Stage 1: Race > Kagbeni (2810m) – Tangbe (3060m) – Tetang (3040m) – Chuksang (2980m) – Chele (3070m).
Kagbeni is a typical stone built Mustangi village with a maze of passageways and a fort at its heart. This is the entry point to the restricted area of Upper Mustang, the former Kingdom of Lo.
The trail begins on jeep tracks before reaching the first mud-built village of Tangbe. The trails climb slowly from Tangbe to a small plateau before dropping into a valley toward Tetang, a stunning village with an ancient salt mine.
From Tetang, the trail is almost level along the Kali Gandaki River, bounded on the west side by cliffs marked with meditation caves. There is a short sharp climb to the finish in the small and dramatically positioned Chele (also known as Tsaile).
We overnight in the two small tea-houses in this village.
|Distance||15 km||9.3 mi|
|Elevation gain/loss||↑ 538m ↓ 316m||↑ 1,765ft ↓ 1,037ft|
|Start Finish elevation||2844m→3070m||9,331ft→10,072ft|
Stage Profile! The initial part of the course follows a recently made jeep track, so is fast. The second half after the checkpoint has a short climb on shephard's trails.