Mani Rimdu Festival Tour

Trip Duration 17 Nights/18 Days
Trip Code NAP-MRF - 503
Trip Grade Moderate to strenuous trail.
Trip Cost USD 1885 per passenger
Best Time Month of November

Overview

Mani Rimdu festival tour designs those who are interested to combine his/her trekking with some glimpse festival of Nepal. Mani Rimdu festival is considered as one of the important and biggest event of the year for the Sherpas of the Khumbu region. This festival observed in the month of October/November (Full moon of the 9th Tibetan month) in Solu at Chiwang monastery or Tyangboche monastery in Khumbu. The festival originated in Rongbuk Monastery in Tibet. The date of this festival is fixed only after the Tibetan Calendar comes out with the New Year festival, Lhosar. The Chiwang monastery located at an altitude of approximately 10,000 ft above the sea level. This monastery is situated at the top of the hill which takes about 3 hour walk from Phaplu, 4 hour walk from Junbesi and 3 days walk from Jiri and Tyangboche monastery, lying in the Everest region and also situated in lap of Ama Dablam (6812m), which takes about 3/4 days walking from Lukla and 8/9 days walk from Jiri. From here the visitor can view the highest mountain of the World, Mt. Everest 8848m, and other snow capped mountains. However, historically, this festival has been connected with Bonpo (Pre-Buddhist religion of Tibet) and ritually this is centered on Padma Sambhava, one of the founders of Tibet Buddhism and the father of NYING-MA-PA sect. On this festival, the 13 different dances are performed by the Lamas of the monastery. The 3 days celebrations of Mani Rimdu follow the 10 days of non-stop prayer sessions addressed to the patron deities seeking blessing from the god of all mankind. The deity propitiated is Guru Rinpoche, the founder of Tibetan Buddhism. The ceremony begins with the blowing of horns in the afternoon after which the abbot of the monastery accompanied by other monks chant prayers. The congregation is blessed and given holy water and auspicious pellets for good luck and longevity. An orchestra of cymbals, horns, flutes, and conch shells announces the start of the second day’s celebrations. Monks in colorful robes and huge glowering masks perform dances symbolizing the destruction of evil. On the last day, Tormas (figures made of dough) are consigned to a sacred fire. This implies the end of negative forces and the advent of a blessed New Year. This tour will not only focus the festival but also glimpse of Worlds highest mountain, an excursion of Kalapatthar (5545m) and Everest base Camp (5450m) which is offers an enduring experience of natural beauty, geological magnificence and profound cross-cultural discovery.

 

Highlights

* Rim of the Kathmandu valley
* Scenic Himalayan flight to and from Lukla
* Sagarmatha National Park
* Experience Sherpa culture and life style of mountain people in the heart of Himalaya
* Observe the Mani Rimdu festival at Tyangboche monastery
* Kalapatthar and Everest Base Camp
* Unforgettable Panoramic views of Ama Dablama, Mt. Everest, Lhotse shahar, Nuptse, * * Thamserku and well conserved vast bio-diversity.
 

Trip Summary

Trip Grade Moderate to strenuous trail.
Trip Duration 17 Nights/18 Days
Trip code NAP-MRF - 503
Trip Start/Ends Kathmandu-Lukla/Lukla-Kathmandu
Maximum Altitude (5545m)
Trip Cost USD 1885 per passenger
Group Size Minimum 2 upto 16 passengers
Accessibillity Kalapatthar base camp (5545m), 5/7-hrs average walking per day, in the challenging trail.
The Route Round trip from Lukla, trek start from and returns to Lukla and the flight takes about 35 minute.
Season Month of November
Trip Valid This offer is valid on reservations made from September through December 31, 2018.
Trip Facilities Tourist standard hotel in city and best available teahouse/lodge on mountain.
Departure Time Celebrating on 4th to 6th November 2017.

