Trip Grade Moderate
Duration: 16 Nights/17 Days
Max. Altitude: 5360M
Destination: Nepal
Region: Everest
Activity: Special Travel Packages
Theme: Spiritual Tours

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Mani Rimdu Festival Trek

Mani Rimdu is one of the most fascinating Buddhist festival celebrate every year in Everest Region, usually in November (date fixed by lunar calendar) in Tengboche monastery. Sherpa people from Everest region celebrate this every year and it takes place at Tengboche monastery. Mani Rimdu Festival celebrates for five days by Lamas (monks) and Sherpa people who gather at Tengboche monastery for five days wishing with ‘for the good of the world’. Mani Rimdu is a re-creation of legendary events; the establishment of Buddhism in Tibet by the great saint, Guru Rimpoche (Padmasambhava). Through the dances, symbolic demons are conquered, dispelled, or converted to Dharma Protectors, as positive forces clash with those of chaos. The dances convey Buddhist teachings on many levels – from the simplest to the most profound – for those who do not have the opportunity to study and meditate extensively. Trekking Experts offer Mani Rimdu Festival Trek which gives you a golden opportunity to observe this special Sherpa people’s festival.

 

Mani Rimdu Festival with Trekking Experts starts with scenic flight Lukla from Kathmandu and continues trekking towards Everest Base Camp. Before festival happens, you’ll trek till base camp of world’s highest mountain-Mount Everest. Mount Everest (8848m) is the highest mountain the world towering above 8848 meters from sea level. Mount Everest also the most awaiting peaks in the world that people dream to conquer it. Obviously, there is no other place in the world more spectacular than Mount Everest. Trekking Experts designed this exclusive Mani Rimdu Festival Trek to bring you closer to the world highest peak Mount Everest and also allows you to witness Mani Rimdu Festival. Beside interesting festival, this trek is the most spectacular trek in the land of the Himalayas which offers scenic mountain views, and opportunities to get a real experience into the life of world famous climbers (the Sherpa people). The trek offers the opportunities to see the Khumbu mountain ranges, around Sagarmatha National Park a world heritage site, the life style of the Sherpa people, Himalayan flora and fauna and will also get an opportunity to embark on an epic journey that our mountain legends Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay Sherpa set off on in 1953. You will witness the highest altitude hotel in the world, The Everest Hotel, highest altitude airport Lukla airport also known as Tenzing Hillary Airport and high altitude places where people still live.

Trip Highlights

Witness the top of the world Mt. Mount Everest and other 8000m peaks

Experience the real life standard of world famous climbers, the Sherpa people

To see the flora and fauna of high Himalaya

Opportunity to embark on an epic journey that our mountain legends Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay Sherpa set off on in 1953.

Witness the highest altitude hotel in the world, The Everest Hotel, highest Altitude Airport & Everest Base Camp

Panoramic view of mountain ranges from Kalapattar (5545m)

Logistic services garnished by warm hospitality of Sherpa people

Observe amazing Mani Rimdu Festivals

Itinerary

Upon your arrival at the Tribhuvan airport Trekking Experts representative welcomes you and assists to transfer in your hotel in Kathmandu. Upon arrival at hotel, our tour manager will brief you about trekking information and other necessary information. And then you’ll free time to explore Kathmandu. Dinner will be booked at the hotel.

  • Star Hotel
  • Dinner
  • N/A Hours Walk
  • 1310 meter

Early morning you’ll transfer to airport and you’ll make an early start to take a spectacular, short mountain flight to Lukla, the start point for our trek. During the flight you’ll see scenic views of Langtang, Jugal ranges, Rolwaling Himal, Gaurisankar and Menlumtse before getting your first glimpse of Everest. Upon arrival at Lukla airport you’ll meet trekking crew and you’ll spend a few minutes sorting out bags etc before setting off through this winding village to the trek start proper at the Khumbu ‘gateway’. It’s gently downhill on pitched stone trails through low rhododendron forest, small ‘garden’ farms and old and new hamlets to the banks of the foaming Dudh Koshi River. There will be plenty of short stops to meet the locals, take photographs and just soak up the scenery and the clear mountain air as we meander along, the undulating trail glimpsing views of 6000m snow-capped peaks high above. Passing the enormous Mani stone at Thado Koshi we meander up through the many Chortens and prayer wheels of Sano and along to our destination of Phakding in time for a late lunch.

  • Lodge
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 3/4 Hours Walk
  • 2640 meter

After breakfast at lodge, you’ll start trekking through a beautiful pine forest that leads you along the Dudh Koshi River and Hillary Suspension Bridge to reach to Monjo and starting point of Sagarmatha National Park. Here you’ll stop at check post of TIMS & National Park permit. The trail passes through the Dudh Koshi, Bhote Koshi River, Jorsalle village, Large Dovan and cross one of the highest bridge over the Dudh Kosi River of Everest region and reach to Chautara from where we can see the first glimpse of the Mt. Everest. Further walking about one hour steep up we reach to Namche bazaar (maket). Namche Bazzar is known as ‘hearth of Khumbu’ which is one of the trading points for Sherpa people. It is also ideal market for visitors to purchase traditional crafts. Every Saturday there would be local street market, do not miss if you are there on Saturday.

