Mani Rimdu Festival in Everest – The Tengboche Monastery falls in the Khumbu region of eastern Nepal. With Ama Dablam (6856m) as the background, this monastery is the biggest one of the region, which every year celebrates the sacred Mani Rimdu festival. This festival is the perfect opportunity for anyone to witness the beautiful culture and tradition of the Sherpa community where the monks of Khumbu come together under the roof of the world.
Tengboche Mani Rimdu Trekking will take you on a thrilling flight to Lukla, one of the most dangerous airports in the world, and to the village of Namche Bazaar along the many Sherpa settlements. This trek will also showcase the bounty of flora and fauna of this region as the trail goes through Sagarmatha National Park. Celebrated in Thame, Chiwong, and Tengboche monasteries of the Khumbu region for 19 days, Mani Rimdu is one of the most important festivals of the Sherpa. This trek to Tengboche Monastery allows you to be a spectator to the rituals and dances of Mani Rimdu, which is open for public for 3 days. The colorful Mani Rimdu festival is facilitated by monks who wear elaborate masks to dance and chant prayers to rid the world from evil spirits and ward off war from the world. The monks play various musical instruments and dance rhythmically to the beats. Males and females both participate in this event, where males represent skillfulness and the females represent wisdom. You will also be able to catch amazing sights of various mountains such as the Everest (8848 m) and Ama Dablam (6856m). This trek will leave your appetite filled for high altitude culture and the beauty of the Himalayas.
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Day : 1
Arrival in Kathmandu (1350m), transfer to hotel according to your plan.
Upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, one of our representatives will receive you and transfer you to your hotel. Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.
Day : 2
Fly to Lukla (2840m), and commence trek to Phakding (2660m), 4 hrs.
An adventure, we will be taking a flight to Lukla. Immediately after we fly from Kathmandu, we will be able to see the majestic mountains towering over the hills. This is a beautiful sight to witness and a very typical scene in Nepal. After landing in Lukla, which is considered one of the most dangerous airports of the world, we will trek to Phakding through the forested trail dotted with small hamlets. Overnight in Phakding.
Day : 3
Trek to Namche Bazar (3440m), 5-6 hrs.
With the Dudh Koshi River keeping us company, we will make our way to the famous Sherpa town of Namche Bazaar through the forests of pine. This trail is dotted with suspension bridges over many small streams and rivulets, which are the lifeline of Nepal’s Himalayan region. If the weather is good, we will be able to see spectacular views of the mountains, including Thamserku (6608m), Everest (8848m), and Ama Dablam (6856m). Overnight in Namche Bazaar
Day : 4
Acclimatize day in Namche Bazar, day hike to Khumjung, Everest View Hotel, Khunde community Hospital and Hilary memorial Park, o/N in Namche.
Acclimatization is vital for any successful trip, and we will do so by hiking around Khumjung and Khunde villages. We will first make a climb to Everest View Hotel (3962m), from where we will get unbeatable views of the mountains such as Everest (8848m), Ama Dablam (6856m), and many others. We will then hike to the large Sherpa village of Khumjung, which is famous for its monastery that displays an ancient Yeti skull in its premises. Afterward, we will hike to Khunde village to visit Khunde Monastery and Khunde Hillary School. We will then hike back to Namche Bazaar for the overnight stay.
Day : 5
Trek to Tengboche (3860m), 5-6 hrs.
After a hearty breakfast with magnificent views, we will make our way to Tengboche, our destination. Until we reach Phunki Tenga, we will have to tread on easy paths, and from there, we will begin the steep ascend to Tengboche. As soon as we reach the village, we will be able to see the famous Tengboche Monastery, which is the biggest one in this region with the backdrop of amazing Himalayas. Overnight in Tengboche.
Day : 6
Mani Rimdu Festival starting day, O/N in lodge.
In Tengboche begins the colorful Mani Rimdu Festival, celebrated on a full moon during the month of October, according to the Tibetan Lunar calendar. The Sherpa’s and the Lama’s gather together in the premises of Tengboche Monastery to celebrate this festival, where the monks wear elaborate masks and costumes and perform various dances and prayers. There is a sand mandala which is created with colorful sand and many symbolic designs. Mantras are chanted to remove the evil spirits through ritualistic performances. After the construction of the mandala, different phases of the festivals begin called the Wong, Chham, Ser-Kyem, Jinsak, and Chhingpa. Various symbolical rituals are performed during this festival, some displaying the determination of meditation and some are rather funny with elaborative performances. Beautiful photographs can be taken during this time.
