Key Information

  • Destination:
    Nepal
  • Accommodation:
    3 Star Hotel + Tea House Lodge
  • Foods:
    Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner
  • Transportation:
    Private Vehicle + Domestic Flight
  • Min Person:
    1

About Everest Mani Rimdu Festival Trek

No doubt you want to experience the beauty of the Everest Base Camp this upcoming autumn season. However, if you plan your trek properly, you will get to witness an astonishing festival by the name of Mani Rimdu Festival this coming November 2019 during your Everest Base Camp Trek.

Autumn is the best time to visit the Everest region. This season is also the most popular amongst trekkers. The perfect trekking conditions are something that every trekker to Everest Base Camp enjoys. The months of October and November are especially more beautiful in terms of mountain viewing.

The biggest festival in the Everest region i.e. Mani Rimdu has fallen in the month of November this year. This festival is celebrated in a grand fashion in the biggest monastery of the Everest region i.e. Tengboche Monastery.

Tengboche monastery lies in a village of the same name. The monastery lies at an altitude of 3867 meters. The monastery has a mother monastery in Tibet known as Rongbuk Monastery. Built in 1923, the monastery is draped with views of various mountains like Tawache, Nuptse, Everest, Lhotse, Thamserku, and Ama Dablam.

This monastery holds some of the most wonderful ceremonies related to Mani Rimdu festival each year. It also serves as one of the biggest attractions of the Everest Base Camp trek, especially in the winter season.

Sublime Trails, one of the best trekking companies in Nepal, has organized a beautiful trek to Everest Base Camp this year with a chance to observe the Mani Rimdu festival in full-flow. This 3-day festival starts on the 12 November and ends on the 14th.

So the Everest Base Camp trek with Mani Rimdu festival begins at 6th November with your arrival in Kathmandu. Next day, you will go out for a sightseeing tour before taking a flight to Lukla the other day.

Then, you will trek for 3 days before reaching Tengboche, where Mani Rimdu festival begins the next day. After you have witnessed the festival, you will head out to Dingboche, Lobuche, and Gorak Shep before finally heading out to Everest Base Camp. You will also reach Kala Patthar for the most beautiful sunrise imaginable amidst the mountains of the Everest region including Mt. Everest itself.

In the Everest Base Camp trek with Mani Rimdu festival, you will not only observe the glaciers, moraines, and mountains that have attracted thousands of tourists from all around the world, you will also learn the tradition of Tibetan Buddhism as you get to be a part of this fantastic celebration.

You can also couple this festival with other treks in the Everest region like Gokyo Valley Trek, Everest Three Passes Trek, Short Everest Base Camp Trek.

 

EVEREST MANI RIMDU FESTIVAL TREK HIGHLIGHTS

  • A 35-minute scenic flight over the Himalayas from Kathmandu to Lukla and back
  • Trek inside the natural heritage site of Sagarmatha National Park
  • Walk past rhododendron, oak and pine forests with an opportunity to see various exotic animals
  • Breathtaking views of mountains like Tawache, Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Ama Dablam, Cho Oyu, and Thamserku
  • 3 Days Celebration of Mani RImdu festival at Tengboche Monastery (With various cultural dance and performances)
  • Trek to Everest base camp after the festival celebration
  • Best cultural guide and sherpa assistants 
  • Advance accommodation booking and arrangements 
  • Experience the real sherpa culture and traditions 


This Everest base camp with Mani Rimdu festival trek is designed for those who want to enjoy the Mani Rimdu festival in Everest region during the autumn season. If you want to trek to Everest base camp after the festival you can follow this schedule and itinerary. And if you just want to celebrate the festival and return to Kathmandu from Tengboche you can come down to Lukla in 2 days and reach Kathmandu in 3 days from Tengboche. If you want to take a helicopter to observe the festival you can do that as well, Please contact us to arrange the helicopter for this beautiful event.
 

If you want to see Everest but you do not have enough time or can't walk for long days, we have  Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour. The helicopter will land at different places to explore the Everest region.  

Mani Rimdu Festival

3 monasteries in Nepal - Tengboche, Thame and Chiwong Monastery- celebrate the Mani Rimdu festival. The public celebration of this festival takes place on the full-moon day of the tenth month of the Tibetan Lunar calendar.

You will get to witness sacred ceremonies, dances, chants, and rituals that make up this festival. The whole celebration lasts nineteen days. The festival ends with 3 days of a public festival which you can be a part of this trek.


