Tengboche Mani Rimdu Festival Trek

The symbolism can be interpreted on many layers; the internal “demons” of hatred, greed, and ignorance overcome through meditation on compassion and wisdom. At the end of the ceremonies, the priests carry out the sacred mask dances known as “Cham”.

Trip Facts

Trip Duration - 18
Trekking Duration - 15
Trekking Mode - Tea House Trek
Trip Level - Moderate
Max. Altitude - 5545 Meters
Min. Group Size - 2+

Mani Rimdu Festival Trek is held as once in a year. The trek to the serene and scenic Tengboche monastery in the course of the auspicious Festival of Mani Rimdu. The prayers usually pray over many days but for the villager’s most spirited festival is when they get hold of the blessings from Rinpoche (a fairly ranked monk), and when the priests perform the masked dance outskirts of the Monastery.  Mani Rimdu festival trek provides an exceptional opportunity to have fun and to be a part of this auspicious occasion inside the Himalayas of Nepal.

Mani Rimdu name comes out of the “mani”, a part of the mantra of Chenrezig, and “Rilbu” which might be the small red pills, which can be blessed in the course of the rite and distributions to all at the end. The Mani Rimdu in Tengboche is performed according to the way of life of Mindroling that came from Rongbuk monastery north of Tengboche in Tibet. At the beginning of the festival lovely complex mandala or sacred diagram is drawn in great colored sand. The sand is accrued from a special location excessive in the Himalayas. It takes 4 days to finish the mandala then it is covered and used as a focus for the next ten days meditation. In the course of the dances, symbolic demons are conquered, dispelled or subdued. The symbolism can be interpreted on many layers; the internal “demons” of hatred, greed, and ignorance overcome through meditation on compassion and wisdom. At the end of the ceremonies, the priests carry out the sacred mask dances known as “Cham”. There are sixteen dances with a few comic interludes that pleasure to the crowds. Those dances are a recreation of the status quo of Buddhism in the Himalayas by the legendary Padma Sambhava, referred to as Guru Rinpoche. The dances deliver Buddhist teachings on many stages from the simplest truth to the most profound realization.

A few of the important days, the first day of the festival, lamas from the monastery pray within the courtyard. The second day, you can see the lamas dancing with brocade coats and wonderfully painted paper-mouth masks. Hundreds of Sherpa’s from all over Khumbu attend the performance, as it is an important social occasion as well as a wonderful spectacle. Together with the serious and complicated dances the lamas additionally dramatize two absurd comedian sequences that make the entire performance a grand and an amusing event. On the final Evening of Mani Rimdu, the villagers join in and perform all-night Sherpa dance.

When is Mani Rimdu for the year 2019?

The Rimdu Festival celebrated in the 9th Tibetan month which usually falls in between October and November, right after the full moon of autumn. The date of the Mani Rimdu Festival is according to the Tibetan lunar calendar and the head lama of the Tengboche monastery declares the dates. The date of the Mani Rimdu festival of this year 2019 is 12th, 13th, and 14th November.

Short itinerary of Mani Rimdu Festival Trek

Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu (1335 meters).
Day 02:
Fly to Lukla (2810 meters) and trek to Phakding (2610 meters).
Day 03: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3440 meters).
Day 04: Acclimatization day at Namche Bazaar.
Day 05: Trek to Thyangboche (3860 meters).
Day 06: Thyangboche Mani Rimdu Festival 1st Day.
Day 07: Thyangboche Mani Rimdu Festival 2nd Day.
Day 08: Thyangboche Mani Rimdu Festival 3rd Day.
Day 09: Trek to Dingboche (4220 meters).
Day 10: Trek to Lobuche (4910 meters).
Day 11: Trek to Gorakshep (5180 meters).
Day 12: Climb Kala Patter (5545 meters) and Trek to Louche.
Day 13: Trek to Thyangboche (3860 meters).
Day 14: Trek to Monjo (2835 meters).
Day 15: Trek to Lukla (2810 meters).
Day 16: Fly back to Kathmandu.
Day 17: Free day at Kathmandu.
Day 18: Departure.

Mani Rimdu Festival 3rd day
Trek to Thyangboche.

