Mani Rimdu Festival Trek

Mani Rimdu Festival Trek

Duration Duration 12 Days
Meals Meals
  • 11 Breakfast
  • 8 Lunch
  • 8 Dinner
Accommodation Accommodation
  • Hotel in Kathmandu
  • Lodges during trek
Activites Activities
  • Trekking
  • Festival Observation
  • Sightseeing
Price Reduced US$ 1750 Price Starts From US$ 1450

Overview of Mani Rimdu Festival Trek

The Mani Rimdu Festival Trek can educate you on the essence of the ceremony for the welfare of the world and, at the same time, amuse you to the full. You get to pray with the monks and enjoy the dance by Lama wearing brocade gowns and wonderfully painted paper-mâché masks.

The only trek that is meant for the spectacle and entertaining view of the most important festival of the Sherpa people, Mani Rimdu, is called the Mani Rimdu Festival Trek. Filled with unique natural diversity, this Everest region trek is another excellent opportunity to discover the essence of the Sherpa people and learn about their cultures and festivals.

The Mani Rimdu Festival usually falls on the 9th lunar month, October/November, and involves vast preparations and decorations for the primary day. Mani Rimdu Festival 2023 dates are October 28 to 30.  Mani Rimdu Festival Trek requires the trekkers to stay at Tengboche, the central place for the event, for three whole days to spectacle the entertaining Lama and Buddhist dance pujas.  The festival covers The Sand Mandala, The Empowerment, The Fire Puja, and the Mask Dance by monks, with other minor ceremonies.

History of Mani Rimdu Festival

The roots of the Mani Rimdu Festival can be traced back to Tibet, where it was initially celebrated as a form of Tibetan Buddhism. Guru Rinpoche, revered as the founder of Tibetan Buddhism, played a pivotal role in bringing this sacred festival to the Solu-Khumbu region of Nepal. The festival made its debut at the Tengboche Monastery in the 1930s, serving as a spiritual cornerstone for the Sherpa community in the Everest region.

Over the years, the Mani Rimdu Festival has evolved, incorporating various elements of Sherpa culture and Tibetan Buddhism. While the core rituals and beliefs have remained consistent, the festival has adapted to the unique cultural landscape of the Solu-Khumbu region. Tengboche Monastery continues to be the epicenter of these celebrations, attracting both locals and trekkers interested in the Mani Rimdu Festival Trek.

The festival’s growth over the decades has been remarkable. What started as a localized celebration at Tengboche Monastery has now spread to other monasteries in the Everest region. This expansion signifies the festival’s importance not just to the Sherpa community but also to those interested in Tibetan Buddhism and Himalayan culture. The Mani Rimdu Festival Trek has thus become a sought-after experience, especially during the full moon of October or November.

Highlights of Mani Rimdu Festival Trek

  • Scenic Flight to Lukla- an adventurous flight
  • Explore Sagarmatha National Park- A UNESCO world heritage that is rich in diverse flora and fauna
  • Unreal Mountains Including Everest- The exciting panoramic view of more than 14 mountain peaks that are above 6000m above sea level
  • Explore Tibet-influenced Mountain festival in Tengboche Monastery

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Mani Rimdu Festival Trek Itinerary

Inclusion Details
Accommodation and Meals
  • 3-Star hotel in Kathmandu
  • Standard lodge during the trek
  • 3-times meals during the trek
  • 3 cups of tea/coffee during the trek
Guide and Porters
  • One experienced and well-trained guide
  • One assistant guide for 5+ trekkers
  • Necessary porters in 2:1 Ratio
  • Guide cum porter for Solo trekker
  • International airport transfer two times
  • Domestic airport transfer two times
  • Kathmandu – Lukla – Kathmandu airfare
  • Other land transportation
Other Inclusion
  • Mani Rimdu Festival Trek Permit and TIMS
  • Sightseeing entrance Fees
  • Trekking Map, achievement certificate
  • Applicable Government Taxes

What's Not Included
Before Kathmandu Arrival
  • International Airfare and Nepal Visa
  • Travel Insurance and trekking equipment
During the trip
  • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu
  • Personal Expenses like beverages, laundry, tipping etc
Trip Detail Information

Rituals and Activities

The Mani Rimdu Festival Trek offers a deep dive into a multi-day celebration, rich in rituals and activities that reflect Sherpa culture and Tibetan Buddhism. One of the most captivating rituals is the crafting of a sand mandala. This intricate artwork symbolizes the universe and is a spiritual focal point during the festival. Created with meticulous care at Tengboche Monastery, the sand mandala serves as a conduit for prayers and blessings, especially during the full moon of October or November.

Masked dances, known as Cham, are another highlight of the Mani Rimdu Festival. These dances narrate the eternal conflict between good and evil, embodying the essence of Tibetan Buddhism. The dances also serve to depict the quelling of demons and the reward of the pious, resonating with the spiritual teachings of Guru Rinpoche. Accompanying the dances are mantras, sacred syllables believed to wield immense spiritual power. These mantras are chanted throughout the festival, adding a layer of spiritual depth to the celebrations in the Solu-Khumbu region.

