The Mustang Trail. The inaugural race in 2013 was tiny with 13 competitors but proved an extremely enjoyable success with a unique mixture of manageable running distances at high altitudes, wonderful varied landscapes, rich Buddhist culture (the race checkpoints include Monasteries and caves). The race is now a regular feature on the Nepal Trail Running calendar.
The 2023 event dates have been set and with 50 competitor places – see the website for full details.
In the media
- 2015 article in the Guardian, UK: http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/the-running-blog/2015/may/14/nepal-a-trail-runners-paradise-earthquake-running-tourism
- 2014 race report – Guardian UK: theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/the-running-blog/2014/may/22/mustang-trail-race-nepalese-himalayas
Anyone and everyone who trail runs should do this!!! I did the Mustang Trail Race in 2014. The experience was unforgettable and I still think about it all the time!! I will always cherish the connections made with the people met and adventures had. The scenery, history & culture, and lasting memories are indescribable. Richard is an amazing host and organizer as well. I’m dreaming of when to return and do it again. Sign up and DO IT. You will not regret it!
– Suzanne Boyd, AUS
The Mustang Trail Race 2019 was a sublime experience. Some really phantasmagorical scenery framed by the majestic mountains of the Himalaya, far from the madding crowds in a culturally rich region with top notch people in a supremely well organised event. One of the best things I’ve done.
– Justine Christie, AUS
I love traveling independently in developing countries and was concerned about mixing a race with a visit to Nepal. I didn’t want to feel like I was moving around in a big tour group. The Mustang Trail Race surpassed my most hopeful expectations! It was a superbly organized, low-key and culturally sensitive event. It was a huge and beautiful physical challenge. We ran and slept off the beaten track. We enjoyed plenty of really good food and humor provided by top-notch local staff. “Type II” fun in a gorgeously spiritual setting, with a stellar group of like-minded individuals from around the world … what could be better?! So, so highly recommended.
– Chris Farias, USA
I feared disappointment -Mustang is undoubtedly a hyped destination …. But I was blown away by the landscape, the villages, the trails, and the company. Apparently Mustang is much more powerful than any hype effect. – Roger Henke, NL, (Race number 19, 2014)
[The organisers] … put together an event, a shared experience and adventure, that felt as if it was simultaneously pieced together on the spot moment to moment, and yet also instilled the faith that absolutely nothing had been overlooked. Perfection was impossible to achieve here, and was never promised, but in that way there was no pressure for the experience to unfold any other way than exactly as it did – perfectly. – Andy Wellman, USA (Race number , 2014)
“The Mustang Trail Race has left an indelible mark on me. Everything good about trail running: cultural exploration, adventure, challenging oneself, and the camaraderie that comes from multi-day races, was present in huge quantities. Similarly to a great book, or amazing album, I could bore my friends to death by begging them to experience the Mustang Trail Race for themselves.” – Matt Moroz, UK