License No: 237321

Quick Facts

  • Duration:16 Days
  • Trek Style:cultural tour / trekking
  • Group Size:3++
  • Location:Everest region
  • Trek Starting Point:lukla
  • Trip Grade:Moderate
  • Meals:Breakfast, lunch, Dinner
  • Accomodation:Tea house during trekking
  • Max-Altitude:5545 m
  • Transportation:local vehicle / Domestic flight
  • Trek Ending Point:lukla
  • Departure from:kathmandu / Ramechhap

Everest with Mani Rimdu Festival

Everest with Mani Rimdu festival combines trekking to the Everest region with Mani Rimdu festival celebrated at the Tengboche Monastery each year.

Everest Base Camp trek is one of the most famous treks in the world. It takes you into the heart of the Nepalese Himalaya, with incredible awe-inspiring views of many of the world’s highest and most beautiful mountains. On our Everest Base Camp Trek, we follow the footsteps of sir Edmund Hillary as we ascend from Lukla Airport to the vast glaciers and razor-sharp ridge-lines of the Himalayas, home of the world’s highest peaks.

Along the way, we will encounter most hospitable and friendly Sherpa people and get to know their lifestyle, colorful festivals & Buddhist monasteries surrounded by unique flora and fauna. Also trail passes with the carved Mani stone, Prayer flags, Prayer wheels and singing prayers for everyone’s well-being. This trek offers Special view of the Mt. Everest from the closet point Kalapathar (5545 m).

 

When is the Mani Rimdu Festival?

The Mani Rimdu Festival is celebrated at the Tengboche Monastery from 12th November to 15th November (the dates may vary). The date of the Mani Rimdu festival is fixed according to the Tibetan Lunar calendar. It is announced by the head Lama at the Tengboche Monastery.

The Mani Rimdu Festival with Everest base Camp Trek is thus ideal to do during this month. November is generally the autumn season, and it presents suitable weather conditions and ideal temperatures for trekking.

Arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport. Our Staff member meets you and transfers you to the hotel.
Overnight at Hotel.
Morning wake-up and breakfast in hotel.
Our guide will meet you in your hotel and brief you about the upcoming trekking. He will guide you through all the formalities and necessary paper-works required for the trekking.
After that, we then do a Sightseeing in Kathmandu valley of famous UNESCO world heritage sites like Boudhanath, one of the largest Stupas in the world; Swayambhunath, a famous monkey temple and Pashupatinath, a sacred Hindu temple complex. Apart from Sightseeing, we also get TIMS card and permits for our trekking on this day. In the evening, we do initial preparation for the trekking.
Overnight at Hotel.
After early breakfast, we depart from Kathmandu via airplane for Lukla (2840 m). The flight takes about 35 minutes to reach Lukla airport from Kathmandu. The Lukla flight is one of the most dramatic short distance flights in the world. The Lukla Airport is located on a hill and consists of a single runway that drops off towards its end to the deep gaping valley below. Surrounded by tall mountains and jaded hills, the airstrip at Lukla is quite fascinating and the flight is a thrilling adventure in itself. Upon arrival at Lukla, the changes are immediately felt. The mountainous landscape becomes quite prominent and the air carries a crisp freshness to it, which only Himalayan atmosphere carries.
From Lukla, the trekking trail slowly moves towards the Cheplung Village. View of the sacred Mount Khumbila from the village at Cheplung is gorgeous. From there, a gradual walk downwards leads to the village of Phakding. The terrain is amazing and tall hills surround the trail like giant mounds of emeralds. From Phakding, the sight of the Kusum Kangraru Mountain can be seen. The village of Phakding lies in the Dudh Koshi River valley north of Lukla and contains many guesthouses and lodges for the service of tourists and trekkers.
Overnight at Guesthouse.
Note: The weather in Lukla is very unpredictable. Sometimes due to bad weather the flight may be delayed or cancelled. If the flight is cancelled, you will have to return back to the hotel in Kathmandu. The transportation back to the hotel and accommodation on this night is not included. If the weather is clear next day, you will get either 3rd or 4th flight to Lukla. If still the weather is not clear, there will be an option for helicopter flight also. The cost for helicopter flight is not fixed. It will be quoted by the airlines on the same day. You will have to pay additional approx. 150/250 USD for the helicopter flight from KTM to Lukla. Although this problem is rare, it is our duty to let you know in advance.
After breakfast at Phakding, the trail further opens out to reach the celebrated mountain town of Namche Bazaar. On route to Namche, several smaller villages are crossed, like Jorsale and Monjo. Monjo lies north of Phakding and is the entry point of the Sagarmatha National Park. The trail ventures through the national park and finally arrives at Namche. Walking along the trekking route through the Sagarmatha National Park presents many virtues, like its alpine woods, small rivers and brooks and deciduous forests. Thick acreages of Pine and Cedar cover the lands and provide a pleasant atmosphere to trek through. Namche Bazaar, because of its strategic location, is the commercial hub of the Khumbu region. It is located on a mountain side and views of the Thamserku Peak and the Kongdi RI Himal from here are amazing.
Overnight at Guesthouse.
Today we stay in Namche and allow our body to acclimatize to the altitude. We can also walk to the nearby areas. The trading and administrative centre of the Khumbu region, Namche, is home to various government offices, banks, plenty of shops and cafes.
We can hike to the Everest View Hotel, from where we can enjoy great views of Mt. Everest and other mountains in the Himalayas.
Overnight at Guesthouse.
We climb the ridge above Namche and descend to the Dudh Koshi River before climbing again to Tengboche Monastery, the most important monastery in the region. Devoche, a charming village, is slightly further (20 minutes). Depending upon the weather and other factors, we can end our day in Debuche (4410 m) or stay in Namche.

