THE LORD OF THE DANCE FESTIVAL-2017
A re-creation of legendary events
Mani Rimdu tells a story in dance. Ostensibly the dancers reenact the establishment of Buddhism in Tibet. Yet hidden within this drama of cultural history, say many Sherpas, is the story of an individual’s awakening. The dance festival is public performance.
Culminating in a public festival lasting for three days, It is an opportunity for Sherpa and Tibetans Buddhist to gather and celebrate together with the monastic community. Mani Rimdu takes place from the first day of the tenth month of the Tibetan lunar calendar, falling between mid-October and mid-November. It lasts until the nineteenth day of the month. From the beginning until the end of the festival, 24-hour pujas (rituals) are performed by the monks to consecrate the Mandala, the Mani Rilwu Pills (sacred pills), the Tshereel (pills for long life) and the Torma.
- 1) Cultural exploration of the Lower Solukhumbu area
- 2) Stay with monks to understand them more vividly
- 3) Watch the biggest SHERPA festival in less westernized CHIWONG MONASTERY
- 4) Camping in Chiwong Monastery during the festival
- 5) Meditation and Yoga overlooking the Himalayan Giants (Everest Range)
- 6) Stay with family and understand their daily life
- 7) Observe 5 of the 10 highest peaks in the world namely Mt. Everest (8848 m), Mt. Kanchenjunga (8586 m), Lhotse I (8516m), Makalu (8463m) and Cho Oyu(8201m). The other mountains include Numbur, Gaurishanker, Langtang and many more….
This is one of the most important festivals for Tibetan Buddhist and this festival happens according to the Tibetan calendar (no fixed dates as it is completely different to English calendar). To get chance to observe this festival is a ‘LIFE TIME OPPORTUNITY’. We can’t personally explain the intensity of cultural rituals that happens on this festival. In simpler terms one normally doesn’t get this opportunity to observe this festival at this very monastery. This festival is celebrated in only 3 monasteries in the Everest region; I would say this is special as other monasteries are right on the Everest Base Camp trek route filled up with hundreds of westerns. Whereas at this monastery, you can see only a few who have explored Nepal many times and plan long time to get here.
This festival goes on for 19 days but only 3 days are publicly performed. The festival is also called ‘FESTIVAL OF LORD OF THE DANCES’ as the monks are believed- they transform into the dance lords and perform their dances with the ancient Tibetan mantras. The major dances (Chhyam- Ritual Dance) are Rol-Chyyam, Ser-Kyem, Ghing, Dorge Trollo, Nga Chhyam, Mi-Tshering, Rurang (Thurdhag), Kangwa, Gonchhen, Mi-Nak, Syarlung, Khandro, Shimjyung Phepsu, Tokden, Lhangma (Ngagpa), Thi Chhyam, Sor, Chhyam, Chhyamne (Lokchhyam). The other major ritual are Jinsek (the Fire worship), making of sand MANDALA, Thodolup, and Dismental of Mandala.
Day 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing and Trip Preparation
Day 03: Drive to Phaplu and Stay in Salleri
Day 04: Trek to Ratnange Dada for Everest View, Visit Sallery Monastery and the local market
Day 05: Trek/Drive to Thupten Choling Monastery via Junbesi
Day 06: : Explore the surrounding of Thupten Choling and hike to Chiwong Monastery
Day 07: MANI RIMDU FESTIVAL
Day 08: MANI RIMDU FESTIVAL
Day 00: MANI RIMDU FESTIVAL
Day 10: Trek back to Sallery
Day 11: Fly back to Kathmandu
Day 12: Kathmandu Rest day or continue more adventure….