Mani Rimdu Festival Trek is a Buddhist festival specific to the Sherpa community of Everest region. The Festival  celebrates victory of Buddhism over Bon-Po religion. Everest region trekking is not only famous for high mountains views and vistas it is also famous for festival trip, Everest Mani Rimdu Festival is one of the most interesting High Himalayan Buddhist festival observed every year. Apart from the fresh mountain air and the green-calm surroundings, the monastery also hosts the delightful Mani Rimdu Festival.

Mani Rimdu Festival Trek Highlights

  • 3 Days Celebration of Mani Rimdu festival at Tengboche Monastery (With various cultural dance and performances).
  • Sightseeing tours of historical UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu.
  • A 35-minute scenic flight over the Himalayas from Kathmandu to Lukla and back.
  • Visiting Historical Tengboche Monastery.
  • Visiting Namche and Khumjung Village.
  • Great views of Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Amadablam and Thamserku
  • The shortest trek in Everest to view the Everest with eyes.

The Mani Rimdu Festival Trek is a festival of colour and noise that takes place in this most spectacular of settings. Performed by the monks of Chiwong and Tengboche Monastery, it depicts the victory of Buddhism over the ancient ‘Bon’ religion. Unchanged for centuries this is the annual full moon festival at the Tengboche Monastery.

There are many festivals celebrated in the Khumbu region, the gateway to Mt. Everest but most famous one is the Mani Rimdu festival. In Tengboche monastery the Mani Rimdu is performed on the 9th month of the Tibetan lunar calendar which according to English calendar falls in late October. The monks of the monastery will chant prayers and perform many religious rituals according to the Buddhist tradition for ten days.

The dances performed represent Buddhist destruction of all the pagan gods that live in the Himalayas. The monks all dress up in masks to represent the old ghosts that were exorcised. The festival lasts for three days and is well attended by the Sherpa people who often trek for many days to witness this important event.

Mani Rimdu Festival Date 2020

In Tengboche the Mani Rimdu is performed in the 9th Tibetan month which usually falls in October or November full-moon. Mani Rimdu Festival date for the year 2020 is celebrating on 17th, 18th and 19th November 2020.

Mani Rimdu Festival Trip Facts:

Festival Dates:
17 /18/19 November 2020
13 Nights / 14 Days
Kathmandu, Lukla, Namche & Tengboche Monastery.
MODE OF TOURS: Private transportation + Flight KTM – LUK – KTM
2 to 20 persons.
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Main Preparations of Festival.

Construction of Mandala

Mandala of Mani Rimdu festival is a very important and crucial part. Colored sand in Mandala is used to make a complicated and symbolic design. While making it, defensive blade portraying deities are placed around Mandala. The bowl of Rimdu pills is placed above the center.

The whole Mandala details about the palace of GarwangThozeChempo (Lord of Dance). While meditation, monks imagine kindness flowing in the form of mantra, into Mandala and to Mani Rimdu pills. Then kindness releases out from Mandala, blessing all the attendants of the festival.

Wong (Empowerment)

The Wong is the opening day of public ceremony. It´s performed on the full moon day, of the tenth month in the Tibetan lunar calendar. The sacred Mani Rilwu (sacred or blessed pills) and Tshereel (pills for long life), are given to everyone attending.

Chham (Dances)

Dances take place on the second day of festival. The dances in Mani Rimdu is performed only during the festival because the dance is considered very holy and sacred which is not for amusement purpose.


Ser-Kyem is a two piece bowl; a larger raised dish-shaped bowl and a smaller raised offering bowl. It is usually used to make tea offering. While making the offering, the small one is placed in an upright position in a larger bowl and when not in use the small one is placed upside down in the larger one.

Jinsak (Fire Puja)

Fire Puja is performed the day after dances. It is an offering to the god of fire and Mandala God as well to allay the harms of the world. It is visualized as dissolving into grain and butter is burned.

Day 01: Arrival at the Tribuwan International Airport in Kathmandu (1,345m).
Overnight at a hotel.

Day 02: Fly Kathmandu to Lukla (2804 meters) and trek to Phakding (2610 meters)
Walking hour: 3 hours | Overnight at Guesthouse | Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included

Day 03: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3441 meters)
Walking Hours: 5 hours | Overnight at Guesthouse | Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included

Day 04: Namche Bazaar Acclimatization day. Or Hike to Syangboche Everest View hotel to observe close view of Mt. Everest, Amadablam, Thamserku, Lhotse.
Overnight at Guesthouse | Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included

Day 05: Trek to Tengboche Monastery (3860 meters).
Walking Hours: 5 hours | Overnight at Guesthouse | Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included

Day 06: Monks practice dancing without masks.
Overnight at Guesthouse | Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included

Day 07: Giving the blessing to the general public.
Overnight at Guesthouse | Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included

Day 08: Famous Mask Dances preformed by the monks in a special day long ceremony. Afterwards the Sherpa community sing and dance the whole night long.
Overnight at Guesthouse | Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included

Day 09: Concluding Fire Puja.
Overnight at Guesthouse | Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included

Day 10: Trek to Namche (3446m).
Walking Hours: 5 hours | Overnight at Guesthouse | Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included

Day 11: Trek to Lukla (2800m).
Walking Hours: 5 hours | Overnight at Guesthouse | Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included

Day 12: Morning fly back Lukla to Kathmandu and transfer to Hotel
Overnight at Hotel | Breakfast Included

Day 13: Day free in Kathmandu (1,300m)
Overnight at Hotel | Breakfast and Dinner Included

Day 14: Transfer to airport and fly back to home.
Breakfast Included

Airport / Hotel / Airport pick up & drop by private car/van/bus
3 Nights hotel accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast
Flight ticket Kathmandu – Lukla – Kathmandu
7 nights tea house trek accommodation with breakfast, lunch and dinner
1 porter for 2 people (each porter can carry only 15 kg luggage)
A professional English speaking trekking guide
All transfer and sightseeing tour by private Car
Accommodation in teahouse (lodge) on twin sharing basis on trekking
Trekking staff wages, insurance, meals, transportations and allowances
Government and local taxes.
TIMS Card & Everest National Park fees permit
Farewell dinner in typical Restaurant

Lunch and Dinner whilst in Kathmandu.
All kind drinks (Alcoholic, hot and cold drinks).
Personal Equipment.
All entrance fees in Kathmandu cultural tour.
Personal travel and medical insurance.
Any kind of personal expense.
Any others expenses which are not mentioned on Price Includes section.
Tips for trekking staff, driver (Tipping is expected). Any donation to the Monastery.

Mask Dance at Mani Rimdu Festival Trek
Mask Dance at Mani Rimdu Festival Trek

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