Itinerary

Upon your arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport our representative welcomes you and transfers you to your hotel in Kathmandu. In case you land in Kathmandu early morning, you can take the day to do sightseeing tour of the UNESCO heritage sites of Kathmandu

After breakfast the day will start with a guided tour of Kathmandu's historical and spiritual key attractions; including the historic Kathmndu Durbar Square, the famous 'Monkey Temple' (Swayambunath) and then finally visit to Patan Durbar square which is situated the heart of the city constitutes the focus of visitor's attraction. In the evening there will pre-trip discussion where you can meet your group leader and checking equipments, final preparations, packing, necessary document for Mani Rimdu festival trip.

Early morning we fly from Kathmandu to Lukla. Lukla has a tine airstrip and the scenic flight duration is just above 40 minutes. Upon landing, while the guides and porters will divide the baggage and you can have a good look around and take picture. Depending upon when we land at Lukla, we might even have our lunch there. From Lukla, we walk to Phakding village. The walk is fairly easy and we will stay overnight in Phakding. We can spend our evening strolling around the village.

Our day's hike will start after we have our breakfast. We start by walking along the banks of Dudh Koshi River; we will have to cross this river twice today. We will then arrive at a small village called Monjo. Monjo is the gateway to Sagarmatha National Park. After entering the National Park, we descend down to Bhote Koshi River upon which we arrive at Jorsalle village. We walk further from there heading off to Namche Bazaar, a prosperous trade hub in the lap of the Himalayas which is also the capital of Khumbu region. We will stay overnight at a hotel in Namche Bazaar.

After already having ascended an altitude of 3,440 m (11,253ft), we will use today for acclimatization. It is very important that our body is prepared for further ascending. You have the day at your disposal and can choose to do what you wish with it. You can walk up to the Everest View Point Hotel and enjoy the view it offers. You can also choose to just walk around Namche Bazaar and observe the local proceedings and lifestyle. If it is Saturday today, there will be local traditional Saturday Market and it will be a wonderful experience visiting the marketplace. There is a Sherpa Museum in Namche which would be the place to visit if you are into Sherpa culture and history of mountaineering.

Today after breakfast we start our trek with pleasant walk through the forest with magnificent view of mountains. The great view of the mighty peaks like Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku and Kwangde peak is a constant throughout the day. Today's trail ascends through the forested on its way to Tengboche. The first thing that could draw your attention after reaching Tengboche could be its big monastery. Tengboche has large campsite, tea houses and lodges overseeing Mt. Ama Dablam. We will spend the night at a hotel in Tengboche.

You will have three full days to enjoy the fascination of being part of the historic Mani Rimdu Festival. The festival will be celebrated at the Tengboche Monastery, also known as Dawa Choling Gompa. Built in 1916 by Lama Gulu, Tengboche Monastery is the largest of its kind in the Khumbu region.

These three days will give you a proper chance to be a part of the Mani Rimdu Festival and experience the mystic cultural, traditional and religious essence associated therewith. Please note that the number of days you spend to observe the Mani Rimdu Festival can be shortened or lengthened to suit your calendar.

You will have your breakfast at your lodge and head to Tengboche Monastery to observe Mani Rimdu. You will return to your lodge for dinner and to stay overnight.

This will be the final day for you to be a part of Mani Rimdu Festival. You will have your breakfast at your lodge and head to Tengboche Monastery to observe Mani Rimdu. By the end of the day, you will have three days’ wonderful memories of Mani Rimdu Festival. You will return to your lodge for dinner and to stay overnight.

We will leave Tengboche with all the fascination of Mani Rimdu festival still in our vivid memories. The day consists of a lot of descending until we arrive at Deboche. The trails ascend from there through rhododendron forest.  The trails take us down to a valley and later through riverside plains before we reach Dingboche. It is a relatively easy day in terms of walking.

There is a lot of vertical gain today even though the trail length does not clock more than 4.5 miles in itself. We walk through the alpine meadows and yak pastures to cross the Khumbu Glacier. The end of the moraine of the glacier has a specifically steep and presents a challenge. We then continue along the rugged route to reach Lobuche where we will stay for the night. Lobuche is situated beneath the Lhotse Ridge.

For those of you who are doing the Everest Base Camp Trek for the first time, the day starts with a mixture and anxiety. Today you will be hiking up to the Everest Base Camp. The day will be the most challenging day of the trek and at the same time the most fulfilling as well. The base camp is situated at an altitude of above 5,000m (16,000ft).

