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Mani Rimdu Festival Trek - 14 Days

Mani Rimdu Festival Trek takes you to the Tengboche Monastery of Everest Region. Mani Rimdu festival is celebrated in Tengboche Monastery and lasts for 9 days. The main celebration is for three days. It is believed that this festival was originated from Rongbukh Monastery in Tibet. The first celebration of Mani Rimdu at Tengboche monastery dates back to 1930s. Mani Rimdu festival draws large crowd from all villages in the Khumbu region. The festival also attracts numerous international tourists during the festive season.

It is believed that the Sherpas belong to the Nying-Mapa sect of Tibetan Buddhist. Guru Rimpoche (Padma Sambhawa; An Indian Yogi) is regarded as the founder and spiritual leader of this ancient sect. The Buddhist mythology suggests that he was born of a lotus in the middle of a lake. The Buddhist prayer “Om Mani Padme Hum” (meaning-Hail to the jewel of the lotus) scripted in Mani walls is dedicated to Guru Rimpoche. Out of many traditional festivals celebrated in the Everest region Mani Rimdu is one of the most important festival that is celebrated with lots of joys and happiness. The festival is celebrated offering prayers and chants to Guru Rimpoche.

Mani Rimdu festival is held during the tenth lunar month of the Tibetan calendar i.e. corresponding to October-November of the Gregorian calendar. The word Mani means part of the chant of Chenrezig and Rimdu means small red pills that are blessed during the festival. The red pills are later distributed to all the participants gathered to celebrate the festival. This religious festival commences with an elaborate depiction of Mandala diagram made with colorful sand. It takes approximately four days to draw the Mandala. The mandala is then covered so that nobody could see it. Different ceremonies are held in the monastery that includes chants and prayers.

After all the devotees have left, the monks perform special fire rite to dispel all harm to the world. The mandala is then formally removed chanting prayers for the benefit of entire living beings. The festival concludes with the final blessing from the Rimpoche to the general public followed by Mask Dances performed by Buddhist monks. The mask dances are performed by the monks to please the deities and also as an offering to the legendary saint Guru Rimpoche. The mask dance also symbolizes the victory of truth over the evil. The mask dance is the main attraction for the visitors visiting this reason to witness Mani Rimdu festival.

Mani Rimdu Festival Trek begins from the medieval City of Kathmandu where we carry out a guided city tour in the city and its vicinity. You will visit natural and cultural wonders of Kathmandu including the world heritage sites like the famous Hindu Temple Pashupatinath, The Monkey Temple (Swoyambhu Nath), Buddhist pilgrim of Boudhanath, Kathmandu Durbar Square etc. After a day of hangout in Kathmandu we will fly all the way to Lukla (2800m) the next day. Lukla is the heart of Solu Khumbu and the starting point of our trek.

The trek continues through Sagarmatha National Park which is a habitat for different types of vegetation and animals of the Khumbu Region. Namche Bazaar (3440m) is yet another attraction of the Everest region. Namche Bazaar is a trading point for local merchants and a junction for trekkers and climbers in the Khumbu region. We trek all the way to Tengboche where we spend few days enjoying the Mani Rimdu Festival. We would consider ourselves lucky enough to be a part of this big event in the Khumbu region. We wrap up our expedition trekking back to Lukla and finally boarding a flight back to Kathmandu.

Highlights of Mani Rimdu Festival Trek

  • Sightseeing tour to various historical/natural/cultural world heritage sites in Kathmandu
  • Magnificent flight to Lukla from Kathmandu (Enjoy the view of Himalayan range from the flight)
  • Step inside and experience the lifestyle and traditions of people living in the Himalayas (esp. Sherpa)
  • Trekking in Sagarmatha National Park (Listed in UNESCO world heritage natural site)
  • Discover numerous Buddhist monasteries and other cultural monuments.
  • Variety of floras and faunas to witness
  • Explore the Sherpa Museum in Namche Bazaar, a busy Sherpa settlement at the altitude of 3440m
  • Visit to Tengboche Monastery and observe the famous Mani Rimdu Festival
  • Discover rich Buddhist and Tibetan culture and traditions
  • Eye-popping view of world’s highest mountains including Everest.
  • Visit to Sir Edmund Hillary School in Khumjung.

