Mustang Trail Race

The Mustang Trail Race is an 8-stage, high-altitude trail race through the culturally Tibetan, trans-Himalayan region of Nepal.


The Mustang Trail Race is an 8-stage, 170 km, high-altitude trail race through the culturally Tibetan, trans-Himalayan region of Nepal.

The Mustang Trail Race mixes challenging running on centuries-old trading trails, with plenty of downtime for rest and cultural exploration of caves, villages, monasteries & Hindu temples from Lower to Uppper Mustang.

I just wanted to write and say a huge and heartfelt thank you for organising this amazing race ... it was absolutely worth it and I wouldn’t have changed a thing.

Erica Rusbridge

Australia

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.

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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Where is Mustang?

Mustang is in the west of Nepal, way back behind the Greater Himalayan Range, in the rain shadow created by the Annapurna Massif. It's a short flight (or 9 hour drive) from the lake side town of Pokhara.

More about the race...

  • A SUPPORTED RACE - you run with a light pack, everything else if carried for you. You sleep in 'tea-houses', on comfortable mattresses. We feed you big cooked meals and you just bring a few favorite energy snacks.
  • 8 STAGES, 12 DAYS - It's 12 days in total: 8 x racing days, 1 x hiking day, 2 x travelling days, 1 x day briefing in Kathmandu.
  • FRIENDLY - Up to 30 like-minded starters forming a friendly group. We invite young Nepali running talents to develop their running and interpersonal skills.
  • UNIQUE ENVIROMENT - We run northwards towards Tibet, behind the stunning 8000 m Annapurna Massif, running at altitudes between 2900 m and 4,300 m!

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What race competitors have said:

Kathryn Sall 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 (2013)
Kathryn Sall Mustang Trail Race

"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
Hong Kong (2014)

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Stage 7 - a viewpoint to a bizare landscape, just metres from the trail

Stop the race! It would be crazy to run right past ancient monuments, right? What about Check-in Check-out checkpoints? During the Mustang Trail Race you can stop and enjoy the moment with the clock stopped: go inside an 800 year-old monastery; go explore a cave… Take as long as you want, then check-out, and the clock starts again. We do this on stage 2, stage 3, twice on stage 4, and finally (TBC) on stage 5. Does it make it easier or more difficult? Try it and see.

Mustang with rare April snow cover, Nepal

Lo Manthang, dusted by rare April snowfall. Tibet is at the horizon.

Stage information

While the distances seem short, the oxygen available to you during the race is between only 75% and 60% that of sea level.

D#DateRouteKm↑/↓
D#DateRouteKm↑/↓
4Wed, Apr 18thStage 1: Kagbeni to Tsaile15km↑538m ↓
316m
5Wed, Apr 19thStage 2: Tsaile to Ghemi27.5km↑2202m ↓
1694m
6Thu, Apr 20thStage 3: Ghemi to Lo Manthang21km↑1097m ↓
849m
7Fri, Apr 21stStage -: Lo Manthang – rest & acclimatisation↑0m ↓
0m
8Sat, Apr 21stStage 4: Lo Manthang to Konchok Ling29.1km↑1063m ↓
1063m
9Sun, Apr 23rdStage 5: Lo Manthang to Yara16km↑650m ↓
835m
10Mon, Apr 24thStage 6: Yara to Tanggye18.3km↑782m ↓
-1312m
11Tue, Apr 24thStage 7: Tanggye to Chuksang23.9km↑1168m ↓
1523m
12Thu, Apr 26thStage 8: 8. Chuksang to Jomsom via Muktinath15.1km↑1184m ↓
484m
Total distance165.9
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Mustang has its own Grand Canyon, which splits the Himalaya in two

Desert, mountains: a Tibetan landscape! iRunFar’s Bryon Powell wrote: “If you love the desert, then Mustang is for you. The same holds true if you’re a lover of majestic mountains. I love both enough that I choose to live on the flanks of the La Sal Mountains outside Moab, Utah. Well, Mustang is that to a higher power…” Every stage seems to have its own personality, such that really no two are similar, and every day seems enjoyably different.

Annapurna Dhaulagiri Nilgiri
The view from the final pass - stage 8

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