Yerthung the Ancient Horse Festival

Yerthung the Ancient Horse Festival

The bond between men and horses in the Himalayan region of Nepal and elsewhere in places like Tibet and central Asia is a special one.

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Overview of Yerthung the Ancient Horse Festival

The bond between men and horses in the Himalayan region of Nepal and elsewhere in places like Tibet and central Asia is a special one. This relationship is a throwback to the days when the next village or the next country were an enemy and wars were frequent. In those days, the most trusted friend of the warrior was his sword and his faithful steed.

Horses are an important part of the culture and landscape in Manang and though the wars have ended, the relation between the two have endured. Every year, people in different villages in Manang district celebrate this bond in a colorful and exhilarating festival called Yertung.

The scenario is thus - the horses have been left to graze on their own in the forests and grasslands of the mountains for nearly four months as the fields are taken up by the crops. After the harvest is brought in, it is time to bring the horses back into the village. Yertung marks this renewal of tie between men and horses in a blazing test of courage, endurance and trust.

The villagers, now transformed into warriors again, compete against each other and though there are no prizes to be won, there is a unspoken acknowledgement of the best man and his best horse.

Yertung is a ritual steeped in customs and traditions and beside 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.

There are still places and festivals in the mountains of Asia that transports visitors back to the ancient days when life was less complicated. Manang is one such place - it is old, it is rugged and it is very beautiful. In this backdrop the Yertung horse festival inspires visions of Central Asian hordes as they rampaged and plundered through half the world under the thundering hooves of their trusted horses many centuries ago.

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Yerthung the Ancient Horse Festival Include / Exclude

Cost Includes

  • Airport / Hotel / Airport pick up & drop by private tourist vehicle.
  • Standard twin sharing accommodation in a three star hotel in Kathmandu; Breakfast included
  • Standard twin sharing accommodation in two/three star hotel in Pokhara; Breakfast included. 
  •  Guided city tour in Kathmandu by private tourist vehicle.
  • All your standard Meals prepared by our expert camping cook and kitchen team during the trek (Breakfasts, Lunches and Dinners).
  • Tented accommodation and equipment during the camping trek. (We will provide two man tents, dinning tents, kitchen gear, dining table, chairs, toilet tents, shower tent.)
  • Local Actual adventure licensed English speaking guide.
  • The required number of local staff, porters and mules to carry your luggage during the trek.
  • Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment and medicine for all staff.
  • Special Trekking Permit US$ 700 per person for 10 days (the above price includes 10 days valid trekking permit from Kagbeni to Kagbeni. If you wish to stay more than 10 days in restricted area, you are subjected to extra charge for extra days (US$ 90 per day / per person).
  • Annapurna conservation permit, and all necessary permits
  • Surface transfer from and to Kathmandu (Tourist Bus Transfer from Ktm-Pokhara-Ktm).
  • Airfare for Pokhara – Jomsom - Pokhara including airport departure tax.
  • Sightseeing/Monument entrance fees in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
  • Farewell dinner in typical Nepali Restaurant with cultural dance show
  • All our government taxes, vat, tourist service charges.
  • Official expenses.

Cost Excludes

  • Lunch and dinner whilst in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
  • Travel insurance which covers emergency Rescue and Evacuation.)
  • International airfare and airport departure tax Nepal entry visa; you can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. (Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 30 days can be obtained by paying US $ 40 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 90 days can be obtained by paying US $ 100. Please bring 2 copies of passport size photos).
  • Alcoholic and cold drinks.
  • Personal trekking Equipment (See the trekking equipment page).
  • Tips for trekking staff and driver (Tipping is expected).
  • Any others expenses which are not mentioned on 'Price Includes' section.

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