately 13km. You will have view of crystal mountain when you walk further more. When you reached to the monastery our team will make tea or coffee for you and pitch the tent. Shey Gompa also known as Shey Monastery is one of the revered monastery . Our guide will have day briefing on Shey Festival. The elevation is 4343m approximately.
Day 11 - Aug 17: 1st day of festival ( opening ceremony) (4343m)
You will participate in the festival. The grand celebration will start with prayers and blessing speech by the renowned Rinpoche’s and Lamas. The local inhabitants, as well as monks from various monasteries, participate in the festivities, making it a truly vibrant and spiritually charged event. There will be dance, singing, picnic lunch and traditional dance by old age people. Back to camp and have dinner after the first day is over. embracing the peaceful atmosphere and reflecting on the day's trekking experience.
Day 12 - Aug 18: 2nd Day of festival (4343m)
During the Shey gompa festival, devotees and pilgrims undertake arduous journeys to reach the monastery. They come from different parts of Nepal, as well as from neighboring Tibet, to witness and participate in the scared rituals. Many pilgrims also bring offering such as butter lamps, prayer flags, and religious artifacts to the present to the monastery and seek blessings. All the villagers performed famous horse racing and archery. Early evening, they will performed traditional dance and singing to entertain the visitors who have came from far distance.
Day 13 - Aug 19: 3rd Day of festival-Full moon (Kora) 4343m
The Shey Gompa festival not only showcases the spiritual devotion of the people but also serves as a means to preserve and promote the cultural heritage of the region. It attract researchers, scholars, and tourists interested in exploring the unique traditions and practices of the Dolpo region.
You will be joining the local people for the tour to the crystal mountain. Which is also the important factor of the festival. It is believe that crystal mountain is place where actually, Buddhist master have walk through. Preserving the tradition of ancestors means, they value it lot more than it looks like. The kora will take probably, 5-6 hours of walk. You will enjoy the walk as you will find lot of diverse, the traditional and cultural dressed by the local will make you more curious about way of their life. Take a time to interact with local to understand it much better. Back to camp, have tea or coffee and our kitchen team will start cooking the dinner. Enjoy the dinner early and off to bed or embracing the peaceful atmosphere and reflecting on the day’s trekking experience and take part in local people performing cultural dance and singing.
Day 14 - Aug 20: 4th Day of festival (4343m)
One of the most awe-inspiring aspects of the festival is the "Masked Dance" or "Cham Dance" performed by the monks. Clad in vibrant costumes and ornate masks representing deities, demons, and various mythical figures, the dancers engage in intricate and symbolic movements to enact ancient Buddhist stories and teachings. The dance is accompanied by traditional music and chanting, creating an enchanting and mesmerizing atmosphere. Enjoy the day at festival and interact with local people to understand it more deeply. After all the activities, self-exploring time and you could walk around to prepare for the next adventures trekking.
Day 15 - Aug 21: Shey Gompa – Namgung (4360m) 6hrs
Rise early morning, have quick breakfast and prepare for the long day walk. Packed lunch. The walking hour will be approximately 6 hours and will be doing 11km approximately and will gain bit higher elevation as we have to cross the Sela ( Gela) la pass 5094m+. It will be perfectly joyful day as we have already spend 5 nights at the elevation of 4343m+. The trial offers wider range of stunning view of fully covered snow mountains. As we are heading towards another important monastery called Namgung Gompa at the elevation of 4360m approximately. Our team will pitch the tent and start with cooking and overnight there.
Day 16 - Aug 22: Namgung to Saldang (3770m) 6hrs
As always wake up early and have quick breakfast and prepare for the trek. Begin the trek towards Saldang. Ensuring that you have all the essential supplies for the day. Today’s walk will be around 6.8km, and trek around 6 hours. The trail leads through the beautiful landscapes, with stunning surrounding hills and mountains. You will encounter traditional shepherds along the way. Take opportunities to interact with them to understand the way of their life there. The trial is gradual ascending and you will feel the ambiance of dry desert. If you find a Tibetan flag or khata on way means you are closer to Saldang village. Arrive Saldang village, take a time to explore the village and interact with local people. Immerse yourself to understand the culture and tradition of the settlements. Our team will settle the camp at the scenic spot where you have breathtaking view of mountains and stunning valleys.
Day 17 - Aug 23: Saldang – Chagaon (3840m) 7hrs
Wake up early morning, enjoy the sunrise and have quick breakfast and prepare for the day. Packed lunch and start the day towards the wonderful hidden village called Chagaon. Will be following the Nagon Khola to reached the Chagaon, on way you will have short tour of Rapa Gompa. Chagaon is small village and last village to connect the Dho-Trap village from Saldang.
Couple of spot briefing will be given by our guide. The trial will be much easier and walk will be gradual upwards. The walking hour will be 7 hours and 9.1km approximately. Our team will pitch the tent and prepare the tea or coffee and start cooking dinner right after. Overnight there and sleep early.
Day 18 - Aug 24: Chagaon – Jyanta La H.C (4700m) 8 hrs
Get up early in the morning, explore the village shortly and interact with local people to have an idea of way of life and cultural. Back to the camp and have quick breakfast, prepare for the trek. Begin the trek from Chagaon towards the Jyanta la H.C follow through winds of beautiful landscapes, with surrounding mountains and stunning valleys and Dachun river. The walking hour will be approximately 8 hours, in that we covered 15km approximately. This trial is a part of both Dolpo circuit and great Himalaya trail. You will be stopping at beautiful spot called Darsumna Dhobhan for a scenic lunch and rest for a while. Continue the trek towards the high camp with picturesque landscapes. The elevation will be 4700m+ and will be camping there. Our team will pitch the tent and start the fire for the tea, coffee and right after cooking for the dinner and off to bed early.
