Everest mani rimdu festival trek 2014Book
Mani Rimdu festival is a spectacular festival celebrated by the traditionally rich Sherpa Society in high himalayas. Our Everest Mani Rimdu festival takes you to the naturally diverses, traditional rich cultures and beautiful landscape of Khumbu region. Celebrated on the Full Moon day of Tibetan ninth month (October or November), Mani Rimdu is a very important festival of Sherpas. This colorful festival continues for three days, following the ten-day non-stop prayer sessions addressed to the patron deities - seeking “blessing for the good of all mankind". Masked Lamas of Everest region perform various religious rituals The Sand Mandala, The Empowerment, The Fire Puja and Mask Dance.
The festival "Mani Rimdu" seems to be celebrated first time in 1930. Rongbukh Monastery in Tibet is the place from where this festival is originated. This is the prayer ceremony where the monks put on masks representing divine personages and perform ritual dances. The spectators of devotion come from many villages to gain Sonam (merit) from the head Lama's blessing and making corn and grain contributions to the Monk's community. This period coincides with the cessation of work in the village at the end of harvesting. Mani-Rimdu is the only big social event that draws together large crowds from all villagers in the Everest region.
Get yourself ready for high altitude entertainment !!!!!!
For 2014, Mani Rimdu festival in Tengboche will be held from 6/7/8 November. Wild Stone Adventure is organizing Everest Mani Rimdu Festival trek. We have fixed departure date for this popular Everest Mani Rimdu Festival trip.
Day 1 : 31 Oct 2014 Pick up in Kathmandu and Transfer to Hotel
Welcome greeting at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA), Kathmandu by the representative from Wild Stone Adventure. You will then transfer to the Hotel for refreshment where you will be served with welcome drinks. Depending on your interest and condition you can either rest, hang around the street or visit our office for rest of the day. Included: Welcome Drinks
Day 2 : 1 Nov 2014 Kathmandu sightseeing, trek briefing and preparation
We will start guided tour to several major historical and spiritual attractions in Kathmandu Valley. The tour cover UNESCO World Heritage Sites including historical Durbar Square, Sacred Hindu Temple (Pahupati Nath) ,popular monkey Temple (Swayambhunath) and Buddhists Shrine (Buddha Nath). After completion of city tour you will meet with guide and other helping staffs, you will be explained with nature of your trek and your trekking gears will be checked. Included: Breakfast
Day 3 : 2 Nov 2014 Fly to Lukla and trek to Phakding
Early morning spectacular mountain flight to Lukla with your trekking team which takes about 30 minutes. We start descent toward the Dudhkoshi passing the Chaurikharka village. The trail follows the edge of Dudhoshi river until we reach Phakding.Early morning spectacular mountain flight to Lukla with your trekking team which takes about 30 minutes. We start descent toward the Dudhkoshi passing the Chaurikharka village. The trail follows the edge of Dudhoshi river until we reach Phakding. Today we end up with the Short hike to assist in acclimatization.
Trek Time : 3 hours Included:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Optional Activities : Visit nearby Monasteries
Day 4 : 3 Nov 2014 Trek Phakding- Namche Bazaar
Today cross the high suspension bridge trek through the forest and pasture land. Steep ascent to the Namche offers the first glimpse of mighty Everest along with Thamserku, Konde Ri and Mt. Kusum Kangaru. Namche (3440) the largest Sherpa town is Mecca of Himalaya culture.
Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 5 : 4 Nov 2014 Acclimatization and rest day in Namche
A day for rest at Namche Bazaar for acclimatization. Namche serves as an ideal place to spend a rest day for acclimatization to the high altitude before heading off towards Thame. We recommend you to stay active and have some hike instead of being idle for a day. For acclimatization you walk up to Khhumjung where you can visit a monastery. You can also enjoy the splendid views of Everest, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Nuptse, Lhotse, Tawche, and Kwangde and so on. We may also take an hour's walk up to Syangboche where Everest View Hotel deluxe hotel build by Japanese is situated above Syangboche airstripe for an outstanding view of Everest. Included:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Optional Activities & Attractions: Visit Sherpa Culture Museum, Sagarmatha National Park Visitor's Center, Tourist Visitor Center, Tibetan Healing Centre , Namche Monastery, Namche Library , Hotel Everest View, Khundi Hospital, Hillary School, Namche Market
Day 6 : 5 Nov 2014 Trek Namche - Tengboche (3867 m)
There are various trails leading out of the village of Namche, your guide will show you the most appropriate, you are most likely to enjoy excellent views of Ama Dablam and Everest amongst others along the way though. From Sanasa trail descends to Phunki Thanga from where you have a 2 hour climb to Tengboche steeply at first but soon levels out. You will come to a stone gate which marks the entrance to Tengboche, the religious centre of the Khumbu region.
