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 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.
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.
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.
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.
|4||Wed, Apr 18th||Stage 1: Kagbeni to Tsaile||15km||↑538m ↓|
|5||Wed, Apr 19th||Stage 2: Tsaile to Ghemi||27.5km||↑2202m ↓|
|6||Thu, Apr 20th||Stage 3: Ghemi to Lo Manthang||21km||↑1097m ↓|
|7||Fri, Apr 21st||Stage -: Lo Manthang – rest & acclimatisation||↑0m ↓|
|8||Sat, Apr 21st||Stage 4: Lo Manthang to Konchok Ling||29.1km||↑1063m ↓|
|9||Sun, Apr 23rd||Stage 5: Lo Manthang to Yara||16km||↑650m ↓|
|10||Mon, Apr 24th||Stage 6: Yara to Tanggye||18.3km||↑782m ↓|
|11||Tue, Apr 24th||Stage 7: Tanggye to Chuksang||23.9km||↑1168m ↓|
|12||Thu, Apr 26th||Stage 8: 8. Chuksang to Jomsom via Muktinath||15.1km||↑1184m ↓|
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.