The Mani Rimdu Festival is a colorful, busy occasion that takes place in the most spectacular of settings of Everest. Performed by the monks of Chiwong and Tengboche monasteries, it depicts the victory of Buddhism over the ancient 'Bon' religion. The festival lasts for three days and is well attended by the Sherpa people who often trek for many days to witness this important event.
Mani Rimdu Festival in the Khumbu is a world-renowned festival that pulls thousands of travelers to witness the festival. The Mani Rimdu festival date usually falls in the 9th Tibetan month, which is at the full moon of October or November. The Sherpa people of the Khumbu region gather in the various monasteries where the festival is held and celebrated with great excitement. Mani Rimdu festival in Everest is popular for its artistic performance and glaring cultural show with the use of unique garments, paintings, and mask dance.
Throughout the main events days of three days, the religious assembly starts in the Thubchen monastery every morning.
The evening of Day 1: The festivity commences with a Thangka display of Guru Padmasambhava (said to be older than 400 years) in the square in front of Tasi Gephel palace in the city of Lomanthang. The monks in pointed red hats arrive, and the mask dances begin after chanting of prayers. It represents the summoning of the protective deities and preparing the soil where dancers perform.
The evening of Day 2: A new Thangka is displayed and a series of masked dances- Ngacham, Manle Dhakey Do, and Animal Dances depicting various characters are performed in the square. The dances of the second day are more aggressive, and the final dance ‘Dhakey’ depicts the slaying of the demon by piercing of straw effigy by tsowo with a dagger. People of the royal family must show their presence in specific events of the second day!
Final Event day: At first, there is an offering ceremony guided by tsowo. Then a procession is led by the monks/king and the people of Lo to Solang (a place outside the city walls), where the final exorcism is performed by Dorjee Shunu to establish peace by defeating the devil and evil forces from the world. The ultimate celebration takes place by offering prayers, exchanging khatas, the rejoicing sounds of songs, and dance by gathering in the same courtyard!
Upon arrival meet and assist by Parikrama Treks representative. Transfer to Hotel. ON the way get the glimpse of hindu biggest Pashupatinath Temple.
After having breakfast at the hotel, we take you for the sightseeing tour in Kathmandu Valley; you will be escorted by a professional tour guide, you will visit Kathmandu Durbar Squire, Monkey Temple, Pasupatinath Temple, and Bouddhanath Stupa and return to the hotel. . In the early evening we get back to our hotel & refresh after which your trek leader will meet the group & orient you on the whole program related to the Everest Base Camp Trek, You will even have sufficient time to buy some trekking gear if you need any in Thamel area and overnight at hotel (B).
The sights from the plane are amazing, providing dramatic views of terraced hills and the distant Himalayan giants. After landing in the village of Phaplu, we meet the rest of our staff and porters. The Phaplu is a small airstrip in Solukhumbu. You then trek over a gently ascending path all the way to Takshindo Gompa. The Trekking trail follows Chiwang and Phera through a pine tree and rhododendron forest alive with birds. It’s an easy descent through pines to a large suspension bridge over the Dudh Khola at 2510m. From the river the trail snakes up through meadows to Ringmo; a Sherpa village dotted with apple, peach, and apricot orchards. Today have some leisurely stroll in the village and spend Overnight at lodge. (B, L, D).
We will take a short walk to the Sherpa village of Chhulemu (said Chile-moo). We will spend the day visiting Sherpa houses and enjoying authentic Sherpa tea and food. In the evening there will be a gathering party with local Sherpa people drinking local beer (chang) and dancing, which is very fun and an excellent way to experience the Sherpa culture, Overnight at the lodge. (B, L, D).
Visiting local Sherpa houses and exploring the culture. Overnight at lodge. (B, L, D).
We will climb along Dudh Koshi River passing through agricultural farmland and small Sherpa and Rai settlements. From the Dudh Koshi river, your trail is a gentle ascent all the way to Kharikhola (2050m.) passing through Juvin (1680m.) a pretty big Rai village and farmlands. From Kharikhola your trail follows a flat path for 45 minutes and then proceeds steeply up to the camp (Bupasa) where you can visit a Buddhist Monastery in a ruined state. Overnight at lodge. (B, L, D).
Today we ascend steeply to Khari La Pass (2880m.) While trekking we pass through rhododendron and oak forest including a small Sherpa settlement and tea shops. From here we can see excellent views of different mountains such as Number (6,960m.) Cho-Oyu (8,201m.) Gyangchung Kang (7922m.) and Thamserku (6629m) Now, our trail is a gentle descent and pretty flat to Chaubar (2730m.), passing through Bamboo forest and Puiyan (2,770m.) with views of the Khumbu Valley as well as beautiful mountains. At the end of the day, your trail steeply descends to the destination. Turkey is a small Sherpa village at the bottom of Lukla. Overnight at lodge. (B, L, D).
