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Mani Rimdu Festival with Everest Base Camp Trek gives you the chance to explore the rich cultural and ancient heritages of the Everest region while also experiencing the region's thrilling trek. This trek's highlight is the Mani Rimdu Festival, held in Tengboche, Chiwong, and Thame monasteries following the full moons of October, November, and December. During this festival, locals worship The Bodhisattva Chenrezig, the deity of compassion, in the belief that his blessings will bring peace and prosperity to the region. The celebration itself commemorates the establishment of Buddhism in Tibet by the guru Rinpoche and is marked by carnivals, masked dances, and a grand prayer for world peace. During the celebration, monks can be seen laboriously constructing a colorful sand mandala, which requires intense concentration. 'Mani' refers to the Buddhist prayer chant, and 'Rimdu' refers to the small red pills revered during the festival.
The trek to Everest Base Camp is without a doubt one of the most well-known and exciting treks in the world. The trek to the highest base camp in the world is the dream for many and with this package, you will get to experience the best of both worlds, cultural and natural. The 17-day hike will take you through forests, hills, towns, and monasteries, and it will also give you the opportunity to participate in the joyous Mani Rimdu Festival. The trek is considered to be of moderate difficulty, and it will require you to walk for at least 14 days, with an average of approximately 4-5 hours of walking per day. Acclimatization is a crucial part of the journey because any ascent that takes place at an altitude of more than 3,000 meters comes with an increased risk of experiencing altitude sickness. During the hike, your chances of experiencing an accident will be reduced in proportion to how well prepared, hydrated, and physically fit you are.
As with all Everest treks, we start with a flight to Lukla, moving to Namche Bazaar and the great monasteries of Tengboche and Pengboche, and moving higher to the Everest Base Camp with glorious views of Everest, Ama Dablam, and other great peaks of the Eastern Himalayas.
So join us as you experience awesome mountain views and colorful festivals where monks and masked dances perform rituals for world peace and experience the Khumbu region in joy as they celebrate this grand ceremony. Numerous rituals will be held to provide attendees with an understanding of Himalayan festivals and the religious meaning that surrounds them.
The Tibetan Lunar Calendar determines the date of the Mani Rimdu celebration. The Tengboche monastery's head monk announces the date. The festival dates are determined by the Tibetan Lunar Calendar. The date primarily corresponds to the 10th month of the Tibetan Lunar Calendar. To put it simply, this festival occurs after Kojragat Purnima (The most recent day – the fifteenth day of Bijaya Dashami or the full moon day in Dashain).
Furthermore, the trek is best done in the autumn months of October and November. During this season, a large number of tourists visit Nepal. The weather is pleasant at this time of year, and the skies are clearer than ever. As a result, you will have clear mountain views. Finally, the atmosphere this month is simply stunning.
Accessible Adventures is a reliable tour company that has been leading treks and tours in the Everest area for more than ten years. We are easy to work with, open to change, and will meet all of your needs. Accessible Adventures also owns a hotel in Kathmandu where rooms can be made to fit your needs.
Our guides have gone through a variety of training programs. During the off-season, when there aren't as many tourists, they practice and prepare for the trip by learning about the terrain and routes in the area. This is to make sure that our guests have the best time possible during our busy season.
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With more than 30 years of personal travel experience, including climbing peaks and visiting the most popular tourist spots in Nepal, we know what challenges you, the traveler, and the guides and porters we hire may face during your trip. Because we have been to many places, including EBC, ABC, and many others, we have been able to customize tours and make the adventure feel more cozy and personal. We offer the best professional services and treat all of our clients like they are part of our family.
Our airport agent will be there to meet you as soon as you arrive in Kathmandu. During the time that you are in our care, we will see to it that all of your traveling requirements are met. We will be happy to assist you in checking into the hotel that is most convenient for you given that there are no planned activities for the day. You have the option of either strolling around the neighborhood or resting in the rooms assigned to you.
