Everest Mani Rimdu Festival Trek takes trekkers to the quaint Himalayan village of Tengboche where they are treated to the celebration of Mani Rimdu festival. Through the beating of the drums, clapping of the Jhyamtas, and the sacred dances, positive forces clash with those of chaos, conquering and banishing them. A sacred experience, a culture long lost to history and a chance to experience something which might shake you to your very core. Combined with the mesmerizing sights of the Himalayas all around and a chance to witness the mesmerizing grandeur of Mt. Everest (8,848m) trust us your holidays can’t get any better than this.
The adventure begins with Lukla which coincidentally is also one of the most adventurous places around. Through Phakding we make our way to Namche Bazaar, also the gateway to Everest. The enchanting views of Thamserku (6,608m), Everest (8,848m), Lhotse (8,414m), Ama Dablam (6,856m) and countless other snowcapped peaks crowd the horizon as we head towards Tengboche just in time for the Mani Rimdu Festival. The final 3 days celebration of the festival begins with Wong, also known as The Empowerment. The sacred pills of Mani Rilwu and Tshereel which are enchanted for 16 days through meditation and continuous prayers are distributed to everyone attending for long life, happiness, and prosperity. The second day is Chham meaning The Dances. Sacred dances like Ser-Kyem and Chhingpa are performed and it is believed that the monks performing these dances transcend to an upper being. The festival comes to a close with a puja paying homage to Lord Agni and the gods of the Mandala. Performed once a year, the festival of Mani Rimdu is the closest insight you can get to the true essence of Buddhism.
We, here at Alpine Adventure Team, have been traveling alongside the adventurers sharing their sense of awe and disbelief after being a part of the festival. Experienced guides, one of the best all-around service and proper hotels for staying despite the overcrowded region is what we pride ourselves on. Head out with us to be a part of something bigger than every single one of us.
Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu
After arriving at Tribhuvan International Airport our representatives will drive you directly to your hotel. A short introduction session will follow with your guides and fellow trek members who will familiarize you with what to expect. Overnight stay at a hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 2: Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla 2840m and trek to Phakding 2610m
We begin our journey with an early morning flight to one of the most adventurous airports of Nepal. The flight to Lukla is rewarding and thrilling as the lofty mountains loom on the horizon paving the way for our adrenaline rush. From Lukla, we head towards Phakding passing through rivers, streams and brightly Colour wildflowers. Overnight stay at Phakding.
Day 3: Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar 3440m
Accompanied by the eye-catching views of Thamserku (6608m), we break into the village of Monjo which is also the entry point to Sagarmatha National Park. The trail stretches through the home of a wide variety of flora and fauna to reveal the valley separated by Dudh Koshi to the right and Bhotekoshi to the left. Scaling the rugged mountain trail through its ups and downs we reach Namche Bazaar. Overnight stay at Namche Bazaar.
Day 4: Acclimatization Day
Namche Bazaar is the perfect place to let our bodies adapt to the increasing altitude. The region boasts a wide variety of attractions like the hamlets of Khumjung and Khunde, Yeti Skull monastery which boasts to display the skull of thy mythical creature, Everest View Hotel which is the hotel located at the highest altitude and the community hospital built by Sir Edmund Hilary in 1966. Overnight stay at Namche Bazaar.
Day 5: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Tengboche 3860m
With the mesmerizing views of Ama Dablam (6,856m) by our sides, we head towards the village of Tengboche. The trail winds through forests filled with rhododendron blooming in shades of red and white. After crossing the bridge we begin our journey uphill. Stretching as far as eyes can see the trail climbs past Rocky Mountains and the mesmerizing sight of Himalayas to take you to Tengboche. Overnight stay at Tengboche.
Day 6: Mani Rimdu Festival in Tengboche Monastery
The first day of the Mani Rimdu Festival today is the day of Wong. The empowerment is a public ceremony where the monks distribute the sacred pills of Mani Rilwu and Tshereel which contain the blessings passed down during the 16 days long meditation and prayers. During meditation, the monks picture kindness and compassion flowing into the pills through mantras. Today will provide a wonderful chance to witness the unique culture of Buddhists as we receive the pills said to provide long life, happiness, and prosperity. Overnight stay at Tengboche.
