Mani Rimdu Festival Trek
Overview The Mani Rimdu Festival Trek is a captivating journey that combines the natural splendor of the Himalayas with the vibrant cultural experience of the Mani Rimdu festival, also celebrated by the Sherpa community in the Everest region of Nepal. Lasting around 15 days, this trek offers a unique opportunity to immerse oneself in the rich traditions and breathtaking landscapes of the Khumbu region. The trek commences with a scenic flight from Kathmandu to Lukla, followed by a trek through picturesque Sherpa villages like Namche Bazaar, Tengboche, and Dingboche, offering stunning views of snow-capped peaks, terraced fields, and rhododendron forests…
The Mani Rimdu Festival Trek is a captivating journey that combines the natural splendor of the Himalayas with the vibrant cultural experience of the Mani Rimdu festival, also celebrated by the Sherpa community in the Everest region of Nepal. Lasting around 15 days, this trek offers a unique opportunity to immerse oneself in the rich traditions and breathtaking landscapes of the Khumbu region.
The trek commences with a scenic flight from Kathmandu to Lukla, followed by a trek through picturesque Sherpa villages like Namche Bazaar, Tengboche, and Dingboche, offering stunning views of snow-capped peaks, terraced fields, and rhododendron forests along the way.
The highlight of the trip is the Mani Rimdu festival, held at the Tengboche Monastery, which falls during the full moon of October or November. This sacred Buddhist festival is a spectacle of color, music, dance, and religious rituals. Monks adorned in elaborate costumes perform masked dances, symbolic of the triumph of good over evil. Pilgrims and trekkers alike join in the festivities, receiving blessings from the Rinpoche, the spiritual leader.
The journey continues towards Everest Base Camp and Kala Patthar, where trekkers can marvel at the majestic presence of Mount Everest and surrounding peaks. The region’s unique geography and Sherpa hospitality make this trip a memorable adventure.
During the trek, accommodations are in tea houses, providing a chance to connect with fellow trekkers from all over the world. The route takes trekkers through the Sagarmatha National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, ensuring glimpses of rare wildlife, including the elusive snow leopard and Himalayan thar.
While the trek can be physically demanding due to the altitude, prior trekking experience is not essential. However, participants should be reasonably fit and prepared for varying weather conditions.
Conclusion and Summary
The Mani Rimdu Festival Trek is an opportunity to witness ancient traditions in a mesmerizing landscape, offering a profound and unforgettable experience for anyone seeking adventure, spirituality, and cultural immersion in the heart of the Himalayas.
- trekking in the rich Buddhist culture,
- warm-friendly locals,
- traditional village,
- land of worlds heritage,
- high alpine valley’s in the shade of the giant peaks of ‘Mt.Everest’.
After landing at the Tribhuwan International Airport, we will be greeted by a representative of Everest Expeditions Nepal who will drop us off at our hotel. We then check-in at the hotel, freshen up and if time permitted visit our office to pay the rest of bill, collect the information and signup the trip agreement or not enough time office authorize person will come to your hotel to collect the payment. Overnight at Hotel
We tour Durbar Square, Pashupatinath temple, Swayambhunath stupa and Bouddhanath stupa which are all world heritage sites. The Durbar Square sheds light on the life of the royals in ancient times. Pashupatinath temple is one of the most important places of pilgrimage for all Hindus. Swayambhunath is also known as the Monkey Temple and Baudhanath Stupa is one of the largest stupas in the world. At late afternoon, we introduced with mountain/trek guide. Overnight Hotel
After 45 minutes fly from Kathmandu to Lukla and will have breakfast and then continue our family journey passing many Buddhist monuments during the trail and finally we reach in Phakding which takes about 3 hours. We will have lunch there. Evening time, we go for village tour with our guide. Overnight in Lodge.
In the morning after breakfast we start from hotel and we reach in Monjo after 3 hours walk passing many suspension bridges with good view of Mt. Thamserku and we should entry our permit and will have lunch in Jorsalle. Then we start to climb steep up slowly passing high suspension bridge till Namche Bazar which takes about 2 and half hour. We have a great view of Khwangde Range and Thamserku. Overnight in Lodge.
In this day, we will hike to Everest view hotel for panoramic and spectacular view of mountains. It takes 2 hours to reach there and enjoy the view of the mountains. Then we climb down to Khumjung village for the visit monastery and Khumjung Hillary School. It takes about 1 hour. We can see Skull of Yeti inside the Monastery. This is the biggest Sherpa village in Khumbu region. Again we continue our trek to Khunde village which takes about 1 hour. We will have lunch there and visit the old monastery and Khunde Hospital. We come back to our hotel in Namche via Syangboche village. It takes about 1 and half hour. Overnight in Lodge.
