18 Days Everest Mani Rimdu Festival Trek 2023/2024

Good to Know
  • Duration 17 Days
  • Difficulty Level Moderate
  • Max. Altitude 5364
  • Group Size 2+
  • Trip Starts Kathmandu
  • Trip Ends Kathmandu
  • Group Style Group and Private
  • Activities Trekking, Festival, Historical and Cultural Excursion
  • Best Season October/November

Highlights

  • The Everest Base Camp trip allows you to experience the natural beauty of the Himalayas.
  • View renowned peaks like Mount Everest and other 8,000-meter peaks.
  • Visit charming villages and lush forests.
  • Discover the Sherpa people's distinct culture and traditions.
  • Tengboche Monastery hosts the Mani Rimdu Event, a traditional Tibetan Buddhist festival.
  • Enjoy the colorful mask dances, chanting, and deity offerings.
  • Discover the Sherpa people's rich cultural legacy.
  • Trekking might be physically demanding, but the experience is outstanding.
  • Explore most highlights ‎of UNESCO World Heritage sights in Kathmandu  
     

An advantage of booking a trip with Trekking Planner Nepal  

  • All airports pick up drop by private vehicle (for both international and domestic flights).
  • First aid kit box.
  • Trekking Planner’s a sleeping bag, down jackets, T-shirt, cap, and duffle bags for porter, city, and trekking route maps – if necessary.
  • Arrangement of emergency evacuation service (should have insurance for emergency evacuation and will be paid by your travel insurance company).
  • Oxymeter to check your pulse and oxygen saturation and heart rate twice daily during the trek (very useful to check Altitude Mountain Sickness (AMS) symptoms). This helps ensure your trek is in the safest hands possible.

Trip Introduction of the Everest Mani Rimdu festival Trek

Mani Rimdu is a festival of Tibetan Buddhism that takes place in the Sherpa communities of Nepal and the Himalayan regions of Tibet, Bhutan, and India. The festival typically includes rituals, dances, and teachings, and is intended to purify and strengthen the spiritual power of both the individual participants and the community as a whole. It is traditionally performed by the Sherpa community, but it is also becoming increasingly popular among other ethnic groups and tourists. The festival is typically held in the fall, usually in October or November.

An annual celebration of Tibetan Buddhism called Mani Rimdu is conducted in Nepal's Sherpa area. The event is observed in Padmasambhava's honor since he is credited with introducing Buddhism to Tibet in the eighth century. Thousands of people from all around Nepal and the surrounding area generally attend the celebration, which combines religious rites, mask dances, and other cultural customs. The "drama of the conquest of the Dharma," which involves people performing a series of ceremonies and dances to recreate Buddhism's victory over the local Bon religion in Tibet, is the festival's main event. The celebration normally lasts a few days and takes place in the autumn.

The main rites and performances usually take place on the final three days of the festival, which lasts nine days in total. The monks conduct a number of rituals on the first day of the festival to purify the monastery and get ready for the activities that will take place. The "drama of the victory of the Dharma," which consists of a sequence of masked dances that recreate the victory of Buddhism over the local Bon religion in Tibet, is performed on the second day.

The "drama of the victory of the Dharma" and the "drama of the four relatives," which are a sequence of rites and dances honoring the four close relatives of the Buddha, are performed on the third day, which is the festival's primary day (his father, mother, wife, and son).

Teachings by lamas, puja (prayer) rites, and the construction of sand mandalas are some of the additional festival events. The festival is a significant occasion for the neighborhood as well, and food and craft stalls are frequently set up.

