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Buddhist Festival Trek - 14Days

The Himalayas Buddhist Festival which is locally known as Mani Rimdu Ceremonies and monks Masked Dance is one of the most fascinating high Himalayan Buddhist Festival observed every year usually falls late October (The dates are fixed by Tibetan Lunar calendar) at the altitude of 3,867m at Tengboche monastery. The Mani Rimdu festival goes for several days but for the villagers the most important part is when they receive the blessings from Rinpoche, and when monks perform the masked Dance. After this whole villages get together and dance until late night at Tengboche. These colourful festive celebrations are the culmination of ten days of prayers on the Buddha of compassion, Chenrezig. They are done for the benefit of all beings.

At the beginning a beautiful and intricate Mandala or sacred diagram is drawn in fine coloured sand. The sand is collected from a special place high in the mountains. It takes four days to complete the Mandala then it is covered and used as a focus for the next ten days meditation. At the end of ceremony the monks perform the sacred mask dances known as "Cham", which are a recreation of the establishment of Buddhism in the Himalayas by the legendary Padmasambhava, known as Guru Rinpoche. The dances convey Buddhist teachings on many levels from the simplest truth to the most profound realization.

During your fourteen days adventure trekking to Tengboche, in the Khumbu district at the foothill of Mount Everest is a sparsely populated and ecologically fragile place popular for the Everest summit climbers and for the fans of Mount Everest, those want to see Mt Everest once in life. From Tengboche, you will see MT. Everest very closely standing at altitude of 8,848m tallest rooftop of the world as well as awesome peak of Ama Dablam on your right. Enjoy one of the most fascinating high Himalayan Buddhist festival as well as great view of Mount Everest and culture tours of Kathmandu valley. The below is our dedicated scheduled itinerary, if you are looking for Everest view trekking package please scroll down at the bottom of this page or drop us an inquiry form.
  • Trek Name: Himalaya's Buddhist Festival "Mani Rimdu" at Tengboche
  • Trip Duration: 14 days
  • Group Size: Minimum 2 / Maximum: 12 PAX
  • Highest Altitude: 3,867M
  • Trekking Grade: Easy
  • Accommodation: Hotel, Lodges and Camp
  • Transportation: Flights and Private Cars/ Jeep


Tours status: Closed
Departure Date: 12-Nov-2013
Book Before: 20-Oct-2013

Himalaya's Buddhist Festival Mani Rimdu- 14Days

1ST DAY

12 NOV 2013

ARRIVAL IN KATHMANDU (1300);

Arrival in Kathmandu Tribhuwan International Airport. Welcome at airport and transfer to the hotel. Check-in and remaining day rest for acclimatization in Kathmandu.
Accommodation: Hotel and Dinner

2ND DAY

13 NOV 2013

DURBAR SQUARE, SWAYAMBHUNATH, BOUDHNATH AND PASUPATINATH;

Enjoy your breakfast served at your hotel’s outlet. At 09:00 our team will pick you up from your hotel to proceed your day long sightseeing tours of Kathmandu. We will proceed for the Kathmandu Durbar Square by visiting cultural and historical place which is also known as Basantpur. During your trip in Basantapur; you will visit Kumari’s Living goddess house, Kasthmandap ( a building which was built by the branch of a single tree), Seto Bhairawa & Kalo Bhairaw temple, your children will entertain seeing Yogis closer to the temples. Then, finally proceed for Swyambhunath, an ancient religious complex atop at hill in the Kathmandu valley which is also known as Monkey temple. Certainly, your children will enjoy not only the beautiful scenery of Kathmanud valley rather those moments with Monkeys running up and down around the stupa. After then, we will drive further to visit Boudhnath stupa which is one of the holiest and World’s heritage Buddhist site. After then, we will proceed further for sightseeing of a holy Hindu temple, popularly known as Pasupatinath, a temple of Lord Shiva regarded as biggest sacred Hindu shrine situated at bank of Bagmati river. Please kindly inform us if you children/s are scared of death body as you will be witnessing cremation ritual of Hindus at the cremation areas of the temple. If needed, our guide will do possible to avoid seeing the cremation. Take the beautiful photograph and drive back to hotel. Rest the evening on your own.
Accommodation: Hotel, Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

3RD DAY

14 NOV 2013

KATHMANDU — LUKLA 2886M — PHAKDING 2652M; 4 HOURS

Morning breakfast, then our team will transfer you to the domestic airport in Kathmandu to take your onwards flight to Lukla. It will take approximately 35 minutes from Kathmandu to Lukla, one of the shortest commercial run way airport in Nepal. After landing in Lukla you will prepare the trekking gears and start your walk from Lukla to Phakding descending 200 meters which we will overcome after 4 hours walk. During our trek from Lukla to Phakding we will be having great mountains glimpse such as Nupla 5885m above Kongde Ridge, Kusum Kang 6367m and finally we will reach the Phakding. It is most important in your trek in high altitude that you walk slowly and drink a lot water, never keep you under pressure to enable your body to acclimatise and enjoy the trek. Overnight in Phakding in Lodge.
Accommodation: Lodge, Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

4TH DAY

15 NOV 2013

PHAKDING — NAMCHE BAZAR 3440M; 5 HOURS

Have your breakfast, then we will start our trek to Namche Bazar, a capital of Sherpa which lies at altitude of 3,440 meter. Today, begins on level ground, relative to the environment crossing the river on the high suspension bridge, begin to climb upwards to Manju 2800m, and on to the gateway to the Sagarmatha National park entrance. We will be passing our trekking permits and national park entrance clearance at entrance then we will have small good rest. Then we will start our trek further up and enjoy the views of Kusum Kangaru, Thamserku, Konde-Ri and Tawache peak before we reach the Namache Bazar. After crossing the Larcha Dowan bridge we will finally climb up the mountain to reach the Namache Bazar which is pretty hard for today. Finally, after the 5 hours walk, we will reach Namche Bazar and enjoy the evening in Namche. Overnight in a guest house.
Accommodation: Lodge, Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

