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Mani Rimdu Festival @ Everest region

Mani Rimdu Festival @ Everest region

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Join us for a magical Budhist festival, Mani Rimdu, at the Tengboche Monastery.

This monastery is located in the middle of the Himalaya mountains, with an excellent view of the Everest, the highest mountain in the world.

It is an unique opportunity to experience a Buddhist festival with mask dances, fire puja and much more.

These dances are called cham dance, and 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.

To get there we follow the path of the trek of all treks, going to Everest Base Camp in Nepal. The scenery is breathtaking along white rivers, rhododendron forest, nice views on the white himalayan mountains, … It is a trek you will never forget.

The date of this travel will be announced around Tibetan losar (feb 2019) because the dates of the festival depend on the Tibetan calendar that is then released.

If you want to be informed once we know the date please send us an email.

Have a look at our facebook page (Tarahimalayanvison) for a complete album of this wonderfull festival.

Destination

Nepal

Dates

oct/nov ’19

total 13 days

Altitude

max 3.875 m

Trekking/hiking

Heavy trek

Yoga level

meditation

Bhuddist wisdom

Buddhist festival

Buddhist esoteric symbols

Group Size

min 4 – max 10

Price

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Begin and end

Kathmandu
Kathmandu

Highlights of this travel

o Participate at Mani Rimdu festival

The most famous ceremony in Tengboche is Mani Rimdu, performed in the 9 the Tibetan month, which usually fall in late October – begin November. The prayers will be said over many days, but for the local Sherpa people, the most important part is when they receive the blessings from Rinpoche, and when the monks perform the masked dances.

These colorful and festive celebrations are the culmination of the ten days prayers on the Buddha of compassion, Chenrezig. The ceremonies are performed for the benefit of all sentient beings.

The Mani Rimdu in Tengboche came from Rongbuk Monastery, which is the highest Monastery in the world, located at Everest base camp Tibetan side.

The name comes from “Mani” part of the chant of Chenrezig, and “Rilbu” which are the small red pills, which are blessed throughout the ceremony and distributed to everyone at the empowerment ceremony.

In the beginning, a beautiful and intricate mandala or sacred diagram is drawn in fine colored sand. The sand is collected from a special place high in the mountains. It takes four days to complete the mandala. It is then covered and used as a focus for the daily ceremonies and meditation for the next ten days.

At the end of the ceremonies, on the 16 the day, the monks perform the sacred mask dances known as “Cham” in the courtyard. There are sixteen dances, they are a creation of the establishment of Buddhism in the Himalayas by Padmasambhava, known as Guru Rinpoche. The dances convey Buddhist teachings in symbolic form. The conquering of demons symbolizes the overcoming of the three mental poisons through meditation on compassion and wisdom.

On the last day, a fire ceremony is performed by the monks to dispel all harm in the world. 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.

o The definitive Himalayan trek, climbing to the foot of the mount Everest through breathless high alpine landscapes, white rivers, rhododendron forest, …

o Spot many yaks

o Experience daily life in the villages of the the sherpa’s

  • Destination
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    Mani Rimdu Festival @ Everest region
1
Day 1: Arrival in KTM

Pick-up at the airport and transfer to the hotel.


Time to rest.

Welcome diner and departure meeting.

 

 

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Day 2: Fly from KTM to Lukla and then trek to Phakding (2610 m)

3 hours trek/ 200 m descent/ 50 m ascent

This first day is an easy and gentle trek.


You finally 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.

Above the village, squeezed in to a cave at the bottom of soaring cliffs, is the tiny Cheplung (Taktag) gompa; you will catch your first view of the river, Dudha Kosi, roaring along the bottom of the valley. Along the way which faced onto a small private red walled gompa. In the village, note the shrine and mani wall dedicated to green tara. Across the Dudh Kosi to a collection of mani stones, a rock painting of buddha and a footprint of guru rinporche.

Leaving ghat , the main trail enters a curious complex of mani walls, chortens, black and white 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.

