Mani Rimdu Festival is high Himalayan Buddhist festival observed every year. Festival is celebrating in Tengboche Monastery. Date of the festival is in between mid-October till mid-November, the exact date is based on Tibetan lunar calendar and announced by head monk of Tengboche Monastery. Mani Rimdu festival is colorful festival gather Buddhist monks from all monasteries around and perform special chanting with powerful Buddhist mantras. The main aim of the festival is to perform powerful Buddhist chant to safe the areas from demon. Everest Base Camp Trek during Mani Rimdu festival is worth. You also can only trek up to Tengboche Monastery to observe festival, receive blessed, visit unique Sherpa villages and get closer view of Mount Everest and other High Himalayan peaks.
Tengboche Monastery reach after three days trek starting from Kathmandu. 3,870 meters altitude Tengboche is facilitate with local tea house accommodation. Observing festival one full days from morning till evening. That will be also the acclimatization time before starting Trek to Everest Base Camp. During the Mani Rjmdu Festival, monks meditate for nine days and the festival main day perform strong mask dance and chanting with several Buddhist music instrument.
Combining Everest Trek and Mani Rimdu festival is opportunity to get blessed, get lifetime experience of Mount Everest region. The festival time is also in the good trekking season. Trek starts after scenic flight to Lukla with tiny aircraft. 35 minutes flight land at very small airport lies in 2,860 miters of Sherpa village. Trek in Everest region begins from most beautiful villages, blooming Rhododendron forest, verities of other flora and fauna. Further trek to Everest base camp and Kalapathar via Dingboche Lobuche and Gorakhshep. Reach to base camp of world highest peak Mount Everest and climb Kalapathar to encounter closer views of Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse with hundreds of other Himalayan peaks and best sunrise or sunset.
Everest Base Camp Trekking than back same way till Lukla airport and fly back to Kathmandu. It also have option to get helicopter back from Gorakhshep instead of trek back the same way. This trek also have option to join our small group Everest trek. Itinerary is always possible to customize in private group trek as per your wish. Trek also has option to overnight at luxury guest houses or in normal all depend on your budget. Nepal Highland Treks with professional trekking guide and porter makes your Everest Trek lifetime memorial.
Day 01:Arrival at Tribhuban International airport of Kathmandu. Transfer to Hotel and Overnight 1350m
Day 02:Day in Kathmandu. Sightseeing to UNESCO heritage sites and trip preparation. overnight at Hotel
Day 03:Fly to Lukla (2,860m) and trek to Phakding (2,652m) 3/4 hours. Overnight at tea house
Day 04:Trek Phakding to Namche Bazar (3,440m) 6/7 Hours. Overnight at tea house
Day 05:Trek Namche to Tengboche. The place of Mani Rimdu festival celebrate (3,860m) 5/6 hours. Overnight at tea house
Day 06:Day in Tengboche to observe Mani Rimdu Festival and also for acclimatization. Overnight and local tea house
Day 07:Trek Tengboche to Dingboche (4,410m) 5/6 hours. Overnight at tea house
Day 08:Trek Dingboche to Lobuche (4,910m) 4/5 hours. Overnight at tea house
Day 09:Trek Lobuche to Everest Base Camp (5,360) and back to Gorakhshep (5,180m) for overnight. 7/8 hours
Day 10:Climb Kalapathar at early in the morning (5,545m) and trek down to Pheriche (4210m) 7 hours. Overnight at tea house
Day 11:Trek Pheriche to Namche (3410m) 6/7 hours. Overnight at tea house
Day 12:Trek Namche to Lukla (2860m) 6/7 Hours. Overnight at tea house
Day 13:Fly back to Kathmandu and transfer to Hotel. Rest
Day 14:An extra day in Kathmandu. Relax or choose your activities
Day 15:Departure and farewell
Day 1Arrival at Tribhuban International airport of Kathmandu. Transfer to Hotel and Overnight 1350mRepresentative from Nepal Highland Treks pick up you from International airport and transfer to Hotel. If you get time, we will discuss about your trip and check your trekking gears. Overnight at Hotel
Day 2Day in Kathmandu. Sightseeing to UNESCO heritage sites and trip preparation. overnight at HotelAfter your breakfast in Hotel, our tour guide will lead you to sightseeing at UNESCO heritage sites of Kathmandu valley. Bhaktapur Durbar Squire (Old King palace with arts and architecture), Bauddhanath Stupa (Biggest Buddhist Stupa) and Pashupatinath temple (A biggest Hindu temple). Come back to hotel and final preparation of your trekking.
Day 3Fly to Lukla (2,860m) and trek to Phakding (2,652m) 3/4 hours. Overnight at tea houseEarly in the morning we drive to domestic airport for your flight to Lukla. It is early morning flight about 35 minutes. Scenic flight with tiny aircraft takes off you at Hillary airport (Lukla). Introduce with your porter. After managing your luggage, start walking toward Phakding. The trail follows the bank of the Dudhkoshi River. Easy and flat walking takes only around 4 hours.
