Everest Mani Rimdu Festival Trek

Everest Mani Rimdu Festival Trek

TripGrade: Strenuous
Strenuous Trekking Grade is both moderate and difficult. Even in this grade, treks reach around 5000-5500 meters. You will have to walk generally for 6-7 hours each day. Strenuous treks require good physical condition and acclimatization. If some problems seem to appear, you have to walk down and take some hot drinks or soup ( + rest). You may be affected rapidly if you have high blood pressure, asthma, heart disease or complicated medical conditions. Advise is required from your doctor before starting these kinds of treks.

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Duration:

22 Days

Country:
Max Altitude:

Kala patthar 5545m

Group Size

2 - 12 pax

Trial Access:

Private vehicle, Flight from Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu

Best Season:

Sep.- Dec. & Feb.- May.

Along with being the Tibetan New Year (Lhosar), Mani Rimdu Festival is one of the annual festivals which is celebrated with much fervor and gaiety in the Everest Region. So, Himalayan Trekkers has come up with a festive package that lets you not only explore the Everest region (considered the most popular region in the Himalayas) but also participate in Mani Rimdu Festival which holds great cultural, historical, spiritual, and religious significance: all-inclusive Gokyo Lake--Kalapathar & Mani Rimdu Festival Trek.

The festival is celebrated at the monasteries of Tengboche, Thami, and Chiwang. Mani Rimdu is a re-creation of legendary events; the establishment of Buddhism in Tibet by the great saint, Guru Rimpoche. The monks dramatize the festivity by performing in elaborate masks and costumes. The overall festival is very colorful and vibrant.

The first day of Mani Rimdu is called the Ong. The Ong consists mostly of prayers conducted by the lamas in the monastery courtyard. The second day called the Cham involves the beautiful and colorful dancing of the lamas. The lamas wear brocade gowns and wonderfully painted paper 'Mache' masquerades in the festival. Hundreds of Sherpas from all over the Khumbu region come to attend the performance and to watch this important social occasion. The festival is not only entertaining but also important as the lamas dramatize two sequences along with the serious and intricate dances, which make the entire enactment a great and fun event. On the final evening, the program continues for the whole night as the villagers join in an all-night Sherpa dance fiesta. 

However, the festival of Mani Rimdu differs from one place to another. In Tengboche, Mani Rimdu takes place in the month of November-December during a full moon, while in Thame, a spring celebration of the Mani Rimdu festival is held on the day of the full moon, closest to the middle of May each year.

The festival in Thame tends to be a little more lively and energetic than the autumn festival at Tengboche because the Rimpoche (reincarnate lama) at Thame is more liberal than that of Tengboche Lama.

Similarly, at Chiwang gompa in Solu, Mani Rimdu is usually held in autumn on the same day as that of Tengboche. The Chiwang gompa celebration is said to be more authentic because it is watched over by the head of the Lama of Thubten Chooling, who is the re-incarnate lama of Rongbuk, from where Mani Rimdu is said to have its origin.

Amidst the beauty of the clear mountain air, the discordance of the sound is pleasantly deafening. No conversation is audible and the only thing that comes to attention is the temple entrance, from where a procession of solemn-faced monks seems to emerge. Dressed in their traditional orange silk robes, with the yellow crescent-shaped hats placed precariously on their heads, they carry an assortment of instruments including bugles made from human bones, giant conch shells and long brass horns.

As we carry with us the colorful marks of the Mani Rimdu festival, we next land on the tiny airstrip at Lukla, which is situated at an altitude of 9,400feet. We load our backpacks and gear onto the yaks and begin our journey through the Sherpa villages, the forests and the glacial lakes, which take us to the highest point situated at an altitude of 18,000feet.

On reaching Gokyo RI, our view seems to be exhilarating. The overwhelming landscape of Cho Oyu, Lhotse Shar, Nuptse, Makalu and Everest, the five peaks that rise above 25,000 feet makes it all the more exciting. During our trek, we cross a 17,778-feet high pass, visit a Saturday market and local monasteries, discover Tibetan Buddhist culture and interact with the Sherpa people, who are as enticing to meet as the lofty Himalayan mountains.

