Mani Rimdu Trek - Special Festival Trekking
This Mani Rindu festival trek offers a great chance to witness the mind-blogging Buddhist festival while trekking into the parade of Himalayan giants. Mani Rimdu is one of the most important and biggest festivals of Buddhists in the Everest region. The 3 days-long public open festival of Mani Rimdul performs at the famed Tengboche monastery at the elevation of 3800 meters. Buddhist monk exhibits the mask dances that depict the victory of Buddhism over the earlier Bon region. Before the Mask dance was performed by monks, they go through the preparation of festivals like the Sand Mandala, the Empowerment, and the Fire Puja. Hundreds of local Sherpa of this region attend the special performance with due respect. The dances depict conquering and converting demons by Guru Rinpoche and the introduction of Buddhism into Tibet. Thus we customize this Mani Rimdu trek that coincides with the trek and festival date together in November each year.
Mani Rimdu festival, unchanged for centuries is the annual full moon festival at the Tengboche monastery. The monks all dress up in masks to represent the old ghosts. The festival starts with an elaborate depiction of the Mandala diagram made with the color sand. That is being collected from the holy hills. Normally the Mandala takes four days to draw and it gets covered. This mandala is central to the religious festival that lasts for the next 10 days. The program includes 16 dances with interludes of comical effect.
Mani Rimdu Festival at Tengboche in Everest
Apart from the fresh air and green serenity of Tengboche monastery and the delightful Mani Rimdu festival, you will witness the stunning view of the world’s highest peaks mt. Everest, Amadablam, Nuptse, Lhotse, Thamserku, Kantaga, etc. The tall rhododendron forest is the home of Impeyan Pheasant, the national bird of Nepal, while the huge vultures dominate the skies above. Yellow-billed Chough and black ravens play on the wind. One can also see the Himalayan Thar, Goral, and musk deer grazing on the steps terraces. Rocks are carved into with prayer and a bright flag hung in high passes that carry the message of peace and compassion around the valleys.
Lama Gulu built the present Thyangboche in 1916 and this monastery has strong ties with the Rongbuk monastery in Tibet. Earlier this monastery was severely damaged by an earthquake in 1934. It was totally burnt to the ground on 19 Jan 1989. Thus Tengboche Mani Rimdu festival treks a very special opportunity to trek the Sherpa heartland enjoying the spellbound Buddhist annual festival.