Everest Base Camp & Mani Rimdu trek
Join us for a magical trek in the footsteps of the mountaineers and combine it with the unique experience of a Buddhist festival, including Cham dances and mask dances. It is the trek of all treks, going to Everest Base Camp in Nepal, where you will stand at the foot of the highest mountain in the world.
We will also stay 2 days at Tengboche Monastery to experience a Buddhist festival, Mani Rimdu, with cham dances, or mask dances.
Cham dance is a lively masked and costumed dance.
The dance is accompanied by music played by monks using traditional Tibetan instruments. The dances often offer moral instruction relating to compassion for sentient beings and are held to bring merit to all who perceive them.
Many of the masks used in the dances are images of our own negative emotions.
Have a look at our facebook page (Tarahimalayanvison) for a complete album of this wonderfull festival and our trek to EBC.
10 – 25 nov 19
total 16 days
max 5.545 m
min 4 – max 10
Begin and end
Highlights of this travel
o Participate at Mani Rimdu festival
o The definitive Himalayan trek, climbing to the foot of the mount Everest through breathless high alpine landscapes
o Spot many yaks
o Experience daily life in the villages of the the sherpa’s
IncludedEverest Base Camp & Mani Rimdu trek
Day 1: Arrival in KTM
We pick-up you up and bring you to the hotel in Bouddha area.
This is the base for the Boudhanath stupa.
This is the largest stupa in Asia, and a very important Buddhist pilgrimage place.The best time to visit the stupa is late afternoon, when the elderly Tibetan a Nepali Buddhist people stroll down to the stupa to light butter lamps, spin prayer wheels, chant mantras, socialize and stroll clockwise around the monument as part of their daily spiritual life.
Around the stupa are also many shops where you can find more Buddhist orientated gifts.
In the evening we will have a welcome dinner on a nice roof terrace from where we are going to have a stunning stupa view.
The briefing of our trip will also be been given after dinner.
Day 2: Fly from KTM to Lukla and then trek to Phakding (2610 m)
After breakfast, we will begin our journey by taking the flight to Lukla airport.
The flight duration is about 45 minutes, where we already get a glimpse on the Himalayan mountains.
Arriving in Lukla we immediately start with our first trek.We will walk from Lukla to Phakding, what is a trek, gentle, of about three hours.
We are leave Lukla through the Pasang Lhamo memorial gate, named after the first Nepali woman to summit Everest.
Just below is a white chorten dedicated to the 18 victims of the 2008 Yeti Airlines air crash at Lukla.
On the way we will see our first Buddhist Stupa, many prayer flags and we cross our first iron bridge over the river.
The first village we pass is Cheplung.
Above the village, squeezed in to a cave at the bottom of soaring cliffs, is the tiny Cheplung (Taktag) Gompa, if we are luckily to find the men with the key we can bring a visit to this cave who was already filmed by National Geographic.
Here you will catch your first view of the river, Dudha Kosi, roaring along the bottom of the valley.
We will cross here for the first time the river, Thado Kosi Khola, on a swaying metal bridge.
The next village we cross is Ghat, here we pass a shrine and mani wall dedicated to Green Tara.Leaving Ghat , the main trail enters a curious complex of mani walls, chortens, rocks with black and white carved Tibetan mantras, and brightly painted prayer wheels. The focal point for this sacred Buddhist site is a small rock with in the shape of a lama’s hat, worshipped as a symbol of Guru Rinpoche.
Finally, we reach our destination for today Phakding we will stay in local lodge.
Day 3: Phakding (2610 m) to Namche Bazaar (3440 m)
From Phakding the trail follows the Dudh Kosi Valley north, meandering through the pines about 100m above the west bank of river.
After a short climb we have a view on Thamserku, the 6.608m peak that rises to the east of Namche Bazaar.
Along this stage of our trek we pass a small waterfall, villages with wonderful forests of rhododendron, magnolia and fir.
Then we will get to Monjo, 2.840 meter, what is half way our trek.