Day 19 - Aug 25: Jyanta La H.C – Dho Tarap ( By crossing the Jyanta La pass ) (3944m) 7hrs
Begin the day walk from the Jyanta La high camp in early morning to make the most of the day. Follow the trial heading towards east and enjoy the scenic view of surrounding mountains and valleys as you make your way towards the Tokyu village. Have a time to enjoy the unique cultural and traditional Tibetan house in the village. After that walk towards the Ripuchen Bon Gompa. Visit the gompa for the panoramic view and exploration of monastery. Have lunch at the cozy place and continue the walk towards the Dho Tarap though picturesquely landscape. Enjoy the Dho Tarap village and explore the village, tour to the monastery and interact with local people to understand the way of their life. The walking hour will be 7 hours and will be doing 17km approximately.
Day 20 - Aug 26: Dho Tarap – Nawarpani (3780m) 6hrs
Begin your trek from Dho Tarap in the morning, ensuring you have all the necessary supplies for the day. Follow the trail that leads through the beautiful Tarap valleys. Enjoy the stunning landscapes with snowcapped mountains and lush green meadows. As you trek, you will come across the several small villages nestled in the valley. Have a lunch at scenic spot along the trial and after lunch continue the trek towards the Nawarpani. Arrive at Nawarpani and explore the village and meet the local people to interact and understand the way of life. The trekking hour will be 6 hours and will be cover 18.9km approximately. Our team will settle the camp there and continue the cooking for the dinner and overnight there.
Day 21 - Aug 27: Nawarpani – Laini Ordar (3370m) 5hrs
Begin your trek from Nawarpani in the morning, ensuring you have all the necessary supplies for the day. Follow the trail that leads through the picturesque landscape and valley. Find the suitable spot for the picnic lunch along the way and after the lunch continue the trek towards Laini. Follow the winds as it leads you to descends down to the Laini Ordar with stunning views of rocky mountains. Arrive the Laini Ordar, a village known for its architecture and cultural heritage. Explore the village and interact with local people to understand the cultural and way of life there. The walking hour will be 5 hours and we will cover 11km approximately with elevation of 3290m and our team will settle down the camp. They will pitch the tent and start with cooking, overnight there.
Day 22 - Aug 28: Laini Ordar – Tarakot ( 2344m) 6 hrs
Start your trek from Laini Ordar in the morning, make sure you have all the necessary supplies for the day. Follow the trails that winds through beautiful landscape, offering breathtaking views. Find a suitable spot along the way to have picnic lunch. After lunch continue the trek and keep you’re an eye out for the unique natural features. Arrives the Tarakot, a historic village with rich cultural heritage. Explore the village with our guide and enjoy the interacting with local people and understand the way of life there. Our team will settle the camp and start the fire for the cooking. Over night there. The walking hour is 6 hours and will be covering 14km and the elevation will be 2344m approximately.
Day 23 - Aug 29: Tarakot – Dunai – drive to Jhupal (2475m)
Begin your trek from Tarakot in the morning, ensuring that you have all the necessary supplies for the day. Follow the trail that leads towards the Dunai. Enjoy the scenic landscape as you make way though forest and river valleys and charming villages. Take a time to interact with local people to understand the cultural and build the connection with the people. Our kitchen team will find suitable spot for the picnic lunch, rest and enjoy the scenic landscape. Resume the trek towards the Dunai. Arrive the Dunai and explore and buy the local craft as souvenir for your friends and family. The trekking hour is 5 hours and you will cover 15km approximately to the Dunai and the elevation will be 2086m. After exploring Dunai, our team will arrange the transport, enjoy a scenic drive through mountainous terrain, taking in the view along the way. Arrive at Jhupal, a small town with an airport, which serves as gateway to the Dolpa region. The elevation of Jhupal is 2500m+.
Day 24 - Aug 30: Jhupal – Nepalgunj – Kathmandu by connecting flight
Early wake up, arrive to the Jhupal airport and check-in for your flight. Board the flight to Nepalgunj, which is closest major city with an airport. The flight will take you to Nepalgunj in 35 minutes. Arrive Nepalgunj, procced to the domestic terminal and complete any necessary transfer procedures. Take a time to rest, grab some snack, or explore the facilities while waiting for connecting flight. Check-in for your connecting flight to Kathmandu. Board the flight and enjoy the stunning view as you make your way back to the capital city Kathmandu. The flight duration will be 1hour approximately. Arrive at airport in Kathmandu, receive your luggage and exit the airport. Our personal driver will drive you to the hotel and free time afterwards.
Day 25 - Aug 31: Departure from Kathmandu
Price Includesservices provided during the trek.
- 3-star Hotel night in Nepalgunj and Kathmandu on a BB basis. Airport pick-up and drop
- 1 night at Nepalgunj https://nepalgunj.siddharthahospitality.com/
- 2 nights at Kathmandu: http://www.pemaboutiquehotel.com/
- Crew members:
- Trekking 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
- 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)
- What’s not included in the includes
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