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Get ready to experience a unique and beautiful culture! Join us for Mani Rimdu Festival at Tengboche Monastery in 2023 for an unforgettable experience.

Experience a unique cultural celebration in the tranquil and beautiful setting of Tengboche Monastery. Join us for Mani Rimdu Festival in 2023 for a truly spectacular event. From traditional rituals and ceremonies to vibrant costumes and music, you’re sure to create lasting memories of this one-of-a-kind experience.

Mani Rimdu Festival at Tengboche Monastery
Uncovering the mysteries of the Mani Rimdu Festival at Tengboche Monastery

What is Mani Rimdu?

Mani Rimdu is a religious festival of the Tibetan Buddhist community of the local communities of the Khumbu region in Nepal. The event is dedicated to Padmasambhava (Rinpoche), including rituals and traditional dances practised for centuries. Each year, the festival occurs at Tengboche Monastery in Nepal’s Khumbu region during October or November, attracting hundreds of visitors worldwide.

When is the festival in 2023, and where does the festival take place?

This year, the Mani Rimdu Festival will occur on October 28, 29 and 30, 2023, at the Tengboche Monastery in Nepal’s Khumbu region. However, the festival’s exact date may vary annually, so double-check before you plan your trip.

Tengboche Monastery is in a stunning and remote mountain location, surrounded by the panoramic views of Mt. Everest, Mt. Nuptse, Lhotse and Ama Dablam.

Mani Rimdu Festival of Tengboche Monastery
The Spiritual Significance of the Mani Rimdu Festival at Tengboche Monastery

Who celebrates Mani Rimdu Festival? 

The Buddhist people celebrate the Mani Rimdu Festival in and around Tengboche village. It is organized and attended by Tibetans, Buddhists, and pilgrims from all over the world who come together to experience the rich culture of this remote mountain area.

What Activities are included in the festival?

The Mani Rimdu Festival includes various cultural activities and celebrations, including traditional local dances, cham dance performances, Gyabrang ceremony, flag exchange ceremony, mask offerings, and door opening ceremony. Participants also experience breathtaking mountain scenery, local cuisine and architecture and enjoy the spirit of community and camaraderie.

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Tour Details

Departure & Return Location

Kathmandu, Capital city of Nepal

Departure Time

06.30 AM to 08..30 AM

Price Includes

  • Pick up and drop-off to and from the Airport
  • 3 nights twin sharing accommodation at Kathmandu Suite Home
  • Meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the tour
  • 1 English speaking guide and porter (s)
  • Flight to and from the Lukla Airport
  • Sagarmatha National Park and Local Government Tax
  • Accommodation at guest houses during the festival

Price Excludes

  • Any meals other than breakfast in Kathmandu
  • Travel insurance
  • International flight to and from Nepal
  • Nepal visa
  • Items of a personal nature


  • Farewell Dinner
  • Company T-Shirt
  • Trekking Duffle Bag

What to Expect

  • Experience the Spectacular Mani Rimdu Festival at Tengboche Monastery
  • Learn the History and Traditions of Mani Rimdu.
  • Celebrate with Three Days of Ritualized Dances.
  • Enjoy Traditional costumes and Music Performances.
  • Get Ready for an Unforgettable Adventure!
  • Tengboche Monastery offers a spectacular view of Mt. Everest, Nupse, Ama Dablam and Thamserku.


Day 1Arrival in Kathmandu

Arrival in Kathmandu- Tribhuvan International Airport; pickup and transfer to hotel, overnight at Kathmandu Suite Home.

Day 2Fly to Lukla (2800m) and trek to Phakding (2610m)

You will drive early in the morning to the airport and take a 30-minute flight to Lukla (2804 meters). Then, you will begin the trek to Phakding (3 hours of walking/2610 meters). Overnight at the Guesthouse, inclusive of breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 3Trek to Namche Bazar (3535m)

Trek to Namche Bazar (3535 meters), a 6-hour walk through Dudhkoshi River. Overnight at the Guesthouse, inclusive of breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 4Excursion in Namche Bazar

This is a day for acclimatization. First, walk around the valley to adjust to thin air. Namche Bazar is known as the gateway to Mt. Everest. We will also take you to the local community museum on the same day. There you can see the traditional custom of the Buddhist community. Besides, a fine first view of Mt. Everest and other mountains can be overviewed from this place.
Overnight at the Guesthouse, inclusive of breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 5Trek to Tengboche Monastery (3867m)

Tengboche lies on a ridge at an altitude of 3,867 meters [12,700 feet]. From Tengboche, there are spectacular views of some of the world’s highest mountains, including Ama Dablam [6,812 meters], Nuptse [7,855 meters], Lhotse [8,516 meters], Thamserku [6,623 meters] and Kantega [6,779 meters]. The ice walls of these mountains dominate the landscape, and avalanches can frequently be heard rumbling high up the glaciers.
Overnight at the Guesthouse, inclusive of breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 6In Tengboche - 1st day of Mani Rimdu Festival

The 1st day of the Mani Rimdu Festival began with the Sand Mandala construction, and Wong coloured it. Some sharp symbolic defensive weapons, and divinities, are kept surrounding the newly built Mandala.
Overnight at the Guesthouse, inclusive of breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 7In Tengboche - 2nd day of Mani Rimdu Festival

On the 2nd day of the festival, Triumph over the symbolic demons is shown in the dance.
As the theme of the dance, positive energies fight with the demons through the dances. The dances carry Buddhist teaching on many levels, from the simplest to the most metaphysical state. During the dance, the monks are believed to enter a trance and become godlike beings. The dances are only performed during Mani Rimdu because they are considered very sacred and hence cannot be performed for ordinary entertainment. Overnight at the Guesthouse, inclusive of breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 8In Tengboche - 3rd day of Mani Rimdu Festival

The last day of the festival is the Fire Puja. The Fire Puja is done in the yard the day after the dances. The Fire Puja is a gift to Agni (the god of fire) and the Gods of the Mandala to dispel all harm in the world. The harm is envisioned as dissolving into the grain and burning butter. Afterwards, the sand Mandala in the temple is dismantled to pieces, and the sand is given as an offering to the Snake Gods (Nagas). With this, the exciting festival of Mani Rimdu comes to an end. Overnight at the Guesthouse, inclusive of breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 9Return trek to Manjo village

Tengboche monastery is the final destination of the trek. Thus, we return our trek to Manjo following the same trail via Namche Bazar (7 hours of walking). 

Overnight at the Guesthouse, inclusive of breakfast, lunch and dinner.

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Day 10Return trek to Lukla

Return to Lukla (3 hours walking).
Overnight at Guest House, inclusive of breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 11Fly back to Kathmandu

Morning flight back to Kathmandu from Lukla and then transfer to hotel Kathmandu Suite Home. Overnight at hotel.

Day 12Buffer day in Kathmandu

This is a buffer day in Kathmandu in case of any flight delay.


Day 13:Return Home

Transfer to International Airport 3 hours earlier to boarding time.



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