Important Information

Region
Mustang Region Treks
Duration
19 Days
Max Altitude 4200 Meters
Best Season Spring, Summer & Autumn
Activity Per Day
4-5 Hours Walk
Grade
Level 3
Group Size
2 - 12 people
Transportation Bus/Flight/Jeep

“Come and enjoy the Kentucky Derby of Mustang, so-called Yartung. This year (2021) Yartong will be celebrated on 27th, 28th & 29th June.”

Yartung is a Tibetan word which means (Yar=summer) and (Tung=let it). Mid of summer is considered the best season in Upper Mustang where the people get free from their normal agricultural task and they utilize the free time for celebration. The entire youngsters gathered with their friends and go for a picnic where the weather is fine and greenery surrounds the villages. Yartung is not only a horse riding but it is also about the feast of drinking Chang (local wine from wheat), dancing, singing, and racing their sturdy Tibetan ponies.

The celebration begins by a short ceremony inside the walled city. Then, during three days (first day for men, second for women and third for monks) they ride their horses from town’s gate towards the east and spend the day on the fields eating, drinking and entertaining each other’s with traditional Loba (people of Lo), Tibetan songs and dances under a tent. Each member of a family has to participate in this festival. In the late afternoon, the riders race the horses but also perform feats of skill across the fields straight to the village. Here, the town folks watch as the riders’ race begins. While riding full speed, they scoop up Tibetan blessing scarves from the ground or throwing rocks at stationary targets. The riders will hang from the horse, one leg hooked on the saddle, the other dragging the ground, with both arms stretched out or waving.

The Yartung (Horse Racing) Festival will provide you an opportunity to take part in festivities with the local people of Mustang. People come out in the finest local dress to enjoy the races.  If we are fortunate we will have a chance to join the Prince of Lo King and his friends for the races. There will be plenty of activities like dancing, horse racing, celebrations, singing, gambling and a good time by all. The August full moon day is marked for the horse festival, or locally known for Yartung. 

Upper Mustang Yartong (Horse racing) festival with Himalayan Wander Walkers designed to explore and observe the unique culture, tradition, and lifestyle of remote and mysterious land Upper Mustang – Lo Manthang. Best Time to do Upper Mustang Trek. The trekking season in Nepal is in spring and autumn whereas if you are thinking to get in Upper Mustang; the Summer season is the best because the Mustang region is the desert of Nepal so that this part is not affected by the rain. We organize trekking for Upper Mustang in the following seasons with tailor made itineraries.

  • Spring: March, April, and May.
  • Autumn: September, October, and November.
  • Summer: June, July, and August.

If you are looking for different itinerary than the itinerary here please Customize Your Trip 

Highlights of Yartung Festival of Mustang

  1. Explore the 12th century's living culture of  Lo-people in Upper-mustang
  2. Participate in the local celebration of horse riding, local dance, and songs, and feel a unique culture.
  3. Witness a Tibetan-derived culture with unique landscape
  4. Explore the centuries-old stones Mani wall and Monasteries

 

Outline Itinerary ( 19 Days )

Day 1

Arrive in Kathmandu

Arrival in Kathmandu and welcome assistance by Himalayan Wander Walkers representative at the Tribhuvan International Airport and transfer to hotel, rest at the hotel and briefing about the trip.

Overnight accommodation is set with BB Plan.

Day 2

Trek preparation

After breakfast meet Guide and porters and briefing about trek from our team member.

Overnight accommodation is set with BB Plan.

Day 3

Kathmandu to Pokhara Drive

Morning 6:30 guide will be in your hotel to take you to the tourist bus station to drive Pokhara at 7 am. Driving 210km will take around 7 to 8 hours. Pokhara is the second biggest city or valley of Nepal and one of the best tourist destinations of Nepal as well. After reaching in Pokhara at afternoon, you will visit the Phewa Lake.

Overnight accommodation is set with BB Plan.

Day 4

Pokhara fly to Jomsom (2700m/8855ft) (30 minutes) & Trek to Kagbeni (2800m/9185ft)(2 hours)

Morning drive to the airport to fly Jomsom as your flight schedule before one hour of flight time. The flight to Jomsom will take around 30m. Flying between two worlds highest mountain peak Annapurna and Dhaulagiri is absolutely breathtaking.  From Jomsom, we will meet with other crew and start to walk to Kagbeni on the bank of Kali Gandaki River. Kali Gandaki Valley is known as the windy valley of Nepal. Following the Kaligandaki river to get Eakle vatti (One tea shop in Nepali) and then follow the same road to Kagbeni.

