Mani Rimdu Festival

Mani Rimdu Festival The Everest region is famed for being the best hub to witness the panorama of sky-piercing mountains like the Mt. Everest (8848m), Thamserku (6608m), and Lhotse (8414m)...








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Mani Rimdu Festival

The Everest region is famed for being the best hub to witness the panorama of sky-piercing mountains like the Mt. Everest (8848m), Thamserku (6608m), and Lhotse (8414m). The Everest region not only prides itself on natural allure but on cultural identity as well which the Mani Rimdu Festival Trek aims to explore. The trek reaches the Tengboche village amid the Himalayas and celebrates the 3-day popular festival in Nepal, Mani Rimdu Festival.  The Mani Rimdu Festival Trek shall show you the ancient art of Buddhism mingled with hints of Sherpa culture.


Mani Rimdu Festival Highlights

  • Visit the region’s biggest monastery, the Tengboche Monastery.
  • Attend the esteemed Mani Rimdu festival at the Tengboche Monastery
  • Experience the Sherpa culture and traditions
  • Panoramic views of mountains like the Everest (8848m), Lhotse (8414m), Ama Dablam (6856m), and Thamserku (6608m)


Mani Rimdu Festival Trek Overview

The Mani Rimdu Festival Trek starts with a flight to Lukla airport. You get off at Lukla, then trek to the nearby village of Phakding along the Dudh Koshi River on the same day. The first day of the trek provides glimpses of the roads to come and we finally arrive at Phakding. The next day from Phakding, we make our way to Namche Bazaar.

It is the largest settlement and its markets house any good you can think of needing at such high altitudes. Visit the Khumjung monastery and Hotel Everest View for a quick getaway. From Namche, it’s a challenging trek to the main destination of our trip, the Tengboche Monastery. We trek up coming to the end of the tree line, and into the dry crescent-shaped ridge that Tengboche located in. The village houses the Monastery is named after the Tengboche monastery.

The Mani Rimdu festival processions which begin on the full moon on the 9th month of the Tibetan calendar (usually October-November) is hosted here. The procession lasts 19 days while 3 days of the festival are celebrated publically. The festival celebrated with vibrant celebrations and dances which symbolize the victory of good over evil. From Tengboche, we head to Monjo and after walking on the banks of the Dudh Koshi, we reach Lukla. Take a quick rest and take a flight to Kathmandu where the trip shall end.

Nepal Treks understands and respects the cultural values of Nepal, thus, we have introduced the Mani Rimdu Festival Trekking to you. With our experienced and expert guides who know the region and its cultural values inside out, we believe we should be your partners in traveling the region. We also provide various other packages which include some of the most famous trekking in Nepal.

