Yartung Festival Trek

Trip Duration 11
Max Altitude 3762M at Muktinath
Group Size 2 to 20
Best Time for Visit Aug to September

Trip Overview

Yartung Festival Family Lodge Trek to Muktinath, 9 Days (For the Full Moon of 29 August 2019)

This is a festival family trekking destination in the mid western Himalaya of Nepal. This Yartung Festival trek follows the Kali Gandaki valley, between the soaring peaks of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri, finally emerges to the north of the main Himalayan range, on the dry desert-like Tibetan Plateau. This trek is specially for families, trekking to Muktinath during their holiday in Nepal. We ran our family treks also during the festival season, when the children and their parents want to enjoy an exciting adventure in Nepal.

We organize a safe, fun, adventurous & memorable holiday of their choice to many regions of Nepal. Our experienced child friendly and helpful guides, lead you on slow-paced steps, along well-used trails through the trekking days. Children under 5 years will have the option of hiking or carried in Baby Rucksack (which your child safely harnessed into) by our helpful & smiling crew or ride on a horse.

Yartung Mela: Celebrating the End of Summer in Mustang's Vibrant Tradition

The Yartung festival trek celebrated all over Mustang and especially celebrated in Muktinath during August (in the full moon day) every year. It is a three day celebration and 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 monks on the second and the local people's on the third. The most attractive event of this festival is the horse race competition by man and woman. In their language, Yartung means the end of summer; Mela means a festival;

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 Buddha and to receive the blessings from the village chief as well as from respectable senior citizens for an auspicious journey. Their senior honorable 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. 

Main Facts

Highest elevation: 3800m Trek style: Lodge Trek Major attraction: Yartung Mela performed by Local People/Monks and Horse Race competition by man and woman, Muktinath temple, Jwala Mai monastery, Culture Dancing, Bonpo Gompa in Lupra, Magestic view of Mt. Dhaulagiri and Nilgiri, Traditional Medical centre

Fixed Departure Trek! 29th August 2019

Tipping expected but it is not mandatory. Note: The package can be redesigned or redeveloped as per your taste. For more information please e-mail us at info@friendshiptrek.com

Important!: In case of emergency during the trip, Helicopter will be arranged by Friendship World Treks The charges must be paid by the clients themselves.

 Trip Highlight

  • Scenic flight from Kathmandu to Jomsom with views of Nilgiri and Dhaulagiri mountains.
  • Trekking through picturesque villages like Kagbeni and Tetang.
  • Exploration of sacred sites like Muktinath Temple.
  • Immersive cultural experiences with local communities.
  • Vibrant Yartung Festival celebrations with traditional dances and music.
  • Horse races adding excitement to the festival atmosphere.
  • Panoramic views of the Mustang region’s unique landscapes.
  • Interactions with Buddhist monasteries along the trekking route.
  • Relaxation by Phewa Lake in Pokhara.
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site visits in Kathmandu.
  • Guided sightseeing tour of Kathmandu valley’s cultural landmarks.
  • Spiritual significance of Muktinath as a pilgrimage site.
  • Scenic drives through the stunning landscapes of Nepal.
  • Opportunity for adventure with trekking in the Himalayas.
  • Memorable experiences and friendships forged during the trek.


Upon arrival in Kathmandu, the vibrant capital city of Nepal, travelers are greeted by the bustling energy and rich cultural heritage that define this enchanting destination. After a warm welcome, adventurers are whisked away to their hotel accommodations, where they can unwind and rejuvenate after their journey. As travelers settle into their accommodations, they have the opportunity to relax and refresh themselves, soaking in the ambiance of their surroundings. If time permits, adventurers may choose to venture out and explore the vibrant streets of Thamel, a popular tourist hub renowned for its lively atmosphere, bustling markets, and eclectic array of shops and eateries. Alternatively, travelers may opt to embark on a cultural exploration of Kathmandu’s landmarks, immersing themselves in the city’s rich history and architectural wonders. From ancient temples and palaces to vibrant bazaars and bustling squares, Kathmandu offers a myriad of experiences waiting to be discovered. Whether strolling through the colorful streets of Thamel or marveling at the city’s cultural treasures, travelers are sure to be captivated by the charm and allure of Kathmandu during their stay.

