Mani Rimdu Festival Trek

Everest Region

Trip Overview

Mani Rimdu Festival is one of Nepal’s most significant and important festivals. It is celebrated by the Buddhists of the Everest Region in November for 19 days. This festival offers a great chance to witness the mind-blogging Buddhist celebration.

The festival is celebrated as a symbol of the great victory of Buddhism over the ancient Bon cult. This festival takes place in the Tengboche monastery in the Everest region. It forms a series of events including the masked dances representing tantric magicians.

They do fire worshiping and various offerings to the Buddhist Gods. On this trek, apart from the delightful Mani Rimdu festival, you would get to enjoy the natural serenity of the Tengboche monastery. You will also witness the stunning view of the world’s highest peak Mt. Everest, Amadablam, Nuptse, Lhotse, Thamserku, Kantaga, etc.

You can also merge this trek with Everest Base Camp Trek, and Everest Three Passes Trek.

Mani Rimdu is divided into six Preparations.

1. Construction of the sand mandala
2. The Empowerment (Wong)
3. The Dances (Chham)
4. Ser-Kyem
5. The Fire Puja (Jinsak)
6. Chhingpa.

Mani Rimdu Festival Trip Highlights

Duration: 10 Days
Trek Grade: Moderate
Starts/Ends: Kathmandu
Maximum Altitude: 3,867 m at Tengboche
Accommodation: Hotel in Cities and Tea house during Trek
Region: Everest Region
Walking Hours per Day: 4-6 hrs.
Transportation: Domestic Flight (KTM-Lukla-KTM)
And Private Vehicle (Transportation)
Meal Plans: Full Board on Trek (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner) and BB (Bed/Breakfast) Plan on City.
Best Season: October and November

 

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Detail Itinerary

Day 1Arrival at Kathmandu

According to your flight schedule, we will come to Tribhuvan International Airport to welcome you. From there, we will drop you at your hotel and let you rest for the day. You can choose to stay either in Kathmandu or Bhaktapur.

Day 2Kathmandu Sightseeing

It is better to do some sightseeing in Kathmandu before starting your trek. It will give you some ideas about the culture, history, and customs of the Nepalese people. Thus, you can choose to do sightseeing at UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu or Bhaktapur. You will be spending another night in Kathmandu. During the day, you would also be briefed about the trek itinerary.

Day 3Kathmandu to Lukla and trek to Phakding

You will be transported to the airport in the early morning in preparation for the flight to Lukla. Even the flight into Lukla is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. This is a 138-kilometer flight distance, and it takes about 25 minutes to get there. Trek to Phakding while strolling through verdant scenery to see Kusum Kanguru.

Day 4Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,440 m), 5/6 hrs walk

Ascending through Himalayan pine, we follow the Dudh Koshi to the renowned village of Namche Bazaar. Namche is a historic trading settlement where Tibetan and Nepalese merchants trade textiles, dried meat, and salt. Namche continues to be the main trading hub in Khumbu. It attracted traders from both the Himalayas and the lowlands. It is also a great place to shop for traditional crafts. You'll stay in Namche for two days to acclimatize, explore the neighborhood, and spend time with your teams. We get our first looks at Everest and the surrounding peaks while hiking.

Day 5Acclimatization Day in Namche

This day is reserved for acclimatization and a very slow ascent into the thin air. After breakfast, you will start to ascend towards Khumjung. The trail ascends above Namche Bazar and passes through Syangboche (3,720 m). This is where the local airport is located. From a hilltop above the airport, you will get your first view of Tangboche Peak (6,367 m), Lhotse Peak (8,414 m), and Ama Dablam (6,856 m). On arrival in Khumjung (3,780 m), you could visit the Hillary School before stopping for lunch at one of the tea houses; the walk takes about 3 hours. After lunch, you will continue ascending the footpath to Khunde (3,840 m). Here, you could visit the local hospital before the 2-hour ascent back to Namche Bazar. This day is physically demanding at times, and you should be prepared as the weather is very unpredictable. Namche Bazaar is also known as the gateway to the Everest region. You can visit the local museum, where you can see the traditional customs of the Sherpa people. You will spend a second night in Namche.

Day 6Trek to Tengboche (3,860 m), 5/6 hrs walk

The flat and simple trail leads to a view of Mount Everest before plunging at Pungki Thanka deep into the Dudh Koshi Valley. From here, one climbs the Dudh Koshi valley's right flank to reach Tengboche Monastery (3,860 m). It serves as Khumbu's spiritual hub. The long ascent will be more than made up for by views of Mt. Ama Dablam and, on a clear day, those of Mt. Everest and the peaks nearby.

Day 7First day at Mani Rimdu Festival

This will be our first day of celebration of the Mani Rimdu Festival. We will spend the entire day watching monks perform the well-known mask dance in front of Tengboche Monastery. It certainly is unique. Performing such a spiritual dance in the lap of the Himalayas

Day 8Second day at Mani Rimdu Festival

We will continue to observe the spiritual masked dance in front of Tengboche Monastery.

Day 9Third day at Mani Rimdu Festival

This will be our last day at Tengboche. Thus, we would be roaming around the Tengboche Monastery and nearby places for the last time. Of course, there will be events held in the monastery, so it won't be a leisure day at all.

Day 10Return to Namche and trek to Monjo

We would be hiking back to Namche from Tengboche. From there, we will again start our trek towards Monjo. Night stay at Monjo

Day 11Trek to Lukla

Today, we will continue to trek along the Dudh Koshi River to Lukla. Lukla is a tiny airstrip in the mountains, from where you can board a flight back to Kathmandu.

Day 12Fly back to Kathmandu

We would fly back to Kathmandu after having a nice breakfast in Lukla. After reaching Kathmandu, you will take some rest at your hotel and go for sightseeing in the evening at Pashupatinath.

Day 13Rest day at Kathmandu

Today, you can do some shopping if you want to. Or else, you can visit other heritage sites in Kathmandu on this day.

Day 14Departure

As per your flight schedule, we will drop you off at the international airport. But before that, we will have a farewell breakfast or lunch together.