Mani Rimdu Festival at Tengboche

Mani Rimdu Festival at Tengboche Monastery

The Mani Rimdu Festival is a colorful occasion that takes place in the most spectacular of settings in the foothills of the Himalayas. Mani Rimdu festival is a devilishly popular festival in the Khumbu Region which is celebrate among Sherpa community belong to Mahayana-Nying-Mapa sect by Guru Rimpoche ( Padma Sambhawa), the Buddhist spiritual leader.

The Mani Rimdu festival has been celebrated since 1930 AD in the Tengboche Monastery. The Mani Rimdu festival takes place every year in the Month of November on the full moon. The date of the Mani Rimdu can be changed depending upon Tibetan calendar. During the Mani Rimdu festival, numerous of monks perform masked dance celebrating the victory of Buddhism over Bon-Po religion in the region.

 The dances performed during the festival convey Buddhist teachings on many levels – from the simplest to the most profound. They are perfect for those interested in learning about Buddhism who does not have the opportunity to study and meditate extensively. Throughout the entirety of the festival, 24-hour pujas (rituals) are performed by the monks to consecrate the Mandala, the Mani Rilwu Pills (sacred pills), the Tshereel (pills for long life) and the Torma.

The Mandala is carefully constructed, grain by grain, from colored sand; it is an intricate and symbolic design that takes many days to complete. The mantra is repeated thousands of times, and the day of the Wong is the opening public ceremony. It is performed on the day of the full moon of the tenth month in the Tibetan lunar calendar. The Dances take place on the 2nd day of Mani Rimdu. The day after the dances, the fire puja is performed in the courtyard. The fire puja is an offering to the Agni (the god of fire), and to the Gods of the mandala – to allay all harm in the world.

Trip Highlights

  • A good trekking experience in the Everest and Khumbu region
  • Majestic view of world’s famous peaks like Everest, Lhotse, Amadablam, Thamserku, Nuptse and many more
  • Perfect for those who love to combine their trek with a glimpse of Buddhist cultural festival
  • Grand festival of the Buddhist in the Everest region
  • Learn Buddhist culture and traditions through festivity

Outline Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival Kathmandu.
Day 2: Kathmandu to Lukla 2840 m by Flight & trek to Phakding 2610 m (3/4 hours).
Day 3: Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar 3440 m (5/6 hours).
Day 4: Acclimatization Day.
Day 5: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Tengboche 3860 m (4/5 hours).
Day 6–7: Tengboche Mani Rimdu Festival
Day 08: Trek from Tengboche to Namche 3440 m (4/5 hours).
Day 10: Trek from Namche to Lukla 2840m (6/7 hours).
Day 11: Lukla to Kathmandu flight (45 min).
Day 12: Free day.
Day 13: Final departure.


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