Embarking on a guided sightseeing tour of the Kathmandu Valley, adventurers delve into the rich cultural tapestry of Nepal’s capital city. Led by knowledgeable guides, travelers embark on a journey through time, exploring UNESCO World Heritage Sites that hold profound historical and religious significance. The tour commences at Kathmandu Durbar Square, a sprawling complex adorned with intricately carved palaces, temples, and courtyards that serve as a testament to the city’s royal legacy. Moving on, adventurers ascend the steps to Swayambhunath Stupa, affectionately known as the Monkey Temple, where they are greeted by the serene eyes of the Buddha and the playful antics of resident monkeys. Next on the itinerary is Pashupatinath Temple, a sacred Hindu pilgrimage site situated on the banks of the Bagmati River, where travelers witness the rituals and ceremonies that unfold amidst the spiritual ambiance. The tour culminates at Boudhanath Stupa, one of the largest stupas in Nepal, where travelers circumambulate the sacred structure, soaking in the peaceful atmosphere and spiritual energy. Alongside exploring these cultural treasures, adventurers also take the opportunity to finalize any necessary permits and prepare for the upcoming trek, ensuring a seamless transition into the adventure that awaits amidst the Himalayan landscapes.

At the break of dawn, adventurers embark on an early morning journey either by road or air to Pokhara, a scenic city nestled amidst the breathtaking backdrop of towering mountains and tranquil lakes. En route, travelers are treated to sweeping vistas of the picturesque landscapes that define Nepal’s natural beauty. Upon arrival in Pokhara, adventurers are captivated by the city’s serene ambiance and stunning surroundings, with the majestic peaks of the Annapurna and Machhapuchhre ranges providing a spectacular backdrop. The day unfolds with explorations of Pokhara’s charms, including leisurely strolls along the serene shores of Phewa Lake and visits to quaint lakeside cafes offering panoramic views of the surrounding mountains. Travelers have the opportunity to unwind and relax amidst the city’s tranquil setting, immersing themselves in the laid-back atmosphere and soaking in the beauty of Pokhara’s natural landscapes. The day concludes with an overnight stay in Pokhara, providing adventurers with the perfect opportunity to rejuvenate and recharge before embarking on their upcoming trekking adventure in the Himalayas.

The journey commences with a thrilling scenic flight from Pokhara to Jomsom, weather permitting, offering trekkers a breathtaking aerial perspective of the majestic Himalayan landscape below. Upon arrival in Jomsom, adventurers embark on their trekking expedition towards Kagbeni, a charming village situated at the entrance of the Upper Mustang region. As trekkers traverse the rugged terrain, they are treated to awe-inspiring views of the towering Nilgiri and Dhaulagiri mountains, their majestic peaks dominating the horizon. The picturesque landscapes, characterized by barren terrain and traditional mud-brick houses, create a captivating backdrop for the trek. Upon reaching Kagbeni, trekkers are welcomed by the warm hospitality of the local inhabitants, immersing themselves in the cultural richness of the region. The day concludes with an overnight stay in Kagbeni, where trekkers can unwind and recharge amidst the serene ambiance of this enchanting village, reflecting on the day’s adventures and anticipating the journey ahead in the Upper Mustang region.

Embarking on the next stage of the Yartung Festival Trek, adventurers journey from Kagbeni to Tsaile, traversing through a captivating landscape of picturesque villages and barren terrains characteristic of the Mustang region in Nepal. As trekkers navigate through the rugged terrain, they are treated to breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains and valleys, immersed in the unique scenery that defines the Mustang region.

Along the way, trekkers have the opportunity to explore quaint villages nestled amidst the rugged landscape, each offering its own charm and cultural richness. The barren landscapes interspersed with traditional mud-brick houses create a mesmerizing contrast, adding to the allure of the trekking route.

