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Everest Mani Rimdu Festival Trek 2017 (15 Days)

Everest Mani Rimdu Festival Trek 2017
The colorful and dramatic Mani Rimdu Festival is sacred ceremonies celebrate in Khumbu region among Sherpa family, the festival is performed at Tyangboche monastery in October and November. The final 3 days of nineteen days festival are the most important to be celebrated, the main first day festival involves prayers, second day for colorful mask dance performed by monks and third day is for some humorous dances and chanting prayers. 

Our Mani Rimdu Festival trek is designed carefully for you to present at the ceremony as well as you will have one of the best mountain and cultural view in the region. 

 
Itinerary
Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu. 
Day 02: Kathmandu Cultural Sightseeing
Day 03: Kathmandu to Phakding (2600m) 
Day 04: Fakding to Namche (3440m) 
Day 05: Namche Bazaar (3450m)  
Day 06: Namche to Phortse village (3810m) 
Day 07: Phortse - Pangboche to Tengboche (3860m).

MANI RIMDU FESTIVAL
Day 08:
Day 09:
Day 10:

Day 11: Tengboche to Namche Bazaar (2440m).
Day 12: Namche to Lukla (2830m)
Day 13: Fly back to Kathmandu.
Day 14: Free day 
Day 15: Departure
Trip Outline
  • Trekking days - 11
  • Total days - 15
  • Min. Altitude - (1400m./4593ft.)
  • Max. Altitude - (4000m./13123ft.)
  • Overal walking - 5/6 hrs P/D
  • Trip Nature - Trekking & Hiking
  • Difficulty - Medium
  • Min. group size - 0
  • Age Limit -
  • Best Time - October, November
Services
Service includes: 
Pick up and drop to international airport as per itinerary
Welcome dinner
One day sight trip around Kathmandu Valley. World Heritage sites, monastery and temple entrance fees.
3 night's accommodation in tourist basic hotel in Kathmandu (according to itinerary) 
1 English speaking professional guide and one helper during trek.
Guide and porter salary, insurance, food, accommodation
Sagarmatha National Park entry fees
Trekking Permit (TIMS permit)
Necessary permit and paper for trek.
Food (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Tea and Coffee during trek)
Teahouse lodge basis Accommodation during trek
kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu domestic flight ticket (US$236 round trip per person) and airport tax
Government tax

Cost does not include:
Food in Kathmandu 
Beverage (Cold drinks, mineral water and other drinks)
Expenses for personal nature
Travel insurance
Personal equipment
tips (expected) 

Long Itinerary
Long Itinerary: 

Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu. 
Pick up from international airport and drop in hotel. Short briefing about the trip. Dinner program. Overnight at hotel. 
 
Day 02: Kathmandu Cultural Sightseeing
Pashupatinath
Pashupatinath is one of the four most important religious sites in Asia for Shiva devotees. Pashupatinath, dedicated to Shiva the Destroyer, is the holiest Hindu pilgrimage destination in Nepal. Although the Pashupatinath Temple was only built in the fifth century and later renovated by Malla kings, the holy site is said to have existed from the beginning of the millennium. It holds a very strong religious belief. If a Hindu takes his/her last breath at Pashupatinath and her/his body is cremated here and ashes are sprinkled in the holy water of Bagmati it is believed that her/his soul is released from the cycle of rebirth and finds the ultimate nirvana or salvation.
A gold-plated roof, four silver doors, and wood carvings of the finest quality decorate the pagoda temple of Pashupatinath. Temples dedicated to several other Hindu and Buddhist deities surround the temple of Pashupatinath. Nearby is the temple of Guheshwori dedicated to Shiva's consort Sati Devi. Behind the temple is the River Bagmati. On the banks of Bagmati are raised platforms used as cremation sites for Hindus. Only Hindus are allowed inside the Pashupatinath courtyard. UNESCO designated Pashupatinath temple as World Heritage Site in 1979.
 
Boudhanath
The largest Stupa in South Asia situated 6km east of the city center Bouddhanath is one of the most auspicious pilgrimage sites for Buddhists. The huge Stupa stands 36m high on the ancient trade route to Tibet. It is believed that Bouddhanath Stupa was built in the 5th century and entombs the remains of a Kasyap sage who is respected by both Hindus and Buddhists. The Tibetan refugees, who migrated in 1950s to Nepal, settled around Bouddhanath and today it has become the center of Tibetan Buddhism in the world where one can still observe the Tibetan lifestyle in Bouddhanath. Tibetans and monks in maroon robes with prayer wheels in their hands still practice the rituals. Devotees still hold big functions during celebratory in particular occasions, Buddha Jayanti (Buddha’s Birthday). UNESCO listed Bouddhanath in World Heritage List in 1979.
 