Outline Itinerary:

Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu

Day 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing and trek preparation

Day 03: Fly to Lukla and Trek to Phakding (2652m) [3 hours of trekking]

Day 04: Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440m) [6 hours]

Day 05: Acclimatization in Namche (3420m)

Day 06: Trek to Tengboche (3860m) [5 hours]

Day 07: Tengboche: The Blessing

Day 08: Tengboche: The Mask Dance

Day 09: Tengboche: The Festival Closing

Day 10: Tengboche to Namche Bazaar

Day 11: Namche Bazaar to Lukla [6-8 hours]

Day 12: Lukla to Kathmandu [40 minutes flight]

Day 13: Leisure Day in Kathmandu

Day 14: Transfer to airport for your onward destination.

Day 1
Arrive in Kathmandu

After your arrival at the airport in Kathmandu you will be greeted by one of our representatives who will later escort you to the hotel. After hotel check in you can decide whether you would like to have a relaxing rest at the hotel. O/N you stay at the hotel.

Day 2
Kathmandu Sightseeing and trek preparation

Today after breakfast we will set out for a guided city tour where you get to discover several historical and spiritual attractions of Kathmandu. You will be seeing the world heritage sites like historical Durbar Square, the sacred Hindu temple of lord Pashupatinath, Buddhist pilgrimage Swoyambhunath (famous by the name of Monkey temple among tourists), Boudhanath Shrine and many more cultural and natural monuments. The Kathmandu City tour will more or less familiarize you with Nepalese urban lifestyle. Later we will have a discussion session where we discuss about our trek plan and preparation. Our trek leader would be obliged to brief you about our expedition and answer your queries. O/N you stay at the hotel.

Day 3
Fly to Lukla and Trek to Phakding (2652m) [3 hours of trekking]

After breakfast you will be escorted to the domestic terminal of the Kathmandu airport to board a flight to Lukla, a gateway for our trekking expedition. The scenic flight to Lukla is surely going to be a once in a lifetime experience for you. The air route to Lukla is one the most beautiful air route in the world. The 40 minutes flight above the majestic mountains will land you at Tenzing-Hillary airport in Lukla. Upon arrival at Lukla we start our trek until we reach Phakding. The trail to Phakding lets you discover the green landscape with a scenic view of Kusum Kangraru. 0/N we stay in a guest house.

Day 4
Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440m) [6 hours]

Today we take a stiff walk through a beautiful pine forest that leads us along the Dudh Koshi River and Hillary Suspension bridge to reach the check post and the entrance to Sagarmatha National Park. The trail follows the confluence of Dudh Koshi and Bhote Koshi rivers. Walking further we reach chautra where we have the first glimpse of Mt. Everest peering over the Lhotse-Nuptse ridge. Two hours of more walk eventually lands us in Namche Bazaar(3440m) which is a gateway to Mt. Everest and trading point for many Sherpa people and Tibetan merchants. Namche Bazaar is an ideal market for visitors to purchase traditional crafts and other mementos. We will spend two days in Namche for acclimatization and visit local markets and traditions of the people living in the Himalayas. O/N we stay in a guest house.

Day 5
Acclimatization in Namche (3420m)

We have set this day for acclimatization. We have all the options today whether go for hiking to Thame or visit Khunde or relax and explore Namche Bazaar itself. Namche Bazaar is the center of the Khumbu region and it has governments offices, internet cafes, Shops, restaurants and colorful market each Friday evening and Saturday. A few hundred vertical feet of trekking will really us to properly acclimatize. Our guide will take you to the Tourist Visitor Center near the headquarter of Sagarmatha National Park (UNESCO world natural heritage site) where you can observe an assortment of things related to the first Everest ascenders, Sherpa culture and learn about the various plant and animal life of the Everest region. A day full of hangout at the Namche Bazaar lets you discover the Himalayan beauty of the Khumbu region. O/N we stay in a guest house.

