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Mustang Trail Race – April 2015

The Mustang Trail race is a multistage trail running challenge through the wild, spiritually rich landscapes of Upper Mustang in Nepal. It is race of eight stages of around 15 to 30km totaling just under 200 km at altitudes between 2,900-4,300m (9,500-14,100ft) with 8200m (27,000ft) of elevation change. Don’t underestimate these distances at these altitudes.

Lizzy Hawker puts it on the 2014 National Geographic Ultimate Adventure Bucket List.

The next event will begin in Kathmandu on 18th April 2015. 

“Well what can I say but simply another mind blowing tough adventure in the majestic Mustang region of Nepal…” – Holly Rush, UK writing in Runner’s Life.

 

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Featured on The Guadian Running Blog

The Mustang Trail Race has left an indelible mark on me. Everything good about trail running: cultural exploration, adventure, challenging oneself, and the camaraderie that comes from multi-day races, was present in huge quantities.” – Matt Moroz, UK

Watch a 3 minute video from the first Mustang Trail Race in 2013:

This race is a once in a lifetime opportunity. You will experience adventure in an ecosystem unlike anywhere else on the planet — through high red desert, dramatic canyons, villages of twelve households, with Annapurna and Dhaulagiri looming in the background. You will be challenged by the running and the altitude and nurtured by the views and the wonderful people with whom you’re experiencing these timeless communities. An absolute must do.” – Kathryn Sall, USA

See Mustang trail running images in the gallery:

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And there is a winter gallery here too.

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Racers leaving the strange landscape around Luri Gompa. Lizzy Hawker right. Ryoichi Sato left.

For centuries this has been the safest trading route between Nepal and Tibet. The well worn trails make the yaks smile, and are thus perfect for trail runners too. Trails undulate over successions of dry hills between oasis-like villages. Scroll way down the page to see the background images.

Mustang with its fairytale landscape is one of the few places in the world to retain an air of mystery. Only opened to tourism in 1992, it is an enclave of pure Tibetan Buddhist culture whose conserved monasteries, and caves alike, house priceless historical treasures.

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Lizzy Hawker in the barley fields of Mustang

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Ryoichi Sato enjoying a magnificent view

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Holly Rush on the descent from Konchok Ling on stage 5.

Mustang Trail Race April 2014 Route KMZ file for Google Earth

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Written about also in Asia Trail Magazine “RUNNING IN THE KINGDOM OF MUSTANG” by Matt Moroz.

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You can subscribe to Asia Trail here, it’s a good read.

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Stage by Stage

RouteKm↑/↓
Day 4, Tue, Apr 21st
Stage 1: Kagbeni to Tsaile
15km↑538m ↓316m
Day 5, Wed, Apr 22nd
Stage 2: Tsaile to Ghemi
27.5km↑2202m ↓1694m
Day 6, Thu, Apr 23rd
Stage 3: Ghemi to Lo Manthang
21km↑1097m ↓849m
Day 7, Fri, Apr 24th
Lo Manthang – rest & acclimatisation
↑0m ↓0m
Day 8, Sat, Apr 25th
Stage 4: Lo Manthang to Konchok Ling
29.1km↑1063m ↓1063m
Day 9, Sun, Apr 26th
Stage 5: Lo Manthang to Yara
16km↑650m ↓835m
Day 10, Mon, Apr 27th
Stage 6: Yara to Tanggye
18.3km↑3394m ↓3356m
Day 11, Tue, Apr 28th
Stage 7: Tanggye to Chuksang
23.9km↑1168m ↓1523m
Day 12, Wed, Apr 29th
Stage 8: Chuksang to Jomsom via Muktinath
15.1km↑1184m ↓484m