Mani Rimdu at Tengboche monastery 10 Days
Duration: 10 days
Trip level: easy (info?)
Maximum altitude: 3867 m
Season: October 27th – November 5th 2020
To join the Mani Rimdu festival at Tengboche monastery is a rare opportunity to submerge in the Buddhist Sherpa culture. The public days festival is a three day festival which is being held at Tengboche monastery, and Chiwong monastery. The date of the festival varies each year as it is depending on the Buddhist lunar calendar.
Mani Rimdu takes place from the first day of the tenth month of the Tibetan lunar calendar, falling between mid-October and mid-November. It lasts until the nineteenth day of the month. From the beginning until the end of the festival, 24 hours Puja (rituals) will be performed by the monks to consecrate the Mandala, the Mani Rilwu (sacred pills), the Tshereel (pills for long life) and the Torma.
The Mani Rimdu at Tengboche monastery trek starts from Lukla airport; the gateway to the Everest region. From Lukla you walk to the Sherpa capital of Namche Bazaar at 3440 meters. At Namche you will take a rest day for proper acclimatization. Here you can take an optional walk up to Everest View Hotel for another beautiful view of the surrounding mountains. This walk will also help for the acclimatization process. After Namche you head higher to the scenic spot at the Buddhist Tengboche Monastery. Here you will enjoy the impressive scenery surrounded with luscious forests of rhododendron, pines and oaks tree lines with the snow capped Everest towering above the Khumbu valley. At the monastery you will enjoy three days of the Mani Rimdu at Tengboche. After your time at the monastery and after enjoying the panoramic mountain views, you slowly descend with a scenic walk. This beautiful trekking at scenic valley of Khumbu ends at Lukla for the flight back to Kathmandu.
Day 01 October 27th 2020.Flight Kathmandu to Lukla (45 min.), and trek to Phakding (2640m – 3 hrs.)
Day 02 October 28th 2020.Trek to Namche Bazaar (3440m – 5 hrs.)
Day 03 October 29th 2020. Resting day at Nacmhe Bazaar for acclimatization. Optional day hike to the Everest View hotel
Day 04 October 30th 2020. Trek to Tengboche Monastery (3867m – 5 hrs.)
Day 05 October 31st 2020. Starting day Mani Rimdu:
The Empowerment (Wong)
The Wong is the opening day of 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 Tshereel (pills for long life), are given to everyone attending.
Day 06 November 1st 2020. Second day Mani Rimdu:
The Dances (Chham)
The dances take place on the 2nd public day of Mani Rimdu.
Symbolic demons are conquered, chase away, or transformed to Protectors of Dharma. As the theme of the dance positive forces fight with those of disorder through the dances. The dances convey Buddhist teaching on many levels from the simplest to the most philosophical. During the dance the monks are believed to become divine being. The dances are only performed during Mani Rimdu because they are considered to be very Sacred, and not for ordinary entertainment.
Day 07 November 2nd 2020. Third day Mani Rimdu:
The Fire Puja (Jinsak)
The Fire Puja is performed in the yard. 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 burned.
Afterwards, the sand mandala in the temple is pulled to pieces, and the sand is given as an offering to the serpent gods (Nagas).
Day 08 November 3rd 2020. Trek to Monjo (2860m – 6 hrs.)
Day 09 November 4th 2020.Trek to Lukla (2830m – 4 hrs.)
Day 10 November 5th 2020.Flight Lukla to Kathmandu (45 min.)
During the trekking season prices may rise. The final price depends on the trekking season, group size and, if applicable, the cost of the local transfers.
Please inquire about the price.
We have noticed the ways of travelling and booking are changing rapidly. Many customers book a hotel or a guesthouse themselves prior to their journey. However, we would happily like to arrange accommodation for you. We have excellent contacts with various hotels and guesthouses and will be able to offer a good price rate for any budget.
When you arrive at the International Airport we will pick you up and bring you to your accommodation. Here we will give you a short briefing about the trek. In addition we will give you advice about hygienic food, customs, and sightseeing in Kathmandu.
-Pick up and drop off from Kathmandu International Airport to hotel
-Return flight Kathmandu to Lukla, and transfer to and from domestic airport
-Certificate of CO2- emission free return flight Kathmandu to Lukla
-Licensed and certified mountain guide. Well experienced and English speaking
-Salary, food, accommodation and insurance for the mountain guide
-Teahouse room during tour; shared room for 2 persons
-Three meals a day: breakfast/lunch/ dinner
-Free use of waterproof bag ( only available with porter service)
-Sagarmatha National Park entrance fee and TIMS card and local taxes
-Support of the Sherpa Heritage Trails head office in Kathmandu
-International flight to Kathmandu
-Nepal entrance visa
-Accommodation and all meals in Kathmandu
-Porter service for carrying luggage. One porter for two persons, max. luggage 10 kg. per person
-All beverage bills, hot shower, internet services, laundry and battery charge during trek
-Personal travel insurance
-Rescue operation charge in case of an emergency
-Any cost that arises due to a change of itinerary like flight delay, natural calamities, etc.
-Gratitude and tips for mountain guide (and porter)