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    Mani Rimdu with Everest Base Camp Trek

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    Are you ready to embrace the adventure of a lifetime and immerse yourself in the vibrant Sherpa culture? Join us on the Mani Rimdu Festival and Everest Base Camp trek to create unforgettable memories amidst the world's most majestic mountains.

    At a Glance

    • Destination
    • Durations
      15 days
    • Trip Difficulty
    • Activities
    • Accommodation
    • Meals
    • Max.altitude
    • Group Size
      Min. 2 Pax
    • Best Time

    Message Regarding flight to/from Lukla

    During the peak seasons for the Mani Rimdu with Everest Base Camp Trek (March to May and September to November), all the Lukla flights will be operated from the Manthali Airport due to congestion at Tribhuvan Airport.

    Trip Overview

    Do you want to travel through the mountains and into the culture of the Himalayas? If so, you may prefer the 15-day Trek to Everest Base Camp with the Mani Rimdu Festival. Experience the charming Mani Rimdu Festival. It is on this fulfilling tour to the Everest Base.

    The Mani Rimdu Festival expresses Buddhist prayers and the dances performed by lamas. After the festival, you proceed to the foothills of Mount Everest, the highest peak in the world.

    Teaming with the Nepal Hiking Team is a great experience. Ancient tradition and sacred feelings are like the beauty of nature. You will cherish the beautiful moments. You make them on this high-altitude trek, which is a trip of a lifetime.

    Cultural trekking in the Himalayas is fun and memorable. This is especially true during the Mani Rimdu Festival. So, plan your tour now. This journey provides the best cultural trekking experience in Nepal.

    Main Features

    • Take a flight to Lukla and get a wonderful view of the Kathmandu Valley and the great Himalayas.
    • Explore the captivating Sagarmatha National Park, a World Heritage Site.
    • Stroll through Namche Bazaar, a bustling hub of the Sherpa community in Khumbu.
    • Visit the Sherpa Culture Museum and see what the old Sherpa homes looked like.
    • Go to the Mani Rimdu festival to witness the Sherpas' way of life and appreciate their customs.
    • Watch the monks perform their sand mandala artistry. It takes them several years to perfect it.
    • Witness several religious celebrations and rituals and get a chance to pray.
    • People have an innate longing to reach great elevations, imagining scaling monumental architecture. Mount Everest is the world's tallest mountain, so it's fitting to celebrate reaching its base.
    • Take literal action with a trek to Kala Patthar. It's the highest point in the Everest region. It offers stunning views of the Himalayas and sunrise.
    • Take great photos and wonderful memories that will last for many years of your life.

    Mani Rimdu Festival Celebration

    Now, the question that may arise in your mind is, Why do Sherpas celebrate this festival? How and when is it celebrated? What is so special about this festival? Right?

    Well, here’s everything you need to know about the Mani Rimdu Festival.

    The Mani Rimdu festival is a fascinating event steeped in history, culture, and spirituality. The air is filled with the sweet scent of incense, and the sound of chanting monks and the beating of drums can be heard echoing through the mountains. Sherpas celebrate this festival to honor Guru Rinpoche, a revered Buddhist master. This festival is also known to purify negative energies, bringing peace and good fortune to the community.

    The lamas are dressed in colorful costumes and intricate masks in this festival. They perform traditional dances and rituals that transport you back in time to an ancient and magical world. As you look around, you see people of all ages, dressed in their finest clothes, coming together to share stories, reconnect with their roots, and honor their cultural heritage.

    Route Summary

    Upon your arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport one of our representatives shall be waiting for you to take you to the hotel in Kathmandu. During the short briefing about what you’ll be doing the next day, the rest of the night will be yours.

    Your exciting adventure to the Everest Base Camp starts with a flight to Lukla. From there, you will trek for around three hours to Phakding, a small Sherpa village nestled in the Himalayas. Overnight stay at Phakding the next day will take you to the largest place in Everest, Namche Bazar. You will remain here for one more day to acclimate. In the Dudh Koshi valley, the next destination is Tengboche, after Namche Bazar. Here, you will be able to see the historic Mani Rimdu Festival and be welcomed by the hospitable Sherpa locals.

    On the following days, you move on up and cross over to another Sherpa village called Dingboche, where you will spend another day resting before proceeding further up in the mountains. Lobuche is a difficult hike, but the beautiful sceneries that one is able to see along the climb make it all worth the effort. Further, you proceed to the Gorekshep, the last highlight point, before reaching the base of Mount Everest.

