• Tengboche Mani Rimdu Festival Trek

Tengboche Mani Rimdu Festival Trek

Trip Overview

Tengboche is an old village in the Khumbu area of Everest Region and is widely popular for one of the oldest and biggest monasteries of this area named "Dawa Choling Monastery" aka "Tengboche Monastery". This village is home to local Sherpa people and provides a beautiful panoramic view of Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, and Ama Dablam.

Mani Rimdu is a very important festival of Sherpa people of this area and is observed from the first day of the tenth month of Tibetan Lunar Calendar. That said, this festival lies in between October and November according to the English calendar. The dates of the festival vary every year and the exact date is fixed and announced by the Head Lama of the monastery only after the new year lunar calendar gets published.


  • Enjoy the greatest festival of the region in the Everest area's largest monastery of Tengboche.
  • Visit authentic old Sherpa villages and learn the local Sherpa culture.
  • Witness the panoramic views of high mountains of the Everest region.


Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu.

Welcome to Kathmandu. You will be received by one of our office representatives at the TIA exit section and escort you to your hotel afterward.

Depending on your arrival time, you will have the chance to stroll around the places nearby your hotel on your own.


Day 02: Permits preparation and trip briefing day.

Today you will have a free day in Kathmandu while your specialist will take time to arrange permits for your trek. You will have time to explore around the Kathmandu valley on your own or enjoy the cultural tour with an experienced tour guide arranged by Trek Guiders.

In the evening, you will be met by your specialist in your hotel lobby. S/he will introduce you to your guide for the trek and brief you shortly about your trek, things to do/ not to do, and any optional activities you may enjoy during the trip. You can ask any queries or share feelings with your specialist during the briefing.



Day 03: Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla (2800m). Trek to Phakding (2652m)

You will be picked up by your guide 1.5 hours prior to your flight time to make sure you will reach the domestic airport on time. Make sure you already have your breakfast by the time your guide reach your hotel lobby.

After a scenic 35 minutes flight to Lukla, your guide will arrange local porters there to help you with your luggage throughout the trip. Today is the first day of the trek. So, intentionally you will be having a short trek today to get used to the altitude. You will be descending to Chaurikharka first and then head up the Dudh Koshi Valley to Phakding where you will be staying overnight.

  Tea House

  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 04: Trek from Phakding to Namche (3440m)

After breakfast in Phakding, you will continue north following the Dudh Koshi River towards Monjo and Jorsale. From here you will enter the Sagarmatha National Park area. Here your guide will complete the check-post work whereas you can enjoy some time clicking pictures. After lunch here, you will get to cross two rivers viz. Imja River and Nangpo Tsangpo (Bhote Koshi) River followed by a steep climb to Namche Bazaar.

Namche Bazaar is the main village in Khumbu area and is renowned for a central market area of this region. It is an important trading centre with a weekly Saturday market locally known as "Haat Bazaar". 

  Tea House

  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 05: Restday in Namche.

Today is the acclimatization day of your trek. So, you can rest and relax in your lodge. Optionally, you can choose to hike to Kunde Hospital set up by Sir Edmund Hillary in 1966 A.D in Kunde Village located at an altitude of 3840m. This hospital serves approximately 8000 people of Khumbu area and carries significant importance in this area. 

Or to speed up the acclimatization process, you can hike for an hour to reach Hotel Everest View, located in Khumjung village at an altitude of 3880m. This place is quite popular for a great view of Mt. Everest, Mt. Ama Dablam, and Mt. Lhotse. If you have time, you can also visit the Sherpa Culture Museum which in houses traditional Sherpa household, old artefacts, and everyday objects. It is the perfect place to get a sense of Sherpa life through the ages.

  Tea House

  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 06: Trek from Namche to Tengboche (3867m)

After breakfast in Namche, you will follow the trail to the side of the valley, high above the Dudh Koshi. From here, you will start getting amazing views of the Khumbu peaks viz. Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, and Ama Dablam. Passing through several small villages and tea shops, you will descend to a bridge over the river at Phunki Tenga where you can have lunch. It's good to have adequate rest and collect your energy for a steep climb to Tengboche. No matter how much you get tired of the trail, the beautiful sights of Rhododendron, beautiful birds and superb Himalayas views will make you forget your tiredness in a matter of seconds.

