Mani rimdu festival is one of the most fascinating High Himalayan Buddhist festivals observed every year, usually in November (date fixed by lunar calendar) in Tengboche monastery.
Mani rimdu festival is one of the most fascinating High Himalayan Buddhist festivals observed every year, usually in November (date fixed by lunar calendar) in Tengboche monastery. It is an old Buddhist monastery located on a ridge top. Mani Rimdu is a colorful festival. The mani Rimdu festival depicts the victory of Buddhism over the ancient Bon religion.
Mani rimdu festival another attraction is monks with elaborate masks and costumes perform series of ritualistic dances. We organize trekking, especially for Mani Rimdu festival. For this trekking, you take mountain flight from Kathmandu to Lukla. After you get down at Lukla airstrip you trekking starts to Phakding, the first overnight place, following Dudha Koshi River. Next day you walk through the forest of rhododendron and magnolia and arrive at Namche, a bustling bazaar (market), that’s a junction for trekkers.
You stay one more extra day at Namche for acclimatization. On that day you hike to Syangboche, one of the major spot for the view of Mt. Everest, Mount Lhotse, Mount Amadablam, Mount Thamserku, Mount Kwangde etc. Then you walk down to Khumjung village, a typical Sherpa village and overnight stay at mountain lodge in Namche Bazaar. Next day you trek to Tyangboche. You stay Tyangboche four nights for mani Rimdu festival. During those days you observe Mani Rimdu festival. Then on the 10th day you back from Tengboche and follow the same previous route to Lukla.
Following is the schedule for Mani rimdu festival of this year :
After arrival in Kathmandu International airport, meet our officer. He will assist you to transfer your hotel. At hotel our officer gives you orientation of the overall trip. O/n at hotel in Kathmandu.
Early morning transfer to Kathmandu airport domestic terminal to catch flight to Lukla (2810m).The flight duration is approximately 45 minutes. Have a tea and coffee in Lukla. One hour rest at Lukla in mountain Lodge. Then your trekking starts from Lukla. The trail contour through the Sherpa village and yak pasture land. Have a lunch in Thado Koshi (2591m) with stunning view of Kum Kangaru(6370m). You will see the painted Mani wall in Ghat (chhuthawa) village. In the late afternoon you arrive to Phakding. O/n at mountain lodge
Your trekking starts after breakfast at mountain lodge. You cross long suspension bridge over the Dhudh Koshi River which is originated from Khumbu glacier. Today you will enter the Sagarmatha National Park in Monjo village. You have lunch in Jorsale(2740m).The trail goes ahead along the Dudhakoshi river. You cross anther suspension bridge in Larja Dobhan(2830m). From here the trail moves to steep staircase through pine forest. After half and hour steep walking you will see Mt Everest (8848m). The trail ascends until Namche Bazaar through the alpine forest. You will be delightf to see Namche Bazaar. The Namche bazaar is getaway of the Everest base camp trekking. Enjoy staying two nights here. O/n at mountain lodge.
Rest day in Namche Bazaar is especially for acclimatization with altitude. During this day you can walk around Namche Bazaar. Here uou can get many facilities such as bank, internet, Bakery and shopping. After the breakfast One and half hour steep walking to Syangboche(3880m). From Syangboche you can see Mt. Everest(8848m), Lhotse(8516m), Ama Dablam(6814m), Thamserku(6618m) and more mountains. Have a tea and coffee in Everest view hotel. The trail descends half and hour to the Khumjung village (3780m), the village of Sherpas, the worldly renowned climbers. In Khumjung village you can visit Kumjung Hillary School and Kumjung Gompa. After lunch hike back to the Namche Bazaar. O/n at mountain lodge.
