Everest Mani Rimdu Festival Trek – 17 Days

Overview

Everest region is not only famous for high mountains views and vistas it is also famous for the festival trip, Everest Mani Rimdu festival is one of the most interesting High Himalayan Buddhist festivals observed every year, it is celebrating in Tengboche monastery, the Mani Rimdu is performed usually between mid-October and mid-November, the date of the Mani Rimdu festival is fixed according to the Tibetan Lunar calendar and announces the Mani Rimdu festival dates by the head of Tyangboche (Tengboche) Monastery Lama.

Tengbuche Monastery

Mani Rimdu, a 19-day series of sacred ceremonies concluding in a public festival lasting for three days is a point of attraction for tourists all over the world. The festival falls in autumn, the best season to trek in the pristine mountains and Himalayas of Nepal. So, one can enjoy and experience Mani Rimdu along with the Everest Base Camp Trek. Mani Rimdu is an opportunity for Sherpas and Tibetans to assemble and celebrate together with the Lamas, monks and monasteries.

Mani Rimdu Festival Gallery

After the sanctification of monastery, the monks perform the special mask dance at the place. This elaborate and meaningful dance played for three full days is the main show of the festival. It attracts a huge crowd. The dance symbolizes the restoration of the set up of Buddhism in Tibet and depicts the victory of Buddhism over the ancient Bon religion. The dance starts with a monk, playing master of ceremonies, dramatically pushing the audience back to clear an area around the courtyard of the monastery for the dancers. Heralds and incense bearers appear in the monastery entrance and slowly walk down the steps in single file, followed by musicians, some blowing bugles and clarions, while others beating drums and clash cymbals. Clapping and cheering by spectators are considered unnecessary and inappropriate, so the audience watches in silence.

Mani Rimdu Festival Photo

The first dance begins with eight dancers in vibrant costumes sweeping down into the courtyard. They move in clockwise circles around the altar making offerings of food and drink to the Buddhist gods. The shrieking of horns and loud drumming precedes the much anticipated dance of Padmasambhaya, who is considered to be a second Buddha in Tibet. At last, Padmasambhaya slowly emerges from the monastery. In his right hand he holds a Vajra (thunderbolt of the gods), while in his left hand he wields a sacred dagger to be used in fighting off the demons. This dance is symbolic of the defeat of the evil spirits of the Bon religion by Buddhism. The Dance of the Celestial Drums, which follows, is a celebration of this victory.

Mani Rimdu festival photo gallery

The remaining dances of the day depict various aspects of life, many with a humorous twist to them. As the Mani Rimdu day draws to a close, rolls of parchment with ritual prayers written on them are burnt, to the accompaniment of chanted prayers. Everyone can rest, assured that goodness and peace will reign once more – all evil demons have been banished.

Mani Rimdu Festival Dance

Our below-given itinerary just to designed go for Mani Rimdu festival with Everest Base camp. The proposed dates of Mani Rimdu festival for the year of 2018 is 24 October to 26 October.

» Full Itinerary Overview of Everest Mani Rimdu Festival Trek

Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu (1350m)
Day 2: Fly to Lukla & trek to Phakding (2,800m)
Day 3: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,440m)
Day 4: Acclimatization day at Namche Bazaar (3,440m)
Day 5: Trek to Thyangboche (3,867m)
Day 6: Thyangboche Mani Rimdu Festival 1st Day
Day 7: Thyangboche Mani Rimdu Festival 2nd Day
Day 8: Thyangboche Mani Rimdu Festival 3nd Day
Day 9: Trek to Dingboche (4,358m)
Day 10: Acclimatization day at Dingboche
Day 11: Trek to Lobuche (4,928m)
Day 12: Trek to Gorak Shep (5,160m), & hike to Everest Base Camp (5,320m)
Day 13: Early hike to Kala Patthar (5550m) & trek back to Pheriche (4371m)
Day 14: Pheriche to Namche Bazaar (3440m.)
Day 15: Namche to Lukla (3440m.)
Day 16: Lukla to Kathmandu by 40 minute flight.
Day 17: Departure after Breakfast.