  Tea House

  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 07 - Day 09: Attend Mani Rimdu Festival.

From today, you will be attending the greatest festival of the Khumbu region for 3 consecutive days.

On the first day, you will see the construction of Sand Mandala and Wong. The mandala is built by using colored sands which is a complex design. It is believed that during meditation when the Mantras (prayers) are chanted, the kindness flows into the Mandala in the form of mantra. From this mandala, the kindness is then released blessing those who attend the Mani Rimdu festival.

On the second day, the triumph over the symbolic demons is portrayed in the form of dance. The dances carry Buddhist teaching on many levels from the simplest to the most metaphysical state. It's believed that the monks enter a state of trance and become a godlike being during the dance. These dances are considered to be very sacred and are only performed during the Mani Rimdu.

The third and last day of the festival is the Fire Puja. This worshipping is a gift to Agni, the god of fire, and to the Gods of the Mandala to dispel all harm in the world. The harm is envisioned as dissolving into the grain and butter being burned. Afterward, the sand Mandala in the temple is dismantled to pieces, and the sand is given as an offering to the Snake Gods. After this, the festival of Mani Rimdu is concluded.


  Tea House

  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10: Trek from Tengboche to Namche.

After enjoying the last breakfast at Tengboche, you will descend to the bridge over the Dudh Kosi. At Phunki Tenga, you will get to see the water driven prayer wheels, before making your way back to Namche. Upon reaching Namche, take some rest and in the evening time, you can explore the evening market here.

  Tea House

  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11: Trek from Namche to Lukla.

Today is the last day of your trekking day. You will cross several bridges over the fast flowing Dudh Koshi River. Following the same trail which you used before to climb up to Namche, you will reach Lukla in about 6 to 7 hours. This is the perfect day to thank your trek guides and porters for their help and offers tips for their special services in your trip. The porter will leave for their home from here but the guide will fly back with you to Kathmandu if he has no other trips afterward in the following days.

  Tea House

  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12: Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu.

Today is the return day from Lukla. Your guide will finish all the airport formalities while you are having breakfast at the lodge. The porters will manage your luggage to be transported from your lodge to the airport. Once the guide get news about your flight arrival at Lukla airport, you will be called to see how the airplane gets landed in the small strip of Lukla airport. Afterward, you will get to the airport to get into the plan for flight back to Kathmandu.

Upon reaching Kathmandu, you will be escorted to your hotel. After lunch, the day is free. You can opt to enjoy some scenic cultural tours or relax during the day.



Day 13: Freeday in Kathmandu. Buffer day for return flight contingency.

Today is an extra day kept as a buffer day in case the flight back to Kathmandu gets disturbed due to any weather contingencies. However, if you succeeded in landing Kathmandu on the previous day, you can enjoy a short day tour or have some shopping in the market to purchase a token of memory from Nepal to your home.



Day 14: Depart Kathmandu.

You will be picked up from your hotel 3.5 hours before your international flight time by one of our office representatives to escort you to the TIA. Trip concludes !!


Commencing this trip

This trip is a half-way trek of the Everest Base Camp trail where you will reach up to the Tengboche Monastery to attend the Mani Rimdu Festival and return back. However, the trip extension towards Everest Base Camp or Gokyo Lakes is also the possible options.

The trek starts with a short flight to Lukla from Kathmandu. Following the trail of EBC, you will reach Tengboche Monastery on the 4th day. Here, you will get to see the monks doing prayers and dances with masks. Your guide will explain about the festival, activities performed, and possibly manage a visit with one of the monks to explain more about the festival if any of them are free.

From Tengboche, you will return back to Namche and finally to Lukla for the flight back to Kathmandu to conclude your trek. Trip extension to EBC and Gokyo Lakes are optional.

Best time to do this trip

Mani Rimdo Festival date is determined according to the Lunar Calendar. Hence the fixed dates are confirmed after the new calendar is published if you are planning for next year trip. However, best to be in touch with a local expert of Trek Guiders for the exact dates. You can keep a mindset of arranging your holiday during mid of October to November for this trip.

14 days

Trip at a Glance

  •    Country: Nepal
  •    Trip grade: Moderate
  •    Destination: Everest Region
  •    Activities: Trekking
  •    Accommodation: Hotel, Tea Houses
  •    Meals: City (B), Trek (B,L,D)
  •    Group size: 2-15

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