Because of its location and size, it seems much larger than the Swayambunath Stupa, with the same hemi-spherical dome symbolizing the emptiness from which everything emanates. On top is the harmika painted on each side with the eyes of the Buddha symbolizing awareness, and above the spire with its 13 stages to the canopy. At ground level there is a brick wall with 147 niches and 108 images of the meditation Buddha inset behind copper prayer wheels. Early morning and evening are the times to visit Bouddha to join the local residents in kora (walking the pilgrim's circuit, sometimes with Tibetan pilgrims on their hands and knees).
 
Swoyambhunath
Swayambhunath Stupa is the most ancient and mysterious of all the holy shrines in Kathmandu Valley. Swoyambhu literally means 'Self-Existent One.' Swoyambhunath is believed to have been established more than 2,500 years ago. An inscription dated 460 A.D. states that the construction was carried out by King Manadeva. By the thirteenth century Swoyambhunath had developed into an important Buddhist learning site.
 
The history of Kathmandu Valley is said to have started with the beginning of Swoyambhu. Its origin is related to the visit of Manjushree a Bodhisatva sage who created the Kathmandu Valley from a primordial lake. According to a legend of 15th century Swayambhu Puran, it is believed that past Buddha planted a lotus that miraculously blossomed from the lake. Manjushree, while meditating at the sacred mountain, had a vision of the brilliant but mysterious light radiated by the lotus and flew across China and Tibet to worship it. In order to make it accessible to the pilgrims, Manjushree drained out water from the lake and thus, the lotus was transformed into a hilltop and the light into Swayambhunath Stupa. Hence, the derivation of the title Swayambhu, which means self-creation. This superior white mound and glittering golden spire is visible from all sides of the valley. Both Hindus and Buddhists equally worship Swayambhunath eve though it is a Buddhist Stupa. Everyday people ascend the 365 steps to pay a visit to the deity. Every part of the Stupa holds a religious belief; according to Buddhism the thirteen gilded circles of the spire symbolize the thirteen steps that lead to nirvana or ultimate salvation “ Moksha; the eyes on each of Stupa’s four sides symbolize the God’s all-seeing perspective that the God is looking everywhere to distinguish justice from injustice. The third eye on each face of the Stupa symbolizes wisdom. It is also believed that the only way to salvation is through Buddhism. The largest image of the Sakyamuni Buddha in Nepal is in a monastery next to the stupa. Behind the hilltop is a temple dedicated to Manjusri of Saraswati - the goddess of learning. Statues and shrines of Buddhist and Hindu deities dot the stupa complex.
 
Large numbers of Buddhists and Hindus alike visit Swoyambhunath. Swoyambhu is perhaps the best place to observe the religious harmony in Nepal. The stupa is atop a hill, and requires considerable walk. There is also a road that leads almost to the base of the statue.
 
Kathmandu Durbar Square
Kathmandu Durbar Square is in the heart of old city Kathmandu in Basantapur. The complex was residence to Nepal's royal family before the construction of the Narayanhiti Palace. The king no longer lives in the Hanuman Dhoka (old Royal palace) in Kathmandu – the palace was moved north to Narayanhiti about a century ago. The founding of the Palace dates back to Licchavi times. With considerable renovations by Malla rulers and later the Ranas, construction was accomplished progressively over many centuries.
 
There are around 50 temples in the vicinity including The Taleju Temple (The tallest of all structures, built by King Mahendra Malla in 1549 AD), The Jagannath Temple (Built in 16th century is known for the fascinating erotic figures carved in the wooden struts), The Kala Bhairav (one of the largest 17th century stone statue in Kathmandu, represents terrifying aspect of Lord Shiva), Swet-Bhairav Temple (the temple opens once in a year during Indra Jatra Festival), Kumari Temple (The 17th century temple of living goddess is an example of highly developed Nepali craftsmanship), Kasthamandap (from which Kathmandu derives its name, is said to be built from the timber of a single tree), Nautalle Durbar, Pancha-mukhi Hanuman Temple and Chasin Dega. Although many of the building around the square are very old, a great deal of damage was caused by the great earth quake of 1934 and many were rebuilt, not always in their original from.
 