As trekkers continue their journey, they have the chance to visit ancient monasteries that dot the landscape, serving as spiritual sanctuaries for the local communities. Interacting with monks and residents, trekkers gain insight into the religious and cultural heritage of the region, deepening their understanding of Mustang’s rich history and traditions.

The day culminates with an overnight stay in Tsaile, where trekkers can relax and rejuvenate amidst the tranquil surroundings, reflecting on the day’s adventures and cultural encounters. With memories of picturesque landscapes, cultural immersion, and spiritual exploration, Tsaile marks a memorable highlight of the Yartung Festival Trek.

Embarking on the next leg of the Yartung Festival Trek, adventurers set forth from Tsaile to Tetang, a picturesque village nestled amidst the stunning landscapes of the Mustang region in Nepal. As trekkers traverse the rugged terrain, they are treated to breathtaking panoramic views of the surrounding mountains and valleys, a testament to the awe-inspiring beauty of the Himalayas.

Arriving in Tetang, trekkers are warmly welcomed by the local inhabitants, offering a firsthand experience of the rich culture and lifestyle of the region. Immersed in the traditional way of life, trekkers have the opportunity to engage with the local community, gaining insights into their customs, traditions, and daily routines. From interacting with villagers to sampling local cuisine, every moment is an enriching cultural exchange.

As the day unfolds, trekkers are captivated by the serene ambiance of Tetang, surrounded by pristine natural beauty and the timeless charm of rural life. The village offers a tranquil retreat amidst the rugged terrain, providing a perfect setting for trekkers to unwind and soak in the serene atmosphere.

The day concludes with an overnight stay in Tetang, where trekkers can relish the peaceful surroundings while reflecting on the day’s adventures. With memories of cultural immersion and breathtaking vistas, Tetang leaves a lasting impression as a highlight of the Yartung Festival Trek.

Embarking on the next phase of the Yartung Festival Trek, adventurers journey from Tetang to the revered pilgrimage site of Muktinath, which holds profound spiritual significance for both Hindus and Buddhists alike. As trekkers traverse the rugged terrain, they are surrounded by the majestic beauty of the Himalayan landscape, offering breathtaking vistas at every turn.

Upon reaching Muktinath, trekkers are greeted by the sacred Muktinath Temple and its tranquil surroundings. This ancient temple complex is revered as a place of liberation and salvation, drawing pilgrims from far and wide who come to seek blessings and perform religious rituals. Surrounding the temple, there are also monasteries that add to the spiritual ambiance of the area.

As trekkers explore the Muktinath Temple and its surroundings, they are immersed in the rich tapestry of religious and cultural traditions that permeate the region. The air is filled with a sense of reverence and devotion as pilgrims engage in prayers and rituals, offering a glimpse into the deep-rooted spiritual heritage of Nepal.

The day concludes with an overnight stay in Muktinath, providing trekkers with the opportunity to further absorb the religious and cultural significance of the area while reflecting on the spiritual journey undertaken during this leg of the trek.

In the heart of the Yartung Festival Trek, a day is dedicated to the exploration of Muktinath and its captivating surroundings. This ancient pilgrimage site holds significant religious importance for both Hindus and Buddhists. The day unfolds with trekkers delving into the cultural and spiritual richness of Muktinath, exploring its sacred temples, and appreciating the serene ambiance of the region.

The highlight of the day is the immersion into the vibrant Yartung Festival celebrations, a lively and colorful spectacle that brings the local community together. The festival is a kaleidoscope of traditional dances, rhythmic music, and thrilling horse races that add an element of excitement to the festivities. Trekkers have the unique opportunity to witness and participate in these cultural expressions, fostering a deep connection with the local traditions.

As the day progresses, trekkers find themselves fully immersed in the warmth of the local culture, forging connections with the community members and gaining insights into their way of life. The day concludes with an overnight stay in Muktinath, allowing trekkers to savor the cultural richness and festive spirit that defines this remarkable part of the Mustang region in Nepal.

