Mani Rimdu Festival with Everest Base Camp Trek

Duration: 17 DAYS

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Trip Overview

  • Trip Code: NHT3435

  • Trip Grade: Strenuous

  • Max Elevation: 5545 Meters

  • Total Duration: 17 days

  • Group Size: Min 1 Pax.

The Mani Rimdu Festival with Everest Base Camp Trek is an unforgettable experience. Trek to the gorgeous Khumbu region of Nepal. Celebrate the holy festival of the Sherpa people up close. Experience an adventure that you will never forget! The blend of the Himalayas and the beauty of the Sherpa culture collide beautifully in this journey. You will surely be entranced by the many aspects of Nepal with us! It is an experience that presents the best features of the Himalayan life of the Khumbu. You can experience a celebration that is very much a part of the fabric of the Sherpa community of the Himalayas. It is an exotic journey with the best rewards!

Furthermore, the Mani Rimdu Festival with Everest Base Camp Trek starts with a gorgeous flight to Lukla. You will spend your time trekking along amazing trans-Himalayan terrains of the Sagarmatha National Park. Likewise, you will also visit wonderful villages like Namche Bazaar and Tengboche. While at Tengboche, you will get to see the celebration of the thrilling Mani Rimdu Festival. You will also always be in the constant company of the many Himalayas of the Khumbu, like Mount Everest and many neighboring peaks. The tranquil atmosphere of the Himal is sure to beguile you with its enticing beauty!    

What are the highlights of the Mani Rimdu Festival with Everest Base Camp Trek?  

As mentioned, one of the biggest highlights of the Mani Rimdu Festival with Everest Base Camp Trek is the festival itself. The Mani Rimdu Festival is celebrated at Tengboche, Thame and Chiwong Monasteries of the Solukhumbu. A sacred ceremony, the festival comprises of a series of events in a sequence of nineteen days. You can see the Lamas and the Sherpa people gather at the monastery for five days as they pray and perform rituals.  Correspondingly, the festival is celebrated to quell the demos and to uplift the lives of all people of the world through prayers and ritualistic dances and acts. The colorful robes of the monks and elaborately decorated masks fill the courtyards of the monastery. The trek rewards you with an ideal cultural presentation of the Sherpa people and great Himalayan picturesque views.

In like manner, the Mani Rimdu festival with Everest Base Camp Trek also lets you enjoy the famous trekking journey of Nepal. The Everest base Camp Trek takes you to the highest mountain peak on the planet- Mount Everest! The cerulean Himalayas of the Khumbu are always present in the trails. You get to witness awe-inspiring views of the mountain peaks like never before! Trek long rhododendron spread acreages and hike to villages like Namche. Walk along the beautiful landscape of the Sagarmatha National park- a UNESCO Natural World Heritage Site. Visit Kalapatthar, the vantage point from where you can see panoramic views of the Mount Everest massif. It is a grand adventure!

When is the Mani Rimdu Festival for the Year 2018?

The Mani Rimdu Festival for the year 2018 is celebrated at the Tengboche Monastery from 25th October to 27th October. The date of the Mani Rimdu festival is fixed according to the Tibetan Lunar calendar. It is announced by the head lama at the Tyangboche Monastery. The Mani Rimdu Festival with Everest base Camp Trek is thus ideal to do during this month. As a matter of fact, the month of October is perfect for the trek. October is generally the autumn season, and it presents suitable weather conditions and ideal temperatures for trekking. You can also enjoy wide views of the mountains. The view of the Everest massif, especially from Kalapatthar is utterly gorgeous!

Thus, come join us in this adventure that you must not miss! It is also an opportunity to witness a part of the cultural phenomenon of the legendary Sherpas. It is a fascinating journey that is filled with wonderful rewards and aspects. Similarly, you can also try our 16-days Everest base Camp Trek as well. We guarantee you the best services. Book your trip with us now!  

