Mani Rimdu Festival is the most famous and spectacular festival celebrated on Everest region at various places like Tengboche, Chiwang gompa and Thame. It is one of the most important festivals of Sherpa and attended by large sherpa crowds from surrounding villages and all over Khumbu as well some part of Tibet. Festival is celebrated on the full moon days of October/November/December. The first day of Mani Rimdu is called Ong and involves prayers by the lamas in the monastery courtyard. The second day is called Cham which is the lama dancing day wearing colorful customs with the peaceful and entertaining music played by other monks and third day lama performance and prayers, during night villagers join in an all night Sherpa dance. Lamas wear brocade gowns and wonderfully painted papier mâché masks in the festival. They also dramatize two absurd comic sequences along with the serous and intricate dances which make the entire performance a grant and amusing event.
Mani Rimdu festival Trek takes place during the celebration time of Mani Rimdu festival all over Khumbu region. But the celebration rituals and time differs from place to place. At Tengboche mani rimdu takes place first usually during the November December full moon. In Thame, a spring version of the Mani Rimdu festival is celebrated on the day of the full moon closest to the middle of May each year. Mani Rimdu at Thame appears to be a little more spirited than the autumn festival at Tengboche because the rimpoche (reincarnate lama) at Thame is more generous than the Tengboche Lama. At Chiwang gompa in the Solu, Mani Rimdu is held in autumn usually on the same day as of Tengboche. The Chiwang gompa celebration may be more authentic adaption because it is presided over by the head lama of Thubten Chooling, who is the reincarnate lama of Rongbuk, where Mani Rimdu had its origin.
Mani Rimdu trek offers marvelous experience of Sherpa culture and tradition never seen throughout the whole year with the outstanding view of Himalayan landscapes as well as adored view points and villages tour. We start trek from the usual starting spot Lukla continue walking up hill passing Phakding, Namche, Dole, Machermo, Gokyo, Thangnak and various other places, we ascend to the summits of Gokyo ri, Chola, Kalapatthar and explore around Everest Base Camp. This trek is ideal for encounter with Sherpa culture and tradition as well face to face with amazing Himalayan landscapes.
If the above schedule does not meet your need and interest, we can design individualized travel plans based on your preferences.
Trip is possible to conduct in any time if the group size has two or more pax.