We start off by hiking to Gorak Shep first. It is a small village sitting atop a small frozen lake buried under sand. We will have our lunch thee and hike further following the trails of the Khumbu Glacier. On the way you will catch the glimpse of an intimidating black rock the world knows by the name of Mt. Everest. The way will lead us to the Everest Base Camp. Have you ever heard or read that Mt. Everest cannot be seen from the Everest Base Camp? You will find the answer yourself. We will spend quality time exploring the base camp and surrounding areas and return to Gorak Shep to spend the night.

Our first destination for the day will be Kala Patthar. We will start especially early and your guide will arrange everything for the early departure. The reason behind leaving early is to reach Kala Patthar before sunrise. Kala Patthar provides the most wonderful sight of sunrise over Mt. Everest and other Himalayan peaks such as Nuptse, Ama Dablam and Pumori. You would not want to miss that. It will take a couple of hours to reach Kala Patthar from Gorak Shep. We will take our time enjoying what Kala Patthar has to offer before heading down to Gorak Shep and then to Pheriche to stay overnight there.

After being part of the Mani Rimdu Festival, it is now to start our return trip. After breakfast we trek back with enjoying the lush green scenery around and passing through the incredible mountain scenery and local Sherpa village. We will call it a day after we arrive at Namche Bazaar and find a nice lodge to spend the night.

We continue our trek back by heading towards Lukla from Namche. As the trails will be mostly downhill on your way back, the walk is fairly straightforward. After your arrival in Lukla you will have time to relax and celebrate the completion of your trek and being part of the historic Mani Rimdu Festival 2015.

After an early morning flight to Kathmandu our guide transfer you to your hotel. You may have time to relax after long journey and take back your breath and rest at your hotel with ending your Himalayan trip with us. Any free time of the day can be used to do sightseeing tour of the UNESCO heritage sites of Kathmandu

Today is free or last minute shopping for souvenirs or gift to your family, friends or relatives for you until your departure flight/drive or to commence any extra trips or activities you may have booked with us. If departing, you'll be transferred to the International Airport for your departure flight to your onwards destination.

Cost Included

•  Documents:  All necessary official paper works such a National park entrance permit and TIMS card etc.
•  Land transportation: All airport arrival and departures transfer and touring as per the itinerary by private vehicle
Activities: Cultural tour and trekking trip as per itinerary.
Accommodation: 4 nights hotel in Kathmandu and 13 nights lodges during trekking
Food: Full board on Teahouse [Breakfast, lunch and dinner] during the trekking and 4 breakfast in Kathmandu.
Staffs: Leader/Guide and supporters and their daily wage, food, and accommodation
Company and Government’s service charge: All applicable Government taxes and official service charges. 

Cost Excluded

• Kathmandu to Lukla and return flight to Kathmandi
• Travel/medical insurance coverage personal accidents, medical and emergency Helicopter rescue
• Personal travel and trekking equipments
• Lunch and Dinner while in City
• Items of a personal nature such as normal drinks, hot shower, dessert, laundry, internet and phone call.
• Expenses occurred due to unavoidable Events i.e. road wrecks, flight delays etc.
• Tips/Gratuities for trekking crews
• All monastery and temple entrance fee, while you are in city sightseeing
• Optional activities
• And unforeseen expenses which are out of control by Nepal Adventure Point

Trip Notes

Arrival Information: We don't expect any problems, and nor should you, but if for any reason you are unable to commence your trip as scheduled, as soon as possible please contact us at nap@wlink.com.np or call us at +977-1-4258476 or +9779851050327 as emergency contact. Our airport representative will be waiting with your Name or Nepal Adventure Point sign on it. Please check carefully once you exit the baggage hall as there seem to be hundreds of people waiting outside in the arrival gate and have not made contact with our representative within 30 minutes , we recommend that you make your own way to the hotel and we will pay you back taxi cost if this occurs.

Pre-meeting and trip briefing: On our all tours, trek, expeditions and other adventures, we give a short brief about the trip at hotel on the same day of your arrival and introduce by your group leader and team members. At the mean time, we will provide an opportunity for individuals to ask questions about your trip. Pre-trip meeting covers the information regarding the personal equipment, acclimatization among others. We believe that pre-trip meeting is very important in order to better preparation of the trip.