Six Preparations of Mani Rimdu Festival

1. Construction of Sand Mandala

There are various steps that make up the Sand Mandala. The complex, yet the artistic symbolic design is made up of various colors. The Sand Mandala is a reference to a palace of Garwang Thoze Chenpo (Lord of the Dance).


2. Wong (The Empowerment)

Wong is celebrated on the opening day of the public celebration. It falls on the full moon day of the tenth month in the Tibetan lunar calendar. Everyone who attends the ceremony today is given blessed pills (which are known as Mani Rilwu) and pills for long life (Tshereel).


3. Cham (The Mask Dances)

Cham dance symbolizes the conquering or chasing away demons. They are also thought to be transformed into Protectors of Dharma. The theme of the dance is a fight between the forces of evil and omen. This helps to convey the philosophical teachings of Buddhism.


4. Ser-Kyem

Ser-Kyem is a part of the Mani Rimdu festival where the monks that conduct the rituals make tea offerings to Dharma guards such as Mahakala. Alcohol is the main form of offering. Such offering is made in silver vessels and small tormas. It is presented to the Lama, Yidam, Khandro, and Shi-Dak (the Earth deities).


5. Jinsak (The Fire- Puja)

This ceremony is performed in a yard. This ceremony is about paying homage to the fire god- Agni. It also is a devotion to the Gods of the mandala. All the evil spirits in the world are thought of as dissolving into the grain. During this puja, butter is burned.


6. Chhingpa

The final dance of the ceremony has Four Protecting Things in a display. They are depicted as defenders of Buddhism against evil spirits. The dancers hide their faces with masks. Different dances wear different colored masks. They also feint a run towards the children to frighten them for fun.

 

Mani Rimdu Festival Trek Dates and Itinerary: 

In 2019 Mani Rimdu festival is starting on 12th November and ending 14th November (12th-14th Nov). The celebration is for 3 days. By focusing on the festival we have designed the 18-day itinerary, where we will spend 3 nights at Tengboche monastery to celebrate the Mani Rimdu Festival.

The Trip to Mani-rimdu festival and Everest base camp is starting from 6th November and Ending on 23rd November. This is by the schedule and for those who don't want to trek to Everest base camp, they can directly come back from Tengboche by walk and by helicopter as well. Do let us know if any of you have this type of schedule.

06 Nov/2019 Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1350m) and transfer to Hotel

07 Nov/2019 Day 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing and Trek Preparation

08 Nov/2019 Day 03: Kathmandu to Lukla 2840m by Flight then trek to Phakding 2610m (3/4 hours)

09 Nov/2019 Day 04: Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar 3440m (5/6 hours)

10 Nov/2019 Day 05: Acclimatization Day:

11 Nov/2019 Day 06: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Tengboche 3860m (4/5 hours)

12 Nov/2019 Day 07: Mani Rimdu festival at Tengboche Monastery. Wang - blessing ceremony

13 Nov/2019 Day 08: Second day at the festival. Witness the Cham - mask dance

14 Nov/2019 Day 09: Third day at the festival. Witness the Jinsak - closing ceremony

15 Nov/2019 Day 10: Tengboche to Dingboche

16 Nov/2019 Day 11: Rest day at Dingboche

17 Nov/2019 Day 12: Trek to Lobuche

18 Nov/2019 Day 13: Trek to Gorak Shep and Hike to Everest Base Camp

19 Nov/2019 Day 14: Hike to Kala Patthar and trek down to Pheriche

20 Nov/2019 Day 15: Trek to Namche

21 Nov/2019 Day 16: Trek to Lukla

22 Nov/2019 Day 17: Fly to Kathmandu and farewell dinner.

23 Nov/2019 Day 18: Departure to Home

Everest Mani Rimdu Festival Trek Itinerary & Map

DAY 01: Arrival in Kathmandu and Transfer to a Hotel

The lowest point on the entirety of your trek which is 1350 meters in Kathmandu. Respective personnel from Sublime Trails will greet you at the airport. They will escort you to your preferred Hotel. If you are traveling in a package or with a group, you will be invited for a short briefing program. This short briefing includes the discussion about the necessary trekking permits and equipment for the trek.

Date: 06 Nov 2019
Accommodation: 3-star hotel
Expected Temperature: (3.1 - 27.2) °C
Elevation: 1345 m

 

DAY 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing and Trek Preparation

After you freshen up, you will head out for a short tour. This includes sightseeing and trek preparation for the next day. You will have an excellent breakfast in the morning. Then, you will head out for a sightseeing tour of Kathmandu.