♂ Note: All itineraries can be customized at your request.

► Trip Cost: 1650 US $ PP
► Group Size: Min-2, Max-15, Ave 10

» Cost Inclusive in Everest Mani Rimdu Festival Trek:

1. 2 nights Standard Hotel in Kathmandu in twin sharing basis
2. All transfers according to the above Itinerary.
3. Airfare Kathmandu – Lukla – Kathmandu
4. All mountain basic accommodation with sharing toilet in twin sharing basis.
5. All necessary paper work and permits (National Park permit and TIMS)
6. Guide and porters salaries and insurance
7. All government and local taxes
8. 1 porter (Max. 20 kg) for 2 people
9. Sleeping Bags if needed.
10. Community Trek’s Duffel Bags.

» Cost Exclusive:

1. All Meals
2. Mineral water in bottle
3. Electronic device re-charge
4. Hot shower
5. WiFi
6. Personal expenses
7. Travel insurance and evacuation insurance
8. Tip for guide & porter

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♂ Service Level: Basic
Simple and clean hotels and Tea House in Mountain during the Trek.

♂ Physical Rating: 5 – Challenging
Serious high-altitude hikes, cycling, or other instances of heavy exercise. Come prepared to sweat a bit.

♂ Age requirement: 12+
All travelers under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult

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Full Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Arrive in Kathmandu

    Welcome to the Himalayan country of Nepal! Upon your arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport one of Community Trek representatives will be there to welcome you before taking you to your hotel in Kathmandu. And your guide briefs you regarding our trek as well as provides us opportunity to ask any questions we may have regarding our upcoming adventure.

    (Pick up from Airport and drop to your Hotel) (1350m/4428ft) (Hotel)
  • Day 2

    Fly to Lukla & trek to Phakding

    The day starts with an early morning fly from Kathmandu to the tine airstrip of Lukla. The scenic flight duration is just above 40 minutes so don’t forget to take your cameras, although you’ll have a second chance of taking beautiful snaps on the way back to Katmandu. Upon landing, while the guides and porters will divide the baggage you can have a good look around, take pictures and get prepared for adventure. Depending upon the time we land at Lukla, we might have our lunch there. From Lukla, we will walk to Phakding village. The walk is fairly easy and we will stay overnight in Phakding. We can spend our evening strolling around the village.

    (BLD) (2,800m/9,186ft - 2,652m/8,700ft) (3 - 4 hours) (Lodge)
  • Day 3

    Trek to Namche Bazaar

    Our day’s hike will start after having breakfast. We will start by walking along the banks of Dudh Koshi River and we will have to cross this river twice in the same day. We will then arrive at a small village called Monjo. Monjo is the gateway to Sagarmatha National Park. After entering the National Park, we will descend to Bhote Koshi River upon which we arrive at Jorsalle village. We will walk further from there heading off to Namche Bazaar, a prosperous trade hub in the lap of the Himalayas which is also the capital of the Khumbu region. We will stay overnight at a hotel in Namche Bazaar.

    (BLD) (3,440m/11,283ft) (6-7 hours) (Lodge)
  • Day 4

    Acclimatization day at Namche Bazaar

    After having ascended an altitude of 3,440 m (11,253ft), we will use the day for acclimatization. It is very important to have our body prepared for further ascending. You will have the day at your disposal and you can choose to do whatever you wish. One option can be to walk up to the Everest View Point Hotel and enjoy the view it offers. You can also choose to have a walk around Namche Bazaar and observe the local proceedings and lifestyle. If it is Saturday, there will be the traditional “Saturday Market” which is a wonderful experience and a great market to explore. There is also Sherpa Museum in Namche which would be the place to visit if you are interested into Sherpa’s culture and history.

