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Mani Rimdu Festival in Tengboche – Best trip to explore Nature & Culture

Mani Rimdu Festival in Tengboche.

Mani Rimdu Festival is one of the oldest celebrated annually celebrates festivals in the Everest region. This Buddhist festival celebrates for 3 days in Tengboche Monastery. Also, celebrates in Thame and Chiwang Monastery. Masked dance and Tantrick rituals performance by Buddhist monks in these places.


Among them, the celebrations in Tangboche Monastery are more popular among international tourists. Because here they act in front of the top of the world Mt. Everest 8848 m and another world highest mountain peaks. Peoples around the nearby come there to participate in this religious faith.


This festival usually celebrates between October or November of the English calendar. The date of the festival will fix as the Tibetan Lunar Calendar. During the festival, monks meditate for nine days; which follow by public blessing and monks perform various Buddhist and Trantick rituals. Monks will perform sing and dance at the Tengboche Monastery.


This all is dedicated to the victory of Buddhism over the ancient Bon religion. This trek is a beautiful combination of trekking, cultural show, and religious faith on the land of the top of the world Mt Everest. And then a great opportunity to experiences the typical culture and traditions of Sherpa and Tibetan communities. Also, see the real Buddhism in the high Himalayan part of Nepal.


The journey commences with a scary flight to one of the most dangerous airports in the world Tenzing-Hilary Airport, Lukla which is also a gateway or Base Camp of Everest region treks. For this trip, you need to spend 3 days in Tengboche Monasteries because Mani Rimdu Festival will celebrate here.


After closing the festival if you want you can continue trek to Everest Base Camp Trek,  or Everest Circuit Trekking,  and Chola Pass Trek to see beautiful Gokyo Lake if you want to more adventure. This is our tailor-made itinerary for Mani Rimdu Festival if you wish to customize please email us at And also you can send a WhatsApp message on +9771813814320 for a quick chat.




  • Sherpa and Tibetan Culture.
  • Buddhist religion.
  • View of the world’s highest peak and other associated mountain peaks.
  • Experience of trekking and traditions.



Hotel in Kathmandu.

Lodge/ Guest House/ Hotel/ Tent during the trip.



Mani Rimdu celebrates the very busy trekking season of the trekking of Nepal. So at Tengboche, there might be a shortage of accommodation at lodge/ Guesthouse, therefore, you may have to sleep in a tent for 3 days during the festival.


Better to have some extra days of the holiday because the trip to the Everest region is always not 100% sure to be on time because of the weather of Lukla. If there is bad weather very difficult to operate flights so you have to stay a fewdays in Lukla or need to arrange an extra flight by helicapter.



Day 01: Arrive at Kathmandu airport (TIA) and transfer to the hotel.

Day 02: Fly to Lukla (2800m) around 30 minutes and trek to Phakding (2610m).

Day 03: Trek to Namche Bazaar.

Day 04: Rest and acclimatization day at Namche. Explore the surroundings.

Day 05: Trek to Tengboche (3870m) Day 1st of Mani Rimdu Festival.

Day 06: Explore Tengboche Monastery, Day 2nd of Mani Rimdu Festival.

Day 07: Explore Tengboche Monastery, Day 3rd of Mani Rimdu Festival.

Day 08: Trek back to Namche.

Day 09: Trek back to Lukla (2800m)

Day 10: Fly back to Kathmandu. Shopping and relax in Kathmandu.

Day 11: Full day Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing

Day 12: Transfer to the airport for the final departure.

Detail Itinerary

1st October 2019: Arrival in Kathmandu.

Welcome to Nepal. Our representatives will be waiting for you at the arrival section of Tribhuvan International Airport. You will be greeted and taken to the hotel. Enjoy your evening resting or strolling around the nearest markets. O/N at 3-star hotel.

2nd October 2019: Kathmandu to Lukla 2840m by Flight & trek to Phakding 2610m (3/4 hours)

Early morning we drive to the domestic terminal of Tribhuvan International Airport for our flight to Lukla. The flight is around 30 minutes during the flight magnificent lush hills and snow capped peaks can be seen. Arrive at Tenzing-Hillary Airport in Lukla means your journey start for the walk. This is one of the most dangerous airports in the world. In Lukla, we will meet the rest of our supportive staff members and start the amazing trek to Phakding. Overnight in Phakding.

3rd October 2019: Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar 3440m (5/6 hours)

After breakfast in Lodge, we start walking through the thick forest of pine and oak alongside Dudh Koshi river.  Along the way the first seen mountain Mt. Thamserku (6623m) on our right side. Continue through the pine, fir and juniper forests, cross amazing suspension bridges, to have the first glimpse of the top of the world Mt. Everest and finally reach Namche Bazaar, a commercial center of the Everest region. Overnight in Namche Bazaar.

4th October 2019: Acclimatization Day:

Today, we ascend to Everest View Hotel for an amazing 360-degree view of the snowy peaks including the Mt. Everest. Then, we descend to Khumjung village. Khumjung Village is also one of the larger Sherpa villages in this region. We continue to walk to Khunde village and visit the old monastery and Khunde Hospital there. We return to our lodge in Namche via Syangboche village. Overnight in Namche.

5th October 2019: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Tengboche 3860m (4/5 hours)

The trail ascends and Nepali flat till Kyangjuma village and then it descends to Dudh Koshi River. Then, we will stop for lunch in Phunke Tenga. We can see a chain of attractive water driven prayer wheels at Phunke Tenga. The ascending trail alongside Imja Khola leads us to Tengboche village. Where is going to see the Mani Rimdu Festival and we can visit the Tengboche monastery in the evening. Witness the amazing views of the snowy peaks, sunrise/sunset in the morning and evening. Overnight in Tengboche.

