Lizzy Hawker to tame the Mustang

Lizzy Hawker fresh from breaking her own (read HERE) 3-day record for running 319km from Everest Base Camp to Kathmandu today is returning to Nepal to take part in the Mustang Mountain Trail Race.

Lizzy Hawker 2012 TNFUTMB copyright Ian Corless

Lizzy Hawker 2012 TNFUTMB copyright Ian Corless

The Mustang Trail race is a multistage trail running challenge through the wild, spiritually rich landscapes of Upper Mustang in Nepal. It is race of eight stages of 20 to 40km totaling at least 277 km at altitudes between 3-4000m.

In an email to me she said, “Literally leaving now for Mustang – so will be out of internet / mobile reception until Thursday 9th”.

For centuries this has been the safest trading route between Nepal and Tibet. The well worn trails make the yaks smile, and are thus perfect for trail runners too. Trails undulate over successions of dry hills between oasis-like villages. Scroll way down the page to see the background images.

Mustang with its fairytale landscape is one of the few places in the world to retain an air of mystery. Only opened to tourism in 1992, it is an enclave of pure Tibetan Buddhist culture whose conserved monasteries, and caves alike, house priceless historical treasures.

The Stages

Kagbeni to Chele (31km)

Chele to Ghemi (38km)

Ghemi to Lo Manthang (40km)

Lo Manthang – rest

Lo Manthang to Konchok Ling (31km)

Lo Manthang to Yara (37km)

Yara to Tanggye (32km)

Tanggye to Muktinath (45km)

Muktinath to Jomsom (23km)

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