Mani Rimdu with Everest Base Camp Trek

Mani Rimdu with Everest Base Camp Trek
Activity
Trekking
Destination
Nepal
  • Trip Grade
    Strenuous 
  • Max Altitude
    5545 Meters
  • Group Size
    Min 1 Pax. 
  • Meals
    B.L.D 
  • Accommodation
    Hotel/Guesthouse 
  • Best Time
    Oct-Nov 
Featured Trip
All Inclusive Price: $1,470USD

Trip Overview

The Mani Rimdu Festival with Everest Base Camp Trek is an exceptional experience in the Everest region of Nepal. Celebrate the auspicious festival of the Sherpa community in one of the highest places on earth. Mani Rimdu is a 19-day long festival, celebrated together with singing, dancing by the Sherpa community. In this festival, you can observe the unique rituals, rites, and formalities performed by the monks of different monasteries of the Everest region. With this trek, you can get a lot of texture of the Sherpa ethnic group and at the same time adore the Himalayas surrounding you.

Highlights of Mani Rimdu Festival with Everest Base Camp Trek

  • Mani Rimdu festival is celebrated to mark the formation of Buddhism by Guru Rinpoche.
  • Festival is a huge festivity celebrated with a grand carnival, masked dances, songs, and grand worship by the monks
  • People of all ages dress up in their new cultural dress and celebrate this festival with great joy.
  • The festival is revered to smother the evil presences and to raise the lives of the entirety of the individuals on the planet through rites and rituals performed by the monks.
  • Admire the profound work of monks through the publicly displayed sand mandala. Preparation sand mandala takes years of hard work and concentration.
  • Observe a series of religious festivities, ceremonies, and a chance to meditate.

Why do people celebrate the Mani Rimdu festival?

All festivals have their own individual reasons to be celebrated. And in regards to festivals of Nepal, they all have their own purpose, meaning, and god or deity the festival is dedicated to. In the case of the Mani Rimdu festival, it is to remember the significant Buddhist preacher Guru Rinpoche. The name Mani Rimdu comes from “Mani” which is a word from the Buddhist praying chant and the word “Rimdu” is basically Rilbu in Tibetan which signifies little red pills that are honored during the celebration. The festival is grandly celebrated to remember the formation of Buddhism. During the festival, many masked dances and rituals are performed. These dances and rituals are performed to chase off the demons or the bad spirits. Similarly, they pray for the betterment of society and the world in general.

When is Mani Rimdu Festival celebrated in 2022?

The date for 2022 has not been published yet.

The date of the Mani Rimdu celebration is fixed as per the Tibetan Lunar Calendar. The date is announced by the head monk of the Tengboche monastery. The dates for the festival are set as per the Tibetan Lunar Calendar. The date mostly falls on the 10th month of the Tibetan Lunar Calendar.  To figure out the date simple way, this celebration begins following Kojragat Purnima (The most recent day – the fifteenth day of Bijaya Dashami or the full moon day in Dashain).

Furthermore, October and November which is the autumn season is the perfect time for the trek as well. A large number of travelers enter Nepal during this season. The weather during this time is moderate and skies are clearer than ever thus you will be blessed with clear mountain views. Lastly, the ambiance during this month is just beautiful.

How difficult is Mani Rimdu Festival with Everest Base Camp Trek?

It is a moderate level of the trek so we wouldn’t necessarily say that it is an easy and comfortable trek however it is not a strenuous journey as well. If you are fit enough to walk for 4 to 5 hours on a daily basis then you shall not have any problems approaching the trek. Besides, it is a 17-day long journey in which you will be on the trek for almost 14 days. Therefore, when trekking on the Himalayan trails that escalates more than 3000 meter then it is important to remember that rushing will not take you closer to your destination. It will only suffer you through mountain sickness. Moreover, in this journey, you have acclimatization days for you to adapt to the surroundings.

All things considered, it is a medium level of a trek in the highly elevated area so it is important to stay hydrated and not rush the trek. Besides, prior preparations, training, and physical exercise will be a plus point for this journey.

Is this trek right for me?

If you truly want to experience the Mani Rimdu festival, then there is no doubt that it isn’t the right trek for you. However, if you are looking for something more adventurous at the same time want to attend this magnificent festival then, our expert team will help you to customize a perfect journey for you. If you want to add Gokyo Lake with the Mani Rimdu festival in your journey then no worries, we are here to fully assist you.

