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5 days Mani Rimdu Festival in Everest

Highlights

  • Participate and observe Mani Rimdu Festival at Thyangboche Monastery
  • Hike up to Kalapathar
  • Observe breathtaking views of Mt. Everest, Cho Oyu, Lhotse, Makalu etc
  • Experience Sherpa culture and hospitality

You will have to trek to Everest region to participate in the unique Mani Rimdu Festival in Thyangboche Monastery. Aside from the Festival, you will also be trekking to Kalapathar (5643m), which offers a fantastic panorama of Everest, Makalu, Cho Oyu, Lhotse, Nuptse, Thamserku etc. 

Mani Rimdu Festival is the biggest festival celebrated by Sherpa community in Everest region. Every year the festival takes place at the famous Thyangboche Monastery in Thyangboche in Khumbu Valley.

The festival is a celebration of the initiation of Buddhism in Tibet by Guru Rimpoche.  The festival actually runs for a full 5 days during which lamas are involved in rigorous 24 hour puja ceremony, showever it is open for public for only 3 days.

The first few days monks devote time to drawing a huge mandala on the premises of Thyangboche Monastery. The mandala is made using colored sand pebbles consisting multilevel layer of decoration, each carrying a symbolic and spiritual connotation of Buddhist teaching. Mandala is created to invoke the God of Compassion that will eventually radiates to the whole word ensuring long life, peace and good fortune.

 

On the day of Wong which falls on a full moon day, Buddhist devotees from every part of Everest region gather at the monastery to receive blessings in the form of Mani Rilwu and Tshereel for long life and prosperity. The following day the festival becomes entertaining when monks perform ritualistic mask dances or cham resembling various Buddhist deities. On the ensuing days pujas are performed to the God of Fire and Mandala wishing to ward off evil from the world.  

The festival dates vary from year to year, but it is usually observed in the month of October or November. Mani Rimdu Festival 2017 is on 4-6 November.

You will have to trek to Everest region to participate in the unique Mani Rimdu Festival. The trekking starts from Lukla and goes through Sherpa villages of Phakding, Namche and Syangboche to finally reach Thyangboche. Aside from the Mani Rimdu Festival, you will also be trekking to Kalapathar (5643m), which offers a fantastic panorama of Everest, Makalu, Cho Oyu, Lhotse, Nuptse, Thamserku etc.

Things To Do

Itinerary & Map

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  • 1
    Arrive in Kathmandu

    Arrive in Kathmandu, transfer to hotel and welcome dinner in the evening.

  • 2
    Sightseeing

    Sightseeing in Kathmandu and preparation for the trek

  • 3
    Kathmandu-Lukla

    Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla (2800m) - 40 minutes and commence trek to Phakding (2600m) - 3h.

  • 4
    Phakding - Namche Bazaar

    Phakding - Namche Bazaar (3450m) - 6h30.

  • 5
    Acclimatization day

    Acclimatization day in Namche Bazaar.

  • 6
    Namche Bazaar - Tengboche

    Namche Bazaar - Tengboche (3870m) - 6h30.

  • 7
    Tengboche - Dingboche

    Tengboche - Dingboche (4350m) - 6h.

  • 8
    Dingboche - Lobuche

    Dingboche - Lobuche (4930m) - 5h30.

  • 9
    Lobuche - Gorakhshep

    Lobuche - Gorakhshep (5200m) - 4h. Exploration to Everest Base Camp (5300m).

  • 10
    Gorakhshep - Kalapattar

    Gorakhshep - Kalapattar (5545m) - Lobuche - 6h30.

  • 11
    Lobuche - Tengboche

    Lobuche - Tengboche - 6h.

  • 12-16
    Mani Rindu Festival

    Observe Mani Rimdu Festival.

  • 17
    Tengboche - Namche Bazaar

    Tengboche - Namche Bazaar - 5h.

  • 18
    Namche Bazaar - Lukla

    Namche Bazaar - Lukla - 6h.

  • 19
    Lukla to Kathmandu

    Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu - 40 minutes.

  • 20
    Farewell

    Free day and farewell dinner in the evening.

  • 21
    Final Departure

    Depart to the airport.

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