All in all, this journey will be very exciting and pleasant if you are up for an adventure, love outdoors, and ready to sweat it out. With a positive and flexible attitude, you will enjoy the challenge of this trip and bring back with you loads of fond memories, great associations as well as oodles of great pictures. This trip is, in fact, a chance of a lifetime—grab it and make memories happen.

 

Starting Price

USD 1980 per person

Group Discount : Available

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Itinerary

Arrival on: Kathmandu

Departure from: Kathmandu

Day 1

Arrival at Kathmandu.

Meals included: BB

Your flight to Kathmandu will be scenic as you will see the panoramic view of the Himalayan Range with natural beauty. Upon your arrival in the country of Mt. Everest, a representative from Himalayan trekkers will greet you at the airport in Kathmandu and assist you to the hotel.

Accommodation: Hotel

Day 2

Half day sightseeing in Kathmandu and trek preparation.

Meals included: BB

Today after breakfast you will be picked up by your city tour guide and takes you to some of the landmarks of the Kathmandu Valley like Kathmandu Durbar Square, Patan Durbar Square, Bhaktapur Durbar Square, Swayambhunath Stupa, Boudhanath, Pashupatinath and so on. You will visit some of these and the rest of the time you can do last moment shopping for trekking by consulting with your guide.

Accommodation: Hotel

Day 3

Fly to Lukla & trek to Phakding.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Today you will fly to Lukla which is considered as the world adventurous airport. You will take an early Twin Otter flight to Lukla which is the main entrance to the Khumbu Region. This is an adventurous as well as exciting flight, which provides you the stunning view of Everest in the distance. Upon arrival in Lukla, you will meet our crew members like trek staff and porters and start our trek to Phakding (2600m) or you can continue to Monjo (You can discuss with your guide on the stop if you are physically fit and want to continue). Phakding lies at the bank of Dudh Koshi River which drains the whole of the Khumbu region, this small village is on the main trade route through the area. You will stay in well-built lodges.

Accommodation: Tea house/ lodges Estimated Walking Distance: 30 min flight and 3 hrs hike

Day 4

Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,440m).

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

You begin this beautiful trek following the Dudh Kosi valley upstream. Expect to be blown away on the first day of the glorious trek to the Everest Basecamp. As the day progresses, you will cross and re-cross the rapid Imja Khola upon sturdy suspension bridges. Since most of the day will be spent traipsing along the banks, the trek will be mostly on a plain stretch. However, towards the end of the day’s trek, you will make a final steep climb to the Sherpa capital of Namche Bazaar (3440m). The rest of the day is designated for relaxing or exploring the bazaar after having checked into our comfortable lodge.

Accommodation: Hotel/guest house. Estimated Walking Distance: 5-6 hrs

Day 5

Acclimatization Day.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

You desperately need the spare day in order to adjust to the low oxygen levels. Today you will ascend to Syanboche hill (3900m). From this spot, you can see the mouth-watering view of the entire Everest Region including of course Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Ama Dablam, Kusum Kanguru, Tawache, Kunde and other small snow-capped peaks. Also, people use to say that you have to be at Syanboche before you die. Furthermore, you will visit the high Himalayan Sherpa Village- Khumjung, from where you can see the Hillary school. And a little bit of walk from Khumjung you can reach Khunde where you will visit the Khunde monastery which depicts the clear picture of local Sherpa culture, traditions and you can also see the sculpture of “Yeti”, which you have heard in myths only. In this acclimatization day, you will spend time hiking and rest which will allow fasting acclimatizing in the high region. After this marvelous view, you will return to Namche for an overnight stay.

Accommodation: Hotel/ guest house. Estimated Walking Distance: 3-4 hrs hike around.

Day 6

Trek to Dole (4,050m).