Day : 7
Mani Rimdu festival day- 2nd day, O/N in lodge.
Today also some of ritual and religious activities will be performed by the monks of Tenboche monastery.
Day : 8
Back trek to Namche Bazaar, 4/5 hrs
After witnessing the colorful festival, today we will make our way back to Namche Bazaar. In an area which seems utterly beautiful, the festival we have just witnessed seems like a celebration of life and a celebration of all the hardships that the people of this region have to go through. With panoramic views of the Himalayas, we descend on a familiar trail to reach Namche. Overnight in Namche Bazaar.
Day : 9
Trek to Phakding (2660m), 5/6 hrs
Leaving the bustling Namche behind, we will make our way to Phakding retracing our steps alongside Dudh Koshi River. The Dudh Koshi River and its frothy appearance slamming against the rocks paint a very real and wild picture of this region. Descending on a trail through lush rhododendron and magnolia forests, we walk past small villages and monasteries to finally reach Phakding. Overnight in Phakding.
Day : 10
Trek to Lukla, 3/ 4 hrs, final day of the entire trekking.
Today is the last day of walking for us, and we will enjoy it to the fullest. Walking on a trail dotted with monasteries, prayer wheels, and Mani walls, we make our way to the picturesque town of Lukla. Since we have a lot of spare time in Lukla, we can look back on the memories we’ve made and the different cultures and traditions we’ve witnessed. The life in the Himalayas is very unique and rich along with many hardships. As peaceful as it may seem, life is tough, and patience is tested at every moment and a visit here is bound to change many perspectives of life. Overnight in Lukla.
Day : 11
Fly to Kathmandu from Lukla, transfer to hotel
Today we fly back to Kathmandu from Lukla. This flight will give us a different feel this time as we will feel oneness with the mountains and look down upon the paths we took. As we take back the colorful memories from this place, we hope that you will feel a great sense of relaxation and have rekindled your spiritual side. As we get to Kathmandu, you can give your legs a much-needed rest and later get out in the evening for a lovely stroll around the city. Overnight at the hotel in Kathmandu.
Day : 12
Sightseeing day in Kathmandu valley as per program. O/N in hotel
There are many options to visit the world heritage site of UNESCO in Kathmandu valley- visit Pashupatinath for hindus cremation, Swayambhunath and Boudhanath, Kathmandu Darbar Square and many more which you can chose some of them.
Day : 13
Personal day in Kathmandu, O/N in hotel.
Kathmandu with its rich heritage and culture will take your breath away. As your free day today, you can visit places such as Kathmandu Durbar Square, which houses the famous Kumari—the living goddess of Nepal. Later, we visit the quaint Patan Durbar Square. These squares were the palaces of the ancient kings of the valley and boast of incredible woodwork and architecture. You can see how much the ancient Kathmandu thrived with brilliant artisans who created such structures that still stand today. You can also visit Pashupatinath temple, which is the most significant temple for the people of Hindu faith. Afterward, you can visit Boudhanath, which holds great significance for the people of the Buddhist faith. You can taste some yummy Nepali dumplings “Momo” and also try some local homemade brew. Overnight at the hotel in Kathmandu.
Day : 14
Final departure for your further destination from Kathmandu
As your journey to Nepal comes to an end today, we will drop you at the airport, a few hours before your scheduled flight back.
Airport pick up and drive according to itinerary and plan.
Hotel in Kathmandu.
Trekking permits according to itinerary.
Food and accommodation during the trip.
Hot drinks- Teak, Coffee, etc during the trek.
Flight: Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu for clients.
Flight for guide: KTM-LUK-KTM.
Porters and guide with their wages.
Insurance for local staffs.
Entry fee for Sagarmatha National Park,
Entrance fee of Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipaility,
High altitude chamber as per requirement,
Wages and Equipment for climbing guide.
Local airport tax and land transportations according to program.