    (BLD) (3,440m/11,283ft) (Lodge)
  • Day 5

    Trek to Thyangboche

    On the fifth day, after breakfast, we start our trek with a pleasant walk through the forest with a magnificent view of mountains. The great view of the mighty peaks of Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku and Kwangde will be at our disposal all day long. Today’s trail ascends through the forest on its way to Tyangboche. The first thing that could draw your attention after reaching Tyangboche might be its beautifully big monastery. Tyangboche has a large campsite, tea houses and lodges overseeing Mt. Ama Dablam. We will finish the day by spending the night in a hotel in Tyangboche.

    (BLD) (3,867m/12684ft) (6 hours) (Lodge )
  • Day 6

    Thyangboche Mani Rimdu Festival 1st Day

    The day is spent in and around the monastery enjoying Mani Rimdu Festival.

    (BLD) (3,867m/12684ft) (Lodge)
  • Day 7

    Thyangboche Mani Rimdu Festival 2nd Day

    The day is spent in and around the monastery enjoying Mani Rimdu Festival

    (BLD) (3,867m/12684ft) (Lodge)
  • Day 8

    Thyangboche Mani Rimdu Festival 3nd Day

    The day is spent in and around the monastery enjoying Mani Rimdu Festival

    (BLD) (3,867m/12684ft) (Lodge)
  • Day 9

    Trek to Dingboche

    The day consists on a lot of descending trail which goes from Tyangboche to Dingboche. On the way, we will pass rhododendron forests, cross a valley and walk through the plains to reach Dingboche. It is a relatively easy day, in terms of walking.

    (BLD) (4,358m/14,295 ft) (5 - 6 hours) (Teahouse)
  • 10

    Acclimatization day at Dingboche

    It is another acclimatization day which is required for ascending to further altitudes. You can take complete rest during the whole day. If you wish so you can also take some couple of hours’ time to hike up to CHHUKUNG (4,730m) but only if you have an excellent physical CONDITION. Chhukung is a small hill station overlooking many mountains and glaciers. The main purpose of the day will be to prepare you physically for the rest of the trek.

    (BLD) (4,730m) (Tea House)
  • Day 11

    Trek to Lobuche

    There is a lot of vertical gain today even though the trail length does not clock more than 4.5 miles. We will walk through the alpine meadows and yak pastures to cross the Khumbu Glacier. The end of the moraine of the glacier has a specifically steep trail which can be seen as a challenge. We will then continue along the rugged route in order to reach Lobuche where we will stay for the night. Lobuche is situated beneath the Lhotse Ridge.

    (BLD) (4,928m/16164 ft) (5 - 6 hours) (Lodge )
  • Day 12

    Trek to Gorakshep

    For those of you who are doing the Everest Base Camp Trek for the first time, the day starts with a mixture of excitement and anxiety. Today you will be hiking up to the Everest Base Camp. This will be the most challenging day of the trek and at the same time the most fulfilling as well. The base camp is situated above 5,000m (16,000ft).

    We start off by hiking to Gorak Shep first. It is a small village sitting on the top a small frozen lake buried under sand. We will have our lunch there and hike further following the trails of the Khumbu Glacier. On the way you will catch the glimpse of an intimidating black rock the world knows by the name of Mt. Everest. The way will lead us to the Everest Base Camp. Have you ever heard or read that Mt. Everest cannot be seen from the Everest Base Camp? You will find the answer yourself. We will spend quality time exploring the base camp and surrounding areas before returning back to Gorak Shep and spend the night there.

