Mani Rimdu is the three day festival very important for Sherpa community in the Khumbu region. Sherpa people belong to Mahayana-Nying-Mapa sect by Guru Rimpoche (Padma Sambhawa), Buddhist spiritual leader. The festival has been celebrated in Tengboche Monastery since 1930 AD. Mani-Rimdu normally takes place every year in month of November (full moon, it can be changed depending upon Tibetan Calender). The period coincides with end of harvesting work in the village hence drawing large crowds from all villagers in Khumbu region. The festival follow the ten-day non-stop prayer sessions addressed to deities – seeking ” blessing for the good of all mankind”. Masked Lamas of Khumbu region perform various religious rituals amidst dancing and singing.
On this trip, we follow the Everest Base Camp Trek which is one of most followed route by the trekkers in Nepal and whole world. Beneath the southern slopes of Sagarmatha (Mt. Everest 8848m- world highest mountain) lies the rugged and remote land of the Sherpas. Incredibly shaped mountains, whose ice-capped summits rise sharply above steep rock walls, tower above stone their close association with mountaineering history and exploration
Important note :
Flight between Kathmandu and Lukla is generally reliable. In case of bad weather, flight are cancelled often and to avoid missing international flights, we recommend 2-3 days extra at end of your trip. Also be prepared to pay some extra money for Helicopter flights. Which may cost $ 150- $ 500 or more depending on persons on the flight. For group, we normally charter helicopter flights. Make sure that you have full-fledged insurance coverage arrangement. In our program there is two night as buffer day in case of unforeseen circumstances.
What are included in the package
What are not included in the package
Day 01- Arrival in Kathmandu
Welcome to Nepal! Ramdung Expedition representative will meet you at the airport and bring you to your hotel in Kathmandu. You can take a rest or if you are arriving earlier, can visit around the city.
In the evening we will hold a briefing session regarding your trip and get to know your Nepali trekking companion. We’ll be happy to answer any question you may have. O/N Hotel.
Day 02- Fly to Lukla (28040) and trek to Phakding (2610m) 3 hrs.
An early morning start takes us to the Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu for the 35-minute scenic flight to Tenzing and Hillary Airport at Lukla (2,804m). On arrival at the airport guide will brief you and introduce our porters before we begin our trek towards Phakding (2,610m).
After landing we have time to explore the village while our Sherpa crew sort and load our trekking equipment. Then we begin our trek by descending towards the Dudh Kosi River where we join the main trail to Namche Bazaar, located just above Chaunrikharka (2,713m). The walking is easy and after passing through the small village of Ghat (2,550m) it is a short walk to Phakding. O/N Lodge (BLD)
Day 03- Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3441m) 5-6 hrs
We continue trekking along the banks of the Dudh Kosi, crossing the majestic river many times on exciting suspension bridges laden with prayer flags. After entering the Sagamartha National Park, the trail climbs steeply with breathtaking views. Namche Bazaar (considered the Gateway to Everest) is home to many quality restaurants, hotels, lodges, shops, money exchange services, internet cafes and bakeries. Namche is the biggest town along the Everest trail. Overnight at a guesthouse. O/N Lodge (BLD)
Day 04 – Acclimatization day
We spend a day in Namche Bazaar in order to acclimatize and adjust to the thinning air. We will trek a short distance to a museum that is celebrated for its exhibits of the traditional customs of the Sherpa people. We also hike up the Syangboche Airport near the Everest View Hotel. From this point, we can see rewarding views of the Himalayas with a stunning sunrise and sunset over the panorama of Khumbu peaks. O/N Lodge (BLD)
Day 05- Namche Bazaar to Tengboche .6 hrs
Morning breakfast fuel us for the trekking to Tengboche which is one of most beautiful place in Khumbu region. Breathtaking view of – Kwangde, thamserku, Ama Dablam, Lhotse, Nuptse, Everest begins appearing on the route. We descent to DudhKoshi river for some time and climb along Rhododendron forest. Once arriving in Tengboche, we visit the monastery which is biggest in the region and enjoy the mountain views. O/N Lodge (BLD)
Day 06- Tengboche to Dingboche. 6 hrs.
It take around 4 hour to reach Dingboche today. You gradually descend through a forest, cross the Imja Khola and climb steadily up to the village of Pangboche. As you gradually ascend, you find thick forests as the trail is full of thorny and juniper bushes. A further two and a half hour’s walk brings us to Dingboche. O/N Lodge
Day 07 - Acclimatization day.