  • Lodge
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 5/6 Hours Walk
  • 3440 meter

Today is the schedule for acclimatization and explore around Namche Bazzar. After breakfast you’ll head toward Syangboche airport. Syanboche airport is known as world highest altitude airport. First of all, in the morning you’ll visit Sherpa Culture Museum and Everest photo Gallery, which is just 15-minute walking distance from Namche Bazzar. From the museum you can have the spectacular picturesque Mountain View and take some photographs. Then start trekking to Everest view hotel passing through Syangboche Airport which takes about 2 hours. You will climb further to reach Mt. Everest View Hotel for great panoramic views of Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Tawache, Kusum Kangkaru, Thamserku, Kongde and many more. Enjoy the spectacular view of mountains including Mt. Everest from the nearest destination then trek back to Namche Bazar.

  • Lodge
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • N/A Hours Walk
  • 3440 meter

As always after breakfast at the lodge, you’ll have a gentle walk through the forest with magnificent view of mountains. The great view of the mighty peaks of Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku and Kongde peak with view of the eastern snow capped mountains. The trail leads uphill through the forested path and the hardly walk to get to Tengboche. One of the most beautiful place in the Himalaya and the first thing that comes to your eye is the big Monastery, then the large field with campsites and teahouses, lodges beneath the towering majestic beautiful peak Ama Dablam. You’ll have the chance to look around the monastery and the interesting visitor centre there and good view of the Everest/Lhotse massif but is also the classic viewpoint for Ama Dablam. Then will check-in at lodge.

  • Lodge
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 5 Hours Walk
  • 3860 meter

After breakfast at lodge, you’ll descend down from Tengboche, winding through the rhododendron forest to Deboche and crossing a bridge over the raging Imja Khol River. Hug the valley wall, and then traverse the plains to Dingboche, the start of the Imja Tse Valley. Dingboche is also the gateway to Chukung and farther beyond for the most challenging traverses towards Makalu area and Hinko Valley via Sherpani col 6100m and Amphu Laptsa pass 5780m. Then will check-in at lodge.

  • Lodge
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 5/6 Hours Walk
  • 4410 meter

After taking morning breakfast, today you will rest in Dingboche for acclimatization. You may have full day rest or there are some places where you can go for a day walk like trek to Chhukung (4730m) is worthwhile which takes approximately 3-4 hours from Dingboche, towards east within the Imja Tse Valley, although the trek is gradual, however you can feel the thin air as the altitude gains slowly coming towards Chhukung. At Chhukung, there are few teahouses overlooking superb view of the snow capped peaks and glaciers after enjoy stroll back to Dingboche for overnight.

  • Lodge
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • N/A Hours Walk
  • 4410 meter

Day 08: Dingboche- Lobuche (alt. 4910m) After breakfast, you’ll ascent the retrace our steps back to Pheriche before continuing along the trail up the broad valley bottom towards Dugla. Ahead of us is the trekking peak of Lobuje East (6119m), which is one of the objectives on our Khumbu Climber itinerary, and to your left is the formidable north face of Taweche, the scene of many cutting-edge Himalayan ascents of the 1980s and 1990s. After three hours you’ll reach the small collection of lodges at Dugla (4620m). You might choose to walk up to the Sherpa memorials, from where there are outstanding views of Ama Dablam, Cholatse and Taweche. From Dugla, the trail starts steeply to climb up beside the glacier moraine. After a few hours the track eventually leads to a small cluster of tea houses pleasantly situated at Lobuche (4940m). After reaching Lobuche, will check-in at lodge.

  • Lodge
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 5/6 Hours Walk
  • 4910 meter

After breakfast you’ll continue our trek to Gorekshep in a windy and rocky path with the wonderful view of Mount Pumori, Mount Nuptse and other magnificent peaks. After check in at lodge & lunch, you will continue towards Kalpattar located at 5550m from the sea level. About 2 hrs ascent to Kalapattar (5550m), you shall have the wonderful views Mount Everest (8848m) infront and Mount Pumori, Mount Amadablam and other Khumbu mountain ranges. This small peak offers the best views of Mount Everest, Nuptse, Pumori and Ama Dablam along with the entire mountain views of Khumbu Himalayan range. Being here for some hours, we hike down to Gorekshep.

  • Lodge
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 5/6 Hours Walk
  • 5140 meter

After breakfast, you’ll walk towards Everest Base Camp and to the Khumbu Ice-fall. The trail passes through over rocky dunes and moraine and streams, till you reach the base camp. In Everest Base Camp the climbers gather for summiting Everest during the high expedition season. You’ll explore base camp and its surroundings glacier and return back to Gorekshep for lunch. After lunch will trek back to Lobuche.

