Mani Rimdu Festival at Tengboche Monastery:
Mani Rimbu Festival is a Buddhist ceremony held at Tengboche Monastery each year in October-November according to the Tibetan lunar calendar. It is the most celebrated festival among the Sherpa community as the Tengboche Rinpoche presiding over the festival offers "wong" blessing (empowerment) to the people. The festival consists of nine days of ceremonies and meditation (Drupchen). This is concluded by a special blessing ceremony given by Tengboche Rinpoche to the public, and finally the world renowned Mask Dances are performed by the monks at Tengboche Monastery.
October 29 Day 1
Meet at Tribuvan Airport in Kathmandu. Get situated at hotel. Lunch and orientation near hotel. Walking or rickshaw tour, explore downtown, Dur Bar Square, Freak Street, the King's palace.
October 30 Day 2
Taxi to Boda Nath, the Buddhist stupa, and Pashupati Nath, the Hindu temple area. Visit other neighborhoods. Shopping and visit Buddhist monastery.
October 31 Day 3
Walk or rickshaw to Sywambu Nath, Buddhist stupas. Spend hours watching the monkeys. Lunch and orientation for trek in Thamel. Afternoon, last minute shopping for trek, snacks, equipment, clothes. Read journals about recent treks.
November 01 Day 4
Fly to Lukla at 9,405 feet on morning flight. A guide and porters will be hired for the trek. Hike to Phakding. Acclimatize with a short hike in the afternoon. Dinner at guest house.
November 02 Day 5
Hike to Namche Bazaar at 11,355 feet, stopping for lunch on the way. Play pool on world's highest pool table. (Someone carried it up there!) Relaxing evening in Namche.
November 03 Day 6
Acclimatization day. Hike around neighboring mountains. Visit the National Park Headquarters and the Everest View Hotel. Absorb scenery and distant views of Everest. Shop at all the wonderful Tibetan shops.
November 04 Day 7
Hike early to Tengboche, five hours away, at 12,761 feet. Stop for lunch on the way. Visit Tengboche monastery in the evening for meditation service. Dinner at the guest house.
November 05 Day 8
Hike early to Dingboche, five hours away, at 14,098 feet. Stop for lunch in Pangboche. Rest in the evening at the guest house.
November 06 Day 9
Acclimatization day. Hike over ridge to Pheriche for lunch. Attend the Himalayan Rescue Association's talk on altitude sickness at their clinic at 3PM. Absorb Mountain views. Relax. Dinner at guest house.
November 07 Day 10
Hike early to Lobuche, five hours away, at 16,262 feet. Stop in Thulkla for lunch. Visit memorials for climbers who have died on Everest. Rest in the evening and shop at the world's highest store.
November 08 Day 11
Wake up at 2-3 AM and hike with headlamps toward Everest. Arrive in Gorak Shep, three hours later, at 17,107 feet. Rest. Hike to 18,312 feet, three hours to the top of Kalapattar, a nearby mountain. Take great photos of Everest. Return to Gorak Shep.
November 09 Day 12
Wake up at 6 AM again. Hike to 17,678 feet to Mt. Everest Base Camp, four hours from Gorak Shep. Hike back to Lobuche. November 10 Day 13
Hike back to Thengboche.
November 11 Day 14
Mani Rimdu: The Dances (Chham) take place on the 2nd day of Mani Rimdu. This offering of spiritual nectar is made in many ceremonies. The six dancers represent Ngag-pa, Tantric magicians. They make offerings of alcohol from silver chalices to the Lama, Yidam, Khandro, and Shi-Dak (the Earth deities). A Buddhist practitioner takes ‘refuge’ in the Lama (spiritual guide), Yidam (personal deity) and Khandro (wisdom dakini). A central theme in Tibetan Buddhist practice is to make offerings to these beings, so that they will help with the virtuous actions which lead to Buddha hood.
November 12 Day 15
Mani Rimdu Jhinsak (fire offerings) The Fire Puja (Jinsak)
The Fire Puja is performed in the courtyard the day after the dances. Most of the village people have gone home, and Chiwong has a quiet, almost family atmosphere. The Fire Puja is an offering to Agni (the god of fire), and to the Gods of the mandala - to allay all harm in the world. The harm is visualized as dissolving into the grain and butter is burned.
November 13 Day 16
Trek to Namche
November 14 Day 17
Trek to Lukla
November 15 Day 18
Return to Kathmandu from Lukla. Rest in the afternoon or go sightseeing depending on interests. Celebratory dinner.
November 16 Day 19
Free day or other requested excursion. The trek may take as few as ten days which would allow for more activities in and around Kathmandu.
November 17 Day 20
Depart Kathmandu for the United States.
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