Mani Rimdu Festival with Everest Base Camp Trek is an incredible journey. It is a whole package where you really get to indulge in the festivity celebrated by the Sherpa ethnic community at the same time admire the wonderful creation of Mother Nature. This 17 day-long journey is a fulfilling and completely fun trek. This trek is a chance to experience the magnificent beauty of the Himalayas of Nepal and emerge yourself into a Himalayan lifestyle.

On the auspicious occasion of Mani Rimdu, you will get to see a cheerful side of the whole village. Everybody of the Khumbu region will gather at the nearest monasteries that are hosting the event in their finest cultural attire. At the monasteries, people will gather and start their series of rituals. Masked dancers will present you with a meaningful act of winning over the demons and the evil spirits. The beautiful robes of the priests and intricately embellished veils fill the patios of the monastery. Numerous ceremonies will be organized which will give an idea about Himalayan festivals and the nature behind them.

Moreover, the Mani Rimdu Festival with Everest Base Camp Trek begins with an exhilarating mountain flight to Lukla. This trek is not only about being part of an important festival in the Everest region. It is also about a delightful journey in the Himalayas amidst the mighty pinnacles. You will be tracing your journey through the astounding trans- Himalayan landscapes of remarkable Sagarmatha National Park. Moreover, you will likewise visit brilliant towns like Namche Bazaar and Tengboche. Among the three popular places of the Everest region that holds the Mani Rimdu festival, you will take part in the festival at the Tengboche monastery.  In addition, you will be encircled by the various Himalayas of the Khumbu valley specifically Mount Everest and many neighboring peaks. The serene climate of the Himal makes certain to overwhelm you with its luring excellence!

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.

Itinerary

Day 01: ARRIVE AT TRIBHUWAN INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT KATHMANDU

Day 02: KATHMANDU VALLEY SIGHTSEEING TOUR AND PREPARATION FOR THE TREK

Day 03: FLY TO LUKLA AND TREK TO PHAKDING (2652M/8699FT (WALKING DISTANCE: 8 KM) DURATION: 3 HOURS

Day 04: PHAKDING TO NAMCHE BAZAAR (3440M/11283FT) (WALKING DISTANCE: 10-12 KM) DURATION: 6 HOURS

Day 05: ACCLIMATIZATION DAY - HIKE TO EVEREST VIEW HOTEL (WALKING DISTANCE: 3-4 KM) DURATION: 3-4 HOURS

Day 06: NAMCHE TO TENGBOCHE (3860M/12660FT) (WALKING DISTANCE: 10-11 KM) DURATION: 5 HOURS

Day 07: TENGBOCHE – MANI RIMDU FESTIVAL CELEBRATIONS

Day 08: TENGBOCHE TO DINGBOCHE (4410M/14464FT) (WALKING DISTANCE: 11-12 KM) DURATION: 5 HOURS

Day 09: ACCLIMATIZATION DAY - HIKE TO NAGERJUN AND RETURN (WALKING DISTANCE: 5-6 KM) DURATION: 4-5 HOURS

Day 10: DINGBOCHE TO LOBUCHE (4910M/16105FT) (WALKING DISTANCE.: 11-12 KM) DURATION: 5 HOURS

Day 11: LOBUCHE - EVEREST BASE CAMP (5364M/17594FT) - GOREKSHEP (DISTANCE: 14-15 KM) 8 HOURS

Day 12: GORAKSHEP - KALA PATHAR (5545M/18188FT) - PHERICHE (4210M) (DISTANCE: 13-14 KM) 7 HOURS

Day 13: PHERICHE TO NAMCHE (3440M/11283FT) (WALKING DISTANCE: 14-15 KM)DURATION: 7 HOURS

Day 14: NAMCHE TO LUKLA (2800M/9184FT) (WALKING DISTANCE: 18-19 KM) DURATION: 7 HOURS

Day 15: LUKLA TO KATHMANDU

Day 16: RESERVE DAY IN KATHMANDU

Day 17: FAREWELL

Cost Includes

  • All ground transport in a private vehicle including airport transfers
  • Four nights’ accommodation with breakfast at a 3-star category hotel in Kathmandu
  • Kathmandu city tours, including all entry fees, tour guide and private transportation
  • 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
  • Sagarmatha National Park Permit fee
  • TIMS Fee- Trekkers' Information Management System (Please bring 2 passport size photos for permit)
  • 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. You can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. A multiple-entry tourist visa good for 30 days can be obtained by paying US $ 40 or equivalent in foreign currency. Similarly, multiple-entry tourist visas for 90 days can be obtained by paying US $ 100. Please bring 2 passport-size photos.
  • 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 its free.
  • Tips and gratuities for trekking staff and drivers