If you are planning to attend the Mani Rimdu festival as a tourist, there are a few things to keep in mind to ensure that you have a respectful and enjoyable experience:

  • Dress modestly and appropriately: Out of respect for the religious nature of the festival, it is important to dress modestly and cover your shoulders and legs. Avoid wearing revealing clothing or anything that may be considered offensive.
  • Be mindful of your behavior: A festival is a sacred event for the local community, so it is important to be mindful of your behavior and avoid being loud or disruptive. Show respect for the rituals and ceremonies that take place and refrain from taking photographs or videos during certain parts of the festival.
  • Be respectful of local customs: The Mani Rimdu festival is a traditional event, so it is important to be respectful of local customs and traditions. Avoid acting in a way that may be considered rude or disrespectful.
  • Be prepared for the weather: The festival takes place in the Himalayan region, so be prepared for cold and changeable weather. Make sure you have warm clothing and appropriate footwear.
  • Be open-minded: The Mani Rimdu festival is a unique and culturally rich experience, so be open-minded and try to learn as much as you can about the customs, beliefs, and practices of the local community.

By following these guidelines, you can ensure that you have a respectful and enjoyable experience at the Mani Rimdu festival, and you will also be able to appreciate the local customs and traditions.

How is the Mani Rimdu festival celebrated?

The Mani Rimdu festival is celebrated over several days and typically includes a series of rituals, dances, and teachings. The specific details of the festival may vary depending on the location, but generally, the festival includes the following elements:

  • Opening ceremony: The festival begins with an opening ceremony that includes prayers, offerings, and the raising a ceremonial flag.
  • Mask dances: One of the main highlights of the festival is the series of mask dances, which are performed by local monks or laypeople. The dances depict various aspects of Tibetan Buddhism, including the protection of the community, the victory of good over evil, and the attainment of enlightenment.
  • Oral transmissions: During the festival, oral transmissions are given by the lama or spiritual teacher in charge of the festival. These transmissions are considered to be sacred teachings and are intended to purify and strengthen the spiritual power of both the individual participants and the community as a whole.
  • Fire puja: A fire puja is performed during the festival to purify the environment and to dispel negative energies.
  • Closing ceremony: The festival concludes with a closing ceremony that includes prayers, offerings, and the taking down of the ceremonial flag.

In general, the festival is a time for spiritual renewal, purification, and the accumulation of merit. It is also an opportunity for the community to come together and celebrate their shared culture and traditions.

Who celebrates the Mani Rimdu festival?

Mani Rimdu festival is traditionally celebrated by the Sherpa communities in Nepal, the Himalayan regions of Tibet, Bhutan, and India. It is an important religious event for the Sherpa people, and it is typically organized and performed by local monasteries or lamas. The festival is also becoming increasingly popular among other ethnic groups and tourists, and as a result, it is being celebrated by a wider range of people from different parts of the world.

During the festival, many people from the surrounding villages and towns come to attend the rituals and ceremonies, and it becomes an important social event for the community where people come together to meet, celebrate and share their culture and traditions. The festival is also a significant opportunity for the local community to showcase their customs, beliefs, and practices to the visiting tourists.

The Mani Rimdu festival falls in which month, and is Everest trekking ideal during this period?

The Mani Rimdu festival is typically held in the fall, usually in October or November. The exact date of the festival may vary depending on the lunar calendar and the specific location where it is being held.

Regarding trekking to Mount Everest, the best time to trek to Mount Everest is typically considered to be between September and November. During these months, the weather is usually clear and dry, with less chance of rain, snow, or fog, which makes for better visibility of the mountain. However, trekking during Mani Rimdu festival could be challenging since many routes and accommodations will be occupied by festivalgoers. The trail can be more crowded and accommodations may be harder to find. It's a good idea to plan ahead and book your trekking and accommodation well in advance if you plan to attend the festival.

Important Note: Rituals of Mani Rimdu festival 

  • (The Sand Mandala) Creation of the Buddha of Kindness, the main idol of Mani Rimdu. made from colored sand.
  • (Wong of Empowerment) The sacred Mani Rilwu (sacred pills) and Tshereel (pills for long life) are given to everyone attending.
  • (The Dances of Chham) Symbolic demons are conquered, chased away, or transformed into dancers who perform the Protectors of Dharma Divine Dance, not for entertainment.
  • (Ser-Kyem) A Buddhist consultant makes tea offerings and takes "refuge" in the Lama (spiritual guide), Yidam (personal deity), and Khandro (wisdom Dakini).
  • (The Fire Puja Jinsak) An offering to Agni (the god of fire) and to the gods of the mandala to allay all harm in the world. After the destruction of the sand mandala, sand is given as an offering to the serpent gods.
  • (Chhingpa) Dance of the Four Protecting Ghings, defending the Buddhist faith against attack by demons.

