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Stage 4: Lo Manthang to Konchok Ling | 29.1km

Stage summary

Stage 4
Distance 29.1 km (18.1 mi)
Elevation gain/loss ↑ 1063m ↓ 1063m (↑ 3,488ft ↓ 3,488ft)
Highpoint 4093m (13,428ft)
Biggest climb 347m (1,138ft)
Start Finish elevation 3820m→3820m (12,533ft→12,533ft)
mira rai mustang trail race konchokling

Race: Lo Manthang → Konchok Ling (4100m) → Nyiphu → Garphu → Nyamdo → Tinggar (4030m) → Namgyal (3910m) → Lo Manthang.

Today is a loop run to the north of Lo Manthang on a mixture of terrain, from grazing pastures to surreal arid landscapes. If it were anywhere else in the world, it would make a classic trail race.

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Lizzy Hawker absorbing the captivating landscape

Leaving Lo, we descend to cross a river before making a long steady climb along the road that heads for China/Tibet. The trails from here are level, crossing rivers and winding from ancient village to ancient village and onto the caves. But first we divert along a dry valley to its head to perhaps the only check point on a race with cave paintings in the Tibetan Buddhist style.

Konchok Ling, ‘discovered’ in 2007, is one of a remarkable series of caves sheltering some fine and extremely old paintings. (See more images here.)

Turning back down the valley, the next checkpoint is in perhaps the first skyscraper, a 5-story system of caves built into a cliff. This is close to the the famous cave villages of Nyphu and Garphu.

Nyphu Gomba, Mustang Nepal

Nyphu Monastery, Mustang, Nepal.

The trail continues into the northern reaches of Mustang onto smooth trails through grazing pastures which return, after a small climb, to Lo Manthang on a slight downward slope. This is perfect running terrain.

 

Stage 3 - Ghami - Lo Manthang - 21.3km

Stage by Stage

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

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