Voilà, the start of the Annapurna Mandala Trail race 2011 at Annapurna basecamp around 4,000 m above sea level.

We’ll post results in due course, but we can reveal that the winner, after 8 gruelling stages, was Sudip Rai. The course was changed this year, as Tilicho was closed by unseasonal snowfall, so the runners returned over the Thorung La.

Click to enlarge. Thanks to Bruno Poirier

Next years race heads up into deepest Mustang.

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