Outline Itinerary of 17 Days Everest Mani Rimdu Festival Trek 2023/2024

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1350m) and transfer to Hotel
Day 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing and trek Preparation
Day 03: Kathmandu to Lukla 2840m by Flight then trek to Phakding 2610m (3/4 hours)
Day 04: Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar 3440m (5/6 hours)
Day 05: Acclimatization
Day 06: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Tengboche 3860m (4/5 hours)
Day 07: Mani Rimdu festival at Tengboche Monastery. Wang - blessing ceremony.
Day 08: Second day at the festival. Witness the Cham - mask dance.
Day 09: Third day at the festival. Witness the Jinsak - closing ceremony
Day 10: Trek to Dingboche (4350m/14272ft) 4-5 hrs walk
Day 11: Rest day Dingboche
Day 12: Trek to Lobuche (4910m/16109ft) 4-5 hrs walk
Day 13: Trek to Gorakshep (5180m/16995ft) 3-4 hrs walk and Everest Base Camp (5364m/17600ft) 2-3 hrs walk
Day 14: Trek to Kala Patthar (5545m/18193ft) 2-3 hrs walk and to Pheriche (4280m/14042ft) 5-6 hrs walk
Day 15: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3440m/11287ft) 4-5 hrs walk
Day 16: Trek to Lukla (2828m/9279ft) 5-6 hrs walk
Day 17: Fly back to Kathmandu (1350m/4430ft) Day 18: Transfer to the airport and fly back home.

Itinerary
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The Everest Mani Rimdu Festival trek provides with standard Itinerary days where some day's walks can be shorter or longer as per your physical fitness, some designated overnight stops can change, due to available rooms and other facilities and etc…….

We will follow the itinerary if its needs to be changed in case of weather, landslides, and difficulties on walks requiring more days where our leader and lead head guides decide to hold full authority for Trekking Planner Nepal.

  • Accommodation3 Star Hotel
  • MealsWelcome Dinner
  • Max. Altitude/Time1350 m

You will arrive at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. Trekking planner Nepal senior representative will greet you once you clear your immigration process outside the terminal building. He or she will then escort you safely to your destination hotel. Once there, you will have plenty of free time to rest and relax. Later, we meet for a welcome dinner with the whole group. You will then spend the night in Kathmandu.

  • Accommodation3 Star Hotel
  • MealsBreakfast
  • Max. Altitude/Time1350 m

Today you have a full day of guided sightseeing around the Buddhist and Hindu sights in Kathmandu, probably to Kathmandu Durbar Square and Swyambhunath, a combination of Hindu and Buddhist temples known as the Monkey Temple because there are many monkeys living around the temple. Pashupatinath is a sacred Hindu temple situated on the bank of the Bagmati River. Then drive to the Bouddhanath stupa, one of the biggest and oldest Buddhist stupas in the world.

Later in the afternoon, there will be a pre-trip meeting with your trekking guide in the hotel. Our office representative will brief you regarding our trek as well as provide you with the opportunity to ask any questions about the upcoming trip with your guide. And spend the night in Kathmandu.

  • AccommodationLodge/Guest House
  • Mealsbreakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • Max. Altitude/Time2610 m

After a good night's rest and wholesome breakfast, we drive to the domestic airport for a scenic flight to Lukla. At Lukla, you will be meeting the local porters with whom you will start trekking adventures all along the Dudh Koshi River. Following the trail, we reach Cheplung (2,700 m) and then a place called Ghat (2,530 m). From here, an hour’s walk reaches the small settlement at Phakding. Overnight in a guest house at Phakding.

