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Stage 3: Ghemi to Lo Manthang | 21km

Stage summary

Stage 3
Distance 21 km (13.0 mi)
Elevation gain/loss ↑ 1097m ↓ 849m (↑ 3,599ft ↓ 2,785ft)
Highpoint 4301m (14,111ft)
Biggest climb 605m (1,985ft)
Start Finish elevation 3500m→3820m (11,483ft→12,533ft)
Lo Manthang © Jamie McGuinness

Race: Ghemi (3500m) → Drakmar (3700m) → Mui La (4000m) → Ghar Gompa (3950m) → Lo Manthang (3800m).

From Ghemi we head to the longest prayer wall in Nepal whence the red cliffs of Drakmar will be beckoning us. From Drakmar, a gradual climb amidst a labyrinth of bizarrely contorted crags lead us to Mui La, from where the Annapurna range can be admired.

Cave complex in Drakmar crags

From Mui La a short descent brings us to the oldest monastery in the region, Ghar Gompa, reputed to have been founded in the eighth century.

After quite a run from the monastery, passing yak grazing areas with nomad’s tents, we will be rewarded with the first glimpse of the remote walled city of Lo Manthang. We finish at the gates to the city.

Overnight in tea-houses in Lo Manthang.

Stage 3 - Ghami - Lo Manthang - 21.3km

Stage by Stage

RouteKm↑/↓
Day 4, Tue, Apr 18th
Stage 1: Kagbeni to Tsaile
15 km
13.0 m
↑538m ↓316m
↑1,765ft ↓1,037ft
Day 5, Wed, Apr 19th
Stage 2: Tsaile to Ghemi
27.5 km
13.0 m
↑2202m ↓1694m
↑7,224ft ↓5,558ft
Day 6, Thu, Apr 20th
Stage 3: Ghemi to Lo Manthang
21 km
13.0 m
↑1097m ↓849m
↑3,599ft ↓2,785ft
Day 7, Fri, Apr 21st
 Lo Manthang – rest & acclimatisation

13.0 m
↑0m ↓0m
↑0ft ↓0ft
Day 8, Sat, Apr 22nd
Stage 4: Lo Manthang to Konchok Ling
29.1 km
13.0 m
↑1063m ↓1063m
↑3,488ft ↓3,488ft
Day 9, Sun, Apr 23rd
Stage 5: Lo Manthang to Yara
16 km
13.0 m
↑650m ↓835m
↑2,133ft ↓2,740ft
Day 10, Mon, Apr 24th
Stage 6: Yara to Tanggye
18.3 km
13.0 m
↑782m ↓-1312m
↑2,566ft ↓-4,304ft
Day 11, Tue, Apr 25th
Stage 7: Tanggye to Chuksang
23.9 km
13.0 m
↑1168m ↓1523m
↑3,832ft ↓4,997ft
Day 12, Wed, Apr 26th
Stage 8: Chuksang to Jomsom via Muktinath
15.1 km
13.0 m
↑1184m ↓484m
↑3,885ft ↓1,588ft
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