Mustang Trail Race – April 2014


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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 190 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 from Kathmandu on April 12th 2014. Itinerary of the 2014 race here.

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

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

“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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