Cost & Dates

  • Small Group Journey
  • Private Journey

Start Dates are your arrival date in Nepal and End Dates are the returning date from Nepal.

The set departure dates listed are specially quoted and specified for group joining option. Let us know if the set departure dates are not suitable for you- another dates which are suitable for you can certainly be added by us.

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Reviews

Robert Jacob Hershey, United States

The first time when I saw the Everest massif from Kalapatthar is something that I will never forget. Of course, the entire experience does impact the way I enjoyed the mountain views and the cultural experience in Nepal, and in my case, my experience was simply the best.

I chose the EBC with Mani Rimdu Festival Trek with Nepal Hiking Team after countless hours of browsing packages on their website. I was looking for a trek that offered me something different than the regular route, and I though experiencing the Mani Rimdu Festival was a great idea with trekking to Everest base camp.

My guide for the journey was Ram Hari Adhikari, a great enthusiastic aficionado of the Everest trails. My bedroom in the guesthouses always had great Himalayan views, my journey was well-managed in terms of time and my knowledge of the Sherpa culture and of the wonderful festival was made a hundred times better all because of Ram Hari, as without him, I am sure that trip would not have been the same. With a warm welcome from the airport all the way to the time of my departure back home, the Nepal Hiking Team staffs were extremely helpful and kind, always extending their hand to make sure that I was comfortable, and enjoying my trip. It was great to experience the renowned Nepali hospitality as my agency concretely solidified this attribute always associated with Nepal.

My experience with NHT was one of the unforgettable ones. It was, in the simplest of terms, the best time I had of my life. The care they provided in my journey, the amount of safety that I felt and the way everything was arranged made the trip a hassle-free event. I enjoyed the Khumbu’s beauty and its cultural riches with a trusted companion in Ram Hari. My journey was filled with natural beauty and Himalayan vistas, but at the same time, it was also filled with good lodges, good food, good companionship and the best overall time. Nepal Hiking Team really goes over and beyond with their services. The best travel agency in all of Nepal!

