Shey Gompa Festival (Dolpo Festival) is twelve-year cycle in Buddhist calendar each year represented by different animal and each year with importance of twelve different pilgrimages, which includes Mt. Kailash in Tibet, SwayambhuNath in Kathmandu, Shey in Dolpo and other in many other places in the world.
The Shey is major pilgrimage in Dragon year and the upcoming Dragon year falls in 2012 in Tibetan calendar. The religious belief is that if one makes kora of Ribu Drukta in dragon year equals visiting 11 rests of the major pilgrimages. But especially there is great festival for one week from full moon of seventh month in Tibetan Calendar.
During the festival, all the Buddhist followers from the region and beyond gather to the place and perform typical dances, wear traditional and antique dresses and different events like horse riding, archery and lama dances are organized. There is religious preaching by fifth reincarnation of Tuptup singe is he and other respected high lamas. Great and holy pujas and blessings are also made during the festival.
Trekking Region : West Part of Nepal.
Culture : Mixed influences.
Starting Point : Juphal
End Point : Juphal
Trek Duration : 31 Days
Tour grade : Moderate trek.
Highest Access : Jayanta Bhanjyang(5200m).
Best Season : October, November and April, May.
Type of trekking : Camping Only.
Himalayan sights : Api Himal,Mukut Himal,Putha Homunculi, Rakshya Udai, Dhaulagiri,Kanjiroba, Himal,etc.
Summary:Alpine forest, River, Maountain, Monestry, Lake.
17/08/2012 Day 01: Fly from Home Land.
18/08/2012 Day 02: Arrival Kathmandu Over Night Hotel.
19/08/2012 Day 03: Kathgmandu sightseeing with Guide.
20/08/2012 Day 04: flight to Nepalganj over night in Hotel.
21/08/2012 Day 05: Fly to Juphal and trek to Dunai Camp.
22/08/2012 Day 06: trek to Chhepka (2,840m)
23/08/2012 Day 07: Trek to Rechi Gaun (2900) or (sumduwa)
24/08/2012 Day 08: Trek to Ringmo and Phoksumdo Lake (3,700m)
25/08/2012 Day 09: Rest day and acclimatization at Phoksumdo
26/08/2012 Day 10: Trek to Phoksumdo Lake North Camp (3,630m) sallaghari
27/08/2012 Day 11: Trek to Kang La Base Camp.
28/08/2012 Day 12: Cross Kang La (5,380m), trek to Shey Gompa (4,400m) Camp.
29/08/2012 Day 13: Opening ceremony of shey festival. Camp.
30/08/2012 Day 14: Food festivall and local handicraft exhibition with demonstration
31/08/2012 Day 15: Shey Ribo drugta circumambulating. Camp.
01/09/2012 Day 16: Natural mask dance in the morning & dolpo cultural show in the evening Camp.
02/09/2012 Day 17: Horse, yak and goat race. Exhibition of traditional Amchi Treatment and practices. Camp.
03/09/2012 Day 18: Final day gathering of every high lamas long life Blessing by his holiness (H.H hechen rabjam rimporche) Camp. 04/09/2012 Day 19: trek to Namgung (4,430m) Camp.
05/09/2012 Day 20: Cross Saldang La (5,060m) Camp.
06/09/2012 Day 21: Trek to Jayanta Bhanjyang Base Camp.
07/09/2012 Day 22: Trek to over the Jayanta Bhanjyang Dho Tarap (3944m) Camp.
08/09/2012 Day 23: Trek to Sishul khola (3770m) Camp.
09/09/2012 Day 24: Trek to Chheur (3610m) Camp.
10/09/2012 Day 25: Trek to Tarakot (2520m) camp.
11/09/2012 Day 26: Dunai (2100m) camp
12/09/2012 Day 27: Trek to Juphal (2475m) Camp.
13/09/2012 Day 28: Juphal - Nepalgunj-Kathmandu Hotel.
14/09/2012 Day 29: shopping/free day in Kathmandu.
15/09/2012 Day 30: Departure from Kathmandu.
16/09/2012 Day 31: Arrival Home.