Today is rest day at Dingboche for your body to cope with the high altitude and tiredness. Dingboche is popular for trekkers and climbers heading to Mt. Everest, Ama dablam and Island peak. You can either hike to Nagarjun hill or Chukkung valley to view Tawache, Cholatse, Lhotse, Makalu and Ama Dablam. O/N Lodge
Day 08 -Dingboche to Lobuche. 6-7 hrs
We start our day with steady climbto Duglha. Here we find memorial stupas dedicated to trekker and climbers who lost their lives in the region. Then we climb to Khumbu Glacier moraine facing many great peaks such as Khumutse, Lingren, Mahalangur himal and pumore. The trail will now be easy until settlement of Lobuche. O/N Lodge (BLD)
Day 09 - Lobuche to Gorakshep (5288m) 3hrs. Excursion to Everest Base camp (5360m) 3hrs.
The big day on our overall trek arrives today. We start with easy trek from Lobuche to Gorakshep. The succeeding trail to Everest base camp is harder and involves walking to rocky dunes, moraines and glacial debris. We will also approach famous khumbu Glacier and icefall. When reaching Everest base camp in spring, we see lots of tents of climbers attempting Mt. Everest to climb. We’ll spent some time there to see unbelievable views of mountains and take some pictures then head back to Gorekshep after the busy day. O/N Lodge (BLD)
Day 10 – Morning climb to Kalapathar (5545m) 4hrs. Trek back to Pheriche (4240m). 4-5 hrs
We wake up early in the morning and start to walk to Kalapattar meaning “black rock”. Kalapattar is epic climb, the point to view sensational Himalayan vistas of a life time. The climb is tough but a chance to cherish your dream of viewing highest mountain at one place. We get back to Ghorakshep, take breakfast and head down to Pheriche with easy walking. O/N Lodge (BLD)
Day 11 – Pheriche to Tengboche. Opening day of Mani Rimdu festival
Passing through the beautiful meadow fields and several tea house we'll reach Pangboche. Following the trail and passing through a forest, few dwelling and with some up and downs we'll reach to the Tengboche. O/N Lodge (BLD)
Opening day of Mani Rimdu Festival : In this day the monks of the monastery will practice dance.
Day 12 – Tengboche. Second day of mani Rimdu festival
The Wong is the opening public ceremony and it is performed on the full moon day, of the tenth month in the Tibetan lunar calendar. The sacred Mani Rilwu (sacred pills) and Tshereel (pills for long life), are given to everyone attending.This is most special day of festival for Buddhist pilgrimages. O/N lodge. (BLD)
Day 13 – Tengboche. Third and final day of Rimdu festival
You may observe different types of dance performance in this day like Mask Dances performed by the monks, Sherpa community sing and dance and many more. This dance is based on deities and demons. O/N lodge.(BLD)
Day 14 – Tengboche to Monjo (2800m). 4-5 hrs
Today is easy and short day as we descend via Namche bazaar with easy walk. You can spend time arounf everst view hotel at khumjung and take lunch at Namche and slow trek down to Monjo.O/N lodge.(BLD)
Day 15 – Monjo to Lukla. 3hrs
Easy walk of 3 hours will bring us back to Lukla for flying to Kathmandu the next day. O/N Lodge (BLD)
Day 16 – Fly Lukla to Kathmandu
Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu which takes about 35 minutes. We will take an early morning flight to Kathmandu. Upon arrival in Kathmandu you will be transferred to Hotel. You can rest and relax throughout the day in your hotel. O/N Hotel (B)
Day 17 – Contingency and rest day Kathmandu
You can spend time resting/buying souvenirs back to home. In the evening, we will host farewell dinner in traditional restaurant with cultural dance performances in celebration of your amazing trip. O/N Hotel (BD)
Day 18- Trip ends. Farewell and departure
The journey in the mountains of Nepal comes to an end today ! At last approximately 3 hours before your scheduled flight, a representative from Ramdung Expedition will drop you to the airport. (B)
Normally, we use following 3 star standard hotels in Kathmandu depending on availability in our trekking package.
Hotel Manang. Located in touristic hub, Thamel. www.hotelmanang.com
Hotel Utse. Located in touristic hub, Thamel. www.utsehotel.com
Hotel Manaslu. Located in Lazimpat near to Thamel area. www.hotelmanaslu.com
While on trek, the lodges are fairly basic but perfectly adequate for the mountain type service. Two people will be accommodated in each room mostly in twin beds with foam mattresses. If you prefer private accommodation, you can choose “single supplement” option. It is important to consider that some places in the trek do not have sufficient lodges and rooms; in this case you’ll have to share room. Some lodges now have showers (charged at $3-$5).
