Mani Rimdu Festival Trek

  • Destination Nepal
  • Activity Nepal Festival Trekking
  • Duration 10 Days
  • Transportation Jeek, Bus
  • Group Size 1-6

Mani Rimdu Festival is a Buddhist carnival celebrated in the Everest region of Nepal for 19 days. Mani Rimdu Festival takes place according to the Tibetan lunar calendar. The festival starts on the first day of the 10th month in the Lunar calendar. Under the English Calender, Mani Rimdu Festival falls between October and November.

Mani Rimdu Festival Trek in Nepal

During this period, thousands of people, the locals and international tourists and Buddhism followers, came to Everest and participated in Mani Rimdu Festival. In addition, Mani Rimdu Festival trekking is not just about observing the festival but other exciting activities like:

  • Flight to lukla airport (one of the world’s most dangerous airports),
  • Trekking to namche bazaar (the gateway to mt.everest),
  • Observing the captivating hilly himalayan landscape,
  • Picturesque snowcapped peaks,
  • Variations of animals and birds at sagarmatha national park
  • Witness authentic sherpa culture, food, livelihood, and much much more.

About Mani Rimdu Festival Trek

The 19-day-long Mani Rimdu Festival is celebrated as an honour of Guru Rinpoche Padmasambhava and world peace. Additionally, Guru Rinpoche Padmasambhava was a Vajrayana Buddhist master who is highly admired for the transmission of Buddhism in the mountain area of Nepal and Tibet. A large crowd of Lamas (Buddhist monks) and the locals of Everest, primarily Sherpas, gather at some major Buddhist monasteries on Everest like Tengboche, Thame, and Chiong to participate in the festival. Tengboche is the oldest and biggest monastery built in the Everest region of Nepal at an elevation of 3,867 meters in 1916. After the locals and lamas gather, they conduct traditional masked dances with colourful costumes, sacred prayers, and a delightful banquet. On the final day of the ceremony, the Lamas perform a special fire ritual and 16 dance rituals to destroy all the world’s wickedness.

Unlike any other carnival, Mani Rimdu Festival takes a long period as several steps are carried out during the festival. These steps can be further divided into 6 major events. A brief description of these events is cited below:

Sand Mandala Construction

A mandala is a holy figure made of a geometric arrangement of symbols that illustrates the spiritual journey from the outside to the inner core. At Mani Rimdu Festival, a vast mandala is created step by step with sand representing the Dance god’s palace ‘Garwang Those Chenpo’. The sand mandala takes several days to build as the mandala consists of complex symbolic designs. In order to make it easier to build these intricate symbolic designs in sand, the use of coloured sand is done. The sand mandala includes beautiful blades on its outer sides, representing the protective deities. Similarly, the centre of the sand mandala consists of a bowl full of Mani Rilwu pills which are specific pills made for spiritual healing.

Chham (2nd day of Carnival celebration)

On the second day of the Mani Rimdu festival, people wear beautiful costumes and perform sacred dances (specially created only for the Mani Rimdu festival), representing victory over wickedness. During the dance, people dressed up as positive energy fight with people dressed up as negative energy. This conveys the message of conflict between good and bad. Similarly, winning over bad conveys the message of always staying true to yourself and focusing on the good. Therefore, in a way, Chham represents beautiful Buddhist teaching through dance in a simpler form.

Ser Kym(Drink offering)

Another significant event during the Mani Rimdu Festival is Ser Kym. In Ser Kym, Dharmapalas (Defenders of the Justice) are offered tea which is considered spiritual nectar, in two dishes: a small one and a big one. While the offering is made, the smaller bowl is placed upright in, the larger bowl. After the use, the smaller bowl is placed upside down. Besides, alcohol drinks are also served to the earth deity, wisdom Dakini, personal deity, and Lamas in silver bowls.

Jonak (Fire worship)

After the sacred dances are performed, the Lamas perform fire worship to the gods of fire and mandala so that the gods help the world become a better place decreasing all vileness in the world. In this worship, butter is dropped into the huge fire representing all the evilness getting destroyed. Later, the Snake Deities are offered the pieces of the sand mandala.

Chhingpa (Another dance)

China is another prominent event conducted during the Mani Rimdu Festival. The local participants perform dances wearing colourful costumes and shiny masks. In this dance, the dancers enact four different protector deities guarding the Buddhist beliefs from demons. During this dance, the dancers wearing unusual costumes target small children to scare as a part of the enjoyment. There is also another dance called Dakini dance which is performed gracefully with soft and easy steps. The dancers wear no masks, and their dance represents female spiritual energy.