    (BLD) (Gorak Shep 5,160m, Base Camp: 5,320m.) (8 - 9 hours) (Lodge)
  • Day 13

    Early hike to Kala Patthar & trek back to Pheriche

    Our first destination for the day will be Kala Patthar. We will start especially early and your guide will arrange everything for the early departure. The reason behind leaving that early is to reach Kala Patthar before sunrise. Kala Patthar provides the most wonderful sight for a sunrise contemplation over Mt. Everest and other Himalayan peaks such as Nuptse, Ama Dablam and Pumori. You would definitely not want to miss that. It will take a couple of hours to reach Kala Patthar from Gorak Shep. We will take our time, enjoying what Kala Patthar has to offer before heading down to Gorak Shep and then to Pheriche to stay overnight there.

    (BLD) (4,371m.) (6-7 Hours ) (Lodge)
  • Day 14

    Pheriche to Namche

    From now onward, it’s all about descending. So our pace will be faster than earlier and the walks will be easier. The beauty of the Himalayan terrain will never leave us along the way. We will spend the night in Namche Bazar.

    (BLD) (3,867m.) (7 - 8 hours) (Lodge)
  • Day 15

    Namche to Lukla

    After having breakfast you will be a trek back to Lukla which contains approximately 8 hours walk. You will be staying at Mountain lodge in Lukla. On the way to Lukla, you will enjoy the vegetation, natural beauty, glaciers, rivers, and different animals of the Himalayan region.

    (BLD) (2,800m.) (7- 8 hours) (Lodge)
  • Day 16

    Fly back to Kathmandu

    We catch an early morning flight to Kathmandu after our long mountain journey. After reaching Kathmandu, we can take a rest or do some souvenir shopping. If we want to explore any other areas of Kathmandu, we may do that today. Our guides can help you with both souvenir shopping or sightseeing. There will be a farewell dinner in the evening to celebrate the successful completion of our journey.

    (35 min/Flight) (BLD) (1,300m/4,264 ft) (Hotel)
  • Day 17

    Departure day

    Your adventure in Nepal comes to an end today! A representative from Community Trek will take you to the airport, approximately 3 hours before your scheduled flight. On your way home you’ll have plenty of time to plan your next adventure in the wonderful country of Nepal.

    (1 hour/Private vehicle) (Breakfast) (1,300m/4,264 ft)
  • Note

    Customize your trip

    ALL ITINERARIES CAN BE CUSTOMIZED AT YOUR REQUEST. CHECK OUT “EXTENSION” FOR SOME SUGGESTIONS.

Cost and Services

Cost includes
01. Pick up and drop from international airport.
02. Kathmandu accommodation (2 nights in star level tourist standard hotel  with twin sharing basis room)
03. All land transfer as per given itinerary
04. Sightseeing tour with experience local guide (entrance fees for monasteries, temples, world heritage sites)
05. Sagarmatha National Park Conservation entry permit fees and Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS).
06. Teahouse (twin sharing basis room)
07. Experienced English speaking guide / leader, necessary experience local helpers
08. All program according to itineraries on full board
09. Both way Kathmandu-Lukla Airlines Tickets.
10. Wages, food, accommodation, equipment, insurance and other facilities to staffs
11. Guide Air fare for Lukla -Kathmandu return trip

 

Cost excludes:
01: Visa Fee.
02: Travel insurance / Medical evacuation in case of emergency (Compulsory)
03: Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu.
05: Entry fee at the sightseeing sites.
06. Personal trekking Equipments.
08. Tips for trekking staff and driver.
09. Any others expenses which are not mentioned on Price Includes section.
10: Personal expenses like beverages (mineral water, alcohol, soft drinks), telephone bills, laundry, bar bills, personal tips etc.

Gear list

#Gear List
The following checklist should help you with your packing. As a general rule, you should always try to keep the weight of your equipment to a minimum. The packed weight of your trek bag while trekking should be no more than 15 KG.