Just above Mojo we will have the entrance checkpoint for the Sagarmatha National Park.
After the check point the trail passes through a Kani (stupa-shaped gateway) signifying your entry to a hidden land, and drops down next to an enormous granite bluff, carved with mantras in huge Tibetan characters.
The next village is Jorsale where we have a view on the ruined former Tsamkhang
(meditation retreat) of the local lama, set in huge cave above the village. If we have time and it is open, we climb up for 10 minutes to the cave with the interior murals painted on planks of wood are exquisite.
We walk around the river bank at climb up to cross the Dudk Kosi river on a suspension high bridge.
On our path we come across many yaks and ponies.
After a steep climb of two hours we will reach our destination for the day, Namche Bazaar.
On our way up, halfway, we will have our first glimpse of the Mount Everest.
Namche Bazaar is a historic trading hub, famous for its homemade yak cheese and butter.
Namche is situated on the slope of an arch-shaped mountain, which allows you to oversee the sights of glorious mountain peaks throughout the valley, day and night.
Once a capital of Khumbu, where Sherpas from neighboring villages and Tibet would gather to trade commodities, and would display their traditional arts and crafts, Namche Bazaar - to this date - hasn’t forgotten its ancient culture and royal hospitality.
The town, maintaining its reputation, is now a tourist hub since it is a gateway to the Himalayas.
Day 4: Namche Bazar(3440m) to Tengboche(3867m)
On our trek we have a nice panorama view of peaks, from Thamserkhu to Ama Dablam, Lhotse and Everest.
Every spur you gain seems to bring the mountains closer.
The last town we pass is Phunki Thenga, 3.250 meter, there we cross the bridge over the river.
From here it is a climb of two hours to Tengboche.
We pass some water-powered prayer wheels and walk through a forest of tall rhododendrons.
Look out for the blood pheasant, red panda or musk deer, what you can spot here in the forest.
After two hours we reach Tengboche.
Tengboche Gompa is the famous, largest and most active monastery in the Khumbu area.
In Tengboche, a small town, we will stay for the next two days.
Our small hotel is located just before the monastery so that makes it very easy to participate to the festival.
In the free moments you can enjoy reading a book, or just relaxing on the roof terrace of the hotel, where you have an amazing view on the Everest.
Our host in the hotel is the grandson of the first Nepali climber of the Everest.
What makes our stay a little bit more special.
Day 5: Tengboche (3867M)
Today is already day 3 of the Mani Rimdu festival open for public.
It is the day where the monks perform the Cham dances, or mask dances.
The dances originated come from the tantras, which are esoteric practices still prevalent in certain temples in Nepal.
Mani Rimdu originated in Tibet at Rongbuk Monastery, and in pre-Buddhist Tibet they sacrificed animals.
But, here among the Buddhists, their moral code prohibits killing of any sort. The problem was solved when dough was used as a substitute in place of the animal.
This dough is called torma and comes in many shapes although the most common is the conical. When the lama enters the courtyard, a layman prepares torma for offering at the central alter.
The mystery play as the dance drama is referred to, starts with loud clashing of cymbals.
It begins with the aspect of the awakening of the individual from illusion. The first step is the transformation of perception as an alter is built and objects of sensory perception are sacrificed.
It is all symbolic— sound is offered in the form of cymbals, taste in the form of dough cakes, smell in the form of burning juniper, touch in the form of silks, sight in the form of a mirror and mind is represented by a book. With this, one is freed from material associations and is able to perceive allegorical patterns. It is then time for the monks to step out of the monastery to take part in the dance ceremony. They arrive to rid the people of their indigenous beliefs. King Song-tsen Gampo is credited for influencing the Tibetan people by taking up Buddhism. He in turn was influenced by his two wives, one of whom was a Nepali princess and the other, a Chinese princess. These two women brought their Buddhist practice along with images of the Buddha and other deities. It is said that he brought Tibetans out of the dark and barbarian age that prevailed, to be replaced by a more civilized culture. The decorative fire that the monks wear represents this light that replaced the darkness. It also represents the process of personal illumination.