Today you can see very close up view of Thamserku (6618m), Ama Dablam(6814m). Also you can see Mount Everest (8848) and other world high mountains. On the way you can see Nepal national bird Pheasant and mountain animal called Himalayan Thar. The trail contour through the yak pasture land until Kyangjuma (3550m). From Kyangjuma the trail goes to all the way down to the Dudha Koshi. After crossing long suspension bridge then the trail ascends through the pine trees. The magnificent view of Kangtega (6783m) right side of the trail. Two and half hour walking you will arrive to Tengboche(3860m). Tengboche is famous as the name of Tengboche Monastery. This monastery is open for visit after four o’clock in the afternoon. Visiting Tengboche Monastery is a exciting part of your journey. At evening you will be able to see exciting sunset on the top of the word and other high mountains. O/n at mountain lodge.
Form Tengboche trail move down towards Deboche(3820m).After Deboche, the trail becomes very pleasant. You will feel very comfortable. Here you have chances to see Musk deer. It is very rare wild animal. After crossing iron bridge on your right side you can see the great view of Ama Dablam(6814m). May be you can enjoy taking photos of yours backup with Ama Dablam. Then the trail moves gradually up to Pangboche(4410m).Have a tea and coffee and few minute relaxation at Pangboche. Trek to Shomare (4110m).Have a Lunch here. After the lunch you walk around two hour and arrive to Dingboche Village (4410m). O/n at mountain lodge
Today is the rest day at Dingboche. After the breakfast with light snake and small day bag you may hike to Chhukung village. The trail follows with river all the way to Chukung village. The river is originated from glacier lake Imja .On the way you see Yak Kharka with wide grassland area. The Chukung valley is surrounding by magnificent high mountains and Glacier Lakes. From this valley you can see Island Peak (6189m), Amphulapche(5663m), Lhotse Shar(8382m) and Lhotse(8516m).Have a Lunch in Chukung Village. After lunch return to Dingboche. 7h walking. O/n at mountain lodge
Form Dingboche the trail climb up 20m above the village. From here you can see panoramic view of Khumbu Mountains including Mt, Makalu (8463m). Tea break in Dughla(4620m). After Dughla you ascend along with pebbly and sandy trail. After half and hour climb you arrive to Dughla Pass (4830m). In Dughla pass you see monuments on the memory of Everest climbers who has lost their life while climbing Mt. Everest. From here trail goes gradually up to the Lobuche (4910m). Evening sunset view of the Nuptse(7864m). 5h hour walking. O/n at mountain lodge
This morning you might feel chilly because temperature may go down -2 to 3 degree celsius. In the beginning you walk along the flat trial through yak pasture trail (50 minutes). Then you have to walk in glacier. The trail is rough and icy in some part. And you arrive to Gorak Shep (5140m). At this time the temperature is nearly 10 to 15 degree Celsius. You might feel fatigue. Have lunch and rest in Gorak Shep. After light lunch start to climb Kalapatthar(5550m). After nearly three hour climbing, you will reach on top of the Kalapatthar. There you get little bit strong wind. Kalapatthar is one of the prime points for the massive view of Mount Everest (8848m). Enjoy the view of Mt. Everest and other towering mountains. Here you can see people sharing exciting moments each other. From here you also can see Everest base camp just below. After a while return back to Gorak Shep. 8 hour walking. O/n at mountain lodge
Early in the morning start trekking towards Everest base camp (5364m). The trail is narrow and rocky so that we suggest trekkers to concentrate their mind in trail before stepping. The Everest base camp is moving up and down every year because Khumbu glacier is moving to the down. In Everest base camp you can’t spend your overnight because there is no facility of tea houses. Only people stay at night in camp who are climbing to Mt. Everest. Spend half an hour there take photos for your memory. Then return to Gorak Shep and have a lunch. After lunch back to the Lobuche(4910m). 8h walking. O/n at mountain lodge
You should pack up early in the morning. Then have a breakfast and hike down to Lukla airstrip. Take a flight to Kathmandu. The rest of your day is free in Kathmandu. In evening you can stroll around Thamel, the major tourist destination of Kathmandu. You can do some last minute shopping of souvenirs for your family and relatives. Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu
Today is your the last day in Nepal. Our officer will come to meet you at your hotel to escort you to Kathmandu International Airport for your flight home.