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Today you contour around the hillside to Mong La which is situated at 4000 meters. This place offers a wonderful spot overlooking both the Gokyo and the Kala Pattar valleys. You can also see the scenic view of the Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Malan Palan, Taboche and the newly named Kamzang Peak. In front, you have Phortse, one of the oldest villages in the Everest region, suspended at the intersection of the Khumbu and the Gokyo valleys. To your south down the valley, you have the misty layers of the hills and valleys, as well as Monjo and the bridge to Jorsale.

You will take a break and have lunch at Mong La. Then continue with your journey and descend steeply through the pine forest to Phortse Tenga by the river and continue ascending again. The landscape is a treat to the eyes, as you pass through frozen waterfalls up to the cathedral-like stone staircases, through rhododendron and Himalayan Birch forests and across small rivers, and finally passing through tiny Sherpa settlements. You will keep on hiking for another hour until you have your first view of the 8000 meter Cho Oyu from Dole.

Accommodation: Tea house/ lodges Estimated Walking Distance: 5-6 hrs

Day 7

Trek to Machermo (4,430m).

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Another beautiful day in the lap of the Himalayas as you will start to continue the hike towards the Gokyo valley. You trail high above the valley floor, while Cho Oyu continues to loom in front of you for the latter part of the walk from the borders of Nepal and Tibet. You will come across some small Sherpa herding huts on your way and after a few more hours of trekking, you will reach the charming Yak-herding settlement of Luza. For the Khunde and Khumjung inhabitants, this is one of the many seasonal settlements, the next one being Machermo which will be arriving in about 45 minutes, after having climbed steeply out of Dole, to a set of prayer flags which marks an end to the settlement then, you will continue climbing up and down once again and finally reach Machermo, where you will camp out for an overnight stay.

Accommodation: Tea house/ lodges Estimated Walking Distance: 3-4 hrs

Day 8

Trek to Gokyo (4,800m).

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

You will start the early day as you have to walk to 4800 meters and it is going to be more difficult than usual at this altitude. The lakes are on the verge of freezing and one can often hear the symphony of expanding and retracting ice. As you enter grassy ablation valley by the side of the Ngozumpa Glacier you will get the first glimpse of Gokyo. Gokyo is a seasonal village and grazing area by the side of the third and biggest lake. You will stay tonight at Gokyo. It is a pleasure to admire the lakeside views and watch the shaggy yaks leisurely walking around.

Accommodation: Tea house/ lodges Estimated Walking Distance: 5-6 hrs

Day 9

Rest/ free day to acclimatize. (hike to Gokyo Ri)

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

After you had your breakfast, you will set out towards the Gokyo RI (5360 m). On the way, you will cross small glacier streams jumping over the stone bridge. It takes about two hours of switch-backing to reach the prayer flag festoon peak. As you go up, take your time as all along the way you get great views of the valley down past the Gokyo Lake. From the top, it is a treat to the eyes to see the panoramic view of Gokyo lakes, the glacial moraine surrounded by the giant Himalayan peaks; Cho Oyu, Everest, Lhotse and Makalu, and many others. Towards the west lies the pass: The Renjo La pass (4515), the gateway to the Thame Valley and Nagpa La, which the Tibetans cross with their yaks on their way to Namche.

In the afternoon you can take a walk around Gokyo Lake. There is a beach at the other end and just a walk of 1 to1 ½ hours past that are the Buddhist and Hindu shrines. One should not miss the quick hike up to the Moraine ridge, which gives a glorious view of the sunset colors on Cho Oyu which turns pinker down the valley towards Cholatse, Taboche, and Thamserku.

Accommodation: Tea house/ lodges Estimated Walking Distance: 4-5 hrs

Day 10

Trek to Thangnak (4,661m).

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

You will start your journey fresh and energetic, crossing the Dudh Kosi, as you will hike within clear sight of the terminal moraine of Ngosumpa Glacier before ascending to your lofty, open campsite. At an altitude of about 15,000 and 16,000 feet, the air getting thin, you will keep on climbing for six to seven hours through breathtaking hanging glaciers and astonishing 360-degree mountain panoramas. With persistent steps, you will march ahead, while the eye captures all the amazing contrasts of earth and sky, which surrounds you.