Trek from Shurke, the first part of the trek is a gentle ascent for early 2 hours to Chhiplung (2700m.), a junction road to Jiri and Lukla passing through Mushe (2650m.) From this place, the road is quite broad and busy. Now, your trail is almost flat with a gentle descent and then ascent to Phakding. This is a short trek after 3 long days of trekking. You can hang in and around Phakding village. Overnight at lodge. (B, L, D).
From Phakding the trail l leads us through a beautiful forest of rhododendron, giant fir, and magnolia trees along the Dudh Koshi River, crossing the river on high suspension bridges before reaching the village of Monjo the entrance to the Sagarmatha National Park, which was set up in order to protect and preserve the mountain fragile environment. We then ascend pretty steeply to Namche. If the weather is clean, we catch a first glimpse of Mt Everest in the distance. You can also enjoy the view of Mt. Kusum Kangaru, Mt. Thamserku, and Mt. Kongde-Ri, and Mt. Tawache peak, we can also visit some of the villages, monasteries on our trail to Namche Bazaar. Namche is a prosperous trading town and the capital of the Khumbu Region (3440m). Overnight at lodge. (B, L, D).
Today, we continue to trek along the rushing glacial Dudh Kosi River with magnificent views of the majestic Himalayas that becomes more dramatic as you approach the holy place of Tengboche. A traditional site with its beautiful Monastery, it is the spiritual center of the Khumbu region where the Rimpoche (Lama Re-incarnate) exists. The monastery is made of incredible ornate wall hangings, twenty feet sculptures of Buddha, and the musical instruments of robes of the Lamas; if you are lucky enough you will see the Lama Performing their rituals and hear the divine chanting and music. Tyangboche is known as the best place for a panoramic view of Mt. Kwangde, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Kangtega, Mt.Ama Dablam and among others. Overnight at lodge. (B, L, D).
After breakfast, our trail continues towards the valley to Phortse, enjoying the magnificent views of mt Tawoche, mt Ama Dablam, mt Thamserku, mt Kangtega, mt Kusum Kangaru, mt Malanphulan, and mt Ombigaichan. The peoples of this village depend on farming and working as guides or porters during the tourist season. Overnight in Phorste village (B, L, D)
After breakfast, we start our walk. Within 5 hours we reach the Syangboche village and another 20 minutes from there take us to Khunde village and eventually to Khumjung. We walk with the majestic view of Thamserku, Amadablam & Kusum Kanguru peaks. Overnight at lodge. (B, L, D).
This area offers fantastic scenery of mountains and some of the most famous Sherpa climbers came from Thame village. Most of these climbers have completed record-breaking climbs of Mt. Everest and the area is called the zone of the record climbers. Enjoy exploring around the village and the scenery. We stay overnight at a hotel in Thame (B, L, D).
Trek back to Namche and descend along the Dudh Koshi River with views of Kongde, Kusum Kangaru, Thamserku en-route. You can also see Mt. Everest from one point and cross suspension bridges along the way to reach Monjo. Overnight at lodge. (B, L, D).
Monjo / Lukla (2820 m.) – 4 hours:
This is the last and easy day of your trek. After breakfast, we trek 3 – 4 hours back to Lukla. Lunch will be in Lukla. Later in the afternoon explore the local market and village and enjoy a final dinner in the mountains. Overnight at lodge. (B, L, D).
We will take an early morning flight back to Kathmandu and transfer to the hotel, take a hot shower and relax - Overnight at the hotel. (B).
It's also a spare day in case of bad weather in Lukla if you could not fly on scheduled date and time, or we can organize you a day tour in or around Kathmandu, shopping tour, etc if you want: or we can remove this extra day from the tour itinerary if you do not want it so, contact us and consult about options available for the day. We can also utilize this day with a full day of sightseeing in Kathmandu, where we will visit Bhaktapur Durbar Square and Patan Durbar Square, overnight at the hotel. (B)
You will be transferred to the international airport for your final departure to your loving home.
For Camping and climbing accommodation as per the booking
Here’s a complete rundown of what to bring if you’re planning camping or tea-house trek in Nepal. Proper preparation and equipment for the conditions will go a long way to ensuring you have a great trekking experience. What follows is a pretty comprehensive list and will make sure you are covered in the coldest months of the year. If you have questions on what you might need just ask us and keep in mind that Kathmandu is a great place to buy trekking gear at affordable prices.
IMPORTANT DOCUMENTS AND ITEMS
ON THE TRAIL DAYPACK
CLOTHING: BASE, MIDDLE AND OUTER LAYERS
FOOTWEAR: SHOES AND SOCKS
DUFFEL BAGS AND DAY PACKS
FIRST AID KIT AND TOILETRIES
Our team brings along a basic first aid kit but we recommend you also carry the following;
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