Mani Rimdu Festival and Everest View Trek is simply one of the best combinations of two breathtaking aspects (culture and nature) of the Khumbu region of Nepal. Mani Rimdu festival, in the Tengboche Monastery, is a chain of the 19 day celebration and series of events of empowerment that take place from the 1st day of the tenth month of the Tibetan calendar. Marking the naissance of Buddhism in Tibet by Guru Rinpoche (Padmasambhava), the celebration ends with three days public festival in which local people come to receive the blessings from Rinpoche.
The Mani Rimdu Festival
The Mani Rimdu Festival starts with the construction of the Mandala (a symbolic palace of the Lord of Dance), which is an intricate design created using colored sands with defensive blades surrounding as deities. A bowl of Mani Rilwu pills (spiritual medicine) is placed above the center of the Mandala that is believed to receive kindness while chanting mantra during the ceremony. These pills along with Tshreel (pills for long life) are distributed as blessings to the attendees on the day of Wong (the empowerment), the opening day of the public ceremony that takes place on the full moon day of the tenth month of the Tibetan Lunar calendar. Chham or the mask dance is also performed by the monks on the second day of the festival. Altogether 16 dances are performed during the entire festival. Some symbolize the negative forces being dispelled, conquered or transformed into the protectors of the Dharma, while the other conveys the teachings of Buddhism on various levels. The festival ends with Jinsak (the Fire Puja), which is an offering to the god of fire (Agni) and Mandala to dispel all the destruction in the world. It is performed the day after the dances by monks. The Mandala is then dismantled and the sand is offered to the Serpent God in the spring below the monastery ending the celebrations of the festival.
Trekkers interested in the Everest View Hike with Mani Rimdu Festival should plan their trek around the end of October and the beginning of November. The festival is officially celebrated for three days and the exact dates depend on the Tibetan calendar, which will be provided on request once declared by the head Lama at Tengboche monastery (Mani Rimdu this year, 2021, will be celebrated from 20th to 22nd October). Planning the Everest View Trek with Mani Rimdu offers wonderful opportunity to trekkers to attend the rituals (plays, masked dances, prayers and feasts) performed by the monks, get the blessings and the insight on the unique culture of the Sherpa people accompanied by the magnificent views of the some of the major towering peaks of the world including the Mt. Everest.
Our 12 days Mani Rimdu Festival and Everest View Trek itinerary is the best package that not just includes the attractions of the Khumbu region, but also some of the major attractions of the Kathmandu Valley. The package includes full board (meal and accommodation) during the trek and bed and breakfast before and after the trek. Trekkers interested in this package also get to enjoy a free map. If you are looking to explore more of this region, then Short Everest Base Camp Trek or Everest Three Passes Trek are equally fulfilling. Moreover, all the packages can be customized to your requirements and needs and all customized packages guarantee special group discount and 100% departure date.
The trip starts with a flight from Kathmandu to Lukla. From Lukla, we walk all the way up to Dingboche, after enjoying the festival at the Tengboche Monastery and retrace the same path to Lukla to catch a flight to Kathmandu
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Oximeter - To determine your oxygen level
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Day 01: Arrival day in Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264 ft). Welcome to the Himalayan country of Nepal. Upon your arrival at the Tribhuvan intl. airport our representative welcomes you with the garland of flower and assists to transfer to your hotel in Kathmandu. After time to get refreshed, evening you'll meet and transfer for welcome dinner in one of the typical Nepalese restaurant in the heart of Kathmandu and briefing about your trip and overnight at Hotel.
Day 02: Kathmandu Valley sightseeing and trek preparation or your own leisure day (1,300m/4,264 ft).The capital, Kathmandu valley itself, is a big storehouse of exclusive natural, cultural and historical sites. Therefore, today, we take you on a few hour tours to the major attractions of Kathmandu valley. After spending few hours observing these wonderful sites, we again meet for a few hours to finalize your clothing and trekking gears (down jacket, trekking boots, sleeping bags etc.) required during the trek. The night will be spent at a hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 03: Fly to Lukla and trek to Phakding (2,652m/8,700ft).Phakding is the destination of the day. Flights to Lukla are always scheduled early in the morning. Therefore, you will be picked up at your hotel and escorted in a private vehicle to the Tribhuvan International Airport (Domestic Terminal) to board an early morning flight to Lukla. After about 30-35 min scenic flight, the plane will land at the Lukla Airport (Tenzing Hillary Airport), which is listed on top of the list of one of the most dangerous airports in the world. On reaching airport, we will be introduced to the other crew members awaiting our arrival at Lukla. At the same time, the luggage will be prepared for the porters. Once everything is set, the trek begins leaving Lukla, towards Phakding. After about 4 hours of downhill and flat trail experience, we finally reach Phakding. On reaching Phakding, you can freshen up and after a short rest the remaining day can be spent exploring the settlement of Phakding. The night will be spent at a lodge in Phakding.