5TH DAY

16 NOV 2013

NAMCHE BAZAR 3440M—FREE DAY FOR ACCLIMATISATION ;

Morning breakfast and main aim today is to allow your body to acclimatise. It is important to drink lots of water and take some gentle exercise. Namche is a growing town tucked into a neat little valley, there is lots going on in the centre with market days on Friday and Saturday. There are some interesting museums and shops. There is also internet and a sauna! You could venture further afield, take a visit to Khumjung where the Hillary school sits and Khunde nearby, on the way back to Namche you could visit the Shyangboche airstrip, (3790m) the highest in the world nearby is the Everest View Hotel for stunning views.
Accommodation: Lodge, Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

6TH DAY

17 NOV 2013

NAMCHE BAZAR 3440M — TENGBOCHE 3867M; 5 HOURS

Breakfast in Namche and we will start our trek to Tengboche choosing one of the trail as there are various trails available from Namche. We will be enjoying the awesome view of Ama Dablam, Everest peak and amongst others. From Sansa trail descends to Phunki Thanga from where we shall have a 2 hours climb to Tengboche steeply at first but soon levels out. We will be coming to a stone gate which marks the entrance to the Tengboche, which is the religious centre of Khumbu region. Finally, we will set our evening one of the guest house and rest the remaining day in Tengboche today.
Accommodation: Lodge, Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

7TH DAY

18 NOV 2013

TENGBOCHE—4TH DAY MANI RIMDU (WANG) “BLESSING TO GENERAL PUBLIC” ;

Enjoy the breakfast. The Mani Rimdu festival depicts the victory of Buddhism over the ancient Bon 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.
Accommodation: Lodge, Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

8TH DAY

19 NOV 2013

TENGBOCHE — 5TH DAY MANI RIMDU “FAMOUS MONK’S MASK DANCE” ;

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.
Accommodation: Lodge, Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

9TH DAY

20 NOV 2013

TENGBOCHE—6TH DAY MANI RIMDU “CONCLUDING BY FIRE RITUAL” ;

Today is the last day of the ceremony. 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.
Accommodation: Bed, Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

10TH DAY

21 NOV 2013

TENGBOCHE — MANJU 2,840M; 6 HOURS

After breakfast, we will start our trek early today to Manju. We retrace to Namche Bazaar before starting our hike down to Monju. The route to Monju takes us steeply down along the Bhote Koshi river. We cross the river and follow it to Jorsalle, then on to Monju where we shall overnight today.
Accommodation: Bed, Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

11TH DAY

21 NOV 2013

MANJU — LUKLA; 6 HOURS

Have your breakfast, then we will start our journey to Lukla today. By passing river, valley, bridges and beautiful Buddhist stupa we will ahead our retrace our trek to Lukla. After reaching Lukla, check in at hotel and today evening we will have farewell party where you will have chance to test the local Chhyang, as well as dance with Sherpas and with your entire team as we successfully finished our trek.
Accommodation: Bed, Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

12TH DAY

22 NOV 2013

LUKLA — KATHMANDU; BY FLIGHT

Morning breakfast and we fly back to Kathmandu today. After 35 minutes from Lukla to Kathmandu, our team will pick us up from airport and transfer to the hotel. After several days trek, welcome back to town and enjoy the hot water bath finally.
Accommodation: Bed, Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

13TH DAY

23 NOV 2013

REST IN KATHMANDU;

Have your breakfast and rest the day in Kathmandu, setting your time for shopping in Kathmandu or else to have additional sightseeing service in Kathmandu.
Accommodation: Bed, Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

14TH DAY

24 NOV 2013

KATHMANDU — TRIBHUWAN INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT;

Enjoy your breakfast at your hotel. Our team will transfer you to international airport in Kathmandu coordinating your flight departure time to your further destination.
Accommodation: Breakfast
PACKAGE INCLUDES
  • 4 Nights twin sharing 3 * Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu with daily breakfast
  • 9 Nights twin sharing in Guest house or Tented camp during the trek with daily breakfast
  • Arrival and Departure airport pick up and Drop off by private car or van based to the group
  • Hotel to Domestic airport transfer and pick up by private car or van based to the group
  • Meals 3 times a day (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner) in Kathmandu and during the Trek.
  • Domestic Air TKT from Kathmandu — Lukla — Kathmandu for customers and Trekking guide
  • A First Aid and Eco trained & Government licensed holder English Speaking guide and one Porter each 2 members during the trek
  • Staff insurance, Accommodation, Meals and necessary Equipments.
  • Sleeping bags and farewell diner
  • Experienced cook, Sherpas, kitchen crew, Tents, mattress, cooking utensils and camping equipments for the Trek as per the type of Trek.
  • Travel and Rescue arrangement ( cost doesn’t include )
  • Staff insurance, 10% Service Charge & 13%Government TAX
PACKAGE DOES NOT INCLUDE
  • International Air TKT from your origin to Kathmandu and Return
  • Personal health insurance & personal Expenses during your stay in Nepal
  • Nepal Visa fees 40 USD for 30 Days
  • Applicable domestic and International airport TAX payable at airport.
  • Any kind beverages during the stay in Kathmandu as well as in Trekking.
  • Early check in or late check out at hotel
  • Tips, Personal Gears and Clothing
  • Medical evacuation in case of Emergency
  • Any expenses arising out of unforeseen circumstances like flight delay/ cancellation/ hike in fare, strike, landslide or any other natural calamities.

     

 



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