  • AccommodationLodge/Guest House
  • Mealsbreakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • Max. Altitude/Time3440 m

After an early morning breakfast, we begin our walk through a pine forest and move all along the trail north that takes us to the Benkar valley. We then cross the Dudh Koshi River and pass through Chumoa and Monjo villages, which serve as the entrance to the Everest National Park. We then cross a suspension bridge before Jorsale village and walk alongside the Dudh Koshi River. Beyond this, a steep climb awaits us before we reach Namche Bazaar. This is by far one of the largest Sherpa-inhabited towns in the Everest region. Overnight in Namche Bazaar.

  • AccommodationLodge/Guest House
  • Mealsbreakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • Max. Altitude/Time3440 m

Today is meant for laid-back exploration and rest at Namche Bazaar. This is one of the most important towns in the Everest or Khumbu regions. This town is a mini-world in itself. It has government offices, ATMs, internet cafes, shops, restaurants, and a vibrant market.
You have the choice of spending your time here or hiking up to the Sagarmatha National Park to get the first glimpse of the sunrise. The panoramic views of the Himalayas, including Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Kongde, and so on, are rewarding.
If you are looking for more than a hike, Khumjung Village is an ideal option to get a closer look at Sherpa culture and tradition than Namche. We will also visit the Hillary School and a monastery that comprises a skull known to be that of a yeti and an abominable snowman. Overnight in Namche Bazaar.

  • AccommodationLodge/Guest House
  • Mealsbreakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • Max. Altitude/Time3860m

From Namche, we start trekking and reach Phunki, which is an easy and pleasant walk. We then make an ideal ascent for reaching as far as Tengboche village. This village is known for its world-class Tengboche Monastery, the largest monastery in the Everest region. The monastery is lapped against the backdrop of Mt. Ama Dablam and offers the best view of the Himalayas, including Mt. Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, and Thamserku. Overnight in Tengboche

  • AccommodationLodge/Guest House
  • Mealsbreakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • Max. Altitude/Time3860 m

Today we begin our day with a lovely morning at Tengboche. After having our breakfast and knowing the designated time for the blessing, we go towards the Tengboche monastery and attend some meditation, and soon after that, we receive the blessing from the monk and spend our day with the locals.

  • AccommodationLodge/Guest House
  • Mealsbreakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • Max. Altitude/Time3860 m

Today is our second day of the festival, and today we celebrate with the locals. We can observe the locals and the monks doing various rituals, people wearing various costumes and masks waiting for the locals and the monks to do the rituals and music, and people dancing all along while wearing the masks.

  • AccommodationLodge/Guest House
  • Mealsbreakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • Max. Altitude/Time3860 m

Today is the last day at the festival, and today is the last day at Tengboche, where we witness the jinsak. offering to Agni (the god of fire) and to the gods of the mandala to allay all harm in the world. After the destruction of the sand mandala, sand is given as an offering to the serpent gods.

  • AccommodationLodge/Guest House
  • Mealsbreakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • Max. Altitude/Time4350 m/14272 ft

The day begins with an ideal descent and also a long walk through the forested route of birch, conifer, and rhododendron trees. As we move on, we will be greeted by the best views of Mt. Everest, Lhotse, and Ama Dablam.

We then walk downhill to Debuche and cross the Imja Khola River to reach as far as Pangboche. Taking the upper Pangboche trail and observing the magnificent Himalayan vistas, we reach Pangboche Monastery.

Taking the route that follows the Imja Valley and Lobuche River, we make a climb toward Dingboche. Dingboche is a small yet scenic village decorated with beautiful barley, potato, and buckwheat fields. Overnight in Dingboche.

