Mani Rimdu Festival Trek in Everest Region

Tengboche Gompa is an old monastery founded in 1916 by Lama Gulu and now it is the largest and one of the most important places to learn Buddhism in the Khumbu region. Every year during Mid-October and Mid-November, a great festival of Mani Rimdu is celebrated for 19 days which conclude with 3 days public festival. Tengboche Gompa is important to place for this festival and joyfully celebrated by the Sherpas and Lamas of Everest Region. The head of Tengboche Monastery, Lama refers to the auspicious date of the festival after consulting the Tibetan Lunar calendar. A festival is a vibrant event where they perform masks dance that shows the victory of Buddhism over the Demons and Evil.

Mani Rimdu Festival Trek is not only popular for the festival but also for the fact that it is celebrated in the world's highest mountain (Mt. Everest) region as we can see the stunning views of top peaks like Mount Everest (8848M), Mount Lhotse (8618m), Mount Nuptse (7896m), Mount Pumori (7145m), Mount Ama Dablam (6812m) and many more.
Trip Code: MRFTIER62
Starts: Lukla
Finishes: Lukla
Duration: 14 Days
Difficulty: Hard
Group Size: 2 - 14
Age: Minimum 18
Seasons: Oct-Nov (Full moon)
Elevation: 3870m/ 12696.9ft
Trip Views: 645
Activities: Trekking Cultural Tours Overland Tours
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Breakfast: 11
Lunch: 10
Dinner: 10
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Hotel: 7 Night(s)
Guesthouse: 4 Night(s)
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Trip Facts

  • Celebrated in Mid-October and Mid-November
  • Trek starts from Lukla Airport
  • Tengboche Monastery is the first monastery in Nepal that perform Mani Rimdu festival
  • Mani Rimdu festival is one of the oldest festivals of Everest region
  • Mani Rimdu is divided into six preparations
  1. Construction of the sand mandala
  2. The Empowerment (Wong)
  3. The Dances (Chham)
  4. Ser-Kyem
  5. The Fire Puja (Jinsak)
  6. Chhingpa

Why this Trip

  • Mani Rimdu Festival is for those who want to celebrate the Buddhist culture and observe the magnificent views of the mountain ranges as well. This trek offers you to be a part of the wonderful festival and culture of Sherpas.

speaker_notes Trip Notes

  • • We reserve the right to change and that the program may be reversed. Things can happen that make it impossible to meet them as planned. If any meeting or plan would not be feasible, we always try to find an equivalent alternative. In Nepal, you always have a plan B and C!
  • • What follows is a general flow of events. Expect the unexpected and prepare to be flexible
  • • A trekking permit is a must to travel to controlled areas. Permit, however, is issued only to groups. Individual trekkers will not be issued trekking permit.

Location

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Brief Itinerary

  • placeDAY 1 : ARRIVAL AT TIA, KATHMANDU
    With big smile and big heart we will be greeting you at the airport. You will then be escorted to the hotel for refreshment. Our traditional cuisines will be prepared especially for you to please your taste buds, our way of welcoming you to the country of diverse culture.

    Meal:

    • Dinner

    Accomodation:

    • Hotel

    Activities:

    • Airport Pickup
    • Private Transfer from airport to hotel
  • placeDAY 2 : KATHMANDU SIGHTSEEING
    Kathmandu is cultural and historical capital of Nepal; many places here symbolize art, history, architecture, and culture of Nepalese tradition. We’ll visit many Hindu and Buddhist Shrine. Our city guide will make sure that you don’t miss out any important places.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accomodation:

    • Hotel

    Activities:

    • Kathmandu Sightseeing
    • Food and wine tour(optional)
  • placeDAY 3 : LUKLA/PHAKDING (2656M)
    There's no other way of putting it: the flight to Lukla is hair-raising indeed, but as you step down from the plane, we'll be taking your first monumental step on the path to Everest Base Camp. After reaching Lukla, we’ll hike towards the village of Phakding where we’ll spend the night.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accomodation:

    • Guesthouse

    Activities:

    • Transfer to Lukla on domestic flight
  • placeDAY 4 : TREK TO NAMCHE (3450M)
    This morning, right after an early breakfast, your trek truly begins. On the path from Phakding, we’ll cross rivers by suspension bridges. The villages along the way will set the pace and before you know it, we'll have reached the entrance to Sagarmatha National Park. The trail continues rising sharply to reach Namche bazaar. Here, we'll spend the night in a hotel with good facilities.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accomodation:

    • Hotel

    Activities:

    • Sagarmatha National Park Entrance
  • placeDAY 5 : ACCLIMATIZATION
    Acclimatizing is the key to a successful trek. And today, we will acclimatize, while trekking in the legendary Namche bazaar, with its restaurants, coffee shops, and pubs. We can visit Khunde Hospital, which was established by Sir Edmund Hillary. Or we can stroll up to the Everest View Hotel above Namche, where you can see the sunset over Ama Dablam, Nuptse, Lhotse, and Everest.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accomodation:

    • Hotel

    Activities:

