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.
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.
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.
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