Mani Rimdu Festival Trekking in Everest Region
Mani Rimdu Festival Trekking in the Everest Region is a shorter trek leading halfway along the Everest Base Camp Trail to the Tengboche Monastery. This trek offers great mountain views, amazing landscapes, and welcoming Sherpa villages combined with a unique cultural opportunity to experience an incredible festival, Mani Rimdu, which is central to the Sherpa people. This three-day festival is performed in Tengboche Monastery attracting thousands of locals and visitors alike to celebrate the establishment of Buddhism in Tibet and Nepal by Guru Rinpoche.
Mani Rimdu Festival is celebrated on the first day of the 10th month of the Tibetan calendar, which means the festival falls anywhere from mid-October to mid-November. Many of the ceremonies actually last upwards to 19 days, however, the main celebration for the Sherpa and Tibetan communities are a culminated in this 3-day festival. The first day of the public opening ceremony is always on the full moon day of the tenth month in the Tibetan lunar calendar. A special monk called a “Rinpoche” gives the empowerment for long life, happiness, and prosperity for all. The second day is full of sacred dancing. The first part is a representation of the servants of Guru Rinpoche heralding his arrival. The second is to symbolize the appearance of the saint Guru Rinpoche. He has many emanations; on this day he arrives in the form of the wrathful Dorje Trollo to defeat the demons of Tibet. There are other incredibly ornate, and carefully choreographed dances that continue throughout the day. Finally, the third day takes a more somber approach and many villagers are making their way home. The atmosphere is quieter, and the day is marked by the Fire Puja to symbolize the burning away of harm to the world. We choose Tengboche Monastery, though a number of other monasteries in the Khumbu region also hold dancing and a ceremony during this time because Tengboche is the largest monastery in the Khumbu Region and is an impressive place to watch and participate in this lively festival.
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Day 1 - Arrival in Kathmandu International Airport 1340m,
Day 2 - Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla 2800m/45 minutes and trek to Phakding 2600m/3 hours
Day 3 - Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar 3440m/5 hours
Day 4 - Acclimatization day at Namche Bazaar and hike to Everest View Hotel, Khumjung and Khunde village
Day 5 - Trek from Namche to Tengboche 3860m/5 hours
Day 6 - 25th October 2018: Mani Rimdu Festival
Day 7 - 26th October 2018: Mani Rimdu Festival
Day 8 - 27th October 2018: Mani Rimdu Festival
Day 9 - Trek from Tengboche to Namche 3440m/5 hours
Day 10 - Trek from Namche to Lukla 2800m/6 hours
Day 11 - Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu 45 minutes flight and transfer to Hotel.
Day 12 - Final Departure from Kathmandu
Arrival in Tribhuvan International Airport 1340m
Welcome to Nepal! Once you arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport, and clear customs our representatives will greet you outside the terminal and transfer you to our pre-arranged hotel. In the evening, after you have settled in and had time to rest from the journey. Overnight at a Hotel.
Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla 2840m/45 minutes and trek to Phakding 2610m/3 hours
After breakfast, but still, early in the morning, we will return to Tribhuvan International Airport from where we will fly to Lukla. Lukla is high on a mountainside one of the most beautiful valleys falling far away below. We will start our trek to the northern side of Lukla after we disembark and get gear organized. The descending trails along the terraced field will lead us to the beautiful village of Phakding. We can get our very first views of Kusum Kanguru Mountain (6367m) from the Phakding. Stay overnight at the lodge in Phakding.
Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar 3440m/5 hours
We will continue ascending north along the Dudh Koshi River. We will walk past the thick rhododendron and oak forest to Monjo, which is the entrance to the Sagarmatha National Park. Our guide will take care of the permits here and then we continue along till the junction of two beautiful rivers Imja Khola and Bhote Koshi. From here, the trail ascends steeply to Namche Bazaar. On reaching Namche Bazaar, we will visit the village and then overnight at a lodge in Namche Bazaar.
Acclimatization day at Namche Bazaar and hike to Everest View Hotel, Khumjung, and Khunde village
This is an important day to acclimatize to the changing elevation. However, it is important to still be active, and Namche Bazaar has many sites to see. We will visit the Sherpa Museum and Everest Photo Gallery on the way to the Everest View Hotel. This short hike leads us to this beautiful 5-star lodge. This incredible lodge is situated with perfect views of Mt Everest (8848m), Lhotse (8414m), Ama Dablam (6856m) and Tawache (6367m). From the Everest View Hotel, we head towards the beautiful Sherpa village of Khumjung and visit Khumjung Monastery. We will also visit Khunde village and explore Khunde Hillary Hospital. After spending some time and visiting in and around the village we will descend back to Namche Bazar and overnight at lodge in Namche Bazaar.
