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Mustang Trail Race – October 2015

2015 results are here. The earthquake which visited Nepal on the 25th April had only a minor affect on Upper Mustang, it being some distance from the epicenter and the thrust direction from there being to the east.

“Following the tragic Nepali earthquake during this April’s Mustang Trail Race, the event went on without a hitch. We continued to fully immerse ourselves Mustang’s cultural relics. It’s monasteries, caves, and towns amazed us with their beauty that is only rivaled by the surrounding terrain. While some will be tempted to shy away from Nepal out of fear or perceived respectfulness, the best way to support countless Nepalis is to go visit. Their hospitality and the majesty of their county will reward you beyond belief.” – Bryon irunfar.comlogoPowell

Upcoming events are continuing as planned, and this is Pokhara (our launching point for the mountains) right now. 

Nepal Tourism After The Earthquake from Fenom Creative

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Race winner Mira Rai on Stage 4.

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. These distances are harder than they seem 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 October 2015. 2016 date will be announced before 1st June. 

“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.

“…for those who see running and holidays as a natural combination, then Nepal truly is an unbeatable destination.” – Alfie Pearce-Higgins writing in The Guardian, UK.

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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.

Trail Runners leaving Luri Gompa, upper mustang, Nepal

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

Google Earth Mustang 2014 route

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

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Stage by Stage

RouteKm↑/↓
Day 4, Tue, Oct 20th
Stage 1: Kagbeni to Tsaile
15km↑538m ↓316m
Day 5, Wed, Oct 21st
Stage 2: Tsaile to Ghemi
27.5km↑2202m ↓1694m
Day 6, Thu, Oct 22nd
Stage 3: Ghemi to Lo Manthang
21km↑1097m ↓849m
Day 7, Fri, Oct 23rd
Lo Manthang – rest & acclimatisation
↑0m ↓0m
Day 8, Sat, Oct 24th
Stage 4: Lo Manthang to Konchok Ling
29.1km↑1063m ↓1063m
Day 9, Sun, Oct 25th
Stage 5: Lo Manthang to Yara
16km↑650m ↓835m
Day 10, Mon, Oct 26th
Stage 6: Yara to Tanggye
18.3km↑782m ↓-1312m
Day 11, Tue, Oct 27th
Stage 7: Tanggye to Chuksang
23.9km↑1168m ↓1523m
Day 12, Wed, Oct 28th
Stage 8: Chuksang to Jomsom via Muktinath
15.1km↑1184m ↓484m