Today, you will visit the Tengboche Monastery to witness the celebration of the fabled Mani Rimdu Festival. There are many rituals and steps in the celebration of the holy festival. The Wong is the opening day of the public ceremony. It is performed on the full moon day, of the tenth month in the Tibetan lunar calendar. The sacred Mani Rilwu (sacred or blessed pills) and Tshereel (pills for long life), are given to everyone attending. There are ritualistic dances by the monks that symbolize the triumph of good over evil. There are also rituals where the lamas and monks of the monastery done on colorful robes and traditional Sherpa costumes to depict various legends and myths. The tinkling sound of the cymbals and the steady beating of the drums fill the air. The monks also chant prayers and the atmosphere is generally turned into a lively gathering of colorful robes, enchanting prayers and amazing cultural display.

Many local Sherpa people along with tourists attend to witness the celebration. After witnessing the celebration of the Mani Rimdu Festival, you will return back to the guesthouse.

Overnight at Guesthouse.

Today we walk slowly through the pleasant village of Pangboche and on to Dingboche. We make a quick descend to Debuche before starting an uphill climb towards Pangboche. We can observe Mt. Everest, Amadablam and Nuptse mountains along the way. We stop in Pangboche for tea before continuing to Somare for lunch. We then cross the Imja Valley and Lobuche Stream before ascending to Dingboche (4410 m).
Overnight at Guesthouse.
Rest day to be used as needed proper acclimatization rest or explore around.
There are several great hikes from Dingboche for this layover day, including Chukung Valley and up to Amadablam base camp.
Overnight at Guesthouse.
A difficult day with steep climbing awaits us. The day starts with a gradual climb to Dughla, where we stop for our lunch. A steep climb from Dughla takes us to the memorial of famous mountaineers such as Scott Fischer and Babu Chiri Sherpa. We then enter the Khumbu Glacier area and follow the route to Lobuche (4910 m), where we our trek of the day.
Overnight at Guesthouse.
This is a big and difficult day walk along the Khumbu Glacier and up to Everest Base Camp at 5,365 m, the closest you can get to Mt. Everest without mountaineering equipment. During spring, there will likely be expedition teams about to attempt the summit. The view of the Khumbu Icefall from Base Camp is spectacular. We return back to Gorak Shep for the night.
Overnight at Guesthouse.
This will be one of the most difficult yet rewarding days of the trek. Most of the morning is spent climbing Mt. Kala Patthar, a small peak at 5,555 m. The ascent is demanding but the climber gets the most magnificent mountain panorama: Everest, the highest point on the planet at 8,848 m, towers directly ahead and on all sides loom the giants such as Nuptse, Pumori, Chagatse, Lhotse and countless others. We make a quick descent to Gorak Shep and have hot breakfast, and then trek down to Pheriche.
Overnight at Guesthouse.
Leaving the mountains behind us, our descent takes us through Pangboche and Tengboche before continuing to the town of Namche Bazaar. We arrive back to Namche in the afternoon.
Overnight at Guesthouse.
We walk on the Shore of Dudhkoshi River through valley trail. We hike downhill and uphill to the end of Everest Base Camp. This is our last day of trekking as we return to Lukla where the trek began. We enjoy this time to reflect on the trek as a group and the personal achievement of all those who took part. The afternoon is free, so you can wander about, relax and enjoy the surroundings.
Overnight at Guesthouse.
Fly back to Kathmandu and transfer to the hotel. We have reserved this day for you to gain back your strength and buy some gifts for your loved ones back home. On this day, you can walk around the city and do little shopping or just relax at your hotel.
Overnight at Hotel.
After breakfast a staff member will pick you up from the hotel and transfers you to the airport for the final departure. We wish you a pleasant and safe flight back home and hope to see you soon again.