Day 04: Trek to Namche Bazzar (3440m/11,283ft).Namche Bazaar is the destination set for the day. We cross the suspension bridge over the Dudh Koshi River and leaving the beautiful village of Phakding, we head towards the destination of the day. Initially the trail follows the east bank of the Dudh Koshi River. Enjoying the beautiful view of Rhododendron and Magnolia forest; we head towards another suspension bridge that will take us to the east bank of the Dudh Koshi River. We further walk along the river towards the third suspension bridge. Crossing the bridge, we walk up to Monjo, which is the gateway to the Sagarmatha National Park. You can enjoy the monastery and tea shops, while your team leader takes care of the necessary national park formalities. Leaving Monjo, the trail along the Dudh Koshi River now descends to Larja Dobhan, which is the confluence of the Bhote Koshi River and the Dudh Koshi River. A short hike after crossing the bridge will present us the first view of Mt. Everest. Then, the upward hike continues until we reach the destination of the day, Namche Bazaar. The remaining day can be spent exploring the area. The night will be spent at a lodge in Namche Bazaar.
Day 05: Acclimatize day.As we are already above the altitude of 3000m, proper acclimatization is a must, before attempting further altitude. Therefore, this day is purely dedicated to those activities that aid in the acclimatization process. Namche Bazaar offers various options to spend the worthy day. We visit and explore the nearby villages like Khunde and Khumjung or we also have an option to hike up to the old Sherpa village of Thame. The evening can be spent visiting the museum, National Park Head quarter or simply enjoying the internet services and tea and coffee at internet cafes. The night will be spent at a lodge in Namche Bazaar.
Day 06: Trek to Tengboche (3,867m/12684ft). Tengboche is the destination set for the day. From Namche Bazaar a short upward hike will first take us up to the ridge, crossing the Tenzing Norgay Memorial Stupa. Enjoying the snow capped peaks; an easy walk from the ridge will then take us to Kyangjuma. The trail descends passing the longest Mani Walls and Sanasa, through the forest of Rhododendron till the suspension bridge over the Dudh Koshi River at Phunki Tenga. From Phunki Tenga, a steep climb will take us to the Tengboche Monastery. In the afternoon, we visit the monastery to observe the ceremony performed during the most important festival of the region, the Mani Rimdu Festival. The night will be spent at a lodge in Tengboche.
Day 07: Explore Mani Rimdu Festival. This day is fully utilized to meet the actual purpose of the trek that is, exploring the monastery and observing the ceremony and rituals being performed in the festival. We spend our day closely watching the locals and lamas performing their traditional and religious activities. We will also enjoy local food and drinks offered by the local people and participate in some rituals. We enjoy every aspect of this day in the festival.
Day 08: Trek to Dingboche (4,358m/14,295 ft). After experiencing the unique festival in one of the highest settlements of the world, it’s time to experience the beauty bestowed upon this region by the Mother Nature. Therefore, Dingboche is the destination set for the day. Leaving Tengboche, following the stone steps, we first hike down to cross the bridge over the Imja River at Chaturje. Then, a steep hike will take us to another bridge at Somare. From Somare, we hike up to another bridge on a flat trail, through the alpine meadows and yak herds following the west bank of the Imja River. Crossing the bridge, we climb the last vertical climb of the day to reach Dingboche. The remaining day will be spent exploring the attractions of the village and the views of mountains. The night will be spent at a lodge in Dingboche.
Day 09: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3440m/11,283ft). Namche Bazaar is the destination set for the day. This is probably the longest walk during the entire trek. Following the same route used earlier, the downward hike continues, following the Imja River till Phunki Tenga, crossing the sparse and dense settlements of Somare, Deboche, and Tengboche. The trail is either accompanied by alpine meadows, rhododendron forest or the monasteries, Chortens, and the Mani walls. At Phunki Tenga, the trail passes through the bridge over the Dudh Khoshi River, and a pleasant descend; through the rhododendron forest will finally take us to Namche Bazaar. If you are not too tired, the evening can be spent enjoying the internet cafes and bakeries at the Namche Bazaar. The night will be spent at a lodge in Namche Bazaar.
Day 10: Trek to Lukla (2,652m/8,700ft). Lukla is the destination set for today. Leaving the beautiful Namche Bazaar behind, we first hike down to the Larja Dobhan and then a short gradual ascend will take us to Monjo. The guides will take care of the necessary National Park check our formalities, after which we descend to Phakding. From Phakding, an ultimate hike will take us to the destination, Lukla. In the evening, you can either spend your time with other crew members or opt for some alone time recollecting the memories made during the past few days. The night will be spent at a lodge in Lukla.
Day 11: Fly to Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264 ft).Today is the last the last day in the Khumbu region of Nepal. Our Sherpas will carry your luggage to the airport, while other airport formalities will be taken care by your team leader. Once the plane lands at the airport, we will directly board the plane and fly back to Kathmandu, early in the morning enjoying the scenic view once again from the sky. A comfortable private vehicle will be awaiting your arrival in the Kathmandu, which will safely escort you to the hotel. In the evening, we meet for some time to discuss your trek and get feedback. The night will be spent at a tourist standard hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 11: Final departure & Farewell. Your last day is free until your departure flight/drive or to commence any extra trips or activities you may have booked with us. If departing, you'll be transferred to the International Airport. “End of our Services”
(The usual day for a trek: Every day, our guides will wake you up at around 7:00-7:30am, A western breakfast like porridge, oats, toasts, etc. will be served at around 8:00-8:30am, The lunch will be served from a teahouse menu at about 12-1pm. However, the lunch time can also be postponed on request. The dinner will be served at around 8:30-9:00pm. Your accommodation is arranged at a lodge or a guesthouse managed by local Sherpas, where we stop for overnight.
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