Are you looking for an adventure that will take you on a journey through stunning mountain landscapes and immerse you in the spiritual traditions of the Sherpa people? If so, the Mani Rimdu with Everest Base Camp trek may be just what you're looking for. It is a rewarding 17- Day treks to the Everest Base Camp with a stop at Tengboche monastery, where you'll witness the mesmerizing Mani Rimdu Festival.
This festival is a celebration of Buddhist rituals and dances performed by the lamas, accompanied by drums and chants. And the adventure doesn't end with the festival. After witnessing the Mani Rimdu, you'll continue your trek toward the foothill of the world's highest mountain- Mt. Everest.
Our trek is an extraordinary adventure that combines the beauty of the natural world with the spiritual richness of ancient traditions. It's a journey that will touch your heart and leave you with memories that will last a lifetime. So, what are you waiting for? Start planning your Mani Rimdu Festival trip today!
- Catch a scenic flight to Lukla. You'll get to see the bird’s eye view of the Kathmandu valley and the Himalayas.
- Explore the Sagarmatha National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
- Stroll around the lively town, Namche Bazar. It is the largest town in Khumbu.
- Make a visit to the Sherpa Culture Museum and witness the ancient households of the Sherpas.
- Attend the ancient festival- Mani Rimdu. And get a chance to experience the tradition and culture of the Sherpa people first-hand.
- Admire the profound work of monks through the publicly displayed sand mandala. The preparation of sand mandala takes years of hard work and concentration.
- Observe a series of religious festivities and ceremonies and get a chance to meditate.
- Celebrate the accomplishment of reaching the base of the world’s highest mountain.
- Hike up to Kala Pathar- the highest viewpoint in the Everest region and catch a beautiful sunrise behind the Himalayas.
- Capture amazing photographs and memories that will last a lifetime.
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.
Firstly, as you arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport, one of our staff will warmly welcome you and escort you to the hotel in Kathmandu. After a short briefing about the next day’s plan, you’ll have the rest of the evening to yourself.
Before the real adventure, a sightseeing tour in Kathmandu is organized to witness Nepal’s history, Arts, and ancient temples that have been there for ages. Your thrilling journey to the Everest Base Camp begins with a flight to Lukla. From there, you’ll hike for approximately three hours to reach a small sherpa settlement, Phakding. After an overnight stay in Phakding, you’ll reach the largest town in the Everest region, Namche Bazar. You’ll stay here for one more day for the acclimatization purpose. After Namche Bazar, the next stop is Tengboche. Here, you’ll witness the ancient Mani Rimdu Festival and experience the warm hospitality of the Sherpa people.
As you continue your journey, you will pass another sherpa village, Dingboche, and stay there for another day to let your body acclimatize to the high altitude. Further, you’ll hike to the Lobuche and reach the last stop, Gorekshep, before standing at the base of the world’s highest mountain, Mt Everest.
Thereafter, you’ll hike to the highest viewpoint of the Khumbu region and catch the best sunrise from there. Now, you’ll retrace your way back to Lukla and pass through Pheriche and Namche Bazar along the way. You’ll end your journey by catching a flight back to Kathmandu from Lukla. In Kathmandu, you’ll have an extra day to rest and buy souvenirs for your friends and family before flying back home.
When is Mani Rimdu Festival celebrated in 2023?
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 (2023), it will be celebrated on the 28th, 29th, and 30th of October 2023.
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 23rd October 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.
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