Overview

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 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 the 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 scared pills and bestow blessings for a long and prosperous life. Afterward, 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.

Highlights

  • Trek through Sagarmatha National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Visit the biggest monastery in Everest Region, the Tengboche Monastery
  • Observe the culturally rich and colorful Mani Rimdu Festival
  • Trek through Sherpa villages and lush forest with the views of the Everest Range

Itinerary

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Day 1:Arrival in Kathmandu

The trip begins with your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA), Kathmandu. Our company representative will welcome you at the airport and then you will be transferred to the hotel. Then, you have the rest of the day to do as you please as there are no other scheduled activities.

  • Accommodation 3 Star Hotel
  • MealsWelcome Dinner
  • Maximum Altitude1300m

You take an early morning flight from Kathmandu and fly to Lukla. The landing at the Tenzing Hillary Airport itself is an exciting affair owing to the thrilling runway at the airport. You meet the rest of the crew at Lukla and then start trekking downhill to Phakding. The trail passes through several farmlands and small villages and ends at Phakding which is located at the side of Dudh Koshi River.

  • Accommodation Guest House, Lodge
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Maximum Altitude2610m

From Phakding, the trail climbs up and crosses the Dudh Koshi River a few times. You then enter Sagarmatha National Park, a natural UNESCO World Heritage Site. The walk takes you through rhododendron and magnolia forest and climbs uphill to reach Namche Bazaar. Namche is the capital of the Everest region and is filled with hotels, restaurants, cyber cafes, and shops.

  • Accommodation Guest House, Lodge
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Maximum Altitude3440m

You have gained high altitude in a small amount of time. So, you take this day for acclimatization. During your stay in Namche, you can hike up to the Everest Hotel and enjoy the panoramic view of the Himalayas. This will also help you in getting adjusted to the conditions quickly. In the free time, you can explore the Sherpa museum and the local market of Namche Bazaar. Everest View Hotel is another possible destination to acclimatize to the high altitude.

  • Accommodation Guest House, Lodge
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch & Dinner

On the fifth day, you leave Namche behind and continue the trek towards Tengboche. The trek continues on a well-maintained path and passes through a couple of teahouses before descending down to Phunki Tenga. Then you make an uphill climb through pine and rhododendron forest to reach Tengboche. On the way, you may encounter numerous yaks and mules carrying supplies.

  • Accommodation Guest House, Lodge
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Maximum Altitude3870m

The main highlight of this trek, the Tengboche Monastery is also the biggest monastery in the Everest Region. Today, you head to the Tengboche Monastery and participate in the Mani Rimdu festival. It is a 19 days long celebration for Sherpa, Lama, and the Tibetan community. The first day is the main day and it involved prayers and sacred ceremonies of empowerment. On an opening day, Mani Rilwu (sacred pills) and Tshereel (pills for long life) are given to all the attendants.

  • Accommodation Guest House, Lodge
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Maximum Altitude3870m

The second day is the day for dances known as “Chham’’. It is a sacred dance only performed on the second day of the Mani Rimdu festival. The dance is like a fight where symbolic demons are defeated. A dance called, SerKeym is performed by six dancers representing Tantric magicians. Alcohol is offered from silver vessels and small tormas to Lamas, Yidam (personal deity), Khandro (wisdom dakini), and Shi-Dak (Earth Deities).

  • Accommodation Guest House, Lodge
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Maximum Altitude3870m

On the last day, spectators get to see humorous dances and monks chanting prayers. People from all around the Everest region come to witness the end of the Mani Rimdu Festival. At the end of the ceremony, a special fire puja is performed in the courtyard. The Mandala is dismantled and the serpent gods (Nagas) in the spring nearby are offered its sand. You can explore around the village as the festival comes to an end.

  • Accommodation Guest House, Lodge
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Maximum Altitude3870m

After enjoying the festival, you start trekking again. The route takes you steeply down to the Dudh Koshi River. After crossing the river, you pass through Jorsalle and cross the river a few more times to reach Monjo. On the way, you can savor the majestic Himalayan vistas of Everest and Lhotse ranges one last time.

  • Accommodation Guest House, Lodge
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Maximum Altitude2835m

This is the final day of trekking. From Monjo, you walk towards Ghat and then make your way through the villages like Bengkar, Phakding, and Chhuthawa, and ultimately arrive at the Pasang Lhamu Memorial Gate. The gate marks the completion of the trek as you enter through the gate onto Lukla.

  • Accommodation Guest House, Lodge
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Maximum Altitude2840m

You take an early morning flight from Lukla and fly back to Kathmandu. The weather in Lukla can be unpredictable so an early morning flight is the best option. After checking into your hotel in Kathmandu, you can take some time to explore the city and do souvenir shopping if you want. Later in the evening, you will join the rest of the group for a farewell dinner hosted by the company.

  • Accommodation 3 Star Hotel
  • MealsBreakfast
  • Maximum Altitude1300m

The 12-day trip comes to an end today. A company representative will accompany you to the airport and bid you farewell with the hopes to see you for future trips.

  • MealsBreakfast

Cost Details

  • Airport picks up and drop by private vehicle.
  • 3 nights’ accommodation in Kathmandu with bed and breakfast basis.
  • Kathmandu sightseeing by Private guide and private transportation
  • Kathmandu – Lukla – Kathmandu flight fare.
  • All ground transportation by private vehicle.
  • Your standard meals (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner) during the trekking.
  • All necessary paper works, conservation area, and restricted area entry permits.
  • Permits for Mani Rimdu Festival
  • All accommodations in hotels, lodges/tea houses during the trek.
  • An experienced Government licensed guide and porters.
  • Medical supplies (first aid kit will be available).
  • All government taxes.
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  • International Airfare
  • Nepal entry visa
  • Personal Expenses
  • Travel and Rescue Insurance
  • Extra accommodation and food charges in Kathmandu
  • Tips and gratitude to the guide, porters and drivers

Useful Info

Eternal Himalaya has been arranging treks and mountain expeditions in the Khumbu region for a long time now. Our intimate relationship with the local community will help you to gain more access and observe the festival more deeply. For more information, feel free to contact us.