Overnight at Lodge/Guesthouse.
Meal = (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner)

Day 5

Kagbeni to Chele (3110m/10200ft)(5-6 hours)

Officially starting day of Upper Mustang Trek after register special permit at the ACAP office at Kagbeni. Now in upper mustang there is the motor road so that you are going to follow the road to get in Tange 3060m. Walking on the bank of Kaligandaki river on the dry land if you turn back you can see the towering Nilgiri Himal.  About one and half hour beyond Tange you will reach the village called Chhuksang 2980m. Cross the bridge over the Kaligandaki river to climb an hour to reach Chele.

Overnight at Lodge/Guesthouse.
Meal = (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner)

Day 6

Chele to Shyangmochen 3800m (5-6 hours)

Today, you will start with climbing gradually to Samar Village 3620m. During walking up to Samar you will encounter with the place called Ghyakar and the agriculture field in the dry place. After the Samar also you need to climb to a ridge called Bhena la 3830m and gently down to Bhena. Eat lunch at Bhena and then again gradual climb to Yamdo La 4010m and then descend to Shyangmochen.

Overnight at Lodge/Guesthouse.
Meal = (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner)

Day 7

Shyangmochen to Tsarang (3620m/11875ft)(6-7 hours)

Walking to from Shyangmochen to Tsarang, the first part is gradual up to Nyi la 4020m. The trail from Nyi la is descending to Ghami. Ghami is the third largest village in Upper Mustang with the farmland, houses, monastery and Chhorten. The Tsarang trail crosses a river after Ghami. The longest mani wall surrounded by red, blue with grey cliffs  will take you to Tsarang. Tsarang is a historical village inside the Upper Mustang which is adorned by maze of fields and willow trees.  One of the oldest monastery and Buddhist library here in Tsarang are also the main attraction of this trip. 

Overnight at Lodge/Guesthouse.
Meal = (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner)

Day 8

Tsarang to Lo – Manthang (3840m/12595ft) (4-5 hours)

After breakfast, you will explore the Tsarang village to see the history, culture and tradition of local community. The trail from Tsarang is gradual climbing and Nepali flat. After reach at the Lo - La 3950m, you are going to have the view of The walled city – Lomanthang. Lomanthang the kingdom of Upper Mustang.

Overnight at Lodge/Guesthouse.
Meal = (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner)

Day 9

Exploration of Namgyal Gompa and Zong Cave.

After the breakfast, you will hike to Namgyal Gompa for 2 to 3 hours. This Gompa is located on the cliff of the hill, close to the Tibet border. After the visit of monastery, you will go to the Zong Cave. This cave has the historical myth about the history of Nepal. After visiting monastery and cave, you will be back to Lomanthang.

Overnight at Lodge/Guesthouse.
Meal = (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner)

Day 10

Explore Lo – Manthang

Today is an easy day to explore the Lo – Manthang. Inside the Lomanthang there is three big and historic monastery and the royal palace of mustang king. You will explore monasteries and villages on this day.

 Overnight at Lodge/Guesthouse.
Meal = (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner)

Day 11

Lo-Manthang to Drakmar (3820m/12530ft) (6-7 hours)

Starting to descend of the trek, but you need to steadily climb to Chogo la 4325m. Chogo La is the highest point you are going to reach during Upper Mustang Trek. During climbing up you will have the last glimpse of Lo – Manthang. Afterward, follow the trail to Ghar Gumba. Ghar Gumba is one of oldest monastery in Mustang. Visiting the monastery, you will follow the way to Dhakmar by the climb to a ridge then cross a valley to a cairn and pass at 4170m to get in Dhakmar.

 Overnight at Lodge/Guesthouse.
Meal = (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner)

Day 12

Drakmar to Shyangmochen (3800m/12465ft)(4-5 hours)

The trail descends to the Ghami and from Ghami you are going to follow the same trail which you had walked a few days ago to reach Shyangmochen.

Overnight at Lodge/Guesthouse.
Meal = (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner)

Day 13

Shyangmochen to Chhusang via Chunshi Rangjung Cave. (7-8 hours)

The trail to Samar is two Same way or chose via Chunshi Rangjung Cave. You will take the Ruchen cave to get in Samar before descending to Chhusang via the same way.

Overnight at Lodge/Guesthouse.
Meal = (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner)

Day 14

Chusang to Muktinath (3800m/12465ft) (5-6 hours)

Today you will ascend mostly till a small pass, from where we will see Muktinath and the red painted Buddhist Monasteries in Muktinath village. From the top, you are going to enjoy the terrific 140-degree view of the Annapurna, Dhaulagiri and Tukuche Himalayan range while walking down to Muktinath.

Overnight at Lodge/Guesthouse.
Meal = (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner)

Day 15

Muktinath to Jomsom (2700m/8855ft)

Muktinath is popular pilgrims site also ending place of Annapurna Circuit Trek. From here you will descend to the Eakle Bhati and follow the same trail from before to get in Jomsom.

