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Trip Facts
Country: Nepal
Duration: 18 days
Area: Everest region
Activities: Festival Tours
Max. Group Size: 28  Person
Min. Group Size: 2 Person
Difficulty: Moderate
Max. Altitude: 5,545  M.
Seasons: Nov

Depature Dates
  • 11/08/2020 to 11/25/2020

Price List
  • $1,585 (1-3 Person)
  • $1,525 (4-7 Person)
  • $1,475 (8-11 Person)
  • $1,395 (12-12+ Person)

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Mani Rimdu Festival Tour

In Tengboche of Everest region, the Mani Rimdu is performed in the 9th Tibetan month which usually falls in late October. It is also performed in Thame in the 4th month and in Chiwong in the 10th Tibetan month. The prayers will be said over many days but for the villages the most important part is when they receive the blessings from Rinpoche, and when the monks perform the masked Dance. After this the whole village gets together and dances until late in to the night at Tengboche. These colorful and festive celebrations are the culmination of ten days of prayers on the Buddha of compassion, Chenrezig. They are done for the benefit of all beings.

The Mani Rimdu in Tengboche is performed according to the tradition of Mindroling and came from Rongbuk Monastery north of Tengboche in Tibet. The name comes from "Mani" part of the chant of Chenrezig, and "Rilbu" which are the small red pills, which are blessed throughout the ceremony and distributed to everyone at the end. At the beginning a beautiful and intricate mandala or sacred diagram is drawn in fine colored sand. The sand is collected from a special place high in the mountains. It takes four days to complete the mandala then it is covered and used as a focus for the next ten days meditation.

At the end of the ceremonies the monks perform the sacred mask dances known as "Cham" There are sixteen dances with some comic interludes that delight the crowds. These dances are a recreation of the establishment of Buddhism in the Himalayas by the legendary Padmasambhava, known as Guru Rinpoche. The dances convey Buddhist teachings on many levels from the simplest truth to the most profound realization. Throughout the dances, symbolic demons are conquered, dispelled or subdued. The symbolism can be interpreted on many levels; the inner "demons" of hatred, greed and ignorance overcome through meditation on compassion and wisdom.

On the last day when most people have gone home a fire ceremony is performed by the monks to allay all the harm in the world. Afterwards the sand mandala is symbolically dismantled and the merit dedicated to the benefit of all sentient beings.In this remote and spectacular monastery at the top of the world this tradition has continued since the monastery was first built. The sacred masked dances of the Mani Rimdu are performed for the Sherpa community and international visitors alike to enjoy.

This time Mani Rimdu festival performs from 12th November to 14th November 2019.

Day by day Itinerary [Click here for detailed Itineray]
Day 01 - Arrival in Kathmandu.
Day 02 - Full day sightseeing tour in Kathmandu city.
Day 03 - Fly to Lukla and trek to Phakding.
Day 04 - Trek to Namche Bazaar.
Day 05 - Rest day.
Day 06 - Nov 13: Trek to Tengboche.
Day 07 - Nov 12: Festival program.
Day 08 - Nov 13: Festival program.
Day 09 - Nov 14: Festival final program.
Day 10 - Trek to Dingboche or trek back to Lukla via Namche Bazaar.
Day 11 - Trek to Lobuche.
Day 12 - Trek to Gorak shep.
Day 13 - Trek to Kala Patthar and back to Periche.
Day 14 - Trek to Khumjung.
Day 15 - Trek to Monjo .
Day 16 - Trek to Lukla .
Day 17 - Fly to Kathmandu.
Day 18 - Final Departure.

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