  • AccommodationLodge/Guest House
  • Mealsbreakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • Max. Altitude/Time4350 m/14272 ft

The eleventh day of your 18 days at Everest Base Camp is meant for acclimatization and rest. As we have time on our hands, we pay a visit to the Dingboche monastery and hike up to Nangkhartshang Peak. Besides that, the panoramic views of Mt. Everest, Amadablam, Lhotse, Tawache, Nuptse, Kwangde, etc. at a striking distance make it eventful. Stay overnight in the guest house.

  • AccommodationLodge/Guest House
  • Mealsbreakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • Max. Altitude/Time4910 m/16109 ft

After a quick breakfast, we set out on a trail with excellent views written all over it, especially the likes of Taboche and Cholatse, which made it refreshing. We pass through the yak meadows and then over the wooden bridge to Duglha. Next, we make a steep climb for almost an hour up towards the graveled terminal moraine of the Khumbu Glacier. A large group of stones dedicated to the memory of lost climbers and Sherpas during their Everest expedition can be found here. From here, the awe-inspiring views of Khumbutse, Lingtren, and Pumori are more than rewarding. We then walked along the valley and climbed for an hour to reach Lobuche. Overnight in Lobuche.

  • AccommodationLodge/Guest House
  • Mealsbreakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • Max. Altitude/Time5180 m/16995 ft

Be prepared for a long day's walk as we follow the windblown, rocky path along the arid Khumbu moraine to the last settlement of Gorakshep. An ideal stopover for getting fueled up for reaching the world’s highest base camp is understandable. We follow the trail that leads us on to the Khumbu Glacier, infamously known for its treacherous icefall, which is scary yet acceptable. This is the most challenging part of an Everest ascent. From here, we trek back to Gorakshep. Overnight in Gorakshep.

Be prepared for a long day's walk as we follow the windblown, rocky path along the arid Khumbu moraine to the last settlement of Gorakshep. An ideal stopover for getting fueled up for reaching the world’s highest base camp is understandable. We follow the trail that leads us on to the Khumbu Glacier, infamously known for its treacherous icefall, which is scary yet acceptable. This is the most challenging part of an Everest ascent. From here, we trek back to Gorakshep. Overnight in Gorakshep.

  • AccommodationLodge/Guest House
  • Mealsbreakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • Max. Altitude/Time4280 m/14042 ft

There is something special on the trekking menu today as we get up early to brace ourselves for a pre-sunrise glimpse without the cloud cover. We climb for 2-3 hours uphill with the goal of reaching Kala Patthar (5,545 m/18,192 ft). This is an excellent vantage point to enjoy the sunrise on the top of the world’s highest peak, Mt. Everest. Taking on a fairly steep trail at a gradual pace, we get a splendid sighting of the tremendous views of the Lingtren, Khumbutse, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Changtse mountains, and many more. Here we spend some time admiring the sunrise views and kissing the adjacent mountain peak, which is memorable. Later on, we retrace our steps back to Gorakshep, take our breakfast, and then descend down to Pheriche. Overnight in Pheriche.
 

  • AccommodationLodge/Guest House
  • Mealsbreakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • Max. Altitude/Time3440 m/11287 ft

Today we leave Pheriche for Namche Bazar. Following a descending trail that involves various ups and downs with ideal rhododendron and juniper trees along the way, we then cross a bridge over the Dudh Koshi River. We climb rapidly down a forested trail where we can discover mountain goats, pheasants, and other wild animals and birds. The same trail takes us to Sansa, from where we get a great view of the Ama Dablam, Thamserku, and Nuptse mountains. An unwinding zigzag trail through the forest leads us to the Namche Bazaar. Overnight in Namche Bazaar

  • AccommodationLodge/Guest House
  • Mealsbreakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • Max. Altitude/Time2828 m/9279 ft

This is the last day of your 14 Day trek from Everest Base Camp up into the mountains. After breakfast, we descend, following a trail all along the Dudh Koshi River. We then crossed several suspension bridges and passed through several monasteries and villages before arriving in Lukla. After reaching Lukla, we take a much-needed rest and indulge in a celebration with our porters for our achievement and success. Overnight in Lukla.
 