Detail Itinenary

Arrival In Kathmandu Day 01:
Arrive in Kathmandu (1335 meters).
A representative from Visit Himalaya Treks with the company’s display board will greet you outside the arrival terminal and transfer you to your Hotel. (Overnight at Hotel)
Fly to Lukla Day 02:
Fly to Lukla (2810 meters) and trek to Phakding (2610 meters).
An early morning scenic flight to Lukla (35 minutes) is followed by a leisurely breakfast at Lukla. We meet up with our crew and after a brief introduction and a quick sorting of our daypack and the main bags, our adventure starts. The trail gradually drops into the Dudh Koshi Valley and passes through the lovely Sherpa villages of Chauri Kharka, Cheplung, then undulates through villages of Thado Koshi, Ghat, and finally arrives at Phakding. First views of Kusum Kanguru (6367 meters) can be viewed at Thado Koshi just before a small climb at Thado Koshi. During the day and in most of the other days on the trek, we follow the Dudh Koshi river and pass through a couple of suspension bridges and several mani walls, mani stone, Chorten, stupas and prayer flags with snow-capped mountains in the background. (3 hours) (Overnight at Teahouse. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)
Trek to Namche Day 03:
Trek to Namche Bazaar (3440 meters).
During the day, we follow the Dudh Koshi River and cross the river several times on the suspension bridges. Views of Thamserku (6623 meters) and the holy mountain Khumbila or Khumbu Yül-Lha (5761 meters) shows themselves for the first time as we trek through small villages of Tok Tok, Ghat, Benkar and Monjo. The trail keeps undulating for the whole morning and enters into the Sagarmatha National Park at Monjo. The path drops down to Jorsalle and steadily follows the river for a while until the start of the steep climb with a dramatic suspension bridge (situated at more than 50 meters above the river) joining the two different valleys. The first glimpse of Everest (8848 meters) with the Lhotse face in front of it can be enjoyed on the midway of the climb through the pine forests, on the way to Namche Bazaar. This famous town in the lap of the Himalayas also offers the best views of the Kongde Range. (6 hours) (Overnight at Teahouse. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)
Acclimatization day at Namche Bazaar. Day 04:
Acclimatization day at Namche Bazaar.
A walk to the twin village of Khunde (3840 meters) and Khumjung (3780 meters) through the Syangboche Airport (3720 meters) is considered as one of the interesting days of the trek. With the benefit of gain in altitude, this day trip also offers a chance to visit a hospital and school started by Sir Edmund Hillary himself. Breathtaking views of Mount Everest (8848 meters), Lhotse (8516 meters) and Ama Dablam (6812 meters) are also an added incentive for the day hike. (6 hours) (Overnight at Teahouse. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included).
Trek to Thyangboche. Day 05:
Trek to Thyangboche (3860 meters).
The trek continues on a well-maintained path in the morning with towering mountains on almost every direction. After passing a couple of teahouses at Kyangjuma, the path starts to drop down to the river passing small teashops at the villages of Sanasa, Lausasa and finally reaches Phunki Tenga at the bottom of the valley. Yet another suspension bridge helps us to cross the river at Phunki Tenga and then an identical climb to Namche waits. The climb through a thin Rhododendron forest finally ends at Thyanboche. Thyangboche is famous for the Thyangboche Monastery, the biggest and the most important monastery of the region. Thyangboche also offers stunning panoramic views of Everest with the Lhotse face, Ama Dablam (6812 meters), Kangtega (6782 meters) and the Kongde Range. (6 hours) (Overnight at Teahouse. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)
Mani Rimdu Festival 1st day Day 06:
Thyangboche Mani Rimdu Festival Starts first day
Today is a exciting day because they are starting to celebrate the Mani Rimdu festival around the monastery enjoying Mani Rimdu Festival. (Overnight at Teahouse. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)
Mani Rimdu Festival 2nd day Day 07:
Thyangboche Mani Rimdu Festival 2nd Day.
The day is spent in and around the monastery enjoying Mani Rimdu Festival. (Overnight at Teahouse. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)
Mani Rimdu Festival 3rd day Day 08:
Thyangboche Mani Rimdu Festival 3rd Day.
The day is spent in and around the monastery enjoying Mani Rimdu Festival. (Overnight at Teahouse. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)
Trek to Dingboche. Day 09:
Trek to Dingboche (4220 meters).
The path drops down passing through some teahouses at Deboche and after a brief period on easy terrain, crosses the Dudh Koshi once again. A small ascend leads to Pangboche, the village with the oldest monastery of the region. The trek continues in the valley and passes small villages of Somare and Hortse. After Hortse, the path drops in and out of a valley and then a steady walk finally ends the day at Dingboche. At Dingboche, views of another snowcapped pinnacle add to the already impressive list of mountains, as the view of Island Peak (6189 meters), one of the most popular trekking peaks in Nepal, appears in the North. (5-6 hours) (Overnight at Teahouse. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)
Trek to Lobuche Day 10:
Trek to Lobuche (4910 meters).
After a short climb, the tail continues to gradually ascend for the most part of the morning. After crossing a small river, the trail climbs to Thukla, followed by a steep climb that ends at the top of Thukla Pass (4830 meters). The pass is filled with memorials dedicated to the mountaineers perished in the mountains of Khumbu region and also provides serene views of the mountains responsible for those memorials. An easier walk in the afternoon ends the day at Lobuche. (6 hours) (Overnight at Teahouse. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)
Trek to Gorakshep Day 11:
Trek to Gorakshep (5180 meters).
An early start leads us into the undulating trail and into the Khumbu Glacier for a while. After getting out of the glacier, the path leads to Gorakhshep (5180 meters). After a brief stop and lunch, the trail again enters the Khumbu Glacier and undulates all the way up to Everest Base Camp. At Base Camp, one can enjoy the close-up views of Nuptse (7861 meters), Pumori (7161 meters), Lingtren (6713 meters), Khumbutse (6636 meters), Changtse (7543 meters) and Lho La (6026 meters). We return to Gorakhshep through the same route on the glacier. (6-7 hours) (Overnight at Teahouse. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)
Climb Kala Patter & trek to Lobuche. Day 12:
Climb Kala Patter (5545 meters) and Trek to Lobuche .
A steep climb to Kala Pattar (2 hours) is rewarded with the proper view of the southwest face of Everest. Kala Pattar is also the highest point of the trek. After returning to Gorakhshep, we return to Lobuche via the same route. (3 hours) (Overnight at Teahouse. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)
Trek Back to Thyangboche Day 13:
Trek to Thyangboche (3860 meters).
The trail consistently keeps losing height with every hour and enters into the different valley of Pheriche in the morning. The valley is left behind after a brief climb and once again, the trail descends and passes the villages of Hortse, Somare and Pangboche. After Hortse, the trek continues on the same path taken during the way up. The days trek ends at Thyangboche. (7-8 hours) (Overnight at Teahouse. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included).
Trek Back to Namche Day 14:
TREK TO NAMCHE BAZAAR (3440 METERS).
The return trek towards Lukla continues on the previously traveled route taken during the way up. Following the same track toward to Namche Bazaar about 5 hours trek. (Overnight at Teahouse. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)
Trek Back to Lukla Day 15:
Trek to Lukla (2810 meters).
We trek back to Lukla via same route taken before and end the trek at Lukla. We also bid farewell to our support crew and formally end their trek for them as well. (6-7 hours) (Overnight at Teahouse. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)
Fly Back to kathmndu Day 16:
Fly back to Kathmandu.
A 35-minute flight to Kathmandu and a whole day to explore the capital. Further adventure activities like rock climbing, hiking, biking around the Kathmandu valley with bungee jumping, rafting near the valleys can be done on this free day. (Overnight at Hotel. Breakfast included)
Free Day at Kathmandu Day 17:
Free day at Kathmandu.
A leisure day in Kathmandu which can used for an early morning mountain flights to Everest or if you have an extra few days then we recommend you to extend into further more tours to Chitwan Jungle Safari, Bardiya Jungle Safari, Lumbini, Bandipur, Rafting etc. (This is also spare day in case of cancellation of flights) (Overnight at Hotel. Breakfast included)
Final-Departure Day 18:
Departure.
A representative from Visit Himalaya Treks Pvt. Ltd. will check your flight tickets and transfer you to the airport before two hours from your flight with a hope of seeing you again in the future. (Breakfast included)