Day 7: Mani Rimdu Festival in Tengboche Monastery
The second day of Mani Rimdu Festival is dedicated to Chham which means dances. The day begins with the dance of Ser-Kyem where the six dancers represent Tantric magicians. Alcohol is offered from small chalices to Lama, Yidam, Khandro, and Shi- Dak (the earth deities). The second dance is Chhingpa which represents the four protecting Ghings defender of the Buddhist faith. Being part of the dances paves the way for a once in a lifetime spiritual experience. Overnight stay at Tengboche.
Day 8: Mani Rimdu Festival in Tengboche Monastery
The final day of the Mani Rimdu Festival today we will observe the Agni Puja. Today will be a less crowded day as most of the villagers start heading towards their houses. Performed as a homage to the fire god Agni and Gods of the mandala the puja is done to remove harm from the world. The harm is pictured in the form of grain and butter which is then burned on a pyre. The sand mandala is dismantled and set adrift in the spring as an offering to the Snake Gods. Overnight stay at Tengboche.
Day 9: Trek from Tengboche to Monjo 2835m
We begin our day with the early morning views of Everest (8,848m), Nuptse (7,855m), Lhotse (8,501m) and Ama Dablam (6,812m) illuminated by the rising sun. The trail descends towards the Dudh Koshi River only to ascend after crossing it. The journey continues to the village of Namche Bazaar. The trail dances atop the river crossing it numerous times before eventually heading towards the village of Monjo. Overnight stay at Monjo.
Day 10: Trek from Monjo to Lukla 2840m
We continue our journey towards Lukla which will also be the final day of our trek. The rugged Himalayan trail passes through the village of Phakding before heading upwards once again. Walking past Mani stones and stunning Himalayan landscapes we reach Chauri Kharka. Another hour of ascent takes us all the way to Lukla. Overnight stay at Lukla.
Day 11: Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu
Today, we head towards Kathmandu. The scenic early morning flight provides a bird’s eye view to the majestic Himalayas and mesmerizing views of the sunrise. The clear sight of the Himalayas from up above no longer dampened by the clouds is a perfect end for our journey. Back at Kathmandu, we head directly towards our hotel for some well-deserved rest. Overnight stay at a hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 12: Departure from Kathmandu
We hope you had a lovely time with us and enjoyed the journey. After breakfast, our representatives will once again drop you back at Tribhuvan International Airport with best wishes for your next adventure.
Our Trek Package Cost includes;
* Kathmandu Int’l Airport/Hotel/Airport pick up and transfer by private vehicle as per group size.
* 2 nights Accommodation in twin bed sharing basis with breakfast at standard hotel in Kathmandu.
* Round trip domestic flight ticket from Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu and airport tax.
* 3 Meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) with Tea & coffee during the trekking period.
* Best possible lodge to lodge accommodation during the trek.
* 1 experienced helpful and friendly guide, porters (1 porter for 2 peoples), their foods, accommodation, salary, equipment & insurance.
* All ground transportation by private vehicle.
* Sagarmatha National Park Permit.
* All necessary other permits.
* First Aid Medical Kit box.
* Office Service charge
* All Government Tax.
Our Trek Package Cost does not include;
* Any meals (Lunch and Dinner) in Kathmandu other than breakfast in hotel.
* Travel insurance.
* International air fare to and from Kathmandu, Nepal.
* Nepal Tourist Visa fees.
* Items and expenses of personal nature.
* Any kind of alcoholic drinks, cold drinks, snacks, laundry, phone call, Internet.
* Personal Trekking Equipment.
* Emergency Evacuation (Helicopter Rescue).
* Any costs which arise due to a change of the itinerary, because of landslides, domestic flight delays, political disturbance, and strikes etc.
* Any other costs whatsoever, that is not mentioned in the cost included.
* Horse renting and additional porters during the trek.
* Tips for guide, porters, driver…