FLIGHT DELAYS IN KATHMANDU-LUKLA
Flight between Kathmandu and Lukla is generally reliable. Being Short Take-Off & Landing (STOL) mountain airstrips, flight is dependent on the weather. Delays often happen if there is poor visibility or high winds. In case of bad weather, flight is cancelled often and to avoid missing international flights, we recommend 2-3 days extra at end of your trip.
If you have to wait in Kathmandu at beginning of the trip due to flight delays, the cost for your overnight accommodation in Kathmandu is not included so you will have to pay extra for this.
Also be prepared to pay some extra money for Helicopter flights. Which may cost $ 150- $ 500 or more depending on persons on the flight. For group, we normally charter helicopter flights. Make sure that you have full-fledged insurance coverage arrangement. In our program there is two night as buffer day in case of unforeseen circumstances.
it is mandatory to have travel insurance for the trekking and please submit us photocopy before departure to mountain. Standard policies often only cover medical evacuation to 4000m so make sure it covers up to 6000m.
You are expect to trek about 5-7 hours covering distance of 10-15 kilometer daily depending on trial conditions and state of the weather. You’ll be traveling through wilderness, remote countryside and high elevations. Trekking with a guide is not only safer but also for more enjoyable experience. Our guides and porters are expert in Himalayan treks and have more than one decades of experience in average. It is recommended that you prepare for trek with suitable training such as climbing hills/stairs, jogging, exercise and gym to improve your stamina few months prior to trek. The trek will be more enjoyable if you are fit.
MEALS AND DRINKS
There are plenty of excellent restaurants to serve food and drinks in Kathmandu such as Rum doodles, Fire & ice, La Dolce Vita, Ktoo Steak House, Everest Steak, New Orleans, Gaia etc. Breakfast is provided at your hotel every morning. It will cost $ 3-7 per meal depending on meals item chosen and restaurant. While on trek, the lodges or teahouse provide good quality food in sufficient quantities. Meals whilst on trek are included in the package which is breakfast, lunch, dinner and hot drinks. You can choose your meal from hotel menus. Meals in lodges are varied ranging from traditional Nepalese daal bhaat to pizza, apple pie, steak, pasta and so on. It is safer to drink bottled, boiled and filtered water. A reasonable variety of both hard and soft drinks are available in cities and while on trek. You can purify your own water if you carry a canteen or water bottle and iodine drops or tablets.
Spring starts from March until May where temperature fluctuated between 20°c to 30°c. From June to August is summer season which is also time of monsoon with occasional thunderstorms and hot temperatures. From late September to end November is autumn and is best for trekking activities. Winter is from late November to February. The trek will have a wide range of temperatures depending on the elevation and time of the particular day. In the mountains between 1000m-3500m, the night generally will be cool around 5°C and during the day temperatures every so often rise to 20°c. At the higher altitudes, temperatures range from 15° to -15°c.
Tips is not mandatory but generally after hard work something extra is expected. We recommend a tip for guide and porter as at least $70 (more will be appreciated).
CLOTHING AND EQUIPMENT LIST
The following are what we recommend to bring as clothing and equipment needed for the trek. Trekking gear can be rented or purchased in Kathmandu at cheaper price; we can assist you with necessary arrangement. Except for your day pack, your luggage will be carried by porters. You’ll have strong and hospitable porter for two people. The weight limit for trek is 10-13kg per person. One porter can carry 20-25kg weight. Before the trek, you can store all your excess baggage in Kathmandu at hotel or at our office and take only which is required for the trek.
Light balaclava or warm fleece hat
Sun Hat or scarf
Cotton tees or thermals
Gloves for hand
Lightweight cotton pants (long)
Thin inner socks
Thick, warm wool hiking socks
Comfortable Trekking boots
Sleeping bag rated to -20
Trekking bag or duffel bag
Large plastic bags (keeping items dry inside trek bag)
Trekking poles (recommended, optional)
Water bottle Toiletries
Lonely Planet Nepal: A guide book of Nepal.
Annapurna: A book by Reinhold Messner about his expedition experience in the dead zone of Annapurna.
Trekking in Nepal: Written by Stephen Bezruchka is an nice book for all treks with and bibliography of additional books.
Trekking and climbing in Nepal: Written by Steve Razzetti, this book gives comprehensive knowledge of major trekking trails and climbing peaks.
Nepal Handbook: By Kerry Morgan. Recommended specially for Kathmandu Valley sightseeing’s.
Trekking in the Nepal Himalaya: By Stan Armungton. This book has detailed trek descriptions including restricted areas of Mustang, Manaslu, Dolpo and kailash.
Into Thin Air: By Jon Krakaur. A personal account of the Mount Everest disaster.
Travelers Tales: Edited by Rajendra Khadka, Traveler’s Tales, and San Francisco.
Mustang: A lost kingdom by Michel Peissel.