The journey begins with a flight from Kathmandu to Lukla. The Lukla trip is one of the world's most exciting short flights. The Lukla Airport is built on a hill and has a single runway that slopes down at the end to a large gaping valley below. The airport at Lukla is particularly intriguing, surrounded by huge mountains and desolate hills, and the flight is regarded as a small exhilarating adventure in itself. The shift in the landscape is instantly noticeable upon arrival at Lukla. The alpine terrain becomes more visible, and the air has a crisp freshness to it that only the Himalayan environment has. The walking path from Lukla gradually ascends to Cheplung Village. the view of the holy Mount Khumbila from Cheplung hamlet is stunning. A gentle descent leads to the town of Phakding from there. The scenery is breathtaking, with huge hills surrounding the route like emerald mounds. The vista of the Kusum Kangraru Mountain can be observed from Phakding. Phakding is a settlement in the Dudh Koshi River valley north of Lukla with various guesthouses and lodges catering to tourists and trekkers.
After waking up early in Phakding, eating breakfast, and handing over our stuff to our porters, we set off on the trail to Namche Bazaar, where we enter the Sagarmatha National Park. To enter the park at Manju, we will need to obtain permission at the check post. The trek will be primarily downhill at first, with stops at dry woodland pathways, rhododendron forests, stone steps, and big mani stones. After lunch in Jorshalle, we begin ascending through Himalayan pine and cedar woodlands. Depending on the weather and visibility, we may catch our first glimpse of Mt. Everest while crossing a renowned suspension bridge. On our way to Namche, we'll pass several suspension bridges, including the famed Hillary Bridge, one of the highest and largest in the Khumbu region. We follow the Dudh Koshi to Namche Bazaar, a well-known town.
Namche is a historic trading post where Tibetan and Nepalese merchants exchange textiles, dried meat, and salt. Namche is the main trading center in Khumbu, attracting traders from the Himalayas and the lowlands, as well as being a great site to buy traditional products. You'll spend two days in Namche to acclimate, visit surrounding markets, and spend time with your coworkers. While hiking, we get our first glimpses of Everest and other peaks.
The full day has been set aside for acclimatization as we approach 3000m above sea level. Minor symptoms of low oxygen may develop in certain travelers, but our bodies will ultimately adjust. After breakfast, we proceed to the Sagarmatha National Park Museum, where you will be able to observe vintage climbing equipment, historical images of past climbers, flora found in the region, and memorandums of Tenzing Norgay and Hillary during their climb. Aside from the Museum's main hall, there is an Army Camp. We leave the museum and proceed to the Everest View Hotel. The Thamserku and other mountain peaks can be seen clearly from the region's many ridges. The region is home to the Nepalese national bird, the Lophophorous, as well as countless Yaks. We can have refreshments and see the several mountains we observed on our tour closer and with a better view from the Everest view hotel. Among the peaks visible from the hotel are Kong De, Kusum Kangaru, Thamserku, and Ama Dablam, the most beautiful mountain in the world. We also get a sneak peek at the route we'll be going tomorrow. Khungdi La, which can also be viewed from the hotel, is considered holy and so banned to climb. Walking now to the Sherpa settlement of Khumjung, where the Hillary Foundation has erected a school. A monastery in Namche Bazaar preserves the mysterious Yeti's scalp. Namche Bazaar provides numerous opportunities for local shopping, refreshments such as coffee and cake, and much more.
A simple trek from Namche leads to the Dudh Koshi Valley at the Phungki Thanka hamlet. The views of Mount Everest from the village are breathtaking. Tengboche is accessible by following the trail that marches along the right bank of the Dudh Koshi River. The road from Namche to Tengboche passes through the breathtaking natural beauty of rivers, hills, and Himalayan peaks. Tengboche is located at the junction of the Dudh Koshi and Imja Khola rivers and is surrounded by lofty hills covered with rhododendron plants. Tengboche Monastery, the largest monastery in the Khumbu area, is also located in the hamlet. The monastery has breathtaking views of Mount Ama Dablam, Mount Everest, and countless other peaks. Tengboche Monastery is also considered the spiritual center of the Khumbu area, and it is bordered by forests that are home to Pheasants and Eagles
This is the location where the Mani Rimdu Festival will be held. The monks may also be working on festival preparations at the monastery, such as the building of the Sand Mandala, which is built using colored sand to create elaborate and symbolic shapes.