  • Accommodation3 Star Hotel
  • MealsBreakfast and welcome dinner
  • Max. Altitude/Time1350 m/4430 ft

An early morning rise is on the cards as we will be boarding the Lukla flight back to Kathmandu. Once in Kathmandu, we will get back to our hotel room. Farewell dinner and overnight in Kathmandu.

  • Max. Altitude/TimeBreakfast

This is the final day of your Nepal Everest Base Camp Trek. Trekking Planner Nepal’s representative will drive you back to Tribhuvan International Airport. You will then board your flight back home, carrying memories that will captivate your imagination for the rest of your life.

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Inclusions
What's Included
  • All airport pick-up drops are by private vehicle (for both international and domestic flights).
  • Welcome and farewell dinner in an authentic restaurant.
  • 03-night twin/double sharing deluxe accommodation with breakfast at a 3-star hotel in Kathmandu.
  • Guided sightseeing tours in Kathmandu with private vehicles (Entrance fees extra)
  • Kathmandu to Lukla to Kathmandu flight with airport departure tax
  • National Park entrance fee and Trekkers’ Information Management System( TIMS card).
  • A highly experience, helpful, knowledgeable, friendly, English-speaking, well-trained, Government license holding guide. Price includes his salary, food, drinks, accommodation, transport, and insurance.
  • 02 guests to 01 porter with their insurance, salary, food, accommodation, and equipment.
  • We provide an assistant to guide his salary, food, drinks, accommodation, transport, and insurance walking with the group to support where necessary as per the group size.
  • Twin/double shearing lodge accommodation in the mountain during the trekking.
  • Three meals a day; breakfast, lunch, and dinner and tea/coffee during the trekking.
  • safe drinking water.       
  • First aid kit box.
  • Trekking Planner’s a sleeping bag, down jackets, T-shirt, cap, duffle bags, city and trekking route maps – if necessary.
  • Arrangement of emergency evacuation service (should have insurance for emergency evacuation and will be paid by your travel insurance company).
  • Oxymeter to check your pulse and oxygen saturation and heart rate twice daily during the trek (very useful to check Altitude Mountain Sickness(AMS) symptoms). This helps ensure your trek is in the safest hands possible.
  • All applicable government and local taxes per the itinerary.
What's Excluded
  • Your Nepal Visa fees.
  •  All the International airfare to and from Kathmandu.
  •  Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu.
  •  Meals during the traveling time.
  • Entrances fees extra for Kathamndu tours 
  •  Personal travel and health insurance as well as insurance for helicopter evacuation.
  •  In case of extra nights’ accommodation, lunch, and dinner in the city due to early arrival and late departure as well as early back/return from mountain/trekking (due to any reason) than the given time period of the itinerary. We can help you arrange an extra night's accommodation.
  •  Your personal expenses such as (laundry, baggage charge, phone calls, battery recharge, bar and beverage bill, boiled or bottled water, hot and cold shower, extra porter.. etc).
  •  The tips to the trekking crews and drive.
  •  Extra expenses due to flight delays, strikes, weather conditions or any event out of our control.
Essential Info

Suggested Equipment List

  • Duffel/Rucksack bag/Suitcase (We provide one complimentary Trekking Planner duffel bag that is to be returned after the trip)
  • Day pack
  • Trekking shoes
  • Sports shoes or sandals
  • Sun Hat/cap
  • Warm woolen cap
  • Warm fleece jacket or puffy jacket
  • Waterproof Gore-Tex layer
  • Pullover or warm sweeter
  • Raincoat
  • 4/5 pairs of good quality socks
  • Hand gloves
  • 2/3 pairs of trekking trousers
  • 3/4 pairs of trekking shirts
  • 3/4 pairs of underwear (non-cotton preferred)
  • Sunglasses
  • Water bottle
  • 4-season sleeping bag (Optional/we can provide one if you need it. It is to be returned after the trip)
  •  Flash or Torch light
  • Camera and batteries
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