The Shey Festival in Dolpo, Nepal
Rabjam Rinpoche, the abbot of Shechen Monastery in Nepal, was recently the guest of honor at the Shey Festival, which is held every 12 years in the Dolpo region, in the north west of Nepal.
Only two dozen people live year-round in this tranquil valley. This year, however, more than 4,000 pilgrims made the journey to come to the festival and receive Rabjam Rinpoche's blessings. Many of them traveled for 7 to 15 days on foot over mountain passes and across valleys, and then camped out in the valley for a week. The Shey valley is indeed ‟at the end of the world”, with no roads, no electricity, and no telephone.
These pictures show the wild beauty of this remote region of Nepal, and the enthusiasm of the pilgrims for Rabjam Rinpoche's visit.