*Mother goddess of the world Magnificent mountain peaks, warm Sherpa hospitality, and feelings of accomplishment await the adventurer exploring the Everest area. The trek holds a variety of routes, which can be tailored to suit your schedule. Your adventure can last anywhere from a week up to a month. The journey begins in the fertile valleys of Solu. The trekker traverses deep canyons and tall ridges for the first week, ascending a total of 8,848m (the height of Everest itself). Although strenuous, the acclimatization gained, as well as lasting images of terraced fields, rhododendron forests, and tumbling gorges, validate the effort. Many travelers forego these valleys and fly directly into Lukla, where they wander through Kumbu Himal, the shadow of Everest. Spectacular peaks dwarf the ancient Buddhist monasteries along the trail, transporting the trekker into a timeless world captured by these remote mountain slopes. The beauty awakens the explorer in everyone; many trekkers delve into side trips to the picturesque waters and hauntingly gray glaciers of Gokyo. Others conquer Ris (mini peaks over 5000m), which boast spectacular vistas of Mt. Everest. If you allow the time to ascend at your own pace this trek is open to the moderately fit. It is also possible to trek in winter but be prepared for the cold. *Mani Rimdu Festival 2017 When is Mani Rimdu for the year 2017? The date of the Mani Rimdu festival is fixed according to the Tibetan Lunar calendar. The head lama at the Tyangboche Monastery announces the dates. In Tengboche the Mani Rimdu is performed in the 9th Tibetan month which usually falls in October or November full-moon. Mani Rimdu Festival date for the year 2017 is celebrating on 4th, 5th and 6th November 2017. *Mani Ramdu is divided into six Preparation: *Construction of the Sand Mandala Sand mandala is constructed step by step. Colored sand is used to build complicated and symbolic design. Sand mandala takes many days to complete. Defensive blade symbolizing deities are placed around the Mandala. The bowl of Mani Rilwu pills (spiritual medicine) is placed above the center. The Mandala symbolizes the palace of Garwang Thoze Chenpo (Lord of the Dance). Creation of the Buddha of Kindness, the main idol of Mani Rimdu. The mantra "OM AH HUNG RHI, OM MANI PADME HUMG” is repeated thousands of times by the monks during the weeks of ceremony before the public festival. During meditation, they imagine kindness flowing in the form of the mantra, into the Mandala and the Mani Rilwu pills. Kindness then releases out from the Mandala, blessing all those who attend the Mani Rimdu festival. *Wong (The Empowerment) The Wong is the opening day of public ceremony. It´s performed on the full moon day, of the tenth month in the Tibetan lunar calendar. The sacred Mani Rilwu (sacred or blessed pills) and Tshereel (pills for long life), are given to everyone attending. *Chham (The Dances) The dances take place on the 2nd day of Mani Rimdu.Symbolic demons are conquered, chase away, or transformed to Protectors of Dharma. As the theme of the dance positive forces fight with those of disorder through the dances. The dances convey Buddhist teaching on many levels from the simplest to the most philosophical. During the dance the monks are believed to become divine being. The dances are only performed during Mani Rimdu because they are considered to be very Sacred, and not for ordinary entertainment. *Ser-Kyem Ser-Kyem is most commonly used to make tea offerings to Dharma guards such as Mahakala. It has two pieces: a larger raised dish-shaped bowl and a smaller raised offering bowl. The smaller is placed in an upright position in the larger dish when the offering is being made. When not in use, the smaller offering bowl is placed upside down in the larger bowl. The food offerings can also be placed in the larger dish when in use.This offering of spiritual nectar is made in many ceremonies. The six dancers represent Ngag-pa, Tantric magicians. They make offerings of alcohol from silver vessels, and small tormas, to the Lama, Yidam, Khandro, and Shi-Dak (the Earth deities). A Buddhist consultant takes ‘refuge’ in the Lama (spiritual guide), Yidam (personal deity) and Khandro (wisdom dakini). A central theme in Tibetan Buddhist practice is to make offerings to these beings, so that they will help with the virtuous actions which lead to Buddhahood. *The Fire Puja (Jinsak) The Fire Puja is performed in the yard the day after the dances. The Fire Puja is an offering to Agni (the god of fire), and to the Gods of the mandala - to allay all harm in the world. The harm is visualized as dissolving into the grain and butter is burned. Afterwards, the sand mandala in the temple is pull to pieces, and the sand is given as an offering to the serpent gods (Nagas). *Chhingpa The next dance portrays the Four Protecting Ghings, defending the Buddhist faith against attack by demons. Shining paper masks hide the faces of the dancers, each a different color and each displaying a constant smile. The dancers´ hops are rhythmically accompanied by the beating of cymbals.The dancers charge at children in the audience and scare them as for fun. The Dakini dance is performed genially. Slow motion dance steps, keeping perfect time with the soft tinkle and slow beat of bells and drums is performed by five young priests. The dancers are without masks, and portray female spiritual figures; the partners of Padmasambhava. It is believed that they come from his pure land of Shangdok Palri where they live within his mandala. They herald the imminent arrival of Guru Rinpochhe at the Mani Rimdu.Two of the Ghing are male, and carry cymbals, while the two females carry drums. The males represent skillful means and the female represent wisdom; these two aspects of the path. The torma is made from barley flour and decorated with colored butter. It begins by symbolizing the body of the deity, and by the end of the ceremony, symbolizes enlightenment itself. It stands in the front of the mandala on its own shrine, at the very heart of the temple.
