• DURATION14 Days
  • GROUP SIZE1-14


  • A thrilling flight from Kathmandu to Lukla & return
  • Get to see diverse flora and fauna while passing through Sagarmatha National Park
  • Explore Namche Bazar
  • Get to see the lifestyle and culture of Sherpa
  • Visit Tengboche monastery
  • Celebrate Mani Rimdu Festival with locals
  • Witness stunning scenery and tempting views of the Himalayan Mountains

Trip Overview

The Mani Rimdu Festival is a 19-day long festival celebrated in the Khumbu region. Among those 19 days, three days are open for public celebration. Mani Rimdu is the biggest and most significant festival for the locals of the region. The main three days of the festival are celebrated at the oldest monastery of the Region, the Tengboche monastery.

The Mani Rimdu festival is celebrated by performing an ancient mask dance. The monks exhibit the dance that portrays the victory of Buddhism over the primal Bor religion. The dance also depicts surmounting the demons by Guru Rinpoche. Hundreds of Sherpas from all around the region gather at the monastery to attend the celebration and pay their respect. The festival occurs every year during the annual full moon.

We at Escape Nepal have designed 14 Days itinerary for the Mani Rimdu Festival Trek. The itinerary includes your arrival and departure days to and from Nepal, A day tour in Kathmandu, and an extra day at the end of the trek to use on the trek, or flight to Lukla if in case, the Lukla flight is delayed or canceled due to bad weather, which may happen sometimes. If you have more days and want to reach Everset Base Camp, you can also combine the festival celebration with Everest Base Camp Trek.

Know little more about the Mani Rimdu Festival in Tengboche Mosantery

Construction of the Sand Mandala

Sand Mandala is built using colorful sand, which represents Garwang Thoze Chenpo (Lord of dance). The mandala shows complicated and symbolic design.

It takes many days to complete the Sand Mandala. After the construction of the mandala, it gets decorated with different elements all of which are ritual values.

A defensive blade is placed around the mandala that symbolizes deities and a bowl of Mani Rilwu (spiritual medicine) is placed in the center of the mandala.

The monks repeat a mantra called "OM AH HUNG RHI, OM MANI PADME HUNG” thousands of times perceiving kindness flowing in the form of mantra into the mandala and the medicines. Later, this kindness is released out from the mandala blessing all the attendees of the festival.

Wong (The Empowerment)

Wong is the first day of the public ceremony. This happens on the full moon day, usually on the tenth month in the Tibetan lunar calendar. During the Wong, the sacred Mani Rilwu (spiritual pills) and Tshereel (pills for long life) are distributed to everyone attending the festival.

Chham (The Dances)

Chham Dance happens on the 2nd day of the Mani Rimdu festival. The dance symbolizes conquering over demons, chasing them away, and getting transformed into protectors of Dharma.

Similarly, the dance conveys different levels of Buddhist teaching from the simplest to the most philosophical. The locals believe that the performers, the monks become diving during the dance.


Ser-Kyem is used to offer alcohol from silver vessels and small tormas to the Lama, Yidam, Khandro, and Shi-Dak (the Earth deities). As per Tibetan Buddhist practice, this offering helps these Earth deities with the virtuous actions which lead to Buddhahood. Likewise, Ser-Kyem is also used to offer spiritual nectar made in many ceremonies.

The Fire Puja (Jinsak)

The Fire Puja or Jinsak is performed in the yard the day after the dances. This puja is an offering to the fire god and to the gods of the Sand Mandala to relieve all harm in the world. The harm is visualized as dissolving into the grain and butter is burned. After this, the Sand Mandala in the temple is cut into pieces, and the sand is given as an offering to the serpent gods (Nagas).


Chhingpa is another dance that portrays the Four Protecting Ghings, defending the Buddhist faith against attack by demons. The performers were shining paper masks to hide their faces each illustrating a constant smile.

The dancers´ hops are rhythmically accompanied by the beating of cymbals. To make the celebration fun, the dancers scare the children in the audience.

Likewise, the Dakini dance is performed genially. Slow dance moves, keeping perfect time along with the soft tinkle and slow beat of the bells & drums.

Five young priests perform this dance without masks and portray female spiritual figures, the partners of Padmasambhava. Later, they announce the arrival of Guru Rinpoche at the Manu Rimdu. Two of the Ghing are male, and carry cymbals, while the two females carry drums. The males represent skillful means and the female represents wisdom.

Things to See & Experience on Mani Rimdu Festival Trek

Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla

A thrilling and short 35 minutes flight from Kathmandu takes you to Lukla. This is one of the most adventurous flights you take in your life. During the flight, you get to see a birds-eye view of the Himalayas along with the wonderful landscape.

Get to see diverse flora and fauna while passing through Sagarmatha National Park

To reach Namche Bazar, you trek through Sagarmatha National Park, which is home to hundreds of unique flora and wildlife.

The national park includes many dense forests, small villages, and streams. Monjo is the starting point of the park, and the trail steeply ascends to Namche Bazar.

