It is not easy to a run a marathon. To run one at 3500m in rough terrain with multiple gradient shifts needs a different level of athleticism. This is for people who thrive on endurance running. For the brave and really resilient. Welcome to a new high. The Ladakh Marathon!
Ladakh Marathon had its first edition in Sep, 2012. Over the years it has grown by leaps and bounds and is now one of the most sought after mountain marathons in the country and the world. Billed as one of the toughest marathons, it is a big draw for serious runners both for the intense challenge it offers and the insanely beautiful race course. Beautiful monasteries built on hill tops, rugged arid landscape, serene Indus River, azure blue sky and a vibrant atmosphere. The race course has it all and a killer incline before the finish. Running this marathon is truly a cathartic experience and will drain you physically and emotionally. At the end, the reward of completing it is a feeling that you will prize for a long time.
The marathon happens at an altitude of 3500m with rarefied oxygen levels, it is important to come in much early to let the body acclimatize and ready itself for race Day. Our tour is an acclimatization and sightseeing run up to the Ladakh Marathon.
We start with 2 days of acclimatization in Leh with local sightseeing of ancient monasteries and palaces. We then head to Nubra Valley across one of the highest motorable passes in the World – Khardungla and descend to the breathtaking valley of Nubra. From here we drive along the Shayok to the high altitude lake of Pangong that stretches all the way into Tibet. We return to Leh over the Chang la and spend the next day whitewater rafting down the gorge section of Zanskar. The day before the Marathon is reserved for complete rest.
The itinerary is designed to support you and help you achieve the dream of completing one of the toughest Marathons. We will have some from our core team also running along for motivation and support. If you are serious about achieving this glory, we are here to support you in your endeavour.
Like they say, if you can run this, you can run anywhere.
Sharing some images from our Ladakh Marathon Tour last year(Sep, 2018) conducted for friends Hitesh and Raghu. Hitesh, a seasoned runner ran the Half Marathon and Raghu who is getting into the groove did the fun 7K. The photos will give you an idea of how the tour is paced with adequate acclimatization coupled with sightseeing of vivid scenery of Ladakh. The culmination is the grand running event on race day. Enjoy the photos.
More pictures on Facebook: Ladakh Marathon Tour 2018
Registration for the Ladakh Marathon opens in March every year. For more information check
If you are a keen runner, this is one marathon which you should not miss.
More Details and this year’s Marathon tour schedule at
Duration: 9 Days
Dates: Sep 1 to 9, 2019
Sep 8, 2019 – 7K, HM, FM
Sep 6, 2019 – 72K Khardungla Challenge
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