Mani Rimdu festival trek is for those adventurers who desire to make a cultural journey into the Everest Region with Monasteries and Sherpa Cultural view. Sherpas and Lamas celebrate the Mani Rimdu festival at Tengboche Monasteries of Solukhumbu district. The ceremony is a 19-days sequence and series of events of empowerment with 3- days public celebration. People from the Sherpa and Tibetan Communities gather and celebrate this festival with the Monastic community.
Mani Rimdu Festival Trek in Everest passes through the lush alpine forest and wildlife, raging glacial rivers and waterfalls, rough trails, mountains, and Buddhist monasteries. Along with trekking in the region surrounded by Himalaya peaks and culture enthusiasts, you will get to visit ancient monasteries and witness the cultural life of the Highland Sherpa’s. The highest prize of all is the Cultural trekking in Everest with the panoramic view of the peaks like the Everest (8848m), Mt. Lhotse (8618m), Mt. Nuptse and much more. We will also enjoy the Sherpa village and wildlife museums in Khumjung villages during this Trek.
We begin our journey with a flight to Lukla and continues to the most magnificent and picturesque of eastern Nepal, Namche Bazaar. We pass through the villages interspersed with the forest of rhododendron, magnolia trees, and giant first, which are the major attraction of this trek. There is an excellent view of Kangpoche and Kwangde, and to the north is the Nangpa La Thame Gompa situated above the village. During this Trek, you will have an opportunity to stumble upon with Barking Deer, Musk Deer, and the Himalayan Tahr or mountain goat. You will also have a chance to visit one of the active monasteries in the Khumbu region, Tengboche. We will also witness the Buddhist dance spectacle presented each year in the Khumbu region by the monks of Tengboche Monastery.
Mani Rimdu Festival Trek is distinguished by the cultural and traditional assets of unique Nepal. It offers the passage of different villages with the study of the Mani Rimdu festival, traditions, and lifestyle of the ethnic group living in those remote villages of Nepal.
The Mani Rimdu Festival date is from 12th November to 14th November, which will be held in Tengboche Monastery in Khumbu.
Mani Rimdu is observed from the first day of the tenth month of the Tibetan lunar calendar, which falls between October and November under the English schedule.
This festival is celebrated following the full-moon in autumn. To calculate the date the easy way, this festival starts immediately after Kojragat Purnima (The last day – 15th day of Bijaya Dashami or the full moon day in Dashain).
From the beginning until the end of the festival, 24-hour puja’s (rituals) are performed by the monks to consecrate the Mandala, the Mani Rilwu Pills (sacred pills), the Tshereel (medicines for long life) and the Torma.
Duration: 13 Days from arrival to departure
Max. Altitude: Tengboche (3867m/12687ft)
Trek Grade: Moderate
Best Travel Time: February to Mid June, September – November are the best seasons. Dec & January are Winter and cold can be snow on the trail, July & August are rainy time, trekking can be done, but visibility can be poor due to rain and Lukla Flight may get canceled.
Trip Snippets: 12 days, three night’s hotels, eight nights Lodges, Breakfast in the city and All meals on trek are included
Departure Dates: We can offer this trek as per the festival dates in November for any group size from 1 to 16 people.
Equipment Rental: We advise you to bring all of your clothing and gear from home, however in Kathmandu there are many shops to buy and rent trek related equipment
Your trek Backpack/duffle bag: Our porters will carry your baggage on the trek, the maximum weight per trekkers is 15kg including your sleeping bag, and down jacket, Other items not required on the trek can be stored in our office or your hotel in Kathmandu
Transportation: Car/Van in Kathmandu, Flight for Kathmandu/Lukla/Kathmandu
Activity: City tour, Trekking
Day 01: - Welcome at Kathmandu Airport, transfer to hotel
After arrival at Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport and we transfer you to the hotel. After having freshened up from a long flight, visit our office. We will have a briefing about the program and managing the other necessary documentation. If you come late, this will be done on the very next morning.
Day 02: - A full day sightseeing tour of Kathmandu valley
After breakfast leave for a full day’s tour of sightseeing around the Kathmandu valley. On our guided journey visit center of pilgrimage Pashupatinath Temple and Swyambhunath, very ancient and enlisted in UNESCO World Heritage sites. The biggest Buddhist Stupa at Boudhnath might make you feel calm and peace. On the journey back to the hotel, you can enjoy the local areas and famous streets experiencing the local lifestyle.
Day 03: - Flight to Lukla and trek to Phakding (2,652m/8701ft).