    • Guided tour to Namche
  • placeDAY 6 : TREK TO TENGBOCHE (3870M)
    The day begins with an easy walk to Phulki and onwards to Tengboche village, famous for its monastery probably the largest in the Everest region. It is located within the Sagarmatha National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Here, we can see panoramic views that take in the whole range of the Himalayas, including Mt. Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam and Thamserku. You will stay overnight in Tengboche.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accomodation:

    • Guesthouse

    Activities:

  • placeDAY 7 : MANI RIMDU FESTIVAL EXPLORATION
    In these three days, we will explore the Mani Rimdu festival. First day, there will be the blessing ceremony and after that in second day, there will be masks dance which represent the winning from the demons and evil. Then at last day, there will be the closing ceremony.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accomodation:

    • Guesthouse

    Activities:

    • Mani Rimdu Festival Exploration
  • placeDAY 10 : TREK TO NAMCHE
    After these three days festival, today, we step back from our trek and descend back to Namche. We’ll be in Namche, where we’ll spend your last day near the mountains.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accomodation:

    • Hotel

    Activities:

  • placeDAY 11 : TREK TO LUKLA
    Straight after breakfast, we'll trek back to Lukla via Phakding. We’ll revisit all the spectacular views of mountains, monasteries, and villages. This will be your last night on the mountain.....until the next time.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accomodation:

    • Guesthouse

    Activities:

  • placeDAY 12 : KATHMANDU
    The flights from Lukla to Kathmandu are sometimes cancelled due to weather conditions, so we reserve a buffer day in order not to impact on your departure plans.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • DInner

    Accomodation:

    • Hotel

    Activities:

    • Transfer from Lukla to Kathmandu on domestic flight
  • placeDAY 13 : FREE DAY AT KATHMANDU
    A free day which can be spent sight-seeing, evening ceremony of chanting at Pashupatinath or, alternately, a relaxing massage. We can arrange anything for you on this day or you can spend your free day independently.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast

    Accomodation:

    • Hotel

    Activities:

    • Yoga retreat(optional)
  • placeDAY 14 : DEPARTURE
    For those departing Nepal on this day, you'll probably have some energy left for shopping in the city and getting a wonderful trekkers’ massage. We’ll eat together and then we'll accompany you to the airport in traditional Nepali farewell mode.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch

    Accomodation:

    Activities:

    • Airport Drop on private vehicle
  • Detail Inclusions
    • Airport transfers with an escort by Private Vehicle
    • Deluxe/Standard rooms in Kathmandu on twin/double sharing basis with breakfast and dinner
    • Guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu 
    • Accommodation during trek (or camping in case of need)
    • All meals (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) during the trek
    • Authorized English speaking guide along with Porters for the trek
    • Two-way Kathmandu-Lukla airfare with domestic airport departure tax
    • Equipment and clothing for porters including their insurance
    • All applicable government tax
    • All expenses for staffs–meal, accommodation, salary, equipment, insurance, transportation
    • All necessary paperwork and Everest Trekking Permit, Trekkers' Information Management System fees (TIMS)
    • Medical kit (carried by your trek leader)
  • Complimentary
    • Arrangement of tea, coffee during the trek (self-arrangements)
    • Get-to-know (welcome) and farewell dinner in Kathmandu
    • Map of Everest region
    • Occasional hot Shower during the trek
    • Sim card for local calls
    • Souvenir from Nepal
    • Photos and videoes of the trip
    • Certificate of appreciation
  • Exclusions
    • International flights; Nepalese visa fee
    • Excess baggage charge(s) for domestic flight
    • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara because of early arrival or late departure
    • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu
    • Travel and rescue insurance
    • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc.)
    • Tips for guide(s), porter(s) and driver(s)


