Stage 2

Tsaile to Ghemi- 27.5 km +2202m -1694m

Tsaile to Ghemi

Race: Chele (Tsaile) (3070m) → Samar (3600m) → Chungsi Monastery Cave (3400m)  → Nyi La (4010m) → Ghemi (3500m).

Samar, Mustang

Looking towards the days route (middle of photo) from the other side of the valley.

From Tsaile, the trail climbs steeply alongside a river gorge to a small farming village of Samar.

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The breathless gorge-side climb out of Tsaile

After climbing to a low pass with a stunning view of the canyon landscape, we will be taking the Pilgrims’ Route to an amazing natural cave which houses a small monastery.

The descent is an excellent run.

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Chungsi cave descent

Here, take the silk scarf you have been given and ask the caretaker to help you throw it to stick on the ceiling. Not easy!

Chungsi cave temple mustang nepal

Chungsi cave temple

Leave the cave, and retrace your steps for 500m. The trail climbs then north out of the gorge and slowly uphill to Syangboche, Tamagaon and the Nyi La (pass) before a fast and fun descent to a finish in the pretty village of Ghemi.

Here we overnight in traditional tea-houses. Ghemi is surreal in the evening light – take a walk to the football ground at the back of the village – the surroundings are amazing.

Ghemi Mustang, Nepal. Mani wall, Japanese agriculture project/

Ghemi, and the longest mani wall in Mustang.

 

 at Mustang Trail Race
Three chortens - a common sight in Mustang

Stage data

This short initial stage will test your acclimatisation!

Metric Imperial
Distance 27.5 km 17.1 mi
Elevation gain/loss ↑ 2202m ↓ 1694m ↑ 7,224ft ↓ 5,558ft
Highpoint 3985m 13,074ft
Biggest climb  540m 1,772ft
Start Finish elevation  3070m→3500m 10,072ft→11,483ft

Elevation Profile

Mstang trail race profile chart stage 2

Stage Profile! A long stage eventually reaching 4000m. Perhaps the hardest of the stages - acclimatisation is not complete, and there is a lot of climb and descent. Only one steep climb early in the race after the village of Samar.

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