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Day 1
Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300m)
You arrive in Kathmandu already welcomed by the warmth of the snowy mountains seem to provide, from your plane window. A company representative will come to greet you and accompany you to a hotel. There will be a brief about the forthcoming trip. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Day 2
Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla| 2840m and trek to Phakding| 2610m
The mountain flight into Lukla is spectacular. The airport is situated amongst the hills, and provides you with an mesmerizing views of the surrounding mountains, a taste of things to come. Once at Lukla, the entry point of the Khumbu Valley, you head through pine and cedar woods in a dusty track with rocks along the Dudh Koshi to Phakding. Overnight in Phakding.
Day 3
Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazar| 3440m
The path heading out of Phakding leads you through several rhododendron and magnolia forests, and past several villages. We need to get our permits checked at Jorsalle and, then, we enter the Sagarmatha National Park. We finally reach Namche which is the biggest Sherpa settlement in the Everest region. We can see mountains like Kongde range, Nupla (5885m) and Thamserku (6808m). Overnight in Namche Bazar.
Day 4
Acclimatization Day
Namche Bazaar is the gateway to the Everest region. The town of Namche bazaar has a market where one can find almost anything required for trekking and more. Along with the Mt. Everest (8848m), you can witness mountains like Nuptse (7861m), Lhotse (8414m), and the beautiful Ama Dablam (6856m). We shall make a quick visit to the Khumjung monastery which houses the scalp of a yeti. We can also visit the Everest View Hotel. Overnight in Namche Bazar.
Day 5
Trek from Namche Bazaar to Tengboche| 3860m
Leaving Namche, the trail leads to Sanasa and exits Khyangjuma. Thereon, following the Imja River, we reach Tengboche. This village houses the famous monastery, where we will witness the Mani Rimdu festival. The view from Tengboche Monastery is deemed to be absolutely amazing. The monastery provides panoramic views of the highest mountains on earth with views of Ama Dablam (6856m), Kangtega (6685m), the Mt. Everest (8848 m), and Thamserku (6608m). Overnight in Tengboche.
Day 6
Mani Rimdu Festival in Tengboche Monastery
Mani Rimdu celebration is to celebrate the quelling of demons and the rewarding of virtues for the welfare of the world. The whole procession is 19 days but 3 days are allowed for public viewing. On this day, you will witness the Lamas and Sherpas gathering in the monastery to conduct the ceremonies along with many others who have come to witness it. You will truly feel like being a part of something big. This first day is called wong. It will be on the full moon day, and you will be handed the Mani Rilwu, the sacred pills. The first day is for prayers. Overnight in Tengboche.
Day 7
Mani Rimdu Festival in Tengboche Monastery
On the second day of the ceremony the monks wear decorated and engraved colorful masks made out of Papier mache. They dress up in a manner that resemble demons. Ceremonial dances are then performed by these dressed up monks. The dance symbolizes the victory of good over evil. They also symbolize the simplest to the most sophisticated of Buddhist philosophies. As these dances are very sacred, they are only performed on this day. Overnight in Tengboche.
Day 8
Mani Rimdu Festival in Tengboche Monastery
The Third and last day of the Mani Rimdu festival is when the festival reaches its climactic end. Among the hundreds of visitors and the banging of the drums, humming and dancing you still feel the peace. You will be enlightened by the symbolism of all that is being portrayed. The day is concluded with humorous dances and prayers. Overnight in Tengboche.
Day 9
Trek from Tengboche to Monjo| 2835m
After having breakfast in Tengboche, you make your way back to Namche Bazaar over 4-5 hours and have lunch. If you had missed out on any indulgence on your way there you can catch up on this day for any last minute shopping. The day is still long ahead, as we make our way to the beautiful village of Monjo to spend the night.  The trails are adjacent to the Dudh Koshi river and descend taking you through Jorsalle and over to Monjo. Overnight in Monjo.
Day 10
Trek from Monjo to Lukla| 2840m
We leave Monjo again along the Dudh Koshi and arrive at Ghat. The trek is mostly downhill, except for the last part where there is a small uphill section.  We will walk past the several settlements of the regions such as Bengkar, Phakding, and Chhuthawa and have lunch where we see fit. We eventually arrive at Lukla where we can celebrate the success of our trip. Overnight in Lukla
Day 11
Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu
You get a sequel to your mountain flight as you once again get a final glimpse at the surrounding mountains, the very region you traversed and came back with happy memories. The flight to Kathmandu will last about 45 minutes.  You will be transferred to your hotel in Kathmandu upon arrival. Any final day shopping or activities you missed out on before your trek can be carried out today. You can even visit the shopping malls or any other UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Day 12
Departure from Kathmandu
You are transferred to the airport after a small farewell ceremony. A representative will accommodate you and hopefully happy memories of the journey will too. Goodbye and Thanks.

  • One licensed and experienced English speaking local trekking guide.
  • 1 Sharing Sherpa porter between 2 clients to carry your main pack (weight limit 25 kg)
  • An assistant guide to support the guests and porters as per group size.
  • Lodge accommodation during the trek on twin/double sharing basis.
  • Daily meals: (8 Breakfasts, 8 Lunches and 8 Dinners during the trek.
  • Tea, coffee, cookies and fresh fruits during the trek.
  • Kathmandu – Lukla – Kathmandu Flight (USD 360 per person)
  • All necessary permits for Mani Rimdu Festival Trekking.
  • Food, accommodation and salary of your guide and porters.
  • Insurance for guide and porters as per state low.
  • All local tax, vat, office service charge and domestic airport taxes etc.
Not Included
  • International airport transfers.
  • Meals in Kathmandu.
  • Guided tour and monuments entrance fees in Kathmandu, we arrange on your request.
  • All bar bills, beverages such as coke, Fanta, mineral water during the trek
  • Hot shower, hot water, internet and personal nature expenses.
  • Personal travel insurance, international air ticket and Nepal visa fee.
  • Rescue operation charge in case of emergency (we arrange rescue on request).
  • Gratitude and tips for guide and porter.
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