The Durbar is divided into two courtyards, the outer comprising Kasthamandap, Kumari Ghar, and Shiva-Parvati Temple, and the inner consisting of Hanuman Dhoka and the main palace. It also houses two museums. Important ceremonies, including the coronation of the Nepali monarch, are held in the Kathmandu Durbar Square. Most parts of the palace premise are open for tourists throughout the week during office hours.

Day 03: Kathmandu to Phakding (2600m) 
Early morning flies to Lukla (2800m). Trek to Phakding around 3 hrs easy walk. Overnight at Teahouse lodge. 

Day 04: Fakding to Namche (3440m) 
Early wake-up today because this is a big push.  First part is pretty easy.  Today is a higher altitude day so slow and steady will work best.  You can see Mount Everest from the new style bridge crossing at Dudh Koshi . Keep walking up to Nauje (Namche Bazaar).  We will have nice hot snacks in Nauje which has many Sherpa shops, lodges, and restaurants.  Nauje (Sherpa name for Namche Bazaar) is a fun place for both Sherpas and trekkers to enjoy. Overnight at teahouse lodge. 

Day 05: Namche Bazaar (3450m)  
Acclimatization day which gives us time for a sightseeing tour or an excursion towards the village of Thame or Khumjung, which has fantastic views of Mt. Thamserku (6608 m), Ama-Dablam (6856 m), Mt. Lhotse (8510m), Mt. Everest (8848m), Mt. Nuptse (7861m), Island Peak (6189m), Tobuche (6367m) and many mountains. Overnight at lodge. 

Day 06: Namche to Phortse village (3810m) 
Walking about 5 hrs. Our journey starts an easy walk with sunshine great views of the Everest, Lhoste, Nuptse and Ama Dablam before it start gradual climbing up to Mong La, where we will stop for lunch then steep descent towards a bridge over the Dudh Kosi at (3150m), which is deepest valley after Namche and Before Base Camp. Then climb up a zigzagging path through rhododendron bushes to Phortse. We have chance to see Himalayan Thar, if you are fortunate you have chance to see musk deer, many birds as well as Yaks. Overnight at lodge. 

Day 07: Phortse - Pangboche to Tengboche (3860m).
It is an easy walk, the tremendous view of Snow Mountains and the animals like Yak, Himalayan Thar, pheasants make your day wonderful. About 4 hrs walk will reach you to Pangboche village, where we will stop for lunch. After lunch an easy walk to Tengboche, it has biggest monastery in Khumbu region. Overnight at lodge. 

MANI RIMDU FESTIVAL
Day 08:
Day 09:
Day 10: 


Day 11: Tengboche to Namche Bazaar (2440m).
Well, you'll have to leave eventually after 3 days beautiful Mani Rimdu Festival. Today's trek follows an excellent path down to the Dudh Kosi and up to Namche Bazar walking approximately 5 hrs. Overnight at lodge. 

Day 12: Namche to Lukla (2830m)
Walking about 6-7 hrs. Quite long walk but easy. Overnight at lodge.

Day 13: Fly back to Kathmandu.
Free day for shopping. Overnight at hotel.

Day 14: Free day

Day 15: Departure 

Everest Mani Rimdu Festival Trek 2017
Equipment
Equipment List

Head:
1. Sun hat or scarf 
2. Light balaclava or warm fleece hat 
3. Sunglasses with UV protection 

Upper Body:
1. T-shirts 
2. weight thermal tops 
3. Fleece jacket or pullover 
4. Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional) 
5. Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket 
6. Down vest and/or jacket (optional) 

Hands:
1. Lightweight gloves 
2. Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof shell outer 

Lower Body:
1. Underwear 
2. Hiking shorts 
3. Lightweight cotton long pants 
4. Light and expedition weight thermal bottoms 
5. Fleece or wool pants 
6. Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell pants 

Feet:
1. Thin, lightweight inner socks 
2. Thick, warm wool hiking socks 
3. Hiking boots with spare laces 
4. Camp shoes (sneakers and/or sandals) 
5. Gaiters 

Accessories:
1. Sleeping bag rated to zero degrees F 
2. Headlamp (e.g. Petzl Zoom) with spare bulbs and batteries 
3. Small pad or combination lock-to-lock trek bag 
4. Basic First Aid Kit (see Health and Medicinal) 
5. Large plastic bags - for keeping items dry inside trek bag 
6. Daypack (approximately 2500 to 3000 cubic inches) 
7. Thermarest sleeping pad 
8. Water bottles (2) 
9. Toiletries 
10. Small wash towel 
11. Rain coat




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