Phaplu Chiwong Mani Rimdu Festival

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12 Night /13 Days
Everest Region
Min Age : 12+
Max People : 15
Trip Overview

Chiwong Mani Rimdu festival starts on the full moon of October 2019/2020. journey to the remote village of Solukhumbu to engage in the sacred ceremonies and empowering prayers of the Mani Rimdu Festival. Travel with local guides of Nepal to this low land of the Everest Region while exploring.

The Mani Rimdu Festival is a colorful occasion that takes place in the most spectacular of settings in the foothills of the Himalayas. Performed by the monks of Chiwong monasteries, it depicts the victory of Buddhism over the ancient ‘Bon’ religion. The Mani Rimdu festival lasts for three days and is well attended by the Sherpa people, who often trek for many days to witness this important event. Chiwong Mani Rimdu festival starts on the full moon of October. journey to the remote village of Solukhumbu to engage in the sacred ceremonies and empowering prayers of the Mani Rimdu Festival.

Travel with local guides of Nepal to this low land of the Everest Region while exploring, learning and celebrating the festival together with the local and the monastic community of the Chiwong Monastery. Mani Rimdu is a re-creation of legendary events; the establishment of Buddhism in Tibet by the great saint, Guru Rimpoche (Padmasambhava). Through the dances, symbolic demons are conquered, dispelled, or converted to Dharma Protectors, as positive forces clash with those of chaos.

The dances performed during the festival convey Buddhist teachings on many levels – from the simplest to the most profound. They are perfect for those interested in learning about Buddhism who does not have the opportunity to study and meditate extensively. Throughout the entirety of the festival, 24-hour pujas (rituals) are performed by the monks to consecrate the Mandala, the Mani Rilwu Pills (sacred pills), the Tshereel (pills for long life) and the Torma. The Mandala is carefully constructed, grain by grain, from colored sand; it is an intricate and symbolic design that takes many days to complete. The mantra is repeated thousands of times, and the day of the Wong is the opening public ceremony. It is performed on the day of the full moon of the tenth month in the Tibetan lunar calendar. The Dances take place on the 2nd day of Mani Rimdu.

The day after the dances, the fire puja is performed in the courtyard. The fire puja is an offering to the Agni (the god of fire), and to the Gods of the mandala – to allay all harm in the world. The Mani Rimdu festival takes place every year in the Month of November on the full moon. The date of the Mani Rimdu can be changed depending upon Tibetan calendar. During the Mani Rimdu festival, numerous of monks perform masked dance celebrating the victory of Buddhism over Bon-Po religion in the region.

Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu.
Arrive in Kathmandu. Our office representative will receive you at the international airport.You will then be transferred to your hotel.Short Briefing by our guide about the program. The rest of the day is free on your own to explore this tourist district of Kathmandu. Overnight at Hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 02:  Fly to Phaplu.
Early departure to Kathmandu airport, we will tentatively fly to Phaplu at 7:00 am. Today is an easy day at Phaplu, we will visit some Sherpa traditional homes, hospital and school at this village.Overnight here in Phaplu Lodge.
Day 03: Hike to Junbesi.
Early morning from Phaplu we will hike to Junbesi (2600 mt.), home to the heart of traditional Sherpa culture. We hike about 5 hours to Junbesi. We will have lunch along the way at a small tea shop or a small lodge. Overnight here in Junbesi Lodge.
Today, we wake up with sounds of the monks chanting and praying. After breakfast, we will take a tour of the Thupten Choling Monastery 2800mt. Explore the monastery and meditate with nuns. Rest of the day is to on your own to explore. Today, we will hike about 5 hours, we will have lunch along the way. Overnight here in Junbesi Lodge.
Today, after breakfast in Junbesi, we depart to Phurteng. En-route we might be able to see the view of Everest and Thamserku. We will hike approximately 3 hours to Phurteng.Overnight here in Phurteng Lodge.
Today, after breakfast, we will hike down towards Chiwong Monastery. The hiking is about 4 hours towards Chiwong. This ancient and remote monastery in the solu region of Everest is the ancient route to Everest Base Camp. Upon reaching the Chiwong Monastery, we will check into a lodge and then visit the monastery. Overnight here in Chiwong in Lodge.
Day 07: Visit Chiwong Monastery .
Today is the first day of Mani Rimdu at Chiwong Monastery. We will visit the monastery, and sit down among the locals to hear the monks chant and pray. We will also listen and get an audience of the Rimpoche from the monastery.Overnight here in Chiwong Lodge.
Day 08: Chiwong Monastery.
Today is the second day of the festival, for the westerners known as the Mask Dancing day. If you prefer, not to attend the entire day at the monastery, then we can take an optional hike.Overnight here in Chiwong Lodge.
Day 09: Chiwong Monastery.
Today, we do an early morning hike to see the village and return back for lunch in the afternoon. After returning back to Chiwong, we will then visit the Monastery to see the – Fire initiation ritual performed by the monks, and also the destruction of the sand mandala.Overnight here in Chiwong Lodge.
Day 10: Hike to Phaplu.
After an early morning breakfast at the lodge, we will then pack our bag to hike towards Phaplu. The hike to Phaphlu is approximately about 4 hours, and you should be there to before late afternoon to relax and take a nice shower. Overnight here in Phaplu Lodge.
Day 11:Fly back to Kathmandu.
Today, we will fly out to Kathmandu. Depending on the weather and flight time, we should be ready to head to the Phaplu airport for the flight to Kathmandu. Upon arrival at the Kathmandu airport, we will transfer you to our hotel. The rest of the afternoon is on your own to explore and relax.Overnight at Hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 12: Free day
The day is free for shopping and roaming around the city or you can have guided sightseeing.Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 13: Final departure
Today after a breakfast at the hotel, we will get ready to pack for our homebound international flight. Our representative will provide the transfer for you to the international airport.

Cost Details

TREK COST: USD 1,530.00 per person on Twin sharing room accommodation
Single Supplement: USD 220 Per Person

Fixed Arrival Dates in Kathmandu : 01st OCT 2020 Trip Starting Date: 02nd OCT 2020

Special Free Service Highlight for VISIT NEPAL  2020

  1. Guarantee first flight of Kathmandu – Phaplu – Kathmandu
  2. One night Kathmandu accommodation on complementary
  3. One day free sightseeing from Parikrama Treks Team (As per the detail in Itinerary)
Joining Departure dates for 2020Joining Departure dates for 2021
Oct: 01, 16 Oct: 01, 16 


Price Includes

  • All land transfer, arrival and departure as per the itinerary.
  • Hotel accommodation with bed and breakfast on Twin sharing basis as per the itinerary.
  • Food during the trek 3 meals a day (breakfast, lunch and dinner) in specified local lodges.
  • Tea and coffee (cup) three times daily on trek
  • A english speaking experienced & professional trekking guide license holder.
  • Porters (1 porter carries the luggage up to 25 kgs of 2 participants during the trek)
  • City tours as mentioned in the itinerary with English speaking guide and all land transportation with private car/jeep/van
  • All necessary trekking and climbing related permit including TIMS, National Park Entrance fee
  • Insurance, proper warm clothing, shoes, sunglass and daily wages for guide and porter.

Price Excludes

  • Lunch and dinner while in Kathmandu
  • Personal gears and expenses of personal nature and Personal medical and travel insurance emergency evacuation
  • Hard and any form of soft drinks, tea/coffee(pot size)
  • All confectionary and snacks, Charges for desserts including shower and boiled drinking water,Phone calls, Laundry and Alcoholic beverages etc
  • Any airfare: Domestic International departure taxes and any excess baggage charges
  • Tips and Gratitude for Guides and Porters according to custom of trekking in Nepal.