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Mani Rimdu Trekking is the sacred Buddhist Festival celebrated to quell demons and reward the virtuous. It is a series of sacred ceremonies and events of empowerment for 19 consecutive days eminent in the district of Mt. Everest-Solukhhumbu and celebrated in the three holy places Tengboche, Thame, and Chiong. Mani Rimdu is divided into six preparations; Construction of the sand mandala, Empowerment (Wong), the Dances (Chham), Ser-Kyem, the Fire Puja (Jinsak), and Chhingpa. Similarly, Mani Rimdu has three main days of major celebration such as Chham (The Dance), Jinsak (Fire Puja), and Mandala destroying.
Trekkers for Tengboche take a flight to the world's most dangerous airport, Lukla Airport. The surprising landscape and views of Himalayan chains are jaw-dropping. Meanwhile, the trekking starts from Lukla and elevates to Namche after a few days of hard climbing. Namche Bazar is the best place offering magnificent and astounding views of nature, landscape, pubs, spas, rivers, and the hot shower relieving the soul and body by providing sufficient time for acclimatization. Finally, trekkers reach the Tengboche (3870m).
During the time of the sacred ceremonies, tourists are heartily welcomed to participate in all the series of events and celebrations. The two major categories of the same ethnicity Sherpa and Lama gather together at the monastery with the monastic community to pray for the prosperity of the world. Likewise, Buddhist communities along with trekkers are involved in prayers, chanting, colourful Lama dancing, wearing brocade gowns, and artistic paper-mâché masks. In the meantime, the trekkers’ excursion also experiences all the events and celebrations including participating in it. Life seems full of aesthetic culture and soulful experiences.
The alluring and majestic views of charismatic and giant snow-clad peaks like Mt. Everest (8848m), AmaDablam (6812m), Lhotse (8516m), Nuptse (7855m), Kongde, Thamserku (6430m) also holy mountains Khumbila (5761m) can be sighted up-close. Moreover, The Fire Puja is absolutely soulful with an objective to alleviate all the harm in the world performed by burning the grain and butter in a fire followed by humorous dances and chanting. Later, travellers see the Sand Mandala is put to an end piece by piece. It is the insightful and adventurous trekking of a lifetime.
Your trip day starts today when you arrive to Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. Upon your arrival, you will be received by our representative at the airport. He will be carrying a signboard with our company’s name on it. Then you will be transferred to the tour hotel and checked in. A trip briefing will follow later today and the time will be notified to you by the representative who picks you up from the airport. We will come to meet and brief you about the trip at the fixed time. Until then just relax or explore a bit of surrounding.
We take you for a day tour of cultural heritage monuments in Kathmandu valley after breakfast. The tour will give you a mixed insight of history, culture, art, architecture and spirituality of Kathmandu valley. The sites include; Swoyambhunath aka Monkey Temple: The oldest of all sites in Kathmandu valley, Swoyambhunath is an important Buddhist spiritual site having the history over two thousand years old. This site has gained a popular name as monkey temple as this small forested hill is a good habitat for hundreds of monkeys. The visit there will heighten your spiritual and cultural experience. Patan City including Patan Durbar Square: A tour to medieval city of Patan gives you a great insight about ethnic Newari culture, Budhhist spirituality, religious harmony, art and architecture while you stroll around the charismatic alleys taking you to magnificent local community squares known as Bahal and eventually leading you to an incredible medieval palace square. The monuments and skill of the local artisans displayed on those monuments in the square will stun you with their unbelievable charm. Boudhanath Stupa: The largest of its kind in the world, this magnificent stupa is a very important center of faith for the people following Tibetan Buddhism. This place is nice Circular Square with the stunning stupa in the middle of it which spreads a lot of spiritual vibrations around the atmosphere.
Take an early morning flight from Kathmandu airport to Lukla. The flight is a scenic Himalayan panoramic flight to the gorgeous mountain town of Lukla, the gateway to Everest trekking. After landing at the Lukla airport, take some time to prepare for the walk of the day. Start the trek for the day today to Phakding, a beautiful town on the bank on Dudhkoshi River. Approximately four hours of gentle walking on the Everest trail takes you to Phakding to spend overnight at a tea house.
