Everest Mani Rimdu Mask Dance Ritual
Everest Mani Rimdu Mask Dance Festival Trek.
Everest Mask dance ritual at Tyangbuche & Chiwang Monasteries offers you one of the wonder of the Himalayan people and their believe and practice since their communal step to this heavenly region.
The festival originated from the monastery of Rongbuk, one of the oldest in Tibet, is a prayer ceremony where the monks put on masks representing divine personages and perform ritual dances. The spectators of devotion come from many villages of Khumbu area. It is a colourful occasion that takes place in the most spectacular of settings. It depicts the victory of Buddhism over the ancient 'Bon' religion. The festival lasts for three days and is well attended by the Sherpa people who often trek for many days to witness and to get blessed and to gain sonam (Merit) in this important event.
This festival consists of an 8 to nine-day mediation cycle and ends with a public blessing ceremony. The following are the Mani Rimdu events that normally celebrate but the main public ceremony will be of 3 days.
Trip Duration: 21 days
Trek Grade: Intermediate
Accommodation: Teahouse (Lodge to Lodge)
Meals: Breakfast, lunch & Dinner
Transportation: Car / Van / Plane
Best Time: Oct, Nov,
Per day Hiking: 5 to 7 hours
Day 1 Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to the hotel.
Day 2 Kathmandu City tour inclusive of guide, entrance fee & private vehicles.
Day 3 Kathmandu (1315m) - Lukla (2840m), fly 30 mins, and trek to Phakding (2640m), 4 hrs
Day 4 Phakding - Namche Bazaar (3440m), 6 hrs
Day 5 Namche Bazaar - rest day for acclimatization
Day 6 Namche Bazaar - Tyangboche, (3860m), 5 hrs
Day 7 Tyangboche - Dingboche, (4350m), 6 hrs
Day 8 Dingboche –rest day for acclimatization
Day 9 Dingboche - Lobuche (4925m), 6 hrs
Day 10 Lobuche - Gorakshep (5170m) - Kalapatthar (5545m)-Gorakshep, 6 hr
Day 11 Gorakshep - Everest base camp (5210m) - Gorakshep, 7 hrs
Day 12 Gorakshep - Pheriche (4280m), 6 hrs
Day 13 Pheriche - Tyangboche (3860m), 4 hrs
Day 14 Monks practice dancing without masks
Day 15 Giving the blessing to the general public
Day 16 Famous Mask Dances performed by the monks in a special day-long ceremony.
Day 17 Concluding Fire Puja.
Day 18 Tyangboche - Namchee Bazaar (3440m), 5 hrs
Day 19 Namche Bazaar - Lukla (2840m), hrs
Day 20 Fly back to Kathmandu 30 minutes.
Day 21 Departure.
All Arrival and Departure transfer as per itinerary.
4 Nights Accommodation in 3 Star hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast.
Transportation for Sightseeing at Monkey temple /entrance fee.
Domestic flight from Kathmandu – Lukla - Kathmandu.
12 Nights Lodge accommodation during the trek.
All 3 times meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and Tea/ coffee during the trek.
A professional English speaking /Government licensed trekking Guide for the trekking part.
Domestic Airfare and airport TAX for the guide.
Necessary porter for the trekking part.
Insurance of the trekking staffs.
All necessary Trekking permits.
Sagarmatha National park entry fee.
Pasang Lhamu village municipality entry fee.
Farewell dinner with Nepali culture show.
SKA trekking duffle bag (for field use).
Nepal Visa fee. Can be obtained at the Kathmandu Airport upon arrival
Lunch and Dinner while in Kathmandu.
Hard, soft and all kinds of bottled drinks.
Your travel insurance covering (helicopter evacuation if needed.
Other personal expenses. Charges for internet, phone calls, Laundry, Battery charging, hot shower.
Tips for Trekking staffs.