Trek Time : 5 Hours Included:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 7 : 6 Nov 2014 First Day of Mani Rimdu Festival WONG (blessings)
The mani rimdu festival depicts the victory of Buddhism over the ancient Bon religion. The monks with elaborate masks and costumes perform series of ritualistic dances .The ceremony begins with the blowing of horns in the afternoon of the first day. Then, the abbot of the monastery being accompanied by other monks in their maroon robes, arrives on the stage. Prayers are chanted and gratitude is extended to all those who have contributed to the event. The people then rise to their feet to receive blessings, holy water and auspicious pellets from the Abbot for good luck and longevity.
Day 8 : 7 Nov 2014 Second Day of Mani Rimdu Festival CHHAM (masked dance)
An orchestra of cymbals, horns, flutes, and conch shells announces the start of the second day's celebration. This is followed by the masked dances in which monks in colorful robes and huge glowering masks perform ritual dances symbolizing the destruction of evil forces. In one of the dances, a group of monks clad in bright silk attire and black headgear perform ablution to the gods and pray for divine protection from the forces of evil. The performances, enlivened by humorous interludes, continue until dark.
Day 9 : 8 Nov 2014 Third Day of Mani Rimdu Festival JHINSAK (fire offerings)
Torma (figure made of dough) are consigned to a sacred fire on the last day. This implies the end of negative forces and the advent of a blessed new year.
Day 10 : 9 Nov 2014 Trek Tangboche - Monjo
Today, we Trek from Tangboche to Monjo. While on the trekking we come across few Sherpa settlements and will meet friendly Sherpa people. Trekking this day is little bit easier in comparison to other days. Monjo is a small village and the area is mainly for agriculture.
Trek Time : 5 hours Included:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 11 : 10 Nov 2014 Trek Monju - Lukla
From Monjo we re-trace our steps along the Dudh Koshi, crossing the western bank at Benkar. We will have a leisurely walk watching the blue pine and rhododendron forest, and with views of Kusum Kangaru at the background. This is the final day Cultural Everest trek ,in evening you will have a farewell ceremony with your Guides and Sherpa companions where you will be able to taste Chang (a purely brewed local beer) and try some Sherpa cultural dancing.
Trek Time : 4 Hours Included:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 12 : 11 Nov 2014 Fly Lukla - Kathmandu
Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu after mountain journey. You will board an early morning flight back to Kathmandu. Upon arrival in Kathmandu, you will get transferred to our hotel for the refreshment. You can rest throughout the day or if interested you can explore the nearby market for shopping typical Nepalese gifts for your friends and family. This evening you will have a cultural dinner together with the Wild Stone Adventure staffs.
Included:Breakfast and Cultural Dinner
Day 13 : 12 Nov 2014 Farewell
Your trip to Nepal has come to an end. Wild Stone Adventure representative will transfer you to International airport approximately 3 hours before your scheduled flight. Included:Breakfast
Money Matters so we would like to explain what you are paying for. We are local operator providing world class services to the travelers yearning to be foot on Himalayan trail. We provide you with the minimum price possible for fully inclusive trips .We are proud to guarantee NO HIDDEN COST.
- Airport Pick up and drop.
- Delux accomodation in Kathmandu
- All surface transfer as per the itinerary.
- Kathmandu city tour by English Speaking Guide on Private Vehicle.
- All the standerd meals(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) during trekking.
- Safe and ozonated water throughout the trek.
- Tea House Acomodation during trekking.
- Registered and trained Guide.
- Required number of insured Porter (2 trekkers: 1porter)
- Sagarmatha National Park fees.
- All Surface transfer for your guide, porter and necessary cargo.
- Staff insurances.
- Government taxes and official charges. Visa charge not included here.
- Attractive First Aid Kits.
- Farewell Cultural Dinner in Kathmandu.
This package doesnot cover following cost and should be personally paid by the traveller.
- Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu.
- Beverages and other hard drinks cost
- Nepal Entry visa fee and airport taxes.
- Expences of personal nature like laundry, telephone calls, sweets, snacks etc
- Rescue and emergency cost/ Insurance cost but we will help to carry of the procedure.
- Personal trekking equipments
Your safety is our paramount concern while trekking with Wild Stone Adventure. Your Leader has full authority to amend any part of the itinenary due to safety reason. Every effort will be made to keep up with the above itinerary however it is the adventure in remote himalayan zone we cannot guarantee it! Wether condition, physical condition of trekkers and unexpected natural disasters can force to alter the itinerary.Your Leader will forward you with the alternatives so please be prepared to be flexible.
