Mani Rimdu Festival Trek 2019- 14 Days

The Mani Rimdu Festival Trek will add an amazing cultural dimension to a trek that is already a favorite for Himalayan scenery. At the time of the full moon in late October the Sherpas of the Khumbu Region celebrate the most exciting festival of the year.  Since it falls at the end of harvest season, the Sherpas bring freshly harvested corn and grain from their fields to offer to the Monk community. 

The exact date of the Mani Rimdu Festival is fixed annually, according to the Tibetan lunar calendar. This is a beautiful time to visit the Everest Region as the skies are clear and the views of the majestic mountains are at their best. We can inform you of this years date after the Tibetan New Year, which falls in mid-February. 

Mani Rimdu Festival is celbrated at Tengoche Monastery, a beautiful vantage point to look at Everest and Ama Dablam. Sherpa people from the far reaches of the Khumbu gather at Tengboche to celebrate and to get blessings from the Rinpoche. The naturally serene setting comes alive with color and noise for three days.

During the Mani Rimdu Festival the monks of Tengboche monastery celebrate the centuries old conquest of Buddhism over the ancient animistic 'Bon' religion.The monks dress up in elaborately painted masks to perform lively dances known as "Cham", which re-enact the Buddhist victory over all the pagan gods that lived in the Himalayas.Through the dances, symbolic demons are subdued and conquered. Sherpas and travelers watching the dances are both entertained and reminded of the principles of Buddhism; the inner "demons" of hatred, greed and ignorance are overcome through meditation on compassion and wisdom.

In the ten days leading up to the celebration, the Tengboche monks chant prayers and perform many religious rituals. A beautiful and intricate sand mandala or sacred drawing is drawn on the floor with colored sand collected from high in the mountains. This mandala is used as a focus for the ten days meditation.

Ready to challenge yourself with an interesting climb of a 6000m peak? We organize exciting adventure climbs of Island Peak 6189m and Lobuche East Peak 6119m as an add on climb to any of the Everest region treks. We recommend our guests to do the Everest Base Camp Trek or Gokyo Valley and Everest Base Camp Trek or Khumbu Three High Passes Trek before attempting for either Island Peak or Lobuche East Peak.


Trip Highlights


  • Celebrate a Buddhist festival in exotic setting with Mt Everest in view
  • Insight into Sherpa culture
  • Beautiful time of year in Everest Region
  • Easy to add a hike up to EBC from here

Day 1 : November 6th 2019: Arrival in Kathmandu

Day 2 : November 7th 2019: Preparation Day in Kathmandu

Day 3 : November 8th 2019: Flight from Kathmandu to Lukla; Trek to Phakdingma, 2610m

Day 4 : November 9th 2019: Trek to Namche Bazaar, 3441m

Day 5 : November 10th 2019: Acclimatization day- Trekking around Namche Bazaar

Day 6 : November 11th 2019: Trek to Tengbuche, 3860m

Day 7 : November 12th 2019: To observe Mani Rimdu Festival

Day 8 : November 13th 2019: To observe Mani Rimdu Festival

Day 9 : November 14th 2019: Trek to Khumjung, 3789m

Day 10 : November 15th 2019: Trek to Monjo, 2800m

Day 11 : November 16th 2019: Trek to Lukla

Day 12 : November 17th 2019: Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu

Day 13 : November 18th 2019: Free day in Kathmandu

Day 14 : November 19th 2019: Departure

Cost Include(s)

  • Transfer from Airport – Hotel – Airport: Car, Van, Hi-ace or Coaster in a private vehicle.
  • Authentic Nepali welcome dinner with Live Nepalese Cultural Program.
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu, four nights on Twin share Bed and Breakfast Basis.
  • Accommodation during Trek ; local lodges 9 nights (Full board meals with twin-share rooms ,beds with comfortable foam mattress and pillows)
  • English speaking experienced Sherpa guide (Govt. Trained/License Holder).
  • One Sherpa guide-assistant if group size is more than 4 Trekkers.
  • Porters: One porter for 2 Trekkers basis.
  • Trek Staff costs including their salary, insurance, equipment, food and accommodation.
  • Personal insurance for Nepalese staff.
  • Annapurna Foothill’s Duffle bag for Trekking.
  • Annapurna Foothill’s Tshirt.
  • Energy Supplies ( Snickers, Mars, Bounty) and Fresh Fruits on the Trek 
  • First aid medicine kit.
  • Sagarmatha National Park  Fee, TIMS permits & all required permits or Official Documentation.
  • Excess baggage charge(s) (Domestic Flights).
  • Round-Trip airfare between Kathmandu and Lukla (Airport Tax Included)
  • All government and local taxes.

