Everest Trek with Mani Rimdu Festival; Oct 30 – Nov 11, 2017

Festival at Tengboche Monastery
NepalCulture, Festivals, Hike & Trek

The Mani Rimdu is one of the most fascinating Himalayan Buddhist festivals observed every year, usually in November (the dates are dictated by the lunar calendar), in Tengboche Monastery just south of Mount Everest.
Mani Rimdu is a sacred ceremony and a series of events of empowerment. The festival consists of 9 days of ceremonies and meditation, called Drupchen. This is concluded by a special blessing ceremony given by resident Rinpoche to the general public followed by the world renowned Mask Dances performed by the monks. The festival concludes with 3 noisy and colourful days of public celebration.

The festival dates, determined by the lunar cycle, vary each year. The forecasted dates for 2017 festival falls on Nov 04-06, 2017.

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13 Days
From SGD 2,653Per Person

Tour Itinerary

Arrive in Kathmandu (1,360m) and transfer to our hotel in Thamel, the heart of Kathmandu city. The rest of the afternoon is free for taking in the sights and sounds of this unique and bustling medieval city.

Overnight in Kathmandu.

Your early flight to Lukla today will take approximately 30 minutes; from here you will trek to Phakding, descending 200m over 3 hours. You will catch a glimpse of some great mountains such as Nupla (5,885m) above Kongde Ridge, Kusum Kang (6,367m) appears on the right a little later. All along you will be following the northern (left) bank of the Dudh Kosi River. It is important to take these first few days slowly to enable your body to acclimatise and to enjoy the passing scenery and culture.

Overnight in trekking lodge.

Today begins on level ground, relative to the environment in which you are! You will cross the river on a high suspension bridge and begin to climb up to Monjo (2,800m) and on to the gateway to the Sagamartha National Park Entrance in place to protect and preserve this beautiful environment. There is a good rest stop on the way up where you will see people gathered, admiring the first real chance to see Everest in the distance. On the way up today you will be rewarded with views of Kusum Kangaru, Thamserku, Konde-Ri and Tawache Peak before eventually arriving at Namche Bazaar (3,440m) after about 5 hours.

Overnight in trekking lodge.

Today we allow our bodies to acclimatise; it is important to drink lots of water and take some gentle exercise. Namche is a growing town tucked into a neat little valley, there are lots going on in the centre with market days on Friday and Saturday. There are some interesting museums and shops. There is also internet connection and a sauna! You could venture further afield, take a visit to Khumjung where the Hillary school sits and Khunde nearby, on the way back to Namche you could visit the Shyangboche airstrip (3,790m) the highest in the world nearby is the Everest View Hotel for stunning views.

Overnight in trekking lodge.

There are various trails leading out of the village of Namche; your guide will show you the most appropriate where you are most likely to enjoy excellent views of Ama Dablam and Everest amongst others along the way though. From Sanasa trail descends to Phunki Thanga from where you have a 2-hour climb to Tengboche steeply at first but soon levels out. You will come to a stone gate which marks the entrance to Tengboche (3,867m), the religious centre of the Khumbu region. Overall today will take approximately 5 hours.

Overnight in trekking lodge.

Mani Rimdu Festival is celebrated at Tengboche, Thame and Chiwang Monasteries of Solukhumbu Nepal. This is a sacred ceremony with a series of events of empowerment. It is a sequence of nineteen days celebration, which concludes with three days public festival. Sherpas make time to gather and celebrate this festival with the monastic community. Lamas and Sherpa gather at the monastery for 5 days for the welfare of the world.

Overnight in trekking lodge.

This day, demons are quelled and the virtuous are rewarded. The monks wear elaborate mask, costumes’ and through a series ritualistic Lama dances, dramatize the triumph of Buddhism over Bon, The main first days of festival involves prayers, second day for colorful lama dancing, they wear brocade gown and wonderfully painted papier-mâché masks.

Overnight in trekking lodge.

Last day is for some humorous dances and chanting prayers. Hundreds of local people and foreign tourists attend the performance. You will be to see the real and ideal culture of Sherpa people amidst great Himalayan picturesque views.

Overnight in trekking lodge.

Mostly descending today; it will take you 4 to 5 hours. There is a steep climb for about an hour before you encounter the scenic walk back into Namche. From Khumjung you can pass through Khunde where you may enjoy a visit to the little monastery if you haven’t already done so.

Overnight in trekking lodge.

A 4-hour walk today, descending steeply for the first half then on to Phakding, where you will spend the night. This is your final day trekking; it will take you around 3 hours more from Phakding to Lukla. This evening you will have a farewell ceremony with your guides and porters where you will be able to sample some Chang and try some Sherpa dancing.