You can visit Pilgrimage like Pashupatinath and Swayambhunath the same day and witness the true diversity Nepal holds in the spectrum of culture and tradition. Both of them are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The ancient structures will unravel your mind to the ancient times where fine arts prevailed the capital.

The peace you’ll obtain from Buddhist Stupa at Boudhanath is second to none. Likewise, Patan the city of the Gods and Durbar square riddles with Hindu Temples and monuments. After you enjoy your dinner that evening, you can casually take a stroll in the local gullies and witness the lifestyle firsthand in small towns of Kathmandu like Thamel and Durbarmarg.

Date: 07 Nov 2019
Accommodation: 3-star hotel
Expected Temperature: (3.1 - 27.2) °C
Elevation: 1345 m

 

DAY 03: Kathmandu to Lukla  by Flight then Trek to Phakding

Clear skies and a spectacular mountain flight awaits you this day. The flight takes 40 minutes from Kathmandu to reach Lukla (2,651m/8,700ft). The flight will be your first chance to catch the great views of the Himalayas above. You begin your trekking journey at Lukla to Phakding (2652m). This trek has a walking distance of 2-3 hours. The trail blesses you with the view of Mt. Nupla and Kusum Kanguru (5885m) and (6367m) respectively. After a short hike, you will rest overnight at Phakding village.

Date: 08 Nov 2019
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Accommodation: 3-star hotel
Expected Temperature: (-1.7 - 19.6) °C
Elevation: 2610 m
Trek Duration: 3-4 hours approx.

[If the flight to Lukla gets delayed due to bad weather or other technical issues and you want to get there at your scheduled time, you can book a helicopter with an extra 500 USD per person]

Note: Kathmandu International Airport will remain closed until December 2019 due to maintenance. Therefore any flights to/from Lukla has to be performed from Manthali Airport, Ramechhap. We can help you book a bus/car to get to Manthali.

 

DAY 04: Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar

The trail ahead follows through the pine forest and Dudh Koshi valley. In this 3rd day’s trek, you will trek a total distance of 11 km. The trail passes through scenic natural beauty like waterfalls and glimpses of Kusum Kanguru, Nuptse and Thamserku. The path ahead is steep but it will reward you with the beautiful Namche Bazar (3440m). Here you will comfort yourself and spend the second night of your trek. Today’s trek is 5-6 hours long.

Date: 09 Nov 2019
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Accommodation: Tea House
Expected Temperature: (-7.9 -  16) °C
Elevation: 3440 m
Trek Duration: 6-7 hours approx.

 

DAY 05: Acclimatization Day

Everest Trek is considered as one of the moderately difficult trekking to accomplish. This is due to the altitude sickness that can affect you if you are not careful enough to avoid it. On the 4th day, you acclimate your body to the altitude and go take a short hike.

Namche Bazar is a major attraction point for the Everest trek. The jagged ridge of Kongde Ri provides a perfect cover up the view for the village. You can enjoy your day in wanderlust with splendid views of Mt. Everest and Nuptse among many others. In addition, you will also have the delight of Sherpa Hospitality but after a short hike to Khumjung village.

Date: 10 Nov 2019
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Accommodation: Tea House
Expected Temperature: (-7.9 -  16) °C
Elevation: 3440 m

 

DAY 06: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Tengboche

The inspiring views of the Himalayas will stand most of the part of the trip as you start making your way through the forest and hillside above the Dudh Koshi river. You will ascend 750 meters and walk the distance of 5 km on this specific day. An hour worth of hike will reward you with Phungithanga. Here, the mature blossoms of rhododendron along the tree lines greet you to the village surrounded by pines and fir. After trekking for 5 hours from Namche Bazaar, you will reach Tengboche(3876 meters). The village provides an astounding viewpoint for Lhotse and Amadblam. During your stay at the village, it is a must to visit the Buddhist monastery at Tengboche.

Date: 11 Nov 2019
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Accommodation: Tea House
Expected Temperature: (-8.5 - 14.5) °C
Elevation: 3860 m 
Trek Duration: 5-6 hours approx.

 

DAY 07: Mani Rimdu festival at Tengboche Monastery (Wang - blessing ceremony)

Tengboche is one of the most wonderfully located monasteries in the world. It is blessed with some staggering backdrop of mountains. You can see mountains like Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse etc surrounding this awesome monastery.

In addition, you will also get to observe the beautiful festival of Mani Rimdu today. Today is the opening day of this festival. This day is referred to as Wang. Today is also the full moon day of the tenth month in the Tibetan lunar calendar. Everyone who attends the ceremony today is given blessed pills (which are known as Mani Rilwu) and pills for long life (Tshereel).

