|277k Cool-Down in Upper Mustang|
The Mustang Mountain Trail Race in Nepal
After running 319 kilometres and finishing in a steady rain, Lizzy Hawker (Great Britain) broke her own record, running from Everest Base Camp to Kathmandu (Everest Mailrun) in 63 hours and 8 minutes. Her cool down run; an eight stage, 277 kilometre trail race around the Mustang Region in Nepal.
On April 30th 12 runners are set to compete in the first ever Mustang Mountain Trail Race, a staged run that will undulate between altitudes of 3-4000 meters.
The event is being put on by race director Richard Bull and Organizer Dhir Priya. Bull, a passionate trail runner himself is also the co-founder of TrailRunningNepal.org, and has also been part of the organizing team for the Annapurna 100 race, and the Manaslu Mountain Trail race in 2012. Priya, has organized several successful multi-stage races around Nepal, so he knows the landscape incredibly well.
Upper Mustang comprises the northern two-thirds of the present-day Nepalese Mustang District. It is a wild, spiritually rich, yet arid landscape tucked up to the far North of Nepal, beyond the Himalayas.
The Trail race will start in Kagbeni, and stop in Chele, Ghemi, Lo Manthang (for a rest day), Konchok Ling, Yara, Tanggye, Muktinath and end in Jomsom. "It will be nice to be lost on the roof of the world for 10 days," says Bull.
As for Hawkwer, she says: "I'm just really looking forward to exploring a new (for me) region of the Himalaya. It will be an incredible landscape and fascinating culture to experience. Some wild running and exploratory racing lie ahead of us!"
Some of the others that have signed up to explore Upper Mustang through the inaugural event are the likes of Holly Rush, another Briton on a bend for ultra domination, Ryoichi Sato, the Japanese ultra superstar, and Upendra Sunuwar, a strong Nepali runner.
Sato has nabbed a number of top five finishes, in races like the World Endurance Marathon and the Japan Cup, and has finished the Anapurna100 twice and Spartathlon eight times. Rush has been training for the Comrades Ultra-Marathon in South Africa by breaking records back home. And, Sunuwar was Hawker's support runner for her record breaking Everest MailRun. So there will be no shortage of ultra-talent at the upcoming Mustang Mountain Trail Race.