Mani Rimdu Festival Trek

Starting From $USD $ 1800 | Duration: 13 Days
  • Maximum Alt: 3,860 m
  • DifficultyLevel: DifficultyLevel
  • Group Size: 2 - 6
  • Activities: Trekking
  • Best Seasons: Spring / Summer / Autumn
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  • Mani Rimdhu is a Buddhist festival specific to the Sherpa community of Everest region. The fête celebrates victory of Buddhism over Bon-Po religion. It starts from the first day of the tenth month of the Tibetan lunar calendar, usually between October and November and lasts for 19 days. In Khumbu, the festival is observed at Tengboche and Chiwang monasteries. For 2014, Mani Rimdhu festival is scheduled to commence around the first week of November. The exact date of start will be known 6 months prior to the event.

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  • Day 01: Welcome to Nepal
    Upon your arrival at the international airport of Kathmandu, you will be greeted by our representatives whom you will find carrying a placard with your name imprinted on. Subsequently, you will be escorted to your hotel. This is your free day; if your plane lands earlier in the day, you will have at your disposal enough activities to indulge in.
    Overnight stay at Hotel Pilgrims ( or hotel of similar range)

    Day 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing
    On the second day, you will explore major attractions of Kathmandu valley. Our city guide will meet you at your hotel at 9:00 AM to pick you up for the sightseeing tour. The observation sites include Swoyambhunath aka the monkey temple; Boudhanath, the holy shrine of Tibetan Buddhists; Pashupatinath, the largest Hindu religious complex in Nepal and Hanumandhoka Durbar square, one of the medieval royal plazas of the valley.
    Overnight stay at Hotel Pilgrims ( or hotel of similar range); breakfast and welcome dinner are included

    Day 03: Kathmandu to Lukla (2,860 m) to Phakding (2,610 m)
    Approximate altitude gain: 250 m

    The trek starts on the third day. After you have your breakfast, you will drive to the airport to embark for Lukla. The breathtaking views of mountains and rivers will make the approximately 40 minutes’ flight remarkable before landing on Tenzing-Hillary airport of Lukla, named after the pioneer invaders of the Everest. After necessary arrangements/rearrangements you will start heading towards Phakding, reached at about 4 hours of moderate walking.

    Overnight stay at Phakding. 3-course meal (breakfast, lunch and dinner) is included.

    Day 04: Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3,440 m)
    Approximate altitude gain: 830 m
    Following a trail through pine forest and crossing few suspension bridges, you will arrive at a small settlement called Benkar which is the gateway to Sagarmatha National Park. After necessary formalities, you will continue towards Namche Bazaar, the major market of Everest region, which teems with shops and hotels of diverse standards.
    Overnight stay at Namche Bazaar. 3-course meal is included.

    Day 05: Acclimatization at Namche Bazaar
    Acclimatization is an important part of trekking, especially those involving larger height gains: it minimizes the chance of complications due to abrupt altitude changes. For this reason you will stay another night at Namche Bazaar before continuing to Tengboche. Nonetheless, you will find your rest day at Namche worthwhile which accommodates — apart from hotels– banks, government offices, cyber cafes, restaurants, bakeries, massage parlours, trekking gear shops, etc. Or, you may attempt short hikes to Khumbu or Thame to improve your stamina.
    Overnight stay at Namche Bazaar. 3-course meal is included.

    Day 06: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Tengboche (3,860m)
    Approximate altitude gain: 420 m
    Tengboche derives its name from the largest monastery of Khumbu region renowned for unique, colourful Mani Rimdu festival held at its premises annually during the full moon of October. With picturesque views of summits of Mt. Everest, Ama Dablam, and Mt. Luptse, among others, the trail climbs up to the airdrome of Syanboche before further ascending to Khundu and descending to Dudh Koshi. From here, you will join Tengboche trail and continue till the monastery. There are few hotels in the vicinity of the monastery.
    Overnight stay at Tengboche. 3-course meal included.

    Day 07- Day 09: Festival observation at Tengboche
    The main attraction of Mani Rimdhu festival is masked dance or Chham performed by the monks. The dance recounts the story of religious triumph of positive forces over demons that are subdued, dispelled or converted into Protectors. The dance is also said to convey various Buddhist teachings. Although chiefly a monastic festival, it holds equal significance to the laymen (locals) who participate in the fete with a great enthusiasm.
    Another event of the festival is Wong or the empowerment offered by the Head Lama of the monastery. The abbot offers sacred pills for prosperity, health and happiness to everyone attending the festival.
    The fire rituals or Jinsak are performed in the courtyard of the monastery after most of the laymen have returned. So, this is basically a complete monastic ritual. The monks make an offering to    Agni (The fire God).
    Overnight stay at Tengbioche; 3-course meal is included.

    Day 10: Tengboche to Monjo (2850 m)
    After having your breakfast, you will descend along the easy and dusty route towards Dudhkoshi River. Crossing the river, you will progress towards Namche Bazaar where you will have your lunch. From here, you will climb down and cross a couple of rivers before arriving at Monjo.