Date: 12 Nov 2019
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Accommodation: Tea House
Expected Temperature: (-8.5 - 14.5) °C
Elevation: 3860 m 

 

DAY 08: Second day at the festival (Witness the Cham - mask dance)

Today, you will get to witness a mask dance that is known as Cham. Cham dance symbolizes the conquering or chasing away demons. They are also thought to be transformed into Protectors of Dharma. The theme of the dance is a fight between the forces of evil and omen. This helps to convey the philosophical teachings of Buddhism.

Buddhists also believe that the monks who dance transform into divine entities. The dances are not supposed to be performed for entertainment but for a special religious purpose.

Date: 13 Nov 2019
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Accommodation: Tea House
Expected Temperature: (-8.5 - 14.5) °C
Elevation: 3860 m 

 

DAY 09: Third day at the festival (Witness the Jinsak - closing ceremony)

After the mask dance, you will get to see an amazing Fire Puja the next day. This ceremony is performed in a yard. This ceremony is about paying homage to the fire god- Agni. It also is a devotion to the Gods of the mandala. All the evil spirits in the world are thought of as dissolving into the grain. During this puja, butter is burned. Around the completion of the dance, the sand mandala in the temple is torn to various small pieces. Finally, some sand is offered to serpent gods (Nagas). This marks the end of this beautiful festival.

Date: 14 Nov 2019
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Accommodation: Tea House
Expected Temperature: (-8.5 - 14.5) °C
Elevation: 3860 m 

 

DAY 10: Tengboche to Dingboche

The sun greets you kissing the spectacular monasteries the next day. You start heading north across the Dudh Koshi river and greet farewell to Tengboche village. Our trek will start through the rhododendron forest to Deboche. Then, you will get to a bridge over the raging ‘Imja Khola’ River. We’ll pass the valley and cross last suspension bridge for Everest Base Camp Trek.

Then, you will reach Pangboche village. It is also the biggest settlement of Sherpas in the region. You also have the chance to visit Pangboche Monastery. From there, you will head out to Dingboche. You can enjoy the views of Kongma-Tse and Pokalde as you stroll across stone walls. After trekking for 5-6 hours from Tengboche, you will reach your overnight stay at Dingboche (4410 meters).

Date: 15 Nov 2019
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Accommodation: Tea House
Expected Temperature: (-15.3 - 13.7) °C
Elevation: 4410 m
Trek Duration: 5-6 hours approx.

 

DAY 11: Rest day at Dingboche

The next morning you will have your breakfast and spend the entire day at Dingboche for acclimatization. You can enjoy views of Lhotse’s South face or take a day walk to Chukkung or a hike to the Nangkartshang Gompa to exercise your body.

Date: 16 Nov 2019
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Accommodation: Tea House
Expected Temperature: (-15.3 - 13.7) °C
Elevation: 4410 m

 

DAY 12: Trek to Lobuche

This day’s trail will take you alongside the moraine of Khumbu glacier. You will first trek uphill and then downhill to reach the village of Thugla. This village is located at an altitude of 4600 meters. From Thugla, you will trek past pasture lands and reach Trekker’s aid post in Pheriche at 4210 meters. This is an excellent location for admiring the beauty of Khumbu icefall and Pumori against the background of other beautiful Himalayan mountains.

From here, you will trek through a steep uphill to reach Lobuche(4900 meters). Lobuche is a quaint village that is located at the base of the giant peak of Lobuche. It is 2-4 hours of a trek away from Dingboche.

Date: 17 Nov 2019
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Accommodation: Tea House
Expected Temperature: (-18.3 - 11.7) °C
Elevation: 4910 m
Trek Duration: 4-5 hours approx.

 

DAY 13: Trek to Gorak Shep and Hike to Everest Base Camp

The trek of this day might turn out to be a tad strenuous. This is because of the fact that you will ascend to an altitude of more than 5000 meters. Furthermore, the trekking trail is an uphill trail. But if you go slowly and munching dry food along the way, you will reach to the Everest Base Camp with little difficulty.

You will trek alongside the Khumbu glacier for 3 hours and reach Gorakshep (5164 meters). Gorak Shep is a frozen lakebed that provides spectacular views of the Everest, Nuptse, Pumori and other peaks of the Everest region. Every second you spend here will be worth the time.

A 4-hour trek from Gorak Shep will take you to the most awaited part of your trek- the Everest Base Camp (5380 meters). From here, the views of Khumbu icefall is great. During the months of April and May, you might also come across mountaineers. All in all today’s trek is 7-8 hours long.

