About Mani Rimdu Festival Trek
Everest Mani Rimdu Festival Trek is a cultural excursion of the Everest region of Nepal. Every year the Mani Rimdu is celebrated in Tengboche Monastery in the 9th Tibetan month. Usually, the festival falls during full moon time in the months of October or November.
Apart from Tengboche Monastery, Sherpa people celebrate the festival at the monasteries of Thame and Chiwong as well. The festival is observed for 19 days. However, the final three days are open and celebrated publicly. Sherpa gathers at the monastery and prays for world peace. People offer prayers on the founding of Guru Rinpoche. the first day of the festival.
After founding the Guru Rinpoche celebration, The second day is fantastic for outsiders too. Lama performs the colourful dance wearing brocade gowns and masks. Finally, the last day is a very funny and humorous day. People perform funny dances and chant prayers. Lots of trekkers and locals attend the festival. It is to celebrate the victory of Buddhism over Bonpo as well.
Dates for Mani Rimdu Festival
According to the Tibetan Lunar calendar, Mani Rimdu Festival for the year 2022 was on 8, 9 and 10 November. Mani Rimdu Festival is divided into six types of preparations. They are the construction of the sand mandala, wong (Empowerment), Chham (Dances), Ser-Kyem (Tea offering), Jinsak (Fire Puja) and Chinna (to find out lifeline).
The itinerary of the Everest Mani Rimdu Festival Trek is similar to Everest View Trek. However, trekkers spend two nights in Tengboche. For two days, trekkers will relish the rituals performed inside the Tengboche Monastery. Parallel to the classical Everest Base Camp Trek, trekkers will start their trek from Lukla and follow the trail on the banks of the Dudhkoshi River to Namche Bazaar passing by Phakding and Manjo. The acclimatization break is taken in Namche Bazaar. Usually, trekkers hike the Everest View Hotel. However, in this trek, trekkers trek to Khumjung Village and witness the vibes of the Sherpa festival.
Book the Everest Mani Rimdu Festival Trek for 2023. Himalayan Ecological Trekking has fixed departure dates for this particular trekking. Come and relish the mountains along with the unique Sherpa culture and rituals.