Mani Rimdu Festival Trek in Everest

Mani Rimdu Festival Trek in Everest
  • Duration13 Days
  • Difficulty Level Easy
  • Max Altitude 3860 M
  • Group Size 20
  • Starts Kathmandu
  • Ends Kathmandu
Mani Rimdu Festival Trek in Everest Highlights
  • trekking in the rich Buddhist culture,
  • warm-friendly locals, traditional village,
  • land of worlds heritage,
  • high alpine valleys in the shade of the giant peaks of 'Mt.Everest'.

Mani Rimdu Festival is the famous festival of Sherpa people who belong to Nying-Mapa sect of Tibetan Buddhist which is performed in the monastery. This festival falls in the month of October/November every year. In this festival Monks meditate for nine days which is followed by public blessing and the world renowned mask dance at Tengboche monastery. it is also celebrated in the Chiwang monastery of the Everest region. In this festival the monks of Everest region perform various rituals with singing and dancing. It is believed that this festival was first celebrated in 1930 Tengboche monastery of Everest region. It is originated in Rongbukh Monastery in Tibet. Mani Rimdu festival trek provides the opportunity to the visitors to get insight into the Sherpa culture as well as enjoy the colorful Mani Rimdu festival. In this trek you also get opportunity to observe and enjoy the excellent view of the towering mountains like Mt. Everest (8848m)-the highest mountain of the world, Lhotse, Makalu, Ama Dablam etc. 

Mani Rimdu Festival Trek offers the excellent combination of beautiful natural scenery, trekking experience in the Himalayan region and coming into contact with the Sherpa people and their unique culture. This cultural trekking commences with the scenic flight from Kathmandu to Lukla. This trek takes you through the most popular villages of the Everest region where you can enjoy friendliness behavior of the local Sherpa people. They have a rich culture and interesting traditions that must be experienced. On the way you can enjoy the blooming rhododendron forest and explore varieties of flora and fauna. In the world heritage site Sagarmatha national park you can encounter rare wild animals and birds like red panda, snow leopard, wild boar, etc. The most attraction of this trekking is the Tengboche monastery where you can explore and enjoy the Mani Rimdu festival.

Mani Rimdu Festival Trek in Everest Itinerary

Outline Itinerary
  • Day 01:Arrival in Kathmandu
  • Day 02:Kathmandu valley sightseeing
  • Day 03:Flight to Lukla and trek to Phakding
  • Day 04:Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440m.)
  • Day 05:Acclimatization in Namche (3440m.)
  • Day 06:Namche to Tengboche Monastery (3860m.)
  • Day 07:observe Mani Rimdu festival in Tengboche monastery
  • Day 08:Tengboche to Namche (3440m.)
  • Day 09:Namche to Lukla (2840m.)
  • Day 10:Flight to Kathmandu
  • Day 11:Leisure day in Kathmandu
  • Day 12:Departure.

After you arrive in Tribhuvan international airport in Kathmandu you meet our representative. They transfer you to your hotel. Overnight at hotel.

  • Accommodation:Hotel
  • Max Altitude:1320 M
  • Time:30 min Drive to Hotel

This day you will go for sightseeing in the Kathmandu valley. In the morning after having breakfast you go visit Buddhist and Hindu temples Boudhanath, Pashupatinath, Swayambhunath, which reflect the local culture and tradition of Nepalese society. Then in the afternoon you visit Kathmandu Durbar square and Patan durbar square. In the evening you will return to the Hotel. 

  • Accommodation:Hotel
  • Meals:Breakfast
  • Max Altitude:1320 M
  • Time:4-5 Hours city tour

In the morning you have a scenic flight of 30 - 35 minutes to Lukla (2800m.) from Kathmandu. During the flight you can see the snowcapped mountains and greenery field below. From Lukla we start our walk and head to Phakding passing through the forest and following Dudh Koshi River. In Phakding you can climb to the Gompa to see your first view of the high peaks. O/N at Phakding.

  • Accommodation:Lodge
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Max Altitude:2610 M
  • Time:30 min Fly and 2-3 Hours walk

From Phakding the trail follows the Dudh Koshi River and reaches Zamphuti. From there we can see excellent views of Thamserku peak. Then the trail climbs to Chomoa, the site of an agricultural project, an interesting place to have a look around and gain an insight into the farming way of life of these people. From Chomoa, the trail again climbs to Monjo (2840m.) and enters the Sagarmatha (Everest) National Park (1148sq km, established in 1976). Walking some distance uphill you will be at Jorsale (2830m.) and after a long climb with views of Mt. Everest peeking over the ridge of Nuptse (7879m.) the trail reaches the street of Namche Bazaar. Stay at Guest house- Lunch, Dinner and Breakfast. O/N at Namche Bazaar.

  • Accommodation:Lodge
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Max Altitude:3440 M
  • Time:5-6 hours walk

today we take rest for the proper acclimatization with some excursion. We can hike to the Everest View Hotel, the ideal place to overview some of the outstanding mountains such as Mt. Everest, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Lhotse etc. You can walk around the Khumjung valley, Hillery School and Khunde Hospital and then return back to Namche. In Namche Bazaar you can spend some time interacting with the fun-loving Sherpa and Rai people. 