Itinerary Expand all

Day 01 - 20 OCT: ARRIVE AT TRIBHUWAN INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT KATHMANDU

You may arrive at Kathmandu at any time. You will be welcomed by one of our airport representative. He will help you get transferred to your hotel. Further details about the plans and programs will also be provided. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 02 - 21 OCT: KATHMANDU VALLEY SIGHTSEEING TOUR AND PREPARATION FOR THE TREK

The Kathmandu valley has one of the densest concentrations of heritage sites. The Kathmandu city alone holds four heritage sites that are listed under the UNESCO World Heritage Sites List. The tour will start late in the morning and you will visit the heritage sites of the city that includes the Temple of Pashupatinath, the Bouddhanath Stupa, the Swayambhunath Temple and the Kathmandu Durbar Square. All of these sites are revered by the people of the city and the religious places are held in high regards by the Hindu and the Buddhist people. The Durbar Square of Kathmandu holds many old palaces, buildings, temples and statues from medieval times. The buildings are built in unique Nepali architecture and contain amazing wood-crafting, stone masonry, metal works and intricate carvings done on their doors and windows. Pashupatinath is considered the most sacred temple of Lord Shiva and the cremation ceremony of the Hindus can be seen along the Bagmati’s river bank. Bouddhanath is the largest Buddhist Mandala in the world and the Swayambhunath- located atop a hill, is a temple sacred to both the Hindu and the Buddhist people. The heritage sites provide good insight into Nepal’s history and it’s past. They are great carriers of the country’s cultural and religious tenor. After the tour, you will return back to the hotel. Overnight stay at the Hotel. Meals: Breakfast included.

Day 03 - 22 OCT: FLY TO LUKLA AND TREK TO PHAKDING (2652M/8699FT (WALKING DISTANCE: 8 KM) DURATION: 3 HOURS

From Kathmandu, a flight to Lukla commences the trek. The Lukla flight is one of the most dramatic short flights in the world. The Lukla Airport itself is located on a hill and contains a single runway that drops off towards its end to the deep gaping valley below. Surrounded by tall mountains and jaded hills, the airstrip at Lukla is quite fascinating and the flight is deemed as a little thrilling adventure in itself. Upon arriving at Lukla, the change in the scenery is immediately felt. The mountainous landscape becomes quite prominent and the air carries a crisp freshness to it that only Himalayan atmosphere carries. From Lukla, the trekking trail slowly moves towards the Cheplung Village. View of the sacred Mount Khumbila from the village at Cheplung is beautiful. From there, a gradual walk downwards leads to the village of Phakding. The terrain is amazing and tall hills surround the trail like giant mounds of emeralds. From Phakding, the sight of the Kusum Kangraru Mountain can be seen. The village of Phakding lies in the Dudh Koshi River valley north of Lukla and contains many guesthouses and lodges that cater to tourism and trekkers. Overnight stay at the Guesthouse. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included.

Day 04 - 23 OCT: PHAKDING TO NAMCHE BAZAAR (3440M/11283FT) (WALKING DISTANCE: 10-12 KM) DURATION: 6 HOURS

After breakfast at Phakding, the trail further opens out to reach the celebrated mountain town of Namche Bazaar. En route to Namche, several smaller villages are crossed, like Jorsale and Monjo. Monjo lies north of Phakding and is the entry point of the Sagarmatha National Park. The trail ventures through the national park and finally arrives at Namche. Walking along the trekking route through the Sagarmatha National Park presents many virtues, like its alpine woods, small rivers and brooks and deciduous forests. Thick acreages of Pine and Cedar cover the lands and provide a pleasant atmosphere to trek through. Namche Bazaar, because of its strategic location, is the commercial hub of the Khumbu region. It is located on a mountain side and views of the Thamserku Peak and the Kongdi RI Himal from here are amazing. Overnight stay at the Guesthouse. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included.

Day 05 - 24 OCT: ACCLIMATIZATION DAY - HIKE TO EVEREST VIEW HOTEL (WALKING DISTANCE: 3-4 KM) DURATION: 3-4 HOURS

Namche is a great place to acclimatize. The sights around Namche are spectacular and beautiful. After breakfast, you can visit the Syangboche Airstrip that lies on a hill above the town. From here, you can get panoramic view of Namche and can see amazing sights of the Himalayas as well. Further from Namche lies the Everest View Hotel. The hotel is the highest located hotel in the world and provides view of Mount Everest and many other Himalayan peaks from all of its windows. Back at Namche, you can visit the Everest Photo Gallery and the Sherpa Culture Museum as well. Overnight stay at the Guesthouse. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included.