WHAT'S INCLUDED

  • Airport Pick-up and drop Service
  • Hotel Accommodation in Kathmandu (twin sharing basis) with breakfast
  • Guided Tour of Kathmandu valley with an experienced tour guide
  • Sightseeing charges and Entry fees
  • 2 way domestic flight ( KTM – LUK and LUK – KTM)
  • Accommodation during the trek (teahouse / guesthouse / homestay)
  • All meals during the trek (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
  • Transportation (tourist coach / local bus / private vehicle)
  • Experienced licensed English-speaking trekking guide
  • Local government Entry Permit of Rs. 2000 (started in 2018)
  • Insurance of the Guide and Porter
  • Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality Entrance Permit
  • Sagarmatha National Park Entry Permit
  • TIMS (Trekkers’ Information Management System) Trekking Permit Card
  • Medical kits carried by the guide
  • All necessary paper works, office service charge and all Government Taxes

 

Optional Add-Ons:
  • Porter (cost: 20 USD per day, carries 15 – 20 kg load. Porter’s accommodation, transport and meal is paid by the company)
  • Down jacket, all-season sleeping bag, duffel bag and trekking map (in case if you don‘t have your own. Down jacket, sleeping bag and duffel bag must be returned after completion of the trip)

WHAT'S EXCLUDED

  • Travel insurance (Mandatory: Should include emergency evacuation coverage while trekking up to 5500+ m)
  • International airfare and Visa costs (you can get Visa upon arrival at the airport)
  • Personal interest items or gears
  • Tips to guide / driver / porter
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara in case of early arrival, late departure, and early return from the mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
  • Beverage and Drink Items / Other Extra facilities like hot shower during trek
  • Any other expenses which are not mentioned in “What’s Included” section
  • Note: After finishing your trek, if you have more time to stay in Nepal and want to do other activities, such as white-water rafting, short tours of National parks, Bungee, mountain biking, hiking, etc., we can customize the itineraries according to your interest. That means, we can design short or long itineraries according to your request. Total cost of the trek depends on trekking trails and the itinerary choices. Please inform us in prior about your plans, so that we can organize them for you.Important note:This note represents the most current information for this itinerary and may supersede any information in the current brochure, including but not limited to the itinerary and price. The itinerary should be seen as a guide only. This itinerary may change at any time due to inclement weather, forces of nature and other circumstances beyond our control. We do our best to provide you the best available services but at the same time ask for your understanding to be flexible, in case of unpredictable conditions
  • Please do not forget to carry the following items with you:
    1. 3 Passport size Photos
    2. Torchlight / Headlight
    3. Warm cap
    4. Sunglass and sun-cream
    5. Sleeping bag (light weight)
    6. Trekking sticks
    7. Dry fruits and chocolates
    8. Down jacket
    9. Backpack (No luggage or hand carry)
    10. Trekking trousers
    11. Trekking shoes (No any converse and Vans shoes
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