Upon your arrive at Tribhuban International Airport (TIA), Wild Stone Adventures' representative will greet you and transport you to your Hotel. The rest of the day depends on your interest and condition, you can either take a rest or visit our office.The next day you will be formally introduced to your Guide, brief about the trek and enjoy sightseeing tour of the city's most influential cultural and historical landmarks.
Deluxe accommodation in Kathmandu on twin sharing basis with private facilities which are of Western style.
Whilst trekking accommodation is in lodges and teahouses and is of a basic standard. Rooms may be twin or multi share with basic shared toilet facilities. Hot showers and Laundry facilities are available in some places for a small charge.
Wild Stone Adventure use high quality private transportation to get in and off the trekking put in point and put out point.On longer routes, we use private or tourist buses, which provide a slightly higher degree of comfort and safety.For air transportation Wild Stone uses modern, comfortable and most - reliable airline operator.In trekking region, transportation mean is hiking and in some cases Yaks / horses / mules / donkeys are used for baggage carriage. In this trekking route, hiking is the major mean of transportation while your baggage will be carried by porters and/or animals.
We provide quality food in sufficient quantities during your trip period.Cultural Everest Trek cost include breakfast in Kathmandu and three meals a day (breakfast, lunch and dinner) from guesthouses menu while on trek. Your guide will help with menu selection and ensure that you get the best value meals possible. Although the food is usually plentiful and delicious, you should be aware that the menu is not normally extensive due to the extreme locations. Most teahouses offer a variety of rice and noodle dishes, as well as soup and seasonal vegetables. A variety of cereals, bread and egg dishes are generally available for breakfast. There will also be plenty of snacks available such as biscuits, chocolate and soft drinks and in some areas you will find fresh fruit in season. You can buy bottled mineral water from local lodges and shops en route or you can also ask your guide to fill your water bottle with boiled water and treat with water purification pills.
For Everest Mani Rimdu Festival trek, there will be one leader (5 trekkers:1 leader)and the required number of sherpa porter(2 trekkers:1 porter).As you will be travelling in the group you will be exposed to all the pleasure of travelling in group. We can runCultural Everest trek for any group size but generally we have maximum of ten people, we we found this to be best group size for the optimal success.
Group Leader and Support Staffs
All our trips are accompanied out by one of our local group Leaders. The aim of the group leader is make your Everest Mani Rimdu Festival trek successsful, enjoyable, memorable and hassle free. Our leader will provide informationa on the culture, geography, ecosystem, flora and fauna of the place your are travelling. They will also offer suggestions for the optional activities and thing to do, recommend great places and introduce you to the local people. Our leader will also assist you to learn the local language.
All our outdoor guides are licensed from the Government of Nepal. Beside the license they have numbers of certificates including Wilderness First Aid, certificate from Kathmandu Education Projects, certificate from Nepal Academy of Tourism and Hotel Management, and Eco friendly guiding certificates.
Our Cultural Everest 13 days is a easy trek suitable for every hiker. Walking in the higher altitude with a day pack is physically demanding than in a lower elevation, however if you are physically fit, self confidence and have stronger determination, you can accomplish this trek successfully.
No previous experience required, you should be physically fit and enjoy walking in high altitudes.
For the Everest Mani Rimdu Festival trek the general rule is you need to be fit and little preparation you have to do for it, you can simply enjoy the nature with easy access. We recommend you to undertake light exercise in the days before you travel, particularly if you are not in the habit of exercise. Walking, jogging, swimming or riding a bike are all good ways to boost your fitness, which will allow you to enjoy the trip to its fullest.
Weather and Climate
The Himalaya makes its own weather, which varies significantly over a few kilometers. There can be sudden storms and high winds and usually clouds in the afternoon. Everest Cultural Trek is likely to have a wide range of temperatures depending on the altitude and the time of day. In the mountains up to 3,500m the nights will be cold, normally around 5 degree C, and during the day temperatures sometimes rise to 25 degree C. At higher altitudes temperatures range from about 20 degree C to -15 degree C.
We have decade long of experience in operating at high-altitude. Every trip we run has a gradual ascent at the higher altitude with the shorter walking hours with the time to acclimitise in the afternoon. There is no way of predicting who will suffer from altitude but, for the vast majority of people, a slow ascent to height will produce minimal effects. We can provide 'Gamow Bag' as a precautionary measure as per your request on hiring basis. Acclimatizing takes time and there are no safe shortcuts. All trips to altitudes in excess of 3,000 meters carry medicines essential to the treatment of altitude illness, and our leaders are trained to administer them and to know the symptoms.