Day 6
Trek to Tengboche (3860m) [5 hours]

Today after breakfast in Namche we set off for Tengboche. We will have all the pleasure en route with the majestic views of Mt. Everest, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Ama dablam and Thamserku. The trail is more or less smooth with few ups and downs. We are least bothered about the trail as the majestic views of the Himalayas makes our expedition full of excitement. The trail passes through Kayangjuma and reaches Sansa which is the major trail junction to Gokyo valley and Everest base camp. Walking further crossing the Dudh Koshi Bridge we reach Phunki Thenga which is a small settlement with few teahouses and lodges. Now we will gear up for a slightly rougher climb to reach Tengboche . Tengboche is a wonderful place to have scenic views of Mt. Everest, Mt. Nuptse and Mt. Ama Dablam. It has the biggest Buddhist monastery called Tengboche Monastery (3860m) where the Mani Rimdu Festival is celebrated. Upon reaching Tengboche we hang around the village and witness some ceremonies and festival preparation. Overnight, we stay in Tengboche.

Day 7
Tengboche: The Blessing

Today is the first day (out of main three days) of the Mani Rimdu Festival. The ceremony begins with the blowing of horns in the afternoon. We can see many monks with elaborate masks and costumes perform series of traditional dance while chanting prayers. The Rimpoche of the monastery accompanied by other monks in their maroon robes arrives on the stage. The prayers are chanted and gratitude is extended to all who are present in the monastery. The magical aura around the monastery is filled with prayers and chants. The magnificent aroma coming from the monastery adds more excitement in this religious event. The people and the devotees will then rise to their feet to receive blessings, holy water and auspicious pellets from the Rimpoche. The blessing thus received is believed to bring luck, prosperity and longevity. Overnight, we stay in Tengboche.

Day 8
Tengboche: The Mask Dance

Today is the second important day of Mani Rimdu festival. The second day begins with the musical orchestra of horns, flutes, conch shells and cymbals. We can see crowd of local denizen as well as international visitors thronging to the monastery to watch the second day ritual. The magical sound of music played by the monks is followed by the traditional mask dances in which monks dressed in colorful robes and huge glowering masks perform traditional ritual dances that symbolizes the destruction of demons and evil spirits. A series of sixteen dance are performed by the masked monks. In one of the dance, a group of monks dressed in bright silk and black headgear perform special dance to the deities and pray for the divine protection from the evil forces. The comic interlude in the dance adds more charm in the performance. The ceremony continues till late night. After a day full of fun and joys we get back to the guest house for the night’s rest.

Day 9
Tengboche: The Festival Closing

This is the final day of the main three days celebration of Mani Rimdu Festival. The monastery is crowded with people and people seems excited to witness the closing ceremony of the festival. The special ritual is performed to conclude the festival. A dummy made of dough (Torma is the exact word for the dummy) are consigned to a sacred fire that marks the end of the festival. The Torma destroyed in the fire implies the end of negative forces and the start of a blessed new year. We hang around the monastery and vicinity till late night and get back to the guesthouse for the nights rest.

Day 10
Tengboche to Namche Bazaar

After spending some days participating in Mani Rimdu festival we trek back to Namche Bazaar today. We follow the trail through the hillside filled with Rhododendron, Pine and Juniper trees. The trail offers superb view blended with natural vegetation and the high Himalayas. After crossing the prayer flag festooned bridge over the Dudh Koshi river, the trail then follows the Dudh Koshi gorge further descending through the pine forest eventually reaching Sansa. We may also get chance to see the wild lives of the region such as mountain goats, snow leopards, pheasants etc. while travelling via forest. Trekking further we pass through a Chorten and reach army camp of Namche Bazaar. Upon reaching at Namche we may choose to hang around and take beautiful pictures of Mt. Lhotse, peak of Mt. Everest and Tengboche from this juncture. Overnight, we stay at a guest house.