The masked dancers then circle the courtyard leaping as they go. They represent the protectors of the faith or Dharmapala’s. Buddhists believed in the assimilation of deities who were converted to protectors. Next, it’s the turn of a single masked dancer wearing brocade and a frightening blue mask. He represents the great Guru Rinpoche also known as Padmasambhava. He came to Tibet and subdued the powerful shamans. The great guru is followed by a masked, bearded person who is just the opposite.
In total there are 16 dances.
Day 6: Tengboche 3867M
Today is the last day of the Mani Rimdu festival.
On the last day of the festival, a fire (puja) ceremony is performed by the monks to dispel all harm in the world.
It is a nice moment to view the different instruments the monks use to play music on like conch shells, cymbals, hand drums, bells, four-meter-long tonqin horns, ... .
The lamas then prepare for the Fire Puja, a sacrifice by fire in the courtyard. A mandala is made on a small pedestal, He uses sand to make figures within a circle. Kindling wood is then piled one on top of the other to make a pyre over the mandala. The origins of this ceremony go back three thousand years to Vedic times. The mean lama wears a crown decorated with images of Buddha and assumes the role of the one who sacrifices but asks nothing in return. He is dressed as a Bodhisattva who achieves the status of being desire less. When the pyre is lit, the monks circumambulate, while one of them holds a long book wrapped in a silk scarf. Offerings are then thrown into the fire and they go up in smoke.
The main lama then holds a vajra against his breast with his right hand while with the left, he holds a bell that also has a vajra. The vajra symbolizes the skillful exercise of wisdom, while the bell represents wisdom itself. The bell also symbolizes impermanence just like its sound, which fades. Human life is compared to the sound, which changes and then is no more, signifying impermanence. Simultaneously, the mandala is also destroyed, yet another symbol of impermanence. The rituals come to an end when all the spectators present take handfuls of sand and ash from what remains of the mandala. This is believed to protect their dwellings and impart power to their fields.
Afterword’s, the sand mandala is symbolically dismantled with a dedication prayer and the compassionate wish that the merit gained may benefit all sentient beings by relieving their suffering.
Day 7: Tengboche (3867m)to Dingboche (4360 m)
From Tengboche we walk through a forest of dwarf conifers and rhododendrons, here we have again the chance to see musk deer’s and blood pheasants. After a while we cross our first town Debuche, 3.820 meter.
We can visit the Debuche Nunnery, where we can see some old impressive thangkas and murals painted on wooden panels inside.
The next town we pass is Milinggo, where we cross the white river of the Imja Khola.
On our way to Pangboche, 3.860 meter, we come across a white chorten with Buddha Eyes.
In Pangboche is the location of the oldest Gompa in the Khumbu area, Pal Rilbu Gompa.
In the village is also a small shrine for Guru Rinpoche.
Once we are crossing Pangboche, we are climbing above the tree line, entering an arid landscape of glacial boulders and alpine meadows.
When we reach our destination for the day, Dingboche, we will see the snowcapped summits of Island Peak, 6.189 meter, Peak 38, 7.591 meter and Lhotse, 8.501 meter.
Day 8: Dingboche (4360 m) to Lobuche (4.930 m)
From Dingboche, we will cross Periche along the stupas at the top of the ridge.
We will have a nice view of the twin peaks of Taboche and Cholatse above a desolate landscape sculpted by vanished glaciers. Ama Dambla appears as a perfect pyramid.
We come along the town Dughla, from where we trek up the Khumbu Glacier.
On our way to Lobuche, we will have a nice view on the Pumori peak, 7.165 meter.We will also pass some memorials of lost climbers and Sherpas.
We will spend the night in a local lodge in Lobuche.
Day 9: Lobuche (4.930m) - EBC (5.340 m) - Gorak Shep (5.164 m)
The first section of the day we follow the narrow gap between the glacial moraine and the mountain wall.