On the 3rd day you will drive to TIA from where you will catch the flight to Lukla which is acknowledged as the entry way to the Everest region. During the flight you can trace lofty Himalayas and peaks counting Mount Everest. Arriving in Lukla you will go for 3 to 4 hours of trek to Phakding. Stay overnight in lodge.
From Phakding today you will mark towards Namche Bazaar, a beautiful and vibrant place where most of the visitors who have visited tis place are unable to forget this place. The lively town has set its example in terms of handicrafts and cultural aspects. Stay overnight in lodge.
This is the day called acclimatization and it has its own meaning that means the environment may be new to you so this day will help you to adjust with new atmosphere. Plus you can stretch out the muscles taking few stroll nearby areas. Stay overnight in lodge.
After breakfast at Namche, the trail leads to the old village called Thamo which is easy walk through the valley. Thamo is a small Sherpa village. After exploring the village, the trail leads continue to Thame. After lunch, rest a little while and explore the Sherpa village and its culture. There is small Hydro power where you can visit. Stay overnight at the Lodge.
After breakfast at the lodge, an easy walks to Marlung through the Bhote Koshi River where you can have short break. Then the trail leads uphill to Lumde through the dry valley. It is an interesting walking with enjoying the views of the snow peaked mountains and the valley. Today you won’t see Sherpa village because Thame is the last village of the valley. Once you get in to the village, hike a bit higher than the place where lodge is located to get acclimatize. Stay overnight at the Lodge.
Getting enough acclimatization today you will head to Tengboche which is an attractive spot and here you can trace the Tengboche Monastery, a renowned monastery in Khumbu region. Likewise, you can view spectacular vistas of Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Everest and Nuptse. Stay overnight in lodge.
Taking anther ascend you will find yourself at Dingboche enjoying then magical setting. You will sense the cold and chilly atmosphere after arriving here. Like in previous day on this day you can grasp the opportunity of viewing high mountains. Stay overnight in lodge.
Dingboche will take you Chhukung with a delightful stroll. You will notice the enormous and snowy mountains almost in every place so you need to hike towards the rocky trail of Chhukung Ri. Viewing Ama Dablma, Island peak, Maruntse and Makalu. Stay overnight in tented camp.
This is counted as the second acclimatization. Like previous acclimatization this day will serve to make you strong and use to with the changing nature. Before approaching the elevated spot it is recommended to have rest day. Stay overnight in tented camp.
On the following day you will head to Kongma La after acquiring acclimatization. You will come across the prayer flags and marks on the way to it. The vistas of icy lakes will take you downward to Khumbu Glacier. Taking the tough downward you will pass Khumbu Glacier which will again take you to Lobuche. Stay overnight in tented camp.
Moving into the trek without nay disturbance you will trek to Gorak Shep, one of the highlights of this package then you will set into the Everest Base Camp viewing Khumbuste and Pumori. Again the trek doesn’t end here as you will again hike back to Gorak Shep. Stay overnight in tented camp.
Finally this is the day to hike lofty spot of Everest Region called Kalapatthar. From the elevated spot you can perceive the entire Khumbu valley without any distraction in case you are permitted by the weather. Enjoying the heavenly scene you will trek back to Lobuche. Stay overnight in tented camp.
From Lobuche you will move towards your next destination and thus you will arrive at Dzongla. You will take ascend and then go for downward movement. An hour of crosswise stroll will take you Dzongla. Stay overnight in tented camp
On the following day you will step ahead to Cho La Pass which is the major attraction of this trek then moving progressing you will stroll towards Thangnak. It is a considerable hamlet with a lovely village. The trek does not conclude here as you need to turn up at Gokyo Village where you can set the camp. Stay overnight in tented camp.
This is counted as the rest day and is supposed to be special opening. The objective of this day is to hold the prospect of ascending the Gokyo Ri in order to appreciate the section from the excellent lookout. Gokyo has not only gained its popularity as a peak but is also remembered for the 6th lakes. Stay overnight in tented camp.
From Gokyo Ri you will set into Renjo La and taking much about it, it is alike to Gokyo Ri. Ongoing the trek you will find the trek downward to the stone stairway and afterward you will ascend to the bank of small lake. While taking downward you may feel risky as the trail is covered with ice. Then, you will move ahead to Marlung. Stay overnight in tented camp.
Leave taking from Marlung you will move into Namche Bazaar and you have already been here so you will not face much difficultly. The rest of time in Namche will make you feel like you belong here and these are your own people. This friendly emotion is the specialty of this place. Stay overnight in lodge.
On the following day you will trek to Lukla from Namche. Lukla has its own significance in the field of trekking. This is a perfect destination to execute trekking with the sense of adventure. Stay overnight in lodge.
Waking up early in the morning you will catch the flight to Kathmandu from Lukla airport.
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