The official currency of Nepal is Nepalese Rupee (NRs)
It is best to bring a mixture of cash and travelers checks in major currencies - USD, CAD, EUR, AUD - and ensure you have a mixture of large and small denominations. Money may easily be exchanged at Kathmandu airport on arrival and banks and licensed moneychangers in cities. Credit card cash advances and ATM withdrawals are in NPR only.
Before departing on your trek, make sure you have enough Nepalese currency in small denominations as change is hard to find in the villages ( 100 rupee are easy to trade )
Extra Pocket Money
While trekking with Wild Stone Adventure, all meals are included in your trip cost. You will need very little local currency for meals in Kathmandu and extra snacks, soft drinks or souvenirs along the trail.
Extra money dependa upon your spending habit. Please consider your own spending habits when you count for extra pocket money.
Please also make sure you have access to at least an additional USD $200 as an emergency fund, to be used when circumstances beyond our control ( natural disaster, extreme weather, nepal strikes) require a change to our planned route. This is a rare occurrence!
Adequate and valid travel insurance is compulsory for all travelers. Your travel insurance must cover accidents, injury, illness and death medical expenses, including any related to pre-existing medical conditions, emergency repatriation (including helicopter rescue and air ambulance where applicable) and personal liability.
When visiting and entering temples and Nepalis house you must remove your shoes. In some temples, it is forbidden to wear any leather goods. Other temples, such as those in Pashupatinath, do not allow foreigner besides hindu to enter. These are normally marked with a sign in English, and we urge you to respect such practices.
Always ask permission before taking photos inside any temples, and before photographing any local people. When permission is granted, always be sensitive when photographing people, and non-intrusive when shooting inside temples when prayers are in progress. Generally, photography is allowed outside Buddhist and Hindu temples and at religious ceremonies and festivals.
You are guest in Nepal and it is appriciated if you behave like Nepali (Local):
- Dress Respectfully (no short shorts or revealing clothes)
- Do not show affection in public.
- Do not buy antiques.
- Do not point your feet (unclean) to people and point with full hand not with one finger.
- Do not step over persons.
- Do not touch or step over offerings (red powder, flowers/rice)
- Do not use your left hand (dirty)
- Receive and give with two hands.
- Ask permission before taking people's photographs.
- Discourage begging, pay fair price
- Take off your shoes before entering a monastery or Nepali house.
- Go clockwise roung the stupas, temples etc
- Avoid touching monks / lamas.
Dress respectfully with an awareness of local standards. To respect this and for your own comfort, we strongly recommend modest clothing. This means clothing that covers your shoulders and knees. Loose, lightweight, long clothing is both respectful and cool during hiking. In many rural areas women will need to wear modest clothing even to swim. Singlets, tank tops and topless sun bathing are all unaccepted. While visiting temples,monasteriesand other religious sites men need to wear long trousers and women a long skirt.
Laundry facilities are offered by some of our hotels and tea houses for a small charge. There will be times when you may want to or have to do your ownlaundry so we suggest you bring biodegradable soap.
While packing for “Cultural EverestTrek” it essential to considered weather condition and time of year you are travelling.
Please Click here for the complete packing list for this trip.
Tipping is expected but not compulsory and shows an expression of satisfaction with the people who have assisted you on your trip.
Being a responsible trek operator is at the heart of what Wild Stone Adventures is all about. The beautiful environment of the Himalaya is also an extremely fragile one. At Wild Stone Adventure , we are extremely conscious about the environment and aim to minimize the detrimental impact as much as possible.We are committed to responsible tourism and it is implemented in every trip through the following means.
- Leave no Trace
- Discourage deforestation
- Keep Water Source Clean
- Plant Saplings
- Plants Left in Their Natural Environment
- Alternative Source of Energy for Fuel
- Employ local leaders and supporting staffs
- Use local tea house and home stay
- Consume local food
- Reduce, Reuse and Recyle
Suggested reading for the Everest Mani Rimdu Festival trek.
- Lord of the Dance - Richard Kohn
- Trekking in Everest -Jamie Mc Guinness
- Everest, A Trekkers' Guide- Arlene Blum
- Nepal Travel Guide – Lonely Planet
- Into the Thin Air -Jon Krakauer
- Trekking in Nepal –Antoine d’ Abbundo
- Rough guide to Nepal – David Reed
- Trekking in the Nepal Himalaya – Stan Armington
- Nepal Himalayas -Shirahata Shiro
- Mountain sickness -Peter Hackett
- Pocket first Aid and Wilderness Medicine -Dr. Jim Duff & Dr. Peter Gormly