Ladakh Marathon is a unique opportunity for runners from around India and the world to run with local Ladakhis through an ancient Buddhist kingdom grappling with the rapid changes of today. The historic capital of Leh, the stunning vistas as you cross the Indus River and the dramatic climb up to the Khardung La from Nubra will leave you with lifelong memories and a chance to say you ran Ladakh, the world’s highest marathon. It is an annual event that takes place in LEH during the month of September. Being certified by AIMS (Association of International Marathons and Distance Races), it has put the event on the global marathon calendar. Khardung La Challenge, one of the four races of the event, is now the world’s highest and among the toughest ultra marathons, that is attracting some of the best runners from across the globe.
07 KM RUN LADAKH FOR FUN
It may be the shortest race but it doesn’t mean the 07 KM run will be easy. You will still need good physical condition to run at 11,500ft. As the name suggests, this race is for fun and for all kind of people from students to elders, armed forced and families stationed at Leh, and tourists who happen to be in Leh at the marathon time. This run has the widest participation with most enthusiasm.
The half marathon takes you through the town of Leh and its outskirts and includes a loop that starts and ends at the NDS Memorial Stadium grounds. If you are not ready for the full marathon why not give this run a shot and then come back next year for the big race. Most people run the half marathon to prepare for the full marathon.
The Ladakh Full Marathon is the world’s highest AIMS-IAAF certified marathon. The picturesque landscape of the sandy horizon and clear blue skies, accompanied by views of the monasteries, makes it a memorable run. If you are a serious long distance runner this is one course you will want under your belt and be talking about for a long time to come.
KHARDUNG LA CHALLENGE (5370m)
This is a race for the elite runner who wants to push the limits of endurance. It starts in the scenic Khardung village and then goes uphill all the way to the Khardung La pass, making it the World’s highest ultra marathon that reaches an ultimate height of 5370m. You race on the world’s highest motorable road past summer yak pastures and stunning views of the East Karakoram mountains of Ladakh. The good thing is that once you reach the pass, it’s all downhill from there to Leh.