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Stage 1: Kagbeni to Tsaile | 15km

Stage summary

Stage 1
Distance 15 km (9.3 mi)
Elevation gain/loss ↑ 538m ↓ 316m (↑ 1,765ft ↓ 1,037ft)
Highpoint 3345m (10,974ft)
Biggest climb 345m (1,132ft)
Start Finish elevation 2844m→3070m (9,331ft→10,072ft)

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.

Lizzy Hawker Mustang Nepal Trail running

Lizzy Hawker in the barely fields of Mustang near Chuksang

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).

Mustangi women of Tsaile

From the “Before they pass away” project. Click and visit – it’s great.

We overnight in the two small tea-houses in this village.

Stage 1 - Kagbeni - Tsaile - 18.5km

Stage by Stage

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

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