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Mani Rimdu Festival Trek

12 Days

Mani Rimdu Festival trek is a joyful celebration that takes place in the Himalayan region of Nepal, particularly in the Solu Khumbu region near Mount Everest. This festival is an important cultural and religious event for the Sherpa community. They are particularly known for their mountaineering skills and rich cultural heritage. The festival usually occurs in the autumn months, typically in October or November. The month coincides with the end of the monsoon season and the beginning of clear skies. So, it becomes an ideal time for trekking in the region.

During the Mani Rimdu Festival, Sherpas gather at Tengboche Monastery. It is one of the most significant monasteries in the area, located at an altitude of around 3,870 meters (12,700 feet). The festival spans several days and the celebration includes various rituals, ceremonies, and performances. The highlight of the festival is the sacred masked dance, performed by monks dressed in elaborate costumes representing Buddhist deities and demons.

Trekking to Tengboche Monastery to witness the festival allows travelers to know about the Sherpa culture. The festival offers opportunity to witness age-old traditions passed down through generations and to learn the Sherpa way of life. Moreover, trekking to Tengboche Monastery provides adventurers with an unforgettable experience of trekking in the Everest region, offering stunning views . Overall, the Mani Rimdu Festival trek is a memorable adventure that combines cultural finding, spiritual discovery, and natural beauty in the Himalayas.

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  • English/Nepali
  • Provided
  • Autumn/Spring (October-November)
  • Moderate
  • Provided
  • Varies per trek

Overview

Mani Rimdu Festival is the Cham dance, a series of intricate masked dances performed by monks in the monastery courtyard. The dances depict various aspects of Buddhist mythology, including the triumph of good over evil and the attainment of enlightenment. Spectators are mesmerized by the colorful costumes, swirling movements, and rhythms of the dance, which makes them feel spiritual wonder. As the festival draws to a close, participants receive blessings from the lamas and exchange heartfelt wishes for peace, prosperity, and happiness in the coming year. For trekkers and pilgrims, witnessing the Mani Rimdu Festival is a transformative experience that leaves a lasting impression of the spirit and timeless beauty of the Himalayas.

Itinerary

Arrive in Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal, and begin your Mani Rimdu Festival Trek.

Fly to Lukla and trek to Phakding alongside the Dudh Kosi River

Trek to Namche Bazaar, the hub of the Khumbu region

Take a rest day in Namche Bazaar to acclimatize to the altitude.

Trek to Tengboche, home to the famous Tengboche Monastery. Pass through serene pine forests and enjoy sweeping views of Everest and its neighboring peaks.

Continue your journey to Dingboche, a village surrounded by towering Himalayan peaks.

Another rest day for acclimatization in Dingboche. Take a short hike to Nagarjun Hill or explore the village, soaking in the stunning mountain scenery.

Trek to Lobuche, along the Khumbu Glacier.

Visit Everest Base Camp and return to Gorak Shep.

Ascend Kala Patthar for sunrise views, then descend to Pheriche.

Trek back to Namche Bazaar

Conclude your trek with a final descent to Lukla. Reflect on the incredible experiences and memories made during your journey to witness the Mani Rimdu Festival.

Includes/Excludes

Includes

  • 12 Breakfasts, 12 Lunches, 12 Dinners provided throughout the trek.
  • Tea house accommodation arranged for 12 nights along the trail.
  • All land transportation with pickups and drops included.
  • Guide and porter provided for the trekking; 1 porter for every two people
  • Necessary paperwork managed with the government of Nepal and the Tax department.
  • First Aid service available for minor injuries during the trek.
  • Guides and porters' salaries, food, and accommodation covered.

Excludes

  • Personal travel insurance for rescue, trip cancellations, health emergencies, evacuation, or loss of baggage and personal effects.
  • Extra accommodation expenses in Kathmandu due to any unforeseen circumstances.
  • Personal expenses such as phone calls, internet usage, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, cold drinks, bottled or boiled water, and hot showers.
  • Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, including mineral water, are not provided.
  • Nepal entry visa fee is not covered in the package.

FAQs

What is the Mani Rimdu Festival Trek?

The Mani Rimdu Festival Trek is a cultural trek in the Everest region of Nepal that combines trekking with attending the vibrant Mani Rimdu festival, celebrated by the Sherpa community.

When does the Mani Rimdu Festival take place?

The Mani Rimdu Festival typically occurs in October or November, corresponding to the tenth month of the Tibetan lunar calendar.

What is the significance of the Mani Rimdu Festival?

The festival celebrates the victory of Buddhism over the ancient Bon religion and includes rituals, masked dances, prayers, and blessings by the lamas (Buddhist monks).

How long does the Mani Rimdu Festival Trek last?

The trek usually lasts around 12 to 16 days, depending on the chosen route and the duration of the festival.

Is previous trekking experience required for the Mani Rimdu Festival Trek?

While previous trekking experience is beneficial, the Mani Rimdu Festival Trek is considered moderate and suitable for individuals with a reasonable level of fitness.

Are there any age restrictions for participating in the Mani Rimdu Festival Trek?

While there are no strict age restrictions, participants should be in good health and able to handle moderate physical activity for an extended period.

Can I extend my stay in the Everest region after the Mani Rimdu Festival Trek?

Yes, many trekkers choose to extend their stay to explore other attractions in the Everest region, such as Everest Base Camp or Gokyo Lakes.

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Mani Rimdu Festival Trek
  • English/Nepali
  • Provided
  • Autumn/Spring (October-November)
  • Moderate
  • Provided
  • Varies per trek