After having a 35 minutes scenic flight from Kathmandu to Lukla, continue trek to Phakding, which takes approximately 3 hours on the way, you will have a view of Mt Nupla(5885m) Kusum Kangaru (6367m) and mount kong de range. Overnight in Phakding.From Lukla, the trekking trail slowly moves towards the Cheplung Village. View of the sacred Mount Khumbila from the village at Cheplung is beautiful. From there, a gradual walk downwards leads to the community of Phakding. The terrain is fantastic, and tall hills surround the trail like giant mounds of emeralds. The village of Phakding lies in the Dudh Koshi River valley north of Lukla and contains many guesthouses and lodges that cater to tourists and trekkers. Overnight stay at the Guesthouse. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner included.
Day 04: - Phakding trek to Namche Bazaar (3,440m/11286ft)
Beginning with a slight climb to Jhorsalle, the trail passes a waterfall. All-day, we pass villages interspersed with magnificent forest- rhododendron, magnolia trees, and giant firs. And on the way to walking, you will be rewarded (weather permitting) your first glimpse of Kusum Kanguru (6369m) Thamserku (6608m) Everest (8848m) and Nuptse (7879 m). Take a steep climb up to the beautiful village of Namche Bazaar (3440m).
Day 05: - Acclimatization day in Namche Bazaar.
Acclimatization is most important before proceeding to a higher elevation. It is therefore recommended that you take a short day’s hike to Thame, Khunde, or Khumjung or relax and explore the sherpa culture of Namche. We can visit the Everest view hotel. The hotel is the highest located hotel in the world and provides a view of Mount Everest and many other Himalayan peaks, back to Namche you can have rest or can visit the Everest Photo Gallery and the Sherpa Culture Museum.
Day 06: - Namche trekking to Tengboche (3860M/12660 ft) walking distance :11 km) Walking : 5 hours
Today the trail ascends till Kyangjuma village, and then it descends to the suspension bridge over Dudh Koshi River. We can see a chain of attractive water-driven prayer wheels. Then, we will stop to have lunch in Phunke Tenga. The ascending trail alongside Imja Khola leads us to Tengboche village. We can visit the ancient monastery of Tengboche in the evening. Witness the fantastic views of the snowy peaks, sunrise/sunset in the morning and evening is a surreal view.
The village of Tengboche is located at the confluence of the Dudh Koshi and the Imja Khola Rivers and is surrounded by tall hills that are covered in rhododendron trees. Tengboche Monastery, the largest monastery of the Khumbu region. The monastery is a hamlet from where the sight of Mount Ama Dablam, Mount Everest, and numerous other peaks are beautiful to look at. The Tengboche Monastery is also regarded as the spiritual hub of the Khumbu region and is surrounded by forests that are inhabited by Impeyan Pheasants and eagles. This is the place where the celebration of the Mani Rimdu Festival will take place. Overnight in the lodge, meals include breakfast lunch and dinner.
Day 07: - The first day of Mani Rimbdu festival celebration at Tengboche.
The first day of the Mani Rimdu Festival is marked by the construction of Sand Mandala and Wong. Colored sand is used to build sophisticated and representative design. The sharp defensive weapons referring to the divinities are kept surrounding the Mandala. The container of Mani Rilwu pills, which regards as a spiritual medicine, is placed in the center. The Mandala symbolizes the palace of the lord of dance, Chenpo. The statue of the Buddha of Kindness is the most important for Mani Rimdu. They believe kindness flows in the form of the mantra, into the Mandala and the Mani Rilwu pills. Sympathy is released out from the Mandala, blessing those who attend the Mani Rimdu festival.
Day 08 - Second day of Mani Rimbdu festival.
The dances are shown on the 2nd day of Mani Rimdu. Triumph over the symbolic demons is shown in the dance. As the theme of the dance, positive energies fight with the demons through the dances. The dances carry Buddhist teaching on many levels from the simplest to the most metaphysical state. During the dance, the monks are believed to enter a state of trance and become a godlike being. The hops are only performed during Mani Rimdu because they are considered to be very sacred hence cannot be delivered for everyday entertainment purposes.
Day 09 - Third and final day of Mani Rimbdu Festival
The final day of the festival is the Fire Puja. The Fire Puja is done in the yard the day after the dances. The Fire Puja is a gift to Agni (the god of fire), and to the Gods of the Mandala to dispel all harm in the world. The harm is envisioned as dissolving into the grain, and butter is burned. Afterward, the sand Mandala in the temple is dismantled to pieces, and the sand is given as an offering to the Snake Gods (Nagas). With this, the exciting festival of Mani Rimdu comes to an end.
Day 10 - Tengboche trek to Monjo
Working down to Phungi thanga from here, the trail climbs again to Canada. You will have lunch at Namche Bazaar after lunch continues to trek down to Monjo.
Day 11: - Monjo trek back to Lukla
Last day of the trek in a bustling town enjoy dinner with your Trekking crew
Day 11: - Fly back to Kathmandu
Early morning we will have exciting about 40 minutes flight back to Kathmandu and transfer to your hotel. You will enjoy free time with excellent hot showers and rest in the hotel’s gardens.
Day 13: - Final Departure
We will drive to the airport for your return flight.
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