Manang Horse Festival

Traditionally Yartung festival is celebrating a return of horses and other livestock from the high mountain pastures. It’s also opportunity for the men to demonstrate the quality of their horses and their own ability. 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 every villages will take some part in the feast.

The Himalayan horse racing festival Yartung is celebrated in Manang village generally during August full moon day every year for centuries. The custom of Tibetan origin is the exciting exhibition of the horses‘ strength and riders‘ abilities and also authentic expression of the ancient culture of High Himalayas. Thanks to the extending road network and the timely announcement of the coming festival dates, experience of this unique event can be also shared by the organized trekking groups for benefit of the local community and Nepal‘s tourism sector as the whole.

 Please contact us for more details and to book your trip.

Please note that the required number of participants is at a minimum of 2 and a maximum of 12 participants. Nevertheless, it doesn't mean that you have to be a group of 2 to book the trip.

17 days - Itinerary

Day 11: Manang - Yak Kharka

Day 12: Yak Kharka – Thorung Phedi

Day 13: Thorung Phedi – Muktinath

Day 14: Muktinath – Jomsom

Day 15-16: Jomsom to Pokhara and then to Kathmandu

Day 17: Transfer to Kathmandu airport

Day 1-2: Kathmandu

Day 3: Kathmandu - Besi Sahar

Day 4: Leaving Besi Sahar - Dharapani

Day 5: Dharapani - Chame

Day 6: Chame – Pisang

Day 7: Pisang – Manang

Day 8-10: Manang Horse Festival

Kit list :

Don't forget anything for your trek and read carefully our kit list.

Fitness Level


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$ 1,685.00 



The festival takes place in August, the exact dates change each year. Please contact us to find out when the next one is in 2019/2020/2021



  • International flight to Kathmandu

  • Meals and drinks in Kathmandu

  • Personal costs like drinks, laundry, hot showers, bottled water

  • Travel Insurance and Rescue

  • Additional Porters if packs are overweight

  • Visa Fee

  • Airport departure tax for some tickets

  • Sightseeing Tours


  • Kathmandu arrival and departure by private Car / Bus

  • Transportation Kathmandu to Besisahar and Dharapani

  • Domestic flight from Jomsom Pokhara - Kathmandu

  • Accommodation in Kathmandu for 3 nights - Twin Sharing o Accommodation in lodges/tea houses while on the trekking

  • Three meals during the trek include hot drinks

  • Annapurna Conservation Fee

  • Tims Card

  • Sherpa guides (English speaking, trained in first aid)

  • Porters (max weight carried for you is 15kgs)

  • Staff food, insurance and equipment