6th October 2019: Tengboche Mani Rimdu Festival: First day

The first day of the Mani Rimdu Festival is marked by the construction of Sand Mandala and Wong. Colored sand is used to build complex and representative design. The sharp defensive weapons referring to the divinities are kept surrounding the Mandala. The container of Mani Rimdu pills which is regarded as spiritual medicine is placed in the center. The Mandala symbolizes the palace of the lord of dance, Chenpo. The statue of the Buddha of Kindness is the most important for Mani Rimdu. The mantras and chant and during meditation, they believe kindness flows in the form of the mantra, into the Mandala and the Mani Rilwu pills. And then blessing those who attend this festival.

7th October 2019: Tengboche Mani Rimdu Festival: Second day

The dances are shown on the 2nd day of Mani Rimdu. Triumph over the symbolic demons is shown in the dance. As the theme of the dance, positive energies fight with the demons through the dances. The dances carry Buddhist teaching on many levels from the simplest to the most metaphysical state. During the dance, the monks are believed to enter a state of trance and become a godlike being. This dance only performed during Mani Rimdu because they are considered to be very sacred.

8th October 2019: Tengboche Mani Rimdu Festival: Third day

The last day of the festival is the Fire Puja. The Fire Puja do in the yard the day after the dance. The Fire Puja is a gift to Agni (the god of fire), and the Gods of the Mandala to dispel all harm in the Everest region and the world. The harm is envisioned as dissolving into the grain and butter being burned. Afterward, the sand Mandala in the temple is dismantled into the pieces, and the sand is given as an offering to the Nagas (Snake Gods). With this amazing festival of Mani Rimdu comes to an end.

9th October 2019: Trek from Tengboche to Namche 3440m (4/5 hours)

The trail from Tengboche is downward to Phunke Tenga and then climbs uphill to Sanasha and Kyanjuma Village. The walk to Namche is very charming on a long windy track. Passing through the traditional villages of Khumjung and Khunde to reach in Namche Bazaar.

10th October 2019: Trek from Namche to Lukla 2840m (6/7 hours)

Leave Namche Bazaar and descend through pine forest to reach Bhote Koshi River and Imja River at Larja Dobhan. Then, following Bhote Koshi River downstream we reach Manju to exit Sagarmatha National Park. Still walking by Bhote Koshi River past several Sherpa villages and through rhododendron and magnolia forest. Arrival in Lukla means time for a party and say goodbye to our supportive staffs. Overnight in Lodge.

11th October 2019: Lukla to Kathmandu by flight (30 min)

On the picturesque 30 minutes flight back to Kathmandu means ending your trip of Mani Rimdu. Upon arrival in Kathmandu, you will transfer back to the hotel. Overnight at hotel.

12st October 2019: Kathmandu full day sightseeing tour and shopping.

13 October 2019: Final Departure from Kathmandu

We will drop you at the airport before the scheduled time of your departure. Farewell, and we hope to see you again!

What’s included in the Cost:

 Airport / Hotel / Airport transfers by private vehicle
√ Hotel Accommodation in Kathmandu
√ Government license holder experienced, trekking guide (trained in Wilderness First Aid& altitude sickness) and porters (1 porter for between 2 trekkers basis) with their food, accommodation, salary, equipment, and accidental insurance, medicine.
√ Trip flight ticket for Kathmandu – Lukla – Kathmandu.
 Teahouse/Lodges Accommodation during the trekking
 Sagarmatha National Park Trekking Permit fees.
 Trekker’s information management system (TIMS) card fee.# Food During Trek ( Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner) And Tea or coffee each time in your choice.

 Food During Trek ( Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner) And Tea or coffee each time in your choice.

Group medical supplies (first aid kit will be available).
Welcome/Farewell Nepali Dinner in Kathmandu
All necessary paper works, office Service charge, and all Government Taxes.

Note: This is for full board packages we have different packages so this can be different on each Package.

The cost is not included:

× Nepal entry visa fee, you can get Nepal visa on arrival in the Airport.
× International Airfare/Airport tax.
× Food in Kathmandu Lunch and Dinner.
× Alcoholic, hot and cold drinks, hot water, hot shower
× Personal expenses such as laundry, telephone calls,  Internet or WIFI,  sweets, snacks, beverages and bar bills, camera battery charging.
× Travel Insurance (Essential – Should include emergency evacuation coverage while trekking up to 5500+ meters).
× Personal trekking gears
× Tips for tour/ trekking staffs and driver
× Any others expenses which are not mentioned in Includes section

We advise getting travel insurance to all travelers who are interested in trekking in Nepal. Trekking in Nepal is walking on the trail (path) of mountains. In mountain areas, health treatment facilities are not standard. There is less availability of good hospitals and doctors. So if in case the trekker suffers from severe sickness, he needs to be brought back to Kathmandu by helicopter for better treatment. And the helicopter charter fare is expensive in Nepal. If you already have travel insurance, your expenditure during these times will lessen.

When selecting a travel insurance policy we require that at a minimum you are covered for medical expenses including emergency repatriation. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects. We JRN Treks shall have no liability for loss, theft of or damage to baggage or personal effects.

We would also like to let you know that Nepalese Insurance Company does not have travel insurance policy for foreign nationals. They have this policy only for Nepalese citizens. So we advise you to get your travel insurance with Insurance Company in your own place.

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