Day 06 - 25 OCT: NAMCHE TO TENGBOCHE (3860M/12660FT) (WALKING DISTANCE: 10-11 KM) DURATION: 5 HOURS

An easy trail from Namche opens out towards the Dudh Koshi Valley at the settlement of Phungki Thanka. From the settlement, the views of Mount Everest are magnificent. Following the trail that marches along the right side of the Dudh Koshi River, the village of Tengboche is reached. The journey from Namche to Tengboche is filled with amazing natural scenery of rivers, hills and Himalayan peaks. The village of Tengboche is located at the confluence of the Dudh Koshi and the Imja Khola Rivers and is surrounded by tall hills that are covered in rhododendron trees.

The village is also famous for Tengboche Monastery, the largest monastery of the Khumbu region. The monastery is a hamlet from where the sight of Mount Ama Dablam, Mount Everest and numerous other peaks are beautiful to look at. The Tengboche Monastery is also regarded as the spiritual hub of the Khumbu region and is surrounded by forests that are inhabited by Impeyan Pheasants and eagles. This is the place where the celebration of the Mani Rimdu Festival will take place. You might also see the preparations of the festivals in full swing at the monastery by the monks, like the construction of the Sand Mandala- which is constructed using colored sand to build complicated and symbolic designs. Overnight stay at the Guesthouse. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included.

Day 07 - 26 OCT: TENGBOCHE – MANI RIMDU FESTIVAL CELEBRATIONS

Today, you will visit the Tengboche Monastery to witness the celebration of the fabled Mani Rimdu Festival. There are many rituals and steps in the celebration of the holy festival. The Wong is the opening day of the public ceremony. It is performed on the full moon day, of the tenth month in the Tibetan lunar calendar. The sacred Mani Rilwu (sacred or blessed pills) and Tshereel (pills for long life), are given to everyone attending. There are ritualistic dances by the monks that symbolize the triumph of good over evil. There are also rituals where the lamas and monks of the monastery done on colorful robes and traditional Sherpa costumes to depict various legends and myths. The tinkling sound of the cymbals and the steady beating of the drums fill the air. The monks also chant prayers and the atmosphere is generally turned into a lively gathering of colorful robes, enchanting prayers and amazing cultural display. Many local Sherpa people along with tourists attend to witness the celebration. After witnessing the celebration of the Mani Rimdu Festival, you will return back to the guesthouse. Overnight stay at the Guesthouse. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included.     

Day 08 - 27 OCT: TENGBOCHE TO DINGBOCHE (4410M/14464FT) (WALKING DISTANCE: 11-12 KM) DURATION: 5 HOURS

The trekking trail crosses the Imja River via a suspension bride and moves towards the village of Dingboche. Along the way, the village of Pangboche is passed. Dingboche is called the “Summer Valley” of the Khumbu and contains a kilometer long wall built to protect the village’s crops from the cold winds that descends down the Imja Valley. Dingboche, as the name reflects, receives more sun too. Graceful views of Lhotse, the Ama Dablam and the Island Peak from Dingboche are quite amazing. Overnight stay at the Guesthouse. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included.

Day 09 - 28 OCT: ACCLIMATIZATION DAY - HIKE TO NAGERJUN AND RETURN (WALKING DISTANCE: 5-6 KM) DURATION: 4-5 HOURS

Dingboche is also a great village for acclimatizing. A hike to Nagerjun is a great way to spend time at Dingboche. Nagerjun is located at the height of 5100 meters and lies just above Dingboche on a hill at the edges of the Chhukung valley. The hike is uphill and steep, and requires a bit of a strenuous energy. Walking for approximately 3-4 hours, we will reach Nagerjun from where marvelous panorama of Lobuche East (6119m), Lobuche West (6145m), Kangtega (6685m), Taboche Peak (6367m), Thamserku (6608m), and the Ama Dablam (6856m) can be seen. If you are lucky, you can also spot stunning sights of Mount Makalu, the world’s fifth tallest peak on a clear day. The view of the Pheriche Valley from here is also splendid. Returning back to Dingboche is also very beautiful. After finishing our lunch, we can take a rejuvenating sunbath and relax at the village. Overnight stay at the Guesthouse. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included.