Service Level: This trip is leveled as a standard which means standard hotel rooms are provided with breakfast, sightseeing tours and guest houses and lodges with private room with share bathroom.

Group Size and group joining: The minimum group size is 2 and the maximum is 16. However, if you'd like to make a group booking for more than that, we will be happy to arrange this for you. Our entire trip is a group joining basis unless any one does not request the private or the personal trip.

Important Stuffs: National park entrance permit and TIMS card required for this trip so we suggest you to post us 4 passport-size photos copies of passport & visa (If you already taken the visa from your homeland), insurance policy. You should also have contact numbers of next to kin, Bank and insurance company and your travel agent/ flight booking office.

Accommodation: During the trekking part we accommodate on teahouse/lodges and has chosen according their Eco-friendliness, best location, hygiene and friendly nature. These are basic lodges with just a couple of rooms with two separate beds. The lodges have running water but don't expect a hot shower. Blankets are available but we recommend bringing your own sleeping bag. We provide standard hotels in Kathmandu like hotel Manang/Marshyangdi or similar category with breakfast.

Single supplement: All accommodations are based on double occupancy. If you prefer single accommodations, you must pay a single supplement fee, which is listed to the trip itinerary. If you are traveling alone and wish to share accommodations, we will try to match you with a roommate of the same gender. If there is no one with whom you can share, you are required to pay a "forced" single supplement fee, which is usually half of the regular price supplement. On some trips, and/or some places, single accommodations are not available.

Food and Drink: The meals are includes on this trip, mostly the buffet style breakfast will be provided in the hotel in city. The trekking lodges offer some good value meals and drinks. The meals are in teahouse similar to the camping trekking; the meals are prepared to a similar hygiene and may be repeated several times during the trek but are always hot, tasty and filling. With your breakfast, lunch and three-course dinner, tea will also be included. Each day dinner and breakfast will be provided in the same lodge you spend the night. Lunch camp will be fixed on a pleasant surrounding…

Your leader/guide will help with menu selection and ensure that you get the best standard of meals in best value possible. Although the food is usually plentiful and delicious, you should be aware that the menu is not normally extensive. Most of the teahouses offer a variety of rice and noodle dishes, as well as soup and seasonal vegetables. In general, a variety of cereals, bread and egg dishes are offered for breakfast. Plenty of snacks such as biscuits, chocolate and soft drinks, and locally grown fresh fruits are available in some places. You can bottle mineral water from local teahouse or you can also ask your guide to fill your water bottle with boiled water and treat with water purification pills.

Daily feature of Teahouse Trekking: Normally you will be woken at around 6:30 – 7:00AM with a cup up “Good Morning” tea brought to your room. Before breakfast you pack your gear into your kit bag which is then taken by the porters. Having had breakfast we usually on the trail between 7.00AM - 7.30AM. Following a good morning's few hours walking before lunch around 11.00 - 12.00 PM, at any of the tea houses or other lodges along the trail. We have an hour lunch break to allow for the trekker's. After lunch, our assistant guide will go ahead and reserve the lodge en-route for overnight stop. The afternoon walk is generally a little shorter and we usually reached by around 3PM to 4PM. When you reached at the lodge, everything will be ready. Until dinner there is time to rest, explore the surrounding area and villages or sit and chat with the crew and local people. The dinner is usually served around 7:00 PM to 7:30PM. In the evening afford some of the best memories of your trek, whether it is talking, playing cards, chatting with the crew or joining in some singing and dancing with your trekking crews or with the local people, it’s always a special time till around 9PM then the time to sleep.

Staffs: For most trips is accompanied by one of our local group leaders, one assistant guide will provide above 6 trekkers. This arrangement ensures that should anybody in the group fall sick, the trip can still go ahead as planned. Our local leader prides themselves on a thorough knowledge of the mountains, the people and villagers who live there, the flora, the fauna, and historical, cultural, religious and social aspects of the region in which you will be travelling.

