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 2022 dates are November 8-10. 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 Mask Dance by monks, with other minor ceremonies.
One of our company representatives will wait for you in front of the arrival gate on your arrival and transfer to the Hotel at Thamel. It takes about 25 to 30 minutes to drive from the airport, but it depends on traffic jams in Kathmandu. If you are in office time, it may take a long time. Once you reach the Hotel, you will check in and have a rest.
If you want any last minutes shopping for your trip, you can have a free walk in the tourist hub Thamel Street. Sometimes in the evening, you will get a short briefing and introduction from your guide. The dinner will be at the Nepali restaurant with a Nepali cultural show hosted by Peregrine Treks and Expedition. Overnight in the Hotel
Today, after your mouth-watering breakfast, your guide picks you up to go to Tribuvan domestic airport. You will have the flight about 40 minutes to Tensing Hilary Airport Lukla with the amazing splendid view of the landscape and snow-capped mountains. Lukla is a small hill town with trekkers, shopping stores, and a Police checkpoint.
After arranging your trekking stuff, we start our trek to Phakding for 3 hours along the paved stone steep through the Rhododendron forest. We pass some Sherpa villages and cross the suspension bridge on the way. You will take some shoots in the well-painted Mani stone on your steep. The first view of the snow-capped mountain is also seen on the way to your trek. Overnight in the Lodge
You will reach Benkar village after one and a half hours of walking along the Dudhkoshi River. You get an excellent view of Mt. Thamserku (6008m) from this village, where we will have a tea break and continue to the Monjo for another hour. Monjo has a Sagarmatha National Park check post, so we have to enter our permit here, or we can buy a license and then descend to Jorsalle for lunch.
Again we continue our trek crossing the suspension bridge; then, we walk on the sandy rock trail on the bank of the river. We start steep climbing until Namche crosses the Hillary Bridge. You will get a panoramic view of the mountain from Namche, known as the Sherpa capital. Overnight in the Lode
According to the health and great Himalaya trekking expert, this level of altitude is recommended to have acclimatization, so our itinerary designer wants to have a rest day here to adjust the trekker’s body in this thin air. But you try to come out in the morning because it is a high chance of having a clear view.
After your breakfast in the late morning, we will start a short climb to the Everest View Hotel for two hours, where the supper view of Mt. Everest and other jaw-dropping scenery of the snow-capped mountain is. You can’t stop yourself from capturing more and more shots of mesmerizing beauty with your group and back descent to the Namche for the overnight.
After breakfast, we climb stone steps for half an hour. We start level walking for another two hours, approximately with the eye-catching sceneries of Thamserku, Kyoungde, Ama Dablam, Lhotse, and Mt Everest.
Then the trail descends to Fungithanka for lunch beside the river. Again ascending along the dusty path, we reach Tengboche, the biggest monastery in the Everest region, and have a close-up view of Amadablum Mountain. This is the Wang blessing Ceremony Overnight in the lodge.
Today is the primary day of the trek, the Mani Rumdi festival, which starts on the October full moon; you will get the chance to learn about the fundamentals of Buddhism and its culture. After breakfast, we will visit the Tengboche monastery nearby the lodge, a lively place. The significant rituals of the festival are empowerment, the mask dance, the fire puja, and more cultural rituals.
The empowerment ritual is to give vows to the monks who perform the rituals. The dancing rituals depict the victory of Buddism over the ‘Bon religion.’ Have lunch and dinner at the nearby lodge and enjoy the divine Buddist theological festival. Overnight in the lodge
This day is the Closing ceremony of the Mani Rimdu Festival. After breakfast at the hotel, you can observe the final day traditional mystic cultural program and the end of the Mani Rimdu Festival.
After breakfast, we will head back to Namche. The descending trail takes you to Fungithanka, where you will have lunch. After some steep ascends, the trail goes straight until Namche. Overnight in lodge
After breakfast, descending from the Namche bazaar, the trails go through the pine forest, crossing the high suspension bridge over the Dudh Koshi river. Then the trail goes along the river to reach Jorselle and continue our walk to Phakding crossing several bridges.
Have lunch there. After lunch, we will continue our walk to Lukla, passing the ascending and descending trails. Overnight in lodge
After breakfast, early morning flight to Kathmandu and transfer to the hotel. Have rest.
You will sightsee Pashupatinath (Holy temple of Hindus), Boudhanath (a sacred place for Buddhists), Swyambhunath (Temple of Hindus and Buddhists), and Kathmandu Durbar Square (Ancient Royal Palace). This is also leisurely for you.
After breakfast at the hotel, you will depart three hours before then your flight schedule.
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.
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 in 2022 on the eighth, ninth, and tenth of November. The festival date of 2023 hasn’t been decided yet. We will update the dates after confirmation.
In Kathmandu, a Farewell dinner is included, and three meals will be provided during the trek.
During 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.
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 detail 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 you; we will provide customized trekking packages for you and will try our best to make your trek memorable and successful.