Stage 2: Tsaile to Ghemi | 27.5km
||↑ 2202m ↓ 1694m
||(↑ 7,224ft ↓ 5,558ft)
|Start Finish elevation
Race: Chele (3070m) → Samar (3600m) → Chungsi Monastery Cave (3400m) → Nyi La (4010m) → Ghemi (3500m).
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.
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.
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
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, and the longest mani wall in Mustang.
Stage by Stage
|Day 4, Tue, Apr 18th|
Stage 1: Kagbeni to Tsaile
|Day 5, Wed, Apr 19th|
Stage 2: Tsaile to Ghemi
|Day 6, Thu, Apr 20th|
Stage 3: Ghemi to Lo Manthang
|Day 7, Fri, Apr 21st|
Lo Manthang – rest & acclimatisation
|Day 8, Sat, Apr 22nd|
Stage 4: Lo Manthang to Konchok Ling
|Day 9, Sun, Apr 23rd|
Stage 5: Lo Manthang to Yara
|Day 10, Mon, Apr 24th|
Stage 6: Yara to Tanggye
|Day 11, Tue, Apr 25th|
Stage 7: Tanggye to Chuksang
|Day 12, Wed, Apr 26th|
Stage 8: Chuksang to Jomsom via Muktinath
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