Believing that the porters are important and impossible to complete the trip so besides your leader and guide the trek will be accompanied by one porter or pack animal for every two people. We do not allow porters to carry exceeding 25 kgs in tea-house and 30kgs weight during the camping treks. It is because of human being respect, their rights and against any exploitation on its operation. We provide good health insurance, good equipments, working training and of course good pay with lots of encouragements. You can leave the rest of your luggage at the hotel where you were staying before the start of the trek, or at our local agent's office.

Acclimatization: Keep in mind that you will be passing above 5000m and reaching at goal destination during the journey to the desired trekking. Walking fast at such elevation could lead to medical complications (Acute Mountain Sickness) which could be serious. There is less oxygen compared to sea level in high-altitudes places. The higher, altitude will be the less oxygen in air. Your body needs a days to acclimatize to this environment, which is why we will stop a day rest in trails-head destination. Although we provide information regarding AMS insurance, the only option for treatment is descending (evacuation). We advise that clients with known heart, lung or blood diseases, or clients over the age of 60 to discuss with their doctor before traveling with us. Symptoms of AMS include mild to severe headaches, dizziness, fever, loss of appetite or stomach pain; it is important to alert our staff if you are feeling poorly to ensure that illness does not progress.

Safety and Security: Many national governments provide a regularly updated advice service on safety issues involved with international travel. We recommend that you check your government's advice for their latest travel information before departure. We strongly recommend the use of a neck wallet or money belt while travelling, for the safe keeping of your passport, air tickets, travellers' cheques, cash and other valuable items. Leave your valuable jeweler at home - you won't need it while travelling. Many of the hotels we use have safety deposit boxes which are the most secure way of storing your valuables. A lock is recommended for securing your luggage.

Health & Medical Advice: Traveller must have the good level of fitness for mountain trekking, at least walking 7-8 hours each day at high elevation, climbing and high expedition you are requested to have the complete medical improvement from your travel doctor to attend the trip. You should consult with your doctor for up-to-date medical travel information before you are travelling. We recommend that you carry a First Aid kit as well as any personal medical requirements although our leader is carrying enough. Please be aware that sometimes we are in remote areas and away from medical facilities. NAP reserves the right to exclude any traveller from all or part of a trip without refund if in the reasonable opinion of our leader they are unable to complete the itinerary without undue risk to themselves and/or the rest of the group.

Medical Supplies - The supplies listed here are recommended for any trek. Since some of them are prescription drugs, you should visit your doctor and discuss the trip with them and obtain prescriptions. If your doctor makes recommendations contrary to the suggestions here, follow your doctor's advice, and obtain substitutes for these items. It is not necessary to burden yourself with a lot of medicines for the trek, though you should carry enough to take care of minor problems. The ones listed here are sufficient for most situations. You should be sure to provide your supply of own aspirin, band aids, etc.

Basic first aid supplies
* Suntan lotion or sun blocking cream
* Lip salve (Chapstick, Blistex, or Glacier Cream)
* Foot powder
* Bandaids (plasters) and tape
* Moleskin or other blister pads
* Elastic (Ace) bandage
* Antiseptic cream
* Aspirin
* Throat lozenges or cough drops
* Decongestant tablets
* Iodine - small bottle for water purification
* Toilet paper & matches or a cigarette lighter to burn used TP
* Bactrim, Norbactin or other diarrhoea remedy

Travel Insurance: Travel insurance is compulsory in order to participate on any of our trips. When travelling on a group trip, you will not be permitted to join the group until evidence of travel insurance should provide us up on arrival. Such travel insurance must cover medical, emergency evacuation and full trip cancellation. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects.

Checklist for trekking in Nepal
Essential Gears - A pair for running shoes, a pair of lightweight pants and long shirts for day time, one pair short pant for trekking, a pair of warm trousers, rainproof jacket with hood, gloves, woolen socks, underwear, water bottles, day pack (30–35 liter), toiletries, towel, small torch or headlamp with spare batteries, sun block, personal medical supplies if any, camera and film.

Seasonal gears - In addition to the essential gears, one need to bring other gears relevant to the months (season) and altitude of your chosen trek as follows:

Months: (Nov / Dec /Jan / Feb / March trek below 3000 Meters) - Lightweight walking boots, woolen jumpers or polar fleece, thermal under wears, cotton t-shirts, sunhat, sunglasses.