Explore Namche Bazar

The biggest Sherpa settlement, Namche Bazar is the tourist hub of the Khumbu region. Here, you get many modern facilities from diverse food options to the ATM and WiFi.

You can visit the library, cafes, Sherpa Culture Museum, and Everest Photo Gallery in the village. There are also options for a short hike to witness gorgeous views of the Himalayas from Everest View Hotel or Syangboche Airstrip.

Get to see the lifestyle and culture of Sherpa

Sherpa is known as the superhuman who are not only surviving in the extreme environment of the Himalayas but also have skills that cannot be found in any other person globally.

During your overnight stay in different villages, you get to see the daily lifestyle of these people. Likewise, this very journey is designed to let you experience the culture and tradition of Sherpa.

Visit Tengboche monastery

Tengboche monastery is located in the Tengboche village. It is a very important monastery for the locals. This is the oldest and the biggest monastery in the Khumbu region.

From the back of the monastery, you can see stunning views of the Himalayas. This is the place where you are celebrating the Mani Rimdu Festival for the next few days.

Celebrate Mani Rimdu Festival with locals

Mani Rimdu festival is a significant celebration that is celebrated by Sherpas every year. The locals and the lamas gather at the Tengboche monastery and pray for three days to celebrate the festival.

Mani Rimdu festival is celebrated for the welfare of the world. The dances performed represent the Buddhist destruction of all the pagan gods that live in the Himalayas. The monks get dressed up in masks to represent the old ghosts that were exorcised.

Witness stunning scenery and tempting views of the Himalayan Mountains

Mani Rimdu Festival Trek allows you to explore the sensational beauty of the Khumbu region. The trail offers beautiful landscapes along with amazing views of snow-capped mountains.

You get to see views of Mt. Everest (8,848 m), Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Ama Dablam, Mt. Thamserku, Mt. Kongde, and many other Himalayan mountains.


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After you arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport, one of our team members welcome you and take you to the hotel. The rest of the day is free to explore yourself.

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The day begins early with a delicious breakfast. You meet with other team members and go on a guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu.

During your tour, you visit UNESCO World Heritage Sites like Kathmandu Durbar Square, Pashupatinath Temple, Monkey temple, and Boudhanath Stupa. Later, in the day, you will prepare for the trip.

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Taking an early morning flight, you fly to Lukla, which is the starting point of the trek.

From here, you begin trekking following a stream. The trail descends through the forested path and leads you to Phakding.

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Leaving Phakding behind, you ascend on the steep path following the Dudh Koshi River. The trail passes through Sagarmatha National Park.

On the way, you cross streams several times and pass through lush forests & small villages. Namche Bazaar then welcomes you with stunning views of snow-capped mountains.

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Today is an acclimatization day at Namche Bazaar. You spend the day exploring around the village and going on short hikes.

You can hike to the Everest View Hotel or Syangboche Airstrip from where you can see wonderful views of the Himalayan Mountains, including Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Thamserku, Mt. Ama Dablam, etc. You also visit Everest Photo Gallery and Sherpa Museum Culture.

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Today, the trail passes through lush forests of rhododendron, pine, and fir. From Namche Bazaar, climbs up to a ridge offering superb views of snow-capped mountains.

Further, you descend to a river and trek to reach Phunki Tenga. From here, you again walk through a forest and reach Tengboche.

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This is the day of the Mani Rimdu Festival. The festival is celebrated at the Tengboche monastery.

It is the largest and the oldest monastery in the Khumbu region. From the back of the monastery, you can see superb views of the mountains. This monastery is also known as Dawa Choling Gompa.

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This is another day of the festival. You observe the festival and become part of it with locals.

You get to see ancient ceremonies practiced by the lamas and the community members.

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This is the last day of the festival. You again visit the monastery and observe the rituals.

There are so many things to look around. As it is the last day of the festival, you pack up things to leave as well.

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Leaving Tengboche behind, you continue trekking following the same path. The trail descends to Phunki Tenga and passes by Sanasa to reach Namche Bazaar.

Or if you want to continue trek to Everest Base Camp then it is possible so, contact us to plan the Everest base camp Trek with the Mani Rimdu Festival.

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From Namche Bazaar, the trail descends steeply through lush forests and small settlement areas.

You also cross many streams and reach Phakding. Further, the trail ascends and takes you back to Lukla.

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Today, you fly back to Kathmandu. The flight offers you the last views of the Himalayas. Upon landing at the airport, you move to the hotel. The rest of the day is free for you to explore or rest.

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This is an extra day to use if the flight to Lukla is delayed or canceled due to bad weather also and you have this day to yourself.

Visit the tourist sites that you have not been to and explore the local market. If you want, we can also arrange a guided sightseeing tour to Bhaktapur & Patan for you. Today, you also pack your belongings to return home.

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As per your flight departure time, you will get transferred to the airport. Our airport representative will help you in check-out and drop you at the airport terminal gate.