  • Accommodation:Lodge
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Max Altitude:3880 M
  • Time:2 Hours hike to HEV

This day we leave Namche bazaar and walk for some time along the ridge and then descend to Dudh Koshi River at Phunkithanka. Then after crossing the bridge we ascend in the steep path up to the Tengboche. On reaching Tengboche you will see the local monastery. Tengboche have largest Monastery of Khumbu region.

  • Accommodation:Lodge
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Max Altitude:3860 M
  • Time:4-5 Hours

This day we observe the Mani Rimdu festival in Tengboche monastery. We explore the monastery and interact with the monks there. Mani Rimdu festival is the famous festival of Sherpa people performed in the Monastery. In this festival Monks meditate for nine days which is followed by public blessing and the world renowned mask dance at Tengboche monastery. You enjoy the mask dance in the Monastery. From Tengboche we can also observe the awesome beauty of Mt. Everest (8848m) and its neighboring peaks Like Ama Dablam, Lhotse, Nuptse etc.

  • Accommodation:Lodge
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Max Altitude:3860 M
  • Time:Whole Day objerbation on Tengboche Monasteries

This day we retrace our route to Namche bazaar. We descend on the steep path to the Dudh Kosi and then climb up to Namche Bazaar. Overnight at guesthouse.

  • Accommodation:Lodge
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Max Altitude:3440 M
  • Time:3-4 hours walk

Finally we return to Lukla where the trek began, which will seem like a lifetime ago. Enjoying time to reflect on the trek as a group and the personal achievement of all those who took part. Also giving you time to explore the town. Overnight at guesthouse.

  • Accommodation:Lodge
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Max Altitude:2840 M
  • Time:5-6 hours walk

This day you take flight back to Kathmandu.

  • Accommodation:Hotel
  • Meals:Breakfast
  • Max Altitude:1320 M
  • Time:30 min Fly and 30 min Drive to Hotel

It's also spare day in case of bad weather in Lukla. Otherwise you can visit different places or do shopping. 

  • Accommodation:Hotel
  • Meals:Breakfast
  • Max Altitude:1320
  • Time:Free day

The trip ends, and our Airport Representative will drop you at the Kathmandu International Airport for your flight departure from Nepal.

  • Meals:Breakfast
  • Time:30 min Drive to Airport
Cost Details
What is Included
  • Arrival & Departure Transport By private Car/Van/Bus.
  • Three meals a day during the Trekking (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
  • Accommodation in Tea House during the Trekking.
  • Trekking Guide with Insurance
  • Trekking Porters if needed with Insurance
  • Flight ticket for guide Kathmandu/Lukla/Kathmandu
  • Flight ticket for Clients Kathmandu/Lukla/Kathmandu
  • First Aid kit.
  • Two nights' Accommodation in Kathmandu 2 Star level hotel with bed- and- breakfast basis, (If you like to have a standard Hotel accommodations please do let us know).
  • Kathmandu city and trekking maps.
  • Trekking permit (Conservation fee).
  • Tims card (Trekking information management system) as like a permit.
  • Free use Company's duffel bag.
  • Emergence of helicopter rescue (pay by your insurance)
  • Day sightseeing around Kathmandu Valley, car/van/bus and tour guide
  • All needed Government fee.
What is not Included
  • International Airfare.
  • Food in Kathmandu lunch and dinner.
  • Your travel insurance.
  • Nepal Visa fee (US$ 40 for 30 days and US$ 25 for 15 days you should get visa open your arrival)
  • Any kind of drinks.
  • Tips for Guide and Porters
  • Donation
  • Items of personal expenses like hot shower, battery charge, telephone etc.
Good to Know

When Will Mani Rimdu  Start in 2023?

Mani Rimdu is also observed on the first day of the tenth month of the Tibetan lunar calendar which falls in between October and November every year. The festival lasts for nineteen long days. However, it is celebrated for three days.

The date of the Mani Rimdu is also fixed as per the Tibetan Lunar Calendar. The head Lama in the Tyangboche Monastery announced the dates. At Tengboche the Mani Rimdu will be performed in the 9th Tibetan month which falls in the month of October or November of the English Calendar. As per Nepalese calendar, the festival falls at Kartik or Mangsir.

This festival is also celebrated at the full moon of Autumn. To calculate the date in the easy way , this festival will be immediately at the Kojrapat Purnima which is on the last day  which is the 15th day of Vijaya dashami which is the Full moon day in Dashain.

In 2023, Mani Rimdu is fixed for 29 October 2023. For all 19 days during the festival continuous pooja are performed by the monks to bless the Mandala, the Mani Rilwu which is sacred pills, the Tshereel which is the pills for long life and the Torma.  Torma are figures made mostly of flour and butter which are used in tantric rituals or as offerings at the Tibetan Buddhism. They are generally dyed in several colors, often with white or red as main body of the torma.

Mani Rimdu is the legendary event that is the founding of Buddhism in Tibet by Guru Rinpoche who is also known as Padmasambhava. It is believed that Buddhism is recreated during Mani Rimdu. 

Mani Rimdu Origin

Mani Rimdu will begin in Rongpuk Monastery in Tibet at the early 1900s, at the initiative of Ngawang Tenzin Norbu, who had studied in the famous Mindroling Monastery which is at Central Tibet. Like much of Rongpuk Monastery practice, most of the rituals which is comprise Mani Rimdu find their source in Mindroling Monastery, the great Nyingma monastery at Central Tibet