Mani Rimdu Festival In Everest

Buddhist rituals in the most spectacular settings of Himalayan culture.

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TRIP DETAILS

  • Dates: Daily
  • Best Season: March/April/ September/October
  • Duration: 7 Days
  • Trekking Days: 5 Days
  • Grade: Medium
  • Commences At: Lukla
  • Ends At: Lukla
  • Code: NPEF

The Mani Rimdu Festival is an enchanting, colourful and ritual occasion that takes place in the most spectacular settings of Himalayan culture. Performed by the monks of Chiwong and Tengboche monasteries, it depicts the victory of Buddhism over the ancient 'Bon' religion. The last three days of the festival is very important for the Sherpa hence, a number of people attain who often trek for many days to witness this important event.

It consists nine days of ceremonies and meditation (Drupchen). This is concluded by a special blessing ceremony given by Tengboche Rinpoche to the public and the world renowned Mask Dance is performed by the monks at this secluded Tengboche Monastery.

 The Mani Rimdu is a vibrant and spiritually significant event that combines Tibetan Buddhist rituals, dance, and cultural festivities. This sacred festival typically takes place in the tenth month of the Tibetan lunar calendar, which usually corresponds to October or November in the Gregorian calendar.

The highlight of Mani Rimdu is the masked dance performances, known as "Cham dances," which depict various deities, demons, and religious figures. These dances symbolize the triumph of Buddhism over evil forces and aim to bring blessings and prosperity to the community. Monks, adorned in elaborate costumes and colorful masks, engage in these intricate dance rituals, captivating both locals and tourists alike.

The festival also includes the creation of the Mandala, a geometric pattern made from colored sand or rice, symbolizing the universe's harmony. This intricate artwork is meticulously constructed by the monks and serves as a focal point for meditation and reflection.

Mani Rimdu draws pilgrims and travelers from around the world to witness the unique blend of religious fervor, cultural richness, and breathtaking Himalayan landscapes. The festival not only strengthens the spiritual bond within the community but also fosters a sense of unity and celebration among the diverse cultures that converge in this remote corner of Nepal.

The following are the dates of Mani Rimdu events this year 2024  based on the Tibetan lunar calendar.

15th and 16th and 17th of November 2024. 

Tengboche Mani Rimdu starts on the full moon of October, and the Chiwong Mani Rimdu on the full moon of November.

 

We arrange and organize pre –post trek packages for you to witness this age old sacred festival of Everest Khumbhu Region to add exceptional life time trekking experiences.

 Contact Us  to book hotel in Tengboche for this date and to keep up-to-date about date for the occasion of this year which is set as per the Sherpa/ Tibetan Lunar Calendar.

Tentative Program

 

1. Meet and greet in Kathmandu airport (TIA), transfer to hotel.
2. Rest and preparation, visit ancient old temples and sites (optional).
3.Fly to Lukla (2800m) and trek to Phakding (2610m).
4. Trek to Namche Bazaar through beautiful valley along Dudhkosi River.
5. Rest and acclimatization day at Namche. Explore surroundings. 
6. Trek to Tengboche (3870m), 5-6 Hours walk. Beginning of the festival. 
7. Explore Tengboche Monastry, Watch Mani Rimdu Festival.
8. Explore Tengboche Monastry, Watch Mani Rimdu Festival.
9. Trek to Namche, 5, 6 Hours walk. Stay overnight at lodge.
10. Trek to Lukla (2800m) 7-8 Hours walk. Stay overnight at lodge.
11. Fly back to Kathmandu. Shopping and relax in Kathmandu. 
12. Transfer to the airport and see you off for safe journey back to home.

 

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