Accommodation: Tea house/ lodges Estimated Walking Distance: 7-8 hrs

Day 11

Trek to Dzongla (4,830m).

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

After experiencing a mesmerizing view from Ngosumpa, today your view will be restricted to only snow-capped mountains. Today good glacier glasses will aid your focus as you will climb the Cho La Pass (5330m) across blindingly bright snowfields. The roads become treacherous now, and you will pass through the close view of hanging glaciers above you, as you continue on a steep descent through loose rocks and large stone slabs arriving at the years of Dzongla a place suspended on a shelf of land sporting fine views in all direction.

Accommodation: Tea house/ lodges Estimated Walking Distance: 7-8 hrs

Day 12

Trek to Dingboche (4,410m).

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

On your way down you will walk through lush alpine pastures and temporary summer villages, where the people from lower altitudes bring their livestock for grazing as well as to cultivate. You will walk along the majestic Tawoche (21,462 feet) and across the Imja Khola River to reach Dingboche, the beautiful stone village surrounded by fields of winter wheat.

Accommodation: Tea house/ lodges Estimated Walking Distance: 4-5 hrs

Day 13

Dingboche excursion or Kala Pattar ascent (5,545m) to Chhukung (4,730m).

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Today you have an option of either choosing to go to Kala Pattar or those going for hiking can choose from among the many areas around Dingboche.

Accommodation: Tea house/ lodges

Day 14

Kala Pathar Excursion.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

If you go to Kala Pattar, you will get to view Everest base camp and Mount Everest. You will also get a clearer view of the Ice Fall and the South Col. Along the way you also come across black Rock a beautiful peak meaning “Daughter Peak “in Tibetan. As you continue with your journey, you will cross the Kongma La for more exciting views before finally rejoining the rest of the group at Chhukhung.

Accommodation: Tea house/ lodges Estimated Walking Distance: 5-6 hrs

Day 15

Trek to Pangboche (3,930m).

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

For your next destination, you will make a long but moderate descent to Pangboche the highest year-round settlement in the Imja Khola Valley. Here you will find a gompa above the main village, which was built some 300 years ago when Buddhism was first introduced in Khumbu. It is also said that the relics of the Yeti or the abominable snowman were to be found in the monastery in the past. However, they no longer exist as they had been stolen a few years back.

Accommodation: Tea house/ lodges Estimated Walking Distance: 5-6 hrs

Day 16

Trek to Tyangboche (3,860m).

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Festival in Tyangboche
As you will continue your short but steep climb, you will reach Tyangboche (3860m) which is famous for its age-old monastery. This place is said to be the spiritual center of the Everest region. Here you will find the main gompa, which accidentally got burned in January 1989, but it has been beautifully reconstructed later. Tyangboche also boasts of the breathtaking landscapes of the Himalayas, along with the festival of Mani Rimdu, which takes place in the month of November-December during a full moon.

Accommodation: Tea house/ lodges Estimated Walking Distance: 3-4 hrs

Day 17

Festival observation & celebration.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Today you will enjoy the rituals and various dances, performance of the festival. You will also be part of the festival where you will dance with local, enjoy the food and grab the memories for the whole lifetime.

You can also explore nearby villages and be part of a small hike by consulting to your guide.

Accommodation: Tea house/ lodges

Day 18

Trek back to Namche.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Today your journey takes you to the familiar territory as you will be heading down the hill to the Sherpa Capital, Namche. Along the way, you can enjoy the view of the alpine forest and have a feel of the rich Sherpa culture and the native Himalayan Nepali way of life. Tonight you will rest and enjoy your time at Namche.