Cost Exclude(s)

  • Your Personal Travel Insurance.
  • Nepal Entry Visa Fee.
  • Lunch & Dinner in cities - allow $ 10 to 14 for per meal in Tourist restaurants.
  • Beverages (soft drinks, mineral water,boiled water and beer).
  • Tips for guide, porters and driver (customary).
  • Any personal expenses not mentioned in above services.
  • Additional night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early return from Trek (due to any reason) than the planned itinerary.

The Mani Rimdu Festival Season

The Mani Rimdu Festival is determined by the Tibetan Calendar and falls on the Full moon in late October, at the end of harvest.  The date is only known when the Tibetan new year calendar is published mid February.  Please contact us for the exact date. 

Mani Rimdu Festival is a Tea Houses/Lodge Trek

Accommodation is included in the cost of your package. Annapurna Foothills Treks takes great care to arrange the most comfortable accommodation possible throughout your stay.

During the trek, the nights will be spent in clean and comfortable tea houses with plenty of character and good food. The simple rooms usually have two narrow beds. The family run lodges are a great place to get to know the Nepalese people. In Nepalese culture, a guest is equal to god, and surely this has become even more of a reality since the tourism industry has improved their meager opportunities to earn. You will be made very welcome!


Three meals a day are included during your Mani Rimdu Festival Trek. The menu will be fairly simple, but freshly cooked and hygienic. You can enjoy typical Nepali, Tibetan and Sherpa food, as well as all types of international cuisine. Dinners and breakfasts will be provided in the teahouse/lodge where you spend the night. Lunches will be eaten in a teashop on the way to the destination of the day.

Drinking Water on Mani Rimdu Trek

We suggest that you drink boiled water or bring chlorine tablets to purify the normal water available in the guest houses along the way. There is a small fee charged for the boiled water. Although mineral water is available in most places, there is no provision to dispose of the plastic bottles, so we encourage the guests to do what they can to protect the environment.


If you have a reasonable level of fitness, this trek should be more than manageable. The altitude becomes more noticeable the higher we go, so we walk at a slow pace and take plenty of breaks to rest and acclimatize.

Local Customs You Should Know About of Mani Rimdu Festival Trek

Ethnic groups of the hilly and mountain regions are predominantly Buddhist, and you will see many mani stones, stupas, gumbas and prayer wheels. It is respectful to pass these objects with your right side nearest to the object, in a clockwise direction. Avoid sitting or standing on mani stones, stupas, tables used for worship or anything that is a religious symbol, as that is considered disrespectful.

Travel Insurance for Mani Rimdu Festival Trek

It is strongly recommended to be sufficiently protected when you go into remote areas. You need specialized travel insurance that covers emergency evacuation, injury, lost baggage, liability and medical treatment. Make sure the insurance covers all the activities that you will be undertaking during your stay in Nepal. Annapurna Foothills Treks and Expeditions Pvt. Ltd. can organize the appropriate medical response based on your policy.

Flight Delay/Cancellation

Domestic flights to mountain regions can be delayed or cancelled due to bad weather. Be aware that you may have long waits in the airports. From our side, if a flight is cancelled we make sure you get on the next possible flight.

If flight cancellations at the start of your trek delay your trek to the point of disturbing your onward travel schedule, you will be free to choose an alternative trip; there are many excellent options in the Annapurna, Langtang and other regions. If you do not wish to take an alternative trek, and wait in Kathmandu for the flight to Lukla, your original trek may be shortened due to the days lost in waiting. In such case, the client will be responsible to bear all additional expenses including food and accommodation.

If the client wishes to make an alternative arrangement such as a helicopter flight, Annapurna Foothills Treks and Expeditions will assist in making the booking, but will not cover the cost of the alternative arrangement. The refunded money of the unused flight ticket would be credited to the concerned client, however.

There will be no refund for the days of the trek that are missed. You will not be entitled to any refund for services in the package (ie hotel, transport, flight) that you did not use due to the cancellation.

It is advisable to allow one or two extra days at the end of your trip to allow for flight delay/cancellation.

In an emergency, or upon request by our clients, a heli-rescue can be organized. The helicopter costs around USD 3500, and can lift 4-5 persons per flight.

If flight cancellations at the end of your trek delay your return to Kathmandu, you will be responsible for all your expenses during the wait in Lukla.

Trip Facts

Destination : Nepal

Duration : 14 Days

Price : US $1390 p/p

Trip Grade : Moderate

Maximum Height:3860m

Minimum Height:1300m

Minimum Group Size:2 Trekkers

Maximum Group size:12 Trekkers

Activities:Trekking, Sightseeing, Hiking, Cultural Insights

Transport By:Private Vehicle, Domestic Flights



Best Season:March- May and September- November

Permits:Sagarmatha National Park Fee and TIMS Card

Hotel in Kathmandu:4 nights on B&B plan (Bed & Breakfast)

Accommodation during Trek:local lodges 9 nights

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