Mani Rimdu Festival is one of the biggest cultural Jewel of Sherpa around Khumbu region. The 3 days long open festival is celebrated at famed Tengboche monastery on 9th Tibetan month usually falling in the month of October of November full moon. Before the performance of the Mask dance the local Sherpa people of this region go through the preparation of Sand Mandala, (Wong) The Empowerment, (Jinsak) The Fire Puja, Chhingpa, Chham (The Dances) and Ser-Kyem. The Mask dance represents Monks performing dances namely Ser-Kyem, Ghing-Pa, Guru Rinpoche, Nga-Chhyama, Mi-Tsering, Rol-Cham, Thur-Dhag, Kang-Wa, Mi-Nak, Khandro as the victory of Guru Rinpoche, the incarnation of Buddha over the Bon region.
Monks work with the reference of the Tibetan Lunar calendar and the date for the festival is decided by the head Lama at Tengboche Monastery. It is celebrated in 9th Tibetan month usually falling in the month of October of November full moon.
Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu (1350m/4429ft)
Day 2: Flight to Lukla (2860m/9383ft) and trek to Phakding (2,652m/8,700ft) 3 hrs
Day 3: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3440 m/11,280 ft) 6 hrs
Day 4: Acclimatization Day
Day 5: Trek to Khumjung (3,810 m/12500 ft) 4 hours
Day 6: Trek to Tengboche (3,870m/12694ft) 4 – 5 hours
Day 7: Observe Mani Rimdu Festival at Tengboche Monastery
Day 8: Observe Mani Rimdu Festival at Tengboche Monastery
Day 9: Retrace your trial back to Namche (3440 m/11,280 ft) 4 - 5 hours
Day 10: Trek to Lukla (2860m/9383ft) 5 hours
Day 11: Fly Lukla to Kathmandu (1350m/4264ft)
Day 12: Full day sightseeing of Kathmandu city
Day 13: Departure from TIA
Welcome to the land of Himalaya at 1350m. You will be warmly welcomed by the mountains and our company representative will be standing with your name card at the arrival terminal with a beautiful smile. You will be escorted to your hotel and will be provided all the details information about your program. Overnight stay at Hotel in Kathmandu.
Your amazing warm morning starts with 30-minute scenic and adventurous flight to Lukla, also commonly known as Tenzing-Hillary Airport. After short observation of Lukla, you will join for warm breakfast which will support you to embark on the trek. After crossing few villages for 3-4 hours walk, you will reach Phakding village. Overnight stay at Guesthouse lodge in Phakding.
In this Day, the trail will take you along the Dudh Koshi River while ascending through Himalayan Pine and Deodar Cedar forests to your destination, Namche Bazaar, a historic trading point for Nepalese and Tibetan traders and the tourist “hub” for Khumbu trekking. Along the way, you will get your first glimpse of Mt Everest as well as other mountain peaks such as Kusum Kangru (6369m) and Mt Thamserku (6608m). You will see paintings of Buddhist deities at Benkar and a small gompa at Monjo as well as explore the granite bluff carved with Tibetan Mantra’s en route to Jorsale, Overnight stay at Guesthouse lodge in Namche.
It will be your perfect day at Namche where you are going for acclimatization purpose. The altitude starts increasing significantly, a day for acclimatization is paramount and strictly advisable for prospective trekkers. You can spend your day visiting the Sherpa communities and exploring their cultures and livelihood. If you are still energetic, be ready for a few hours hike till Everest Hotel for breath-taking panoramic views of Mount Everest, Mount Lhotse, Nuptse, Amadablam, Thamserku, Khangtega, Tawache, Cholatse, Khwangde, Khumbila, Paniyo and many others. Hotel Everest View (HEV) is situated at the highest point in the world with the elevation of 3900m, 12795ft. Overnight stay at a guesthouse in Namche.
This day your trip will commence towards Khumjung (3,810 m/12500 ft), where you can visit the Edmund Hillary School along with one of the popular Khumjung Monastery. This monastery is well known for housing the head of Yeti. Also, from the runway to Everest View Hotel, you get a close view of the mountain. Overnight stay at a guesthouse in Khumjung.
By passing through the beautiful villages of Khumjung and hiking through Dudh Koshi River is one of the spectacular achievements. We will walk around for 4-5 hours to reach beautiful destination Tengboche. On the trial we will have great chances to see beautiful flora and fauna. Finally, we will reach Tengboche, home of Tengboche Monastery situated at 3,870m, one of the largest Monastery in Khumbu region. Overnight stay at a guesthouse in Tengboche.
Today we will observe the Mani Rimbu Festival with legendary mask dance presentation by monks in front of Monastery. Overnight stay at a guesthouse in Tengboche.
We have another day observe the Mani Rimbu Festival with legendary mask dance presentation by monks in front of Monastery. Overnight stay at a guesthouse in Tengboche.
After breakfast, we retrace the trail back to Namche. Overnight stay at a guesthouse in Namche.
You will continuously descend down towards Lukla via Phakding crossing several traditional suspension bridges. After 4-5 hours continuous walk, you will reach to Lukla which will be your end point of Trek. Celebrate your night independently with your porters, guides and family members. Spend special night in the lap of the highest Mountain of the world. Overnight stay at Guest House Lodge in Lukla.
Hurry up to back up yourself since you are going to fly back to Kathmandu earlier if you are lucky with good weather. After 35 minutes adventurous flight, check in into the hotel. Take heavy and healthy shower to erase away all the organic dirt and dust collected during the trek. Be independent whole day of plan for special yoga, meditation, Spa or massage to make you fresh or perform special shopping. Join the cultural program with Nepali cuisine in the evening. Overnight stay at Hotel in Kathmandu.
Today day you will have a full day sightseeing tour of Kathmandu City consists of Kathmandu Durbar Square (City of Temple), Swoyambhunath (Monkey temple) and Patan City (City of fine arts). Kathmandu Durbar Square is a complex of palaces, courtyards and temples like Hanuman Dhoka Palace, Kumari Ghar (Abode of the Living Goddess), Taleju temple, built between the 12th and 18th centuries, used to be the seat of the ancient Malla Kings of Kathmandu. The Great Stupa of Swayambhunath stands on a hill to the west of Kathmandu. Its name means "The Self-created, Self-existent Buddha" also known as Monkey temple. Patan City is noted for its craftsmen and metal workers. The diversity of the Medieval culture that allowed both Hinduism and Buddhism to flourish has left a rich legacy of impressive sightseeing in this city for today's visitors. Overnight stay at Hotel in Kathmandu.
A Great Nepal representative will escort you to the airport 3 hours before your scheduled flight. On your way home you have plenty of time to think about your recent adventure and to plan your next wonderful adventure in Nepal.
Lunch and dinner whilst in Kathmandu
Snacks, soft drinks, alcoholic drinks, water and personal items, Wifi access fees in lodges while trekking.
Your travel insurance (compulsory), this must include helicopter rescue (Medical Tests and Hospitalization expenses. (These should be covered by your travel insurance provider)
International airfare and airport departure tax
Nepal entry visa cost
Any extra expenses arising out of various/unforeseen situations like( natural calamities, landslides, political disturbances)
Lodge fees for hot showers, towels, laundry or other services and Personal trekking gear
Tips for trekking staff and driver (Which is not mandatory but highly appreciated)
Any other items not mentioned in above include section