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

Mani Rimdu Festival – is one of the oldest annually celebrated festivals in the Everest region. This festival celebrates for 3 days in Tengboche Monastery in Tengboche village and in Thame at the Chiwang Monastery. During this festival mask dance and Tantrick rituals are performance by Buddhist monks. And many local people will visit these two places to witness this festival.

 

Among these places, Tangboche Monastery is more popular because of its history and other reasons. Because in Tengboche Monetary the monks will act in front of the top of the world Mt. Everest 8848 m and another world highest mountain peaks. Naturally and culturally this place is perfect.  People nearby the monastery will come there to participate in this religious faith.

 

This festival is usually celebrated between October and November of the English calendar. The date of the festival will fix as the Tibetan Lunar Calendar. During this festival, monks will meditate for nine days. This will continue till blessing to the public by the Khenpo. And monks perform various Buddhist and Trantick rituals. Monks will perform sing and dance at the Tengboche Monastery.

 

These all rituals are dedicated to the victory over the Bon religion by Buddhism. This trek is a beautiful combination of nature, culture, and religion. The Sherpa and Tibetan cultures will show and Buddhist religion will follow on this festival.

 

After ending 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 jrntreks@gmail.com. And also you can send a WhatsApp message on +9771813814320 for a quick chat.

 

HIGHLIGHT OF MANI RIMDU FESTIVAL. 

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

 

ACCOMMODATION.

Hotel in Kathmandu.

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

 

TRIP ITINERARY

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

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

Trek to Namche Bazaar.

Rest and acclimatization day at Namche. Explore the surroundings.

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

Explore Tengboche Monastery (2nd Day of Mani Rimdu Festival).

Explore Tengboche Monastery, (3rd Day of Mani Rimdu Festival).

Trek back to Namche.

Trek back to Lukla (2800m)

Fly back to Kathmandu. Shopping and relaxing in Kathmandu.

Full day Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing

Transfer to the airport for the final departure.

 

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.

 

SPECIAL NOTE.

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 few days in Lukla or need to arrange an extra flight by helicopter.

 

Detail Itinerary

 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.

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. Arriving at Tenzing-Hillary Airport in Lukla means your journey starts 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.

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 the 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, 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.

 Acclimatization Day:

Today, we ascend to Everest View Hotel for an amazing 360-degree view of the snowy peaks including 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.

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.

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 designs. 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.

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 godlike beings. This dance is only performed during Mani Rimdu because they are considered to be very sacred.

Tengboche Mani Rimdu Festival: Third day

The last day of the festival is the Fire Puja. The Fire Puja does 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 is 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). This amazing festival of Mani Rimdu comes to an end.

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.

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 saying goodbye to our support staff. Overnight in Lodge.

Lukla to Kathmandu by flight (30 min)

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

Kathmandu full day sightseeing tour and shopping.

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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