Following that, you will make your way to the Tengboche Monastery in order to witness the illustrious Mani Rimdu Festival. The solemn event is commemorated through a variety of rituals and practices in a variety of settings. The Wong signals the beginning of the ceremony that is open to the public. On the day of the full moon in the tenth month of the Tibetan lunar calendar, the ceremony is carried out. Mani Rilwu, also known as sacred or blessed pills, and Tshereel are given to each and every person who attends the event (pills for long life). The monks celebrate the victory of good over evil through the performance of various traditional dances. There are also rites that involve the lamas and monks of the monastery dressing up in colorful robes and traditional Sherpa clothing in order to reenact various stories and myths. Cymbals are making a tinkling sound, and drums are making a steady banging sound, so the air is filled with both of those sounds. In addition, monks will recite prayers, and the atmosphere will typically change into a lively gathering of vibrant robes, fascinating prayers, and a magnificent cultural exhibition. Both native Sherpas and visitors from other countries attend the festival in large numbers each year. After participating in the activities that are part of the Mani Rimdu Festival, you will make your way back to the lodging.
We eat breakfast first thing in the morning and follow ridged path routes. There are various tea houses and lodges that provide boarding and lodging. We can take a short break at one of these tea cafes to rest and drink to rehydrate and re-energize ourselves. We gradually ascend after crossing a river, where we may view Thar, Musk Deer, Yaks, and horses. At the top of the hill, there is an impressive gate with a big boulder in the corner etched with a large serpent.
We continue on through steep, windy, and dusty terrain until we arrive at Lower Pangboche. We arrive in Samare after about an hour's trek from Lower Pangboche, where we eat our lunch for the day. We descend through beautiful forests and cross the Imja Khola, with views of Mt. Amadablam, Mt. Lhotse, and other summits. The paths to Pheriche and Dingboche split here. Large trees can be spotted sparser around the area as one moves towards the Dingboche path. We will eventually reach locations where we will be unable to see any trees. We glimpse Taboche and Chola Che as we climb to a vantage point. Today's walk could be the most efficient because we won't lose as much altitude as on past days. The trail then leads through grasslands to Dingboche, commonly known as the "summer valley." The famous Island peak is visible for the first time from Dingboche.
It's a fantastic feeling to wake up in your hotel room and see the Himalayas. We were preparing for our second acclimatization day, which would include a 6-hour climb to 5100m. The acclimation walk has two options during the day: climb Nagerjun hill or go to Chhukung. After breakfast, the Nagerjun route involves climbing Nagerjun, a hill on the side of the Chhukung valley just above Dingboche. Acclimatization is based on the principle of sleeping low and ascending high.
Option 1: Climb to Nagerjun.
The occasionally steep pathway allows for a physically demanding day. At this altitude, climbing the slope can take up to five hours. For the first time, from this height, you can see Lobuche East (6119m), Lobuche West (6145m), Taboche Peak (6367m), Thamserku (6608m), Kangtega (6685m), and Ama Dablam (6856m). On a clear day, you may be able to see Makalu, the world's fifth-highest peak, which offers stunning views of the Pheriche Valley.
Option 2: Chhukung Valley
We arrive in Chhukung village after following the Chhukung river, where we can have lunch and spend some time. If we want, we can also go to the beginning of the trail that leads to Island Peak. Trekkers who want to climb the Kongma La often stay in Chhukung. Lobuche, Taboche, and Thamserku can also be seen from the valley.
Following a short rest, you will begin the two-hour ascent back to Dingboche. Take a well-deserved nap after lunch because the temperature may drop quickly as the sun sets over the mountain peaks. Dingboche will be visited for a second night as well.
Today's adventure begins with a direct ascent to Dingboche Hill as we explore the area surrounding the Phirinche Valley, followed by a one- to two-hour hike across progressively steeper hills to Thukla Dhugla, where we will have lunch. The path to Dughla winds through a vast valley floor, past the hikers' aid station at Pheriche (4240 m). The Himalayan Rescue Association, which also provides medical care and assistance to trekkers, assists Western doctors on this journey who are acting as volunteers. We hike to the top of the peak visible from Dhugla. When we reach the summit, we feel as if we've arrived in heaven because the Himalayas surround us. There are also memorials with embedded reminiscences of climbers who died on Mount Everest. This memorial depicts the true dangers of mountain climbing, which is extremely dangerous even when properly trained. A short distance further brings us to magnificent views of Lobuche peak, and another short distance brings us to our Lobuche teahouse. After a short rest in Lobuche, we climb to a viewpoint with views of the Khumbu glacier and our next day's goal, Everest base camp. From here, we can see mountains such as Pumori, Lobuche, Chinri, Lola Mountain, and others. After spending some time at the lookout, we return to our guesthouse for the night. Lobuche has a fantastic sunset view.
