Chiwong Mani Rimdu Festival

The Chiwong monastery was founded by the late Sangey Lama, in 1923. The Monastery is perched on a cliff, at an altitude of 9,000 feet - a 3-hour walk from the Phaplu airport, in the lower valley of Everest region. It is home to the legendary Sherpa people where trekkers can enjoy magnificent Himalayan views, diverse culture and the dance of prayer flags against the fresh himalayan wind.

The biggest Ngyingmapa Tibetan Buddhist religious festival, Mani Rimdu, is performed at Chiwong Monastery every year right after the full moon of autumn, at the gracious presence of Sang Sang Rinpoche, who is recognized as the reincarnation of Trulshig Rinpoche's father in absence of his holiness Trulshig Rinpoche.

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Trip Facts

Duration: 16 Days    |    Best Month: Fall    |    Trip Grade: Moderate    |    Maximum Altitude: 4065 m    |    Trekking Hour Per Day: 5 - 6 Hrs Daily    |    Starting Point: Phaplu    |    End Point: Phaplu    |    Mode of Travel: Fly In / Out    |    Number of Pax: 4+    |    Style of Trek: Teahouse / Camping

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The Chiwong monastery was founded by the late Sangey Lama, in 1923. The Monastery is perched on a cliff, at an altitude of 9,000 feet - a 3-hour walk from the Phaplu airport, in the lower valley of Everest region. It is home to the legendary Sherpa people where trekkers can enjoy magnificent Himalayan views, diverse culture and the dance of prayer flags against the fresh himalayan wind.

The biggest Ngyingmapa Tibetan Buddhist religious festival, Mani Rimdu, is performed at Chiwong Monastery every year right after the full moon of autumn, at the gracious presence of Sang Sang Rinpoche, who is recognized as the reincarnation of Trulshig Rinpoche's father in absence of his holiness Trulshig Rinpoche.

Mani rimdu festival is a 19 - day sequence of sacred ceremonies and empowerments, culminating in a 3-day public festival. It's an opportunity for the local Sherpa and Tibetan communities, to gather and celebrate together with the monastic community. The festival is a re-creation of legendary events; the establishment of Buddhism in Tibet by the great saint, Guru Rinpoche (Padmasambhava). Through the dances, symbolic demons are conquered, dispelled, or converted to Dharma Protectors, as positive forces clash with those of chaos. The dances convey Buddhist teachings on many levels - from the simplest to the most profound - for those who do not have the opportunity to study and meditate extensively.

On the first day of the festival, Lamas of the monastery pray in the courtyard. The second day, you can see the Lamas dancing with brocade gowns and wonderful painted paper-mouth masks. Hundreds of Sherpas from all over Khumbu and foreigners attend the performance, as it is an important social occasion as well as an entertaining sight. Along with the serious and intricate dances the Buddhist Lamas also dramatize two absurd comic sequences that make the entire performance a grand and entertaining one. On the final day evening of Mani Rimdu festival the villagers join in all- night Sherpa dance.

This festival trip is combined with Pike Peak Trek observing the festivals at Chiwong Monastery. Pike peak at an altitude 4,056 m. is the best vantage point which offers the most spectacular view of the entire Himalayan range, from Dhaulagiri in the west to Kanchanjunga in the east and of course Mt. Everest.

 

 

Chiwong Mani Rimdu Trek Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel (November 08, 2013)
Day 02: Sightseeing / Free day in Kathmandu (November 09, 2013)
Day 03: Fly to Phaplu. Afternoon hike to Salleri (administrative centre of the region including Khumbu) and back to Phalu (November 10, 2013)
Day 04: Trek to Ringmu (November 11, 2013)
Day 05: Trek to Junbeshi (November 12, 2013)
Day 06: Hike to Thupten Chholing and Fungmuche and back to Junbeshi (November 13, 2013)
Day 07: Trek to Taktok (November 14, 2013)
Day 08: Trek to Pike Base Camp (November 15, 2013)
Day 09: Climb Pike Peak (4065 m) and back to Pike Khop (November 16, 2013)
Day 10: Trek to Chiwong (November 17, 2013)
Day 11 to 12: Observe Mani Rimdu festival (November 18 – 19, 2013)
Day 13: Trek to Phaplu (November 20, 2013)
Day 14: Fly back to Kathmandu (November 21, 2013)
Day 15: Free day for shopping (November 22, 2013)
Day 16: Transfer to airport for journey back home (November 23, 2013)

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
Whats included in this trip Items that are covered in the cost of trip price.

•All airport transfers
•All land and air transportation as per itinerary including trekking crew
•Food, lodging, insurance and other expenses of trekking crew
•Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu
•Two men tent accommodation while on trek
•Dining tent, toilet tent, Chairs, Tables etc.
•Camping crew including guide/leader, assistant guides, cook, kitchen helpers & porters
•Their wages, food, insurance & accommodation
•Complete camping equipment
•Food (3 meals a day with tea, coffee and hot juice )
•TIMS card
•Farewell dinner in Kathmandu

Whats not included in this trip Items that are covered in the cost of trip price.

*International flight
*Nepal visa fee
•Lunch & dinner in Kathmandu
•Any activities in Kathmandu
•Personal equipment and clothing
•Insurance
•Cold drinks and alcoholic beverages
•Personal expenses
•Tips to the crew
•Any other things not mentioned in the itinerary
•Emergency rescue by helicopter

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