A BRIEF HISTORY

The Ladakh Marathon is a unique opportunity for runners from India and around the world to run with local Ladakhis through a high mountain desert region, once a central stop on the historic Silk Route between Central Asia and India. The various races take place in and around Leh, the historic capital of Ladakh and offers runners stunning vistas of mountains, rivers and valleys and will leave you with lifelong memories and a chance to say you ran Ladakh, the world’s highest marathon.

The first eco-friendly “green” marathon took place in 2012; two years after the devastating flash floods tore through the region, leaving a trail of death and destruction. The marathon was a way to say that “Ladakh is back and running”. The 2012 event saw almost 1,500 runners take part and show their social concern for Ladakh.

The second and third editions held on the 8th of September 2013 and 14th of September 2014 respectively saw an even bigger response, with 3rd edition having more than 3000 participants from Ladakh, India and around the world.

The Event became a full member of AIMS (Association of International Marathons and Distance Races) in 2015, just before the 4th edition, thus becoming a key stop on the global marathon calendar! This edition saw a participation of over 4000 runners from India and across the world. But it was the ultra Khardung La challenge that witnessed the maximum growth from a mere 11 runners in 2014 to 85 runners in 2015. And 58 runners completed this challenge within the cut-off time.

The Ladakh Marathon remains a way to encourage the young people of Ladakh to live a healthy lifestyle by taking up running, and by becoming more aware of the need to protect a stunningly beautiful, yet environmentally fragile region.

The Ladakh Marathon in the coming years will become one of the most reputed High Altitude Marathon in the world with every edition it will get bigger and better organized events, with the support from the people of Ladakh. Our goal is to attract the best of runners from around the world.