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What's Included

  • Airport transfers
  • Four nights’ hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast
  • Sightseeing tour in Kathmandu
  • Meals during the trek with hot tea/coffee in breakfast as per the itinerary
  • Sagarmatha national park entry permits and TIMS
  • Flight fare (Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu) with domestic airport tax
  • Nine nights’ accommodation lodges/tea houses during the trek on twin sharing
  • A guide and porters (1 porter for every two trekkers)
  • Arrangement of emergency helicopter service, which will be paid by your travel insurance company
  • Sleeping bag, down jackets, and duffle bag, if necessary (returned after the trek)

What's Excluded

  • Nepal entry visa fee
  • Travel insurance (compulsory)
  • Food (lunch and dinner) while you are in Kathmandu
  • Your personnel expenses/shopping, entrance fees on the Kathmandu tour
  • All the alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks
  • Sweet things like chocolate bars and bar bills
  • Hot shower, internet, telephone, and laundry
  • International airfare
  • Tips for the guide and staff
  • Anything not mentioned in the included section

Useful Information

Mani Rimdu Festival Trek Itinerary

Mani Rimdu Festival Trek begins with a short flight that leads to Lukla. From here, you descend following the Dudh Koshi River and reach Phakding. Spending a night here, you trek through Sagarmatha National Park and reach Namche Bazar.

This part of the trek will be a little tough. Further, the trail takes you to Tengboche, where you spend a few days celebrating the Mani Rimdu Festival. After the festival ends, you retrace the path and trek back to Lukla.

Mani Rimdu Festival Trek Difficulty

Mani Rimdu Festival Trekking is a moderate trek. The trial involves many ascends & descends through dense forest and mountain villages. There is steep and rugged climbing as well.

Mani Rimdu Festival Trek does not require previous trekking experience, however, you have to be in good shape and health to go on this trek.

Best Time to go on Mani Rimdu Festival Trek

The best time to go to Mani Rimdu Festival Trek is from October to November. The date for the festival is decided according to the Tibetan Lunar calendar by the head lama of the Tengboche monastery. This time is also the peak season to trek in the Khumbu region.

You can see many fellow trekkers during this time of the year from all around the globe. Contact us at any time to know more in detail about the festival dates.

Accommodation on Mani Rimdu Festival Trek

During Mani Rimdu Festival Trek, you stay overnight in the lodge. The lodge offers basic facilities with twin-sharing rooms. If you are looking for a single room, then do let us know beforehand so that we can arrange it for you.

Also, keep in mind that the price for a single room can get double the price of a twin room. You can get a hot shower facility in the lodge, but you might have to pay a few extra bucks to use it. This completely depends on the lodge owner.

Meals on Accommodation on Mani Rimdu Festival Trek

There are three meals a day provided during the Mani Rimdu Festival Trekking. The meals are served as per the menu of the lodge. Lodge offers a good range of food options.

You can see Nepali, Indian, Tibetan, and Continental dishes on the menu. Among all the dishes dal bhat is the most affordable, delicious, and filling one. Likewise, you can get boiled water for drinking in the lode. For extra safety, you can carry water purification tablets with you.

Equipment list for Mani Rimdu Festival Trek

Equipment is important to have a comfortable and successful Mani Rimdu Festival Trek. So, you need to pack your gear carefully and carry only the things that you need and not carry that you do not need on the trekking. To help you to pack your gear, we have given a list that you should not miss while packing for the Mani Rimdu Festival Trek in Nepal.


  • Four seasons sleeping bag (we provide you one if required, and it is returnable after the trek).
  • Duffel or Rucksack bag to keep all your gear, which will be carried by the porter.
  • Daypack for yourself to keep your things, such as a camera, water bottle, and things you need for the day.
  • A small lockable bag to keep the extra stuff that you do not use on the trek, which is kept at the hotel in Kathmandu, and get a return after you return from the trekking.
  • A down Jacket (we provide you one if you do not have, which is returnable at the end of the trek).
  • Shade hat
  • Warm wool hat to cover your ears
  • A pair of light-weight warm gloves
  • T-shirts 2 pieces
  • Lightweight thermal tops
  • A fleece jacket
  • Raincoat (if you are traveling in monsoon time)
  • A pair of trekking pants, preferably that zip on/off at the knees
  • Some pairs of warm socks
  • A pair of light to medium weight waterproof hiking/trekking boots
  • A pair of light trekking shoes or sandals for camp/lodges
  • A water bottle
  • Head/torch Light
  • A medium-size towel
  • Walking poles (optional)

Medicines and First Aid Kits

  • We recommend consulting with your doctor for medication suggestions to take for these regions.

Miscellaneous but Important

  • Passport and extra passport photos (4 copies) - these extra passport photos are necessary to obtain the trekking permits.
  • Durable wallet/pouch for travel documents, money & passport.
  • Lip balm at least SPF 20.
  • Sun cream with SPF 40
  • Pocket knife
  • Water purification Iodine tablets (optional)
  • Toiletry kit and be sure to include toilet paper stored in a plastic bag, hand wipes, and liquid hand sanitizer, towel, soap, etc...