 

You must bring the following items:
1. Hiking boots
2. Socks
3. Trekking trousers / pants
4. Waterproof overtrousers / rainpants
5. Baselayer shirts
6. Casual shirt and/or T-shirts
7. Fleece jacket or warm jumper/sweater
8. Waterproof jacket
9. Sunhat
10. Warm hat
11. Sunglasses
12. Thermal gloves
13. Warm and waterproof over gloves or mittens
14. Headtorch/Headlamp with spare bulb and batteries
15. Sun protection (including total bloc for lips, nose etc.)
16. Water bottles 1 L.
17. Antibacterial handwash
18. Small towel
19. Daypack, 25/30Litres
20. Trekking poles
21. Sleeping bag 4 or 5 season * (rated down to – 20ºC)
22. Warm jacket (down)*

 

Basic First Aid Kit including: A broad spectrum antibiotic, antiseptic cream, throat lozenges, diarrhea treatment (Imodium), altitude (Diamox), painkillers, plasters (band-aids) and blister treatment, insect repellent, and re-hydration salts (Dioralite) and Glucose tablets.

 

Note: Walking pole, down jacket, sleeping bag, etc available on hire in Kathmandu.

Booking Terms and Condition

Because of bad weather we could face problems with domestic flights to/from Lukla (Delayed or even canceled). It is very rare, but it could happen even in best trekking season. Thus, we always recommend you to add supplement night/s in Kathmandu after your trek if that is possible for you (just in case). If everything runs smoothly, you can enjoy other activities like sightseeing, white water rafting, wildlife activities, shopping, during the extra days.

FAQ's

Responsible tourism is something which our company takes very seriously. This is why we recommend you to read the following lines and learn about responsible tourism before your trip.

 

Environment:

1. It is advisable to eat as the locals do: eat the rice, the lentils, the fresh fruit and vegetables.
2. Tourists tend to bring with them plastic water bottles, packets of crisps and chocolate bars for energy, so without thinking, they are adding to the rubbish problem. It’s fine to eat foods like that, but take your rubbish with you back to Kathmandu and throw in the bin there because up in the Himalaya, they bury it in the ground, or they burn it and that’s no good.
3. Respect any animals and wildlife you might encounter. Do not feed any animals unless you are specifically given permission, avoid picking flowers no matter how beautiful they may be, do not touch or move fossils, and importantly, don’t stroke dogs – they can be aggressive towards strangers and stray dogs in Nepal may carry rabies.

 

Culture:

1. Before you buy souvenirs. Beautiful shahtoosh shawls are woven in the Himalayas from the wool of the Tibetan Antelope, or chiru. The chiru is now endangered as a result of hunting for its precious wool – avoid buying anything made from it.

2. Food & Taboos – once you’ve touched something to your lips, it’s considered polluted for everyone else. If you take a sip from your own, or someone else’s water bottle, try not to let it touch your lips and don’t eat from someone else’s plate or offer anyone food you’ve taken a bite of.

3. Right or Left? Mmm… Right! The left hand is reserved for washing after defecating. You can use it to hold a drink or cutlery while you eat, but don’t wipe your mouth, or pass food with it.

4. Right hand & Manners. To show respect, offer money, food or gifts with both hands, or with the right hand while the left touches the wrist.

5. Keep Calm. The Nepalese are a very calm and contemplative people. You may find yourself in social situations that are completely out of your western comfort zone, but it is important to remember that the locals exercise discretion in expressing their feelings, anger and affection towards each other. If you don’t understand something, ask quietly and be patient.

6. Think before you take pictures. It’s easy to get snap-happy when presented with Nepal’s incredible landscape and lifestyle. Remember, this may be your trip of a lifetime, but it’s their reality, so introduce yourself and ask permission. Whenever possible, it is good idea to ask for a postal address and follow through by sending photographs back to local families.

7. A conservative country. Women should have their legs and shoulders covered and men should wear full-length trousers and tops with long sleeves. The forehead is regarded as the most sacred part of the body and it’s impolite to touch an adult Nepali’s head. Do not stretch your legs in public or point your feet at anyone as feet are considered the lowest and dirtiest part of the body.