FAQS

  • 1. Will somebody come to pick me up at the airport upon arrival ?
    Yes, our representative will be there to greet you at the airport. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel by a private car/jeep.
  • 2. Is there an Orientation program ?
    Yes, there is going to be a small orientation/briefing program before we embark on our adventure by the tour manager, leader/guide.
  • 3. What is the overnight accommodation like ?
    For nights in cities, we use standard/superior standard/deluxe rooms whereas, during the trek, we use lodges/tea houses/guesthouses/home stay for our clients, and whatever is available and accessible. We also arrange sleeping bags for our clients, on their request.
  • 4. How big are the groups ?
    We believe in operating small intimate group to provide personal attention and services to our guests. Small groups can enjoy the trek hassle free and enjoy the customized trip according to their will so we try to keep group as small as group of 14 but it can be increased with the special request of the clients.
  • 5. Is Travelling in Everest region safe for women ?
    Yes, Nepal can boast as the one of the safest country in South Asia for women. You will find people very friendly and respectful towards foreigners especially towards women. Everest region is one of the most visited areas by the tourists so the service providers are professional and local people are respectful with welcoming hospitality towards the trekkers.
  • 6. What about security during trekking ?
    We make sure to take security measures during trek to make your trip delightful. We hire experienced and license holding guides to safeguard your life in mountains. We suggest you to follow the guide’s instruction carefully and take responsibility for personal belongings.
  • 7. What sort of food can I expect in trekking ?
    Everest is world famous trekking region among the trekkers hence this region provides wide range of delicious western meals like Pasta, noodles, pizzas, bread, soup etc. Dal Bhat (Rice, Lentils and Vegetables) are great way to gain energy for the strenuous trek.
  • 8. Is the drinking water safe in trekking region ?
    There are plenty of water stations on each stop on the route. You can easily fill up the bottle from the open taps. We recommend that you bring water purifier tablets with you or at least get it from Kathmandu before you depart for trekking. You can also buy mineral waters but we usually recommend tap water which is pure and it helps us not promoting plastic bottled water.
  • 9. What mode of transportation do you use ?
    We use private car/jeep/van depending on the size of the group for sightseeing inside the Kathmandu Valley and transfer to Lukla on domestic flight.
  • 10. What is the best season to trek around Everest for Mani Rimdu festival ?
    Between Mid- October to Mid-November, local people of Everest region celebrate this Mani Rimdu festival so it’s best to travel in this seasons.
  • 11. Will I be taken care of during emergency ?
    Before coming to Nepal, make sure that you are covered by insurance for about 5500 meters. In case of emergency like altitude sickness, dehydration or any medical condition ask your tour leader to contact us ASAP so that we can manage rescue team for your help.
  • 12. What is appropriate dress for trekking ?
    Trekking is a tiresome activity that requires a lot of physical movement so pack your active wears and trekking pants for at lower altitudes. Weather at high altitude is unpredictable so carry a light weight waterproof jacket along with thick down jacket, pant and thermal innerwear to escape severe cold. Needless to say that, Good shoes are very important for trekking in rough and snowy terrain, so invest on good quality shoes or rent it from us in a minimum price. As you are trekking in remote village, try to wear modest clothes to quickly gel up with the local people without hesitation.
  • 13. Is it possible to alternate or change the day trips ?
    We customize the trip according to your preference but if you need to change plan during the trek, consult the guide.
  • 14. Are we sure to get room while trekking ?
    We contact the lodge/guesthouse owner for reservation of the room before trekking on a particular day. On other days, porters reach the destination and book the rooms for you. But there are always going to be exceptions but even in those cases, we may have to be flexible about very basic sleeping arrangements. We always try to make sure that we have everything well arranged.
  • 15. Are your guides reliable and certified ?
    All our Guides are trekking experts holding license from Nepal Tourism Board, Nepal Government. They are the most valuable assets of the company. Guides know the trekking route like the back of their hand and use their expertise in ensuring your safety in the mountains.
  • 16. How can I charge my electronics during the trip ?
    While trekking in higher lands you need to pay for charging the electronics upon request to the owner. The best idea always is to bring your power bank with you. It's easier and cheaper.
  • 17. Is there any communication while we are on trekking ?
    While trekking in Everest region, you can make local and international calls from telephone provided by the guesthouse owner after paying the price directly.
  • 18. Can I add extra days to my trekking trip ?
    If you need extra day to complete the trekking, you'll need to inform the guide in advance and the guide will let the company know. Adding a day to trekking can result in many changes in other arrangements such as transportation, guides' schedule, flight details, hotel bookings and all, so we really don't recommend this to our clients unless there's an emergency cases. But it's true that those changes could be made but it will cost extra. The best way to do it is to inform the agent company about it.
  • 19. What immunizations will I need ?
    Before coming to Nepal, make sure you are covered for diphtheria & TB, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, malaria, typhoid, polio and tetanus. Make sure you are in best shape to complete the trekking without any complication.
  • 20. How will my booking be processed ?
    To confirm your booking, a deposit of 15% of total trip amount is required if you are booking at least a year in advance before trip departure date. If booking is made between 100-364 days before the trip departure, you'll need to pay 20% to confirm the trip. If payment is made between 99-60 days, 25% of the total trip amount will need to be paid and if booked between 59-30 days, 50% of the total trip amount needs to be paid and finally, if you are booking 29 days prior to trip departure, then 100% payment should be made. The payments can be easily made by the bank transfer. The due balance is payable on arrival in Kathmandu with cash (preferably USD/EURO) or card on POS/credit card machine. Please note that nonrefundable fee is 10% or $200 whichever is greater.
  • 21. Do we need to carry our bags by our self or you will provide porters ?
    You have to carry your personal bags with water bottle and medicines remaining bags will be carried by porters to make you easy to trek. The weight limit for porters is 30 KG.
  • 22. Can we use credit card during the trek ?
    Credit card service is available only in Kathmandu. On the days of trekking, you will have to withdraw the amount in Nepali rupees before leaving Kathmandu.
  • 21. Do we need to carry our bags by our self or you will provide porters ?
    You have to carry your personal bags with water bottle and medicines remaining bags will be carried by porters to make you easy to trek. The weight limit for porters is 30 KG.
  • 22. Can we use credit card during the trek ?
    Credit card service is available only in Kathmandu. On the days of trekking, you will have to withdraw the amount in Nepali rupees before leaving Kathmandu.

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