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The Mani Rimdu Festival, in the Khumbu Everest region of Nepal. The home of the Sherpa people lays the spectacular Tengboche Monastery. It is on the main route to the Base Camp of Mount Everest and offers the first clear views of the highest mountain in the world. Tengboche Monastery exhibits an important part of Nepal’s heritage. Apart from the fresh mountain air and the green-calm surroundings, the monastery also hosts the delightful Mani Rimdu Festival.

This is a festival of color and noise that takes place in this most spectacular of settings. Performed by the monks of Chiwong and Tengboche monasteries, it depicts the victory of Buddhism over the ancient ‘Bon’ religion. Unchanged for centuries this is the annual full moon festival at the Tengboche Monastery. Similarly, it’s a sacred ceremony and a series of events of empowerment. It’s a sequence of nineteen days celebration, which concludes with three days public festival. Sherpa’s get time to gather and celebrate this festival with the monastic community.

Mani Rimdu festival is observed from the first day of the tenth month of the Tibetan calendar. Which falls between October or November under the Lunar calendar. It lasts for nineteen consequent days. However, it is officially celebrated for three days. The date of the Mani Rimdu festival is fixed according to the Tibetan calendar. The head of Lama at the Monastery announces the dates. In Tengboche, the Mani Rimdu is performed in the 9th Tibetan month. This festival is celebrated following the full-moon. However, to calculate the date easiest way, this festival starts right after the Dashain.

It’s divided into six Preparations. First is the Construction of the sand Mandala is constructed step by step. Colored sand is used to build complicated and symbolic design. The Mandala symbolizes the palace of Garwang Those Chenpo (Lord of the Dance).

Mani Rimdu Festival a Mandala Symbolizes

The mantra "OM AH HUNG RHI, OM MANI PADME HUMG” is repeated thousands of times by the monks during the weeks of the ceremony before the public festival. Second is The Empowerment. Empowerment is the opening day of the public ceremony. It's performed on the full moon day, of the tenth month in the Tibetan lunar calendar.

The sacred Mani Rilwu (sacred pills) and pills for long life are given to everyone attending. Likewise, the third is Dance. During the dance, the monks are believed to become divine beings. The dances are only performed during Mani Rimdu because they are considered to be very sacred, and not for ordinary entertainment. Forth is Ser-Kyem. Ser-Kyem is most commonly used to make tea offerings to Dharma guards such as Mahakala. Even more, these offers of spiritual nectar are made in many ceremonies. The six dancers represent Ngag-pa, Tantric magicians. A central theme in Tibetan Buddhist practice is to make offerings to these beings so that they will help with the virtuous actions which lead to Buddha-hood.

Consequently, the fifth is The Fire Puja. The Fire Puja is performed in the yard the day after the dances. The Fire Puja is an offering to Agni (the god of fire), and to the Gods of the Mandala - to allay all harm in the world. The harm is visualized as dissolving into the grain and butter is burns. Although six is Chhingpa, the next dance portrays the Four Protecting Things, defending the Buddhist faith against attack by demons. Shining paper masks hide the faces of the dancers, each a different color, and each displaying a constant smile. The dancers' hops are rhythmically accompanied by the beating of cymbals. The dancers charge at children in the audience and scare them for fun.

Short Itinerary

  • Day 01: KTM Arrival pick up from Airport and welcoming by garland and transfer to Hotel welcome Dinner
    O/N Hotel – (DB/B)
  • Day 02: Sightseeing world heritage sights Hindus & Buddhist shrines / Trek preparation
    O/N Hotel –B/B
  • Day 03: Kathmandu (1,315m) - Lukla (2,840m), flies 30 mints, and trek to Phakding (2,640m) 4 hrs
    O/N Lodge – (BLD)
  • Day 04: Phakding – Namche Bazaar (3,440m) 6hrs
    O/N Lodge – (BLD)
  • Day 05: Namche Bazaar – Acclimatization Day Up to (3,800m)
    O/N Lodge – (BLD)
  • Day 06: Namche – Tyengboche (3,800m) 5hrs
    O/N Lodge – (BLD)
  • Day 07: First Day of Mani rimdu festival
    O/N Lodge – (BLD)
  • Day 08: Second day observe Mani rimdu festival
    O/N Lodge – (BLD)
  • Day 09: Third Day observe Mani rimdu festival
    O/N Lodge – (BLD)
  • Day 10: Tyengboche – Dhingboche (4,410m) 5hrs
    O/N Lodge – (BLD)
  • Day 11: Dhingboche – Lobuche (4,910m) 6hrs
    O/N Lodge – (BLD)
  • Day 12: Lobuche – Gorakshep (5,140m) Via EBC (5,300m) & Gorakshep (8hrs)
    O/N Lodge – (BLD)
  • Day 13: Gorakshep – Kalapather (5,545m) back down Pheruche (4,240m) 7- 8hrs
    O/N Lodge – (BLD)
  • Day 14: Pheruche – Namche (3,440m) 7hrs
    O/N Lodge – (BLD)
  • Day 15: Namche – Lukla (6hrs)
    O/N Lodge – (BLD)
  • Day 16: Lukla – KTM fly in the morning
    O/N Hotel – (BB)
  • Day 17: Free day in KTM and farewell dinner
    O/N Hotel – (B/DB)
  • Day 18: Final Departure by privet vehicle share experiences with family unforgettable memory of Mani rimdu festival trek and back to homeland

Important Note

The above itinerary is a guidelines and a standard outline we advise to help you to plan your trip, we can be modified and offer Tailor–Made trips according to your requirements and availability of the time frame, before trip booked. But when trip starts your Leader or guide only legally responsibly to change itineraries foremost group interest.

NOTICE! NOTICE!! NOTICE!!!

Dear customer: we would like to let you know that, since 2018 every season’s spring and autumn. All the airlines are operating the flights from Ramechap instated of Kathmandu due to the air traffic in Kathmandu Airport. So please note that you will have to drive about 4 hours to Ramechhap by privet vehicle. Who has time they can stay overnight in Ramechhap near the airport, but hotels are meets all basic things and mostly local foods are available. Please don’t expect like in Kathmandu or on trek. Consequently, if someone who doesn’t have time and arrive today and have to leave next day to Lukla for trek then you have to drive very early morning to catch the flight to Lukla. So please prepare mentally yourself and we are really, sorry for your inconvenience. Thanks for understanding.

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