Day 11
Namche Bazaar to Lukla [6-8 hours]

We will be wrapping up our trekking expedition today. Leaving Namche Bazaar behind we descend down the rocky trail crossing suspension bridges over the Dudh Koshi river. As we walk the trail becomes more smooth and easy. We find the environment really warm and cozy compared to previous days of our expedition. We can feel the fresh air blowing from Himalayas that makes our expedition more energetic and vibrant. We pass through beautiful forest filled with Rhododendron, pine trees and different natural vegetations. We get to snap beautiful mountains and the panoramic views on our way. We will be pleased passing through Sherpa villages that offer a unique blend of Sherpa culture and tradition. Upon arrival at Lukla we conclude our long expedition and have a relaxing time with our friends and crew members. Overnight, we stay in Lukla.

Day 12
Lukla to Kathmandu [40 minutes flight]

We will wave our final goodbye to the beautiful mountains today. The flights from Lukla to Kathmandu are usually scheduled for the morning because the windy afternoon may cause difficulties flying the aircraft. The early morning scenic flight over the Himalayas drops us at the domestic terminal of Kathmandu airport from where you will be escorted to the hotel. Today we have the whole day to relax at the hotel or hang around in the city at your convenience.

Day 13
Leisure Day in Kathmandu

Today you have relaxing day in Kathmandu. You have all the day to hang around in the streets and bazaar of Kathmandu. You may spend time in buying gifts and mementos for your friends and family. If you are interested you may choose to have a guided city tour to explore Kathmandu and its vicinity. You will be joining a special farewell dinner in a cozy traditional Nepali restaurant hosted by Breakfree Adventures and its team in the evening. Overnight, we stay at the hotel.

Day 14
Transfer to airport for your onward destination.

Your trip to the majestic country of Nepal comes to an end today! You will be escorted by one of the representatives of Breakfree Adventures to the international terminal of Kathmandu airport approximately three hours before your flight schedule. We exchange our last good-byes and now you will be leaving Nepal with all the good memories you had during the wonderful trekking adventure. We hope you had a lovely time with us. Breakfree Adventures would be obliged to be your travel partner during your next adventure in Nepal. Have a safe flight back home!

Cost Includes

  • Airports pick up and transfer by private vehicle as per the itinerary
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu including breakfast on twin/triple sharing basis
  • Guided Kathmandu city tours inclusive of vehicle transfer
  • Round trip flight fare from Kathmandu to Lukla to Kathmandu
  • Domestic airport tax
  • Accommodation during the trek at guest houses/lodges on twin sharing basis
  • Meals (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) with a cup of tea or coffee during the expedition
  • A highly experienced and licensed guide approved by the government of Nepal and porters (two trekkers, one porter) during the trek and their transportation, food, accommodation, salary, equipments and insurance coverage
  • Trekker's Information Management System (TIMS)
  • Sagarmatha National Park entrance Permit with entry fees
  • First Aid/Medical Kit
  • Duffle Bag
  • Welcome dinner with Nepali Cultural show
  • Government taxes
  • Service charge.

Cost Excludes

  • Any meals other than the breakfast in Kathmandu
  • Monuments entrance fees
  • Rescue & travel insurance, trip cancellation costs, accident or health emergency, evacuation, loss, theft or damage to baggage and personal effects.
  • We strongly advise buy a travel insurance policy
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, and early return from the mountain(due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, internet, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, cold drinks, bottle or boiled water, hot shower etc)
  • Tips for guides and porters.