Day 4Trek Phakding to Namche Bazar (3,440m) 6/7 Hours. Overnight at tea houseAfter your breakfast start trekking to Namche Bazar (Biggest town in Everest region). We pass big suspension bring at the beginning. Than our trail become slightly up hills. Route is passing through alpine forest along with Dudhkoshi River. We also pass Benkar village, Monjo village and jorsalle on the way. After having our lunch, we start tough up hills walking and reach Namche.
Day 5Trek Namche to Tengboche. The place of Mani Rimdu festival celebrate (3,860m) 5/6 hours. Overnight at tea houseWe trek an easy way with front view of panoramic mountain up to Phunki Thanga, small River side village. From here, trekking route start to be up hills. It contains some of the major ascend toward Tengboche. Tengboche is famous with Tengboche monastery and it is one of the largest monastery in Everest region. Monastery open from 3 pm and it is good visit at their evening chanting by lamas
Day 6Day in Tengboche to observe Mani Rimdu Festival and also for acclimatization. Overnight and local tea house Mani Rimdu vestival happen in Tengboche Monastery. The main activities of festival is Chating Buddhist mantra by monks, Special music by their instrument and Mask dance. Local peoples gather as huge number. Observe the festival and also can hiking around
Day 7Trek Tengboche to Dingboche (4,410m) 5/6 hours. Overnight at tea houseTrekking through Rhododendron forest reach at Deboche village. After Diboche valley reach at Pangboche village which is having biggest settlement of Sherpa peoples. We still have good view of Mount Everest, Lhotse and Amadablam. Trekking trail than follow through upper Pangboche for exploring an oldest pangboche monastery. After walking some minor ascends, we can see picturesque village of Dingboche with beautiful potato fields.
Day 8Trek Dingboche to Lobuche (4,910m) 4/5 hours. Overnight at tea houseIt is short hiking at high altitude. We start after your breakfast in Dingboche. After walking around three hours in wide valley we reach at Duglha. You’re walking than reach some tough ascending. You may feel hard to breathe as it is thinner air in high altitude. You will reach Lobuche. Lobushe is small settlement with fewer tea houses only. You have to be prepared with chilly night.
Day 9Trek Lobuche to Everest Base Camp (5,360) and back to Gorakhshep (5,180m) for overnight. 7/8 hoursDay of reaching at base camp of highest peak of the earth, you are at the day of reaching your dream. It is better to start trekking as earlier as possible after your breakfast. The trekking trail to Everest Base Camp is not hard but it is continuously ascending and descending at glacier rocky trail. Everest base Camp is extremely beautiful. Panaromic Mountains including Everest is surroundings. We will come up to near from Khumbu Glacier and see icefall from slopes of Mount Everest. We than come back to Gorakhshep for our overnight
Day 10Climb Kalapathar at early in the morning (5,545m) and trek down to Pheriche (4210m) 7 hours. Overnight at tea houseWe prepare with our small bag with hot drinking water and some nuts. It is about one and half hours climbing. When we start, it is dark and chilly. Get sunrise view and panoramic mountain views which is probably the best view ever in this trekking. We come down to Gorakhshep and have breakfast. Hike back to Pheriche for overnight
Day 11Trek Pheriche to Namche (3410m) 6/7 hours. Overnight at tea houseAll the way down hill from Pheriche to Phunki Thanga. We can choose either Tengboche or Phunki thanga for our lunch. Small ascend involve after phunki Thanga to the top. Again an hour downhill reach Namche. You can feel more relax at Namche having nice walking soundings. Namche is having some of the goods cafes, shops and restaurants
Day 12Trek Namche to Lukla (2860m) 6/7 Hours. Overnight at tea houseToday is quite long walking down and flat land. It is same way back as we crossed Jorsalle, Manjo, Benkar, Phakding and other small villages on the way. From Jorsalle we cross area of Everest National park. Enjoy your walking with several suspension bring over Dhudhkoshi river
Day 13Fly back to Kathmandu and transfer to Hotel. RestFly early in the morning from Lukla to Kathmandu. You can view Scenic Mountain and green hills from tiny flight. Drive from Kathmandu domestic airport and check in hotel. Nepal Highland Treks invite you to have together dinner in typical Nepali cultural restaurant. Share your experience of Everest Base camp trekking
Day 14An extra day in Kathmandu. Relax or choose your activitiesA reserve day in Kathmandu is for relaxing after your long days trekking. You still can choose some other activities around Kathmandu valley. Otherwise you have good walking around Thamel to have shopping souvenirs for your relative and friends.
Day 15Departure and farewellIt is normally to be at International airport 3 hours before your flight time. It only takes 20 minutes drive to reach Airport from Thamel. We manage transportation for your final departure