Accommodation: Hotel/ guest house Estimated Walking Distance: 5-6 hrs

Day 19

Trek back to Lukla.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

You will wake up early as today will be a long trek back to Lukla. The long hilly trail which you barely managed to climb at the beginning of your journey seems amazingly easy and short now. Jorsale, where you reach just before the bridge to Monjo, is the home of Phuru Diki. Monjo will be visible from the national park gate after one last steep climb. The way back to Lukla is the same trail, yet it looks so different. You’ll have lunch in Phakding and then walk to Lukla for an overnight stay.

Accommodation: Tea house/ lodges Estimated Walking Distance: 7-8 hrs

Day 20

Fly back to Kathmandu.

Meals included: BB

Today you will take an early flight from Lukla to Kathmandu as it lies in the Himalayan region and you can't be sure about the bad weather. Upon arrival at Kathmandu, you can go to the spa and massage center to get rid of the pain and tired of trekking.

Accommodation: Hotel Estimated Walking Distance: 30 min flight & private drive to hotel.

Day 21

Free day.

Meals included: BB

Today is the free day as you can visit some of the Heritage sites of Kathmandu or you can stroll at Thamel and can do last minutes shopping; souvenir for friends, families, and relatives.

In the evening enjoying the farewell dinner with Himalayan trekkers team with cultural show.

Accommodation: Hotel

Day 22

Final departure.

Although, it is a sad moment for us to say goodbye however a representative from Adventure Mission Nepal (AMN) will drop you at the airport before 3 hours of your flight and takes the feedback of the trip. Hope to see you again in the next holidays!!

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Accommodation

Himalayan Trekkers promises to manage the best, most comfortable and preferable accommodation. 

Generally, in cities like Kathmandu, Namche Bazar, and Lukla we arrange basic three-star facilities. If available, you can opt for a more budget-friendly option or upgrade to a more luxurious hotel by paying a little extra. 

Although all the places might not have all the modern facilities, we will make sure to arrange safe and comfortable accommodation. In general, hygienic and safe tea houses/local lodges/ home-stays with all the basic facilities are arranged. But you can, if possible, personalize according to your preference. 

Meals

Breakfast is usually included with your B&B Accommodation within the cost that is evident.
For other meals in the city, you would have to pay separately. Often in the cities, you can choose from many different cuisines and varied food services. We can always help you find the right place. 

In more remote areas, usually, there are not many options. But you can always find hygienic and well-prepared food. Moreover, almost all the meals during the trek are included in the cost. We can help you make changes according to your preference and budget, but only if choices are available.

On top of that, Himalayan Trekkers also organizes Welcome and Farewell Dinners as a symbol of warm greetings.

Please go through the detailed itinerary for more information. We are always there to help you travel to your heart’s content.


Inclusion

Whats Included

TIMS
Permit
Entry Fees
Airport Pick-up and Drop
Transportation as per itinerary
Guide, Driver, and Porter
Meals (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner with Tea)
Accommodation
First-Aid Kit
Welcome/Farewell Dinner
All Taxes

Whats Not Included

Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
Your travel insurance
International flight and departure tax
Any expense of personal nature
Nepal entry visa fee
Any kinds of Bar bills



GearList

Gears required for the trek vary upon destination and season. Trekking shoes, down jacket, sleeping bag, hiking poles are the essential ones. Besides these – the following list is suggested:

Head

  • Sun hat or scarf
  • Sun glasses
  • Sunscream
  • Lip Balm.

Feet

  • Thin & Warm Socks - 2 pairs
  • Sandals
  • Trekking Shoes on the trek
  • Comfortable Shoes in cities

Body

  • Warm gloves
  • T-shirts
  • Light jackets and pullovers
  • Wind – stopper jacket
  • Undergarments
  • Hiking shorts
  • Cotton/woolen pants or trousers

Accessories

  • Earplug
  • Electronics gadgets of your choice
  • Spare Battery
  • Notebook, pen, guidebook and map
  • Tour/Trekking Bag
  • Hiking Poles
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Down jacket
  • Toiletries (toilet paper, toothbrush/paste, nail cutter, anti-bacterial hand wash

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