    Following the thrilling moments of getting to the highest vantage point of the entire Khumbu area and watching the most splendid sunrise, you will follow the same path with treks back to Lukla. The return trip will be through Pheriche and Namche Bazar, where you will get a second glance at places of interest. Finally, you will take a flight again to Kathmandu from Lukla. If you have enough time, you can buy unique souvenirs for your friends & family and relax in Kathmandu before flying back home.

    When is the Mani Rimdu Festival celebrated in 2024?

    The date of the Mani Rimdu festival is set according to the Tibetan Lunar calendar. In Tengboche, Mani Rimdu is performed in the 9th Tibetan month, which usually falls in October or November full-moon. This year (2024), it will be celebrated on the 15th, 16th, and 17th of November 2024. 

    Now, the question is when should you arrive in Nepal to attend Mani Rimdu?

    Well, to attend the Mani Rimdu Festival this year, you should arrive on the 11th of November in Nepal.

    This date will be perfect since you will be right on schedule for the festival.

    Is this trek right for you?

    If you want to experience the ancient tradition and culture of the bravest Sherpa people and reach the foothill of the world’s highest mountain, then the Mani Rimdu with the Everest Base Camp Trek is worth delving into.

    The incredible journey is considered moderate in terms of its difficulty level. Following the same path as the standard EBC trek, the journey mainly focuses on the traditional festival of the Sherpas, the Mani Rimdu Festival. Hence, if you are a cultural person who wants to experience the tradition of the Sherpa people first-handed, this trek is definitely for you!

    It is a whole package where you get to indulge in the festivity celebrated by the Sherpa ethnic community and, at the same time, admire the wonderful creation of Mother Nature. This trek is a chance to experience the magnificent beauty of the Himalayas of Nepal and immerse yourself in a Himalayan lifestyle.

    Come along with us and be a part of this grand ceremony to witness the best cultural phenomena of the renowned Sherpa community of Nepal.

    If you're seeking a more adventurous experience and are interested in attending this amazing festival, we can assist you in planning the perfect trip. Don't hesitate to reach out to us today for our full support and customize itinerary.


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    Cost Includes

    • All ground transport in a private vehicle including airport transfers
    • Two nights’ accommodation with breakfast at a 3-star category hotel in Kathmandu
    • Three daily meals with tea/coffee (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the trek
    • Best available twin-sharing lodge for accommodation during the trek. Private bathrooms with hot showers are provided at Phakding, Namche, and Lukla
    • Snacks of seasonal fruits during the trek
    • One highly experienced, helpful, and friendly guide. Porters (1 porter for 2 people) and their food, accommodation, salary, and equipment. Accident insurance for all staff
    • Round trip flight Kathmandu – Lukla / Lukla – Kathmandu including departure taxes
    • Down jacket and sleeping bag use while trekking
    • Duffle bag for trekking
    • Trekking map and trip achievement certificate
    • First aid medicine kit
    • All trek permits 
    • Government taxes & office service charge

    Cost Excludes

    • Meals not specified in the 'Meal Inclusions' in the above itinerary
    • Personal Travel insurance
    • International airfare
    • Nepal entry visa
    • Soft drinks including water
    • Snacks and other personal expenses
    • Hot showers during the trek except when in Phakding, Namche, and Lukla
    • Personal trekking equipment
    • WiFi internet and phone call unless it's free.
    • Tips and gratuities for trekking staff and drivers

    Cost and Date

    Start Dates refer to your arrival date in Nepal. End Dates correspond to your return date from Nepal.

    The Mani Rimdu with Everest Base Camp Trek set departure dates are tailored for the group joining option. If the -days Mani Rimdu with Everest Base Camp Trek departure dates don't fit your schedule, we can include alternative dates that better suit your needs.

    July, 2024

      Good to Know

      Why is the Mani Rimdu Festival Celebrated?

      Well, now comes the question one might think: Why do Sherpas celebrate this festival? In what way is it celebrated or observed, and when? What is so unique about this special festival? Right? Here are all the details about the Mani Rimdu Festival.

      The festival is very colorful. It also has a long history and religious meaning. The atmosphere here is classic. The air smells of incense. You can hear the chanting of monks and the rhythmic beating of the drums even in the mountains. Sherpas celebrate this festival to honor Guru Rinpoche. He is a venerated Buddhist saint. It also washes away negative energies. This brings harmony and prosperity. The lamas wear colorful costumes and masks in this festival. They sing and dance the ageless dances and chant the spells, which take you back to the age-old fairyland. You notice a diverse crowd of people of various ages. They wear stylish attire and assemble with families to share humorous anecdotes. The jokes connect them to what it means to be part of a certain culture.

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