  • Lodge
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 5/6 Hours Walk
  • 4910 meter

After breakfast at lodge, you’ll go down to Tengboche following Dugla and Pheriche and Pangboche.

  • Lodge
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 6/7 Hours Walk
  • 3860 meter

From today Mani Rimdu Festival will start in Tengboche. Blessing (Wang) ceremony will happen and will conduct by Lamas (monks) of Tengboche monastery. And if you have spare time, you can explore around.

  • Lodge
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • N/A Hours Walk
  • 3860 meter

Today is second day of Mani Rimdu Festival and monks will perfume ritual activities. Chham (mask dance) will be performed by monks there.

  • Lodge
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • N/A Hours Walk
  • 3860 meter

Today is last day of the festival, today is closing ceremony of festival. You can take part in the ceremony.

  • Lodge
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • N/A Hours Walk
  • 3860 meter

After breakfast at lodge, you’ll trek down to Namche. First of all you’ll head down to Deboche, then to Tengboche. Then you will walk down hill towards the Phungithanka vis Tangboche and after crossing the suspension bridge over the Dudh Koshi river trek onwards to the Kyanjuma the junction of the trinity ways to Gokyo Valley, Khumjung village and Namche Bazzar. Then you’ll reach at Namche.

  • Lodge
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 4/5 Hours Walk
  • 3440 meter

From Namche you’ll descent down to the Monjo village where you’ll have lunch. Then decent to Phakding and you’ll gradually walk to Lukla passing through the incredible mountain scenery and local Sherpa village. Arrival in Lukla and you'll have time to stroll around the areas and guide will re-confirm your flight ticket and enjoy the last celebrate dinner with your crew member and overnight at Hotel.

  • Lodge
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 6/7 Hours Walk
  • 2840 meter

Depending on your flight time, you’ll walk to Lukla after breakfast. Then you’ll take short flight to Kathmandu which takes about 35 minutes to reach Kathmandu. Upon arrival at Kathmandu, you’ll transfer to hotel. And then you’ll have free to relax at hotel or explore around Kathmandu valley.

  • Star Hotel
  • Breakfast and Dinner
  • N/A Hours Walk
  • 1310 meter

After enjoying a leisurely breakfast at the hotel, we’ll be met by our city tour guide for our day trip to a few of the Kathmandu valley’s most spectacular and important sights and some vibrant, colorful markets. With a meld of three ancient capitals and their associated palaces, temples and markets of Kathmandu has a lot to offer culturally and historically. However, we’re mindful not to overload you on your first day so will ensure the day has a good balance between sightseeing, exploring and relaxation time. The exact itinerary may change depending on the local conditions but we shall most likely visit: - Pashupatinath, one of the most important temples in South Asia to the Hindu God, Lord Shiva; - One of the three Durbar (Palace) Squares, a complex of palaces and temples which was formally the social, religious and administrative focal point of the ancient city. - Boudhnnanath Stupa, a wonderful Buddhist site centred on a huge Stupa topped with the all-seeing eyes. If possible we’ll come here in the early evening to soak up the atmosphere of hundreds of Tibetan and Sherpa peoples walking their devotional khora. And after tour back to hotel. Evening farewell dinner at local authentic Nepalese restaurant. Overnight at Hotel

  • Star Hotel
  • Breakfast and Dinner
  • N/A Hours Walk
  • 1310 meter

Depending on your flight time, you’ll be transfer to airport before 3 hrs of flight time.

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  • Breakfast
  • N/A Hours Walk
  • N/A meter

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What’s Included

3 nights in Kathmandu at three star-hotels on twin sharing basis 15 nights in local lodges during the trekking on twin sharing basis in common rooms

3 meals a day during the trekking at lodges/local restaurants (Breakfast, lunch and dinner) except in Kathmandu Breakfast and dinner during Kathmandu hotel stay Farewell Dinner in Kathmandu at the end of the trip with typical Nepalese food

All airport/hotel/airport transfers by private air-conditioned vehicle Ground transfer for Kathmandu sightseeing by private air-conditioned vehicle Kathmandu-Lukla and Lukla-Kathmandu flight with airport taxes 15 kg baggage per person for cargo and trek

Everest National Park Fee Local Government Fees/TIMS Fee All monument entrance fees during Kathmandu sightseeing

1 English speaking experienced trekking guide 1 porter for every two members to carry personal baggage 1 assistant guide for every 5 members English Speaking city guide for Kathmandu sightseeing

Support for airport pick up, drop and farewell dinner

Comprehensive First Aid Kit Comprehensive Trekking Map and Kathmandu Valley Map

What’s Not Included

All personal expenses like alcoholic beverages, bottled drinks, telephone calls, laundry services etc. Medical and travel insurances International airfare and taxes Nepal Visa fees Emergency helicopter rescue charges Main meals in Kathmandu (lunch and dinner) Tips for trekking crew

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