Yartung Festival Trek

This trekking program is developed for those people who look for the chance to observe super Tibetan Buddhism festival in Nepal and magnificent mountain view of Nilgiri and Dhaulagiri. The Yartung fair festival is celebrated all over Mustang and is especially celebrated in Muktinath during August full moon day every year. It is a three day celebration and is celebrated with horse races, drinking and dancing by local Thakali people. During the three days celebration, we have the King´s (local king) activities taking place on the first, the lamas and monks on the second and the local people´s on the third. The most attractive occasion of this festival is the horse race contest by man and woman. In their language, Yartung means the end of summer; Mela means festival or fair; Yartung Mela means a festival to send off summer.

So, they celebrate this festival with enthusiasm, appreciating the good lives the summer has brought to them. By that time, they have finished harvesting the crops and they have stored the cereal at home. In fact, this festival is for making offerings to Bodhisattvas and to receive the blessings from the village chief as well as from respectable senior citizens for an auspicious journey. Their senior respectable priest, called Lama, sets the day for celebrating Yartung Mela, finding the most auspicious day in their calendar and keeping in mind the view of completion of harvesting crops. Usually, their priest chooses the full moon day called Janai Purnima for celebrating this festival. We can see the deep combination between Buddhism and Hinduism here. The main feature of this trek are; Yartung fair performed by Local People, Lamas, Monks and Horse Race competition by man and woman, Muktinath temple, Jwala Mai monastery, culture dancing, Bonpo Gompa in Lupra, majestic view of Mt. Dhaulagiri and Nilgiri, traditional and old fashioned villages.

Itinerary

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Day 01:Join Kathmandu/1300m (4264ft)

Arrival in Kathmandu, pick you up at airport upon arrival and transfer to the Hotel. A welcome dinner and a short briefing will be held about your trip. Relax and stay in hotel.

Cost Includes:

  • Free airport-hotel-airport pick up and drop by private car/van.
  • 2 nights room in peace, clean and standard hotel in Kathmandu with B and B basis.
  • 2 nights room in peace, clean standard hotel in Pokhara with B and B basis.
  • Government certified local guide and friendly porters.
  • All meals: lunch, breakfast, dinner tea, coffee and fruits during the trip. 
  • Pokhara – Jomsom – Pokhara domestic flight and airport taxes.
  • Lodge accommodation during the trek and all other ground transportations in Nepal.
  • Salary, food, accommodation and insurance of your guide and porters.
  • ACAP permit, TIMS Card and all ground transportation.
  • Group first aid kit and water purifier.
  • All government taxes, vats and office service charge.

Cost Excludes:

  • All bar bills, beverages such as coke, fanta, mineral water.
  • Personal travel insurance, internet, phone calls and wifi services during the trek.
  • Personal travel insurance and rescue operation charge in case of emergency.
  • Any costs which arise due to alter of the itinerary, because of landslides, political disturbance, and strikes etc, toiletries.
  •  Horse renting and additional porters due to natural calamities during the trek.
  •  Tips and gratitude for guide, porters, driver...

Dates & Prices

We are local tour and trekking operator based in Kathmandu so we guaranty small private group departures any dates that suits your date and time. Please kindly contact us for your customized departure date, itinerary and the price. Thank you and Namaste!

Trip Map

Yartung Festival Trek Map
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  • Trip Duration 9 Days
  • DestinationNepal
  • Trip Difficulty Easy
  • Trip StyleTrekking
  • AccomodationTeahouse and Lodge
  • Transportation: Domestic Flight, Bus, Car
  • Group Size: 1-12 Pax
  • Best Season: August Full Moon
  • Max Elevation: 3800m
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