Dumji is an ancient festival celebrated to mark the anniversary of Guru Rinpoche’s birth on the lotus flower. The Padmasambhava is also known as Guru Rinpoche is considered as the second Buddha and one of the founders of Tibetan Buddhism. The founder of the earliest monastery in Khumbu was Lama Sangwa Dorji, also an initiator of the Dumji festival in the Pangboche Monastery about 365 years ago.
This festival is predominantly celebrated by the Sherpa people across the Solukhumbu district in various monasteries of Tengboche, Namche Bazar, Khumjung, and Pangboche. Apparently, after certain years it falls upon the few representative families taking turns to prepare food and drink to the entire village for 4 consecutive days and the responsibility on such families fall twice or thrice in a lifetime. Sherpa people celebrate this festival around the month of June or July so as to keep evils away from their communities and get the blessings of Guru Rinpoche. The trekkers also experience the flight to the world’s most dangerous airport recognized as Lukla Airport that rushes adrenaline in the blood.
Meanwhile, the major attraction for the tourist is the celebration of the Namche Bazar offering varieties of rituals and festive functions. Fortunately, the travelers experience the wholesomeness of the Tibetan Buddhist culture and enjoy the celebration of being a part of it throughout the trek in the region of Mount Everest. This festival is mostly about solemn rituals and chhyam (dance) performed by monks wearing artistic paper-mâché masks and ceremonial dresses.
Similarly, travelers experience the rituals known as ‘’Logpar’’ where the young monks play the horn and the lead monk burns the effigies of evil spirits to chase them away. The festival is quite a good representation of unity and brotherhood though it burdens few families financially however physical work of preparations of food/drink and setting up Prayer flags in the villages and monasteries are shared among the villagers. As a guest, trekkers can also lend their hands to experience the traditional cooking and love from local people.
Additionally, the trails are full of the alluring beauty of nature, river confluence, crystal-white waterfalls, and jaw-dropping views of landscapes. The massive snow-covered peaks such as Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, and Ama Dablam touching the blue skies standing tall and majestic spellbound trekkers. The treks during this season may be challenging due to the onset monsoon but have a lot to offer from adventure, cultural and traditional aspects.
Experience wholesomeness of Tibetan culture.
Celebrate Dimju and participate in spiritual events.
Lend hands in the preparation of traditional foods and drinks.
The trails are full of dramatic landscapes and pristine nature.
Celebrate the Dumji festival during the trek in the Mount Everest region.
Majestic view of the world’s tallest Mt. Everest and other peaks.
Nosh the delicious traditional food and drinks from locals as an offering.