Numerous festivals are renowned in Everest Region, but most well-known Mani Rimdu Festival is the prime yearly festival of Sherpa inhabitants which is all about receiving blessing for wellness of humanity. To celebrate this three day festivity you will need to move to the heart of the peaks and see the culture of the Khumbu region, the foot of the enormous mountain itself. Actually, Mani Rimdu festival falls on the full month of Tibetan ninth month.
The celebration begins with gust of horns in the daylight of first day. After that, the head lamas together with other monks of Tengboche and Chiwong monasteries start in on to mantra or prayers which are devoted to patron divinity. The plea will be expressed non-stop for several days but for the communities the most significant part is when they get the blessings from Rinpoche, and the monks put visors representing delightful personas and accomplish ceremony dance. Later to this, the total village jointly dances until late night. The dances symbolize demons being conquered, chased away or restrained. The representation can be understood on several levels- the internal "demons" of hate, greediness and lack of knowledge defeated through contemplation on kindness and insight.
Started off from Rongbuk Monastery lying in Tibet, the first celebration of Mani-Rimdu is at Tengboche monastery located in Everest region which seems to have happened some time ago in 1930. Also, this age corresponds with the ending of labor in the village at the closing stages of harvest. Big crowds from all the villages in the Everest region draw together on this big societal event. Apart from local people and foreign visitor also will be present at the feat. This Mani Rimdu Festival trek rewards you to make out the real and idyllic culture of Sherpa inhabitants and enormous Himalayan pleasing views.
Day 01: Kathmandu
At International Airport on arrival you will be welcomed and greeted by our airport representative. And you will be brought to the hotel. You have got a free day for relax or explore around the city yourself.
Day 02: Kathmandu to Lukla to Phakding
After reaching at the Kathmandu airport, early in the morning, we will take the airplane to Lukla, which will take us about 30 minutes. At Lukla our porters will assist us to carry the equipments and we will head north from the runway to Chablung (2700m.). Here, we will cross the Tharo Koshi River on a local-style suspension bridge. Passing the bridge, we can see the peak of Kusum Kangru (6367m.), which is the most complicated one to climb. Beyond the Tharo Koshi the track climbs a bit towards Ghat (2590m.), we will cross a crest marked with painted mani stones and climb to Phakding where we will stay overnight.
Day 03: Phakding to Namche Bazaar
From Phakding we walk passing through the valley of the Dudh Koshi River. We will cross many suspension bridges via Sherpa villages Benkar, Chimoa, Monjo and Jorsole. National Park permit check spot with the serene view of glistering Mt. Thamserku (6618m.). The path continues through the Dudh Koshi riverbed to the convergence of Bhote Koshi and Dudh Koshi rivers. Trail climbs steadily crossing high Tenzing- Hilary suspension bridge. On the way inspiring glimpse of Mt. Everest right up next Nuptse- Lhotse ridge. About 3 hours ascend through the wonderful pine forest finally reach a prosperous trading and administrative village Namche Bazaar. We stay a night in hotel.
Day 04: Namche Bazaar
Before following the schedule to proceed for higher peaks, acclimatization is important.. Today, day tours where one can visit Sagarmatha (Everest) National park on the small hill where we can examine a range of things related to the first Everest climbers, Sherpa culture and learn about the various plants and animal life of the Everest region. After that we can take entertaining acclimatization side trip to large traditional Sherpa village Khumjung with the view of Thamserku, Khaantaiga, Ama Dablam, Mt, Everest and many more. In the evening, we return back to Namche Bazaar for overnight.
Day 05: Namche to Tengboche
We walk towards the park headquarters from Namche Bazaar and continue up to high above the Dudh Koshi River. Higher than Namche the path to Tengboche turns out to be visible with the monastery located below the summit of Everest and encircled by other Himalayan peaks. Alos, one can mark local flora and fauna including the beautiful Danfe pheasant, often seen among the birch and silver fir forest between Shanasa and Trashinga, and Himalayan tahr, on the high ground above the trail. After arriving at the reforestation nursery at Trashinga, the track slopes down steeply until we come across the Dudh Kosi River at Phunkitenga (3250m.). After lunch, in the afternoon we go up, initially steeply, through pine, fir, black juniper and rhododendron forests towards Tengboche. The monastery and our lodge are sited in a fine-looking grazing land surrounded by immense Himalayan peaks in a beyond doubt serene and tranquil environment. The most prominent peaks seen from here are Kantega, Ama Dablam and, for sure, Mt. Everest.
First Day of Mani Rimdu festival
In the first Day of the festival, monks of this Monastery will practice dance, which is fine to see. This dance performed without dress also sometime.