The Khumbu glacier is an enormous tongue of ice marches down the slopes of Everest at a rate up to a meter a day, breaking off into towers of ice at the Khumbu Icefall. Crossing this Icefall is one of the most wonderful experiences on our trip.
Finally, we reach Gorak Shep, where we have a short break before we climb up to Everest Base Camp.
EBC, colored by the many prayer flags, is located at the bottom of the Khumbu Icefall.
After our visit to EBC we come back to Gorak Shep, to spend the night in a local lodge
Day 10: Gorak Shep (5.164 m) - Kala Pattar (5.545 m) - Periche (4.240 m)
Early morning, we will climb up to Kala Pattar, the summit provides the best view of Mount Everest.
We will have here an astonishing view of the Himalayan giants, from Pumori and Lobuche West, 6.145 meter, to Nuptse, Lhotse and Everest.We will come back to Gorak Shep for breakfast, and then go on with our trek in the direction of Periche.
Day 11: Periche (4.240 m) - Phortse (3.810m)
Phortse is a small Sherpa village from where you have a nice view on the Imja Khola and the Dudh Kosi river.
Morning are usually sparkling clear, and this is the best time to make the ascent. That is also as we have planned it in our shedule.
Day 12: Portse (3.810 m) - Khumjung (3.710 m)
The mani wall in Khumjung is said to be the longest in the Khumbu region.
Khumjung has also a small and atmospheric Monasterie.
Day 13: Khumjung (3.710 m) -Phakding (2.610 m)
Many people find the descent from Namche to the Dudh Kosi the hardest stage of the trek.
Halfway down we will have our last view on the Everest.
Once we cross the high bridge, the path become easier.
Day 14: Phakding (2.610 m) - Lukla (2.860 m)
This is the last day of our trek, once we reach Lukla, it is time to enjoy in one of the several bars in Lukla.
Day 15: Lukla - KAthmandu
Early morning, we take the flight back to Kathmandu.
This time we stay in a hotel located in the busy part of the city, Thamel.
You have free time to do shopping, or stroll across the streets, drink something in the many bars, or just take a rest.
Evening time we have a farewell diner together.
Day 16: Fly home
Today is the end of your trip in Nepal.
After the drop-off at the airport, it is time to fly home with many nice memories of the beautiful Himalaya mountains
o Participate at Mani Rimdu festival
Mani Rimdu is the most famous Sherpa festival. Is celebrated for three days at the monastery of Tengboche. On the second day of the festival, monks do masks and customes dances ,and perform ritualistic cham dances that symbolise the victory of Buddhism over the ancient animistic religion of the mountains. Sherpa’s from all over the Khumbu come to attend the spectacle.It is an opportunity to see this tribe in their originally dresses.
o The definitive Himalayan trek, climing to the foot of the mount everest through breathless high alpine landscapes.
o On our way we spot many yaks.
o Experience daily life in the villages of the the sherpa’s
Double: 1.700 dollar
Single : 1.750 dollar
(Only KTM is single - we can't promise on trekking trip - depend on how busy it is in the mountains).
- Airport pickups and drops
- Welcome and farewell diner
- 2 nights in a 3-star hotel accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast
- 15 days tea house accomodation on the EBC trek
- Lunch/dinner we take on the way (water,tea or coffee is included) - note: our meals exist of a main dish (dessert and starters are not included)
- Flight Kathmandu - Lukla and back
- Trekking permit/tims (Trekkers' Information Management System)
- Porter and guide included
- All entrance fees are included, as per itinerary
- Porter and guide included
- All entrance fees are included, as per itinerary
- All government and local taxes
- International air fare and transportation in and out of Nepal (Kathmandu).
- Please buy your own travel & annulation insurance
- Make sure your health insurance cover your assistance abroad
- extra drinks (like alcohol,cold drinks, coffee and tea outside the meals)
- extra food items
- fee for filming at the Mani Rimdu festival
- Hot shower, internet, charging batteries are extra's you need to pay yourself.
- Personal expenses
- Nepali visa fee
- Tip for guide(s) and porter(s)
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