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Mani Rimdu Festival

Price
$TBC per person
Duration
18 Days
Destination
Nepal
Travellers
2+
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Overview

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
  • Day 01
  • Day 02
  • Day 03
  • Day 04
  • Day 05
  • Day 06
  • Day 07
  • Day 08
  • Day 09
  • Day 10
  • Day 11
  • Day 12
  • Day 13
  • Day 14
  • Day 15
  • Day 16
  • Day 17
  • Day 18
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

Departure to international airport by private vehicle

Final Departure by privet vehicle share experiences with family unforgettable memory of Mani rimdu festival trek and back to homeland

 

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Fitness

Mani Rimdu Festival

TRAIN AND FITNESS 

Physical fitness is one of the most key elements on the trek. The trekking in the Himalayan is not forced on it and pacing is always slow, most of the days generally being shorter than a hiking day at your home country. We believe that should be you’re imaginable of its kind of holiday trip literally than a contest to provide evidence of the travelers. We maintain situated so as to allow easy access to your trip can be demanding but not a difficult. You can make your own speed and enjoy your trip stunning atmosphere rather than following to other to catch. Himalayan Trails, recommend that you assume on a good fitness agenda proceeding to your trip although and one that builds up general strength and specific leg muscle groups. There is nothing like hiking with a bag pack to train for trek in Himalaya. So our best advice is to get out into the Hills or Alps as often as you can. You better ware your hiking boots and carry about 5-6 kg in your day bag-pack; this is a good weight to walk with it.

If you are doing Gym then which can be helpful and work on the thigh and calf muscles but better to build your heart rate over 50%. Any kind of heart breed activities are good but swimming will not add it doesn’t train right muscles groups better added other exercise to be effective. Hiking in Hills, Alps would be the best preparation for a trek in Nepal.

EXPERIENCE FOR THE NEPAL TREK

The trekking trail and area of Nepal mostly well trodden and natural path most of the regions, even though it can be rocky and rough in some parts. It is not precipitous and there is no rock climbing or Mountaineering which is requiring equipments. It is hike most of the way in Himalaya, but some parts of the hills can be steep up and down and can be longer!

On the way you may meet many people along the trails as well as Donkeys, Yaks and heavy load porters. Walking in the Himalaya there is rule of the way when meet an approaching Donkeys, Yaks and porters always make sure you step to always on side where wide enough to passes through each other,( towards slopes side of the hill or inside of the Trail). Note: never ever stand ridged sides of the trail. If you stand, it means, we call (outside standing is suicide and inside is safe site) because it can be push by them down to mountains or rivers.

The trekking poles are very useful, if you have problems with knees, depending on weather or personal choice for using them. Even though higher up, ice path, moraine, open slopes may give you extra support from it, also quite easy to follow the path.
Always final sections are can be Glacier itself and high elevation, it is bit difficult and occasionally slippery under trails. The ice is covered in water stones and dirt, so where a coolant produces cold temperatures in the surface below.

Comfortable, good sole, ankle support (4 seasons) trekking boots water proof are recommended for the high passes trek but for the lower trek light weight hiking boots are fine to protect you beside, probably going over an ankle, low altitude trek heavy boots will be hot and unwieldy.

ACCOMMODATION ON THE TREK

Tea house trek accommodation will be in comfortable tea houses and lodges run most of the area by local families, except people specify a preference for tents. Every tea house or lodge has a common heated Chimney in the dining hall, although the bedrooms are not heated with mattresses, pillows and two beds in a room. We recommend you to bring your own sleeping bag (3 seasons in normally fine) but possibility is also you can buy and hire in Kathmandu.

Generally most of the tea houses have hot showers by gas gizzards and they have squire toilets but some area have and use drop toilets with flush systems.

For the Camping/ Tent trekking we use branded company tents which are for two persons comfortably can sleep and can put your luggage on side, and we provide you the mattresses. Tents are fixed always near the guest house and eating in our own dining tent, sometimes eating can be indoors, depends on possibility. So toilets sometimes you will use from the lodge but obvious we will have our privet toilet tents too.

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Our main back bones of the trek are porters, will carry your main duffle bag up to a maximum weight of 12-14 kg per guest and supply for all the groups needs, if you need to go back down to the valley together with assisting you. Apart from specially camping, all the accommodations are in local lodge or Tea houses which are well prepared, warm and friendly environment.

Our entire trip we run by permanently Guides or Leaders, who have been employed over ten years with us and been training personally high standard leadership and first aid by our company. They know how to deal with emergencies and speak fluently English. They are always helpful and look after you so many years have been working with tourist and westerns, they know the westerns needs and understanding. Our porters are always who works with us forever all our teams are dedicated and they will provide high standards services.

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Mani Rimdu Festival

Price
$TBC per person
Duration
18 Days
Destination
Nepal
Travellers
2+
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