Overnight in trekking lodge.

You will be on an early flight back this morning, on arrival in Kathmandu you will be met and taken to your hotel.

Overnight in Kathmandu.

Enjoy a day exploring some of the quieter streets of Kathmandu, stocking up on souvenirs and presents for friends and family.

Or, go on a day of optional sightseeing in and around Kathmandu visiting the Swayambhunath Monkey Temple, Pashupatinath, Bouddhanath and Kathmandu Durbar Square. Escorted by an English-speaking guide, the tour will allow a glimpse of the vivid culture and an enchanting manner of its people.

This evening you have a farewell dinner.

Overnight in Kathmandu.

The morning is free until your transfer to the airport for your homebound flight.

At a Glance

Duration 13 Days
Grade Moderate
Best time to go November
Trek accommodation Teahouse
Max. altitude 3,867m
Group size Min. 2 to Go
Transportation Domestic flight

Tour Cost

Price per person in SGD dollars

13D Mani Rimdu Festival at Tengboche Monastery, Everest

Valid for 2017 Festival Dates from Oct 30 - Nov 11.
                                                            Group size
02-04 Trekkers*SRS**Porter
2616413TBA
*SRS (Single Room Supplement pays for your own room in hotels and trekking lodges.
**A personal porter is required for every 3rd trekker. This is because each porter is allowed to portage (a max. of 24kg) for 2 trekkers.
Tour prices do not include airport & related taxes of SGD $370± per person, and must be paid to Pacific Arena at the time of ticket issuance. Please note that all airport taxes are subject to change by the airlines until the air tickets are issued.
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You will need to extend your stay in Kathmandu for a day as Silkair does not fly (KTM/SIN) on Nov 11, 2017. Extension night starts from SGD 80 per person (twin-share) or SGD 150 per single person in a 3* hotel in Kathmandu.

Inclusions

  • Return 'Q' class airfare between Singapore and Kathmandu on Silkair
  • Airport pick up & drop off by private vehicle
  • Twin/triple-sharing accommodation at Kathmandu in a 3-star hotel with breakfast
  • Return flights between Kathmandu & Lukla
  • Fully supported tea-house trek
    • All necessary paperwork & permits
      • National Park entrance fee
      • TIMS (Trekkers' Information Management System) Card (please bring 3 photos)
    • Government-licensed first-aid-trained English-speaking guide
    • One porter shared between 02 trekkers (max. weight to be carried per porter is 24kg); single trekker will have to pay a supplement for personal porter
    • Accommodation in trekking lodges
    • All meals (breakfast with tea or coffee, lunch, dinner) while on trek
    • Sleeping bag (a deposit may be required by ground handler)
    • First aid kit
    • Travel & rescue arrangement
    • Everest trekking map for the group
    • Accommodation, meals, salary, equipment, transportation & insurance for trekking crew
  • Farewell dinner
  • All government taxes

Exclusions

  • Nepal Visa fee @USD $25 per person for 15-day visa (please bring 01 photo, and exact change in USD)
  • All airport taxes including fuel & security surcharge (approx SGD $370± per person, and subject to change by the airlines with little or no notice)
  • Lunches & dinners in Kathmandu and Lukla unless otherwise stated in the itinerary
  • Travel insurance covering trip curtailment, flight cancellations/delay, lost baggage, emergency medical evacuation, etc., (strongly recommended)
  • Hiring of a personal porter (each porter supports a maximum of 2 trekkers, and a max. weight of 24kg.)
  • Tips & gratuities for guides & trekking crew
  • Personal gear & clothing
  • Personal expenditure, i.e. phone calls, laundry, drinking water, hard/soft beverages, 'hot showers', charging of electronic devices while on trek, etc.
  • Expenses incurred due to mishaps, landslide, strikes, political unrest, etc. In such instances, any extras incurred will be charged as per actual
  • Silkair high season surcharge, where applicable

Departure Dates

  • Oct 30 - Nov 11, 2017

Flights between Singapore and Kathmandu

Silkair (MI)

Silkair currently flies 4 times a week between Singapore and Kathmandu.

MON/WED/FRI/SUN MI412 SIN/KTM 09.00/11.55
MON/WED/FRI/SUN MI411 KTM/SIN 13.05/20.15

Thai Airways (TG)

Thai Airways offers daily flights between Singapore and Kathmandu via Bangkok.

DAILY TG402 SIN/BKK  07.40/09.00
DAILY TG319 BKK/KTM  10.15-12.25
DAILY TG320 KTM/BKK  13.30-18.15
DAILY TG401 BKK/SIN  19.40-22.55

Flight schedules are subject to change by the airlines with little or no notice.

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