After taking breakfast at the tea house, you start the trek to astounding Sherpa town of Namche today. The walk today is mostly uphill making you cover a good distance of elevation. You will come across lots of yaks, Buddhist prayer flags, and many trekking adventurers like you and several other beautiful things. Once you arrive at Namche, you praise the charm of the town and the Himalayan view from there more. Check into a hotel and relax.
Already at the elevation of 3440 meters above sea level, you need to acclimatize with the high altitude atmosphere. Thus it is an extra day at Namche to acclimatize doing some uphill side hikes. Once you return back to Namche from the hike, you will have some time to explore the charming town of Namche as well
Leave Namche early morning after breakfast. It is beautiful walk up to Tengboche, the monastic village in the Everest base camp trekking trail. On the way to Tengboche, experience some of the spectacular views around. Once you reach Tengboche and check into guest house, go and explore the monastery, learn about Tibetan Buddhism.
Today is the main highlight of the entire tour. After breakfast in Namche early in the morning, head to Tengboche to experience the initial day of the Mani Rimdu festival. The festival kicks off with the creation of the Sand Mandala and the construction of Wong. For the Sand Mandala, colored sand is meticulously arranged to form an intricate design. The mandala represents the palace of Chenpo, the lord of the dance, and symbolizes peace and harmony in the world. The locals consider the Buddha of Kindness statue highly significant for this festival. The Mani Rilwa pills container is positioned at the mandala's center regarded as spiritual medicine. During the festival, monks and nuns chant hymns that emanate kindness and peace into the mandala and pills, blessing those in attendance. Following this spiritually enriching event, you'll be able to engage with the locals and gain insight into their way of life.
The second day of the festival is just as captivating as the first. On this day, a truly unique and spiritual dance occurs, performed by selected monks who are reputed to enter a trance state during their presentation. These monks embody the spiritual essence of a deity, symbolizing the victory of good over demons. Throughout the performance, they exude intense positive energy, representing their ongoing struggle against the forces of darkness. This sacred dance is exclusive to the festival and is not performed on any other occasion. After being entranced by the performance, you can seek blessings from the Lamas at the Tengboche Monastery. Enjoy an overnight stay in Tengboche.
The third and concluding day of the festival promises a grand culmination. Once again, you will witness a Fire Puja within the Tengboche Monastery. In the monastery yard, a pit of fire burns, accompanied by the resonant hymns and chants of the monks. Butter and specific spices are kindled in flames, a ritual believed to appease the fire god, Agni, and the god of the mandala, fostering harmony and dispelling harm. In the final act, the sand mandala created on the initial day is carefully dismantled, and the sand is reverently offered to the Snake God, Naga. With this gesture, the festival concludes. Blessings are sought from the Lamas, and the locals return to their homes with a joyful and spiritually enriched state of mind. Enjoy an overnight stay in Tengboche.
After spending four days in Tengboche, it's time to bid farewell to your hosts and the locals you've come to know. You'll pack your belongings and set out on the trail back towards the Monjo checkpoint. You'll reach the Imja Tse River during the descent, followed by a steep climb to Sanasa. From there, you'll continue to Namche Bazaar. After a satisfying lunch at a restaurant, you'll retrace your steps through the forest, returning to the banks of the Dudh Koshi River. Crossing a suspension bridge will bring you to Jorsale. Upon reaching Monjo village, find a tea house for the night. Indulge in warm butter tea and savor local delicacies. Enjoy your overnight stay in Monjo.
Walk another six hours back to Lukla today after your breakfast. The walk passes through Phakding where you had spent you first night in the mountain. Reach Lukla and spend some leisurely time there.
Take an early morning flight back to Kathmandu. You will be picked up on your arrival at the airport and then transferred to hotel. You have a free afternoon to relax or explore. We will meet in the evening to go for farewell dinner.
We will drop you to airport three hours prior to your flight time for your home destination.
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