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Travel Year 2011

Chiwang Mani Rimdu festival 2011

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Chiwang Mani Rimdu Trek 2011.

Sherpas in Nepal celebrate different kind of ceremonies in their region regularly, marriage ceremonies, funerals, manning of the child, driving out evil sprits, obtaining Sonam (Merit) and other offerings to be made in the name of the local gods. On the Full Moon Day of Tibetan ninth month (October or November), a very important festival of Sherpas " Mani Rimdu" falls. This festival continues for three day, following the ten-day non-stop prayer sessions addressed to the patron deities - seeking “blessing for the good of all mankind". The protagonists of all are Guru Rimpoche, the founder of Vajrayan Buddhism in Tibet. Masked Lamas of Khumbu region perform various religious rituals amidst dancing and singing.

The festival "Mani Rimdu" seems to be celebrated first time in 1930. Rongbukh Monastery in Tibet is the place from where this festival is originated. This is the prayer ceremony where the monks put on masks representing divine personages and perform ritual dances. The spectators of devotion come from many villages to gain Sonam (merit) from the head Lama's blessing and making corn and grain contributions to the Monk's community. This period coincides with the cessation of work in the village at the end of harvesting. Mani-Rimdu is the only big social event that draws together large crowds from all villagers in the SoluKhumbu region. The Mani Rimdu Festival start from 10 November to till 13 November 2011. The trek

we will start this trek from Jiri-Pike danda-Gorakhani-Salleri-Chiwang Monastery and Phaplu-Kathmandu. 18 days total.

If somebody don’t have time and they want to go to see the Mani Rimdu festival they can take flight from Kathmandu to Phaplu and join with group in Mani Rimdu and back with group to Kathmandu.

In this trip we do summit Pike Peak 4070m, which is one of the most famous point. From Pike we can see the best Himalayan View from Mt. Kanchanjanga to Mt. Annapurna. We will see the best view of Mt. Everest 8848m, Mt. Kanchanjanga 8586m, Mt. Lostse 8516m, Mt. Makalu 8416m. Mt. Manaslu 8156m, Mt. Annapurna 8091m and Mt. Shisapangma 8014m (In Tibet) also we will see some famous mountain Mt. Numbur, Mt. Gauri Shankar, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Ama Dablam, Mt. Melugtse, Mt. Chhomrong, Mt. Ganesh Himal and Mera, Thamserku, Baruntse peak. Pike is one of the famous religious point for this region.

Also this trip you will visit many real Sherpas villages (Bandar, Goli, Gorakhani, Khoriya and Salleri). Only Caravan Himalaya Trek operate this route. Also you can see the other ethnic group (tamang, Chhetri, Magar and other) villages. 

The trek Itinerary, (fixed departure).

1. 29 October. Arrival Kathmandu 1325m and transfer to Hotel. (2 star hotel).

2. 30 October. Visit Kathmandu city. Boudhanath, Pasupatinath and Kathmandu Durbar square.

3. 31 October. Drive to Jiri/Shivalaya 1770m . (7-9 hrs) by Private car/jeep/bus.

4. 1 November. Trek to Bandar 2190m. (5-6 hrs)

5. 2 November. Trek to Goli Danda 2430m. (6-7 hrs)

6. 3 November. Trek to Ngaur 3350m. (4-5 hrs) visit old Monastery.

7. 4 November. Trek to Pike Danda 3860m. (4-5 hrs).

8. 5 November. Visit Pike Peak in the morning enjoy the view and trek to Suke Pokhari. Provide pack Lunch.

9. 6 November. Trek to Gorakhani 2420m. (3-4 hrs)

10. 7 November. Trek to Khoriya 2380m. (6-8 hrs).

11. 8 November. Trek to Phaplu 2470m. (5-6 hrs).

12. 9 November. Trek to Chiwang Monastery 2800m. (4-5 hrs).

13. 10, 11 and 12 November. Chiwang Mani Rimdu Festival.

14. 13 November. Trek to Phaplu 2470m. (4-5 hrs).

15. 14 November. Fly back to Kathmandu.

16. 15 November. Free or shopping day in Kathmandu.

17. 16 November. Departure.

The Group trip cost is Euro 1150/ Per person.

Fully Camping trek. Standard services.

Group Size Minimum 10 pax and Maximum 24 pax. Can also make 2 group.

The Group less than 10 pax trip cost is Euro 1345/ Per person.

Group size Minimum 4 pax.

The cost includes.

· Pick up and departure from Kathmandu international Airport.

· All land Transportation. Kathmandu to Shivalaya by Private Bus.

· Flight from Phaplu to Kathmandu with Airport tax.

· Flight for guide and Assistance guide.

· 4 nights Accommodation in Kathmandu hotels with bed and breakfast.

· 14 nights trek accommodation on tent.

· All meal on trek. Fresh food cooking by cook.

· 1 guide, assistance guide, Cook, Kitchen boy, kitchen helpers and porters.

· All trekking equipments, tents, food, Kitchen equipments, Mattress, and other needed equipments.

· Trekking Permit (TIMS).

· Sleeping bag.

· Kathmandu city sight seen with guide and transportation.

· All entrance fee in Kathmandu.

The Cost excludes.

1. International flight.

2. Nepal visa.

3. Food in Kathmandu.

4. Extra luggage charge in flight. (15 kg is allowed) and personal equipments.

5. All cold, soft and hard drinks on trek.

6. Personal expenses and Mineral water.

7. Tips for all staffs and donation if you want to give Monastery.

8. Emergency cost. (Horse rent and helicopter charter or use extra porter).

9. All cost out of Caravan Himalaya Services.