The Yartung festival is celebrated all over Mustang and is especially celebrated in Muktinath
The Yartung festival is celebrated all over Mustang and is especially celebrated in Muktinath during August full moon day every year. It is a three day celebration and is 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 lamas and monks on the second and the local people´s on the third. The most attractive occasion of this festival is the horse race contest by man and woman. In local language, Yartung means the end of summer; Mela means festival or fair; Yartung Mela means a festival to send off summer.