Trek from Namche to Tengboche 3860m/5 hours
The trail today descends along the Dudh Koshi River leading us to Phunke Tenga. The trail passes through some flat terrain before reaching the Suspension bridge of Dudh Koshi River. On crossing the bridge, the trail ascends steeply to Tengboche. Once we reach Tengboche, the magic of the festival spirit will be electrifying through the whole village. Overnight at a lodge in Tengboche.
Participating in Mani Rimdu Festival; Wong (Blessings),
Enjoy the opening ceremony, and experience the ancient ceremonies of Tibetan Buddhism. See the sacred mandala and learn about the many interesting facts and customs associated with this unique school of Buddhism. Overnight at the lodge in Tengboche.
Participating in Mani Rimdu Festival; Chham (Masked Dance),
In the early morning, we will again visit Tengboche monastery for celebrating the Mani Rimdu Festival. This day is famous for masked dance and is called CHHAM. The dance is generally performed by six Buddhist monks making the offering of alcohol from silver chalices, and small tormas. This dance is only performed during Mani Rimdu as it is considered to be sacred and cannot be performed for ordinary entertainment purposes. We will return back to lodge and then overnight at lodge in Tengboche.
Participating in Mani Rimdu Festival; Jhinsak (Fire Offerings),
This day is the final day of the Mani Rimdu festival, many visitors return back to their settlements. This day is reserved for the Fire Puja and is also named as JHIMSAK. Many other ceremonies are performed and will be an exciting adventure to explore. We will return back to lodge and then overnight at lodge in Tengboche.
Trek from Tengboche to Namche 3440m/5 hours
On this day, we will trek back to Namche Bazar. The descending trails along the Imja Khola will lead us Khunde. We will stop at Khunde for our lunch then continue on and descend back through Syangboche. Here we will visit the Syangboche Airport and then hike to Namche Bazar along the Namche wall. Stay overnight at lodge in Namche.
Trek from Namche to Lukla 2800m/6 hours
After having breakfast, we will descend back to Lukla following the Dudh Koshi River. The descending trail passes through green landscapes, beautiful Mountain views, and thick dense forests. A continuous 6 hours of descending trial will lead us to our destination Lukla. Overnight at lodge in Lukla.
Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu a 45-minute flight and transfer to Hotel.
On this day, we will fly back to Kathmandu from Lukla airport. It will be the last day to Kathmandu is exciting and everyone can enjoy the views of lush green hills and magnificent mountains. In Kathmandu, we will transfer you to the hotel. The evening is yours to roam the streets of Thamel and buy some Nepali handicrafts for your loved ones. Overnight at the hotel.
Final Departure from Kathmandu
We will escort you back to Tribhuvan International Airport for your scheduled departure. Thank you!
Int’l/Dom Airport/Hotel/Airport picks up and transfers by private car/van on arrival and departure.
2 nights deluxe accommodations in twin bed sharing basis with breakfast at 3* Hotel in Kathmandu.
Round Trip domestic flight tickets cost from KTM-Lukla-KTM and airport tax.
Meals (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) with tea or coffee are included during the lodge/tea-house trek.
Lodge-lodge accommodation during the lodge trek.
1 Experienced, helpful, friendly and well trained English speaking guide, necessary porters (1 porter for 2 peoples and carry 25kg) during the trek and their food, accommodation, equipment, salary and insurance.
All ground transportation by private vehicle according to group size.
Sagarmatha National Park Permit, village local tax and other necessary permits.
First Aid Medical Kit box and necessary medicines.
Office Service Charge and all government tax.
Any meals (Lunch and Dinner) in Kathmandu other than breakfast in hotel.
International Airfare to and from Nepal.
Nepal Tourist Visa Fees.
Items and expenses of personal nature.
All kind of alcoholic drinks (beer, wine, whisky), cold drink (mineral water, coke, fanta, sprite, juice), laundry service, postage, phone calls, internet, donations, museum entry fees etc during the trip.
Personal Trekking Equipment such as sleeping bags, walking poles, down jackets, walking boots. (It can be hired/bought in Kathmandu).
Emergency Evacuation (Medical Insurance and Helicopter Rescue in case of accident and can be paid either insurance company or clients themselves).
Any cost arises due to a change of the program/itinerary, because of landslides, political disturbance, strike and some accidental problems.
Horse/Pony renting and additional porters due to natural calamities during the trek.
Any other costs whatsoever, that is not mentioned in the cost inclusive.
Tipping Tips for guide, porters, drivers and horse man. Tipping is expected but it is not mandatory and can be treated end of the trip if satisfied.