We will provide you with detailed information about the trekking, trekking trail etc for simplifying your expedition. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you require more information or have any queries we would be more than happy to provide you with all the information you are seeking from us.

When to go (Best Season to Travel)

Autumn October-Novenber as per the Tibetan calendar is best to plan your trek to Mani Rimdu Festival. The weather during the season is sunny and warm during the day that offers you to enjoy the magnificent view of the Himalayan range whereas the nights are chilling and cold and can fall to freezing in the higher elevations. The trail is crowded with people during the Mani Rimdu Festival.

Travel Insurance

Travel insurance is highly recommended for trekkers who plan their trekking in the Himalayas. Travel insurance is mandatory while going for trekking, hiking etc in Nepal. Please make sure that your insurance policy covers personal injury, medical expenses, repatriation expenses, helicopter rescue, loss of luggage, etc. We strongly recommend that your policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects. Please check with your insurance company that adventure activities and trekking above 3000m are covered by your policy. You must carry proof of insurance (i.e. your insurance certificate) with you during your expedition.

Meals and Accommodation

We will arrange three or four star hotel for your accommodation (Upgradable upon request) in Kathmandu. During the Mani Rimdu Festival trek we provide the best available guest house which is called Tea house/Lodge. Tea Houses are like hotels that serve with hot showers, western foods and private rooms (twin sharing). Some guest houses are ordinary guest house with shared washing and toilet facilities and comparatively cheap in price. If you are travelling in a group, you will share a room with one of the group member with same sex. If you wish to stay single in a room then you have to let us know in advance and some surcharges are applicable in such case. Please be noted that there are several guest houses that do not allow a single accommodation during the peak season so sharing the room with somebody becomes a compulsion. We will arrange your dinner and early breakfast in the guest house itself but the lunches will be arranged in some restaurants en route. Your stay at a local guest house helps you to be more familiar with local culture and traditions.
Breakfree Adventures is highly concerned about the standard of food and make sure that sufficient food is provided to our guest. A special menu will be offered so that you could choose the kind of food you like to eat. A cup of tea or coffee would be included in your meal menu. Our guide will always be there to assist you while choosing the food from the menu. The menu comes with comparatively high price due to the availability of food items and spices and extreme locations. Most of the tea houses serve you with delicious local cuisines along with international foods. You can get food items like biscuits, chocolates, cold drinks, soft drinks and seasonal fruits and veggies. Bottled water is always available in the tea house and restaurants or shops en route. You may ask your guide to fill the bottle with boiled water from the lodges and purify them with purification pills.

Fitness and Experience Required

Our 14 days Mani Rimdu Festival trek is moderate trek suitable for passionate trekkers who have the ability to walk at least four to six hours a day. Walking in higher altitude is rather challenging and it requires a lot of physical caliber. A good physique, positive altitude, self confidence and strong determination are the keys to success to successfully accomplish the Mani Rimdu Festival trek. Prior preparation like walking or jogging few hours a day before starting your trek is beneficial and it simplifies your expedition. Past hiking experience would be an asset but not mandatory for Mani Rimdu Festival trek. Participants with chronic illness, physical disorder, heart, blood and respiratory disease are strongly advised to inform Breakfree Adventures before booking the trek. Consultation with a medical professional is highly recommended before starting your Mani Rimdu Festival trek.

The Trekking Group

For Mani Rimdu Festival trek we allocate one guide, an assistant guide (6 trekkers: 1assistant guide) and porters for carrying the luggage. We make sure that the trek expedition will still go ahead as planned if any of the group members falls sick. We operate the Mani Rimdu Festival trek for any group size but generally a largest group consists of sixteen people. We also make customized group size as per your requirement.

