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* Trekking in the rich Buddhist culture, warm-friendly locals, traditional village
* Land of World's heritage, colorful ancient festival
* High alpine valleys in the shade of the giant peaks of 'Mt. Everest'

Introduction:

This is an outstanding trek, more of a walking journey with ample time to immerse in the beautiful vicinity and to explore villages and monasteries. While doing so, one can also sample the warm hospitality of the Sherpa people in the comfort of the high altitude cozy hotels and resorts.

Adventure begins with an extensive flight to Lukla, a popular destination, which provides a fascinating, contrast to the high mountainscapes as we approach nearer to our destination. We trek slowly towards Phakding to stay overnight on our first day. Then the next day, we head to the Sherpa capital Namche Bazaar. There will be enough time to acclimatize ourselves before following the quiet trail to Thyangboche that offes incredible views of Mt. Khangtiaga, Mt. Thamserku and the Nuptse - Lhotse wall with Mt. Everest rearing above. The trail leads to gradual uphill to Thyangboche with a slow ups with constant view of the magnificent Mt. Ama Dablam (6,900m) and other great snow peaks.

Mani Rimdu Festival of Thyangboche Monastery commences from mid October as per the Tibetan calendar. You can trek as well as take part in the celebration. It is one of the most important festivals in the Sherpa or Tibetan calendar. It is celebrated by observing a series of masked dances where monks and priests clad in elaborate masks and costumes dramatize the triumph of Buddhism over Bon, the ancient animistic religion of Tibet. Our descent will take to the Monjo and Benkar village before returning to Lukla. A scenic flight to Kathmandu concludes this one-of –a-kind cultural trek.

Outline Itinerary:
Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu.1,300m. via respective airlines.
Day 02: A day in Kathmandu with half day sight seeing tour.
Day 03: Fly from Kathmandu-Lukla. 2,800m. 30 minutes flight.
Day 04: Trek to Monjo 2,835m via Phakding. 5 hrs.
Day 05: To Namche Bazaar 3,440m. Approx. 3-4hrs.
Day 06: Rest Day at Namche Bazaar.
Day 07: Trek to Thyangboche 3,867m.Approx 5 hours.
Day 08: Observe the Festival at Thyangboche.
Day 09: Trek to Namche Bazaar 5 hour walks.
Day 10: Trek to Phakding. 2,730m 4-5 hrs.
Day 11: Trek back to Lukla. Approx distance: 3-4 hours walk.
Day 12: Fly back to Kathmandu.
Day 13: In Kathmandu.
Day 14: Transfer to Airport for the International departure.
 Departure Dates  Availability
 13 Oct-27 Oct  Available
Day 01: Arrive at Kathmandu.1,300m via respective airlines.
  On arrival at Kathmandu Tribhuwan International Airport you will be received by our staff and transfer you to the Hotel, where our guide will give you a brief orientation of the Hotel, Kathmandu, Trekking, do's and don't and other related information that you might require while in Nepal.
   
Day 02:

A day in Kathmandu with half day guided tour.

  After your first night in Kathmandu, you will be well informed on arrival about the time for your half day guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu at places of interest.
   
Day 03:
Kathmandu-Lukla. 2,800m. Approx: 30 minutes flight to Lukla. 
  Early morning transfer to domestic airport, after the necessary security formalities  board in the smaller twin otter or similar type of aircraft for the sweeping panoramic flight to Lukla, on arrival you will be received by our trekking guides. In Lukla you will have time to wander around and browse around the small growing town, or go for a short hike on the suburb of Lukla.
   
Day 04:

Trek to Monjo 2,835m via Phakding. 5 hrs.

  The walk from Lukla is gradual most of the way, with few ups from Tarhe khola, where you can have a superb view of Kusum-Kangru 6,369m crossing a short suspension bridge, from here after a short climb brings us to the Ghat village, another hour of good walk brings you to Phakding village near the bank of the Dudh-Kosi river. Walk continues for another hour towards Monjo. From Phakding after crossing the suspension bridge over the Dudh-Kosi the walk is pleasant with few short uphill and downhill’s and re-crossing the same river again, with magnificent views of Mt. Thamserku 6,608m, crossing the long suspension bridge over the Dudh-Koshi river, after the bridge finally arriving at Monjo.  Monjo is situated below the magnificent peak of Thamserku and near the entrance of Sagarmatha National Park.
   
Day 05: To Namche Bazaar 3,440m. Approx.  3-4hrs.
  After few minutes walk from Monjo, comes to the entrance of Sagarmatha National Park, from here a short descend and a gradual walk brings to suspension bridge over the Bhote-Koshi River, after the bridge Jorsalle village is reached, the last village till Namche Bazaar. Walk is pleasant on the river bed till the last bridge over the Imjatse river is reached, from here the walk is along the winding uphill path all the way to Namche Bazaar, with magnificent view of Kwangde peak and it other sister peaks towards east, with Kusum kangru on the back as you climb higher, view of Mt. Everest- Nuptse wall, Lhotse and the closer view of Tawache peak can be seen all the way up to Namche the famed Namche Bazaar, the colourful houses are situated in an amphitheatre U shaped bowl.
   
Day 06:

Rest Day at Namche Bazaar.

