Mani Rimdu Festival is the greatest religious function in the Everest region. Mani Rimdu Festival Trek culminates with the celebration of a 3-day public festival during which viewers and non-participants get to experience the holy ritual. As the masked dancers and the monks depict Buddhist teachings, you can get witness the legend behind the festival. Mani Rimdu Festival Trek is a great opportunity for trekkers to explore the fascinating Everest region and observe the local culture and Himalayan lifestyle.
The 12-day Mani Rimdu Festival Trek starts with your arrival in Kathmandu. From Kathmandu, you take a scenic flight to Lukla and start trekking. The trail follows the Dudh Koshi River and crosses Sherpa villages like Chheplung, Ghat, and Phakding to arrive at Namche Bazaar. The charming town will make an impression on you and provide you with one of the best hospitality experiences of Mt. Everest (8848m). After a day of acclimatization and exploration at and around Namche, you follow the Everest Base Camp trail to Tengboche. It is home to the famous Tengboche monastery, the largest monastery in the Khumbu region. Tengboche monastery is also the prime site for the Mani Rimdu Festival. The monastery offers a view of snowcapped mountains like Ama Dablam (6,856m), Lhotse (8,414m), Nuptse (7,861m), and the mighty Mt. Everest (8,848m). After the sanctification of the monastery, the monks perform exotic dances wearing dramatic masks. These dances demonstrate the victory of good over evil. After the festival is over, the spectators return home and a special ritual known as Jinsak (Fire Puja) is performed in the backyard. In the end, the monks provide the locals and tourists with scary pills and bestow blessings for a long and prosperous life. Afterwards, you will return back to Lukla retracing your steps through Namche, Phakding, and Monjo. From Lukla you will take a flight back to Kathmandu thus, marking the end of the trip.