    Overnight stay at Monjo; 3-course meal is included.

    Day 11: Monjo to Lukla (2,860 m)
    The trail crosses a few rivers before descending towards Phakding. From Phakding, you need to climb steeply to reach Lukla.

    Overnight stay at Lukla; 3-course meal is included.

    Day 12: Flight from Lukla to Kathmandu; Spiritual activities
    You will embark the flight to Kathmandu in the morning.
    On the eve of your departure, you will repose with our exclusive farewell treat– Ayurvedic massage, at a well-known spa of Kathmandu .
    Overnight stay at Hotel Pilgrims ( or hotel of similar range); breakfast is included.

    Day 13: Goodbye
    After this amazing trek if you are interested in partaking in other activities like Jungle Safari, Rafting, Biking, Tours, or Trekking to other regions, we’ll organize the trip accordingly. Or if you decide to leave Nepal, we will transfer you to the airport.
    Breakfast is included.

    Disclaimer: Lukla being accessible only via air and weather of the flight zone being unpredictable, there are often cases of unavailability of tickets, delay or even cancellation of the scheduled flights. SNS travel point will not be obliged to compensate for the extra expenditure incurred by the travellers due to extension of travel schedule in such cases.

    Note:The itinerary is subject to changes due to factors like weather condition, health complication, or any unanticipated cause. All the activities mentioned in the itinerary will be covered, as long as the weather permits, although the guide/leader might make some modification in the schedule, at his/her discretion..

  • Why Mani Rimdu Festival Trek?

    • A rare opportunity to participate in a festival celebrated in one of the highest settlements of the world.
    • A part of the trek that goes to the pedestal of the highest peak in the world.
    • Spellbinding sceneries: gradually unfolding vista with summits of Everest, Ama Dablam, Lhotse and others on the background
    • Hospitable and cordial Sherpas as your aides. 
    • Prayer flags, prayer wheels, Mani stones and other Buddhist elements along the route. 

    Why trek with SNS?

    • A complete trekking experience at a reasonable price.
    • Experienced English-speaking guide and a group of reliable trekking staffs.
    • Accommodation in hotels/lodges that cater to the basic requirements of a trekker.
    • Proper rescue and evacuation arrangements.
    • Supplementary programs: sightseeing tours and spiritual retreats; complete arrangement of vehicle, accommodation and other necessities by the company. 

    Mani Rimdhu Trek Equipment List
    1. FOOT WEAR

    • Trekking boot: (Sturdy, ankle-support, water-resistant, well broken in)
    • Thick socks (4 pairs)
    • Light socks (3 pairs)
    • Camp shoes (1 pair)

    2. CLOTHING

    • Sleeping bag (4seasons) 1 – Provided
    • Down jacket -1 Provided
    • Daypack/Backpack – 1, Duffel Bag- for non trek items left in Kathmandu.
    • Water bottle – 1
    • Sun cream and moisturizer
    • Flashlight/Torch light with spare bulbs, batteries, lip salve, gaiters.
    • Down or fiber filled waterproof jacket and trousers (1)
    • Fleece jacket or pullover (1)
    • Warm cotton trousers (2 pairs)
    • Shirts and T-shirts (4 pieces)
    • Lightweight cotton long pants (3 pairs)
    • Thermal set (1 Pair)
    • Shorts (2 pieces)
    • Sun hat, woolen scarf (1)
    • Woolen hat (1)
    • Sunglasses (1)
    • Lightweight gloves (1)
    • Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof (1)
    • Toiletries
  • Several Travel dates that you can choose from:

    First Tuesday of every Month

    • 5th May 2015
    • 2nd June 2015
    • 7th July 2015
    • 4th August 2015
    • 1st September 2015
    • 6th October 2015
    • 3rd November 2015

    Includes

    • Airports pick up and drop by a private vehicle.
    • All Domestic flights. 
    • Trekker’s Information Management System TIMS card 
    • All governmental procedure fees, permits and local taxes.
    • Hotel in Kathmandu for 3 Nights: twin-sharing with free breakfast.
    • Full day guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu.
    • All meals and accommodation throughout the trek.
    • An experienced English speaking trekking guide possessing valid license issued by the government of Nepal.
    • Highly experienced trekking staffs.
    • Down jacket, sleeping bag, duffel bag (optional), medical kit etc.
    • Travel and rescue arrangements.
    • Welcome dinner at a typical Nepalese restaurant.

    Excludes

    • Visa fees/ international airfare to and from Kathmandu
    • Travel / medical insurance and emergency evacuation cost.
    • Hot and cold shower, battery recharge during Everest base camp trek.
    • Personal expenses phone calls, bar bills, extra porters, beverages etc.
    • Personal Everest base camp trekking equipments/gears.
    • Tips for guides, porters and drivers.
    • All others expenses not mentioned on price include section.
    • All others expenses not mentioned in “Trip Cost Includes” section.
    • Costs incurred due to unforeseen reasons like general strikes, accidents, or any event beyond the control of the company. 

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