On the final leg of the Yartung Festival Trek, trekkers begin their journey back from Muktinath to Jomsom, traversing through the picturesque landscapes of the Mustang region one last time. As they trek, they immerse themselves in the breathtaking natural beauty surrounding them, taking in the majestic mountain vistas and unique terrain that define this remote Himalayan region. Along the way, trekkers share camaraderie with their fellow adventurers, reflecting on the challenges overcome and the memories created during their trekking expedition. Upon reaching Jomsom, a sense of accomplishment fills the air as trekkers celebrate the successful completion of their journey with laughter, stories, and perhaps a traditional meal. The overnight stay in Jomsom provides a fitting conclusion to the trek, offering trekkers a chance to rest and reflect on their remarkable experiences before bidding farewell to the enchanting Mustang region of Nepal.

After an early morning departure from Jomsom, trekkers embark on a scenic flight to Pokhara, where they are transferred to their hotel to unwind and recharge after the trek. With the afternoon ahead, travelers have the option to either take a short flight or a picturesque drive back to Kathmandu, where they can spend their remaining time in Nepal’s bustling capital. Whether it’s savoring the last glimpses of Kathmandu’s cultural treasures or simply unwinding in the city’s vibrant atmosphere, this leisurely afternoon offers a perfect opportunity to reflect on the trekking adventure. As the day comes to a close, trekkers settle in for a final overnight stay in Kathmandu, concluding their Yartung Festival Trek with memories to cherish and stories to share of their unforgettable journey through the breathtaking landscapes of Nepal.

At the conclusion of the exhilarating Yartung Festival Trek, the itinerary allows for flexibility to accommodate various flight schedules, providing trekkers with an opportunity to enjoy some leisure time in Kathmandu. Whether it’s indulging in last-minute souvenir shopping amidst the vibrant markets or soaking in the rich cultural tapestry of the city through exploration, this free time serves as a fitting finale to the trekking adventure. Following this, arrangements are made for the transfer to Tribhuvan International Airport, ensuring a seamless transition for trekkers embarking on their onward journeys. With this final leg of the journey, the Yartung Festival Trek concludes, leaving participants with lasting memories of the captivating landscapes, cultural encounters, and festive celebrations experienced along the trekking route.

Departures & Availability

The set departure dates listed are specially quoted and specified for group joining option. Let us know if the set departure dates are not suitable for you- another dates which are suitable for you can certainly be added by us.

Check Available Dates
Start Date Price Availability

All trip prices are per person based on double occupancy, are subject to change without notice and do not include airfare. All prices and fares are quoted in U.S. dollars.

Price include

1. Airport Pick-up and Drop Off,
2. Licensed and trained trekking guides,
3. potters for carrying goods and supplies,
4. Meal on full board (breakfast, lunch, dinner, tea & coffee) basis during the trek
5. 3 Nights Accommodation in the 3/4/5 Star Hotel in Kathmandu with B & B. (Bed
& Breakfast)
6. All accommodation during the trek.
7. All meals and hot beverages during the trek.
8. Transportation to and from the trailhead.
9. All necessary documents and permits for trekking (where applicable)
10. National Park/Conservation Area entry Permit, Insurance, and equipment for the staffs.
11. Coordination of quick Rescue service (Costs covered by your Insurance Plan)
12. Trekking staffs wages etc.
13. 1 hr. trekker massage after your trek.
14. Welcome and Farewell dinner in a Nepali Cultural Dance restaurant in Kathmandu.
15. Flight Ticket Kathmandu to Lukla to Kathmandu
16. Trekking Staff Insurance of $10,000 Per Person.
17. Trekking Map, T-shirt, and Trekking certificate.
18. Exclusive of Medical Kit Bag
19. All Government and Local Taxes
20. International Flight ticket re-confirmation.
21. Meals will be Start when your Trek starts.

Price Excludes

1. International Airfares,
2. Travel/Trekking Insurance,
3. Excess baggage charges More than 16kg and handbag more than 5 kg in
domestic flights.
4. Visa fees.
5. Airport Departure Taxes.
6. Drinks (Cold and Alcoholic) Rescue charge.
7. Tips for The staffs.
8. Expenses of Personnel nature and Permit and Liaison officer fee (where Applicable.
9. Meals during stay in the Kathmandu and Pokhara.
10. Domestic Ticket Etc.
11. Extra Hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara.