  Suggested activities a short walk uphill to the Sagarmatha National Park headquarter, a magnificent spot perched on top of Namche Bazaar with breathe taking view of the surrounding snow capped giants and the valleys way down, with an interesting museum with all kinds of information regarding the history of the Himalayas, geographic, culture, mountaineering history and existing information on flora and fauna of this region, afternoon at leisure.
   
Day 07: Trek to Thyangboche 3,867m.  5 hours.
  The trail leads to the winding path with great view of Mt. Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam and the close view of Thamserku on reaching a small busy place of Shanasa, on this area there is chances of seeing the beautiful colourful Danphe pheasant (Impeyan Pheasant) national bird of Nepal and the elusive musk deer, and sometimes even herd of Himalayan Thar (mountain goat like large antelope) from Shanasa with short up and downhill, the trial descend to Imjatse river at Phungitenga 3,250m, a small settlement with couple of teahouses, the walk from here is uphill for an hour on the winding trail through the shade of woods, the walk gets gradual uphill for another hour, with great view of the close peaks of Thamserku and Kantenga, then finally reaching at Thyangboche one of the most beautiful place in the Himalaya the first thing that comes to your eye is the big Monastery or Ghompa, then the large field with campsites and teahouses, lodges beneath the towering majestic beautiful peak Ama Dablam with Everest looming above the Nuptse wall in the north with Mt. Lhotse and Lhotse Shar towards north east with more peaks all around you. After a wonderful time at Thyangboche, overnight at Thyangboche visit the Monastery and observe the Manirimdu Festival of Masked monks clad in ceremonial dress, masks and hats with soothing prayer backed by prayer musical instrument.
   
Day 08:

At Thyangboche to observe Mani Rimdu festival.

  Today a free day to observe and to be part in this ancient traditional masked dances the monks are clad in ceremonial dress depicting Demons and Gods and the good over the evils and prayers by the monks and high official Lama Priest.
   
Day 09:

Trek to Namche Bazaar 5 hour walks.

  Retrace the journey back to Shanasha, from Shanasha where the trail from Khumjung, Gokyo and to Namche meets. From here our route follows on the main busy path, the walk winds up all the way to the top ridge of Namche. From the top, a quick descends leads towards Namche Bazaar for the overnight stop.
   
Day 10:

Trek to Phakding. 2,730m for the overnight.

  An easy day downhill walk today, from Namche it’s a long descend to the Dudh Koshi river bed. As the walk progress on this steep downhill retrace the journey all the way to Phakding for the overnight.
   
Day 11:

Trek back to Lukla. Approx distance: 3-4 hours walk.

  Last day of this great trek will be one of the good walk to Lukla, you can walk at your own best pace, leisurely and enjoying the lush green scenery around. Apart from few short uphill the only long climb will be just before Lukla which will take approximately 45 minutes from a place called Choplung or from the old big oak tree. On reaching Lukla, prepare for the last day great dinner and a party with the fellow Sherpa crew, porters and trekking members.
   
Day 12:

Fly back to Kathmandu.

  The flight time to Kathmandu, are schedule for morning normally, because of the wind in the afternoon, sometime the flight time can be delayed due to bad weather and other reason. Depending upon the flight time, this scenic flight from Lukla takes about 35 minutes to Kathmandu, a panoramic view of the snow capped peaks can be seen during the flight. Arriving at Kathmandu domestic terminal, our staff will receive and transfer you back to the Hotel.
   
Day 13: In Kathmandu.
  A free day in Kathmandu, please inform our staff if you would like to go on another short tour in and around Kathmandu Valley.
   
Day 14:

Transfer to Airport for the International departure.

  Today as per your international flight time, keep your confirmed air ticket, and your passport handy. Our staff will take you to the airport for your final departure from this amazing country, Nepal.
Price includes following services:
 1.  Accommodation sharing twin at Hotel in Kathmandu for 4 nights & Hotel in Pokhara for 1 night on Bed & Breakfast basis.
 2.  Airport transfers in Kathmandu & Pokhara.
 3.  Half day guided sightseeing tour of Kathmandu with applicable entrance fees.
 4.  Internal flight Pokhara / Kathmandu with applicable airport taxes.
 5.  Trekking arrangement backed by Sherpa Guide and porter/s using local homes on full board basis.
 6.  Applicable Special Trekking Permit & Conservation Fees.
 7.  Insurance for Nepalese crew.
 
Our price does not include followings:
 1.  International flights to / from Kathmandu.
 2.  Nepal entry visa fees.
 3.  Lunch and dinner while in Kathmandu & Pokhara Hotel.
 4.  Travel, Medical and Personal insurance.
 5.  Rescue evacuation in case of emergency.
 6.  Personal clothing and personal trekking gear including sleeping bag & down jacket.
 7.  Expenses of personal nature, i.e. tipping, laundry, bottled drinks, bar bills etc.
 8.  Any expense for early returning member due sickness, injury or any other reason. No refund will be entertained for any unused service.
 9.  Extra expense occurred due to unexpected circumstances like cancellation of internal flights, floods, strike etc.
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Trip Facts
  • Trip Name : Mani Rimdu Festival
  • Trip Duration : 14 Days
  • Trip Grade : Moderate
  • Trip Date :
  • Activity : Trek and Walks
  • Highest Altitude : 3867 m
  • Month : Oct-Nov