Overnight at Lodge/Guesthouse.
Meal = (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner)

Day 16

Fly to Pokhara. Flying duration: 30m

Fly back to Pokhara and relax in Pokhara.

Overnight accommodation is set with BB Plan.

Day 17

Drive back to Kathmandu. Driving duration: 7 to 8 hours.

After breakfast in Pokhara you will go to Tourist bus station at 7 am for Drive back to Kathmandu.

Overnight accommodation is set with BB Plan.

Day 18

Free day in Kathmandu.

Free day in Kathmandu. If you have more time you can do some shopping or sightseeing.

Overnight accommodation is set with BB Plan.

Day 19

Departure to the airport.

We are saying good bye as your journey to Nepal comes to an end today. Approximately 3-4 hours before your scheduled flight a representative from Himalayan Wander walkers will take you to the airport. On your way home you'll have plenty of time to plan your next adventure in the wonderful country of Nepal.

 

Include

Airport pick up and drop off
Taxi/bus to the start and end of the trek
English-speaking government license holder trekking guide
One porter for two persons
Trekking guide’s and porter’s insurance during the trip
TIMS trekking permit
Mustang special permit USD 500
Domestic flight from Pokhara to Jomsom and back to Pokhara
Bus fare from Kathmandu to Pokhara and back to Kathmandu
Hotel in Kathmandu, Pokhara and Jomsom
All Government and local taxes.
Arrangement of emergency evacuation service (should have insurance for emergency evacuation and will be paid by your travel insurance company)
Accommodation during the trek
All Meal during trek (Breakfast, lunch and dinner)

Exclude

Personal Expenses
Drinks except Teas
Personal trekking equipment
Travel/medical insurance
Phone calls
Emergency rescue evacuation Expenses
Photography and video charge
Internet
Monastery entry fee
International air ticket
Tips for your trekking guide & porters at the end of the trek
If you’re forced to extend your trek due to bad weather or natural disaster circumstances, we are not liable to pay any compensation or otherwise be responsible for any expenses you may incur
Anything not mentioned in the ‘includes section’

Important Information

CHECKLISTS

  1. Valid passport (valid for six months from the date of your trip)
  2. One other picture ID, such as driver’s license (in case of emergency and for use as a substitute of passport or in case of loss of your passport) Photocopy of passport page to carry in a wallet
  3. Air tickets (Make a copy of flight tickets which may be helpful, in case of loss)
  4. Visa Clearance (Make a copy of visa clearance which may be helpful, in case of emergencies)
  5. MasterCard, Visa Credit, and Debit Cards are accepted in Nepal. However, traveler's cheques and some cash are highly recommended.
  6. Mobile (if your cell phone is from CINGULAR USA or ATNT (USA) operators then your cell phone will  work in Nepal.)

Guiding, Food, and Lodging
In Nepal, all trekking supplies - Teahouse trekking means staying and eating in local lodges. We stay in single rooms where possible, but often you will have to share. The rooms are basic, normally just a bed with a pillow, blankets. A few have electric lights and all have a spacious dining room-lounge. We eat at teahouses and, although the food is usually plentiful and delicious, the menu is not extensive. They offer a variety of potatoes, rice and noodle dishes, as well as soup and seasonal vegetables. Beers and local spirits are often available, but that will be at your own cost. A variety of cereals, bread, and egg dishes are generally available for breakfast. There are also snacks available such as basic biscuits, chocolate, and soft drinks and in some areas, you will find fresh fruit in season. It is normal to meet your porter in the teahouse where you will stay overnight. So, pack your necessary things in your own day pack.

DRESS CODE FOR VISITING MONASTERIES, AND TEMPLES IN NEPAL

  • Shirt (either half or full sleeve)
  • Full pants/long skirts
  • Any type of shoes with socks
  • No Hats, No Umbrella, No Slippers, No t-shirts, No short skirt, and No half-pants
  • Photographs allowed in the courtyard only.

Note regarding itineraries
Although we generally adhere to the schedule, the itinerary is subject to change for numerous reasons beyond our control, including weather and terrain conditions, suitable campsite availability, and the group's general fitness level. It is important to understand that our trek is logistically complex and it is not unusual that adjustments be made. Our guide will orient you each evening to the following day's plan; their good judgment is the key to the long history of successful treks that Himalayan Wander Walkers has led till now. Please remember that our ability to make adjustments as needed helps to ensure that your trek is successful.

Frequently Asked Question

Although trekking gear is available in Nepal you are advised to bring your own gear.

Trekking or running shoes Camp shoes or thongs Socks (polypropylene)

Down or fiber-filled jacket Jumper or piled jacket Hiking shorts Waterproof jackets, poncho or umbrella Hiking pants T-shirts or blouses Underwear Sun hat

Rucksack Self Inflating Sleeping Mattress (optional, “normal” mats provided by Bhutanese tour operators) Water bottle Torch, batteries, and bulbs