Gears And Equipment

Trip Information

The Yartung Festival Trek is a captivating journey through the Mustang region of Nepal, offering a unique blend of cultural exploration and Himalayan adventure. Here’s some essential trip information:

Duration: Typically, the Yartung Festival Trek spans around 10 to 12 days, depending on the chosen itinerary and travel arrangements.

Best Time to Visit: The best time to embark on the Yartung Festival Trek is during the spring and autumn seasons (March to May and September to November), when the weather is generally clear and stable, offering optimal trekking conditions and excellent views of the surrounding landscapes.

Trek Difficulty: The Yartung Festival Trek is considered a moderate trek, suitable for trekkers with a reasonable level of fitness. The trek involves walking for several hours each day, often on uneven terrain and at varying altitudes. Prior trekking experience is beneficial but not mandatory.

Altitude: The highest point reached during the Yartung Festival Trek is Muktinath, which stands at an altitude of approximately 3,800 meters (12,467 feet). It’s essential to acclimatize properly to avoid altitude-related issues.

Permits: Trekkers require the Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) and the Trekkers’ Information Management System (TIMS) card for the Yartung Festival Trek. These permits can be obtained through registered trekking agencies in Kathmandu or Pokhara.

Accommodation: Accommodation during the Yartung Festival Trek typically includes teahouses or guesthouses along the trekking route. These accommodations offer basic facilities such as beds, blankets, and meals. It’s advisable to carry a sleeping bag for added comfort.

Food: Meals during the trek are provided at the teahouses or guesthouses along the route. The menu often includes a variety of local and international dishes such as dal bhat (rice and lentils), noodles, soups, vegetables, and tea or coffee. It’s essential to stay hydrated and maintain a balanced diet while trekking.

Guides and Porters: Hiring a licensed trekking guide and/or porter is recommended for the Yartung Festival Trek, especially for those unfamiliar with the terrain or local customs. Experienced guides can enhance the trekking experience by providing valuable insights into the region’s culture, history, and natural surroundings.

Health and Safety: Prior consultation with a healthcare professional and obtaining comprehensive travel insurance is advisable before embarking on the Yartung Festival Trek. Trekkers should be prepared for variable weather conditions and carry essential items such as appropriate clothing, a first-aid kit, water purification tablets, and medications as needed.

Cultural Etiquette: Respect for local customs, traditions, and religious sites is essential during the Yartung Festival Trek. Trekkers are encouraged to dress modestly, ask for permission before taking photographs, and refrain from littering or disturbing the natural environment.

Overall, the Yartung Festival Trek offers a memorable and enriching experience, combining stunning landscapes, cultural immersion, and the vibrant festivities of the Yartung festival.

Yartung festival Trek Route Map

Muktinath Jomsom Trek Map


Lorem Ipsum is simply dummy text of the printing and typesetting industry. Lorem Ipsum has been the industry’s standard dummy text ever since the 1500s, when an unknown printer took a galley of type and scrambled it to make a type specimen book. It has survived not only five centuries, but also the leap into electronic typesetting, remaining essentially unchanged. It was popularised in the 1960s with the release of Letraset sheets containing Lorem Ipsum passages, and more recently with desktop publishing software like Aldus PageMaker including versions of Lorem Ipsum.

Lorem Ipsum is simply dummy text of the printing and typesetting industry. Lorem Ipsum has been the industry’s standard dummy text ever since the 1500s, when an unknown printer took a galley of type and scrambled it to make a type specimen book. It has survived not only five centuries, but also the leap into electronic typesetting, remaining essentially unchanged. It was popularised in the 1960s with the release of Letraset sheets containing Lorem Ipsum passages, and more recently with desktop publishing software like Aldus PageMaker including versions of Lorem Ipsum.

Traveler Reviews

These full and frank reviews are from travelers who have traveled with Ace the Himalaya previously. The reviews and experiences shown here are from reputable travel websites like TripAdvisor, Google, Facebook, and Trust Pilot, etc.