Day 06: Tengboche to Mani Rimdu festival (Second Day of Festival)
The Wong is the public ceremony which in real inaugurates the festival. It's carried out on the full moon Day, of the tenth month in the Tibetan lunar calendar. This Day, His Holiness Rinpoche gives the empowerment on this propitious occasion; for long life, happiness and success. The sacred Mani Rilwu (sacred pills) and Tshereel (pills for long life), are distributed to everyone attending. This is most important Day of festival for Buddhist pilgrimages.
Day 07: Tengboche Mani Rimdu festival (Third Day of Festival)
The well-known mask dances performed by the monks in a long, special Day. And subsequently, all the Sherpa community sing and dance the whole night long. You may watch different types of dances performed. This dance is based on deities and demons.
Day 08: Tengboche to Dingboche
We progressively climb high above the Imja Khola and get ahead of the tea houses at Orsho before crossing the river and old glacial moraines on our track to our hotel in the community of Dingboche. The scenery is impressive while Everest here is hidden behind the Lhotse-Nuptse ridge; the giant peaks that rise above the eastern ending of the valley.
Day 9: Dingboche
After Breakfast, for acclimatization you will walk up to Chhukung (point of climbing famous Island peak). Certainly, Dingboche is an eye-catching hodgepodge of small fields surrounded by stone walls shielding the crops of barley and potatoes from the chilly winds. It is engaged mainly through the monsoon months, when big numbers of yaks are made to graze in the valley meadow. At the back of the lodge, the enormous rock looks of Taweche look as if we are moving towards the heaven. Chukkung is another sensible option. The sights are unbelievable in this valley; the soaring south face of Lhotse to the north, Island Peak in the core of the valley and the fluted ice walls of nameless peaks is lined up in the southern end of the valley.
Day 10: Dingboche to Lobuche
We ascend to high peak walking around the beautiful Imja Khola Valley. Dingboche is situated in a hodgepodge of small ground surrounded by stone walls shielding crops of barley and potatoes. A climb of the knoll at the back of our lodge embraces great scenes of the fifth highest mountain in the world, Makalu (8481m.), which is not observable from the valley base. One can also pace up the valley towards Chukung which seems to be sensible. The views are incredible in this valley. It encompasses immense south face of Lhotse to the north, Island Peak in the middle of the valley and the ice-walls of anonymous peaks that lines up the southern end of the valley structure and movingly stunning sight.
Day 11: Lobuche to Gorakshep
We will trek to Gorakshep (the Last point where lodges are Available). From these places, we have to walk up to Everest base camp and Kalapattar and back to Gorakshep for Overnight. There are no lodges at Everest base camp or kalapattar. This high places are a Day walk and return to Gorakshep and down as per necessary.
Day 12: Gorakshep to Everest Base Camp to Gorakshep
The trail is windy and rocky with peak of north crest to Everest along with Mt. Pumori, Mahalangur, Lingtern, Khumbutse, Nuptse, etc. We move on alongside of Khumbu Glacier to Gorakshep. We have our lunch and in the afternoon, we set out to visit world’s highest base camp Everest Base Camp. The base Camp does not let us to witness Mt. Everest but far-fetched view of Khumbu icefall. We trek back to Gorakshep for overnight.
Day 13: Gorakshep to Kalapattar to Pheriche
We escalate up to Kala Patthar (5545 m/18192 ft) early in the morning to perceive the Day cracking from the Mt. Everest, let’s say from the top of the world. This is landmark of the trek to look over panoramic view with the incredible sunrise over Mt. Everest, Mt. Pumori, Mt. Lingtren, Khumbutse, Changtse, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Nupte, Mt. Ama Dablam and many more After getting done with Kala Patthar, we trek down to Gorakshep and go back over down to Lobuche and get prepared to next pass Cho La for the next Day.
Day 14: Pheriche to Khumjung or Tengboche
The track slopes down and we can either trek down to Tengboche or trek up to Khumjung which puts forward much better views of Everest and others. Khumjung is really pleasant Sherpa Village at 3800 m. this is about 7 hours trek down
Day 15: Khumjung to Manjo
This is trouble-free Day and short Day. We walk all the way down passing through Namche Bazaar. You can spend time around Everest view hotel at Khumjung and take lunch at Namche and slow trek down to Manjo which takes 4 or 5 hours.
Day 16: Manjo to Lukla
We wake up early in the morning; get ready for the arrival of our airplane for the traveling back to Kathmandu. On entrance in Kathmandu we transfer back to our hotel.
Day 17: Lukla to Kathmandu
After breakfast, you will have a scenic flight to Kathmandu of 35 min. And, you will be driven hotel for rest Day or shopping.
Note: Itinerary is reference, we always can change discuss with guides, we will be always flexible for your life time holiday in Nepal.