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
Tengboche Monastery and surrounding view.

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
Monks Dancing at Mani Rimdu Festival.

After the sanctification of a 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
Mani Rimdu Opeeing Ceremony.

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 Padmasambhava, who is considered to be the 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 Monks with their traditional costume.

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
It’s a dance for sharing happiness and blessing.

Our below-given itinerary just to designed go for Mani Rimdu festival with Everest Base camp. The proposed dates of the Mani Rimdu festival for the year 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 on twin sharing basis
2. All transfers according to the above Itinerary.
3. Airfare Kathmandu – Lukla – Kathmandu
4. All-mountain basic accommodation with sharing a toilet in twin sharing basis.
5. All necessary paperwork 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 a 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 travellers under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult

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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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