The Khardung La Challenge (72 km) is the Highest Ultra Marathon in the World. This race is amongst the Toughest and Ultimate Challenging Endurance Race for the serious runner who wants to push his or her limits to the extreme. This race is Only for the fittest and very experienced Runners. The harsh conditions makes  this extremely tough  as you will be running approximately  60km of the race at above 4000m( 14,000ft)!!! Hence the number of participants to this race is restricted to a maximum of 150 Runners. This race is scheduled for Friday 07 September to ensure singular logistical focus and attention to the runners and to make this ultra-marathon a prestigious standalone event.



DISTANCE: 72 KMDATE: Friday 07 September 2018
REPORTING PLACE & TIME: Ladakh Marathon Hub – on Thursday 06 September at 10 amRACE START TIME: 3 am on Friday 07 September – Khardung Village
AGE LIMIT: Runner should be 20 years or older as on race dayELIGIBILITY: Runners who have completed two prior full marathons during the past three years under 5 hrs OR have run any two ultra marathons over 70 kms are eligible to register for this race.
The Organizer reserves the right to disallow / disqualify any participant who is known or suspected to be physically unfit to participate in this race.
CERTIFICATION:Certificates will be given to Runners according to stages attained by them. And Finisher certificate will be given to Runners who attain / reach “Finisher” stage with official time along with a medal


The below will be strictly followed:

Cut off Points Time Stage
Khardung La top 11 am / 8 hrs I
South Pulu 1:30 pm / 10.5 hrs II
Mendak mor (turn) 3 pm / 12 hrs III
Finish point 5 pm / 14 hrs Finisher

Please note that these points and times are subject to change should the organisers deem it necessary. The final cut-off is at 14 hours (17:00 hrs) and if you have not reached the cut off points within the given time as stated above, you must leave and retire from the race immediately and get on to a sweep vehicle. Failure to do so will result in disqualification.


  • Rs. 3500 for Ladakh residents
  • Rs. 6500 for Indian residents who live outside Ladakh
  • US$120 for runners from outside India
  • Rs. 5000 for Veterans (48 years and above)


Runners will have to report at 10 am on Thursday 06 September at the Ladakh Marathon Hub. They will be transported to the race starting point at Khardung village where the organisers have arranged homestays /tented accommodation inclusive of meals. Sleeping bags will not be provided but can be hired at nominal charges from the Ladakh Marathon Hub.


There will be baggage deposit counter at the starting point. And along the course there will be 4 places to layer off clothes at North Pulu, Khardungla top, South Pulu and Ganglas . Belongings can be collected at the finish point.


7 Hydration and Aid stations with water, energy drinks, hot drinks, snacks – bananas, energy bars. There will also be 7 mobile units providing drinks and snacks.


The Khardung La Challenge begins at Khardung village (3975 metres / 13,042 feet). The race route involves a gentle but steady climb to the top of Khardungla (5370m), one of the highest motorable passes in the world. From here it is downhill all the way to Leh town (3524m). Runners get spectacular mountain views of the Karakoram range and the Stok massif, running past mountain villages and summer pasture land of the yaks of the Nubra Valley and North Pullu.