In the morning, we start our trek like the day before. The level trail continues till reaching Kyanjuma village and takes about 1 and half hour. Then it climbs down to the Dudh Kosi River and crosses a suspension bridge. We can see a series of picturesque water driven prayer wheel. Then we will have lunch in Phungi Thangna. The steep ascent brings us to Tengboche village. We can visit the monastery in the evening. The views of the mountains, Sunrise as well as Sunset are spectacular in the morning and evening. Overnight in Lodge.
Wang – blessing ceremony.
Witness the Cham – mask dance.
Witness the Jinsak – closing ceremony
This day after breakfast, we return back same way to Namche bazaar. Firstly our trail steep descents to Dudh Kosi River and again trail ascent brings us to reach Kyangjuma village and it takes 3 hours. We will have lunch there. After lunch the trail continues straight until reaching Namche and takes about 2 hours to reach. Overnight in Lodge.
In the morning, we will leave the Namche Bazar and trail descents through pine trees and cross the high suspension bridge over the Dudh Kosi River. Then our trail continues River side and we arrive in Jorsalle and it takes about 2 and half hours. We continue again our trek until reaching Phakding with crossing several bridges about 1 and half hours walk. We will have our lunch there. After lunch our trail continues until Lukla with passing up and down which takes about 2 hours. Overnight in Lodge.
Early in the morning fly back to Kathmandu and transfer to hotel
Lukla get occasional flight delays during the main season. This may cause missing your international flights as well so we recommend you to prepare accordingly. Lukla suffers from quick weather changes and that may affect inbound and outbound flights. We reserved this day for possible flight delays. In case we have timely flight on DAY 14, we can use this day as rest. We can shop around local markets and walk around the city.
We will drop you at the airport by our private vehicle according to your airport time. It is recommended to reach the airport at least two hours prior to departure.
1. Airport Pick-up and Drop Off,
2. Licensed and trained trekking guides,
3. potters for carrying goods and supplies,
4. Meal on full board (breakfast, lunch, dinner, tea & coffee) basis during the trek
5. 3 Nights Accommodation in the 3/4/5 Star Hotel in Kathmandu with B & B. (Bed
& Breakfast) & Other Destination Based on Trekking Area.
6. All accommodation during the trek.
7. All meals and hot beverages during the trek.
8. Transportation to and from trail head.
9. All necessary documents and permits for trekking (where applicable)
10. National Park/Conservation Area entry Permit, Insurance, and equipment for the staffs.
11. Coordination of quick Rescue service (Costs covered by your Insurance Plan)
12. Trekking staffs wages etc.
13. 1 hr. trekker massage after your trek.
14. Welcome and Fare well dinner in a Nepali Cultural Dance restaurant in Kathmandu.
15. Trekking Duffle Bag
16. Trekking Staff Insurance of $10,000 Per Person.
17. Trekking Map, T-shirt, and Trekking certificate.
18. Exclusive of Medical Kit Bag
19. All Government and local Taxes
20. International Flight ticket re-confirmation.
21. Meals will be Start when your Trek starts.
1. International Airfares,
2. Travel/Trekking Insurance,
3. Excess baggage charges More than 16kg and hand bag more than 5 kg in
4. Visa fees.
5. Airport Departure Taxes.
6. Drinks (Cold and Alcoholic) Rescue charge.
7. Tips for The staffs.
8. Expenses of Personnel nature and Permit and Liaison officer fee (where Applicable.
9. Meals during stay in the Kathmandu and Pokhara.
10. Domestic Ticket Etc.
11. Extra Hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
Mani Rimdu Festival is the famous festival of Sherpa people who belong to Nying-Mapa sect of Tibetan Buddhist which is performed in the monastery. This festival falls in the month of October/November every year. In this festival Monks meditate for nine days which is followed by public blessing and the world renowned mask dance at Tengboche monastery. it is also celebrated in the Chiwang monastery of the Everest region. In this festival the monks of Everest region perform various rituals with singing and dancing. It is believed that this festival was first celebrated in 1930 Tengboche monastery of Everest region.
It is originated in Rongbukh Monastery in Tibet. Mani Rimdu festival trek provides the opportunity to the visitors to get insight into the Sherpa culture as well as enjoy the colorful Mani Rimdu festival. In this trek you also get opportunity to observe and enjoy the excellent view of the towering mountains like Mt. Everest (8848m)-the highest mountain of the world, Lhotse, Makalu, Ama Dablam etc.
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