Day 10 - 29 OCT: DINGBOCHE TO LOBUCHE (4910M/16105FT) (WALKING DISTANCE.: 11-12 KM) DURATION: 5 HOURS

Making our way to Dhungla from Dingboche, you will come across the Trekkers Aid Post- situated at Pheriche (4210m). It is run by the Western Volunteer Doctors and assisted by The Himalayan Rescue Association. The aid post helps in the treatment of trekkers. The Chupki Lhara is then reached. It is a rock-strewn oblique from where sight of magisterial mountains can be seen. The path follows further down to the Khumbu Glacier moraine from there. The views of mountain peaks like Khumbutse, the Mahalangur Himal, Lingtren and the Pumori from the moraine are amazing. Mount Nuptse also looms up ahead once the glacier pass is crossed. We shall then check into our guesthouse at Lobuche for the night. Overnight stay at the Guesthouse. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included.

Day 11 - 30 OCT: LOBUCHE - EVEREST BASE CAMP (5364M/17594FT) - GOREKSHEP (DISTANCE: 14-15 KM) 8 HOURS

An anticipated day of the trip, it will commence with a slow walk. Avoiding altitude sickness, a slow walk further on from Lobuche runs alongside the sight of the world’s highest glacier- the Khumbu Glacier, to the right. Walking for about 2-3 hours from Lobuche, we will get to Gorakshep (5181m/16994ft), a tranquil location dotted with some lodges. From here, the path moves all the way to the top of the edge, finally arriving at the Everest Base Camp. Here, the sight of the Khumbu Icefall and the view of the Khumbutse and Lingtren mountains are quite heavenly. After spending some time at the base camp enjoying the sights and the environment, we shall return back to Gorakshep. Overnight stay at the Guesthouse. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included.

Day 12 - 31 OCT: GORAKSHEP - KALA PATHAR (5545M/18188FT) - PHERICHE (4210M) (DISTANCE: 13-14 KM) 7 HOURS

An early morning hike to Kalapatthar from Gorakshep is another highlight of the trip. Kalapatthar is a famous vantage point popular for providing panoramic views of Mount Everest, Nuptse, Chagatse, Lhotse and the Pumori among many other peaks. Hike to Kalapatthar is done early at dawn because the sight of the rising sun seen from the vantage point is absolutely amazing. The sun rises from amidst the Mount Everest Mountains and it changes the color of the mountains from silver to gold. After spending time at Kalapatthar, we will return to Gorakshep and walk down to Pheriche. Overnight stay at the Guesthouse. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included.

Day 13 - 01 NOV: PHERICHE TO NAMCHE (3440M/11283FT) (WALKING DISTANCE: 14-15 KM)DURATION: 7 HOURS

The trail follows the Imja River again all the way to Tengboche. From Tengboche, we will move down towards Phungki Thanka, pass the Kyangjuma and reach Namche. It is a relaxing hike back and the sight of the landscape and the Himalayas can be enjoyed pleasantly. The villages are also lively with people and you can observe their customs and activities as you pass through. Overnight stay at the Guesthouse. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included.

Day 14 - 02 NOV: NAMCHE TO LUKLA (2800M/9184FT) (WALKING DISTANCE: 18-19 KM) DURATION: 7 HOURS

The hike back to Lukla follows a trail that moves steeply downwards and crosses a suspension bridge. Chortens, prayer flags, Mani-stone walls and small Gompas line the villages and the trail. The Dudh Koshi River gushes by and adds a beautiful ambiance to the natural setting. Open plains, pine and rhododendron forests as well as snow covered peaks decorate the beautiful picturesque settings. As we reach Lukla, we can just relax. In the evening, we may celebrate the victory of accomplishing the trek as well.  Overnight stay at the Guesthouse. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included.

Day 15 - 03 NOV: LUKLA TO KATHMANDU

A 30-minute flight back to Kathmandu from Lukla ends the trekking part of the journey. You can revel in the changing sights of the landscapes one last time while on the flight. After landing in the Kathmandu airport, you will be transferred to the Hotel where you shall stay overnight. Meals: Breakfast included.

Day 16 - 04 NOV: RESERVE DAY IN KATHMANDU

On this day, you can proceed to relax and can have another tour of the city or go shopping at the hub of “all things-tourist” at Thamel. Overnight stay at the Hotel. Meals: Breakfast included.

Day 17 - 05 NOV: FAREWELL

The airport representative from Nepal Hiking Team will transport you to Kathmandu International Airport around 3 hours before your scheduled flight from where you will depart. Meals: Breakfast included

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

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