Jayadatta Narasipura, USA Dear Ganga and the entire team, We, Narasipura family would like to thank you and your team for making once in a lifetime experience possible. All three of us loved every minute we spent in the Himalayas and Nepal. After my EBC trek, I wanted to experience Himalayas again with my family. Your team made it possible. Every day, we knew what to expect because Paban explained us on previous evening and in the morning. In seven days, we trekked in the lush green forest, saw numerous waterfalls, were inside the clouds, refreshed ourselves in the river and stream water, took multiple breaks with tea, coffee. Even though it was very hard, especially from 3rd to 5th day, we managed to get over the fatigue to continue because of Paban, Gokul and Ganesh’s help and encouragement. They used to tell us to take it easy (Aaramse jayenke) then we can do it, no need to rush. Paban modified the plan/itinerary based on the time of the day and our physical condition. We always ended the day before 5pm. Paban was flexible and booked the best teahouses, he made our trek very enjoyable. On fourth day, we were scheduled to trek to Upper Sinuwa. He changed it, we stayed at Lower Sinuwa. Because of 4th day’s change of plan, he modified fifth day trek too. Every day, as soon as we woke up, we started off with a hot cup of coffee or tea, they served to us without fail. Enjoying first few minutes of the day looking the sunrise in the mountains with a hot drink was so peaceful and relaxing. At the end of every day, we had fun, talking, playing cards, and having delicious dinner with fresh fruits as dessert. It was a beautiful experience. Paban, Gokul and Ganesh treated us royally and with respect, we are grateful to them. Spending last two days of our trek in the Machapuchare and Annapurna basecamps were a bliss, surrounded by the Annapurna mountain range was just amazing, and unbelievable. On the last day of the trip, we loved the cultural tour of the three cities, we were mesmerized by the artwork. Hope we can come back and enjoy Nepal again. We appreciate everything you did for us to accomplish our dream trek. Datta Trip done between 9th to 18th May 2022
Richard, UK "After extensive research regarding which trekking company to entrust with helping me with my dream holiday I chose The Nepal Hiking Team. This was for a number of reasons.
  1. Ganga and his team were super flexible, quick to respond, and allowed me to build a bespoke holiday that suited my schedule.
  2. When things went wrong at my end, they were quick to come up with solutions to help me out
  3. They understood this was a once in a lifetime experience for me, and answered my many and varied questions.
Once I arrived in Nepal it was immediately clear I had made the right decision. I was picked up from the airport, and driven to the hotel where I met Ganga and my guide Dinesh. Dinesh checked that the equipment I had brought with me was suitable, and NHT provided me a down jacket. The next day we flew out of Kathmandu, to EBC and Island Peak. Dinesh looked after me for the next 12 days in the mountains. He is an expert on the local area. Point at any mountain, and he can tell you how high it is and what its name is. He has travelled extensively over the area for more than 8 years, and he uses this knowledge to enrich your holiday experience. Every hotel you stay in, he knows the owners, and ensures you get a comfortable room. Need your washing done, or a hot shower? He will recommend where (and where not!) to get it done. When you are walking the trails he can tell you how much further you have to go, what bits will be difficult, and which easier. If you are looking to book with Nepal Hiking, and are lucky enough to have Dinesh as a guide then you are going to have a fabulous trip"
Walt Risley, USA When searching for a trekking company I wanted to go with a local group. All the reviews for Nepal Hiking Team were excellent so I choose them. From start to finish they had their act together. Initial correspondence and any email questions were answered by Ganga, the man in charge, by the next day. They kept me up to date with everything I needed as far as entry into Nepal. Picked me up from the airport and got me to my hotel without an issue. I joined a couple from Canada for the trek. Our guide Prakash never left our side from breakfast to dinner. He expedited the flight to and from Lukla which would have been a hectic process without him. Since all of us were in our 50s he established early that we would be in no rush. Whether we got to our next location at 2pm or 4pm didn’t matter. I would rather be outside enjoying the trek than in early playing cards. I felt safe and looked after with him. This trek is tough. It’s much steeper than I anticipated and the altitude change from place to place does not reflect the ascents and descents which on some days doubles the heights you actually do. They ascents into Tengbouche and at Dugla pass are particularly tough but at a slow steady pace they are doable by any who are reasonably fit. Once at the guest house the service didn’t end there. Prakash took care of all our needs. Making sure we had enough to eat and enough water. He wouldn’t leave our side until we turned in for the night which was often quite early. His personality was very soothing. We could not have accomplished what we did without him or our 2 porters. While English was not their strength, they would carry our gear ahead of us to the next location and often double back to see if we needed help and were more than happy to help with our day packs. They also accompanied us on some of the acclimation hikes in case some or one of us wanted to climb higher, splitting us up. After the trek everything was taken care of. I needed a PCR COVID test for a tour in Abu Dahbi the day after I left Kathmandu and Ganga arranged for a nurse to administer it to me in the hotel. Seamless. It’s a long review but I really can’t say enough about these guys, especially for the price. For all the service we got it was amazingly reasonable. Would definitely use this company on any return trip to Nepal and highly recommend!     You can also read this review on trip advisor.
Nicola Ross, Australia The Annapurna circuit trek was one of the best treks I’ve ever experienced. I completed it with my sister (we are both in our early sixties) on a private tour in April 2022. It was very well organized by Nepal Hiking Team, a very professional organization. Nina provided wonderful advice on the trip initially. Our guide, Hari was experienced, attentive, capable, and kind. He made the trip a success for us, along with Nomoratz, our porter, who carried our gear with such good humour. The Himalayas are the most majestic mountain range in the world. The trek was very strenuous and challenging, (more for me than my sister) but was such a wonderful experience. We have learned so much about Hinduism and Buddhism and have developed a great affection and respect for the Nepalese people. They are wonderful hosts with a rich culture we have enjoyed learning about. I highly recommend this company, our guide, and porter if you are considering trekking in Nepal. This country offers real adventure, beauty, and cultural experiences to those who venture here. See this review on TripAdvisor (click here)