On the first day, you will fly from Kathmandu to Lukla airport which is situated at an elevation of 2590 meters. This flight will take you around 30 minutes only from Kathmandu to Lukla, a picturesque alpine town that is 2800 meters above sea level. The flight is rewarded with stunning views of the surrounding area and snow-covered mountains. Meet our support crew when you arrive in Lukla, then we'll start trekking to Ghat. On reaching Ghat, we will spend the night at the lodge.
On our 2nd day, we will walk to Namche Bazaar in the morning after breakfast through the stunning valley and Dudhkosi River. It will take around 7 hours to get to Namche Bazaar along the Dudh Kosi River through a stunning valley. The first 4-5 hours will walk on an easy regular track, and at the end of those hours, we will cross Dudhkosi's stunning suspension bridge and begin the strenuous ascent to Namche Bazar. After we reach Namche Bazaar, we spend the night at the lodge.
Day 3 will follow a trek to Tengboche from Namche bazaar. The altitude of Tengboche is 3870 meters which is the highest altitude we will come across. Tengboche Monastery, the area's busiest Buddhist center, is about a five- to six-hour hike from Namche. We promise a wonderful Mountain View during this trek.
On the fourth day, we will participate in the first day of the Mani Rimdu Festiva. At the monasteries of Tengboche, Thame, and Chiwang in Solukhumbu, Nepal, the Mani Rimdu Festival is observed. This is an empowerment-focused series of holy rites. The celebration lasts for nineteen days and is followed by a three-day public festival. Sherpas have time to assemble and join the monastic community in celebrating this festival. For five days, Lamas and Sherpas congregate at the monastery to promote world peace.
Demons are exterminated and the good are rewarded on this day. The monks portray the victory of Buddhism over Bon through a series of traditional Lama dances while donning extravagant masks and costumes. The festival's major first day is dedicated to prayer, and on the second day, lamas dance in vibrant costumes while wearing beautifully painted papier-mâché masks.
The final day has some silly dances and singing of prayers. Numerous locals and visitors from abroad attend the performance. You will witness the true and perfect culture of the Sherpa people as well as wonderful Himalayan images.
On the 5th day, we do a return trek from Mani Rumdu to Namche Bazzar and spend our night there. Today's route is mostly downhill and might take around 4 to 5 hours. However, there is a strong rise that lasts for approximately an hour before you reach the picturesque trek back to Namche. You can travel through Khunde from Khumjung and, if you haven't already, take the time to see the small monastery.
On the 6th day, we do a return trek from Namche Bazar to Lukla. Today's four-hour hike will begin with a hard descent. This is the last day of your journey and as you reach Phakding, it will take you another three hours to get to Lukla. You will participate in a farewell ceremony this evening with your guides and porters where you can try some Chang and Sherpa dancing.
After spending a night at Lukla airport we fly back to Kathmandu from Lukla airport and depart to our respective locations.
Today you fly to your homeland from Nepal. A representative from the hotel will pick you up and drive you to the airport and bid you a farewell.

What’s included?

  • Professional and experienced multi-lingual trek guide.
  • One porter to help you carry your baggage (one porter will help you carry around 25 kgs of weight)
  • Lodging
  • Daily meals (Authentic and delicious breakfasts, lunches, and dinners )
  • Snacks and beverages like tea/ coffee, cookies, fruits
  • All airfare from Kathmandu airport to Lukla airport and return from Lukla airport to Kathmandu airport.
  • All essential permits for Mani Rimdu village entrance
  • Salary, lodging, and meals of your guide and porter
  • Insurance for your guides and porters if needed
  • All possible local tax, vat, office service charges, domestic airport taxes, etc.

What's Not Included?

  • International airport transfers
  • Guided tour in Kathmandu
  • Travel insurance and Nepal visa fee
  • Rescue operation charge in case of emergency
  • Appreciation tips for your guides and porters

Thighs to carry while trekking

There are certain things you carry during this trek that may come in handy along your way. The things you can carry are mentioned below into two sub-divisions, Essentials and miscellaneous.

  1. Map
  2. T-shirt
  3. Thermal top
  4. Rain jacket
  5. Down Jacket
  6. Warm woolen jacket
  7. Underwear
  8. Trekking and Sleeping Trousers
  9. Hiking Shorts
  10. Sleeping bag
  11. Lightweight camp shoes
  12. Hiking Boots and Socks
  13. Backpack
  14. Warm gloves
  15. Wollen cap and head kerchiefs
  16. Warm woolen or synthetic hat
  17. Sleeping bag
  18. sunscreen
  19. UV protected sunglasses
  20. Torch with additional bulbs and batteries
  21. Neck warmer and Ear Muffs (optional)
  22. Toiletries like toothbrushes, toothpaste, tissues, towel
  23. Moisturizer for your face, lips, and body
  24. Sanitizer
  25. Baggage keys and lock


Where is the Mani Rimdu festival celebrated?

Mani Rimdu Festival is celebrated in the monasteries of the Solukhumbu-Everest region of Eastern Nepal called Tengboche, Thame, and Chiwong. The carnival is celebrated for 19 days and the festival takes place according to the Tibetan lunar calendar.

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