Tengboche Mani Rimdu Festival

Daily Tour 14 day
Hanoi, Vietnam Nepal

Mani Rimdu is the most important festival of the Sherpa people that is held during the tenth lunar month of the Tibetan calendar, corresponding to October–November of the Gregorian calendar. It is also the autumnal trekking season in the region when large groups of international tourists visit the Monastery to witness the festivities that last for nine days. The religious festivities involve ceremonies and meditation (Drupchen). The meaning attributed to “Mani Rimdu” is that ‘Mani’ means “part of the chant of Chenrezig” and ‘Rilbu’ or ‘Rimdu’ means small red pills that are blessed during the festival. The red pills are blessed repeatedly during the festival and then distributed to all those who attend. The festival is a tradition passed on from its mother monastery, the Rongbuk. It begins with an elaborate depiction of the mandala diagram made with coloured sand. This sand is extracted from a specified location in the hills.

The mandala takes four days to draw; it is then covered, and is central to the religious festival that lasts for the next 10 days. The program includes 16 dance numbers with interludes for comical effect. Finally, after all the devotees have left, the monks perform a fire rite to dispel all harm to the world.

The sand mandala specially created for the festival is then formally removed with prayers for the benefit of all sentient beings. At the end of the festivities the resident Tengboche Rinpoche of the Monastery blesses the general public after which the ‘Mask Dances’ are performed by the monks. During 2010, the festival is likely to be held on 23 October for the ‘Blessing Ceremony’ and 24 October for the ‘Mask Dances’. The monks perform the masked dance, to usher some of the protective deities as manifestation of the legendary saint Guru Rinpoche, the founder of Tibetan Buddhism; the dance numbers also display the defeat of demons and the initiation of Buddhism to Tibet. Thus, Tengboche Monastery and Mani Rimdu are major attractions for tourists in Nepal. The number of tourists visiting the monastery is said to be about 15,000 per year and during peak tourist season the number is said to be 600 per week.

DAY 01 Arrival in Kathmandu
Arrival in Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport, a representative from Matterhorn Treks & Expedition will transfer to your hotel, We will brief about your trip activities. You’ll have rest of the day at leisure.
Overnight at Hotel B/B.

DAY 02 Kathmandu Sightseeing
Sightseeing in Some of landmarks that are the World Heritage Sites of Kathmandu Durbar Square, the sacred Hindu temple of Pashupati Nath, the famous ‘Monkey Temple’ (Swayambhu Nath) and Buddhists shrine (Bouddha Nath. You can also make your last minute buying of personal items and preparation for the next day.
Overnight at Hotel B/B.

DAY 03 Kathmandu – Lukla (2,800m) – Phakding (2,652 m), 35 min flight, 3 – hours trek
Early morning after breakfast, we get transferred to domestic airport and fly to Lukla. After an adventurous 40 minutes flight above breathtaking green and white mountains, we reach Tenzing-Hillary Airport at Lukla. This is one of the most beautiful air routes in the world culminating in a dramatic landing on a hillside surrounded by high mountains peaks. At the airport, we meet our other crew members. We get time to stroll around while the guide divides and manages baggage to be carried by porters. We start our trek through the prosperous village of Lukla until we reach Phakding. To assist in acclimatization, we only have a short hike today. However, if interested in additional activities, take a side trip to a nearby monastery.
Overnight in lodge on full board.

DAY 04 Phakding – Namche Bazaar (3,440 m), 6 hrs
Trek starts in the morning after breakfast. The walk today is pleasant with few short uphill and downhill with multiple crossings over Dudh Koshi River and magnificent view of Mt. Thamserku (6,608m/21,675ft) from the Benkar village. Cross some more bridges and reach the entrance of Sagarmatha National Park at Monjo, where our trekking permits are checked in order to keep record of trekkers and local trekking staffs as well. A descend and a gradual walk brings us to Jorsale, the last village until Namche Bazaar. The walk is enjoyable through the river bed and we reach Hillary Suspension Bridge. Now, as we climb up hill towards Namche Bazzar, closer and magnificent sight of Kwangde Peak, its sister peaks, Kusum Kangaru, Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Tawache, and many other fabulous mountains are viewed closer, we stop at the Chautara here to admire the view. Finally, we reach the colorful village of Namche Bazzar, the main gateway of Khumbu region.
Overnight in lodge on full board.

DAY 05 Namche Bazaar Acclimatization Day
This is first scheduled ‘acclimatization’ day for this trek. Health experts always recommend us to stay active and moving during the rest day too instead of being idle. We either spend the day taking a day hike to Thame or visiting Khunde or carry out relaxed exploration of Namche Bazaar itself. Namche Bazzar is the main centre of the Everest (Khumbu) region and has government offices, ATMs, Internet cafes, shops, restaurants, a bakery and a colorful market each Friday evening and Saturday. If we trek a few hundred vertical feet during the day, it will help us to properly acclimatize. Visit the Tourist Visitor Center near the Sagarmatha National Park headquarters and 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. The Khumjung valley surrounded by the snowy peaks of Kongde and Thamserku and the sacred peak of Khumbila hosts a well known monastery that houses a yeti scalp. Visit Hillary School which is at the same site. After having lunch and spending some time in Khumjung, walk back down to Namche.
Overnight in lodge on full board.

DAY 06 Namche to Tengboche Monastery, 5 Hours
From Namche, the well-worn Everest trail contours around the side of the valley high above the Dudh Kosi. As we follow the path, we will get even better views of the great peaks of the Khumbu: Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse and Ama Dablam. Passing by several villages and numerous tea shops, we will cross the Dudh Kosi River and make a steep climb to Thyangboche, home of the famous and recently rebuilt monastery. We have plenty of time to look around Thyangboche, the monastery and have a cake at the bakery before dropping down to the river and the village of Deboche (3,700m) a little further along the trail, where we will stay in a relaxing lodge.
Overnight at Lodge on full board.

Day 07 First day of Mani Rimbu Festival
The mani rimdu festival depicts the victory of Buddhism over the ancient Born 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 08 Second Day Mani Rimbu Festival
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 09 Third day of Mani rimbu festival
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 Tengboche to Namche (3440m), 5 hours
We take a nice descend walk through forest till to the riverside, across the river and take a walk up towards a big hill for 2 hours and will have a nice pleasant walk till to Namche. This is same way as we used before.
Overnight at Namche on full board.

Day 11 Namche to Lukla(2800m), 7 hours
Today the trail steeply descends to the Hillary Suspension Bridge and then continues on an easy natural walk to Phakding.After a linch, trail will lead you back to Lukla. On arrival in Lukla you will have time to relax, stretch those sore legs and celebrate the completion of your trek. Reconfirm your flight ticket.
Overnight at lodge on full board.

Day 12 Lukla – Kathmandu (1350m)
After an early morning flight to Kathmandu, you’ll head to your hotel. Today is a well-earned day to put your weary feet and gratefully rediscover all of civilization’s perks. You could catch up on some last minute shopping or explore any sights missed during your first day in Kathmandu. 

Day 13 Kathmandu
This pleasant day you may have full day at leisure at your own or can be extends your extra trip with us on additional cost or time to explore the Thamel for last day shopping and evening Matterhorn Treks & Expediton will take you for Farewell dinner.
Overnight at Hotel B/B.

Day 14 Depature from Kathmandu
Matterhorn treks & Expedition will transferred to the International Airport your depature flight to your onwards destination.

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