Trekking Guides and Staff

Trekking guides and staff plays a vital role in making a trek a successful one. We allocate trained, experienced, courteous and expert guide and crew members for every trekking endeavor. The staff and guide we deploy during the trekking have the utmost ability of operating your days in the mountains. The team will be lead by the best and professional guide from the industry. Our guide and are carefully selected on the basis of their experience, expertise, guiding skills and aptitude. We deploy the guides and crew member who are familiar with the local culture and community and geographical distribution. Trekking guides of Breakfree Adventures are trained with the following trainings so that to enhance their potentials on medical issues, biodiversity, environmental issues and English language proficiency.

  • Intensive Wilderness First Aid – KEEP (Kathmandu Environmental Educational Project)
  • Trekking Guide Training – Nepal Government’s Ministry of Tourism & Civil Aviation department of Hotel Management and Tourism Training Centre of Nepal
  • Eco Trekking Workshop and Adventure Meet TAAN (Trekking Agents Association of Nepal)
  • English Language – KEEP(Kathmandu environment education project)
  • Conservation and Biodiversity TAAN
  • Rock, Ice Climbing and Mountaineering (Climbing leaders) Nepal Mountaineering Association

Our trekking guides speak English (Some may have the potentials to speak other foreign language like French, Spanish etc) adequate enough for the smooth communication but please consider that English is not our mother tongue. Our guides and porters know the routes and trails and are well aware of local culture and traditions.


Breakfree Adventures 14 days Mani Rimdu Festival trek is planned with high degree of awareness about Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). Trekking in the higher altitude too fast might cause a medical condition serious enough to cause death. The level of oxygen fluctuates as the height increases. For example, at an altitude above 5000m, there is 50% less oxygen than at sea level. Our body requires many days to adapt the less-oxygen environment so the itinerary should be planned accordingly. Our itinerary is planned in such a way that it provides sufficient time for acclimatization. Sensible trek plan is therefore very crucial to minimize the risk of AMS. Breakfree Adventures highly advises specially the guests with known heart, blood or respiratory diseases to consult their medical professional before travelling. Mild headaches, fever, loss of appetite or stomach disorder are symptoms of AMS. Our leaders are well trained to administer the AMS. Breakfree Adventures’s itineraries are designed to avert the risk of AMS as much as possible.

Safety and Security

We do not compromise on safety and security of our guests. We highly prioritize safety and security measures during the trek. We have to understand that there are certain risks while travelling in higher altitude which you should consider before booking. Our trip operators constantly monitor their areas of operation and trekking trail and they would cancel or re-route a trip if they feel any destination is unsafe to travel.

Responsible Travel

Breakfree Adventures is a leading trekking and travel agency with dedicated travel professionals who are always passionate to make your stay in Nepal a memorable one. Our team adopts social philosophies that highly value the responsibility for their clients, local people and the environment we work. We admire the natural environment and social, cultural and traditional aspect of this majestic country. We always opt to assist our guests in discovering the beauty and culture in the best possible way we can. Responsible travel tries to minimize the impact of tourism in the environment while opening employment opportunities and generating income for local communities. Breakfree Adventures is passionate about preserving environment and we keep a close watch to ensure the environmental protection. As a responsible tour guides in Nepal, we strive to maintain a symbiotic relationship with the local people and community through which we travel. While trekking to different destination, we choose environment friendly lodges that ensure high level of guest care. During the treks and other expeditions we follow a zero garbage policy (Pack in, Pack out) and leave nothing behind in the campsites and travel areas. We would appreciate your feedback and suggestions regarding the responsible travel.

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Mani Rimdu Festival Trek

Trip Facts

  • Private vehicle as per itinerary, Kathmandu to Lukla to Kathmandu flight
  • Minimum 1
  • 3850m/12631ft
  • 14 Days
  • Moderate
  • Trekking, religious and cultural sightseeing, scenic flight.
  • Oct-Nov
  • 5 - 6 hours each day
  • 3 star in Kathmandu and lodge/teahouse during the trek (Upgrade on request)
  • Breakfast in Kathmandu and all meals during the trek.
  • Lodge/teahouse trek (Camping on request)

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