Nepal's New Mountain Trail Race: Overland in Mustang

Explore a new landscape and culture during this 8-day event
Staff Writer

Mountain view from Sangda Pass in Upper Mustang

If you really, really like to travel and push your limits, consider Nepal’s newest adventure challenge: The Mustang Trail Race.  It's a long way away, and it's going to be a very tough race.  

The inaugural event will take place April 27-May 10, and runners will be able to explore the remote villages and landscapes of Upper Mustang—an ancient trading region between Nepal and Tibet. The competition comprises eight stages, each between 12 to 25 miles. The race totals about 172 miles at altitudes between 10,000 and 13,000 feet.

Mustang only opened to tourism in 1992, so racers will be able to see a part of the country few others have visited. They’ll also have a chance to see the landscape before the construction of a new road, an update likely to bring more tourists to the area.

The race will pass holy sites, canyons, mountains, cave monasteries, grazing pasture and caves with Tibetan Buddhist paintings, among other amazing sites. Registration fees will also help provide portable solar lights to a remote village.

The cost to enter is $2,950—a steep price that includes the $500 restricted area permit fee, internal flights to the area, a donation to the Dhe village development community, three nights in a shared room at a hotel and a few other necessary expenses.

For more information, visit the official website.

H/T Trail Runner.

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