On the ninth day, which will be the most significant of our expedition, we will eventually reach Everest Base Camp. After waking up early to get breakfast, we take a leisurely stroll along rocky paths to Gorakshep. During the entire journey, we can see mountains on both sides of the road. After walking over glacier routes and ridges, we arrive in Gorekshep, where we have lunch and leave most of our belongings, carrying only a small bag.
We pass between hills on our way to the base camp, occasionally seeing avalanches in the nearby mountains. Despite the fact that there isn't much elevation gain, the walk may be difficult due to the numerous ups and downs and the altitude. After two hours of walking, we will arrive at Everest Base Camp. There are several prohibited areas near the base camp. Glaciers and icefalls are prohibited. This is where Everest expeditions begin. During the spring season, Everest Base Camp transforms into a tiny community. You will have the chance to meet many climbers and trekkers on their way to Everest. You can take a lot of pictures, enjoy the beautiful surroundings, and have a good time at EBC. We return to Gorekshep after about an hour at the base camp. If the weather permits, we may be able to see a spectacular sunset near Everest from Gorekshep. After returning to Gorakshep via the same route, we'll have dinner and spend the night at a nearby lodge.
The best vantage point to see Mount Everest's complete south face as well as the other peaks is Kalapattar (5545m), which we do today: hike up to Kalapattar (5545m), which offers the best views of Mount Everest and the spectacular Himalayan range. We will rise before dawn to witness the phenomenon from Kalapatthar, where we will witness the most spectacular sunrise in the Himalayas. Altitude sickness should be avoided due to the high altitude of Kalapattar. As we ascend the peak, the path to Kalapatthar becomes quite strenuous. Kalapatthar provides views of nearly 20 peaks. From where we are, we have a 360-degree view. As we extend our arms, Everest appears so close that it will feel almost touchable. We gather our belongings, eat lunch, and descend to Pheriche along the same route we took to Thukla after returning from our morning climb from Kalapattar to Gorakshep. From Thukla, we take the Pherinche valley path, which is one of the windiest places in the Everest region. Pherinche is also home to the highest hospital in the Khumbu region, which can be visited. In Pherinche, we spend the night.
We get up early and start our trekking activities right after breakfast. As we descend quickly to lower altitudes, we notice that breathing becomes much easier. From Pheriche to Samare, we take a different route (the trail that we did not use before to trek up). We take a stroll through the settlements of Orsho and Samare before arriving at Pangboche, where we can see Ama Dablam. The greenery reappears as we descend from Samare to lower altitudes. We leave Pangboche, cross the Imja Khola, and rejoin the traditional Everest base camp path, arriving in Tengboche for lunch in about 2 hours. The route to Namche is relatively simple because it is mostly a descent with a few short ascents. Tengboche is one of the trip's short climbs. We descend to Pungki Thanka, climb again to Kyangjuma, and then stroll along the Imja Khola to Namche Bazaar. We can get drinks, including alcohol, in Namche Bazaar.
Today is the final day of our journey, as we continue down the Dudh Kosi River to Lukla, with its tiny airfield high in the Himalayas. We celebrate and honor our successful completion of the Everest Base Camp journey in the various bars, restaurants, and locations on the site. We spend the night in Lukla because it is an incredible accomplishment and memory for us.
As the sun rises this morning, it reflects our happiness and accomplishment. We gather our belongings and prepare to fly from Lukla to Kathmandu early in the morning. In Lukla, weather causes frequent flight delays and cancellations. Flights depart in the morning due to bad weather in the afternoon. You will have free time until the end of the day after arriving in Kathmandu and settling into your accommodations. It is advised that you go to a spa, take a short day trip to see UNESCO historical sites, or simply relax at your hotel. Make the most of your Nepal trip. Later, spend the night in a hotel in Kathmandu.
After completing the Mani Rimdu Festival with Everest Base Camp Trek, it is time to bid Nepal farewell. You'll be driven to the international airport three hours before your scheduled international flight. We hope we have provided you with exciting adventures in the Everest Himalayas. You can extend your stay in Nepal if you wish to see the many fascinating destinations that Nepal has to offer. We hope you will remember the time we spent with you fondly and recommend us to your friends and family for their Nepal trekking vacation.
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