The festival is not just about rituals; it’s a social event that brings the Sherpa community together. Offerings and prayers, including Jinsak (fire puja), are integral to the festival. Wong (empowerment) is bestowed upon attendees, and Rilbu (long-life pills) are distributed as symbols of longevity and good fortune. Feasts and social activities add to the festive spirit, making the Mani Rimdu Festival Trek a holistic experience that combines spirituality, culture, and community bonding in the Everest region.

Unique Elements of the Mani Rimdu Festival

The Mani Rimdu Festival Trek is not just a journey through the stunning landscapes of the Everest region; it’s a spiritual odyssey that introduces trekkers to unique elements deeply rooted in Sherpa culture and Tibetan Buddhism. One such element is Rilbu or long-life pills. These are not ordinary pills; they are imbued with prayers and blessings, often distributed during the festival at Tengboche Monastery. Rilbu serves as a tangible representation of the festival’s focus on longevity, good health, and the reward of the pious.

Masked dances, commonly known as Cham, are another unique aspect that adds vibrancy to the Mani Rimdu Festival. These dances are more than mere performances; they are spiritual enactments that depict the quelling of demons and the eternal conflict between good and evil. Choreographed to perfection, these dances take place under the full moon of October or November, adding a mystical aura to the festival. Guru Rinpoche’s teachings come alive through these dances, making them a must-see for anyone participating in the Mani Rimdu Festival Trek.

These unique elements do more than just add color and excitement; they deepen the spiritual significance of the Mani Rimdu Festival. Whether it’s through the empowering Wong rituals, the transformative Jinsak (fire puja), or the communal feasts, these elements make the festival a multi-layered experience. They offer a blend of spirituality, culture, and community bonding that is unparalleled, making the Mani Rimdu Festival Trek a once-in-a-lifetime experience in the Solu-Khumbu region.

On the first day, you get sacred Mani Rilwu (holy or blessed pills) and Tshereel (pills for long life); the next day, you enjoy dances on conquering demons and rewarding virtuosos, and later you take part in various ceremonies like fire puja, Ser-Kym, Chhingpa and so on. The Mani Rimdu Festival Trekking also allows you to experience the Himalayan beauty and its charismatic snow-covered peaks like Mt. Everest (8848m), Lhotse (8516m), Nuptse (7855m), Amadablam (6812m), Kongde Himal (6200m), Thamserku (6430m) holy mountains Khumbila (5761m), etc.

Though the significant visit is done at Tengboche, the Mani Rimdu Festival Trek lets you hike through the rugged terrain; and quickly gives you the complete Everest region introduction.


Accommodations in Mani Rimdu Festival Trek

The three-star hotel will be provided in Kathmandu and good lodges in the trekking area. In Lukla, Phakding, and Namche, we will provide a hot shower, and in Tengboche, we won’t recommend you take the hot shower because of the high altitude. You must stay three nights in the Tengboche during Mani Rimdu Festival Trek.

Luxurious hotels and guesthouses are also available in Lukla, Phakding, and Namche, where you will spend five nights (On days 2, 3, 4, 8, and 9). You need to pay an additional USD 800 for two people.


Mani Rimdu Festival Date for 2023 and 2024

The Mani Rimdu Festival is played in Tengboche Monastery during the tenth Tibetan month, which as a rule, matches with the full moon in October or November. The Mani Rimdu Festival will be held on October 28, 29, and 30. The festival date of 2024 hasn’t been decided yet. We will update the dates after confirmation.

Meals during the Mani Rimdu Festival

In Kathmandu, a Farewell dinner is included, and three meals will be provided during the trek.

During the Mani Rimdu Festival Trek, we will provide typical Nepalese dishes like dal (soup made of lentils), Bhat (rice), achaar (pickle), and Tarkari (vegetable curry), Momo (dumpling), Dhindo (typical Nepali food), Chowmin, etc. You can also enjoy international cuisines like Tibetan, Indian, Continental, and Italian as per your choices. Breakfast and dinner will be served at lodges or teahouses where you spend the night. As per the lodges or teahouses menu, we will serve breakfast. During your trekking, continental and American breakfast will be made, and a Buffet breakfast will be made in Kathmandu.

Physical Condition & Experience Requirements

This is a moderate trek, and it is suitable for enthusiastic hikers. The hiker must be able to walk at least 5-6 hours per day with their light bag. You can see the details in our itinerary. Hiking at a higher altitude is more challenging than at a lower height; however, if you have good health, average physical fitness, optimism towards hiking, and muscular strength of mind, you can successfully finish this trek. Technical skills and experience are not required for this trek. However, jogging and simple exercising are highly recommended before two weeks if you have no previous hiking experience.

If you have a heart problem, or lung and blood diseases, you need to consult with your doctor before this trek. Also, if you are an elder or child with poor physical fitness and still want to trek to Mani Rimdu Festival Trek, you need to customize this trek. Please feel free to detail about yourself; we will provide customized trekking packages for you and will try our best to make your trek memorable and successful.

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