Mani Rimdu Festival

Description
The Tengboche Monastery in the Khumbu region is one of the most famous Buddhist monasteries in Nepal. Guru Rinpoche lived in this Khumbu and was a place of attraction for the devotees going to the area. Mani Rimdu festival is celebrated in this monastery in the month of October every year. It is a festival of Buddhists, where various songs, traditional dances are celebrated. It is also a trekking route for those traveling to the Everest region.

ABOUT MANI RIMDU FESTIVAL
Mani Rimdu, main purpose of festival is prayers which worship pakpa Chentrezig, the god of compassion. His blessing brings peace and good fortune to everyone. During Mani rimdu we invoke phakpa Chenrezig's blessing on the rulbu, the long life pills and perform the dances which showing former times worships this deity

Mani Rimdu observe the tradition festival in Khumbu. For the opening ceremony of the Tnegboche,Zatul Ngawang Tenzin Norbu of Rongbuk came to consecrate the monastery and the monks performed the dances here for the first time then. Since that event, Mani Rimdu continues at the same time of year. It used to be in the tenth month, but that was very cold for spectators and because of bad weather & difficult for preparations

Each sect and monastery have their own style of dancing. The dances at Tengboche came from Rongbuk. Before the Chinese came, these particular dances were done at Rongbuk. and started at Tengboche , Later the lama at Chiwong gompa in Solu started Mani Rimdu there. Wher Thame became established as a celibate monastery they started performing Mani Rimdu there also. It is held in the ninth month at Tengboche, tenth month at Chiwong and fourth month at Thame. There is no other identical Mani Rindu anywhere else in Tibet.

Mani Rimdo FestivalMani Rimdu Festival at Themgboche Monastery

TRIP PROFILE
Trip grade: moderate to fairly challenging
Activity: Trekking, Cultural excursion & Festival
Maximum altitude: 5545m (Kalapathar)
Starts & End: Kathmandu
Trek type: (Tea House / Lodge) or Guide & Porter Service with Trekking Permit / TIMS Card
Accommodation: Hotel, lodge (tea house)
Transportation: Flight and car
Himalayan Sights - Everest, Ama Dablam, Lhotse, Nuptse
Most Attraction of the trek - Close Mt. View, Sherpa village Culture & Mani Rimdu Festival

KATHMANDU:
Day 1: Kathmandu Arrival / 1350m
Day 2: Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing: Boudhanath Stupa | Pasupatinath Temple | Swyambhunath & Patan Durbar.

TREKKING:
Day 3: Kathmandu to Lukla Fly & Trek to Phakdingma. 9,200ft.
Day 4: Trek from Phakdingma to Namche Bazar. 11,300ft.
Day 5: Namche Bazar Rest for Acclimitazation.
Day 6: Trek from Namche Bazar to Tengboche Monastery. 12,670ft.
Day 7: Trek from Tengboche Monastery to Pheriche. 13,780ft.
Day 8: Trek from Pheriche to Dingboche. 16,571ft.
Day 9: Trek from Dingboche to Lobuche. 16,175ft
Day 10:Trek from Lobuche to Everest BC (17,192ft) & Back to Gorakshep.
Day 11:Trek from Gorakshep to Kalapathar & Back to Pengboche.
Day 12: Trek from Pengboche to Khumjung Village
Day 13: Join the Mani Rimdu Festival at Tengboche Monastery.
Day 14: Full Day Celebrate the Mani Rimdu Festival at Tengboche.
Day 15: End Mani Rimdu Festival & process trek again towards the Manjo.
Day 16: Trek from Manjo to Lukla.
Day 17: Fly to Kathmandu

DEPARTURE:
Day 18: Free Day at Kathmandu
Day 19: Final Departure

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