Date: 18 Nov 2019
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Accommodation: Tea House
Expected Temperature: (-19.6 - 10.8) °C
Elevation: 5140 m
Trek Duration: 7-8 hours approx.

 

DAY 14: Hike to Kala Patthar (5550 m)  and trek down to Pheriche

This day will also be a challenging trekking day as you will go to the highest point along the trek- Kala Patthar (5545 meters). It will take you about 2-3 hours to get to Kala Pathar from Gorak Shep. Most trekkers take off early in the morning to catch a glimpse of sunrise from Kala Pathar. The fresh morning rays of the Sun hitting the mountains will be a sight to behold.

After spending time in Kala Patthar, you will descend to Gorak Shep and have your lunch. After lunch, you will further descend to Pheriche(4300 meters).

Date: 19 Nov 2019
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Accommodation: Tea House
Expected Temperature: (-14.2 - 14.1) °C
Elevation: 4210 m
Trek Duration: 5-6 hours approx.

 

DAY 15: Trek to Namche

From this day, you will drop a lot of altitude during your trek. You will need to go slow today as you will mostly descend. This might put some strain on your knees. So don’t rush while trekking down. After walking downhill through rocky mountains for around 7-8 hours, you will reach Namche Bazaar (3440 meters).

Date: 20 Nov 2019
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Accommodation: Tea House
Expected Temperature: (-7.9 -  16) °C
Elevation: 3440 m
Trek Duration: 7-8 hours approx.

 

DAY 16: Trek to Lukla

This will be the last day of your trek. You will descend from the capital of Sherpas- Namche Bazaar to Lukla (2800 meters). During the latter parts of the trek, you will be able to see mountains of the Everest region in a distance.

Date: 21 Nov 2019
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Accommodation: Tea House
Expected Temperature: (-2.8- 18.7) °C
Elevation: 2860 m
Trek Duration: 5-6 hours approx.

 

DAY 17: Fly to Kathmandu and Farewell Dinner

Today, you will fly back to Kathmandu. If the flight is an early morning one, you need to reward yourself with a day full of relaxation after the intense trekking you went through the past week or more. This will help you keep the journey you made be a reminder to yourself. You can always wander around Basantapur or the Kathmandu valley top buy some souvenir. You can enjoy a Nepali authentic dinner in the evening with the representatives of Sublime Trails. You will also get to see an excellent cultural and traditional show today.

Date: 22 Nov 2019
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: 3-star hotel
Expected Temperature: (3.1 - 27.2) °C
Elevation: 1345 m

 

DAY 18: Departure

Today is your final day in Nepal. We will help you transfer to the airport approximately 3 hours before your scheduled flight. Sublime Trails wishes you have a fantastic flight home. Don’t hesitate to contact us if you are looking for other trips in Nepal.

Date: 23 Nov 2019
Accommodation: Breakfast

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Inclusions

  • All the airport pick up and drops
  • 3-star hotel in Kathmandu
  • One day Kathmandu tour with monument entrance fees
  • Lodge accommodation, breakfast, lunch, and dinner during the trek
  • Flight fare from Kathmandu to Lukla and return to Kathmandu
  • Well experienced guide, assistant guide and porter for the trekking (One assistant guide between 6 people and 1 porter for two people Porter can carry up to 30 Kg)
  • Down jacket, a Sleeping bag which should be refunded to the company after trip completion 
  • National park entrance fees, TIMS card fee
  • Necessary paperwork with the government of Nepal and Tax department
  • All the necessary insurance for the guides and porters
  • All the necessary bus, car and jeep service for the trip
  • First Aid service in case of minor injuries
  • Salary, foods, and accommodation for guides and porters
  • Emergency evacuation assistance service (Helicopter/necessary transport and hospital cost should be paid by clients themselves or insurance company)
  • Any meals other than breakfast in Kathmandu
  • Rescue & travel insurance, trip cancellation costs, accident or health emergency, evacuation, loss, theft or damage to baggage and personal effects. We strongly advise you to take out personal travel insurance.
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, and early return from the mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary.
  • Items of a personal nature.
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, internet, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, cold drinks, bottle or boiled water, hot shower etc.)
  • All the alcoholic and nonalcoholic drinks and Drinking water during the trip.
  •  All the chocolate and dessert items and sweet items.
  •  Your Nepal entry visa fee.
  • Tipping for the sublime crews.

Departure Notes

This year Mani Rimdu festival is starting on 12th November and ending on 14th November. Departure for this is trek is on 6th and 7th November 2019.

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