8. Girls in Kathmandu and Pokhara do wear shorts or short skirts, but this is new to Nepal and you run the risk of being seen as sexually available if you do the same.

9. Spitting is normal in Nepal and you will see men, women, and children spitting on the street. The same goes for littering. Don’t pull a local up for these behaviours, but don’t join in either.

10. Avoid showing affection in public. Although some younger couples hold hands in public, this is relatively new and it is still frowned upon.

11. Ancient and sacred sites: there are a few protocol that are handy to know and easy to follow: don’t climb on ruins, avoid touching any religious object, and when you walk around monuments and temples, do so in a clockwise direction, that is – keep the monument on your right. It is generally not a problem to enter temples, but take your shoes off when you do and don’t take photos while you’re in there

12. When visiting temples, respect both the place and the people that pray there. Do not throw anything into the fire as it considered sacred and, if for some reason – time of day, particular prayer time – you are not permitted to enter, accept this graciously and ask your guide to ask when might be a better time to come back.

13. Some Hindu temples and their innermost sanctums are usually out of bounds for nonbelievers, who pose the threat of ritual pollution. If you are allowed in, be respectful, take your shoes off before entering and don’t take photos unless you’ve asked permission.

14. Though no one will ever ask, a small donation to temple that you’re visiting will be much appreciated. Donations support the operations of the day. Place your donation on the altar, or if you want to make a specific donation look for a donation box.

15. If you’re granted an audience with a lama at a Buddhist temple or monastery, it’s traditional to present him with a kata: a ceremonial white scarf (usually sold nearby).

16. If you are invited into a private home for a meal, you can bring fruit or sweets, but don’t expect thanks – it is considered offensive to make a fuss in these situations. Take your shoes off when entering, unless shown otherwise. When the food is served you may be expected to eat first, so you won’t be able to follow your host’s lead. Take less than you can eat – asking for seconds is the best compliment you can give. The meal is typically served at the end of a gathering and when the food is finished, everyone leaves.

17. Don’t give pens, money, or sweets to the local people you encounter on visits to villages and it can encourage begging and may be seen to establish a non-equal relationship between tourist and local with tourists being seen as simply ‘givers’ giving to ‘the poor’. Instead, buy local handicrafts directly from villagers and show an interest in their skills. Sweets may seem like an ideal gift for children, but access to dentists is extremely limited to rural dwellers and the last thing you want to give them is tooth decay!

18. Hassle by touts is on the rise in Nepal and it’s likely you’ll get accosted at the airport and in Kathmandu and offered drugs, treks and sex. They’re not as aggressive as in India – ignore them and they’re likely to ignore you. If they don’t, ask politely if they’ll leave you alone – do not be rude, as they’ll take it personally.

19. Dealing with beggars is par for the course in Nepal. Adjust to the pathos quickly – few beggars are bona fide and helping those that are will only encourage those that aren’t. Do not give away medicines either; instead donate them to the destitute at Kathmandu’s Bir Hospital, or at the Himalayan Buddhist Meditation Centre in Kathmandu.

20. The litter problem in Nepal is growing and has increased with the wider availability of pre-packaged goods. Keep your waste to a minimum – avoid accepting plastic bags from shops and reuse the ones you have, buy additional food from local markets to avoid packaging, take an empty plastic bag with you on treks, so you can pick up any additional litter you might spot and take particularly harmful waste, such as batteries, back to Kathmandu with you.

21. Marijuana and other ‘recreational’ drugs are widely available in Nepal although totally illegal. If caught in possession, drugs carry huge fines and up to 20 years imprisonment.

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Trip Facts

  •  Trip Duration:  17 Days
  •  Activities:  Trekking & Festival
  •  Country:  Nepal
  •  Grade:  5
  •  Group Size:  2-15 Pax
  •  Price:  1650 US $ PP
  •  Trip Style:  Teahouse/Lodge
  •  Diffculty:  Medium
  •  Best Season:  None

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