Mani Rimdu Festival Via Tengboche

Mani Rimdu Festival Via Tengboche

Overview

The Mani Rimdu Festival is a colourful occasion that takes place in the most spectacular of settings in the foothills of the Himalayas. Performed by the monks of Chiwong and Tengboche monasteries, it depicts the victory of Buddhism over the ancient ‘Bon’ religion. The Mani Rimdu festival lasts for three days and is well attended by the Sherpa people, who often trek for many days to witness this important event. Tengboche Mani Rimdu festival starts on the full moon of October.

The dances performed during the festival convey Buddhist teachings on many levels – from the simplest to the most profound. They are perfect for those interested in learning about Buddhism who do not have the opportunity to study and meditate extensively. Throughout the entirety of the festival, 24-hour pujas (rituals) are performed by the monks to consecrate the Mandala, the Mani Rilwu Pills (sacred pills), the Tshereel (pills for long life) and the Torma. The Mandala is carefully constructed, grain by grain, from colored sand;  it is an intricate and symbolic design that takes many days to complete. The mantra is repeated thousands of times, and the day of the Wong is the opening public ceremony. It is performed on the day of the full moon of the tenth month in the Tibetan lunar calendar. The Dances take place of the 2nd day of Mani Rimdu. The day after the dances, the fire puja is performed in the courtyard. The fire puja is an offering to the Agni (the god of fire), and to the Gods of the mandala – to allay all harm in the world.

Day 1: 8th November 2016: Arrival

Day 2: 9th November 2016: Free day or Optional Sightseeing.

Day 3: 10th November 2016: Kathmandu to Lukla 2840 m by Flight & trek to Phakding 2610 m (3/4 hours).

Day 4: 11th November 2016: Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar 3440 m (5/6 hours)

Day 5: 12th November 2016: Acclimatization Day

Day 6: 13th November 2016: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Tengboche 3860 m (4/5 hours)

Day 7 – 9: 14th, 15th, 16th November 2016: Tengboche Mani Rimdu Festival

Day 10: 17th November 2016: Trek from Tengboche to Namche 3440 m (4/5 hours)

Day 11: 18th November 2016: Trek from Namche to Lukla 2840m (6/7 hours)

Day 12: 19th November 2016: Lukla to Kathmandu by flight (45 min)

Day 1: 8th November 2016

Arrival in Kathmandu and meet our staff/crew at airport and transfer to hotel.

Day 2: 9th November 2016: Free day or Optional Sightseeing

Sightseeing in world heritage sites by private vehicle. Our tour guide introduces you in the world heritage sites such as Bouddhanath, Pasupatinath, Swayambhunath by private vehicle. Overnight in hotel.

Day 3: 10th November 2016: Kathmandu to Lukla 2840 m by Flight & trek to Phakding 2610 m (3/4 hours).

After 45 minutes fly from Kathmandu to Lukla and will have breakfast and then continue our family journey passing many Buddhist monuments during the trail and finally we reach in Phakding which takes about 3 hours. We will have lunch there. Evening time, we go for village tour with our guide. Overnight in Lodge.

Day 4: 11th November 2016: Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar 3440 m (5/6 hours)
In the morning after breakfast we start from hotel and we reach in Monjo after 3 hours walk passing many suspension bridges with good view of Mt. Thamserku and we should entry our permit and will have lunch in Jorsalle. Then we start to climb steep up slowly passing high suspension bridge till  Namche Bazar which takes about 2 and half hour. We have a great view of Khwangde Range and Thamserku. Overnight in Lodge.

Day 5: 12th November 2016: Acclimatization Day
In this day, we will hike to Everest view hotel for panoramic and spectacular view of mountains. It takes 2 hours to reach there and enjoy the view of the mountains. Then we climb down to Khumjung village for the visit monastery and Khumjung Hillary School. It takes about 1 hour. We can see Skull of Yeti inside the Monastery. This is the biggest Sherpa village in Khumbu region. Again we continue our trek to Khunde village which takes about 1 hour. We will have lunch there and visit the old monastery and Khunde Hospital. We come back to our hotel in Namche via Syangboche village. It takes about 1 and half hour. Overnight in Lodge.

Day 6: 13th November 2016: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Tengboche 3860 m (4/5 hours)
In the morning, we start our trek like the day before. The level trail continues till reaching Kyanjuma village and takes about 1 & half hour. Then it climbs down to the Dudh Kosi River and crosses a suspension bridge. We can see a series of picturesque water driven prayer wheel. Then we will have lunch in Phungi Thangna. The steep ascent brings us to Tengboche village. We can visit the monastery in the evening. The views of the mountains, Sunrise as well as Sunset are spectacular in the morning and evening. Overnight in Lodge.

Day 7 – 9: 14th, 15th, 16th November 2016: Tengboche Mani Rimdu Festival
Full day we will watch the famous mask dance performed by monks in front of Tengboche Monastery. Overnight in Lodge.

Day 10: 17th November 2016: Trek from Tengboche to Namche 3440 m (4/5 hours)
This day after breakfast, we return back same way to Namche bazaar. Firstly our trail steep descents to Dudh Kosi River and again trail ascent brings us to reach Kyangjuma village and it takes 3 hours. We will have lunch there. After lunch the trail continues straight until reaching Namche and takes about 2 hours to reach. Overnight in Lodge.

Day 11: 18th November 2016: Trek from Namche to Lukla 2840m (6/7 hours)
In the morning, we will leave the Namche Bazar and trail descents through pine trees and cross the high suspension bridge over the Dudh Kosi River. Then our trail continues River side and we arrive in Jorsalle and it takes about 2 and half hours. We continue again our trek until reaching Phakding with crossing several bridges about 1 and half hours walk. We will have our lunch there. After lunch our trail continues until Lukla with passing up and down which takes about 2 hours. Overnight in Lodge.

Day 12: 19th November 2016: Lukla to Kathmandu by flight (45 min)
Early in the morning fly back to Kathmandu and transfer to hotel. Full day free for shopping.

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Trip Facts

  • Duration

    12 Days

  • Difficulty Level
  • Maximum Altitude

    3837 m. Tengboche Monastery

  • Departure Months

    8th November 2016

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