Months: (Sep / Oct / April / May trek below 3000 meters) - Lightweight walking boots, woolen jumper, cotton t-shirts, sunhat, sunglasses.

Months: (Nov / Dec / Jan / Feb / March trek above 3000 meters) - Medium walking boots, 2 woolen jumpers or polar fleece, thermal under wears, woolen pants, wind proof / water proof over pants, snow gaiters, scarf, cotton t-shirts, sunhat, sunglasses.

Months: (Sep / Oct / April / May trek above 3000 meters) - Medium walking boots, a pair woolen jumpers or polar fleece, thermal under wears, woolen pants, wind proof / water proof over pants, snow gaiters, scarf, cotton t-shirts, sunhat, sunglasses.

Optional Gears - Small padlock, money belt, penknife, binocular, energy bars, chocolates / sweets, personal diary, playing cards, books, small swing kid etc.

A Tailor-made itinerary: It is possible to customize your suggested trip itinerary. Perhaps you would like to treat yourself to different hotel or add a few extra days to the itinerary? You can also request a transfer to another destination if you like. Just let us know what you want when you complete the quote request form or call or email us for more help. We will help design the tour to suit your specific requirements and dates.

Itinerary Disclaimer: This information is provided in good faith. However, we have design our entire adventure travel itineraries and holidays with care and experiences that stem from our previous clients, comments and our own research. We must understand that adventure travel goes to the remote part of the mountain where weather, physical conditions of team member and flight delayed or cancel will affect the plan itinerary without prior notice so NAP reserve the right to change itinerary at any time without any pre consultation with clients. Our itinerary is brief, as we never know exactly where our journey will take us because of our walking style, physical level and the regions we visit, please understand us travel can be unpredictable. Whatever we have provided in this Trip Details document is a general guide to understand of our travel destinations.

Spending Money: Every traveller is different and therefore spending money requirements will vary. Some travellers may drink more than others while other travellers like to purchase more souvenirs than most. Please consider your own spending habits when it comes to allowing for drinks, shopping and tipping.

Money Exchange: American Dollars are we accepted in Asia and exchange rates fluctuate often. There are many ATM machines in major cities that accept both Visa and MasterCard. Most shops also accept visa and master card but they may charge a 2-4% service charge fee.

Trip Members' Responsibility: Trip members have the responsibility to select a trip appropriate to their abilities and interests. We are also happy to discuss the trip with you. Trip members are responsible for preparing for the trip by studying the detailed itinerary and for bringing the appropriate clothing and equipment as advised.

Respect Local Dress: In Nepal the standard dress is more conservative than it is backing home. In predominately while you travel in Nepal, Tibet, Bhutan and India we ask that you dress respectfully and avoid very short shorts/skirts and singlet’s/tank tops when visiting temples or mosques or other holy sites or local villages.

Transportation: Deluxe private vehicle are provided while on city tour, airport transfers, tourist standard buses to and from your trekking or climbing destination.

Additional trip and hotel: In addition to this tour, we can organize trip extensions both within Nepal and other neighboring countries. You may want to try white water rafting or go on a jungle safari in the deep jungles of Chitwan National Park or take a cultural tour. You may as well take a trip to Tibet, Bhutan or India, whichever appeals more to you.

If you also wish to add extending trips or extra nights hotel accommodation before or after your trip then sent us details via e-mail or fill in our online booking form.

Tipping: It's not compulsory but tipping the porters and guides is customary and always greatly appreciated. A rough guideline is US$ 4-7 per person a day for guide and US$ 3-5 per person a day for the porter, however if you wish to tip more that is always welcome.

Clients Feedback: We are not 100% but we do always committed to providing the best service to make complete satisfaction in order to maintain the best value what you have paid and expect. Your feedbacks are always welcome and appreciated; they provide valuable insight for us for future trips. We are happy to give you the opportunity to communicate openly about your thoughts and experiences with us. Please leave your feedback with us at the end the trip. Both your good and not so good comments will help us to make our service more effective and efficient in the future.

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