Mani Rimdu festival trekking tour in Tengboche is performed according to the tradition of mind rolling and came from Rongbuk Monastery north of Tengboche in Tibet. The name comes from “Mani” part of the chant of Chenrezig, and “Rilbu” which are the small red pills, which are blessed throughout the ceremony and distributed to everyone at the end. At the beginning a beautiful and intricate mandala or sacred diagram is drawn in fine color sand. The sand is collected from a special place high in the mountains. It takes four days to complete the Mandala then it is covered and used as a focus for the next ten days meditation.
At the end of the ceremonies the monks perform the sacred mask dances known as “Cham” there are sixteen dances with some comic interludes that delight the crowds. These sacred masked dances are performed by Sherpa community are a recreation of the establishment of Buddhism in the Himalayas by the legendary Padmasambhava, known as Guru Rinpoche. On the last day when most people have gone home a fire ceremony is performed by the monks to allay all the harm in the world. Afterwards the sand Mandala is symbolically dismantled and the merit dedicated to the benefit of all sentient beings. In this remote Tengboche Monastery at the top of the world this tradition has continued since the Monastery was first built.
Upon your arrival at the Tribhuvan intl. airport our representative welcomes you and assists to transfer in your hotel in Kathmandu. After time to get refreshed, and briefing about your trip and overnight at Hotel.
Day 2 Fly to Lukla (2860m/9,352ft) and then to Phakding (2650m/8,666ft.), 4 hours
We take early flight from Kathmandu to Lukla. Upon arrival at Lukla, we would be refreshed in one of the hotels and then start our trek to Phakding (2650m.). We trek following a gentle climb up the mountain side on the left bank of the Dudh Koshi. Nupla (5885m/19,244ft) can be seen in a stone throwing distance on the opposite bank. In the late afternoon, we reach Phakding.
Day 3 Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440m/11,249ft.), 5 hours
Having breakfast at Phakding, we commence our trek to Namche Bazaar (3440m.). The trail goes along the right bank of Dudh Koshi. Thamserku is standing majestically skyward on the opposite bank. We then reach Benkar. The trail now climbs from the riverbed on the left bank into the mountain, through a forest to Chumoa. We continue along the trail with many ups and downs; cross a stream, and pass by the tiny village Monjo. We then come to Sagarmatha National Park Service where a park entrance fee is to be deposited. We follow a short walk along the riverbed of this V-shaped valley where the river forks Dudh Koshi to the right Bhote Koshi to the left. Now we begin steep ascent to Namche Bazaar. On the way, we would have excellent views of Everest (8848m) and Lhotse (8516m.).Surrounded on three sides by mountain ranges, Namche Bazaar is a central hub of the area for food, trekking gears and other necessary goods.
Day 4 Discovering around Syangeboche hill.
Today, we hike to Syangeboche hill station to enjoy the splendid view of Mt. Everest, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Nuptse, Lhotse, Tawche, Kwangde and many other snow capped mountains within 360 deg angle. We could also visit to Khumjung village and its monastery as it is the settlement of Sherpa community. While on your return, we would visit National park Museum just above the town that exhibits Sherpa culture.
Day 5 Namche Bazaar to Tengboche Monastery (3867m/12,645ft.), 5 hours
Taking breakfast at Namche Bazaar, we would be heading towards Tengboche hill. The trail goes ahead leaving a steep cliff that drops down to the Dudh Kosi. In this section too, we would have a panoramic view of the Himalayas such as Ama Dablam (6812m), Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse (7855m/25,686ft) and Tawoche (6501m/21,258ft). We would visit Trashinga, Phunki Tenga and reach Tengboche. Tengboche offers a good view of sun rise and sun set at Everest and Ama Dablam. Stay over night at lodge
Day 6Mani Rimdu Festival (3,867m/12,645ft) watch – first day
Mani Rimdu Festival is celebrated at Tengboche, Thame and Chiwang Monasteries of Solukhumbu Nepal. This is a sacred ceremonies and series of events of empowerment. It is a sequence of nineteen days celebration, which concludes with three days public festival. Sherpa get time to gather and celebrate this festival with monastic community. Lamas and Sherpa gather at the monastery for five days for the welfare of the world.
Day 7Mani Rimdu Festival watch – 2nd day
This day, demons are quelled and the virtuous are rewarded. The monks wear elaborate mask, costumes’ and through a series ritualistic Lama dances, dramatize the triumph of Buddhism over Bon, The main first days of festival involves prayers, second day for colorful lama dancing, they wear brocade gown and wonderfully painted papier-mâché masks.
Day 8Mani Rimdu Festival watch – 3rd day
On third day or at last day is for some humorous dances and chanting prayers. Hundred of local people and foreign tourist attend the performance. You will be to see the real and ideal culture of Sherpa people and great Himalayan picturesque views.
Day 9Tengboche to Monjo passing Namche Bazzar (3440m/11,249ft)
Mostly down hill walking today it will take you 6 to 7 hours roughly. There is a steep climb for about an hour before you encounter the scenic walk back into Namche Bazzar. Walk all the way downhill to get Namche Bazzar. After Lunch in Namche, we descend downhill all the way to get Monjo village. Stay overnight at lodge.
Day 10Trek to Lukla (2860m/9,352ft.) Bazzar, 5 hours
It is the last day of our trek. Lunch will be served on the way. Upon arrival at Lukla Bazzar, we would get refreshed and take rest.
Day 11Lukla to Kathmandu flight
We board our early flight from Lukla to Kathmandu. Upon arrival at TIA, we would be received by our representatives and transfer to hotel. In the afternoon, we go for shopping.
Day 12 Kathmandu valley sightseeing.
After breakfast the day will start to our guided trip to cultural world heritage sites in Kathmandu valley; including visits to the pilgrimage sites of Hindus Pashupatinath temple, the world biggest Boudhanath Stupa, visit Swayambhunath Stupa also known as monkey temple and historical Kathmandu Durbar Square with temple, unique architectures and Kumari (living goddess) in central Kathmandu.
Day 13Final departure day!.
Transfer to international airport for your final destination and wish to you pleasant journey
The following listed equipment is suggested and essential for Tea house trekking and camping trekking in the Nepal Himalaya. Make sure that below list as a guideline proposal. Some of the Trekking equipment can be hired or bought in the many adventure shops in Kathmandu.
The following basic equipment check lists should help you with your packing. Please remember that you should always try to keep the weight of your equipment to a minimum. At the start of the trek your packed trek bag should weigh not more than 33 pounds or 15 kg.
The above itineraries are subject to change due to condition beyond our control. This is a Guide line showing tentative camp night stops. Physical, technical and natural condition may change this above itineraries.
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