Service include on trip cost

  • Arrivals and departure transport by car (We will collect you from the Kathmandu international airport) and transfer to Hotel.
  • Half day sightseeing in Kathmandu (Boudhanath and Pashupatinath) with city guide and necessary transport.
  • 3 nights’ accommodation (2 persons per room) in Kathmandu in a 3* standard Hotel with breakfast.
  • Kathmandu – Lukla – Kathmandu airfare including airport taxes.
  • Accommodation and all meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) while on the trek in normal teahouses.
  • Salary, insurance, food, accommodation for guides and porters. A porter to carry your luggage on treks (Per person 15-kilogram luggage).
  • National Park entry fee and Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS).
  • First Aid Kit. Government taxes and service charge.

Service exclude on trip cost

  • Nepal entry Visa Fee.
  • Personal Travel Insurance (Compulsory).
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu.
  • Entry fee at the sightseeing sites.
  • Personal expenses like beverages (mineral water, alcohol, soft drinks), telephone bills, laundry, bar bills.
  • Personal tips and Gratitude for Guide, Porter, and Driver etc.
  • All not mentioned in the inclusion section.

 

Gear List

Visit Himalaya Treks has always been keen on safety on the journey. We have prepared Trekking Equipment List which the trekkers will need during their trek in Nepal. The following list should help you with your packing. Generally, you should always try to keep the weight of your equipment to a minimum. The weight of your trek bag while trekking should be no more than 15 KG. You must bring the following items:
  • Fleece jacket or warm jumper
  • Thermal shirts/underwear
  • Nightwear thermals
  • Fleece/sweatpants
  •  Day-wear shirt/rain pants
  •  Trekking pants
  • Wind pants
  • Warm hat/balaclava
  • Neck gaiter
  • Sunhat
  • Warm hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Mittens/gloves
  • Water bottle
  • Torch / Flashlight
  • Quick drier Towel
  • Sunscreen and lip balm with sunscreen 35++
  • Water purification
  • A set of Earplugs
  • Trekking Poles
  • Hiking Boots
  • Socks
  • First aid kit
  • Antiseptics
  • Camera and video camera
Medical
  • Betadine / Dettol.
  • Hand-plaster
  • Bandage
  •  Eye drop.
  • Eardrop
  •  Sinex.
  • Gauge
  • Cotton
  • Move / Spray
  • Digene
  • Diamox
  •  D-Cold
  • Vicks
  • Paracetamol
  • Medicine for diarrhea
  • Medicine for a toothache

Dates & Prices

Start Date End Date Availability Price Booking
November 7, 2019 November 24, 2019 Available $1750 BOOK NOW

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