 

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Day 3: Phakding (2610 m) to Namche Bazaar (3440 m)

5 to 6 hours trek/ 100 m descent/1000 m ascent

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 6608m peak that rises to the east of Namche Bazaar.  Monjo, beyond the national park 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 village Jorsale, just above the checkpoint, is the ruined former Tsamkhang( meditation retreat) of the local lama, set in huge cave above the village. The interior murals painted on planks of wood are exquisite.

Today is also the day where we cross at least 4 times the river on the typical  iron suspension bridges.

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Day 4: rest day in Namche Bazaar (3.500 m)

Today we have a rest day in Namche Bazaar, in this way our body can slowly addapt to the height.

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.

 
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Day 5: Namche Bazar(3440m) to Tengboche(3867m)

4 hours /350m descent/ 750m ascent

Every spur you gain seems to bring the mountains closer.

Tengboche gompa is the famous, the largest and most active monastery in the khumbu and the history of tengboche ,the culture of the sherpas and the environmental issues facing the khumbu.

In Tengboche a small town we will stay for the next four 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, our just relax on the roofterrace 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.

 
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Day 6: Tengboche - Mani Rimdu Festival day 1

On day 1 of the Mani Rimdu festival open for public, the monks perform Cham dances without mask.

Mani Rimdu in Nepal is a recent development and started only when Zatul Ngawang Tenzin Norbu of Rongbuk, highest monastery in Tibet, came to consecrate the monastery of Tengboche. It was the first time that monks performed the dance here. It then became an annual ritual, but was moved forward by a month to avoid the cold and dull weather.

Mani Rimdu is the worship of Phakpa Chenrezig, the god of Compassion and the prayers are meant to benefit all beings. The Chenrezig’s blessings are said to bring peace and good fortune to everyone. One of the rituals invokes the blessings of the god of Compassion on the rilbu, the long-life pills.

The elaborate and very meaningful dance performance attracts a large crowd during Mani Rimdu.

The ritual dance also tells a story.

It is a re-enactment of the establishment of Buddhism in Tibet. But it is also about individual awakening.

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Day 7: Tengboche - Mani Rimdu Festival day 2

On day 2 of the Mani Rimdu festival open for public, there is the 'long life empowerment'.

Rinpoche  perform a ritual called the long-life ceremony, or tse-wang.
When the ceremony is completed, he hands out small red pills with some sacred wine, and blesses the participants by touching them on their heads. The pills are meant to stimulate the decay of illusion and lead to the discovery of the source to immortality.

On this day all local Sherpa's tried to be present.

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Day 8: Tengboche - Mani Rimdu Festival day 3

On day 3 of the Mani Rimdu festival open for public.

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 Dharmapalas. 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 Rimpoche 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.

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Day 9: Tengboche - Mani Rimdu Festival day 4

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 uses 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 desireless. 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.

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Day 10: Tengboche to Namche Bazaar

Today we start our way back to Namche Bazaar.

It is a walk of about 4 hours, where we see many yaks and horses on our path.

It is also the last day that we can enjoy the white snow mountains.

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Day 11: Namche Bazaar to Phagding 2610m

5 to 6 hours trek/ 100 m ascent/1000 m descent

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Day 12: Phagding to Lukla 2800m

3 hour walk/50m desend/200m asend

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Day 13: Fly back to KTM 1310m (35 minutes flight)

Free day in KTM.


Eveningtime farewell diner.

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Day 14: Fly home

Transfer to the airport.

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Highlights:

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

The date of this travel will be announced around Tibetan losar (feb 2019) because the dates of the festival depend on the Tibetan calendar that is then released.

If you want to be informed once we know the date please send us an email.

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ADDITIONAL INFO

Included:

  • 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
  • All excursions are guided by an experience guide who speaks very good English, Pramod Tamang.
  • Meditation guidance in the different monasteries
  • All government and local taxes

Not included:

  • 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 meal 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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