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Manang Yartung Festival

The Manang Valley, which lies close to the Nepal-Tibet border and which is the land behind the Himalayas has its unique culture and landscape. Manang has many characteristics similar to Tibet, which lies next to the border.  There are many similarities between Tibet and Manang in terms of daily life, religion and the festivals they celebrate. Among many festivals in the region the horse racing festival called Grand Yartung is one of the interesting and major festivals in the rain shadow area. Yartung is a ritual steeped in customs and traditions and besides the actual running of the horses, the festivities at first take on a somber air of warriors going to battle and then change to one of gaiety with traditional singing and dancing at the end. The horse racing festival Yartung is celebrated in Manang for centuries. This marvelous horse racing festival in Manang is celebrated to mark the return of horses and other livestock form the high mountain pastures. Festival also offers the opportunity for the men to demonstrate the strength of their horses and their own ability. During the festival we also explore the beautiful area around Manang including Buddhist temples and glacial lakes.
The winner of the races has to be both fast and skillful as the rider is requested to pick up the khata (silk ritual scarf) from the ground in full gallop. The races, which are held in Between Manang and Braga villages, are followed with the interesting and colorful rituals in the local temples. Most people in Manang, both men and women, would wear their traditional dress and nearly all villagers will take some part in the feast. July, the month when the Yartung festival is celebrated is actually very good time to visit Manang. The landscape is lush green and flowers of different colors make this event a grand ceremony.


  • Day 01: Arrival at Kathmandu
  • Day 02: Sightseeing at Kathmandu Valley
  • Day 03: Kathmandu to Syange (By Drive)
  • Day 04: Syange to Dharpani
  • Day 05: Dharpani to Chame
  • Day 06: Chame to Pisang
  • Day 07: Pisang to Manang
  • Day 08:  First day of Yartung Festival
  • Day 09: Second day of Yartung Festival
  • Day 10: Third day of Yartung Festival
  • Day 11: Fourth day of Yartung Festival
  • Day 12: Final day of Yartung Festival
  • Day 13: Manang to Yak Kharka
  • Day 14: Yak Kharka to Thorong Phedi
  • Day 15: Thorong Phedi To Muktinath Via Thorong-la Pass
  • Day 16: Muktinath to Jomsom
  • Day 17: Jomsom to Pokhara (By Flight)
  • Day 18: Pokhara to Kathmandu
  • Day 19: Free Day at Kathmandu
  • Day 20: Departure to your onwards destination
  • Cost Includes:
  • Airport Pick up and drop Transportation.
  • Deluxe accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
  • All surface transfer as per the itinerary.
  • All the standard meals (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) during trekking.
  • Tea House Accommodation during trekking.
  • Registered and trained Guide.
  • Required number of insured Porter.
  • Annapurna Conservation Area fees.
  • All Surface transfer for your guide, porter and necessary cargo.
  • Staff insurances.
  • Government taxes and official charges. Visa charge not included here.
  • Attractive First Aid Kits.

Cost Excludes

  • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Beverages and other hard drinks cost
  • Nepal Entry visa fee and airport taxes.
  • Expenses of personal nature like laundry, telephone calls, sweets, snacks etc
  • Rescue and emergency cost/ Insurance cost but we will help to carry of the procedure.
  • Personal trekking equipments gears & clothing
  • Tips for Guide and Staff Porter
  • Medical evacuation in case of emergency
  • Expenses incurred due to mishaps, landslide, strikes, political unrest etc.

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Banasthali, Dhungedara, Kathmandu, Nepal
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